We’ve arrived in NH. After leaving the VA eastern shore on Monday, an overnight stay in NJ (our home state) and a 5-hour drive in intermittent rain, we arrived at our NH accommodations for the next couple of weeks.
The extended stay rooms include a refrigerator, stovetop, and microwave, but no oven. We’re planning to prepare breakfast and dinner here and dine out at lunch time during our daytime road trips.
Today’s first stop was grocery shopping. We found a Market Basket, within a 5 minute drive with a greater selection than in our Food Lion grocery store at home.Market Basket is headquartered in Massachusetts and operates a chain of 64 operating supermarkets in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.Today, we went in search of the Nashua YMCA, since before leaving home we found out that we could use our home YMCA membership there. This YMCA, which was dedicated in May 2011, is so new that it doesn’t display on our GPS.
This YMCA was dedicated in May 2011 and it’s so new that it doesn’t display on our GPS. We called for directions and eventually found our way there. We ‘re going back to use some of this equipment .But, today was a day to explore downtown Nashua, which was built around the now-departed textile industry. Nicknamed "The Gate City,” it’s the second largest city in New Hampshire.
Since it was a rainy morning, we decided to find the library and wait until it cleared before taking a walk around downtown. Whenever we’re travelling, the local library is a favorite destination – there’s usually free wi-fi available, plus it’s a good place to be on a rainy morning.
The library’s children’s section was half of the total floor space.
As of the 2010 census, Nashua had a total population of 86,494, making it the second largest city in the state. It was twice (1887 and 1997) named the “Best Place to Live in America” in annual surveys by Money magazine.
The downtown offers a selection of restaurants. Our choice today was Martha’s Exchange, built in part from the former 1872 Merchant's Exchange building, which was the Victorian equivalent of a shopping mall.
Grenville and I both ordered one of the lunch specials – haddock quesadillas. There were no leftovers – on either plate – these were very good.
We’ll be taking day trips to cities in and around the Nashua area. Tomorrow's destination is Manchester, the largest city in NH and home to the Currier and Ives Museum and a house designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Photos and story to follow.