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.
Archive for the ‘Summer Events’ Category
May 5th, 2012 by donnanandersen
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.
November 8th, 2011 by donnanandersen
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.
July 23rd, 2011 by donnanandersen
Though avid runners often schedule their big races in the spring or fall, the Upper Valley offers a number of summer races to help stay in shape and motivated. The toughest local race comes near the end of summer with the CHAD Hero Half Marathon which begins and ends on the Dartmouth Green and will take runners on a looping course over several challenging hills in Hanover and Norwich on August 28, 2011. The race stars at 9:00 am and raises money to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Off the pavement, the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series will again explore the woods and the trails in seven Upper Valley towns. The races which range from 5 to 8.7 miles, allows runners to explore Farnum Hill Reserve in Lebanon, Webb Forest in Sunapee and Fall Mountain Regional High School’s cross country trails in Langdon, NH among other areas. The WNHTRS organizer, Chad Denning, maintains that once you go off the pavement for five minutes you will say ” Wow, I want more of this.” If you plan to run in the CHAD Half Marathon, Breakfast on the Connecticut is offering a special room rate and donating $25 for each person that stays with us and participates in the event. Whatever the season, the innkeepers at Breakfast on the Connecticut can direct you to the perfect spot for a “run in the valley”.
July 5th, 2011 by donnanandersen
If you have never done a Valley Quest before, this summer may be the time to try your hand. Two hundred and fifty years ago, in 1761, Governor Benning Wentworth chartered the 12 “Middle Grant” towns. “Super Quest” honors the 250th anniversary of the 12 Middle Grant towns: Canaan, Enfield, Fairlee, Hanover, Hartford, Hartland, Lebanon, Lyme, Norwich, Plainfield, Thetford and Windsor. There are 12 clues, each leading to a different town. Using maps, MapQuest or other tools, travel to your destination in search of the hidden word(s). Visit all 12 towns and like magic – a secret word will be revealed. Once you have solved the mystery, claim your commemorative patch and be entered to win the grand prize, a family Get-A-WAy to Lake Morey Resort. First, visit VitalCommunities.org to register. While registration is not required, it will enable you to get hints if you need them and ensure that Vital Communities has enough patches. There is no rush! You have until November 1 to finish the Quest. Super Quest is a word puzzle and when the puzzle is complete a “magic word” will emerge. For this historical quest, most of the towns chose their own answers, which include dates, numbers and names. The Quest really tells a great story of the Upper Valley. So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and spend your weekend questing!
June 29th, 2011 by donnanandersen
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.
June 24th, 2011 by donnanandersen
Opera North is proud to present this summer’s operas, Rossini’s Cinderella and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, two delightful works of love, humor and some of the most animated music ever written. The season will open with a Gala Evening: Stars On Stage which will include an opportunity to enjoy fabulous singing, indulge in an Italian banquet and bid at live and silent auctions. But it is the operas that you have really come for: The Marriage of Figaro is Mozart’s funniest opera and among the top ten favorites of all time containing some of the most beautiful music ever written: Cinderella, the fairy tale that we all know and love where goodness, love, and forgiveness win out and there is truly a happy ending. Both operas will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Lebanon Opera House Box Office at 603-448-0400. Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, the only B&B on the Connecticut River, attend the evening performance of the opera, and enjoy a wonderful full country breakfast the next morning. If you have time take out one of our canoes and take a paddle on the CT River or bike some of our local picturesque country roads.
June 15th, 2011 by donnanandersen
The “Robot Zoo” , a nationally touring exhibition, reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer. Visit the Montshire Museum and explore the bio-mechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work. The robot animals and hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics of animals, such as how a chameleon changes colors and how a fly walks on the ceiling. After exploring the robots you can go outside to the Science Park and float balls down The Rill, immerse yourself in the Water Dance exhibit and make amazing shapes with water at Water Bells. The new Hughes Pavilion overlooking the Science Park offer visitors a respite from sun or showers and is the perfect place to have lunch. Bring a picnic or purchase lunch from the King Arthur Flour bakers. No longer do you need to leave the museum for lunch – King Arthur Flour’s offerings will include sandwiches, fruit, granola bars, chips, ice cream, cookies and cold beverages. So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and take one day to explore the wonders of the Montshire – but don’t forget the towels (we will supply those), swimsuits and sunscreen!
June 15th, 2011 by donnanandersen
Welcome to the Connecticut River Birding Trail, especially the Upper Valley Section. The CRBT is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and their natural habitats. There are 31 sites on the Upper Valley section of the Connecticut River Birding Trail, each with its own personality and wonderful natural attributes. Lyme, the home of Breakfast on the Connecticut, has three sites: The Pinnacle, The Chaffee Wildlife Management Area and Hewes Brook Wetland along the Appalachian Trail. All three of these areas have well-defined trails through a variety of terrain. All are very productive birding areas and can be accessed best spring through fall. The Birding Trail is a non-profit conservation-education initiative – their philosophy is that the more people get out and enjoy the land, the more they will respect natural areas and the wonders they highlight. It is their hope that with increased involvement in, and appreciation for, natural landscapes, the public will be inspired to conserve and protect these and other special places, now and in the future. Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and if you decide to explore sites on the CRBT we will give you a map that outlines all 31 sites.
June 1st, 2011 by donnanandersen
“Connecticut” comes from the Abenaki word “Quinnetukut” which means “Long River”. Begining its journey in the far northern reaches of New Hampshire in a chain of lakes emerging from a high elevation beaver pond and ending at Long Island Sound, the Connecticut River unites New Hampshire and Vermont for over half its 410-mile length. The history of New England’s longest and most powerful river goes all the way back to the time of glaciers, the Abenaki living on its banks and to the colonial settlements whose architecture can still be seen in many of the Connecticut River Valley’s villages and towns. It is the flow of people, commerce and culture that has characterized the history of the river. Ten river towns , strung like pearls along the Connecticut River Byway in Vermont and New Hampshire, offer traveler information and services. At the Waypoint Welcome Centers of Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Windsor, White River Junction, Wells River and St. Johnsbury, all in Vermont and Claremont, Woodsville, Lancaster, and Colebrook, all in New Hampshire, you will discover the special natural, cultural, historical, and recreational attractions of the regions served by each welcome center. Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and ask for one of the Byway maps to begin to connect with the heart of New England.