You won’t find the usual garden-variety antiques selection at The Dreaming Pig (141 Main St., Lincoln, 603/745-6900); the eclectic shop ferrets out animal-shaped glass sculpture, oversized hand-carved mirrors, rainbow-hued candles, and hand-stitched quilts.
Before you head out on that expedition, explore the bookshelves of The Mountain Wanderer (57 Main St./Rte. 112, Lincoln, 800/745-2707 or 603/745-2594, www.mountainwanderer.com , 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Wed.–Mon.; closed Tue.). The selection of travel maps and outdoor guides is indispensable for paddling, hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, bird-watching, and anything else you can do in or to the outdoors.