That Special Spark: Makerspaces

What is a Makerspace? A space that is open for people to learn and create in, typically through membership or classes, while having access to equipment, tools, knowledge, and resources to make with. These spaces allow artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs to dream up big ideas and have a shared space to execute them in, without […]


Scenic Pancakes

Today’s blog post might not come as an impressive, innovative new restaurant to those of you who have lived in New Hampshire your whole lives. However, sometimes restaurants are popular tourist destinations for good reason, and Polly’s Pancake Parlor is always a good idea. Let’s talk about the view, shall we? Unless you planned on […]

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The Hotel Industry: Making Room for Economic Growth in NH

Among a state’s many benchmarks of economic success is its hotel industry. States with a vibrant tourism sector require more hotels to house more vacationers. And states with good jobs must accommodate those who are in town for interviews. Let’s not forget our own residents and their attraction to New Hampshire’s natural beauty, either. After […]


Best Winter NH 4,000 Footers For A Beginner

1. Mount Waumbek Waumbek is a perfect winter hike option for someone who is just starting out their winter hiking career. It is one of the easier 4K’s in New Hampshire. The Starr King trail is gradual and gentle on the knees, perfect for practicing using snowshoes while gaining elevation. This trail brings you across […]


Champions of Art: The Governor’s Arts Awards

New Hampshire has an abundance of talented and enthusiastic artists and makers. Thanks to the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Governor’s Office, a collection of those artists are recognized each year for their outstanding dedication to the arts in the Granite State. I had the opportunity to attend this year’s Governor’s […]


Meet Local Leader Nathaniel Morneault

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 […]

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We’re Not Your Grandma’s Girl Scouts

I was a Girl Scout. And I am again! After about a 45-year break, I’m again involved as a member of this organization that is specifically set up to improve the lives of girls. And while some things never change – thankfully! – there is so much that is different! I was a Brownie, Junior, and Cadette […]


Two Barns and a Beer

At first look, it’s hard to tell that the beautiful new Twin Barns Brewing Company facility was recently two 1850s conjoined barns discovered in Meredith by co-founders Bruce Walton and Dave Picarillo. Upon further review, the logo, two-toned paint job, and interior exposed beams tell more of the story. Located right on Daniel Webster Highway […]

A couple of bona fide young people having fun at Taco Tuesday with the Workforce Housing Coalition!

Housing Policy with a Side of Beer, Please!

It is autumn in New Hampshire. The temperatures are cooling, pumpkin spice is back, and we are in the thick of conference season! I attend a fair amount of conferences and other events for work and, not surprisingly, I am often the youngest person in the room. Is this because young people don’t care or […]


Art for Change

The artists who lived in Portsmouth in the 1970s can’t afford to live here anymore. Russ Grazier, Co-Founder and CEO of Portsmouth Music & Arts Center, went on to elaborate on this cyclical phenomenon: artists are attracted to depressed areas they can afford; they invest in these communities through their art; the communities become attractive […]