The incredible Will Rogers said “If all politicians fished instead of speaking publicly, we would be at peace in the world.” Now expand that to if they fished for a week during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 1 – June 8 when you are able to take your family fishing for FREE with no license required on public bodies of water! In the words of John Lennon’s song – IMAGINE – the possibility of world peace for a week or just maybe, longer. For New Hampshire, June 7th is our free fishing day – a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. Breakfast on the Connecticut is right on the Connecticut River – take out one of our canoes and see why so many feel that fishing brings a serenity of the mind.
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May 7th, 2014 by donnanandersen
April 25th, 2013 by donnanandersen
Opera North will be celebrating its 2013 Season with two stunning operas and a classic American musical.
August 3, 9 15 & 17 at 7:30 PM and August 8 at 2:00 PM
The unforgettable story of Emile de Becque, the French plantation owner, who falls in love with Nellie Forbush, a WW II nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas. Who can forget Some Enchanted Evening or I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair?
August 6, 10, 14 & 16 at 7:30 PM
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Lucia is caught in the middle of a feud between her family and the man she adores. Forced to forsake her love and marry for money, she loses more than her happiness – she loses her mind.
August 7 & 11 at 2:00 PM
Set in post Civil War New England, this American opera celebrates the spirit of the March family during a period of trial and transition.
Tickets on sale NOW at Opera North or call the Lebanon Opera House at 603-448-0400.
Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, attend an opera/musical performance and wake up the next morning talking Happy Talk as you eat your a wonderful full country breakfast.
April 1st, 2013 by donnanandersen
The Smithsonian Magazine has compiled a list of the 20 Best Towns To Visit in 2013 and Hanover, NH ranks as LUCKY 13. Towns in the running had to have a population of less than 15,000 and a significant concentration of music, the arts, historic sites and other cultural attractions. And it didn’t hurt to have an institution of higher learning nearby. So why Hanover, NH? Let’s start with Dartmouth College, founded in 1769 to train Native Americans as missionaries. It has become one of the most prestigious current Ivy League educational institutions. There is music, theater, museums, art galleries – some associated with the college and others in the surrounding communities. The Orozco murals, located in Baker Library, has just received the National Landmark designation and last year the Dartmouth Aires came in second on NBC’s The Sing-Off. You can shop at quaint bookstores, eat at restaurants that pride themselves on their farm to table offerings, canoe or kayak on the Connecticut River, ski on the hills of NH & VT and,if you are so inclined, hike a segment of the Appalachian Trail. We feel the air is cleaner, the grass is greener and the water is purer. And if that is not enough, then how about the Enfield Shaker Museum, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum or the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site? So set your sights on a visit to the Upper Connecticut River Valley, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy the ambiance of a stay in one of America’s best small towns.
March 27th, 2013 by donnanandersen
On March 11, 2013 the Secretary of the Interior designated the Orozco Murals one of 13 new National Historic Landmarks. National historic landmarks are nationally significant historic places that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Jose Clemente Orozco was an srtist in-residence at Dartmouth between 1932 and 1934. It was during this time he created The Epic of American Civilization, comprised of 24 individual panels or “scenes” that span approximately 3200 square feet. The Orozco mural is housed in the former reserve corridor of Baker Library now called the Orozco Room. This is a can’t miss treasure when visiting Dartmouth College. Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, visit the Orozco exhibit and in your travels don’t forget the Hood Museum.
March 10th, 2013 by donnanandersen
Since 1961 the Hanover Conservancy has created, maintained and managed a series of trails in the Upper Valley. Trails such as Balch Hill, Mink Brook and Greensboro Ridge have been enjoyed by so many Upper Valley residents and visitors. In June 2011, another property came into being – the Nan & Allen King Bird Sanctuary. The land was once pasture for the Hayes Farm and can be reached by parking at the Etna Library, walking across a field to enter, hiking a mowed trail and coming to rest on a stone bench in the meadow. You will enjoy a view over the Mink Brook valley while you sit and (if you brought one) eat your picnic lunch. Make sure you stop to identify crabapple, hawthorn or nannyberry just to mention a few. We will give you a card with all 8 flowering bushes that are there. And don’t forget the birds – you may see a Black-and-White Warbler, a Common Yellowthroat or maybe even the seldom seen Wilson’s Warbler. The days are getting warmer and spring fever will hit and you will want to smell the fresh air and feel the warmth of the spring sun on your face. Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, have a great breakfast and then take a sandwich and explore the King Bird Sanctuary. It doesn’t get any better than that!
