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Hanover, NH – Lucky Number 13 In America’s Best Small Towns

April 1st, 2013 by donnanandersen

South Main Street - Hanover, NH

South Main Street – Hanover, NH

The Smithsonian Magazine has compiled a list of the 20 Best Towns To Visit in 2013 and Hanover, NH ranks as LUCKY 13.  Towns in the running had to have a population of less than 15,000 and a significant concentration of music, the arts, historic sites and other cultural attractions.  And it didn’t hurt to have an institution of higher learning nearby.  So why Hanover, NH?  Let’s start with Dartmouth College, founded in 1769 to train Native Americans as missionaries.  It has become one of the most prestigious current Ivy League educational institutions.  There is music, theater, museums, art galleries – some associated with the college and others in the surrounding communities.  The Orozco murals, located in Baker Library, has just received the National Landmark designation and last year the Dartmouth Aires came in second on NBC’s The Sing-Off.  You can shop at quaint bookstores, eat at restaurants that pride themselves on their farm to table offerings, canoe or kayak on the Connecticut River, ski on the hills of NH & VT and,if you are so inclined, hike a segment of the Appalachian Trail.  We feel the air is cleaner, the grass is greener and the water is purer.  And if that is not enough, then how about the Enfield Shaker Museum, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum or the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site?  So set your sights on a visit to the Upper Connecticut River Valley, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy the ambiance of a stay in one of America’s best small towns.

Water, Our Perfect Beverage

March 26th, 2013 by donnanandersen

Enjoy Our Water Directly from the Tap.

Enjoy Our Water Directly from the Tap.

For years, the American public has had a love affair with soda.  Soda consumption reached its peak in 1998 with 54 gallons per capita per year.  And then the tide turned based largely on the information that our nation’s rising obesity rates were due, in part, to our heavy consumption of soda.  Today, Americans now drink only 44 gallons of soda per year, a 17% drop, and have increased water consumption to 58 gallons, an increase of 38%.   For us at Breakfast on the Connecticut, our water has always been the perfect beverage.  We have a deep-well artesian that draws from a very pure aquifer.  Our water used to be state tested 4 times a year but, because of its purity, testing was reduced by the state to only twice a year.  Our water is pure and refreshing especially on a hot summer’s day.  When asked by guests if they can drink the water our response is a resounding YES! “Our water is purer and tastes much better than the contents of that bottle you are holding.”  Bring your bottled water if you must – drink the contents and then fill the container again at one of our taps with “our perfect beverage”.  Better yet, bring your reusable water container (reduce plastic waste) and enjoy what we believe is the “nectar of the gods”.

Howel Mini-Golf Classic

March 7th, 2013 by donnanandersen

Howel Mini-Golf Classic Sunday, March 24 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Howel Mini-Golf Classic
Sunday, March 24
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

My mother lives on the 11th fairway of Bay Hill, Arnold Palmer’s home golf course and I have had the pleasure of being up close and personal to the Bay Hill Classic.  You pay enormous entry fees to see the pros play but I have an alternative which can be enjoyed by young and old.  Welcome to the Howel Mini-Golf Classic, a mini-golf course set up in the library for all to try and enjoy.  This is a family-friendly event complete with pizza, beverages and treats not to mention laughter and a lot of noise.  Not common in a library!  This event is scheduled on March 24, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost is $5 per person.  Location is Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover NH.  This is the only fundraising event the library holds each year to help fund operations and programming.  So have a last ski at the Dartmouth Skiway and then hit the library with the family for The Howel Classic.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut where you have enjoyed a full country breakfast.

