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Ten Great Reasons to Shop
in New Hampshire

1. No Sales Tax in New Hampshire…ever.

The best reason to shop in New Hampshire is that there’s no sales tax -- no
special tax-free days, no caps on spending and no refunds required, just a 365
days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day sales-tax-free
zone. That means purchases at the major shopping malls and chain department
stores in Salem, Newington and Manchester; the outlet stores in Conway, and all
the other suggestions offered here have no added sales tax.

2. New Hampshire Made members

NH Made promote the quality, variety and availability of New Hampshire-made
products. From maple sugar to Chuck Roast fleece, wrought iron chandeliers to
artisan bread mixes.

3. The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen

Founded in 1931, the League ( supports the state's finest
craftspeople while educating an audience for their work. Crafts approved by the
League's rigorous standards program are sold through a network of seven retail
galleries in Concord, Center Sandwich, Hanover, Littleton, Meredith, North
Conway and Wolfeboro.

4. Anna Street Studio, Portsmouth

This creator of hand-tailored, limited edition handbags and other accessories
located on Market Street is a prime example of the original boutiques and
playful design sense found in this seacoast city.

5. Calico Hen, Contoocook

This store is filled with folk art and unique country crafts, many of which are
made on site. Even the house in which the store is located is charming and well-
stocked for the holidays -- even if you don’t make the wonderful open house the
weekend after Thanksgiving.

6. Antique Alley

New England's oldest antiquing trail with more than 500 dealers dotted along
Route 4 in the towns of Northwood, Lee, Epsom, and Chichester. Guide to
member shops at
NH Antique Alley.

7. A tie for authenticity, two neat country stores:

The General Store in Bath, the oldest BRICK country store in New Hampshire,
and the Country Store in Moultonborough, the oldest wooden country store in
New Hampshire.

8. Another tie, for history:

Shaker Canterbury Village gift shop, at the entrance to the 600-acre Village in
Canterbury and
Strawbery Banke gift shop, Portsmouth, in the new Tyco Visitors
Center. Admission is not required to visit the gift shops that feature items
produced on site and in the spirit of the two museums – but their holiday
programming and well-versed guides make for great family outings.

9. Best place to shop and ski

North Conway. With more than 55 name brand outlet stores including Polo
Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic, plus Handcrafters Barn and Zeb’s General
Store for some of those New Hampshire made products. Apres-shop, try the
slopes of Loon, Attitash, Mt. Cranmore or Black Mountain. Visit:

10. Farmstands and farmers markets

Whether it's for a box of freshly-picked berries (pick-your-own strawberry
patches open in June, then blueberries and raspberries), a basket of sweet corn
(and a corn maze to explore) or a pat on the nose of a dairy cow, there's nothing
quite like a visit to a working New Hampshire farm or roadside farmstand. Here
are some suggestions. Visit for both the “NH Farm Stand” and
“NH Farmers Markets” directories.
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