June 25th, 2012 by donnanandersen
The Summer of 2012 will see Opera North celebrating its 30th year filled with magnificent voices, great music and lively theater. The season is all about three charming operas and one classic American musical.
The Elixir of Love, Donizetti
Nemorino is head over heels in love with Adina. He will try anything to make her return his affection, including spending his last dollar on a love potion. The comedy will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.
The King and I, Rogers and Hammerstein
Anna Leonowens, an English schoolteacher sent to Siam to teach the children in the royal palace, clashes with their father, the King. Together they find themselves bound by a love that neither is able to express.
The Impresario, Mozart
This is a hilarious opera about the classic conflict between singers and the theater manager who must cast them.
The Cunning Little Vixen, Janacek
This is a touching tale of the cycle of life in a European forest with characters as varied as the forest itself.
Tickets are on sale now at www.operanorth.org or by calling the Lebanon Opera House at 603-448-0400. Make it a date night out with a dinner, a show and a stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut serving a wonderful breakfast the next morning.
June 13th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Quinatucquet is a Native American word meaning “at the long estuary” and given to a body of water known as “the Nile of New England”. Breakfast on the Connecticut sits on the banks of this river also the longest river in New England. Yes, it is the Connecticut River flowing over 360 miles from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound. Once described by the New York Times as ” the Nation’s best landscaped sewer”, the Connecticut River, through the passage of the Clean Water Act and the investment of millions of dollars from government and the private sector, has been reclaimed for our nation to explore and, better still, play in. Along its banks there are large archeological sites, including one in Claremont NH settled by Native Americans around 800 AD. There are ten bridges that traverse the Connecticut that are registered with the National Register of Historic Places including the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, the longest covered bridge in the United States. About 20 miles after the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge you can glide by the Fort at #4 in Charlestown, NH where on an August morning in 1754 a band of Indians broke into the home of Captain James Johnson and took captive the Captain, his 24-year old pregnant wife and their three children, ages 6, 4 & 2 and set off on a trek to Canada. The reclaimed Connecticut has once again become the life-line for commerce, agriculture, industry as well as energy production, irrigation, manufacturing and multiple recreational uses. Ninety-nine cities, towns & villages border its length. Thirty-five colleges and universities on its banks provide an unprecedented representation of higher learning. Agriculture is still at work on 11% of the Connecticut’s land providing a ready source of locally grown foods. You can swim – cross the Connecticut from bank to bank in many places and you have swum from NH to VT – fish and boat, best done by canoe, kayak or pontoon. The Connecticut River and the Valley is one of the last water places that is still underdeveloped and wildly beautiful. So come spend some time at Breakfast on the Connecticut, take a canoe out in the morning fog and experience the “mighty Connecticut, the first of America’s great rivers and in many ways the last.”
May 11th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Are you a garden enthusiast? With the advent of the GPS, can you still read a map? If the answer to both is in the affirmative then the 6th Annual Secret Gardens of Corinth and Topsham was designed for you. It is billed by the organizers as “down-to-earth ” because it will take you along the back roads of east central Vermont. The Tour is sponsored by the Blake Memorial Library of Corinth. The organizers maintain that the secret gardens may be unassuming but each will take your breath away because of design, gardening style and landscaping techniques. First though, you have to find the gardens, and that is, in and of itself, the challenge. Tickets for the Tour are $20 on the day of the event, Saturday, June 30, 2012 or $15 in advance. The ticket will provide a map and a description of each of the five gardens you’ll be visiting. Give yourself three to four hours to enjoy the tour, which starts at 12 and ends at 5 p.m. Stay overnight at Breakfast on the Connecticut, enjoy a wonderful breakfast and spend the afternoon enjoying the discovery of Mother Nature’s beauty, albeit helped along by mere mortals.
May 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen
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.
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.