Sue and I did a weekend trip to Plymouth, NH Friday 04/15/16 to check the area out. We headed out after Sue got home from work, and had an enjoyable drive over, hardly hitting any traffic.
After getting checked into the low budget Red Carpet Inn & Suites, I opened a bottle of wine and Sue and I played several sets of backgammon and just chatted about the drive. We went into town to the Six Burner Bistro for a late evening dinner. Cute place, but we weren't sure the quality of the food was up to the higher mid range prices that we paid. But, nice enough.
Saturday morning was geared toward walking around the downtown area, and the river front park. We were trying to get a sense of the town; it's 'feel'. Though small, the downtown area was nice with some interesting shops that we enjoyed visiting.
We headed north out of town at around 11:30 on Route 175 toward Campton, NH where we were to meet our real estate agent Kim at the first listing of the day. Just after pulling onto 175 I spotted a For Sale sign on one of the properties we had considered looking at but passed on setting up an appointment as others were more appealing. We stopped and walked the property acknowledging that it would have been a waste of time for us to have put this on the showing list.
We stopped for a quick lunch in Campton at the Mad River Tavern before meeting up with Kim at the property. Though a beautiful post and beam home, Campton itself is just a little far removed from enough population for our interests. Our next stop was a wreck of a condo at Tenney Mountain Ski Area, and then on to a beautiful home in Plymouth itself.
We might have been interested in that, but just on a hunch we drove through some of the neighborhoods close to downtown. Good thing we did because we must have seen 6 or 8 groups of 20 or more college students in full party mode. Another few beers, and we knew it would be total chaos. And... we're just not looking for chaos in retirement. Don't understand the lax attitude of the town of Plymouth to allow that to go on. We live very close to the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH and go through there all of the time. Sure: college kids having fun. But not the stupidly uncontrolled rowdy behavior that we saw in Plymouth. Good luck Plymouth....
After that, headed back to the room to have some wine and shake off the dust with some backgammon before we went to the Italian Farmhouse for dinner. Now that's a lovely place and the food is terrific! It's tight and very noisy though. Not a romantic spot for sure. But good food and fun. And that was fine with us after the miserable experience in Plymouth earlier.
We headed out early Sunday morning for home via Routes 175 and 113 to Rattlesnake Mountain on Squam Lake. Sue had wanted me to see that so we hiked up the west side. Unbelievable! Next time I'm bringing a lounge chair, book, and lunch and I'm just staying! That was a nice cap off for the weekend for sure.