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New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast Wins TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence

May 26th, 2012 by donnanandersen

TripAdvisor Certificate

Breakfast on the Connecticut Earns The 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award

 

Breakfast on the Connecticut has earned the prestigious TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award.  The award is given to those properties that consistently are commended by travelers with the highest praise earning a 4.5 rating.  This is the second consecutive year  Breakfast on the Connecticut has received the award.  “Great place to relax!”, “First B&B experience, absolutely wonderful.”, and “Lovely Inn for a relaxing weekend.” are just a few of the remarks by our guests.  Come and spend some time at the only B&B located right on the Connecticut River, America’s first river to be named a US “Blueway”.

12 Orphaned Bear Cubs Are In The Care Of Lyme NH’s Bear Rehabilitator, Ben Kilham

May 25th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Black Bear Cubs

Black Bear Cubs Rescued And Now In The Care Of Bear Rehabilitation Expert, Ben Kilham Of Lyme, NH

Policemen aren’t the only mammals that like doughnuts!  NH Fish and Game  Officer, Chris Rines, was able to lure two orphaned bear cubs into a safe trap by using doughnuts soaked in half and half.  The bear cubs were rescued after their mother was struck and killed by a car on Route 25.  The cubs are about 5 months old and each weigh about 8-10 pounds.  They are now in the care of bear rehabilitation expert, Ben Kilham, an independent wildlife biologist of Lyme, NH.  Ben is a nationally recognized bear expert and author of “Among the Bears: Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild”.  They are being held in a separate enclosure until they get their sea legs and then will join the other 10 cubs in an eight acre enclosed forest.  This has been an extraordinary year for orphaned cubs – some coming from their mothers being killed in car accidents others from mothers being shot by NH residents.  In a normal year, there would only be about 5-6 orphaned bear cubs.  The cubs will spend a year in the enclosed forest, socializing with the other bears before being released back to the wild in northern New Hampshire.  It costs about $1500 per year to rehabilitate a cub so if you would like to help monetarily you may send a donation Ben Kilham at PO Box 37, Lyme, NH  03768.   If you are a NH resident, New Hampshire Wildlife Services provides free electric fencing to protect property from bear intrusion.  Two years ago, we were saddened to find at the end of our driveway, a young bear cub killed by a motorist.  So as you travel NH’s rural roads and especially at night, drive slowly and safely being on the lookout for mother bear and her cubs as well as other wildlife.

6th Annual Secret Gardens of Corinth and Topsham

May 11th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Blake Memorial Library Secret Garden Tour, Corinth VT

Are you a garden enthusiast?  With the advent of the GPS, can you still read a map?  If the answer to both is in the affirmative then the 6th Annual Secret Gardens of Corinth and Topsham was designed for you.  It is billed by the organizers as  “down-to-earth ” because it will take you along the back roads of east central Vermont.  The Tour is sponsored by the Blake Memorial Library of Corinth.  The organizers maintain that the secret gardens may be unassuming but each will take your breath away because of design, gardening style and landscaping techniques.  First though, you have to find the gardens, and that is, in and of itself, the challenge.  Tickets for the Tour are $20 on the day of the event, Saturday, June 30, 2012 or $15 in advance.  The ticket will provide a map and a description of each of the five gardens you’ll be visiting.  Give yourself three to four hours to enjoy the tour, which starts at 12 and ends at 5 p.m.  Stay overnight at Breakfast on the Connecticut, enjoy a wonderful breakfast and spend the afternoon enjoying the discovery of Mother Nature’s beauty, albeit helped along by mere mortals.

Upper Valley’s Greensboro Ridge Natural Area

May 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Grennsboro Ridge Vernal Pool

Greensboro Ridge Vernal Pool

A special Upper Valley treat can be found at the Hanover Conservancy’s Greensboro Ridge Natural Area.  This is a 113 – acre protected property home to numerous wildflowers not to mention barred owls, broad-winged hawks, ruffed grouse as well as warblers, vireos and numerous other small birds.  The ledges and stone ridges are also home to bear, mink, fisher, raccoon, deer and fox.  Keep your eyes peeled for the tracks as you walk along the trail.  Harder to find are the natural area’s nine vernal pools which are necessary breeding grounds for salamanders and frogs.  To reach Greensboro Ridge, take Route 10 to Route 120.  Turn left onto Greensboro Road and left  to Velvet Rocks Drive and park at the trailhead at the top of the drive.  Find a trail map at Greensboro Ridge.  This is a well kept Upper Valley secret and May & June are a great time to explore it.

Take A Tour Of Lyme Center, NH

May 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Lyme Center Academy Building

Lyme Center Adademy Building - Home of the Historical Society

About 7 miles from Breakfast on the Connecticut is the distinctive village of Lyme Center and their historic district.

Start with the Dimick House on Dorchester Road which was mail ordered from Sears in 1924 at a cost of $2,473.  It is a two-story frame and clapboard structure and one of the last houses to use sawn lumber from Sanborn Mill.  Just a note – this is a private home and not open for touring.

Other interesting buildings include the Lyme Center Baptist Church (1830), the Lyme Center Store (1876) and the Lyme Center Academy (1839) that houses the local historical society known as the Lyme Historians.  The museum is open on Tuesday from 9 – noon.  A tour booklet is available for a modest charge from the Lyme Historians.

The Beal House, also on Dorchester Road, has two granite steps with bootscrapers, built into the steps, at the entrance.

Interested in decorative moldings?  Houses on Dorchester Road have cyma recta (double curvature), ovolo (convex hollow round) and cavetto (hollow rounds with an Egyptian influence) all under projecting eaves.

Please take notice of the black locust and sugar maples.  They provide shade for Lyme Center and help to unify this small village.

Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and explore Lyme Center while on your way to the Dartmouth Skiway, either for hiking, in spring, summer or fall or skiing in the winter.

Kayaking 101

May 5th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Kayaking on Storrs Pond

Kayaking on Storrs Pond

It’s a glorious summer day, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and it’s the weekend.  You want to get out and have some fun.  It’s the perfect type of day to be outside, commune with nature, paddle a kayak around a lake – but you don’t know how.  You are in luck because LL Bean’s Kayak Discovery Series allows you to walk into the West Lebanon, NH store and sign-up for an hour-and-a-half kayak instruction for $20 on Storrs Pond in Hanover, NH.  LL Bean will supply the kayak, the paddle, the PFD, and take care of all your personal valuables.  Class size ranges from 1 to 14 people and there are typically two instructors per class.  The class consists of 20 – 30 minutes of dry land instruction, including determining who goes into which boat, what paddle size is needed, securing PFDs (personal flotation device), as well as instruction on how to hold the paddle and paddling techniques.  Students will then hit the water in their kayaks for an hour of paddling around on Storrs Pond.  LL Bean’s Discovery Series runs through Saturdays from May 26 to September 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and on Sundays from July 1 through August 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  What do you have to lose?  Be prepared to get a little wet.