A special Upper Valley treat can be found at the Hanover Conservancy’s Greensboro Ridge Natural Area. This is a 113 – acre protected property home to numerous wildflowers not to mention barred owls, broad-winged hawks, ruffed grouse as well as warblers, vireos and numerous other small birds. The ledges and stone ridges are also home to bear, mink, fisher, raccoon, deer and fox. Keep your eyes peeled for the tracks as you walk along the trail. Harder to find are the natural area’s nine vernal pools which are necessary breeding grounds for salamanders and frogs. To reach Greensboro Ridge, take Route 10 to Route 120. Turn left onto Greensboro Road and left to Velvet Rocks Drive and park at the trailhead at the top of the drive. Find a trail map at Greensboro Ridge. This is a well kept Upper Valley secret and May & June are a great time to explore it.
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May 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen
May 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen
About 7 miles from Breakfast on the Connecticut is the distinctive village of Lyme Center and their historic district.
Start with the Dimick House on Dorchester Road which was mail ordered from Sears in 1924 at a cost of $2,473. It is a two-story frame and clapboard structure and one of the last houses to use sawn lumber from Sanborn Mill. Just a note – this is a private home and not open for touring.
Other interesting buildings include the Lyme Center Baptist Church (1830), the Lyme Center Store (1876) and the Lyme Center Academy (1839) that houses the local historical society known as the Lyme Historians. The museum is open on Tuesday from 9 – noon. A tour booklet is available for a modest charge from the Lyme Historians.
The Beal House, also on Dorchester Road, has two granite steps with bootscrapers, built into the steps, at the entrance.
Interested in decorative moldings? Houses on Dorchester Road have cyma recta (double curvature), ovolo (convex hollow round) and cavetto (hollow rounds with an Egyptian influence) all under projecting eaves.
Please take notice of the black locust and sugar maples. They provide shade for Lyme Center and help to unify this small village.
Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and explore Lyme Center while on your way to the Dartmouth Skiway, either for hiking, in spring, summer or fall or skiing in the winter.
May 5th, 2012 by donnanandersen
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.
February 27th, 2012 by donnanandersen
So you only know how to play chopsticks or maybe after years of piano lessons you can play a mean Chopin. Well this summer, in July to be specific, you can be a maestro in the Upper Valley thanks to Hand On Pianos. Colorfully decorated pianos will be turning up at bus stops, parks, sidewalk plazas, farm stands, general stores and other unexpected places throughout the region for the month of July available for people of all ages to engage in music making. This “street piano” project will kick off the Hop’s 50th Anniversary Season with the pianos being transformed into eye candy by local artists. There are four ways to get involved:
You can offer a piano for donation.
You can offer a partner piano.
You can decorate a piano.
Volunteer as a piano “angel”. Helps assure the pianos stay healthy while outdoors by signing up to check on one (or two) daily.
This is a chance for the individual to try their hand at all 50 pianos and for all the donated pianos to have their proud finale before they hit that “Great Steinway Store in the Sky”. At the end of the project, the donated pianos will be mined for usable and recyclable parts. You can stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, practice getting your fingers moving on our 1895 Hazelton parlor grand. What a great summer weekend project – visit as many spots that harbor a piano in a weekend. And how about a picture or video of you tickling the ivories.
February 18th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Howe Library, Hanover NH invites you to The Howel Classic, a mini-golf extravaganza. Do you enjoy mini-golf, good food and mingling? Then you will find all three at the 2012 Howel Classic on Saturday, March 24 from 7 – 10 p.m. That’s right, a miniature golf course set up and ready to play in the Howe Library. The 18-hole course will be open with tasty appetizers, wine and beer being served. Chloe Brisson & Absolute Jazz will provide the entertainment. Because alcohol will be served, all participants must be at least 21 years old. All attendees will be entered for a chance to win a round for two at Montcalm Golf Club or a pair of round-trip tickets on Cape Air. Cost is $50 per person and you must RSVP by March 16.
But don’t forget the little ones because on Sunday, March 25 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. the Library is open to all! You can try the 18-hole course while enjoying pizza, beverages and treats. This is a chance for adults and children to get a little loud in the Library. All attendees will be entered for a chance to win movie tickets, passes to Storrs Pond or an iPod. Tickets are only $5 per person.
What a weekend – stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and then spend a fun and most unusual time supporting the Hanover, NH’s local library, where all services are open to the public and free.
February 10th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Who can resist the smell of boiling sap? Take the afternoon off and breathe deeply at one of the 60 sugar houses across New Hampshire that will be open during Maple Weekend, March 24 – 25, 2012. Bring the kids and learn how maple syrup is made, enjoy free samples and pick up a gallon to savor during pancake breakfasts or baked bean suppers. There are two maple producers close by in Orford, NH – Sunday Mountain Maple Farm & Mt. Cube Sugar House. Each has a full array of maple products from maple candy to various sizes of maple syrup. And if there is snow on the ground a real treat is hot maple syrup on snow! Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, enjoy a full country breakfast complete with New Hampshire’s amber gold.
February 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen
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.
January 25th, 2012 by donnanandersen
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!
January 18th, 2012 by donnanandersen
From February 9 – 11, 2012 Dartmouth will host its Winter Carnival. Held since 1911, this winter fun time was ranked 6th in the world by National Geographic Traveler. You can support Dartmouth’s ski teams at both the Dartmouth Skiway and the Oak Hill Ski Touring Center on February 10 & 11. You can take a tour of the Baker Hill Library Bell Tower on February 11 & 12. You can combine those activities with concerts, great food from local eateries, a tour at the Hood Museum and a visit to the Green where an enormous snow and ice sculpture awaits. And then there is the Occum Pond Party on Saturday, February 11 from 12 noon to 3 pm. Don’t miss this part of the winter bash with games, food, music and sleigh rides for all ages – the only prerequisite is to be young at heart! Only 7 miles from the Dartmouth Skiway, Breakfast on the Connecticut is right in the thick of some of the best competitive collegiate skiing. Come back in the late afternoon for hot chocolate and goodies while you get ready for the evening’s fun. To enjoy winter you must find a way to play in it – here is your chance at Dartmouth’s Winter Carnival, 2012!
January 6th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Although The Fells Main House is closed for the season, there is another world to explore during the winter. The ground is frozen, many of the bushes wrapped to ward off the nibbling deer and the fountains are drained. But if you stand quietly amid the frozen gardens you will be aware of new sights and sounds. Be dazzled by the many colors of the winter Heather Bed, listen to the music of the rustling foliage & observe the winter birds including cardinals. The trails are easily accessible and the grounds are open for self-touring, dawn to dusk every day. You can hike, snowshoe or Nordic ski – conditions permitting. Or attend one of the following activities:
January 14, 2012 Saturday 1-2:30 pm
Trail Walk: Snowshoeing (or Winter Hiking) and Winter Tree Identification
Join veteran trail walk leaders Dave and Fay Barden for a snowshoeing or hiking trek along the trails at The Fells. Eduvcation Director, Michael Caduto, will point out tips for identifying trees in the winter. Free,
February, 26 2012 Sunday 1 – 2:00 pm
Family Snowshoe Walk: Animals In Winter
Bring your snowshoes and join Kathleen Stowell, Education Director of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, as she leads a winter walk on the grounds of The Fells. Members free, nonmembers $5 per family.
There is another world to explore when you embrace winter and find a away to play in it! Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will show you how!