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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!

15th Anniversary Of Lyme Creamery Antiques In 2011

May 14th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Lyme Creamery Antiques

Lyme Creamery Antiques

2011 marks 123 years since the establishment of the Creamery in Lyme, which served the community and surrounding area until 1958.  2011 also marks the 15th Anniversary of Lyme Creamery Antiques, which opened for the first time on May 24, 1996.  They will be celebrating on that day this year and all year long.  They will be serving ice cream for 15 days beginning on May 24th and continuing daily through June 7.  Except for those 15 days, when they will be open every day, they will continue their scheduled opening days of Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 11 to 5, beginning on May 13.  They do have a program called the Antique Buyers’ Club with earned credit balances being carried forward from last year at 50%. In recognition of this year’s anniversary all discounts with the Antique Buyers’ Club will start at the 15% level.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, have a wonderful breakfast and then visit the Lyme Creamery Antiques, about 4 miles away.

100th Anniversary of the Weeks Act Including The White Mountain National Forest

May 14th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Fall Foliage Along 112 ner Kancamagus Highway

Fall Foliage Along Route 112 Near The Kancamagus Highway

A hundred years ago, the White Mountains region in New Hampshire was a different sight.  Hundreds of photographs and articles depict a region of mountain sides stripped of trees, streams choked with silt from eroding hillsides and ash from forest fires falling on nearby towns.  There used to be whole towns, hundreds of mills, dozens of mines, quarries, charcoal and lime kilns and much, much more.  Today’s visitors to the White Mountain region see acres and acres of healthy green forest because of the enactment of the 1911 Weeks Act which enabled the acquisition of over 19 million acres in 124 national forests, spanning 42 states and including the New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest.  In many ways, New Hampshire considers the Weeks Act as “our” National Forest law because the White Mountain National Forest was the first of the eastern National Forest Reserves.  Where would we be without the scenic views of Pinkham Notch, Franconia Notch, The Basin and the Kancamagus Highway?  According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, almost 51% of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes through lands administered by the United States Agriculture Service.  Of those lands, the Weeks Act had a major impact on the 2,000-plus mile trail seen as a national treasure.  A short 25 minute drive from Breakfast on the Connecticut will get you to the White Mountain National Forest.  Once there, you will travel slowly as the next turn always has another spectacular view.  Log on to www.weekslegacy.org to look at all the activities that are planned to celebrate this milestone.

19th Annual International Migratory Bird Day

May 9th, 2011 by donnanandersen

International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day, May 14 & 15, 2011

My husband spotted a Scarlet Tanager yesterday – the first of the season.  It is a brilliant red with black wings – a truly stunning bird.  That reminded me that on May 14 & 15, 2011 it is the 19th Annual International Migratory Bird Day, the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds.  VINS Nature Center in Quechee , VT has decided to celebrate on May 21st, 2011 with an entire day packed with interactive games, crafts and live animal ambassadors.  You can test your bird knowledge in a trivia style game, compare human physical capabilities to that of birds in an interactive Olympic meet test,and take a walk at 12:30 in the woods.  The day ends with a program presented by Dana Brener, a member of the Inter-Tribal Council of NH Penobscot, Micmac and Piqwacket descent, speaking about the connection between Native Americans and birds.  This series of events should inspire people of all ages to get outdoors, learn about birds and take part in their conservation.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, bring your binoculars and go for a walk – see what species you can identify!  In the words of the International Migratory Bird Day - Go Wild, Go Birding!

32nd Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival

May 9th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Quechee Balloon Festival

Quechee Ballon Festival

There is nothing more magical than to see a hot air balloon in the sky- if they land on your property they will break open the champagne and ask you to share it with them.  We were fortunate to have that happen at Breakfast on the Connecticut during breakfast – our guests were thrilled, mimosas all around!  You can watch 20 colorful balloons ascend over the Quechee valley and beyond during the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival on June 17 – 19, 2011.  This is the longest running Hot Air Balloon Festival in New England with flights scheduled at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 6:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, weather and wind permitting.  You can purchase a balloon ride on the website prior to the event and during the event.  Additionally you can enjoy the Balloon Glow on Friday evening; continuous bands, comedy acts, dance routines all weekend; and the kids’ zone with games, rides, a playground, face painting and much more.  There are more than 60 craft artisans in attendance displaying pottery to potpourri.  And of course there will be festival food, a beer and wine garden, and many more surprises.

Adults, $10; children 6-12, $5; children 5 and under are free.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut making a special weekend  – Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19  and on Sunday all dads accompanied by a child are half price!

3121 Feet to The Upper Valley’s Best View – Mount Cardigan

April 28th, 2011 by donnanandersen

View from The Summit of Mount Cardigan

View From The Summit of Mount Cardigan

The Upper Valley has a host of panoramic views but a favorite and one described by many hikers as offering “the best” view of the White and Green Mountain summits is Mount Cardigan in Canaan, NH.  The fastest and shortest route to the summit is the West Ridge Trail accessed directly from Cardigan Mountain State Park.  On the West Ridge Trail you will be guided by a series of impressive cairns – take time to appreciate their construction.  An option is at .4 mile on the West Ridge Trail, you can turn right on the South Ridge Trail and enjoy the forest along this trail – you will find that you will have more time on this trail for solitary reflection.  Once you have reached the summit you will find ledges that have been polished smooth by thousands of years of glacier activity – the characteristic that makes Cardigan a great mountain to hike – the large open top.  Now is the time to break open that picnic lunch you brought with you, sit and enjoy the 360 view.  One note of caution – with an open top it can be very windy so hold onto your hat!  As in the popular song, try to hike on a clear day when you can “see forever” – you will not be disappointed.  If hiking is in your vacation plans, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will give you directions to Mount Cardigan.  We can even pack that picnic lunch if you give us enough advance notice.