Let It Snow – Storm Nemo 2013

February 13th, 2013 by donnanandersen

Snow Roller Used to Pack Snow to Make Roads Passable by Sleigh

Snow Roller Used to Pack Snow to Make Roads Passable by Sleigh  1850 – 1920

The entire northeast was just hit by Storm Nemo, a “Noreaster” that in some parts of Connecticut left 40 inches of new snow on the ground.  Travel became impossible and people stayed put in their homes waiting for the clean-up.  The pubic works departments were on the roads and within 24 hours after the storm, traffic, at least on the Interstates, could move again.  But if it is the late 1800s what do you do to make travel possible after snow has fallen?  You use a horse-drawn snow roller.  They were not standardize in size – they were as big or as small as their builder decided to make them. Some are four feet in diameter and have one drum, others are six feet (or more) in diameter and have two drums that are side-by-side. Some have an implement seat on a post for the driver, while others have a buckboard-type seat and/or a full-width platform on top. Some have a rear-mounted scraper that dresses the freshly-rolled snow. In short, a snow roller was as unique as the individual who constructed it.  They were pulled by teams of horses and used to pack down the snow so that people could travel by sleigh.  Their heyday was between 1850 – 1920 until gasoline powered trucks came into common use.  But I bet they were used in some remote places until the 1940s.   Lots of snow fell with Storm Nemo – enough to make a snow roller pretty ineffective!  But the snow did make all the ski areas, both downhill and cross-country, very happy.  Come north to New Hampshire, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, and play in the snow!

The Holidays and Keeping Your Pets Safe

December 5th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Wolf

Wolf, Our Dog, In An Earlier Time – She is 19!

The holidays are a time of joy for families and included in your preparations you should eliminate the risk to beloved members of your family, your pets.  In our case, that would be our dogs, Wolf, Pola & Sparky and our cat, Rosie.   Holiday decorations can be a nightmare for your pets especially garland and wrapping ribbon.   Both can get stuck in a pet’s intestines necessitating surgical removal.  If cats gnaw on ribbon it can literally stitch the feline’s intestines together.  How about what your pet eats?  Turkey and ham are usually part of the holiday meal but the bones can be lodged in the intestines.  And rich foods, gravies can cause severe illness.  Many pets can get violently ill from drinking water from the Christmas tree stand – keep your beloved friends from the sap-filled water and heavy, rich treats.  Lastly, poinsettias are toxic to most household pets if they are chewed or swallowed in large enough quantities.  Instead of doing the math on that equation, chose other types of floral arrangements that are safe.  The best holiday gift you can give your pets is a safe and hazard-free environment so they can enjoy all the festivities with you.

If you are traveling with a pet, consider a stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut.  We have two pet-friendly rooms, Room 14 & 15.  We also have 23 acres – plenty of space to walk your dog for exercise.

The Christmas Revels 2012 – An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice December 13 – 16

December 4th, 2012 by donnanandersen

The Christmas Revels 2012

So, what is the solstice?  Well , in technical terms, it occurs when the sun appears at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon.  In the Northern Hemisphere it occurs somewhere between December 20 – 21.  Interpretation of this event varies among cultures but here in the Upper Valley, we celebrate it with The Christmas Revels.  This year, 2012, it will be an Irish celebration, complete with music, dancing, singing and stories.

The setting is 1907, when immigration from Europe to the United States is at its peak.  The Irish are a major part of this relocation and with them they bring their unique culture complete with poetry, dance, music and their strong sense of survival and yearning for a new life in this land of opportunity.  The Christmas Revels put you on the deck of the Glenna Roy as the emigres create a memorable Christmas celebration at sea.  There is Irish dancing, fiddler Laura Fisk, a terrific ceilidh band and, of course, an Irish story or two.

For more information please visit The Christmas Revels.  See the performance, spend a night at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy a wonderful breakfast the next morning.  Make some time to do some holiday shopping in the area and remember there is no sales tax!

 

Quinatucquet, The Great River

June 13th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Canoeing on the Connecticut River

Canoeing on the Connecticut River, "The Nile of New England"

Quinatucquet is a Native American word meaning “at the long estuary” and given to a body of water known as “the Nile of New England”.  Breakfast on the Connecticut sits on the banks of this river also the longest river in New England.  Yes, it is the Connecticut River flowing over 360 miles from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound.  Once described by the New York Times as ” the Nation’s best landscaped sewer”, the Connecticut River, through the passage of the Clean Water Act and the investment of millions of dollars from government and the private sector, has been reclaimed for our nation to explore and, better still, play in.  Along its banks there are large archeological sites, including one in Claremont NH settled by Native Americans around 800 AD.  There are ten bridges that traverse the Connecticut that are registered with the National Register of Historic Places including the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, the longest covered bridge in the United States.  About 20 miles after the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge you can glide by the Fort at #4 in Charlestown, NH where on an August morning in 1754 a band of Indians broke into the home of Captain James Johnson and took captive the Captain, his 24-year old pregnant wife and their three children, ages 6, 4 & 2 and set off on a trek to Canada.   The reclaimed Connecticut has once again become the life-line for commerce, agriculture, industry as well as energy production, irrigation, manufacturing and multiple recreational uses.  Ninety-nine cities, towns & villages border its length.  Thirty-five colleges and universities on its banks provide an unprecedented representation of higher learning.  Agriculture is still at work on 11% of the Connecticut’s land providing a ready source of locally grown foods.  You can swim – cross the Connecticut from bank to bank in many places and you have swum from NH to VT – fish and boat, best done by canoe, kayak or pontoon.  The Connecticut River and the Valley is one of the last water places that is still underdeveloped and wildly beautiful.  So come spend some time at Breakfast on the Connecticut, take a canoe out in the morning fog and experience the “mighty Connecticut, the first of America’s great rivers and in many ways the last.”

