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New Hampshire Attractions 2009

New Hampshire Attractions 2009
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by in May 2009

Best Museum Gift Shop:
CURRIER MUSEUM OF ART, Manchester
The Currier’s reopening last spring, after a two-year expansion project, reinvigorated its gift shop by tripling the space and adding inventory. Here you’ll find New Hampshire artisans and exhibition-specific merchandise, plus items inspired by the permanent collection, such as a zodiac pendant. 150 Ash St. 603-669-6144 x128; currier.org

Best Wedding-Gift Ideas:
SIMON PEARCE, Hanover
Hand-blown glass pieces, from vases and pitchers to cake platters and stemware, are beautiful and elegant for any occasion. 10 South Main St. 603-643-0100; simonpearce.com

Best Traditional Salt-Glaze Pottery:
SALMON FALLS STUDIO AND SHOP, Dover
This historic brick building is stuffed with pottery featuring American country-blue designs such as blueberries and vines. The Engine House, 75 Oak St. 603-749-1467; salmonfalls.com

Best Cottage-Style Home Decor:
HOME COMFORT MARKET SHOP, Center Harbor
Furnishings and linens, candlesticks and pillows, all featuring country charm befitting a lakeside camp or North Woods cabin. Look for carved decoys, botanical print quilts, hooked rugs, and bentwood furniture. Route 25B. 603-253-6660; homecomfortnh.com

Best Place to Find Something for Everyone:
RUGGLES & HUNT, Walpole
This small dry-goods store in an old firehouse is packed with items for every room in the house, plus gifts for the reader, child, or fashionista in your life. 8 Westminster St. 603-756-9607

Best Hand-Turned Burl Wood Bowls:
Dustin Coates Gallery on the Hill, Etna
The artist favors timber that has unique features such as whorls and live edges. Some people use his bowls for serving salad; others treat them as works of art. 5 Trescott Road; 603-643-3499

Best Independent Bookstore:
VILLAGE BOOK STORE, Littleton
This storefront spans about a half-block and stocks more than 75,000 titles and an outstanding children’s section. Find books by regional authors, plus a sizable selection of local maps and outdoor guides. 81 Main St. 800-640-9673, 603-444-5263; booksmusictoys.com

Best Baby Gifts:
STORK ORGANIC BABY BOUTIQUE, Milford
New mothers and moms-to-be will appreciate the emphasis on organic-cotton products, from necessities such as onesies, blankets, and cloth diapers to much-used items such as biodegradable soaps, organic-cotton toys, and natural-rubber pacifiers. 273 Union Square. 603-673-5381; storkorganicbaby.com

Best Nursery Display:
BETHLEHEM FLOWER FARM, Bethlehem
Long identified with its pink-painted barn, Bethlehem sells more than 150 varieties of daylilies. Enjoy the gardens and mountain views and order some stunning blooms. 4123 Main St. (Route 302). 603-869-3131; bethlehemflowerfarm.com

Best Chocolates:
BYRNE & CARLSON, Portsmouth
This small shop offers handmade treats, created in small batches nearby. 121 State St. 888-559-9778, 603-559-9778; byrneandcarlson.com

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