Keene is a city in Cheshire County, New Hampshire
, United States. Located in the heart of New England
, Keene has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the most distinctive travel destinations in the United States. This historic city is also has many wonderful accommodations and lodging ranging from homely vacation rentals to cozy condo rentals.
With many buildings in town dating back two hundred years, history is the main attractions in the area. One such attraction is the Horatio Colony House Museum, which contains the art collection of Horatio Colony, a world traveler, art connoisseur and grandson of Keene's first mayor.
For outdoor recreation there is the Ashuelot River Park, another attraction within the city, offering pathways for walking and biking along the river basin.
Keene is also home to Keene State College, a liberal arts institution that provides bachelor and associate degrees. Visitors also appreciate shopping venues such as the Colony Mill Market Place, an outdoor mall with two restaurants and a variety of stores. With several courses in the area, golfers have plenty of options. Not to mention the wealth of accommodation, vacation rental and condo rental options.
Keene hosts the annual Pumpkin Fest, this well-known festival
includes the Pumpkin Festival Children’s Costume Parade followed by Pumpkin Bowling: real bowling pins, actual scorekeeping, the only difference is, instead of bowling balls, pumpkins are used to bowling. In 2011 the number of pumpkins brought to the fest was no less than 16,186 jack-o’-lanterns, all lit.
In late August or early September the city hosts the Keene Music Festival
. Several stages are located throughout the downtown area during the day's events, which are free to the public and sponsored by locally-owned businesses. Visitors, mostly from the local community, roam the city's sidewalks listening to the dozens of bands.
During the busy festival months accommodation and vacation rental choices are limited and should be booked well in advance.
Keene has over 20 churches and one synagogue.
A significant landmark in downtown Keene is the United Church of Christ at Central Square, colloquially known in town as the "White Church" or the "Church at the Head of the Square".
Many of the locally owned accommodations and vacation rentals are situated within walking distance of all the treasures that Keene have to offer.
A real treasure of the town is the Stonewall Farm
is a nonprofit working farm and educational center. We are the only working dairy farm and education center in the region open to the public. We operate a 30 head certified organic dairy, a year-round community supported agriculture (CSA) garden, farm stand and a Learning Center that draws 20,000 visitors per year. Set in a scenic valley, the Farm consists of pastures, fields and woodlands and is open, free of charge, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.