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Upper Valley Chocolate Festival 2012

January 25th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Chocolate Dessert

Upper Valley Chocolate Festival 2012

This chocolate lover’s event consists of local chocolatiers and chocolate artisans including restaurants, bakeries, patisseries and catering companies.  All participants will vie for a People’s Choice Award for the “Best Chocolate Dessert in the Upper Valley – 2012″.  At the end of the tastings you can cast your vote for your favorite entry.  In addition to tasting chocolate delights, festival guests will have the opportunity to purchase items from many of the vendors.  Admission entitles each guest to one Competitive Sample from each vendor.  This year’s sweet details:

When: Saturday, February 4, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Tracy Hall, Norwich Vermont
Admission: $10 per person (at the door)

So if it you want a break from life’s hubbub, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut before Valentine’s Day and stock up for your favorite sweetheart (wife, husband, parents, siblings or, in my case, grandchildren)  on dark chocolate at the Upper Valley Chocolate Festival 2012.  Remember 1.6 ounces daily of dark chocolate is heart healthy!

Want Free WI-FI? Stay at a B&B

January 22nd, 2012 by donnanandersen

Breakfast on the Connecticut

Breakfast on the Connecticut

In a recent article from HotelMarketing.com a survey asked travelers about their favorite in-room amenities.  According to the article, 38% of travelers reported that free WI-FI played a must role in deciding where to stay, 35% rated it as a simple amenity they wanted to see in more hotels and 31% wished it would become the standard in all hotels in 2012.  Consider a better way to stay – more than 93% of inns and B&Bs offer WI-FI according to the Industry Study of Operations and Finance by PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers International) and more than 90% offer it for free.  Add to this that an even higher rate – 97% of inns and B&Bs – offer a complimentary breakfast included in the room rate.  Travelers are seeking more bang for their buck and they definitely want to depend on staying plugged in when they travel.  Here at Breakfast on the Connecticut we offer a full country breakfast, very strong free WI-FI and great cell phone service as part of our room rate.  Next time you are choosing where to stay, with free WI-FI and breakfast, consider an inn or B&B as the “Better Way To Stay”.  And if you are coming to the Dartmouth College/Hanover/Lyme, NH area, Breakfast on the Connecticut is the “Better Way To Stay”.

Dartmouth’s Winter Carnival Ranked 6th

January 18th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Dr. Seuss Winter Carnival Sculpture

100 Anniversary Dartmouth Winter Carnival Sculpture - The Cat In The Hat, Dr. Seuss

From February 9 – 11, 2012 Dartmouth will host its Winter Carnival.  Held since 1911, this winter fun time was ranked 6th in the world by National Geographic Traveler.  You can support Dartmouth’s ski teams at both the Dartmouth Skiway and the Oak Hill Ski Touring Center on February 10 & 11.  You can take a tour of the Baker Hill Library Bell Tower on February 11 & 12.  You can combine those activities with concerts, great food from local eateries, a tour at the Hood Museum and a visit to the Green where an enormous snow and ice sculpture awaits.  And then there is the Occum Pond Party on Saturday, February 11 from 12 noon to 3 pm.  Don’t miss this part of the winter bash with games, food, music and sleigh rides for all ages – the only prerequisite is to be young at heart!  Only 7 miles from the Dartmouth Skiway, Breakfast on the Connecticut is right in the thick of some of the best competitive collegiate skiing.   Come back in the late afternoon for hot chocolate and goodies while you get ready for the evening’s fun.  To enjoy winter you must find a way to play in it – here is your chance at Dartmouth’s Winter Carnival, 2012!

Winter At The Fells

January 6th, 2012 by donnanandersen

The Walking Trails At The Fells in Summer

Although The Fells Main House is closed for the season, there is another world to explore during the winter.  The ground is frozen, many of the bushes wrapped to ward off the nibbling deer and the fountains are drained.  But if you stand quietly amid the frozen gardens you will be aware of new sights and sounds.  Be dazzled by the many colors of the winter Heather Bed, listen to the music of the rustling foliage & observe the winter birds including cardinals.  The trails are easily accessible and the grounds are open for self-touring, dawn to dusk every day.  You can hike, snowshoe or Nordic ski – conditions permitting.  Or attend one of the following activities:

January 14, 2012 Saturday 1-2:30 pm
Trail Walk: Snowshoeing (or Winter Hiking) and Winter Tree Identification
Join veteran trail walk leaders Dave and Fay Barden for a snowshoeing or hiking trek along the trails at The Fells.  Eduvcation Director, Michael Caduto, will point out tips for identifying trees in the winter.  Free,

February, 26 2012 Sunday 1 – 2:00 pm
Family Snowshoe Walk: Animals In Winter
Bring your snowshoes and join Kathleen Stowell, Education Director of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, as she leads a winter walk on the grounds of The Fells.  Members free, nonmembers $5 per family.

There is another world to explore when you embrace winter and find a away to play in it!  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will show you how!

 

 

 

Nothern Stage’s “Annie” – Local but not Yokel!

January 6th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Northern Stage

Northern Stage 2011 - 2012 Season

I have had the privilege of attending many shows in NYC’s Broadway and Hartford’s, Bushnell but last night I had the opportunity to view a real local treat.  Northern Stage brought the musical “Annie” to real life on its stage at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction.  We are all familiar with the setting; 1933; the music, “It’s the Hard Knock Life”,  “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and of course, “Tomorrow”; and the story of Little Orphan Annie & Daddy Warbucks.  What was so special is the intimacy of the theater – there is not a bad seat in the house and what’s more you feel you are part of what is happening on stage.  Add to that the quality of the equity performers from NYC and, in this case, the local talent and you have a recipe for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.  Lyme can even boast a rising star in Margaret Finley, a fifth grader, who played Annie.  The run for Annie will end on January 8, 2012 but never fear Northern Stage has an incredible line-up during its season:

Les Liasons Dangereuses
January 18 – February 5, 2012

M. Butterfly
February 15 – March 4, 2012

Red
March 14 – April 1, 2012

Chicago
April 11 – May 6, 2012

What a wonderful night out – eat at the Tip Top Cafe, attend a Northern Stage production, stay the night at Breakfast on the Connecticut and have a wonderful breakfast the next morning.