From cross-country or downhill skiing to kayaking on the Connecticut River, from hiking the Appalachian Trail to shopping on classic Main Street, from prowling through any of the many noted museums or galleries to dining in any of several dozen restaurants, the Hanover Area is more than just a home to those lucky enough to live here. It’s also a getaway from the grind of daily life for people from around the country.
Visitors to the Upper Valley can enjoy a spacious room at the historic Hanover Inn or the enchanting Norwich Inn, sit on the porch overlooking the bustling corner of Main Street or put their feet up at a laid-back inn on a hilly back road in the Hanover villages of Etna, Lyme or Norwich. For those more comfortable in a national chain, a wide variety of accommodations can be found within a stone’s throw of the intersection of interstates 91 and 89.
After bicycling along the Connecticut, teeing off at Hanover Country Club or one of the other courses sprinkled throughout the valley, marveling at a raptor performance at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science or checking out the renowned Orozco murals at Dartmouth College, it’s time to eat. Whether your taste leans to steak and seafood at Jesse’s to Tandoori Chicken at the Jewel of India, to Hawaiian pizza at Ramuntos Brick & Brew, to something familiar like a sandwich at Salt Hill to the classic diner feel of Lou’s, it’s all here.
When the sun sets, it is time to check out what’s on tap at any of the many area theaters or hosts to live music. You might check out the college’s Hopkins Center, see the latest flick at Hanover’s Nugget Theater, listen to live local musicians or head across the river to White River Junction, VT to catch a performance of Northern Stage at the Briggs Opera House. Throughout the year, there’s always a reason to visit and plenty to see and do. The Farmer’s Market in Hanover runs weekly from June through October of September with regular and rotating vendors including those setting up to sell fresh local produce in the late afternoon while live music entertains shoppers. A visit to the area might include taking in Hanover’s Occom Pond Party in February, the quaint Hanover Center Old Timers Fair and Oxen Pull in June or Ivy League football and leaf-peeping in the fall. Celebrate the Season events include great shopping, crafting and caroling, as well as the Handel Society Holiday singing in December, when Dartmouth’s Thompson Arena fills for exciting Ivy League ice hockey.
Courtyard by Marriott Hanover
The Norwich Inn
Home Hill Inn B&B
The Greens at Hanover
Residence Inn Hanover Lebanon
LaValley-Middleton Building Supply