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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

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

Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen Serves Food “The Old-Fashioned Way”

March 6th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Pumpkin Patch at Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen

Pumpkin Patch at Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen, Orford, NH

One of the joys of living and working in rural America is having the opportunity to advertise and support local businesses.  One such business is Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen, a local eatery that prides itself on serving food “The Old-Fashioned Way”.  Bruce, a graduate of CIA, and Chris Balch have remodeled the carriage wing of the farmhouse and serve unique dinners on Thursday, Friday & Saturday during the summer. A delicious brunch is offered on Sunday.  All of the food used at the restaurant is either produced on the farm or purchased locally.  Currently, the Bunten Farm has a herd of 40 Milking Devon cows/heifers and produces their own ice cream, yogurt, a variety of cheeses, Devonshire cream and butter.  There is nothing like the taste of a spoonful of their homemade chocolate ice cream.  Add to your culinary experience homemade sweet breads, English muffins, yeast breads, sticky buns, doughnuts, gingerbread and a New England favorite, Indian pudding.  Even the garnishes, such as pickles, relishes, jams and marmalades are all made at the farm by Chris.

For over 50 years, the Bunten Farm was renowned for their pumpkin patch.  When Bruce and Chris took over the operation of the farm from Bruce’s parents they have proudly continued that fall tradition offering over 35 kinds of pumpkins, gourds, squash and Indian corn.  On a cool crisp fall day, stop by the Farm to pick out the perfect pumpkin and all the other items for your fall display.  Whether you are stopping at the farm stand or having dinner in the carriage wing, you can view the herd, talk with Bruce or Chris, take a tour of the creamery or my favorite – be warmly greeted by Harry, their Bernese Mountain dog.

Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy dinner at Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen, only 6 miles away.

Winter Hours:

Sunday Brunch
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

No liquor license so BYOB.
1322 NH Route 10
Orford, New Hampshire

9 Great Reasons To Choose a Bed and Breakfast – “A Better Way To Stay”

March 6th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Better Way To StayReason 9:  Stay plugged in. Complimentary wi-fi & calls. Say goodbye to that $20 daily fee for wi-fi access.  Nearly 90 percent of B&Bs and country inns offer complimentary wi-fi according to surveys.  The other ten are working on getting it. Nearly 100% of today’s B&Bs offer complimentary local or long distance phone calls.  When’s the last time you saw a pay phone anyway?

Reason 8:  Great rates! According to the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII – (pronounced PIE) don’t you just love that a B&B organization is named after a yummy treat?) the average daily rate for B&Bs is ???.  When we compared this to city hotels of like levels, the B&B rate came in lower, and that doesn’t take in to consideration all the extras.

Reason 7:  When’s the last time you met the owner of the hotel?  And when is the last time he or she carried your bag to your room? Pick a B&B and read their reviews.  Inngoers rave about the fabulous hospitality and friendship that innkeepers offered during their stay.  In fact, for many B&B travelers, the innkeeper was what made the stay special.

Reason 6:  Free parking.  OK, we’ll admit, not all B&Bs offer free parking, but last time surveyed innkeepers, 95.3% said they did. Even in the city, B&B rates for parking average around $25 vs. as high as $50/nightly in hotels.

Reason 5: Flat screens, fireplaces & whirlpool tubs: Usually reserved for the Presidential Suite in a hotel, increasingly B&Bs offer amenities including flat screen TVs, in-room fireplaces, steam or multi-jet showers and deep Jacuzzi tubs.

Reason 4: Bed is half their name: Looking for fabulous beds?  Nearly 100 percent of B&Bs offer high thread count sheets, feather beds, pillow libraries and down comforters at no additional cost to guests.

Reason 3:  Breakfast is the other half of their name: Take a family of four to the breakfast buffet at a resort hotel, and you’re looking at upwards of $100 to feed the whole family.  Bed and breakfasts all offer breakfast – it’s their signature selling point and half their name.  From five course candlelit breakfasts to lavish continentals, most innkeepers offer a breakfast to fuel you for the entire day.

Reason 2:  They really will leave the light on! Arrive at 2am, and you may not see a cherry innkeeper greeting you, but you will always find a personalized welcome, no matter what time you arrive from innkeepers who genuinely care about your safe trip and will call you by name.

Reason 1:  Cookies, yes!  Cookie cutter?  No. No two B&Bs are alike. As independently owned small lodging properties, each one offers something new and different.  No big box look to B&Bs ranging from urban chic to historically preserved mansions and homes.

Whatever the reason a stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut in Lyme, NH is “A Better Way To Stay.”

12 Eateries Plus 5000 Meters Equals 2nd Annual Taste Of The Lake

January 30th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Skating on the Lake Morey Skate Trail

Skating on the Lake Morey Skate Trail

Grab your skates or rent them at Lake Morey and join the Culinary Tour on the 5000 meter Lake Morey Skate Trail.  The 2nd Annual “Taste of the Lake” brings together 12 restaurants in a friendly competition along the trail – skate and stop to taste the offerings of local eateries such as Stella’s, Colatina Exit, Peyton Place Restaurant, The Local Buzz and Holy Mackerel just to name a few.  Tickets are $10 per person, under 5 free and can be purchased at the Lake Morey Resort or you can call 1-800-423-1211 for reservations.  All this happens on February 12, 2011 from 11am – 1pm at Lake Morey, Fairlee, VT.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Upper Valley Trails Alliance.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, only minutes from Lake Morey, and enjoy lunch on the ice.  There are not many eating experiences where you can burn off the calories immediately after you consume them.

