Around the Upper Valley they like to say, “They don’t make downtowns like Hanover anymore.” While that’s true, Hanover hasn’t stood still. The addition of the South Block has grown the downtown, adding a full block and a half of shops, restaurants and apartments to a true American Main Street. Stroll through Hanover and you’ll find historic retailers like the Dartmouth Bookstore, which features everything from the latest novel by the town’s own Jodi Picoult to physics texts and gifts, to the Dartmouth Co-op, where every manner of Dartmouth gift is available. Clothing to crafts, stationery to sporting goods, bagels to bytes, jewelry to jawbreakers, copy paper to newspapers, home furnishings to hardware— Hanover has it all. There are local banks and national banks, a choice of real estate and insurance agents, barbers and stylists. There are convenience stores where you can grab a loaf of bread and the Hanover Consumer Co-op, which has three full and one convenient grocery stores that feature local farm products, all the big brands you know and the little brands you requested. Kitchen wares, laundry services, musical instruments and recordings, opticians and orthodontists and pharmacies are some of what is within walking distance of Main Street. Cross the river to find Norwich Square and shops offering everything from funky gifts to a good book or a favorite spirit. Nearby, you’ll find The Baker’s Store at King Arthur Flour, a nationally recognized, always inviting place to visit.
Come to town in July and enjoy the Old Fashioned Fourth of July on “The Green,” or an evening at the opera. Catch a meal and live music at the Canoe Club or Mai Thai restaurants. Or cap a December day’s shopping with a bite to eat at the Hanover Inn, The Orient, Jewel of India or Salubre before enjoying the traditional Christmas Mystery at Rollins Chapel or another of the many fine performances held all year on the Dartmouth campus.
As we like to say, “Hanover is where New England comes alive.”
Lebanon Opera House
King Arthur Flour
Norwich Business Council
The Wine Crate
Dan & Whit's General Store
Norwich Wine and Spirits