Meet State Rep. Allison Nutting-Wong

Age: 27 Area represented: Hillsborough District 32 (Nashua Ward 5) Occupation and employer: Office Manager at Phoenix Manufacturing Company. Number of years in NH: 27 Favorite place in NH: Nashua! Describe NH in three words: Beautiful, community-driven, and inviting. Year first year elected to the legislature: 2016. Legislative priorities: Healthcare, education and rail. What was […]


How To Plan A Sunrise Hike

What could be more incredible than watching the sun rise from the top of a mountain? Nothing! The White Mountains of NH are a beautiful place on an ordinary day, but once the first rays of sunlight peak over the mountain range, it’s something pretty special. Planning a sunrise hike can be tricky, but the extra […]

Rebecca Perkins Kwoka

Meet Local Leader Rebecca Perkins Kwoka of Portsmouth

Here on the Stay Work Play NH blog, we’re celebrating young leaders all over the state — and we have a lot to celebrate! Last fall, New Hampshire saw a boost in young people taking office at the state level. In fact, 42 of our representatives are under 40 years old. You’ll get to meet […]


Go North, Young Man

Around here we’re used to encouraging Granite Staters to “Stay, Work [and] Play” in New Hampshire. Ranked towards the top of the United States in terms of safety, health and quality of life, NH’s virtues speak for themselves (while rendering our sales pitch a little easier in the process). But no marketing campaign, however effective, […]

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Cool Places to Live: The Flats at Hanover Commons

Among the coolest places New Hampshire residents are living is The Flats at Hanover Commons. A property of Elm Grove Companies, this 124-year-old, five story building stands at the corner of Hanover and Union streets in downtown Manchester. On a cold, but sunny Friday afternoon, I visited the Restoration Cafe on the first floor of […]


5 NH Adventures To Check Off Your Bucket List This Summer

#1. Take A Hike It doesn’t mater if you are an expert or newbie, New Hampshire has a hiking trail for every skill level. From the White Mountains and Great North Woods, all the way to the Monadnock and Lakes Region, there are endless options for your next hiking adventure. There is a trails for every skill […]


On Being an Advocate: The Power of your Personal Story

Think of an issue you’re passionate about. If I asked you to tell me who the decision makers are, what would you say? You probably identified an elected official as the decision maker, right? Perhaps, your State Representatives or State Senator, the Governor, or your Town or City Council or Select Board. None of these […]


Fuel for the Soul

Since moving to New Hampshire, I’ve determined that one thing the state does really well is preserve cool old buildings. In my mind, bonus points are awarded to projects that are completely repurposed and serve their communities in different ways: the small business economy, the environment, and the coffee consumer, in particular. Lucky’s Coffee Garage […]


Meet State Rep. William Pearson

Age: 27 Area represented: Cheshire District 16 (Keene, at-large) Occupation and employer: Student at the University of NH School of Law. Number of years in NH: 26 Favorite place in NH: Anywhere along the Cheshire Rail Trail. Describe NH in three words: Independent, unique, and alluring. Year first year elected to the legislature: 2014. Legislative […]