Tamworth is a gem. If you’re into exploring the small towns of New England, this should be on your list. A short drive or stop if you’re headed to North Conway, Tamworth has many spots that are worth the detour. Nestled at the foot of the White Mountains it has a rich history and strong community values. Anyone could feel at home here!
Where to Eat and Drink: A Few Favorites
Hobb’s Tavern and Brewery: A rustic microbrewery and restaurant. The beer is fantastic and the food is classic. It’s a warm and comforting place and not too casual, not too fancy. A great place to stop on your way up Route 16 if you are a beer enthusiast!
Yankee Smokehouse: Known to some as “The Pig Place” due to the giant pig sign above: it’s just down the road from Hobb’s tavern and is great if you’re looking for something a bit more casual and quick. This BBQ place is delicious and they have a great selection of pork, brisket, ribs, chicken, and even pizza. Try their bloody Mary!
Tamworth Lyceum: The Lyceum is located in quaint downtown Tamworth in a historic building renovated from the 1800s. It is a natural grocer, café, and gift shop. You must go for a coffee and sandwich or salad. They source their food locally too, such as local greens from nearby farms and bread from Sunnyfield Bakery. Find unique gifts in the shop, and lounge outside on the front porch. Check their calendar for upcoming events!
Tamworth Distilling: Sibling to the Tamworth Lyceum (same ownership), the distillery is just down the road a short ways. They experiment with flavors from the natural landscape of the surrounding area and create and cultivate incredible liquors from the land using inspiration from the history of the area and the seasons. Take a distillery tour and do a tasting, it’s sure to broaden your drinking horizons. Something interesting too is that they have created a high proof, pure vodka for making herbal tinctures and they have a shelf of herbs, spices, bags and bottles you can take with you to create your remedies.
The Tamworth Farmers’ Market: Small but mighty is this market! Rich with local produce and crafts, it’s a must if you are coming through on a Saturday morning. Sip on some local iced chai lattes, grab some greens, and have a breakfast sandwich while you peruse and chat with vendors.
The Daley Café in The Other Store: Right next to the Lyceum, you’ll find a little hardware store that you can find all your odds and ends. While you’re there, perhaps you’ll want to try one of the dinners with a nice view of the Swift River. BYOB, too.
Things to Do: Explore Tamworth
Remick Country Doctore & Farm Museum: Generations of the Remick family owned and worked the land for 200 years. The last two of the family became the area’s only doctors for many miles. After preserving the land it is now a place to learn about the history of the farm and what it was like to be a doctor in those times. Take the tour of the Remick house, wander the property’s nature trail, see the dairy barn demonstration, and pet the animals! There are many events through out the year, so check the website before you go.
White Lake State Park: Here you can find the perfect swimming spot with crystal waters and a nice sandy beach. There are kids activities, playgrounds, and a beach store. The lake offers views of some of the NH 4,000 footers and a stunning view of the peak of Mount Chocorua. The campground was voted one of the best in the state. Be sure to hike the 2 mile trail around the lake and take a paddle in a kayak. If you’re lucky you’ll catch an amazing sunset!
The Barnstormers Theatre: Also located in downtown Tamworth, the Barnstormers is one of the longest running professional summer theatres in the country. It is well known by many and provides wonderful entertainment through out the season.
Great Hill Hike to Fire Tower: If you’re not quite ready to conquer Mt. Chocorua, consider a smaller hike with a nice view of the area. Panoramic view, only a short drive down some back roads and about 1.2 mile hike up.
Chocorua Lake: Pristine waters give way to an incredible view of Mt. Chocorua. Swiming, canoeing, kataking and fishinga re popular here.
New Hampshire Mushroom Company: NH Mushroom company is one of the biggest providers of local mushrooms in the state. They work with hundreds of restaurants and businesses through out NH and are frequently at local farmers’ markets educating the public about their fungi. Sign up for one of their foraging classes and enjoy a meal cooked with what you find that day. Stop by any Sunday at noon for a free farm tour!
Have you been to Tamworth? What are your favorite things to do?
Jenn Bakos is a New Hampshire based commercial and editorial photographer specializing in food, lifestyle, wedding photography & portraits. As the co-founder of TELL New England, she loves photographing the food, farms and restaurants of New England.