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Hike The Colette Trail

March 26th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Colette Trail

Bicknell Brook Loop Trail & Colette Trail

This is an Upper Valley outdoor gem located in Enfield, NH with broad falls and an active beaver wetland.  It was created by Robert Drape as a memorial to his daughter, Colette, a Dartmouth graduate and a outdoor enthusiast.  Working with the Upper Valley Land Trust and the Enfield Conservation Commission, Mr. Drape ensured that this beautiful area would be saved for future generations.  The Colette Trail can be hiked in any season but the late winter and early spring are particularly spectacular.  Then you will see the remains of the winter’s natural ice sculptures contrasted with the roaring water of Bicknell Brook.  After you park north of the bridge, walk back over the bridge and look down –  right below you is a spectacular waterfall.  Along the quarter mile to Crystal Lake, you will encounter numerous rapids and falls enhancing this incredible natural wonderland.  Be alert for beaver, deer and even moose – you will see plenty of evidence of dams, lodges and beaver-chewed trees.  The surrounding forest is filled with red maple, aspen and white pine with large hemlocks and spruce forming a canopy.  Look for the large “grandfather rock” and see if you can find his face in the rock.  The only caution – in the spring, the trail is not difficult but if it is icy, footwear with cleats will help prevent a dangerous slip.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will direct you to the Colette Trail for a truly special hike.

150 Meters To The Mystery Of The Stone Chamber

March 26th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Miller Arts Center

Miller Arts Center, Springfield, Vermont

In the charming town of Springfield, Vermont, high on a hill, sits the Miller Arts Center.  This mansion, once owned by Moses Whitcomb, today contains art exhibits by local artists and historical exhibits created by the MAC interns.  A less frequented part of the MAC’s displays is located a short 150 meter walk from the mansion.  It is an unidentified stone chamber that has left many wondering at its origin, builder and ultimately its purpose.  Many have thought that is was constructed as a tomb for the burial of the Whitcomb family but there is no record indicating that use.  In 2001, an archaeologist was hired to investigate and found that there could be a potential link to the Abenaki Indians or even the Vikings.  Despite its mystery, other similar stone chambers have been found throughout Vermont and around the world.  Many theories abound from a root cellar, to having supernatural powers even to to the claim that at sunrise on the Equinox the sun shines directly into the back of the chamber.  Who knows, and the best part of the chamber is that it remains a mystery and after seeing it you can develop your own story.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, explore the local area including the Miller Arts Center and The Stone Chamber.  For information and admission fees go to

Fifty Years For The Five College Book Sale

March 26th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Five College Book Sale

Five College Book Sale

Started in 1961 by alumni from Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, Simmons and Wellesley colleges, the 5CBS has become one of the most anticipated sales in the Upper Valley in April.  Last year, 2010, the 5CBS broke all its records and sold over 25 tons of reading material to individuals who come from as far away as Montreal and Philadelphia.  There are usually between 35,000 to 40,000 carefully sorted, gently used, and modestly priced books of all categories, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs, books on tape, videos etc.  Over 200 + volunteers have spent weeks collecting, dusting, culling, sorting, displaying and selling to raise funds for scholarships to benefit Vermont and New Hampshire students at Mt. Holyoke, Simmons, Smith, Vassar and Wellesley colleges.  This is a two day sale and the first readers take their place well before 7 am on the first day.  When the doors open at 9 am, dealers will gallup through, empty boxes in hand, to both the specials table and the auction table next to it.  The traffic is constant and heavy at Lebanon High School on the first day until the doors close at 5 pm.  Day two, is half price day – lots of bargains.  One of the hallmarks of the 5CBS is that the books are culled because of its devotion to quality – you will not be faced with moldy texts, marked-up books, falling apart books, outdated atlases, travel books and software manuals.  At the end of the two day sale there are a lot of happy readers in the Upper Valley.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy a trip to the 5CBS where you can pick up all your reading for those lazy days in summer or long hours traveling by train or plane.

