Active lifestyle by day, vibrant cultural and restaurant scene by night.

• Hopkins Center on Dartmouth’s campus features plays, musical performances, movies and more.

• The Hood Museum and the League
of New Hampshire Craftsmen among numerous area galleries and museums that are home to a thriving local community of artisans. Lebanon features the AVA (Alliance for the Visual Arts) Gallery, showing works of more than 150 area artists.

• Hit movies as well as independent films offered by Hanover’s Nugget Theater and Dartmouth’s Loew Auditorium. Six-screen theatre minutes away with a summer drive-in several towns north.

• Opera North and the Northern Stage have produced more than 50 productions in White River Junction in the past decade.

• Garrison Keillor, Roseanne Cash and Los Lobos among headliners making the nearby Lebanon Opera House popular for all kinds of tastes.

• July 4, 1761: Connecticut colonists granted charter for seven square miles of wooded land that would become Hanover.

• 1769 population: 20 families.

• Part of Vermont from 1778-1784.

• 1,380: residents at time of first census in 1790.

• 11,124: Hanover population in 2004. About half are full-time residents and half are Dartmouth students.

• 3,544: Norwich population in 2000.

• The Appalachian Trail and Moose Mountain for hiking, the Connecticut River for boating and fishing, Hanover Country Club Mink Brook for fishing and Storrs Pond for swimming and tennis make the area a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts in spring and summer.

• The Dartmouth Skiway and Whaleback Mountain, the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center, Campion Rink and Thompson Arena, the groomed ice of Occom Pond and the sledding hill of Hanover Country Club invite winter sports participants.

• Dartmouth’s Fitness Center, the River Valley Club and Dartmouth’s Alexis Boss Tennis Center offer indoor fitness opportunities when the weather turns cold.

• Dartmouth Riding Center at Morton Farm welcomes the horse lover.


• Classic Main Street of Hanover features local and national banks, real estate and insurance agents, convenience stores, hardware, outdoor clothing and jewelry stores and much, much more stand in contrast to outlet shopping and malls that all look alike.

• New and used books, kitchen wares, laundry services, musical instruments and recordings, opticians, orthodontists and pharmacies and the Hanover Consumer Co-op grocery store are part of why they say, “They don’t make downtowns like Hanover anymore.”

• A centrally located town parking garage and the new South Block make a terrific shopping experience even better.

• The Baker’s Store at King Arthur Flour and shops selling funky gifts, books, spirits help make Norwich an interesting shopping side trip.

• Dining options range informal to formal, from steak and seafood at Jesse’s to tandoori chicken at the Jewel of India, to Hawaiian pizza at Ramuntos Brick & Brew, to a sandwich at Quiznos, to the classic diner feel of Lou’s or to something as informal and collegiate as the Bagel Basement.


• Outdoor favorites include hiking the Appalachian Trail, exploring the Connecticut River, skiing at local areas or famous resorts a short drive away, bicycling, and golf at area courses like Hanover Country Club.

• Seasonal favorites include the Occom Pond Party in February, the Hanover Center Old Timers Fair and Oxen Pull in June, the Old Fashioned Fourth of July on “The Green” and summer’s StreetFest.

• Farmers Market in Hanover runs from June through September.
• Winter’s Celebrate the Season events include great shopping, crafting and caroling, the Handel Society Holiday singing in December and Ivy League ice hockey at Dartmouth’s Thompson Arena.

• Raptor performances at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee and the renowned Orozco murals at Dartmouth among popular stops for visitors.

• Overnight accommodations of all kinds include the Hanover Inn overlooking Main St., the Norwich Inn across the river and bed and breakfasts sprinkled in the outlying areas. National motel chains abound within a 10-minute drive.