The Woods

Step through the porte-cochere into The Woods, our original campus, and experience New Hampshire from the mountains to the sea. The crowning jewels of The Woods foyer are the original landscape oil paintings “Franconia Ridge” and “North Shoals-Star Island” by acclaimed Seacoast artist John Hatch, former resident and husband of co-founder Maryanna Hatch.

The heart of The Woods, The Great Bay Room, is home to many events and occasions. From educational lectures to festive gatherings, the Great Bay Room functions as a hub of social and entertainment activity. Step inside the bright, invigorating atmosphere of our newly-redesigned Woods Cafe for lunch or a snack with friends.

Newly enhanced with over $10 million in renovations in the last couple of years, The Woods is our original campus and features the widest variety of home options available. Like all three of our campuses, the wide-range of fascinating residents with diverse interests make this place a vibrant community.

The Woods at RiverWoods Exeter

Unique to The Woods:

  • Music Room for Rehearsals and Jam Sessions
  • Two Art Studios, one designed for Nantucket Basket Weaving
  • Fully-Equipped Woodworking Shop
  • Greenhouse

Facts About The Woods:

  • 201 Apartment Homes
  • Three-quarters of a mile from The Ridge
  • Favorite Gathering Spot: Coffee on the Bridge
  • Popular Activity: Performances in the Great Bay Room

It's so easy to be healthy here.

There are fitness classes down the hall every day and delicious, healthy meals (that I don't have to cook!) served in a beautiful setting. I have finally started working out because it's fun!

Amenities Found on Every Campus

Our residents benefit from the wide variety of choices offered by our three unique campuses, but each campus provides the same convenient services and amenities. Like the others, The Woods Campus offers:

  • Private Independent Living homes
  • Pet-Friendly Living
  • Three Dining Venues
  • Pool and Fitness Center
  • Resident-Managed Library and Country Store
  • Raised Garden Beds and Walking Trails
  • Hair Salon and Barbershop
  • Galleries Featuring Resident Artworks
  • Art and Craft Studios
  • Wellness Clinic
  • Accommodations for Visiting Guests
  • Wide Variety of Social, Educational and Outreach Programs
  • WiFi Access

Each campus also includes complete health center care with private Assisted Living apartments, Memory Support, and Nursing Care level of services. Our caring professionals are committed to maintaining the highest level of privacy and dignity for all our residents. Regardless of which campus you choose, if or when your health care needs change, person-centered care is available within your own community from a staff you know and trust.

Choosing a CCRC was a smart financial decision.

With RiverWoods 90% refundable entrance fee. I know our future is taken care of and there will be something left to leave my family, too.



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An Active Community of Independent Adults

They say you can’t choose your family, but you can choose your family of friends. Without the worry of home maintenance, driving, or even cooking your own meals, you’ll be able to make the most of this time of your life. Whether it’s gardening, art, music, history, or nature — RiverWoods Exeter is a neighborhood full of people passionate about living their best life.

Financial FAQs

  • I don’t know anyone at RiverWoods. How will I make new friends?

    Come for a visit at any time, and you’ll find residents working out in the gym, painting in the art studio, or enjoying a history lecture. You’ll find others hammering away in the woodshop, working in our raised garden beds, or discussing books in the library. Still, more will be headed off to The Music Hall for a show, walking the trails around campus with their dog, or organizing a group to go kayaking on the river.

    Most residents remark they’ve become more active socially and physically since moving to RiverWoods. Whether it’s meeting someone new over dinner or chatting over sandwiches, learning a new skill or taking a fitness class — life here brings every resident the opportunity to make new friends who share your common interests.

    Do you have an interest that hasn’t yet been explored at RiverWoods? We’d love to help you make it happen. Whatever your passion, RiverWoods provides a myriad of opportunities to pursue what you love most about life.

  • What Health Care Services do you offer?

    As a nationally-accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community, at RiverWoods you benefit from living within a vibrant and active senior living community and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have a plan, no matter what your future health care needs may be. Join us as an independent resident, and if your needs change in the future, you are able to receive Assisted Living, Memory Support, or Nursing Care within the same community, cared for by staff you know and trust.

    When or if you ever need help with the activities of daily living, we’ll design a personalized plan to help you live life to its fullest — within the same community while maintaining your privacy and your highest level of independence.

    Sometimes, all it takes is one patch of ice, one missed step or one minor fall, and your entire life can be thrown into discord for months. A routine hip surgery or knee replacement becomes a significant lifestyle struggle. Be assured that rehabilitative care is here, when or if you ever need it.

  • What if my spouse needs health care before I do?

    Often spouses age differently, and one spouse may need more care than another. Caregiving can put a strain on any relationship, but at RiverWoods these relationships are preserved. One person can receive Assisted Living level of care, allowing the other to be a spouse, not a caregiver.

  • Who decides if I need more care and what type of care I need?

    Moving from Independent Living to health care is a conversation you participate in, not a decision made on your behalf. If care needs are increasing, and you need more help, we will invite you and your family to meet with our team and discuss what kinds of additional help you may need, and how RiverWoods can help. We would decide together if a change would be more beneficial for you and where it would make the most sense for you to receive that care.

  • What happens if I need a higher level of care?

    By choosing RiverWoods you are ensuring a complete continuum of care plan as your health needs change. Our residents are able to transition from Independent Living to Assisted Living to Memory Support or Nursing Care, whenever it is needed and for as long as necessary. Providing all levels of care within one community prevents a disruptive change or a second move when your health care needs have changed.

    Each person is unique. With our professional, caring staff, we provide our health center residents with a highly-individualized, personal care plan. Each resident enjoys a private room and bathroom, in a comforting, home-like environment. Going beyond the activities of daily living to provide more intensive and individual care, our staff treats each resident with respect and dignity.