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Shopping for Fine Crafts and Artisan Work in New Hampshire

New England is a wonderful place to shop for fine crafts and handmade artisan work because of its long history, economic ingenuity, and rural traditions. A sterling example is silverwork and pewter work crafted by Paul Revere of Boston, which continues to influence today’s artists. Most states have guilds of artists, artisans, and crafts makers that promote local artistry and bring artisan products to the market. Local fine crafts often can be found at the larger farmers markets and festivals.

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, one of the oldest craft organizations in the country, was founded in 1932 to New Hampshire craftspeople make a living in the Depression. The League operates seven retail galleries throughout New Hampshire, presenting the work of juried craftspeople and beautiful work for sale. Among the many New Hampshire crafts makers is the Peterborough Basket Company, which operates a factory outlet store in Peterborough selling baskets of white ash wood harvested in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

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Shopping Bounty - Mt. Washington Valley Chamber - North Conway, NH
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Something for every shopper in these hills, valleys and village main streets

The shopping in the Mount Washington Valley is as eclectic as the region itself, ranging from one-of-a-kind boutiques selling unique handcrafted items to shop-til-you-drop outlet centers featuring the most popular name brands. Pick up some local art in Franconia, NH, stroll in and out of intriguing emporiums in North Conway, visit the world’s longest candy counter in Lincoln, NH, go antiquing in Bethlehem, NH or pop into The Brick Store in Bath, NH, the nation’s oldest continuously operated general store. Take home craft beer at the region’s many breweries or wine from local vineyards. From maple syrup (of course!) to fine arts and fashion, the region features great variety and down-home customer service in its many shops and stores. Click above to visit our website or call our friendly concierge at 800-337-3563 for more info on first class lodging and exciting events to plan your next adventure!