Peyton Place – Better Than The Book

January 16th, 2011 by donnanandersen

korean dumplings

Korean Dumplings - Peyton Place Restaurant

In 1956, Peyton Place by Grace Metalious hit the book stores.  The fictional story was set in a composite of several real New Hampshire towns.  Today, we have our own Peyton Place located in Orford, NH in the middle of the Upper Valley.  Historically the Mann Tavern, Peyton Place Restaurant is a 40 seat country casual establishment owned and operated by Chef Jim and Heidi Peyton.  Featuring European and Asian Inspired cuisine, the Peytons take special care to handcraft the menu from organic meats and seasonally grown vegetables.  The menu is complemented by a carefully selected wine list and full bar.  Some of my menu favorites are the Vietnamese Bouillabaisse, the Lobster Feta Salad, the Pistachio Crusted Scrod and the Apple Puff Pastry with Chef Jim’s fabulous cinnamon ice cream.  Noted author and Hanover, NH resident Jodi Picoult, once stated, in an interview for a New England travel publication, that her perfect day would end by consuming the entire Peyton Place menu.  For a true dining experience, travel the 3.5 miles from Breakfast on the Connecticut to Peyton Place – it is so much better than the book.

Dinner from 5:30 – 10:30 P.M.
Nov – March  Wed – Sat
April – Oct  Wed – Sun
Reservations Accepted  603-353-9100

Three Reasons To Visit “The Hood” In Winter

January 16th, 2011 by donnanandersen

The Hood Museum of Art

The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

The Hood Museum of Art is a teaching museum located on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, New Hampshire.  This dynamic educational and cultural facility holds one of the oldest and largest college collections with more than 65,000 objects secured since 1772.  As part of their winter schedule there are three special exhibitions featured at “The Hood”:

Frank Stella : Irregular Polygons
Through March 13, 2011
Based on simple geometrics, each of 11 canvases comprise one of the most complex artistic statements of Mr. Stella’s career.

Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond
January 15 through March 13, 2011
This exhibition features contemporary Tibetan artists who are trying to make a name for themselves while keeping within Tibet’s rich artistic legacy.

Egyptian Antiquities at Dartmouth: Highlights
Opens February 12
This exhibition will highlight Dartmouth’s collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities.  It will include items ranging from everyday artifacts to funerary sculptures.

The Museum and Shop Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Sunday: 12 noon – 5 P.M.
Wednesday evening to 9 P.M.

Best of all the Hood Museum is FREE AND OPEN TO ALL! There are free guided tours by appointment (by very knowledgeable Docents) for any group of five or more.

Spend a night at Breakfast on the Connecticut, eat a full country breakfast the next morning and then go into Hanover, NH and enjoy some time at “The Hood”.

A Shopping Experience In Bradford, Vermont

December 23rd, 2010 by donnanandersen

Boot Hill at Farm-Way

Boot Hill at Farm-Way

Where can you go and find that the individual in the check out line in front of you is buying a Pendleton suit and the individual behind you is purchasing a kayak?  The answer is Farm-Way, a store that is a cultural experience where you will find the rhythms of rural Vermont and New Hampshire.  From footwear, clothing , saddlery, animal nutrition, snowshoes, kayaks, hunting and camping supplies to Vera Bradley bags, Jim Shore figurines and big comfy leather recliners, Farm-Way is there with the products to make your life better.  Visit “Boot Hill” stocked with over 20,000 pairs of shoes and boots – they can fit your feet and your lifestyle.  Browse through the enormous clothing and outerwear selection that spans several connected buildings.  At the furniture and gift house you will find everything from kayaks and hammocks to specialty cookware and Yankee Candles.  They are located on 17 acres with a small portion set aside for a solar power system that provides 43% of their electricity.  They even offer free monthly Solar Educational Seminars to help provide information about clean solar energy.  And don’t miss the famous “Bargain Balcony” where you will find huge discounts on a wide variety of items.  Farm-Way is the perfect place to spend that holiday gift cash from the family.  They are truly the “Complete Outfitters for Man & Beast”.

They have old fashioned store hours:

Monday – Saturday  8:30 – 5:30
Fridays nights until 8:00 PM
Closed Sundays

Stay 10 miles away at Breakfast on the Connecticut on Friday, and shop on Saturday.

New Hampshire’s Affordable Place To Ski

December 17th, 2010 by donnanandersen

Dartmouth Skiway

Dartmouth Skiway

Situated just north of Hanover in rural Lyme is one of New Hampshire’s hidden treasures – the Dartmouth Skiway, home to one of the nation’s elite collegiate ski programs.  With 104 skiable acres covering two mountains, 30 trails and ample terrain to satisfy every level, the Skiway has been referred to as “the essence of a family ski area” by the Boston Globe.  You will find the modern McLean Lodge the perfect place for warming up between runs, getting a bite to eat or just relaxing.  But the real draw for me – no long lift lines and adult lift tickets at half the price of the Skiway’s big named cousins – $40 per day weekends, $25 weekday.   Two and one half (2 1/2) hours from Boston, MA and Hartford, CT, the Skiway beckons.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and get a $10 discount on adult weekend tickets.