Durham may be known as the hometown of University of New Hampshire’s beautiful campus (one of the greenest in the country!). In addition to being a quintessential New England college town, Durham offers so much more.

Durham New Hampshire

Located on the banks of Great Bay and Oyster River, Durham, New Hampshire boasts a beautiful natural landscape with acres of things to see, do, and explore.

We especially love hiking along the trails to view the beautiful foliage in the fall, and sledding down Wagon Hill in the winter months. On Durham’s Main Street, you’ll find a variety of coffee shops, cafes, eateries, and local shops (which may be particularly appealing to all of the Wildcat fans out there), as well as historic sights, and a stunning display of foliage come fall. 

WHAT TO DO IN DURHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE:

SWEETENED MEMORIES BAKERY

Sweetened Memories Bakery is a small batch bakery that provides cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, brownies, cookie decorating kits, cookies, cookie sandwiches and cookie dough for any and all occasions!!

Sweetened Memories Bakery’s Durham New Hampshire storefront is open to the public, and also offers curbside pick up, delivery, and shipping! Plus, we can browse goodies and place orders through Sweetened Memories’ online sweets boutique!

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT SWEETENED MEMORIES BAKERY:

If you’re in the mood to feel inspired, browse Sweetened Memories’ cake gallery!

LOCAL BARRE

Once upon a time, two UNH alumni shared a dream of creating a local community of people who build each other up through barre. The result? Local Barre!

Founded in 2020, this boutique fitness studio offers a variety of classes including yoga, HIIT workouts, Zumba, and of course, barre. The studio offer a variety of time slots and class package options to fit all schedules and needs of the community.

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT LOCAL BARRE:

Experience virtual Local Barre classes from the comfort of your own home!

Are you a student at UNH? Browse Local Barre’s website for special offers just for Wildcats! Not a student at UNH? No problem—Local Barre offers pop-ups, discounts, and specials throughout the year!

Shop cute Local Barre Merch online!

THE BIG BEAN

The Big Bean Cafe is a local breakfast, lunch, and brunch restaurant dedicated to creating unique gourmet meals seven days a week, all year long! The eatery believes in quality ingredients, preparing food from scratch in small batches, sourcing seasonal fruits and vegetables, serving homemade breads, and supporting local farms as often as possible.

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT THE BIG BEAN CAFE:

Almost all of The Big Bean Cafe’s waste is composted or recycled. All disposables are compostable.

The Big Bean has two locations—one in downtown Durham, and a sister location in downtown Newmarket! Both Big Bean locations are open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as for takeout and curbside pickup!

AMY’S FRAME SHOP

What happens when a UNH studio art major finding her passion and calling while in college?? Amy’s Frame Shop—a local boutique frame shop located in the heart of Durham, New Hampshire! Amy brings her passion for art and visual media to each custom frame job, where her mission is to make memories last.

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT AMY’S FRAME SHOP:

Wondering what treasured items can be framed and preserved for years to come? Learn more!

Shop online at Amy’s Frame Shop!

THE FREEDOM CAFE

The Freedom Cafe is not your typical coffee shop; it has a deeper mission of ending human trafficking, one ethically sourced cup at a time. Located just steps from the UNH campus, The Freedom Cafe serves coffee and tea from around the world, creative lattes, cold brew, and baked goods.

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT THE FREEDOM CAFE:

All items are served for a suggested donation, based on what one might pay at any other coffee shop. 100% of proceeds support efforts to end human trafficking.

The Freedom Cafe is committed to educating and increasing awareness for conscious consumerism. Learn more about being a conscious consumer!

OYSTER RIVER CYCLE & SPORT

Oyster River Cycle & Sport is a full service bicycle shop with over 15 years of experience. The team will always give customers fair estimates for services, and on the spot repairs are available to keep you going!

This downtown Durham storefront offers sales of new and used bikes, top-notch service and repairs, lessons, and rentals.

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT OYSTER RIVER CYCLE & SPORT:

Oyster River Cycle & Sport offers regular classes on basic bicycle maintenance, including everything from how to fix a flat, to how to adjust a derailleur (the thing that shifts your gears!)!

Nature Trails Parks Hiking Durham New Hampshire

Durham is located very close to Newmarket, New Hampshire, and a short drive from Dover, New Hampshire and Portsmouth, New Hampshire as well.

Whether you’re visiting someone at college and want to enjoy the small town charm, or are exploring the nature trails and bodies of water, Durham is a beautiful New Hampshire town that’s certainly worth a visit. It’s also a lovely place to live!

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