Twenty-five years ago, there were few good meals to be had in Nashua, New Hampshire. You were just far enough from Boston to feel isolated, and the nightlife was non-existent. Things have certainly changed. Nashua is the only city in the U.S. to have been twice named "The Best Place to Live in America" by Money Magazine, and it's no wonder. Crime is almost non-existent, the downtown has been beautifully renovated, and there are actually some good restaurants now! What's more, the population has shifted decisively in the direction of hip and modern, as Massachusetts transplants have come north in search of a better quality of life for themselves and their families. In 2009 Nashua was named one of America's "Best Places to Raise Your Kids" by Bloomberg's Businessweek.
Three of my favorite Nashua restaurants are Lui Lui on Daniel Webster Highway, Martha's on Main Street, and Chen Yang Li on Amherst Street. There is a beautiful park (Greeley Park) right downtown that features summer performances and art shows, and at Mine Falls Park you can boat in the summer and cross-country ski in the winter. Nashua offers great family atmosphere without being dull. The city of Nashua is definitely worth considering for your next vacation destination or for permanent relocation.