Active Lifestyle

How Londonderry Keeps Its Charm


October 5, 2018 • Fenny Peiffer

We all have that place that comes to mind in a game of anywhere but here – that sentimental spot that makes us feel homesick even if we’ve never actually lived there. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the Northeastern part of the country, Londonderry, New Hampshire is that kind of town. Located one hour north of Boston in Western Rockingham County, this sleepy little community is a 300-year-old treasure that mingles Colonial American history with rich Irish heritage for the ideal rural active adult lifestyle.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree
Settled in 1719, Londonderry, and its sister town of Derry were once one in the same, but after parting ways in 1827, this close-knit community has managed to stay true to its humble Irish roots. Famous for its rambling apple orchards brought in by Irish settlers, and emerald expanses of rolling farmland, Londonderry is synonymous with pastoral beauty, and a wholesome country lifestyle that hasn’t changed much over the past three centuries

Modern Meets Mayberry
Londonderry’s infrastructure has grown over the years, but it hasn’t strayed too far from home. If you’re looking for nightlife, and high-end retailers, Manchester, and Boston are an easy drive from town, but the local flavor is what this community does best. While a handful of chain stores and major businesses have lent themselves to the town’s thriving economy, Londonderry’s independently owned shops and restaurants have helped to support job growth, and attract country bound out-of-towners.

It’s More Beautiful On the Outside
Highway 93 runs between Londonderry, and Derry, but whatever side of the road you’re on, outdoor recreation, and sightseeing in this town is a four-season showstopper. From gathering with your family for an afternoon of apple picking at Mack’s Apples, winding through a corn maze at Elwood Orchards, to walking the forested fairyland of the Londonderry Rail Trail, or perfecting your shot at the Londonderry Country club, the scenic surroundings are reminiscent of a Currier & Ives masterpiece.

New Hampshire Has Major Perks
As if the apple pie cooling on the windowsill ambiance wasn’t enough, living in Londonderry means taking advantage of New Hampshire’s outstanding bonuses. Voted one of the best states for retirement by Kiplinger, New Hampshire is the valedictorian of tax-friendly states boasting no sales tax, as well as tax-free social security, pension income, and retirement distributions. New Hampshire has also been ranked top of the list for cutting-edge medical care, and overall quality of life, which in Londonderry has been the gold standard since the 1700’s

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