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NH Maple Weekend 2013, March 23 & 24

February 23rd, 2013 by donnanandersen

Currier and Ives Maple Sugaring

Currier and Ives Maple Sugaring

Celebrate the sweetest season of the year in New Hampshire on March 23 & 24, 2013 when New Hampshire’s working sugarhouses will open their doors to the public.  Even if you know how maple syrup is made – from tapping the sugar maples to boiling sap in an evaporator over a roaring hot fire – it is still a treat to visit a working sugarhouse and learn more about the process and meet the families who carry on this spring tradition every year.  More than 100 sugarhouses, across the state, will open their doors so that you can watch and sample their incredible products.  From different grades of syrup to melt-in-your-mouth maple candy, you will find the best and purest NH maple products at all these establishments.  We are lucky to have at least two working sugarhouses no more than 15 minutes away – Sunday Mountain Maple Farm and Mt. Cube Farm.  Most of the area’s eateries will have at least one menu item that will feature NH maple syrup and Breakfast on the Connecticut will join in as we feature Apple Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding with warm maple syrup.  So come and enjoy Maple Weekend in NH, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, visit a sugarhouse and sample the first harbinger of spring.

Kayaking 101

May 5th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Kayaking on Storrs Pond

Kayaking on Storrs Pond

It’s a glorious summer day, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and it’s the weekend.  You want to get out and have some fun.  It’s the perfect type of day to be outside, commune with nature, paddle a kayak around a lake – but you don’t know how.  You are in luck because LL Bean’s Kayak Discovery Series allows you to walk into the West Lebanon, NH store and sign-up for an hour-and-a-half kayak instruction for $20 on Storrs Pond in Hanover, NH.  LL Bean will supply the kayak, the paddle, the PFD, and take care of all your personal valuables.  Class size ranges from 1 to 14 people and there are typically two instructors per class.  The class consists of 20 – 30 minutes of dry land instruction, including determining who goes into which boat, what paddle size is needed, securing PFDs (personal flotation device), as well as instruction on how to hold the paddle and paddling techniques.  Students will then hit the water in their kayaks for an hour of paddling around on Storrs Pond.  LL Bean’s Discovery Series runs through Saturdays from May 26 to September 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and on Sundays from July 1 through August 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  What do you have to lose?  Be prepared to get a little wet.

Upper Valley Chocolate Festival 2012

January 25th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Chocolate Dessert

Upper Valley Chocolate Festival 2012

This chocolate lover’s event consists of local chocolatiers and chocolate artisans including restaurants, bakeries, patisseries and catering companies.  All participants will vie for a People’s Choice Award for the “Best Chocolate Dessert in the Upper Valley – 2012″.  At the end of the tastings you can cast your vote for your favorite entry.  In addition to tasting chocolate delights, festival guests will have the opportunity to purchase items from many of the vendors.  Admission entitles each guest to one Competitive Sample from each vendor.  This year’s sweet details:

When: Saturday, February 4, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Tracy Hall, Norwich Vermont
Admission: $10 per person (at the door)

So if it you want a break from life’s hubbub, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut before Valentine’s Day and stock up for your favorite sweetheart (wife, husband, parents, siblings or, in my case, grandchildren)  on dark chocolate at the Upper Valley Chocolate Festival 2012.  Remember 1.6 ounces daily of dark chocolate is heart healthy!

Long River Studios – Filled With Treasures

November 8th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Long River Studio Celebrates 20 Years

Long River Studios Celebrates 20 Years

Located on Main Street in Lyme, NH, Long River Studios sits filled with the creative offerings of local artists & crafters.  A volunteer-run cooperative, Long River was formed in 1991 to try to connect local artists & crafters with the local community and help them make a living.  Currently, Long River represents 75 artists and crafts people from a wide sampling of medium.  Within its walls, you will find sculpture, photography, jewelry, needlework, painting and basketry just to highlight a few.  Long River Studios is open year round and hosts three annual exhibits.  Long River Studios is one of the focal points for the village of Lyme and once though its doors you get a feel for the New Hampshire region known as the Upper Valley.  If you stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut stop by Long River and pick up that one of a kind holiday gift.

