This past week I spent 4 days in New Hampshire working. Now I don’t know if it’s the whole state or just the area I was in, but; New Hampshire is NOT vegan friendly.
I was hoping to be able to do a lot of writing while I was up there; however I’m not very comfortable in hotel rooms. I started 2 stories and quickly lost thought on both. The good side of the trip was that this is Laconia bike week and I was only 13 miles from Weir’s Beach, the center of it all.
Okay, so first thing first. Excuse me, do you know of any places in the area where I can find a vegan diner? Strange look-Hmmmm, do you eat fish? No, plant based foods only. Well there’s a cool place on 11 where you can get a salad. Okay thanks I’ll check it out. From there it was all downhill.
Now everyone was extremely nice and I eventually found a really cool place that didn’t have any vegan items on the menu but the cook came out to talk with me and made me a vegan diner. I thought that was pretty awesome. It’s hard to find that kind of service, especially since he was pretty busy at the time. So if you ever find yourself in New London, N.H. stop in at The Hole in The Fence Cafe, thanks Brett and everyone else you guys were awesome.
Another thing about New London, if you want coffee from DD you better get there before 7 and if you need anything from the book/music store get there before 5. What I’m trying to say is the streets roll up early, but it is a beautiful peaceful place. You should have seen my face while I was waiting to cross the street and all the cars (by that I mean both cars) stopped for me to cross, don’t ever expect that in Jersey.
While on my way into Laconia I found myself driving down an old Main street; the kind of Main streets you don’t really see anymore. The street was lined with an old church and some “mom and pop” shops. Among them was a very cool natural food store. I stopped in to pick up some food and was helped by one of the friendliest sweetest woman I’ve met. I scored some awesome wasabi rice chips and vegan jerky and hit the road again.
So the moral of today’s story is this; if you ever go to New Hampshire you will meet some of the nicest people ever, and you will see a really beautiful state, but if you happen to be vegan; bring food.
As for bike week, it’s a giant overcrowded swap meet and 75% of the crowd has an attitude problem. There’s definitely no vegan options, and the Angels sell t-shirts but don’t let them catch you wearing one if you’re not a member (makes sense, right?).
Oh yeah. These painted cows are all over New London.