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Going Local: The Dartmouth-Sunapee Region, or the 'Upper Valley'

Sullivan County Courthouse, Newport

Credit NH Dept of Resources and Economic Development / Division of Travel and Tourism Development
Division of Travel and Tourism Development
Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region

We look at the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region as part of our series, Going Local

The area is a hub for research, healthcare, and academia, and it hosts popular spots for winter and summer recreation. But the region also struggles with a high cost of living, meaning long commutes for many. 


  • Julia Griffin - Town Manager for Hanover. 
  • Tim Camerato - Local and regional news reporter for the Valley News. 
  • David Brooks - Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of Lebanon. 
  • Sarah Brock - Energy Program Manager for Vital Communities, a nonprofit that focuses on regional issues.

 A quick visual tour of this region:

(Scenes include Herrick Cove Lighthouse, slopes at Mount Sunapee, winter on the mountain, the Ron Beaudet ski jump in Newport, Vernondale General Store in North Sutton, Dartmouth, Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, and the view from the Clark Lookout in New London. Music by Atomicos, "Rad Racer," Free Music Archive.)

Recommendations from listeners and guests:

"The Hop," also known as the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, features art and performances throughout the year. 

There are several food coop stores in the region that attract locals and visitors. 

Several people recommended the Lebanon Opera House, and the Wednesday Hanover Farmer's Market, Thursday Lebanon Farmer's Market. Check outevery farmer's market in the region here (there's a bunch!). 

LISTEN Community Services has a thrift store and volunteer projects. 

Advance Transit is the public transportation for the region. 

One listener recommended the AVA Gallery as a great place to meet people and get involved with the larger community. 

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