Exeter, NH

If you're traveling by Portsmouth, NH make a point to stop in Exeter — home to the prestigious boarding school, Phillips Exeter Academy.

Clearly modeled after Harvard's campus, the Academy is a sprawling array of dozens of buildings that now include a dance center, swimming pool, and athletic center. Probably vastly different than the few buildings that were initially constructed to prepare boys for Harvard.

Situated on the Squamscott River, Exeter is very much the picturesque New England town.

The Main street is filled with restaurants, bakeries, antiques, and bookstores.

Wander along the main street and stroll through campus, thinking about what it would be like to go to school here.

The lovely Inn by the Bandstand. I would love to stay here, and their restaurant Otis sounded delicious. 

Pop into a shop or two for a new book or something to cozy up your home, and don't forget to stop into one of the many restaurants or cafes. We stopped for a latte and bagel at Me & Ollie's. An eclectic coffehouse with an extensive and yummy menu, it's clearly the local gathering spot for weekend studying.

What I loved about Exeter was how vibrant the main street is. Every storefront was filled, the historic buildings blending into contemporary shops and eateries. I'm sad we didn't get to try any of the restaurants — though our decision would have been tough to make — but thankfully I know we'll be back!

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