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3121 Feet to The Upper Valley’s Best View – Mount Cardigan

April 28th, 2011 by donnanandersen

View from The Summit of Mount Cardigan

View From The Summit of Mount Cardigan

The Upper Valley has a host of panoramic views but a favorite and one described by many hikers as offering “the best” view of the White and Green Mountain summits is Mount Cardigan in Canaan, NH.  The fastest and shortest route to the summit is the West Ridge Trail accessed directly from Cardigan Mountain State Park.  On the West Ridge Trail you will be guided by a series of impressive cairns – take time to appreciate their construction.  An option is at .4 mile on the West Ridge Trail, you can turn right on the South Ridge Trail and enjoy the forest along this trail – you will find that you will have more time on this trail for solitary reflection.  Once you have reached the summit you will find ledges that have been polished smooth by thousands of years of glacier activity – the characteristic that makes Cardigan a great mountain to hike – the large open top.  Now is the time to break open that picnic lunch you brought with you, sit and enjoy the 360 view.  One note of caution – with an open top it can be very windy so hold onto your hat!  As in the popular song, try to hike on a clear day when you can “see forever” – you will not be disappointed.  If hiking is in your vacation plans, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will give you directions to Mount Cardigan.  We can even pack that picnic lunch if you give us enough advance notice.

Area Eateries Participate in the 5th Annual Chefs of the Valley

April 22nd, 2011 by donnanandersen

Chefs of the Valley

Chefs of the Valley to Benefit The Upper Valley Haven

On Sunday, May 7, 2011 from 4 – 7 pm,  26 area eateries and food purveyors will come together at The Quechee Club in Quechee, VT to display their wares at the 5th Annual Chefs of the Valley. This event will benefit the Upper Valley Haven, a local non-profit organization which provides emergency shelter, food, clothing and educational programming for those in need.  Ticket price will include food, wine & beer, live music and more.  Live music is provided by the Kerry Rose Band and Gerry Grimo & The East Bay Jazz Ensemble.  There will also be a Silent Auction featuring golf foursomes, designer jewelry, theater tickets and fine artwork.  Some, but not all, of the featured eateries  include Stella’s, Tip Top Cafe, Umplebys, Canoe Club, Carpenter & Main, Elixir, Cobb Hill Cheese & The Norwich Inn.  Tickets are $70 per person and can be reserved by contacting Karina at The Haven by phone, 802-478-1804 or by email,  What a wonderful way to sample many of  the culinary treasures of the Upper Valley.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, enjoy an evening of food, wine and music followed by a terrific breakfast the next morning.  You may have to let out your belt a notch!

150 Years Later New Hampshire’s Civil War Connections

April 20th, 2011 by donnanandersen

New Hampshire Civil War Infantry

12th New Hampshire Infantry

This year, 2011, marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  In New Hampshire there are many events being held that will look at the state’s role during the Civil War.  To highlight just a few, we begin with a series of lectures and exhibits at The Fells in Newbury, NH, the summer residence of John Hay, President Lincoln’s Private Secretary.

June 27 – October 10, 2011, Main House Exhibit
Features the diaries and letters of John Hay and those of 9th NH Regiment Corporal Elmer Bragg
May 19, 2011, New Hampshire Towns and the Civil War
Thursday, 4pm Newbury Town Offices
Jere Daniell, Professor Emeritus of History at Dartmouth College
June 26, 2011, Main House, Lincoln’s Civil War White House through the Diary and Letters of John Hay
Sunday, 4pm Advance Reservations Required 603-763-4789 x3
Dr. Michael Burlingame, University of Illinois – Author of over a dozen books on the Lincoln presidency

It is quite an experience to read the poignant words of Corporal Bragg that chronicle his experiences from enlistment to battlefields and eventually to his final days.  All lectures are free and entrance to the Main House exhibit is included with the site admission.  Visiting  The Fells will also give you the chance to explore and learn from the natural lakeside setting and the chance to explore their fabulous gardens.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and take a day trip to Newbury, NH and The Fells and go back in time to one of the most transforming periods in our history.

7 Charities Benefit From The New England “Living” Show House

April 17th, 2011 by donnanandersen

New England "Living" Show House - Juniper Hill Inn

New England "Living" Show House - Juniper Hill Inn

Held at the historic Juniper Hill Inn, in Windsor , VT, the New England “Living” Show House will open to the public from May 28, 2011 until mid-September.  A team of interior designers and landscape architects will transform the Juniper Hill Inn into a showplace where you can take the House Tour to see the incredible changes.  Tickets to the House Tour are $25 and starting on May 28, 2011 will run from 10am to 3pm for the next ten days.  After that, you can take the tour on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays through September 5, 2011 or be one of the first guests who will experience the new rooms first hand.  The goal is to raise $1 million to support 7 organizations – the Humane Society, the Mt. Ascutney Hospital & Health Center, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, the Norman Williams Public Library, the Preservation Education Institute of Historic Windsor, the Cornish Colony Museum and AHEAD.  Additionally you can shop downtown historic Windsor VT where works from designers, artisans, antique dealers, local food purveyors and many other retailers will be featured.  Your ticket purchase will include a shopping certificate for downtown Windsor.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and take a day to tour the Show House, shop in historic Windsor, VT and support 7 special charities.