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New Hampshire Attractions 2009

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:
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;

Best Baby Gifts:
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;

Best Nursery Display:
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;

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;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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Updated Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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