Back to the Beginning

I moved to New Hampshire in the Summer of 2012. This decision to move was made on more or less a whim, and the only thing I was sure of was that I wanted to try something new. I certainly succeeded in that. I knew nothing about New Hampshire. I didn’t know how to pronounce […]

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Cabin Fever Cure: Crafts to Beat the Winter Blues

Anyone who has experienced a New Hampshire winter—even those of us who revel in the beauty of the snow-covered landscape—eventually get to a point where spending another day cooped up inside can feel a bit like a prison sentence. Whenever I sense the desperation setting in, I know it’s time to get crafting! Today I’d […]

Lara enjoying Paddlebording on the lake!

Doing Good NH: Lara Gruner of the Faith, Hope and Love Foundation

This week I spoke with Lara Gruner, Crisis Counselor for Becket Family Services and President of the Faith, Hope and Love Foundation (FHL). When Lara isn’t working at Beckett Family Services, or running FHL she will be found on the ski slopes of Gunstock or Waterville Valley Resort, paddleboarding on the local lakes, rock climbing, […]


Weathering The Winter

Almost thirteen years ago, a singer-songwriter named Anna Nalick topped the charts with a song that, in its opening verse, proclaimed on a friend’s behalf that, “Winter just wasn’t my season.” While I wondered (and Genius.com dissents) if the line in context hinted at a May-December romance, it gave us a nicely-bottled-up out-of-context quote. Winter […]

Franconia's trails are not without personality.

Friends of Profile Trails Forging a Path in Franconia

Two roads diverge in a yellow wood and, thanks to the Friends of Profile Trails, you can travel both. The Friends of Profile Trails (FPT) represent a collective of efforts across the Franconia valley region to spur local trail networks. The group aims to foster healthy lifestyles through biking, hiking, and skiing on terrain suitable […]

Caitlin Konchek | Calypso Communications | Portsmouth, NH

9-5: Behind-The-Scenes At Calypso Communications

Are you a creative who’s always dreamed of working in downtown Portsmouth? There are tons of amazing agencies in the Seacoast area that could be a great fit for you. Today, we’re going to take a behind-the-scenes look at one of them: Calypso Communications. Caitlin Konchek is the Marketing Director at Calypso Communications, a strategic […]


The Oyster River Trails: Connecting Campus to the Community

Someone has been busy working on Durham’s Oyster River Forest! Living near a quality walking trail is a priority for my partner and I. Since moving to Durham, we’ve spent a lot of time outside exploring the College Woods/Oyster River Forest area. We noticed over the past six months or so, that this trail has […]

The Mount Washington Resort

The Historic Mount Washington, A Visit

There is a historic resonance in the North Country. We share a coastline with Massachusetts yet we also possess an element of wildness usually reserved for the Muir-trodden mountains of the west. Nestled between Cherry Mountain and the Presidential Range is the grand hotel that Joseph Stickney dreamed of owning with his wife, Carolyn Foster […]


Keep it Classic

When planning out Eat Drink Play topics, I usually try to find unique, local spots that new residents might not have visited before. Occasionally, I realize that tried and true favorites have not been covered yet on this blog, and I make sure they get their 500 words in the spotlight! If you live in […]

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O Christmas Tree: A Cut-Your-Own Adventure

I’m so pleased to be a new blogger here at Stay Work Play. I love living in New Hampshire, and my roots here run very deep—my family has been staying, working, and playing in the Granite State for almost four hundred years! A lot has changed since my ancestors first set foot on this soil, […]

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