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New Hampshire Best Bargains 2012

New Hampshire Best Bargains 2012
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BEST FREE HIKING GEAR
Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center at Crawford Notch, Bretton Woods
Don’t let any lack of equipment stop you from exploring the White Mountains: Free gear from L.L. Bean is offered to all guests. Rest assured, these aren’t your older sibling’s hand-me-downs. We’re talking top-of-the-line goodies like sleeping bags, backpacks, hiking boots, and more. Rates vary by lodging type (communal bunkroom, lodge bunkroom, private lodge) and meal plan. Off Route 302. 603-278-4453; outdoors.org

BEST KIDDIE CONE
Kimball Farm, Jaffrey
Parents get their money’s worth with immense kids’ portions of homemade ice-cream flavors such as raspberry-chocolate chip and peanut-butter chocolate. And if that’s not enough to win over the younger set, look for low-flying propeller plans coming in for a landing at Silver Ranch Airpark next door. Kiddie cone: $3.75. 158 Turnpike Road. 603-532-5765; kimballfarm.com

BEST SURFING DEMO
Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Company, Hampton
If you’re in the market for a new surfboard or paddleboard, every Tuesday and Friday night in June-August you can paddle around and test out boards for free, with an expert on hand to see which board is best for you. 931 Ocean Blvd. 603-929-7467; cinnamonrainbows.com

BEST CURE FOR CURIOSITY
Margret & H. A. Rey Center & Curious George Cottage, Waterville Valley
Named for Curious George authors Margret and H. A. Rey, who spent summers in Waterville Valley, the Rey Center offers a smorgasbord of free delights. Stop by for storytime every Saturday, or visit for free Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Donations accepted. 35 Village Road, Building C. 603-236-3308; thereycenter.org

BEST FABRIC FEST
Keepsake Quilting, Center Harbor
Fabric aficionados flock to the annual sale here (June 1-2 this year), when tents are filled with bargains and a chance to fill your own scrap bag for under $5. If you can’t make the sale, don’t worry: The outlet offers discontinued fabrics year-round. Senter’s Marketplace, off Route 25B. 800-438-5464, 603-253-9064; keepsakequilting.com

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