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New Hampshire Maple Weekend

February 10th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Who can resist the smell of boiling sap?  Take the afternoon off and breathe deeply at one of the 60 sugar houses across New Hampshire that will be open during Maple Weekend, March 24 – 25, 2012.  Bring the kids and learn how maple syrup is made, enjoy free samples and pick up a gallon to savor during pancake breakfasts or baked bean suppers.  There are two maple producers close by in Orford, NH – Sunday Mountain Maple Farm & Mt. Cube Sugar House.  Each has a full array of maple products from maple candy to various sizes of maple syrup.  And if there is snow on the ground a real treat is hot maple syrup on snow!  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, enjoy a full country breakfast complete with New Hampshire’s amber gold.

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.

 

 

A Sunset Breakfast – University of Georgia – Apple Cheddar Bread Pudding

November 23rd, 2011 by donnanandersen

University of Georgia Bullgogs - University Food Services - "A Sunset Breakfast"

University of Georgia Bullgogs - University Food Services - "A Sunset Breakfast"

On October 13, 2011 the University of Georgia hosted a special event for their meal plan and community guests.  It was called “A Sunset Breakfast – Dawn Inspired Dishes Served at Dusk” and was planned to give their students the dining experience of breakfast at Bed and Breakfast establishments throughout the United States.  The menu featured 21 recipes from prominent B&B locations including Apple Cheddar Bread Pudding from Breakfast on the Connecticut.  My recipe was adapted by the University’s chefs and food production teams in order to serve the 8700 students who dine there daily.  The amount of ingredients used was staggering including 13 cases of apples, 317 loaves of bread, 67 gallons of maple syrup, and 181 pounds of cheddar cheese, just to name a few.  I am so glad I do not have to fed those numbers on a daily basis and I commend the University of Georgia Food Services team.

Running In The Upper Valley

July 23rd, 2011 by donnanandersen

Western NH Trail Running Series

Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series

Though avid runners often schedule their big races in the spring or fall, the Upper Valley offers a number of summer races to help stay in shape and motivated.  The toughest local race comes near the end of summer with the CHAD Hero Half Marathon which begins and ends on the Dartmouth Green and will take runners on a looping course over several challenging hills in Hanover and Norwich on August 28, 2011.  The race stars at 9:00 am and raises money to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.  Off the pavement, the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series will again explore the woods and the trails in seven Upper Valley towns.  The races which range from 5 to 8.7 miles, allows runners to explore Farnum Hill Reserve in Lebanon, Webb Forest in Sunapee and Fall Mountain Regional High School’s cross country trails in Langdon, NH among other areas.  The WNHTRS organizer, Chad Denning, maintains that once you go off the pavement for five minutes you will say ” Wow, I want more of this.”  If you plan to run in the CHAD Half Marathon, Breakfast on the Connecticut is offering a special room rate and donating $25 for each person that stays with us and participates in the event.  Whatever the season, the innkeepers at Breakfast on the Connecticut can direct you to the perfect spot for a “run in the valley”.

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.

The Prouty Celebrates Its 30th!

May 27th, 2011 by donnanandersen

The Prouty

The Putney Bicycle Club Riding In The Prouty

On July 9, thousands of riders and walkers will wind their way through the Upper Valley and the streets of Hanover for the 30th Prouty.  What started with four Cancer Center nurses riding 100 miles through New Hampshire’s White Mountains to honor their patient, Audrey Prouty and raise $4000 for research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center has grown to 5000 participants with a monetary goal of $2.5 million.  This year for the first time, rowers will join the fun on the Connecticut River.  For the last 8 years, Breakfast on the Connecticut has captained the largest SAG (Stop and Go) stop located on the green in Lyme, NH.   Here dozens of volunteers will provide food, water, mechanical assistance, emergency assistance if necessary and lots and lots of words of encouragement and gratitude.  In 2010, even in the rain, the Lyme SAG serviced over 4000 participants.  Both volunteers and participants come together not just to ride, walk or row but to celebrate the courage of cancer patients and survivors.  We come together to thank caregivers, to support loved ones and strangers, and to raise money for crucial cancer research, patient services and hopefully, someday, a cure.   Visit The Prouty’s website and see where you fit in.  If you decide to ride, Breakfast on the Connecticut offers a 10% discount on room rates.  Can’t ride, we can always use an extra set of hands at the Lyme SAG Stop or a monetary donation, whatever the amount.  So let’s Prouty to celebate courage and find a cure!

New Hampshie Covered Bridges – Lyme’s Own Edgell Covered Bridge

May 25th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Edgell Covered Bridge

EDgell Covered Bridge, River Road, Lyme, NH

Covered bridges are placed throughout the state of New Hampshire.  “Kissing Bridges” as some affectionately call them are unique unto themselves.  They can reflect the town that they reside in, the artist or architect that designed them, and even the period that they were built in.  A picturesque New England Covered Bridge is more than just beautiful, covered bridges are practical and why our forefathers built them.  They provide a great place to walk in from the sun, to hide from the rain and to look down at the water that passes below.  Covered bridges also protect the structure from the harsh northern New England winters.  Breakfast on the Connecticut is less than a mile from the Edgell Covered Bridge that spans Clay Brook which feeds into the Connecticut River.  You can reach it in one of two ways – put on those sneakers and take a walk to the bridge and back.  What a great way to get in some exercise before breakfast!  Or, put on those sneakers and take out one of or canoes paddling to the bridge – you can go under the bridge and explore the large pools of water that make up Clay Brook.  And don’t forget to bestow that kiss on your significant other!  For many years we had our children convinced that the horn of the car would sound every time we passed through a covered bridge – they eventually discovered the slight of hand but they asked us to continue with their children.  Covered bridges are magical places.

Holt’s Ledge, One Of Over 50 Upper Valley Hiking Highlights

May 24th, 2011 by donnanandersen

View From Hol's Ledge

Sunset From Holt's Ledge

Located in Lyme, Holts Ledge is an easy dayhike  of 2.2 miles roundtrip.  Holts Ledge is a precipitous cliff with fine views to the east.  The cliff edge is fenced off not only to protect unaware hikers on foggy days, but also to protect the peregrine falcons who nest on the cliff.  Before being protected by the Endangered Species Act, peregrines were driven out of New England by the ravages of DDT, which thinned their egg shells and caused the eggs to break before the chicks were mature enough to survive.  Holt’s Ledge was one of the first sites in New Hampshire where peregrines were successfully reintroduced.  The gentler northern slope of Holt’s Ledge is home to the Dartmouth Skiway. and also the route of this dayhike.  Breakfast on the Connecticut is 7 miles from the Skiway and Holt’s Ledge.  You will travel east from Route 10 on Lyme-Dorchester Road to the parking lot of the Dartmouth Skiway, which is also the trail head.   If given advance notice and for a small fee, Breakfast on the Connecticut will pack a picnic that can be enjoyed on this outstanding dayhike.

Holiday Canapes with King Arthur Flour

December 4th, 2010 by donnanandersen

Demonstration by King Arthur Baking Education Center

Robyn Sargent from The King Arthur Baking Education Center Instructs the Utility Club of Lyme

Meeting on November 30, 2010 at Breakfast on the Connecticut, the Utility Club of Lyme was thrilled to welcome Robyn Sargent from the King Arthur Baking Education Center.  The theme for the demonstration was Holiday Canapes.  Robyn took the ladies through the steps and tricks to making a Blitz Puff Pastry which is used as the base for Savory Pesto Palmiers and Cheese Straws.  For the attendees, the best part of the program was the opportunity to sample the canapes.