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.
April 1st, 2013 by donnanandersen
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 26th, 2013 by donnanandersen
For years, the American public has had a love affair with soda. Soda consumption reached its peak in 1998 with 54 gallons per capita per year. And then the tide turned based largely on the information that our nation’s rising obesity rates were due, in part, to our heavy consumption of soda. Today, Americans now drink only 44 gallons of soda per year, a 17% drop, and have increased water consumption to 58 gallons, an increase of 38%. For us at Breakfast on the Connecticut, our water has always been the perfect beverage. We have a deep-well artesian that draws from a very pure aquifer. Our water used to be state tested 4 times a year but, because of its purity, testing was reduced by the state to only twice a year. Our water is pure and refreshing especially on a hot summer’s day. When asked by guests if they can drink the water our response is a resounding YES! “Our water is purer and tastes much better than the contents of that bottle you are holding.” Bring your bottled water if you must – drink the contents and then fill the container again at one of our taps with “our perfect beverage”. Better yet, bring your reusable water container (reduce plastic waste) and enjoy what we believe is the “nectar of the gods”.
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!
March 7th, 2013 by donnanandersen
My mother lives on the 11th fairway of Bay Hill, Arnold Palmer’s home golf course and I have had the pleasure of being up close and personal to the Bay Hill Classic. You pay enormous entry fees to see the pros play but I have an alternative which can be enjoyed by young and old. Welcome to the Howel Mini-Golf Classic, a mini-golf course set up in the library for all to try and enjoy. This is a family-friendly event complete with pizza, beverages and treats not to mention laughter and a lot of noise. Not common in a library! This event is scheduled on March 24, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Location is Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover NH. This is the only fundraising event the library holds each year to help fund operations and programming. So have a last ski at the Dartmouth Skiway and then hit the library with the family for The Howel Classic. Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut where you have enjoyed a full country breakfast.
February 23rd, 2013 by donnanandersen
Celebrate the sweetest season of the year in New Hampshire on March 23 & 24, 2013 when New Hampshire’s working sugarhouses will open their doors to the public. Even if you know how maple syrup is made – from tapping the sugar maples to boiling sap in an evaporator over a roaring hot fire – it is still a treat to visit a working sugarhouse and learn more about the process and meet the families who carry on this spring tradition every year. More than 100 sugarhouses, across the state, will open their doors so that you can watch and sample their incredible products. From different grades of syrup to melt-in-your-mouth maple candy, you will find the best and purest NH maple products at all these establishments. We are lucky to have at least two working sugarhouses no more than 15 minutes away – Sunday Mountain Maple Farm and Mt. Cube Farm. Most of the area’s eateries will have at least one menu item that will feature NH maple syrup and Breakfast on the Connecticut will join in as we feature Apple Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding with warm maple syrup. So come and enjoy Maple Weekend in NH, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, visit a sugarhouse and sample the first harbinger of spring.
February 13th, 2013 by donnanandersen
The entire northeast was just hit by Storm Nemo, a “Noreaster” that in some parts of Connecticut left 40 inches of new snow on the ground. Travel became impossible and people stayed put in their homes waiting for the clean-up. The pubic works departments were on the roads and within 24 hours after the storm, traffic, at least on the Interstates, could move again. But if it is the late 1800s what do you do to make travel possible after snow has fallen? You use a horse-drawn snow roller. They were not standardize in size – they were as big or as small as their builder decided to make them. Some are four feet in diameter and have one drum, others are six feet (or more) in diameter and have two drums that are side-by-side. Some have an implement seat on a post for the driver, while others have a buckboard-type seat and/or a full-width platform on top. Some have a rear-mounted scraper that dresses the freshly-rolled snow. In short, a snow roller was as unique as the individual who constructed it. They were pulled by teams of horses and used to pack down the snow so that people could travel by sleigh. Their heyday was between 1850 – 1920 until gasoline powered trucks came into common use. But I bet they were used in some remote places until the 1940s. Lots of snow fell with Storm Nemo – enough to make a snow roller pretty ineffective! But the snow did make all the ski areas, both downhill and cross-country, very happy. Come north to New Hampshire, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, and play in the snow!
December 5th, 2012 by donnanandersen
The holidays are a time of joy for families and included in your preparations you should eliminate the risk to beloved members of your family, your pets. In our case, that would be our dogs, Wolf, Pola & Sparky and our cat, Rosie. Holiday decorations can be a nightmare for your pets especially garland and wrapping ribbon. Both can get stuck in a pet’s intestines necessitating surgical removal. If cats gnaw on ribbon it can literally stitch the feline’s intestines together. How about what your pet eats? Turkey and ham are usually part of the holiday meal but the bones can be lodged in the intestines. And rich foods, gravies can cause severe illness. Many pets can get violently ill from drinking water from the Christmas tree stand – keep your beloved friends from the sap-filled water and heavy, rich treats. Lastly, poinsettias are toxic to most household pets if they are chewed or swallowed in large enough quantities. Instead of doing the math on that equation, chose other types of floral arrangements that are safe. The best holiday gift you can give your pets is a safe and hazard-free environment so they can enjoy all the festivities with you.
If you are traveling with a pet, consider a stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut. We have two pet-friendly rooms, Room 14 & 15. We also have 23 acres – plenty of space to walk your dog for exercise.
December 4th, 2012 by donnanandersen
So, what is the solstice? Well , in technical terms, it occurs when the sun appears at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. In the Northern Hemisphere it occurs somewhere between December 20 – 21. Interpretation of this event varies among cultures but here in the Upper Valley, we celebrate it with The Christmas Revels. This year, 2012, it will be an Irish celebration, complete with music, dancing, singing and stories.
The setting is 1907, when immigration from Europe to the United States is at its peak. The Irish are a major part of this relocation and with them they bring their unique culture complete with poetry, dance, music and their strong sense of survival and yearning for a new life in this land of opportunity. The Christmas Revels put you on the deck of the Glenna Roy as the emigres create a memorable Christmas celebration at sea. There is Irish dancing, fiddler Laura Fisk, a terrific ceilidh band and, of course, an Irish story or two.
For more information please visit The Christmas Revels. See the performance, spend a night at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy a wonderful breakfast the next morning. Make some time to do some holiday shopping in the area and remember there is no sales tax!
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.