New Hampshire is closer than clients might think – and a steal with no sales tax

TORONTO — New Hampshire has just 29 kilometres of coastline but manages to pack in all sorts of attractions along a relatively short stretch of waterway, from submarine and lighthouse tours to whalewatching and harbour cruises.

There’s also scenic Portsmouth, a “quintessential New England town” and bustling seaport, say New Hampshire reps. The state’s tourism promotion team and local partners were on trade missions recently in Toronto and Ottawa.

The new 32-room Hotel Portsmouth is the city’s only independently owned and operated boutique hotel and within walking distance of Market Square, restaurants, galleries, boutique shopping and historic museums and homes.

Inland, the New England state also offers thousands of kilometres of hiking trails, including a huge network in White Mountain National Forest, “a top notch destination for outdoor family fun,” says Rob Burbank, director of media and public affairs for the Appalachian Mountain Club. The AMC offers accommodation in hostel-type ‘huts’ as well as more traditional lodges. “We help people get out and explore the mountains and enjoy the famous mountain hospitality,” he adds.

Clients looking to visit New Hampshire can fly to Boston and then either rent a car and drive (about an hour’s trip) or take Amtrak. See visitnh.com for more information.