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In the deep, dark woods of Candia, thrill-seekers tentatively explore Haunted Acres' Area 52, which sends tingles up spines with five terrifying attractions created by horror professionals with 20 years of experience. Guests step inside the quarter-mile Nightmare woods walk and immediately duck to avoid the Hollywood-esque animatronic slayer and possessed flowers while trying to spot the real ghost that has been photographed here by paranormal investigators.

Over at the Graveyard of the Damned, adventurers walk across the exposed face of a man buried on the walking trail before heading to the pitch-black Maze from Hell and the ghoulish prison Cell Block 13. Those who have any nerve left can then explore the 3-D Nuclear Accident site fogged up with clouds of radioactive steam.

The spooky attractions, which feature a central common area, were given five stars by Boston Events Insider. It then went on to say that "Haunted Acres is nothing less than a must see destination that deserves more praise than five stars can convey." Patrons can make an evening of it with Haunted Acres' bonfires, food, beer and wine, and dual 1,000-foot zip lines.

272 Exeter Rd
Epping,
NH
US

The highly trained staff at HLC Med harnesses futuristic technology and its own line of products for services that heal, rejuvenate, and beautify. In the guffawing face of father time, technicians roll up their sleeves and unholster their lasers, blasting away acne scarring, rosacea, or hyperpigmentation with the Radiancy SpectraClear system. A chilled-tip laser uproots party-crashing hair from any skin type, and a Q-switched KTP YAG laser sends sun spots packing. Custom chemical peels stimulate cell renewal and collagen production to fill out fine lines, and radio-frequency devices firm up skin and smooth out cellulite. The center also offers services for men, including laser treatments for razor bumps, back-hair removal, and a gentleman's facial that moisturizes faces more effectively than head-butting Poseidon.

81 Portsmouth Avenue
Stratham,
NH
US

Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House’s many locations stock fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.

28 Portsmouth Ave
Stratham,
NH
US

Equipment: Weights, mats, stability balls, suspended wood floor

Students should bring: Cross training sneakers, water bottle (also available for sale)

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 5?10 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2009

Registration required: No

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Get ready to have some fun.

Honore Laflamme, owner of Jubilation, espouses a simple fitness philosophy: "As long as you are moving, sweating, and smiling, you are doing it right," she says. She describes her mission as making exercise fun. She couches hard work such as Zumba, yoga, and Pilates in an energetic atmosphere of low lighting and funky tunes that are akin to "being at a party with your friends." She leads every class in a space with a suspended wooden floor, which helps absorb impact to lessen the strain on joints and avoid bothering the mole people that live downstairs.

2800 Lafayette Rd
Portsmouth,
NH
US

Artisan clayworkers toil over Great Bay Pottery's ever-ready kilns crafting one-of-a-kind stoneware pottery, including sturdy floor vases, convenient serving dishes, and all manner of saucers for UFO hoaxing. Patient clients can watch as potters spin their new piece of practical decoration into existence and finish the piece to their specifications with painted and glazed designs in nautical, arboreal, or impressionistic themes, among many other options. For a small fee, the potters will inscribe any piece with a message for personalized gift giving.

69 Lafayette Rd
North Hampton,
NH
US

Seasoned clay handler Elaine Fuller uses her 30 years of experience to guide students of all skill and age levels through private pottery lessons, as well as to craft elegant pieces of stoneware for purchase. Fuller cultivates an encouraging and customized experience for guests and their crafty companions, providing all the necessary supplies to sculpt bowls, pitchers, and ancient terra cotta dinner guests. Beginners will become versed in the malleable language of clay, learn rudimentary wheel techniques, and train on specialized equipment—including slab rollers, extruders, and nuclear particle accelerators—before decorating and glazing their finished products. More advanced pupils can tackle a project of their choice, developing a keener artistic eye under Elaine’s tutelage.

44 Government St
Kittery,
ME
US