Try Two Local Farmers’ Markets For “A Taste of the Upper Valley”

June 29th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Hanover Farmers' Market

Hanover Farmers' Market

The Hanover Farmers’ Market and the Lebanon Farmers’ Market offer unique opportunities to sample fare from our local farms and vendors.  On Wednesdays, July 6 to October 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. the Hanover Farmers’ Market can be found on The Green in Hanover, NH.  Bring home the makings for a fresh, locally grown dinner or grab a snack.  The market offers fresh produce, meats, herbs, cheeses, flowers, plants, dairy, baked goods and locally prepared foods.  Enjoy local music and demonstrations by the League of NH Craftsmen.  On Thursdays, July 7 to September 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. the Lebanon Farmers’ Market is located at Coburn Park, Lebanon, NH.  Local farmers, producers, crafters and artisans come together on the Lebanon Green to provide a variety of fresh produce, meat, baked goods and other treats.   There is nothing better than to make a salad of freshly picked greens or enjoy strawberry shortcake made from local strawberries or enjoy a glass of wine with some cheese from one of our local creameries.  And if you want to pick your own there are several PYO venues within minutes including Super’s Acres just down River Road where you can while the hours away sampling and picking blueberries.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and take some of this region’s bounty home with you.

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.

9th Annual Strawberry Festival – Cedar Circle Farm

May 2nd, 2011 by donnanandersen

Cedar Circle Strawberry Festival

Cedar Circle Farm Strawberry Festival

I don’t think there is anything sweeter that a strawberry just picked off a plant at the height of strawberry season.  While those grown in the Upper Valley tend to be a little smaller than those found in cultivated fields of our southern neighbors, they are bursting with freshness, sweetness and that just picked taste.  You can have that experience by attending the 9th Annual Strawberry Festival on Sunday, June 26, at Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, VT.  The event is filled with family fun including numerous kids’ activities, a strawberry queen, horse-drawn wagon rides to the strawberry patch and live music.  Enjoy a freshly made strawberry shortcake – yum or buy a variety of items from their organic concession.  The cost is $5 if you come by car – free if you use the train (White River Flyer), a bicycle or on foot.  Breakfast on the Connecticut is 4.5 miles away – take out one of our hybrid bicycles, bike to Cedar Circle, have a dish of strawberry shortcake, participate in some of the other activities and bike home.  You will have burned off all the calories in that luscious dessert!  The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.

The Appalachian Trail Runs Right By Hanover Outdoors

May 1st, 2011 by donnanandersen

Hanover Outdoors, Hanover, NH

Hanover Outdoors, Hanover, NH

For those of you who embrace the outdoor life style, a must visit should be to Hanover Outdoors.  Located on 17 1/2 Lebanon Street in downtown Hanover, NH, they are the area’s premier outdoors and sporting goods retailer.  They pride themselves on being the authority on fishing in the Upper Valley offering a licensed guide service covering the Dartmouth/Sunapee Region of New Hampshire and Vermont.  You can arrange for a guide on the Mascoma and Sugar rivers in New Hampshire, the White, Ottauquechee, and Black rivers in Vermont as well as many small brook trout streams.  Their web site offers an ongoing area fishing conditions update or you can call the store.  They also hold fly fishing schools throughout the summer and fly tying schools during the winter.   Make sure you give them enough lead time if a guided fishing experience is in your vacation plans – they have 5 in house guides and they can usually accommodate most requests if advance reservations are made.  Don’t forget hiking – the Appalachian Trail runs right by their front door.  They are one of the few locations where through hikers can restock without deviating from the trail – all A.T hikers are welcome.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, make a visit to Hanover Outdoors and then take one of our canoes out on the Connecticut River especially in the morning when the river fog is starting to lift – life doesn’t get any better!

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!

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

Dinners
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

No liquor license so BYOB.
1322 NH Route 10
Orford, New Hampshire
603-353-9252