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Rainy Day Activities for the Sunapee Region

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Recently we’ve had a string of rainy days which is great for addressing the drought which carried over from last year, but it’s probably postponing many of the hikes we talked about in May. You shouldn’t let the rainy days get you down, so here is a list of things to do around the New London and Sunapee areas. 


Real Estate 

Since this is a real estate blog we have to recommend browsing local real estate with the O’Halloran Group. Whether you’re looking for a new home or seeking creative input for your next project, you can find all the local listings here. 


Dining and Shopping

For a thorough list of local dining and shopping, visit our Visitor's Guide



If you like curling up with a good book and warm beverage but don’t have a book in progress yet-you should visit the Morgan Hill Bookstore. Located centrally in New London the Morgan Hill Bookstore is a great local business that can help you find a new favorite until the rain passes or perhaps a puzzle to keep you busy. 

Morgan Hill Bookstore – 253 Main Street, New London 

9:00-5:30 M-Sat, 11:00-3:00pm Sunday 


If you prefer to borrow a book we have 2 local library’s that offer stacks of books and media to peruse. For children, the story time hours might be enjoyable for them and a break for you to enjoy the pitter patter of rain, and not of running feet. Both library’s offer a story time so check in with either for the details and to RSVP. 

Tracy Memorial Library - 304 Main Street, New London 

Tues-Thurs 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Fri-Sat 10:00am-1:00pm 

Abbott Library - 11 Soonipi Circle, Sunapee 

M,W,F 9:00am-6:00pm, T,Th 9:00am-7:00pm, Sat 9:00am-3:00pm 



The New London Barn Playhouse is a unique attraction in the area. This theater which ordinarily conducts performances within the namesake barn on Main Street is operating this year, but off-site for the season. The tent is setup behind the Ivey Science Center on the Colby-Sawyer Campus. You can find the schedule and tickets here



The Ice House Museum has a diverse set of attractions it’s hard to give a succinct explanation, but is a living legacy of Bill Kidder and hosts his collection of antique cars, tools, and machinery. While the museum is a direct result of Bill Kidder, it will give you a wealth of history from the New London area at a free price. 

The Ice House Museum - 91 Pleasant Street, New London 

Tues, Thurs 9:00am-4:00pm, Sat 9:00am-2:00pm 


The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is located in Warner, you can travel through time and space with a respect for the earth and all living things.

The Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum

Mon-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday 12:00-4:00pm


Also in Warner, is the New Hampshire Telephone Museum. Featuring a huge collection of telephones, and history of its development this is a good educational stop to add to your list.

New Hampshire Telephone Museum

Tues-Sat 10:00-4:00pm


The Fells Historic Estate 

Located in Newbury “The Fells” is the historic estate of John Milton Hay, who served as personal secretary to Abraham Lincoln and eventually Secretary of State to William McKinley and Teddy Roosevelt. In his own words “I was greatly pleased with the air, the water, the scenery. I have nowhere found a more beautiful spot.” The grounds include the house, gardens, and nature trails. However, if it is raining and you wish to tour the gardens, pack your umbrella so you’re not rushed. 

John Hay Estate at The Fells - 456 Route 103A, Newbury 

Depending on when you wish to visit the hours vary, please check their tour page here 


Cooking Class

Hosted once a month at the Pleasant Lake you can hone your culinary skills, or if you're looking for something to do as a group you can arrange a private cooking class.

Cooking Classes at the Inn at Pleasant Lake



Fitness and Sports 

If you’re feel stuck inside and need to get out for some physical activity, the Hogan Center might be the solution for you. This indoor fitness center on the Colby-Sawyer college hosts an indoor pool, track, climbing wall, racquet courts, field house, and exercise equipment. You can become a regular member, but if you’re just trying to beat the rain they do offer day passes as well. 

Hogan Sports Center - 541 Main Street, New London 

Mon-Fri 6:00am-8:00pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-1:00pm 


Take a little "you" time

Visit a local nail salon or massage parlor, here are a few local options to consider:

Natural Glow Day Spa, Newbury

Coco Nails Salon, New London

Stacy’s Nails, New London 

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