Keene (New Hampshire)
Monadnock Region : Keene (New Hampshire)
Keene is a city in New Hampshire.
Keene is most easily accessible by taking I-91 in Vermont to Exit 3 and getting on VT-9 in Brattleboro and heading into the traffic circle until VT-9 continues and follow it over a small bridge into New Hampshire (VT-9 becomes NH-9). Follow NH-9 about 15 miles to Keene. From the east, Keene is accessible via NH-101. NH-9 also connects Keene to Concord to the northeast.
Keene is a picturesque New England town of about 23,000 residents. The town's population swells by up to 5000 each autumn, as Keene State College opens for the fall semester, injecting new life to the sleepy Main Street area.
Brick buildings line the historic Main Street, touted by locals as "the widest Main Street in the United States," and the big white United Church of Christ presides over the town square with its traditional Civil War monument and fountain.
Farther afield, Mount Monadnock, one of the most-climbed mountains in the world, beckons day-hikers to its 3,166-foot summit, and numerous lakes offer respite from summer heat or a fine place to enjoy some ice fishing or skating in the winter. And of course, a well-timed visit to the region in the Fall can be spectacular, with sugar maples, oaks and birch trees making every country road turn a new photo opportunity.
Highland Hill & firetower, Greater Goose Pond and Drummer Hill, Beech Hill Preserve, Beaver Brook Falls, Horatio Colony Trust
Keene offers a variety of recreational areas.
Wheelock Park, Central Square, Robin Hood Park, Otter Brook Dam Recreation Area
Keene, as well as New Hampshire as a whole, is a great place to shop due to the lack of a state sales tax. Keene has a wide array of shops and stores selling almostall things. Below are just a few examples of where to shop when in Keene:
Main Street area
The Main Street (Downtown) area of Keene hosts several bars and nightclubs. The most popular of these is the Railroad Tavern, located on Railroad Square. This bar/nightclub features a dancefloor and DJs on Thursdays through Saturdays, several pool tables, as well as three bars located throughout its large venue. Although it primarily draws a younger (college-aged) crowd, people of all ages do frequent this location. The owners and bartenders draw a straight crowd.
Near to the Railroad is Kilkenny's. Primarily a beer bar, Kilkenny's has several pool tables. Although it is one of the smaller bars, its drinks are fairly inexpensive, making it a common starting point for people making the rounds of the Keene bar scene or doing a crawl. However, Kilkenny's does tend to draw more locals, and has a more conservative feel.
Margarita's is a large Mexican restaurant located on Main Street next to the Colonial Theater. While it does serve a full range of drinks, it is mainly known for its creative, though expensive, margaritas. It has an extensive Mexican-themed menu, and outdoor seating. In addition to a restaurant section, it has a lounge area that also features a pool table.
The E.F. Lane Hotel also has a bar/lounge known for its cocktails. The atmosphere at the E.F. Lane tends to be quieter and more intimate than some of the other downtown venues.
Further up Main Street is the Lab and Lager, which is one of the newer bars in Keene. The Lap has a small outdoor seating section, and some pool tables indoors. It draws a college-aged crowd, though it is generally considered a cheap knock-off of the Railroad.
Across Main Street from the Lap (and beside Athens Pizza) is McCues. This location is mostly a pool hall, with numerous pool tables and several TVs. It also serves a wide range of beers, and is popular for those looking to play a few games, or as a starting point for a crawl. The beers here are also fairly inexpensive, making a good place to start a night out.
21 Roxbury is located just off Main Street on Roxbury St. It is a martini bar with up-scale martinis and other cocktails. Its small, intimate location draws a more up-scale crowd, and is a good place for a date or a more quiet conversation.
First Baptist Church of Keene, Sturtevant Chapel, Hope Chapel, Keene Assembly of God
Mount Monadnock is 12 miles to the east on NH-124 in Jaffrey. There is a small parking lot where NH-124 crests over the mountain. Just before Jaffrey Center, there is a sign pointing to the entrance to Monadnock State Park. The trails from both locations lead to the summit. Mount Monadnock is the highest mountain in southern NH and perhaps the most accessible for novice hikers. No special equipment is needed to climb the mountain and it can usually be done in about four hours round trip for a healthy person.