Recently I traveled with my daughter to a conference in Portland, Oregon where she was presenting a paper. I will leave the plane odyssey for another blog but since I am in the hospitality industry I will comment on the accommodations. We stayed at the site of the conference which was housed in a major hotel chain. First item on the agenda – if you wanted WIFI you paid for it! I could leave the hotel, pop into the Starbucks on the corner and voila, I was connected. If I wanted a bottle of water – well that was available in my room but at $2.75 per bottle – OUCH! Breakfast – well that was available at two different locations in the hotel but had to be purchased. And have you seen the prices of Room Service lately? A bowl of oatmeal was $11.75 and if you wanted a few berries with that you were charged an additional $2.25. Renting a car meant that you had to pay for parking. For years the B&B industry has had a promotion titled A Better Way To Stay. At most B&Bs access to WIFI is free, beverages are free, breakfast is part of the room charge and in many instances is quite gourmet and parking, well that is free. In New Hampshire, Breakfast on the Connecticut pays to the state a view tax – the better the view the higher the tax. Our view of the Connecticut River and the hills of Vermont is free and can be enjoyed for hours while you relax in one of our Adirondack chairs. Maybe not a free lunch but certainly A Better Way To Stay!
March 4th, 2014 by donnanandersen
February 16th, 2014 by donnanandersen
In another century, sweatshops were common in the United States. Hours were long, working conditions were poor and dangerous and pay was low. Well, a quilt retreat with 20 women may resemble a sweatshop only in the area of quantity of tools and machinery but that is where the comparison ends. There are no quotas to be met only those that are self imposed; you can find women working at midnight but that is by choice; the working conditions are light filled and spacious with three terrific meals and snacks all day; and the pay/reward is any number of beautiful creations that will be kept or given away to family and friends. And you can always take some time off, cross the Connecticut River to Fairlee, Vermont and visit Barnyard Quilting to feed your passion. I am a quilter and I found the conversation, the quilters, the sharing of techniques and ideas motivational. I have started to finish those projects that sit by my sewing machine. It is great way to unwind from my daily routine at Breakfast on the Connecticut.
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
January 5th, 2014 by donnanandersen
We were in a car traveling on the Interstate in Connecticut and listening to a radio broadcast of the US Hockey Team play Russia at the Lake Placid Olympics. The Soviet hockey team was heavily favored to win its fifth straight Olympic gold medal. The US tied the score 2-2 at the end of the first period. The Soviets scored the only goal in the second period. The US tied the game in the third and then Mike Erusione scored halfway in the third period to go ahead 4-3. It was then up to goalkeeper, Jim Craig, to hold off the Soviet assault. With 5 seconds left in the game the US cleared the puck and we had what has been termed the “Miracle on Ice”. At that point on the Interstate lights on the cars started to flash and there was a cacophony of sound from car horns. I guess we were not alone in listening to the game! It was a magical moment! From February 7-23, 2014, the Winter Games will be held in Sochi, Russia. Dartmouth will be well represented by Hannah Kearney ’15, Andrew Weibrecht ’09 and Gillian Apps ’06. There are 19 other Dartmouth College athletes – alums and undergrads- that readied for the trials that would determine whether or not they will travel to Russia for the Games. These student-athletes work hard both in and out of the classroom and it will be a true pleasure to watch them as they compete on the world stage. E.M. Smith once stated in Sports Illustrated about the 1980 US hockey team’s win over the Soviets “It was an Olympic moment, the kind the creators of the Games must have had in mind, one that said: Here is something that is bigger than any of you.” Maybe at the 2014 Sochi Games we will have another miracle, one that makes us stand and applaud and say “Well done!”
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.