Top 10 Things to Do for the Empty Nester

May 15. 2017 7:26PM

Taste the Local Cuisine
The 23rd Annual Taste of Downtown Nashua on June 7 gets you up close and personal with chefs from award-winning restaurants. This is the longest running event of its kind in New Hampshire. Each ticket contains a treasure map filled with taste discoveries. Plan your route in advance based on your food and beverage preferences. Flavors abound. Dive in!

Go Roller Skating at Everett Arena
We have some fun date nights up our sleeves. Roller skating is a must, and the Everett Arena in Concord offers adults only roller skating on Fridays at 8:15 p.m. and Sundays at 7:15 p.m. from June 9 through July 30 . Dig out the old roller skates, dust them off, and try to remain upright. Rentals are available too.

Lakeside Avenue in Weirs Beach during Bike Week.

Head to Motorcycle Week
From June 10 to 18 the rumble can be heard in downtown Laconia and right down to Weirs Beach. The World’s Oldest Motorcycle Rally, Laconia Motorcycle Week used to be known for its wild nights, crazy stunts and the nearby motorcycle races. Today it’s ... pretty much the same. If you have a bike collecting dust in your garage, this is YOU time, so get to the Weirs and enjoy the sights, the sounds, and the controlled chaos that is Bike Week in New Hampshire.

Take a Sunset Lighthouse Cruise from Rye on June 16 or June 23 
It really doesn’t get much more romantic than a sunset, your honey on your arm, and lighthouses, those saviors of the night. You’ll start this adventure at the Rye Harbor State Marina. Join the folks at M/V Granite State at 7 p.m. The cruises will pass close to Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, Whaleback Lighthouse, and White Island Lighthouse at the Isles of Shoals.

Attend the New England Brew Fest - June 23 to 25
Visit Loon Mountain in Lincoln for the 2017 New England Brew Fest Craft Beer Weekend. Always a sellout, the festival is the ultimate craft beer weekend. Featuring a unique blend of beer-infused social events, educational workshops, brunch, and their signature tasting event, Saturday Night: ON TAP. This festival is the best of the best for craft brew lovers.

Flying Monkey’s Film Series
Check out the Flying Monkey’s Flying Film series, bringing documentaries, classics and Oscar winners to the big screen on Main Street in Plymouth. Enjoy an expanded concession stand with offerings like hot dogs, freshly popped popcorn with a variety of flavorings, Common Man candy, beer and wine. When was the last time you watched a film on Main Street?

Tour a Winery
Wineries and craft breweries have been popping up all over New Hampshire in recent years. There are many good wineries to visit, but near the top of our list is Jewell Towne Vineyards in South Hampton. New Hampshire’s oldest and most awarded winery has a charming New England post and beam barn that is a cozy place to tour, enjoy tasting wines, browse the gift store, and visit the art gallery.

Attend a Blues Music Festival - August 18 to 20
The White Mountain Boogie and Blues Festival is a weekend of blues music held at Benton’s Sugar Shack in Thornton. This year’s headliner is the one and only Grammy-winning artist Jonny Lang. Seventeen-year-old Quinn Sullivan who has already shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, and Buddy Guy, will also perform along with many other artists. Grab your tent and camp out.

Reporter Dave Solomon takes a shot while attending a class at the Sig Sauer Academy training grounds in Epping with instructor Ross Begnaud. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)

Self-defense Class
Sig Sauer Academy in Epping is one of the leading training centers in the country for special forces, S.W.A.T. members, and law enforcement. You guessed it. We have another date night winner! The academy has dozens of course offerings ranging from maintenance and repair, shooting, survival, tactics, and self-defense. If that isn’t a sexy date, we don’t know what is.

Be a Kid
We know. The point is that your kids are grown and it’s just you two. But there’s no age limit on fun! The ski areas that dot the lakes and White Mountains regions jump right into summer mode as the days warm. Your best summer spot? That will depend on your activity interest. Attitash in Bartlett may have the most to choose from: Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, Rockwall Climb, Airbag Jump, waterslides, and more. Remember, being able to laugh - at yourself - is the challenge.

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