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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”.

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.

19th Annual Glory Days of the Railroad Festival

August 30th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Glory Days of the Railroad

Glory Days of the Railroad - White River Junction, VT September 10, 2011

The 19th annual Glory Days Festival will take place in White River Junction, Vermont, Saturday, September 10th, 9 am – 5 pm, rain or shine.  This is a family-oriented, fun-filled, day-long celebration of railroading – past, present and future.  The Glory Days Festival was chosen as one of the Top 10 Fall Events for 2011.  There are train excursions, mini-train rides, carnival games and food, children’s entertainment, main stage entertainment, crafters, a pancake breakfast and a model railroad show and displays.  You can enjoy the Glory Days Excursion Train and a ride along the Connecticut River for only $10 per person with 2 and under riding for free.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy a truly family fun filled day celebrating our railroads – ALL ABOARD!!

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.