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Enjoy an Authentic New England Experience in Exeter

Phillips Exeter Academy Lodging Exeter NH

Founded in 1638 by Reverend John Wheelwright, Exeter, New Hampshire is the quintessential New England town. Visitors of all ages find themselves immediately charmed by Exeter’s leafy town square teeming with historic buildings, quaint sidewalk cafes and distinctive artisans’ boutiques. In and around the downtown area, things to do in Exeter abound, including walking, hiking, biking, canoeing and simply taking in the sights of New Hampshire’s colonial capital.

For guests looking to soak up the authentic New England experience, Exeter is perfectly located . A ten-minute drive takes you to the shores of Hampton Beach, the gem of the New Hampshire Seacoast. The culturally rich city of Portsmouth NH and the outlet malls of Kittery, Maine can be reached in less than fifteen minutes. Boston is an hour away and is also accessible by the Acela train departing from Exeter Station.

For more information about our community, please visit the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.exeterarea.org.

To assist with your travel planning, The Exeter Inn staff has compiled a short list of things to do near The Exeter Inn

Colleges & Schools

Hotel near Phillips Exeter

Phillips Exeter Academy

20 Main Street, Exeter, NH 03833
www.exeter.edu

Phillips Exeter continues the commitment to unite knowledge and goodness. It seeks students who combine proven academic ability, intellectual curiosity, and tenacity with decency and good character. At the Academy, exacting inquiry and thoughtful discourse foster the life of the mind, instruction and activity promote fitness and health, and the daily interactions of a residential school nurture integrity, empathy, and kindness. Because learning and growth at Exeter arise from each individual's engagement with others, the richness of education here requires diversity in all its dimensions; students and faculty value the differences they bring to the community they share.

The challenges that students meet at Exeter and the support they receive have a common purpose: to stimulate their development as individuals and as members of society. Exeter seeks to graduate young people whose creativity and independence of thought sustain their continuing inquiry and reflection, whose interest in others and the world around them surpasses their self-concern, and whose passion for learning impels them beyond what they already know.

Exeter originated the system of instruction known as Harkness teaching in 1931. In the spirit of its charter to foster both goodness and knowledge, Exeter offers a free education to any admitted student whose family income is $75,000 or less. The school meets all demonstrated financial aid needs of its admitted students.

The founder of Phillips Exeter Academy defined its mission more than two centuries ago. "Above all," John Phillips stated, "it is expected that the attention of instructors to the disposition of the minds and morals of the youth under their charge will exceed every other care; well considering that though goodness without knowledge is weak and feeble, yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous, and that both united form the noblest character, and lay the surest foundation of usefulness to mankind."

hotel near University of New Hampshire UNH

University of New Hampshire

Main St.
Durham, NH 03824
Ph: 603-862-3885
www.unh.edu
www.alumni.unh.edu

Founded in 1866, UNH is a vibrant place: a land-, sea-, and space-grant university where undergraduate and graduate students engage in daily discovery and the intellectual excitement of doing research with their faculty mentors.

Hotel Near Great Bay Community College

Great Bay Community College

320 Corporate Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801
800-522-1194
www.greatbay.edu

Hotel Near Mount Washington College

Mount Washington College

170 Commerce Way
Portsmouth, NH 03801
888-971-2190
www.mountwashington.edu

Hotels near SNHU Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University/SNHU

231 Corporate Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801
800-668-1249
www.snhu.edu

 

Franklin Pierce College


119 International Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-433-2000
www.franklinpierce.edu

Local Events Calendar

Patio seating at Epoch Restaurant

 

Patio Seating

at Epoch Restaurant & Bar

Our Patio is open for breakfast Lunch & dinner and brunch on Sundays!

Grilling On The Patio!

Every Thursday through August 28

Summer is short and we're making the most of it with Epoch style barbeque specials in the serenity of our secluded private garden (or inside). Reservations are recommended.

Summer Fest: 

July 10, 24, August 7, 21 & Bake July 24

Summer on the Seacoast is best enjoyed outside with a Local craft Brew on tap, fine wine and lobster of course! Every other Thursday Epoch will offer inspired succulent lobster dishes. July 24 join us for a prix-fixe "Steak & Lobster" bake, Call us or ask your server for details. 603.772.5901

Sunday Brunch

The word is out and you simply must experience our Sunday brunch. Our affordable menu changes every other month bringing fresh concepts. On July 13 will feature a live omelet station in the restaurant made to order. Reservations are recommended. Join Us!

Exeter NH Farmers Market

Exeter NH Farmer's Market

Every Thursday through October

Every Thursday through October, local vendors will be selling the freshest local fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs, plants, jams, and so much more. This event is located on Swasey Parkway from 2:15PM-6PM Rain or Shine!

