Jane Presby, owner of Dimond Hill Farm, is no stranger to the joys of autumn in New England. The Victorian farmhouse will soon feature fall favorites like native pumpkins, squash, gourds, ornamentals, sweet corn, cider and other produce as well as walking trails and picnic tables that are dog-friendly (as long as they’re on a leash, of course). But when the weather turns cooler, Presby turns to downtown Concord for fun things to do.
“Concord is an exchange between north, south, east and west. It’s easy to hop off the highway and get a bite to eat. You can always stay over if traveling through. You’re between all three highways, it’s kind of the hub. The capital really is a hub of the state,” she said. “I think this is (a good place to) walk down through Main Street and see shops and offerings.”
As a self-described read-a-holic, Presby loves visiting Gibson’s Bookstore. “Red River Theatre is good too. We have lots of things to do that are interesting, especially in the long winter,” she said, like the New Hampshire Historical Society. And performing arts “is a really important part of Concord itself.” For dining, she’s into Chinese and Mexican food lately (both of which you can find multiple options for downtown). But like Presby says, “depending on what you want to see, there’s a place.”
(Dimond Hill Farm is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They typically close for the season the weekend before Halloween.)