Make your list, check it twice, and head to the Lakes Area for a day of great holiday shopping. Start with a yummy breakfast at The Newfound Bed and Breakfast, then travel south on Interstate 93 for a fun outing.
The 15th Annual New England Holiday Craft Spectacular in Salem is a not-to-miss event for all of Santa’s elves out there, and well worth the drive. Over 150 of the region’s top craftsmen and artisans will have booths selling a vast selection of items including candles, angels, pottery, quilts, folk toys, Victorian wreaths, pewter ornaments and much, much more. In addition, you’ll find a food-sampling extravaganza featuring everything from herbal dips to Whoppie Pies. All with live music to keep you in the holiday spirit.15th Annual New England Holiday Craft Spectacular
Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7, 2014
Rockingham Park Racetrack, 79 Rockingham Park Boulevard, Salem
Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 10am – 4pm.
Admission: $7.00 Adult, under 14 free. One admission is good for both days.
After a few serious hours of shopping, you’ve undoubtedly worked up a thirst, so head back up #93 to The Barley House in Concord. “Simple food, complex beer” is their slogan and you won’t be disappointed by either. They’re known for their super juicy burgers, and of course their extensive beer list. Stop by on a Wednesday and you can take part in Trivia Night too!
Just 19 miles north of Concord is the Tanger Outlet in Tilton. The best part about shopping here? Tax-free holiday shopping. So all those great deals on name-brand items become even sweeter.
Whew. A great day of shopping. Now you’re ready to head back “home,” to The Newfound Bed and Breakfast, and cozy up by the fire!