Saturday, April 23, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, April 24, 12pm – 4:30 pm
Lebanon High School, 193 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH

Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen Serves Food “The Old-Fashioned Way”

March 6th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Pumpkin Patch at Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen

Pumpkin Patch at Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen, Orford, NH

One of the joys of living and working in rural America is having the opportunity to advertise and support local businesses.  One such business is Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen, a local eatery that prides itself on serving food “The Old-Fashioned Way”.  Bruce, a graduate of CIA, and Chris Balch have remodeled the carriage wing of the farmhouse and serve unique dinners on Thursday, Friday & Saturday during the summer. A delicious brunch is offered on Sunday.  All of the food used at the restaurant is either produced on the farm or purchased locally.  Currently, the Bunten Farm has a herd of 40 Milking Devon cows/heifers and produces their own ice cream, yogurt, a variety of cheeses, Devonshire cream and butter.  There is nothing like the taste of a spoonful of their homemade chocolate ice cream.  Add to your culinary experience homemade sweet breads, English muffins, yeast breads, sticky buns, doughnuts, gingerbread and a New England favorite, Indian pudding.  Even the garnishes, such as pickles, relishes, jams and marmalades are all made at the farm by Chris.

For over 50 years, the Bunten Farm was renowned for their pumpkin patch.  When Bruce and Chris took over the operation of the farm from Bruce’s parents they have proudly continued that fall tradition offering over 35 kinds of pumpkins, gourds, squash and Indian corn.  On a cool crisp fall day, stop by the Farm to pick out the perfect pumpkin and all the other items for your fall display.  Whether you are stopping at the farm stand or having dinner in the carriage wing, you can view the herd, talk with Bruce or Chris, take a tour of the creamery or my favorite – be warmly greeted by Harry, their Bernese Mountain dog.

Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy dinner at Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen, only 6 miles away.

Winter Hours:

Sunday Brunch
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

No liquor license so BYOB.
1322 NH Route 10
Orford, New Hampshire

9 Great Reasons To Choose a Bed and Breakfast – “A Better Way To Stay”

March 6th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Better Way To StayReason 9:  Stay plugged in. Complimentary wi-fi & calls. Say goodbye to that $20 daily fee for wi-fi access.  Nearly 90 percent of B&Bs and country inns offer complimentary wi-fi according to surveys.  The other ten are working on getting it. Nearly 100% of today’s B&Bs offer complimentary local or long distance phone calls.  When’s the last time you saw a pay phone anyway?

Reason 8:  Great rates! According to the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII – (pronounced PIE) don’t you just love that a B&B organization is named after a yummy treat?) the average daily rate for B&Bs is ???.  When we compared this to city hotels of like levels, the B&B rate came in lower, and that doesn’t take in to consideration all the extras.

Reason 7:  When’s the last time you met the owner of the hotel?  And when is the last time he or she carried your bag to your room? Pick a B&B and read their reviews.  Inngoers rave about the fabulous hospitality and friendship that innkeepers offered during their stay.  In fact, for many B&B travelers, the innkeeper was what made the stay special.

Reason 6:  Free parking.  OK, we’ll admit, not all B&Bs offer free parking, but last time surveyed innkeepers, 95.3% said they did. Even in the city, B&B rates for parking average around $25 vs. as high as $50/nightly in hotels.

Reason 5: Flat screens, fireplaces & whirlpool tubs: Usually reserved for the Presidential Suite in a hotel, increasingly B&Bs offer amenities including flat screen TVs, in-room fireplaces, steam or multi-jet showers and deep Jacuzzi tubs.

Reason 4: Bed is half their name: Looking for fabulous beds?  Nearly 100 percent of B&Bs offer high thread count sheets, feather beds, pillow libraries and down comforters at no additional cost to guests.

Reason 3:  Breakfast is the other half of their name: Take a family of four to the breakfast buffet at a resort hotel, and you’re looking at upwards of $100 to feed the whole family.  Bed and breakfasts all offer breakfast – it’s their signature selling point and half their name.  From five course candlelit breakfasts to lavish continentals, most innkeepers offer a breakfast to fuel you for the entire day.

Reason 2:  They really will leave the light on! Arrive at 2am, and you may not see a cherry innkeeper greeting you, but you will always find a personalized welcome, no matter what time you arrive from innkeepers who genuinely care about your safe trip and will call you by name.

Reason 1:  Cookies, yes!  Cookie cutter?  No. No two B&Bs are alike. As independently owned small lodging properties, each one offers something new and different.  No big box look to B&Bs ranging from urban chic to historically preserved mansions and homes.

Whatever the reason a stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut in Lyme, NH is “A Better Way To Stay.”