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 5th, 2014 by donnanandersen
Babies are a little bit of heaven on earth and there is nothing sweeter than the smell of a baby after a bath. And as our babies grow they are fascinated by the babies in the animal kingdom. So the cutest day of the year in the Upper Valley is Baby Animal Day at the Billings Farm in Woodstock, VT. You get to see up close newborn lambs, calves, ducklings, chicks and more. There are children oriented crafts and, of course, wagon rides. What an incredible way for children to welcome spring and the rebirth of the world around them. Especially after this winter that didn’t want to end. Mark your calendars – April 19, 2014, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm at the Billings Farm, Woodstock, VT.
March 17th, 2014 by donnanandersen
John and I recently saw the Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, 12 Years A Slave. I had purchased the book on one of our numerous trips to Civil War battlefields. You know how you always worry that if you have read the book you will be disappointed in the movie – filmmakers have a tendency to produce a movie for one overriding reason “Show Me The Money” (as in the memorable words from another movie). Not so with 12 Years A Slave – the book is powerful but the movie more than adequately displays the brutality and the dark side of so many southern plantation owners and their overseers. With that backdrop , I was delighted to learn that the Balch House in Lyme was an Underground Railroad safe house. Lyme Underground Railroad agents had heavy fugitive slave traffic because of its proximity to Canaan, New Hampshire. Once a month, fugitive slaves were taken from Canaan to Lyme and then across the Connecticut River into Vermont towns. The story is told that one night slaves arrived at Samuel Balch’s house just a short time ahead of agents in pursuit. When the agents arrived Samuel Balch gave them permission to search the house with Mrs. Balch giving them a stern admonition not to wake the children that were sleeping upstairs. The agents opened the bedroom door and found the children asleep tucked underneath the quilts. They left empty handed. But cleverly tucked under the bedroom covers and out of sight was a slave woman. When it was safe Samuel Balch moved that slave woman and the others to the next stop on the Underground Railroad. Lyme, NH has a wonderful historical society housed in the refurbished Academy Building where you can learn more about its past. Breakfast on the Connecticut is proud to be located in Lyme where so many past residents not only “Talked the Talk” but “Walked the Walk”.
January 20th, 2014 by donnanandersen
So you have always wanted a place on the lake but money, or the lack of it, has been the sticking point. Well I have the answer – A BOB-HOUSE! Those are the small sheds you see on the ice built for the ultimate fishing enthusiast, an ice fisherman. Most bob-houses are anything but beautiful but on the ice they seem as if they belong. Their roughness seems to match the below-zero winds and temperatures that move across a lake during winter. On the bigger lakes in New Hampshire, such as Winnipesaukee, it seems as if entire villages spring up. Years ago, there were so many on Winnipesaukee’s ice that they even had their own post office box with mail being delivered right to the bob-house. We have them right here in Lyme on Post Pond! Free lakefront – no one inspects them- no one will tell you to build them to code. But you will need to add to the outside some reflectors so that a snowmobile will avoid it at night. And of course you must remove them usually by April Fool’s Day or before the thaw!
January 14th, 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 6th, 2013 by donnanandersen
We all know what a Blue Ribbon or Best in Show means at the County Fair. Well in the world of maple syrup, in the state of New Hampshire, the Carlisle Trophy is the coveted prize. For the second year in a row the Sunday Mountain Maple Farm, in Orford, NH, has received the Carlisle Trophy for New Hampshire’s best maple syrup for the 2012 crop. Analyzed for clarity, taste & purity, Sunday Mountain’s sample came out on top. The Sunday Mountain Maple Farm, a New Hampshire Farm of Distinction, is owned and operated by Paul and Betty Messer. In addition to 200 taps behind his sugar house, he has 3000 taps located on Cube Mountain. He can been seen even in coldest months working on the tubing that delivers the sap to holding tanks. We are very lucky here at Breakfast on the Connecticut to be only a few miles from Sunday Mountain. We use only their syrup at breakfast on our pancakes, waffles, french toast and Apple Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding. After you have enjoyed our breakfast why not stop by Sunday Mountain and pick up a container, or two, of their award winning maple syrup. You can’t get any better than maple syrup as a “farm to table” experience.
April 5th, 2013 by donnanandersen
Dartmouth College was first established in 1769 “for the education of Youth of the Indian tribes… English Youth and any others.” In the first 200 years of existence only 19 Native Americans graduated from Dartmouth. That changed in the 1970s with President Kemeny and to date more than 700 Native Americans have attended Dartmouth from more than 200 different tribes. The Dartmouth Pow-Wow serves as an opportunity for members of both the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities to observe, participate and learn from a broad representation of Native American music, arts and crafts. Bring the family and look for the three key elements:
They, a group of 10, sing the first song each day sometimes viewed as an opening prayer.
She is appointed to lead all dancers in and out of the dancing arena at the start and the end of the Pow-Wow. Her appointment is based on experience and age.
He, along with the Head Woman Dancer, leads the contestants in the Grand Entry at the beginning of the Pow-Wow.
What a special event to attend over the Mothers’ Day Weekend! Stay in a Deluxe Room at Breakfast on the Connecticut, enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and then head over to the Green in Hanover where your senses will be assailed by the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of the Dartmouth Pow-Wow.
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.