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Archive for June, 2011

Try Two Local Farmers’ Markets For “A Taste of the Upper Valley”

June 29th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Hanover Farmers' Market

Hanover Farmers' Market

The Hanover Farmers’ Market and the Lebanon Farmers’ Market offer unique opportunities to sample fare from our local farms and vendors.  On Wednesdays, July 6 to October 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. the Hanover Farmers’ Market can be found on The Green in Hanover, NH.  Bring home the makings for a fresh, locally grown dinner or grab a snack.  The market offers fresh produce, meats, herbs, cheeses, flowers, plants, dairy, baked goods and locally prepared foods.  Enjoy local music and demonstrations by the League of NH Craftsmen.  On Thursdays, July 7 to September 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. the Lebanon Farmers’ Market is located at Coburn Park, Lebanon, NH.  Local farmers, producers, crafters and artisans come together on the Lebanon Green to provide a variety of fresh produce, meat, baked goods and other treats.   There is nothing better than to make a salad of freshly picked greens or enjoy strawberry shortcake made from local strawberries or enjoy a glass of wine with some cheese from one of our local creameries.  And if you want to pick your own there are several PYO venues within minutes including Super’s Acres just down River Road where you can while the hours away sampling and picking blueberries.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and take some of this region’s bounty home with you.

Opera North’s 29th Summer Season

June 24th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Opera North - Rossini's Cinderella

Opera North's 29th Summer Season - Rossini's Cinderella

Opera North is proud to present this summer’s operas, Rossini’s Cinderella and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, two delightful works of love, humor and some of the most animated music ever written.  The season will open with a Gala Evening: Stars On Stage which will include an opportunity to enjoy fabulous singing, indulge in an Italian banquet and bid at live and silent auctions.   But it is the operas that you have really come for: The Marriage of Figaro is Mozart’s funniest opera and among the top ten favorites of all time containing some of the most beautiful music ever written: Cinderella, the fairy tale that we all know and love where goodness, love, and forgiveness win out and there is truly a happy ending.  Both operas will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Lebanon Opera House Box Office at 603-448-0400.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, the only B&B on the Connecticut River, attend the evening performance of the opera, and enjoy a wonderful full country breakfast the next morning.  If you have time take out one of our canoes and take a paddle on the CT River or bike some of our local picturesque country roads.

The “Robot Zoo” At the Montshire Museum of Science

June 15th, 2011 by donnanandersen

The Robot Zoo - Chameleon

The Robot Zoo at The Montshire Museum of Science - Chameleon

The “Robot Zoo” , a nationally touring exhibition, reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer.  Visit the Montshire Museum and explore the bio-mechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work.  The robot animals and hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics of animals, such as how a chameleon changes colors and how a fly walks on the ceiling.  After exploring the robots you can go outside to the Science Park and float balls down The Rill, immerse yourself in the Water Dance exhibit and make amazing shapes with water at Water Bells.  The new Hughes Pavilion overlooking the Science Park offer visitors a respite from sun or showers and is the perfect place to have lunch.  Bring a picnic or purchase lunch from the King Arthur Flour bakers.  No longer do you need to leave the museum for lunch – King Arthur Flour’s offerings will include sandwiches, fruit, granola bars, chips, ice cream, cookies and cold beverages.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and take one day to explore the wonders of the Montshire – but don’t forget the towels (we will supply those), swimsuits and sunscreen!

31 Sites on the Upper Valley Section of the Connecticut River Birding Trail

June 15th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Welcome to the Connecticut River Birding Trail, especially the Upper Valley Section.  The CRBT is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and their natural habitats.  There are 31 sites on the Upper Valley section of the Connecticut River Birding Trail, each with its own personality and wonderful natural attributes.  Lyme, the home of Breakfast on the Connecticut, has three sites: The Pinnacle, The Chaffee Wildlife Management Area and Hewes Brook Wetland along the Appalachian Trail.  All three of these areas have well-defined trails through a variety of terrain.  All are very productive birding areas and can be accessed best spring through fall.  The Birding Trail is a non-profit conservation-education initiative – their philosophy is that the more people get out and enjoy the land, the more they will respect natural areas and the wonders they highlight.  It is their hope that with increased involvement in, and appreciation for, natural landscapes, the public will be inspired to conserve and protect these and other special places, now and in the future.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and if you decide to explore sites on the CRBT we will give you a map that outlines all 31 sites.

10 River Towns Along the Connecticut River Byway

June 1st, 2011 by donnanandersen

Connecticut River Byways

Connecticut River Byways

“Connecticut” comes from the Abenaki word “Quinnetukut” which means “Long River”.  Begining its journey in the far northern reaches of New Hampshire in a chain of lakes emerging from a high elevation beaver pond and ending at Long Island Sound, the Connecticut River unites New Hampshire and Vermont for over half its 410-mile length.  The history of New England’s longest and most powerful river goes all the way back to the time of glaciers, the Abenaki living on its banks and to the colonial settlements whose architecture can still be seen in many of the Connecticut River Valley’s villages and towns.    It is the flow of people, commerce and culture that has characterized the history of the river.  Ten river towns , strung like pearls along the Connecticut River Byway in Vermont and New Hampshire, offer traveler information and services.  At the Waypoint Welcome Centers of Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Windsor, White River Junction, Wells River and St. Johnsbury, all in Vermont and Claremont, Woodsville, Lancaster, and Colebrook, all in New Hampshire, you will discover the special natural, cultural, historical, and recreational attractions of the regions served by each welcome center.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and ask for one of the Byway maps to begin to connect with the heart of New England.