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”.

Find “A Better Way To Stay”!

February 18th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Better Way To Stay (video) Several years ago we visited Mississippi on our annual 2 weeks vacation.  People couldn’t believe that was where we chose to go during our limited time off.  “Mississippi?”  “Why would you want to go there?”  Well, my wife and I love to visit Civil War sites and Mississippi just happens to have a few.  And we’ve discovered that those sites take us to wonderful other places that we might have never seen, and this trip was no different.  Our first stop was Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee, then across the border to Corinth, Mississippi where the armies battled for control of the rail lines heading east & west and north & south.  We reserved for two nights, but extended to three as there was more to see than we thought.  Next, a half day stop at Brices Crossroads National Battlefield site, then on to Tupelo where we picked up the Natchez Trace Parkway, a beautiful drive with many interesting stops along the way.  Vicksburg National Military Park was next on our radar.  Three days later we were on our way to Grand Gulf military site and Port Gibson, a town that General Grant said was “too beautiful to burn” so he didn’t.  Finally we reached Natchez, a town filled with many beautiful antebellum homes.

Now here is where I get to the point I want to make.  When we travel we like to stay at B&Bs and not because we are B&B owners, but because of what they offer.  So when we went to make our reservations, we were disappointed to find that none had any availability.  What we didn’t know was that the week we chose was Spring Pilgrimage, when many of the homes are open for tours to the public and reservations for rooms are made up to a year ahead of time.  So we had to settle for a national chain during our five-day stay.  Each morning I looked forward to the same breakfast of cold cereal, watered down OJ, store-bought mini muffins, a soggy waffle with make-believe maple syrup and a banana.  The first morning I visited the front desk to inquire about places and interesting things that were “must sees” during our stay  The young lady at the desk told me that, well, she wasn’t from the area so couldn’t help me with my request  She “only” worked in Natchez.  I did  make it a point to go to the desk each morning ,but only to inquire about things she might know.  It was always the same person.  I was never greeted with a smile or a query about whether I was enjoying my stay, or any other nicety  After five days I checked out to a virtual silent transaction, not even a goodbye.  I walked away feeling like a stranger.

When I got home, I did write the headquarters of the chain to express my disappointment with my stay.  I never got a reply.  Who would have thought!  Oh, by the way.  I did get  the information for which I was looking concerning those “must sees”.  I went to one of the B&Bs that I couldn’t get into and the innkeeper was more than happy to assist me with the information and a whole lot more.  He even said goodbye and have a nice stay.

This is the kind of hospitality we try to show at Breakfast on the Connecticut even when cyclists and others stop to use our bathroom or non-guests believe, because of our name, we are licensed to serve breakfast to the public who are not staying here.   B&Bs are a better way to stay – you bet!

CHaD’s Winter Carnival – A Night Under The Lights

February 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Snowbox Derby

Snowbox Derby - CHaD Winter Carnival

Grab your friends and family and sign up for an evening of fun at CHaD’s Annual Winter Carnival, Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 4 to 8 pm at Storrs Hill in Lebanon.  This year’s Carnival will be better than ever.  For a change of pace, it will take place at Storrs Hill in Lebanon with skiing and boarding under the lights just for Carnival participants.  It will be more action-packed with the return of the Snowbox Derby, ski jumping demonstrations, a running race to the top and a torchlight parade.  It will be star-studded with Olympian Hannah Kearney on hand helping out for the CHaD kids.  In addition dinner is included not to mention throwing snowballs at targets and snowshoeing through the woods.  All monies raised by children will be matched by the Couch Family Foundation.  The top kid fundraiser can win a Wii!  For more information please go to www.chad wintercarnival.org to register.  Make a family weekend of it and stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut – enjoy a wonderful country breakfast in the morning after a fun filled night.