Number one and two of the ten best places to live in New Hampshire are in the Upper Valley, according to this blog post by Movoto Real Estate. Hanover topped the list. Lebanon came in second. Enfield did not stand a chance since the list considered only spots with more than 10,000 people.
I’ve blogged a lot about playing in New Hampshire. Thanks to the assistance of Housing Solutions, Troy and I found the perfect place to stay in Enfield. Here are ten reasons for young professionals, or anyone, to love staying in Enfield:
- Mascoma Lake and its beauty 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the summer children play at the small beach and typical recreational uses ensue, like boating and skiing. People kayak and row into the late fall and again in early spring. Winter is for ice skating, ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. I considered devoting 4 of 10 reasons to Mascoma Lake, one for every season, but there are plenty of other reasons to love Enfield.
- Enfield has its fair share of small businesses owned by passionate people like Energy Emporium’s Kim Quirk who helps others create a more sustainable future through renewable energy. Drummond Custom Cycles prides its business on creating ride-able works of art. There’s also Enfield House of Pizza owned by my friend through Upper Valley Running Club, Lori Bliss Hill, who grew up in and loves the Enfield community.
- If you go to a local networking event and talk with people about why they’re in the Upper Valley, you’ll often hear about the mountains. People love eliminating their commute to the mountains by moving to towns like Enfield and being only a 15 to 20 minute drive away from peaks like Mt. Cardigan, as well as in close proximity to many local ski resorts.
- The Northern Rail Trail runs through Enfield. It’s a scenic path for walking, jogging, riding bikes and more. You can travel as far as Lebanon in one direction and Grafton in the other.
- My early impressions of Enfield were shaped by Steve Schneider, Town Manager, whose friendly, laid-back personality seems perfectly paired with the town. Enfield is a small, tight-knit community where neighbors come together to help neighbors and where it is possible to “effect change” through local government.
- No small town is complete without a greasy dive. Mickey’s Tavern and Roadside Café fits the bill. In the 90s potato skins were THE appetizer on every restaurant’s menu. Mickey’s has some of the best skins I’ve had in a long time. If you go, be prepared for locals to turn and stare when you walk in.
- A triathlon. Now that’s something not every small town has! Enfield is the home of the MascomaMan Triathlon, an event occurring yearly in July featuring half and sprint distance triathlons.
- I don’t know about you, but I’ve always appreciated public libraries for not only the resources I can take advantage of, but also the resources made available to almost anyone regardless of almost anything. Becoming a member of the Enfield Public Library is fast and easy. The staff is helpful. A fundraising campaign is currently underway for a new building!
- Whether looking to rent or buy, Enfield has housing at prices the young professional can afford. Granted affordable is relative, but Enfield is the place to look in the Upper Valley for lower prices, scenic views of mountains, lakes or ponds, and short commute times to major employers.
- The Enfield Shaker Museum preserves history and the story of the Shakers, in addition to hosting events relevant today, like the Snowshoe Fest. Plus, it’s just a great place to gather for events.
Have you been to Enfield, New Hampshire? What do you think makes Enfield, New Hampshire a great place to stay?