Koo's New Hampshire Studio Workshops


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imageThings to Do in the Area

My studio is located in Alstead, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. It is a very small town in a rural corner of the state about 10 miles east of the Connecticut River and Vermont border (near Windham County, VT) and 40 miles north of the Massachusetts border.

There are many activities in the area – too many to list here. The suggestions that follow (all within 60 miles or less of the studio) are some of the most popular.

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General Information

New Hampshire:

  • NH Living
    This site has an extensive to-do list: antique stores, apple orchards, covered bridges, foliage tours, microbreweries, hiking, biking, and much more. For activities within a few minutes to one hour of my studio check Monadnock or Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee regions. The town closest to my studio (14 miles) with the most activities is Keene, NH. 
  • New Hampshire.com
    Check Monadnock (specifically Keene) and Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee regions.      


  • Vermont Vacation
    Check southern region, specifically Windham County. Bellows Falls, Putney, and Brattleboro are Vermont towns within 30 miles or less of my studio.

Cultural Activities

Information on galleries, openings, theater performances, etc.:

Galleries nearby:

Galleries further a field (1-1 ½ hour drive), but worth the trip:

Historic Towns:

  • Traditional New England towns with old homes, worth a walk about and within an hour of the studio, include: Keene, Walpole, Hanover, Hancock, and Peterborough, NH; Newfane and Grafton, VT. 

Movie Theaters and Performing Arts

Outdoor Activities

General information on hiking, biking, swimming and camping:

Covered Bridge Tours:

Fall Foliage Tours:

  • www.nhliving.com
    Check Monadnock or Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee regions for popular foliage routes.
  • www.rails-vt.com
    Green Mountain Railroad, White River Junction, VT.  Scenic rail tours about 45 miles from the studio.



There are many great hikes in the region including the (reputedly) most frequently climbed summit in the world, Mt. Monadnock, NH  (about 50 minutes from the studio). Other favorite climbs are Mt. Sunapee, NH and Mt. Ascutney. VT. For shorter hikes look up Pitcher Mountain, Stoddard, NH; Chesterfield Gorge, Keene, NH; and Pisgah State Park, Chesterfield, NH.   

Orchards and Farms:

  • www.pickyourown.org 
    There are many pick-your-own operations for apples and berries in the area. In New Hampshire check Cheshire County. For Vermont check Windham County.


Lake Warren, NH offers pond swimming and is a just a few miles from the studio. There are also swim-able quarries in the area.  Keene, NH has Otter Brook Lake and Pisgah Park. In Vermont there are good swimming holes in the Rock River and West River, each about a 50-minute drive. There is also a pool at the YMCA in Keene.



In addition, two noteworthy stops for sweets are:


The best towns for shopping are Keene, NH (14 miles from Koo’s studio), Brattleboro, VT (30 miles), Hanover, NH (45 miles), and Manchester, VT (55 miles). Walpole, NH (9 miles) has a few small boutiques, including a fancy chocolate shop (Burdick’s).

For Kids

  • Stonewall Farm
    Keene, NH. A working organic farm and education center.
  • Santa’s Land USA
    Putney, VT. Dated but strangely popular children’s attraction about 15 miles from the studio.
  • Montshire Musuem of Science
    Norwich, VT. Hands-on, child-friendly science museum about 45 miles north of the studio.


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