Gilman Garrison House

Expore Exeter NH Gilman Garrison House

 Historic New England Open House 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9/20 10/18 11AM-5PM

Explore the Gilman Garrison House every third Saturday of the month through 10/15/14. This house was built in 1709 by the Gilman family. This Garrison house or fortified structure near the banks the Squamscot River, where the family owned lucrative sawmills. The interior of this unusual building reveals walls constructed of massive sawn logs and a pulley above the main entrance that was used to operate a portcullis, or reinforced door. In the mid-eighteenth century, Peter Gilman substantially remodeled the house, adding a wing with elegantly paneled rooms. 

Exeter Brass Band Mondays

Exeter Brass Band

7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 7:30-9PM

Just down the street from The Exeter Inn, Exeter Brass Band will entertain the town with multiple performances throughout the summer at The Bandstand from 7:30-9PM!

New Hampshire Oyster Festival Newmarket Olde Homes Day

Newmarket Olde Home Day & Oysterfest

8/9/14

Just down the street, Newmarket will be celebrating with a fun filled festival with live music, craft beer and great local products & oysters! This event runs from 8AM-11PM

Paint Night at The Exeter Inn

Wednesday  8/13 &  8/27

We bring the inspiration and the paints. You bring the fun!

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What is Paint Nite? It’s a smidgen of creative art instruction, a splash of wine and a whole lot of fun! Drink, paint, and party!

Not an artist? No problem! In just about two hours, while you’re sipping on a cocktail, our performing artists will guide you through eachpainting so that you come up with your own unique masterpiece at the end of the night that you will be amazed YOU created. We provide everything you will need: canvas, paints, brushes and even a smock. You just bring your fun loving friends and have a few cocktails to keep the spirits high and inhibitions to a minimum and we’ll make sure your inner Picasso is unleashed.

See what the press is saying about us: Voted "Best Friend Date in NYC" By New York Magazine http://nymag.com/bestofny/fun/2013/friend-date/

See what the LA news featured on Paint Nite: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/html5/video?id=9186193&pid=null&section=null

Exeter UFO Festival

5th Annual UFO Festival

8/30/14

Come join the town of Exeter as they celebrate the 2014 UFO festival! 

Hampton Seafood Festival

Annual Seafood Festival

9/5/14-9/7/14 Hampton, NH

The Seafood Festival in Hampton NH is the largest and most delicious festivals in New Hampshire. Bringing in 150,000 attendees annually, the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival and has been acclaimed as “One of the Top 100 Events in North America” for the last 13 years by the American Bus association.

Beer and chili powder keg festival

3rd Annual Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival

10/4/14

Join Epoch Restaurant and the rest of the community for the 16th Annual Fall Festival! The festival includes local crafters, vendors, and street entertainment as well as amazing Chili and craft beers!

Making strides against breast cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

10/18/14 9AM

The fight to end breast cancer starts with a single step. Take that step with us at the American Cancer Society Making Strides of Exeter walk. It will take each and every one of us to rally together and finish the fight against breast cancer. Just a few hours of your time at our non-competitive, 3 mile event will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families.

 

Exeter NH Holiday Open House

12/4/14 

The Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Exeter will be hosting their annual Holiday Open House. Santa arrives at 5PM!

Exeter NH Festival of the trees

Festival of Trees

12/4/14 11AM-8PM

Join the town of Exeter for the holiday season for the Festival of Trees at the Exeter Town Hall for viewing and bidding on your favorite trees. All proceed will go to the Chamber Children's Fund providing clothing vouchers to kids living in Brentwood, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Kensington, Kingston, New fields, Newmarket, Raymond, Stratham.

Ring in the season Exeter NH 4 day festival

Ring in the Season

12/5-12/6/14

Ring in the season around Exeter is the best way to kick off the holiday season. Art Shows, open houses, food and fun for the whole family. 

Exeter NH Holiday parade

Exeter Holiday Parade

12/6/14 5:30

This annual event starts at 5:30PM and will run from Portsmouth Avenue and head down Water Street. There will be over 20 floats, 4 marching bands, beauty queens and of course... Santa Clause.

For more information about what Exeter, NH has to offer please visit Town of ExeterExeter Chamber of Commerce and Visit Exeter NH. To find out more about the events and promotions at The Exeter Inn and The Epoch Restaurant & Bar, take a look at our Calendar of Events or call us at any time 603-772-5901 for reservations and details for The Exeter Inn and Epoch Restaurant and Bar.