Area Eateries Participate in the 5th Annual Chefs of the Valley

April 22nd, 2011 by donnanandersen

Chefs of the Valley

Chefs of the Valley to Benefit The Upper Valley Haven

On Sunday, May 7, 2011 from 4 – 7 pm,  26 area eateries and food purveyors will come together at The Quechee Club in Quechee, VT to display their wares at the 5th Annual Chefs of the Valley. This event will benefit the Upper Valley Haven, a local non-profit organization which provides emergency shelter, food, clothing and educational programming for those in need.  Ticket price will include food, wine & beer, live music and more.  Live music is provided by the Kerry Rose Band and Gerry Grimo & The East Bay Jazz Ensemble.  There will also be a Silent Auction featuring golf foursomes, designer jewelry, theater tickets and fine artwork.  Some, but not all, of the featured eateries  include Stella’s, Tip Top Cafe, Umplebys, Canoe Club, Carpenter & Main, Elixir, Cobb Hill Cheese & The Norwich Inn.  Tickets are $70 per person and can be reserved by contacting Karina at The Haven by phone, 802-478-1804 or by email, kolson@uppervalleyhaven.org.  What a wonderful way to sample many of  the culinary treasures of the Upper Valley.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, enjoy an evening of food, wine and music followed by a terrific breakfast the next morning.  You may have to let out your belt a notch!

Hike The Colette Trail

March 26th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Colette Trail

Bicknell Brook Loop Trail & Colette Trail

This is an Upper Valley outdoor gem located in Enfield, NH with broad falls and an active beaver wetland.  It was created by Robert Drape as a memorial to his daughter, Colette, a Dartmouth graduate and a outdoor enthusiast.  Working with the Upper Valley Land Trust and the Enfield Conservation Commission, Mr. Drape ensured that this beautiful area would be saved for future generations.  The Colette Trail can be hiked in any season but the late winter and early spring are particularly spectacular.  Then you will see the remains of the winter’s natural ice sculptures contrasted with the roaring water of Bicknell Brook.  After you park north of the bridge, walk back over the bridge and look down -  right below you is a spectacular waterfall.  Along the quarter mile to Crystal Lake, you will encounter numerous rapids and falls enhancing this incredible natural wonderland.  Be alert for beaver, deer and even moose – you will see plenty of evidence of dams, lodges and beaver-chewed trees.  The surrounding forest is filled with red maple, aspen and white pine with large hemlocks and spruce forming a canopy.  Look for the large “grandfather rock” and see if you can find his face in the rock.  The only caution – in the spring, the trail is not difficult but if it is icy, footwear with cleats will help prevent a dangerous slip.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will direct you to the Colette Trail for a truly special hike.

150 Meters To The Mystery Of The Stone Chamber

March 26th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Miller Arts Center

Miller Arts Center, Springfield, Vermont

In the charming town of Springfield, Vermont, high on a hill, sits the Miller Arts Center.  This mansion, once owned by Moses Whitcomb, today contains art exhibits by local artists and historical exhibits created by the MAC interns.  A less frequented part of the MAC’s displays is located a short 150 meter walk from the mansion.  It is an unidentified stone chamber that has left many wondering at its origin, builder and ultimately its purpose.  Many have thought that is was constructed as a tomb for the burial of the Whitcomb family but there is no record indicating that use.  In 2001, an archaeologist was hired to investigate and found that there could be a potential link to the Abenaki Indians or even the Vikings.  Despite its mystery, other similar stone chambers have been found throughout Vermont and around the world.  Many theories abound from a root cellar, to having supernatural powers even to to the claim that at sunrise on the Equinox the sun shines directly into the back of the chamber.  Who knows, and the best part of the chamber is that it remains a mystery and after seeing it you can develop your own story.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, explore the local area including the Miller Arts Center and The Stone Chamber.  For information and admission fees go to www.millerartcenter.com.

Fifty Years For The Five College Book Sale

March 26th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Five College Book Sale

Five College Book Sale

Started in 1961 by alumni from Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, Simmons and Wellesley colleges, the 5CBS has become one of the most anticipated sales in the Upper Valley in April.  Last year, 2010, the 5CBS broke all its records and sold over 25 tons of reading material to individuals who come from as far away as Montreal and Philadelphia.  There are usually between 35,000 to 40,000 carefully sorted, gently used, and modestly priced books of all categories, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs, books on tape, videos etc.  Over 200 + volunteers have spent weeks collecting, dusting, culling, sorting, displaying and selling to raise funds for scholarships to benefit Vermont and New Hampshire students at Mt. Holyoke, Simmons, Smith, Vassar and Wellesley colleges.  This is a two day sale and the first readers take their place well before 7 am on the first day.  When the doors open at 9 am, dealers will gallup through, empty boxes in hand, to both the specials table and the auction table next to it.  The traffic is constant and heavy at Lebanon High School on the first day until the doors close at 5 pm.  Day two, is half price day – lots of bargains.  One of the hallmarks of the 5CBS is that the books are culled because of its devotion to quality – you will not be faced with moldy texts, marked-up books, falling apart books, outdated atlases, travel books and software manuals.  At the end of the two day sale there are a lot of happy readers in the Upper Valley.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy a trip to the 5CBS where you can pick up all your reading for those lazy days in summer or long hours traveling by train or plane.

Saturday, April 23, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, April 24, 12pm – 4:30 pm
Lebanon High School, 193 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH