Granite Staters Ready for the Beach and Much More


A recent study by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center says that New Hampshire residents are more comfortable stepping out to get their hair cut, eating in a restaurant, and going to the beach according to  As the COVID-19 case counts are down the rate of vaccinations in our state rises, people are getting ready to go back to life as it was before the pandemic lockdown.


Going to the Beach?  Get There Early!


Last weekend I asked a friend to meet me at the beach (North Hampton)  I broadcast my show starting at 530am so you can imagine that I get up very early on a daily basis and I like to keep that schedule on my weekends.  I usually arrive at the beach early and don’t have an issue with parking but the friend I asked to meet me last week drove around for nearly an hour looking for parking. Yikes! Get there before 8 am and you should be good.


Make Reservations


If you are planning on eating dinner out at your favorite pre-pandemic restaurant, you might want to call ahead and ask if you need reservations.  Since more people are comfortable with eating dinner inside a restaurant and the state has dropped its mask mandate according to, you might want to get ahead of the pent-up demand and secure a spot.  Please give an extra-generous tip to your server, they have had a rough year.  Making an appointment is also a good idea if you are getting a haircut or need to have your color touched up.  The pandemic did have a lot of women (including my wife) go natural and grow out their gray hair but a lot of women are rushing back to get their color done.  Call ahead!


LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.


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