Museums

While staying at The Exeter Inn, take the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the rich surroundings of Exeter's past and historic sites in New Hampshire.

Exeter Historical Society Museum and Research Library

47 Front Street; PO Box 924 Exeter, NH 03833
Ph: 603-778-2335

Their collections illustrate Exeter's rich and fascinating history, its residents, and ultimately its place in the larger history of both the state and the nation. The research library acts as a resource for genealogical research. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-4:30; Saturdays 9:30-Noon.
For more information visit www.exeterhistory.org

Exeter Historical society Exeter NH

Exeter Historical Society Museum and Research Library

47 Front Street; PO Box 924 Exeter, NH 03833
Ph: 603-778-2335

Their collections illustrate Exeter's rich and fascinating history, its residents, and ultimately its place in the larger history of both the state and the nation. The research library acts as a resource for genealogical research. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-4:30; Saturdays 9:30-Noon.
For more information visit www.exeterhistory.org

Children's Museum of Portsmouth

280 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Ph: 603-436-3853

Great place for kids to explore, create, and experience the wonders of science.For more information visit www.childrens-museum.org.

Fuller Gardens

10 Willow Avenue North Hampton, NH 03862-2228
Ph: 603-964-5414

Fuller Gardens is a turn of the century public botanical garden, located on the ocean featuring rose bushes of hundreds of varieties, formal English perennial borders, Japanese Garden and Conservatory.
For more information visit www.fullergardens.org.

John Paul Jones House

Middle and State Streets Portsmouth, NH 03801
Ph: 603-436-8420

John Paul Jones, the legendary sea warrior roomed at this house frequently. Houses 18th and 19th century artifacts. Open to visitors June 1 to mid-October, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission.

Strawbery Banke Museum

Marcy St. Portsmouth, NH 03801
Ph: 603-433-1100

Open May 1 to October 31, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November 1 to April 30 Thursday though Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Closed January and during holidays. 90 minute Winter Walking Tours offered on the hour starting at 10 a.m., last tour leaves at 2 p.m. Admission. Museum set where colonists settled on the Piscataqua River. Buildings restored to different historical periods. A tour of the complex brings a visitor from 1690 to 1955.
For more information visit www.strawberybanke.org.

Tuck Memorial Museum

40 Park Ave. Hampton, NH 03842
Ph: 603-929-0781

Open Wed., Fri., and Sun.; June to September. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Collection of early furniture, farm equipment, and pictures. 
Recreated 1850's schoolhouse and firefighting museum.

Woodman Museum Dover NH

 Woodman Institute Museum

182- 190 Central Ave. Dover, NH 03801
Ph: 603-742-1038

Open Wednesday through Sunday, 12:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays only December through January, closed February 1 through March 31. Admission.

The museum is located mainly in the Dame Garisson house, which is a hand-hewn log cabin that was built with defense from natives in mind. Animal exhibits, Civil War exhibits, historical items from abolitionist times and New Hampshire senator John Hale.
For more information visit www.woodmaninstitutemuseum.org.

Spas

Several independent spas are near by, along with full service health club facilities. Ask in advance for group arrangement or upon check-in for individual use.

Synergy Health & Fitness

7 Alumni Dr, Exeter, NH 03833 (603) 778-6777

Synergy Health & Fitness Center, the state-of-the-art full service health and fitness facility affiliated with Exeter Health Resources, offers more than 100 yoga, aquatic, and group fitness classes per week for all levels of ability
For more information visit www.synergyfit.com

Planet Fitness Stratham

20 Portsmouth Ave, Stratham, NH 03885 (603) 772-4777

Home of the Judgement Free Zone®

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Wingate Spa

139 Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham, NH 03885 603.772.8400

Offer a wide selection of the finest skin care, hair care, and therapeutic spa services from around the world. The salon and spa experience is a personal one that is designed to meet the individual goals of the guests.

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Walking Tours

Exeter's retention of so many early landmarks has made the town a leader in the historic preservation movement in the twentieth century. Due to the efforts of both the Chamber of Commerce and the Exeter Historic Society, several Walking Tours of the town are mapped. Please inquire at the front desk.

Golf

Exeter boasts one of the nation's oldest Country Clubs.  The clubhouse is open to the public, and a challenging nine-hole course can be played for daily green fees.  Exeter Country Club can be reached by calling (603) 772-4752.  Many other championship 18-hole courses are near by in East Kingston, Greenland North Hampton, and Portsmouth.

