New Hampshire opens its doors for tax-free Christmas gift shopping
New Hampshire’s motto may be ‘live free, or die’ but travellers will find that it’s the tax-free gift shopping that makes a pre-Christmas scenic road trip to die for.
Combine New Hampshire’s stunning autumn landscapes with the freedom to shop until you drop at New Hampshire Open Doors, a weekend state-wide shopping event from Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 November.
Designed to help shopaholics make the most of the famous tax-free shopping, the event will see quality boutique arts, crafts, foodie, antiques and handmade gift stores come together and offer further savings.
Gift shopping and scenic day road trip itineraries have also all been created for each region of the state, enabling bargain hunters to set out on the open road in search of the best gifts, historic cities and awe-inspiring autumn landscapes. Some of the best gift shopping itineraries include:
The Coastal New Hampshire tour
Hug New Hampshire’s dramatic Atlantic shoreline and unearth a range of contemporary crafts and the handmade glass store with demonstrations at Milkweed cottage in Portsmouth.
The Downtown Concord tour
For the urban experience tour the state’s historic capital city of Concord for architecture, sites including one of America’s oldest state houses and great deals on gifts from Christmas ‘candy’ hampers to specialist jewellery.
Canterbury's Scenic Artisan Loop tour
Drive through historic Canterbury for a wealth of boutique stores boasting everything from quilts, collectable guitars, photographs and maple candy to handmade crafts, pottery, and collectable furniture and toys.
The Fine Art & Sugar tour
Sample the state’s sweet spot in the Exeter area and find local maple syrup and honey confectionary at the Willow Creek Sugar House. Take in the beautiful scenery, and feast your eyes on contemporary artworks at the Heather Crowley store.
The Newfound Lake tour
Unearth tasty treasures from local cheeses, syrups and honeys to jewellery, pottery, glass and soap products en route from Downtown Bristol, along the scenic Newfound Lake, to the quaint town of Alexandria.
Other gift shopping hot spots in New Hampshire include the League of Craftsmen’s Galleries, which sell affordable collectable arts and crafts in eight locations across the state, the Merrimack Premium Outlets which boasts 100 designer stores from Banana Republic to Ralph Lauren in Merrimack, and the Settler’s Green Outlet in North Conway, home to 60 outlets and specialist stores.
Take a road trip to New Hampshire for this special shopping event with Vacations to America (www.vacationstoamerica.com; 01582 469777). Spend two nights at the Taj Boston before picking up a hire car and driving to the Cabernet Inn in North Conway, New Hampshire for five nights. Price starts from £1,099 per person based on 4 November departure and includes seven nights’ accommodation, five days midsize car hire and return flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow to Boston.
For more information about New Hampshire Open Doors, visit www.nhopendoors.com.