Postcards of quintessential New England towns usually include the white clapboard houses, church steeple, village common and sturdy, hardy folks used to the fickle nature of weather and time. That would be very beautiful small-town Lyme, New Hampshire with a population of under 2,000 whose exterior is still picture-perfect.
This is a town that values its heritage yet provides a perfect commuter's roost for those wanting the most up-to-date and in-touch arts, culture, educational opportunities, medical facilities which are just down the road. And an easy drive beyond, Boston.
Living in Lyme, you'll be less than a half hour to some of the world's leading institutions like Dartmouth College, The Tuck School, Vermont Law School, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Veteran's Administration Hospital.
And while all the limelight might got to Hanover just down the road, Lyme has Stella's, it's own Italian restaurant, country lodging at The Lyme Inn, The Lyme Country Store, gas station and several schools -- both private and public. It is also close to the Appalachian Trail and the Dartmouth Skiway for winter sports.
Beyond Lyme are byways to the White Mountain with all the beauty and recreational opportunties there. Across the Connecticut River is Thetford, Vermont and down the road past fields and farms is Norwich. Much of the farm-to-table fare offered at farmers markets and in local restaurants are sourced in Lyme's back yard. Lyme is for those who seek a quieter, more traditional landscape in which to retire or raise a family yet within reach to all the Upper Valley has to offer.