Exeter Country Club

58 Jady Hill Ave, Exeter, NH 03833 (603) 772-4752

Want big course playability without the crowds, cost and pretense?  Play Exeter Country Club, one of America's oldest and finest small courses. Today you'll find irrigated fairways, a challenging layout, impeccable greens and a fresh sea breeze--not to mention a welcoming staff, friendly members and the comfortable clubhouse.
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Kittery Maine Outlets

306 US Route 1, Kittery ME 03904  (888) KITTERY (888) 548-8379

Discover five individual outlet centers offering 65 designer and name brand outlets all located along Route 1 throughout the famed Kittery Outlet Shopping District.
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Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club

North Road, North Hampton, New Hampshire 03862, (603) 964-5341

Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club has been at the forefront of New Hampshire's Daily Fee Golf scene since 1962... Perfectly located in the heart of NH's popular Seacoast Region, SHGC has been showcasing fun & affordable Daily Fee Golf ever since we first opened our doors (fairways), and we've since become one of NH's most popular public golf destinations.
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Breakfast Hill Golf Club

339 Breakfast Hill Rd, Greenland, NH 03840 (603) 436-5001

Breakfast Hill is the NH Seacoast's newest public golf course. Designed by Brian Silva, Golf World Magazine's 1999 Architect of the Year.
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Apple Hill Golf Club

69 E Rd, East Kingston, NH 03827 (603) 642-4414

Nestled among the rolling hills of East Kingston New Hampshire are two marvelous golf opportunities. Enjoy the par 3 course to sharpen the approach game or challenge yourself to a full 18 hole layout.

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Shopping

The specialty shops of downtown Exeter’s Water Street are just a short, pleasant walk away. Shops along the waterfront in Portsmouth are fifteen minutes away.  Twenty minutes from the Inn is the Fox Run Mall in Newington, NH. The Kittery Outlet Malls; one of the country’s largest shopping destinations, are thirty minutes away.

Fox Run Mall

50 Fox Run Rd Newington, NH 03801-2861

The Mall at Fox Run, formerly Fox Run Mall, is a shopping mall in Newington, New Hampshire, just north of Portsmouth. Its main anchor stores include JCPenney, Macy's Men's & Home Store, Macy's Women's, and Sears
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Beaches

Sandy beaches in New Hampshire

Jenness State Beach

Location: 2280 Ocean Blvd Rye, NH 03870
Phone: 603-436-1552

Open from April 1- November 1 - Great Family beach for swimming, walking & a picnic. There is metered parking a lifeguard on duty during summer months and a bathhouse for your use. 

Hampton Beach

Hampton Beach

Location: Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH
Phone: (603) 926-3784

Open year round but some business close during winter months. Great beach for family, friends and entertainment. The beach has a washhouse and metered and day parking around the area. The Hampton Beach boardwalk has great food, entertainment, shops, amusement and so much more! If you like boating, there are adventured available for you to enjoy time with friends and family.

Fun Events happening for the Summer of 2014:

  • Wednesday night Fireworks all summer
  • 80 free evening concerts throughout the summer
  • Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom with national touring bands
  • Hampton Seafood Festival September 5-7, 2014
Beaches near Exeter NH

Seabrook Beach

Location: Seabrook New Hampshire

Down the road from Hampton Beach, near the Massachusetts border, Seabrook Beach is described as quite and serene and has an expanse of sand dunes.

Sunset in Hampton NH

Rye Beach

Location: Route 1A Rye, NH
Phone: (603) 436-1552

Located on Route 1A, Rye Beach and adjacent Jenness Beach are popular family beaches with a bathhouse and lifeguards during the summer season.

North Beach Rye Beach

Wallis Sands State Park

Location: 1050 Ocean Blvd Rye, NH 03870
Phone: 603-436-9404

Wallis Sands State Park is great for swimming, views of the Isles of Shoals, and a sandy beach that is perfect for the family. Wallis sands has a store with a variety of items including food and drinks, and a large bathhouse with hot and cold showers. You will also find a grassy area with picnic tables for picnic lunch (no fires). Lifeguards are on duty from late May until September 10AM-5PM.

The parking is large and costs $15 per car. NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free.

Surfer in Rye NH

North Beach

Location: 920 Ocean Blvd Hampton, NH 03842
Phone: 603-227-8722

North Beach is a great family location with an Atlantic ocean-front setting - its sandy beach is ideal for swimming, recreational activities and picnicking. The beach has a year round bathhouse, Metered and pay as you go parking available. 

 

North Hampton Beach

NORTH HAMPTON STATE BEACH

Location: 27 Ocean Blvd North Hampton, NH 03862
Phone: 603-227-8722

This beautiful state park looks over the Atlantic Ocean with sandy beaches great for swimming and picnics. Bathhouse and metered parking available. Ice Cream and food are close by to the beach, great for the family.

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