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Kayaking 101

May 5th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Kayaking on Storrs Pond

Kayaking on Storrs Pond

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.

Hands On Pianos – Hopkins Center 50th Anniversary

February 27th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Hands On Pianos

Hands On Pianos - Hop's 50th Anniversary Season

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.

 

The Howel Classic

February 18th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Howe Library

Howe Library, The Howel Classic

Howe Library, Hanover NH invites you to The Howel Classic, a mini-golf extravaganza.  Do you enjoy mini-golf, good food and mingling? Then you will find all three at the 2012 Howel Classic on Saturday, March 24 from 7 – 10 p.m.  That’s right, a miniature golf course set up and ready to play in the Howe Library.  The 18-hole course will be open with tasty appetizers, wine and beer being served.  Chloe Brisson & Absolute Jazz will provide the entertainment.  Because alcohol will be served, all participants must be at least 21 years old.  All attendees will be entered for a chance to win a round for two at Montcalm Golf Club or a pair of round-trip tickets on Cape Air.  Cost is $50 per person and you must RSVP by March 16.

But don’t forget the little ones because on Sunday, March 25 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. the Library is open to all!  You can try the 18-hole course while enjoying pizza, beverages and treats.  This is a chance for adults and children to get a little loud in the Library.  All attendees will be entered for a chance to win movie tickets, passes to Storrs Pond or an iPod.  Tickets are only $5 per person.

What a weekend – stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and then spend a fun and most unusual time supporting the Hanover, NH’s local library, where all services are open to the public and free.

 

Find “A Better Way To Stay”!

February 18th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Better Way To Stay (video) Several years ago we visited Mississippi on our annual 2 weeks vacation.  People couldn’t believe that was where we chose to go during our limited time off.  “Mississippi?”  “Why would you want to go there?”  Well, my wife and I love to visit Civil War sites and Mississippi just happens to have a few.  And we’ve discovered that those sites take us to wonderful other places that we might have never seen, and this trip was no different.  Our first stop was Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee, then across the border to Corinth, Mississippi where the armies battled for control of the rail lines heading east & west and north & south.  We reserved for two nights, but extended to three as there was more to see than we thought.  Next, a half day stop at Brices Crossroads National Battlefield site, then on to Tupelo where we picked up the Natchez Trace Parkway, a beautiful drive with many interesting stops along the way.  Vicksburg National Military Park was next on our radar.  Three days later we were on our way to Grand Gulf military site and Port Gibson, a town that General Grant said was “too beautiful to burn” so he didn’t.  Finally we reached Natchez, a town filled with many beautiful antebellum homes.

Now here is where I get to the point I want to make.  When we travel we like to stay at B&Bs and not because we are B&B owners, but because of what they offer.  So when we went to make our reservations, we were disappointed to find that none had any availability.  What we didn’t know was that the week we chose was Spring Pilgrimage, when many of the homes are open for tours to the public and reservations for rooms are made up to a year ahead of time.  So we had to settle for a national chain during our five-day stay.  Each morning I looked forward to the same breakfast of cold cereal, watered down OJ, store-bought mini muffins, a soggy waffle with make-believe maple syrup and a banana.  The first morning I visited the front desk to inquire about places and interesting things that were “must sees” during our stay  The young lady at the desk told me that, well, she wasn’t from the area so couldn’t help me with my request  She “only” worked in Natchez.  I did  make it a point to go to the desk each morning ,but only to inquire about things she might know.  It was always the same person.  I was never greeted with a smile or a query about whether I was enjoying my stay, or any other nicety  After five days I checked out to a virtual silent transaction, not even a goodbye.  I walked away feeling like a stranger.

When I got home, I did write the headquarters of the chain to express my disappointment with my stay.  I never got a reply.  Who would have thought!  Oh, by the way.  I did get  the information for which I was looking concerning those “must sees”.  I went to one of the B&Bs that I couldn’t get into and the innkeeper was more than happy to assist me with the information and a whole lot more.  He even said goodbye and have a nice stay.

This is the kind of hospitality we try to show at Breakfast on the Connecticut even when cyclists and others stop to use our bathroom or non-guests believe, because of our name, we are licensed to serve breakfast to the public who are not staying here.   B&Bs are a better way to stay – you bet!

New Hampshire Maple Weekend

February 10th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Who can resist the smell of boiling sap?  Take the afternoon off and breathe deeply at one of the 60 sugar houses across New Hampshire that will be open during Maple Weekend, March 24 – 25, 2012.  Bring the kids and learn how maple syrup is made, enjoy free samples and pick up a gallon to savor during pancake breakfasts or baked bean suppers.  There are two maple producers close by in Orford, NH – Sunday Mountain Maple Farm & Mt. Cube Sugar House.  Each has a full array of maple products from maple candy to various sizes of maple syrup.  And if there is snow on the ground a real treat is hot maple syrup on snow!  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, enjoy a full country breakfast complete with New Hampshire’s amber gold.

CHaD’s Winter Carnival – A Night Under The Lights

February 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Snowbox Derby

Snowbox Derby - CHaD Winter Carnival

Grab your friends and family and sign up for an evening of fun at CHaD’s Annual Winter Carnival, Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 4 to 8 pm at Storrs Hill in Lebanon.  This year’s Carnival will be better than ever.  For a change of pace, it will take place at Storrs Hill in Lebanon with skiing and boarding under the lights just for Carnival participants.  It will be more action-packed with the return of the Snowbox Derby, ski jumping demonstrations, a running race to the top and a torchlight parade.  It will be star-studded with Olympian Hannah Kearney on hand helping out for the CHaD kids.  In addition dinner is included not to mention throwing snowballs at targets and snowshoeing through the woods.  All monies raised by children will be matched by the Couch Family Foundation.  The top kid fundraiser can win a Wii!  For more information please go to www.chad wintercarnival.org to register.  Make a family weekend of it and stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut – enjoy a wonderful country breakfast in the morning after a fun filled night.

Upper Valley Chocolate Festival 2012

January 25th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Chocolate Dessert

Upper Valley Chocolate Festival 2012

This chocolate lover’s event consists of local chocolatiers and chocolate artisans including restaurants, bakeries, patisseries and catering companies.  All participants will vie for a People’s Choice Award for the “Best Chocolate Dessert in the Upper Valley – 2012”.  At the end of the tastings you can cast your vote for your favorite entry.  In addition to tasting chocolate delights, festival guests will have the opportunity to purchase items from many of the vendors.  Admission entitles each guest to one Competitive Sample from each vendor.  This year’s sweet details:

When: Saturday, February 4, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Tracy Hall, Norwich Vermont
Admission: $10 per person (at the door)

So if it you want a break from life’s hubbub, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut before Valentine’s Day and stock up for your favorite sweetheart (wife, husband, parents, siblings or, in my case, grandchildren)  on dark chocolate at the Upper Valley Chocolate Festival 2012.  Remember 1.6 ounces daily of dark chocolate is heart healthy!

Want Free WI-FI? Stay at a B&B

January 22nd, 2012 by donnanandersen

Breakfast on the Connecticut

Breakfast on the Connecticut

In a recent article from HotelMarketing.com a survey asked travelers about their favorite in-room amenities.  According to the article, 38% of travelers reported that free WI-FI played a must role in deciding where to stay, 35% rated it as a simple amenity they wanted to see in more hotels and 31% wished it would become the standard in all hotels in 2012.  Consider a better way to stay – more than 93% of inns and B&Bs offer WI-FI according to the Industry Study of Operations and Finance by PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers International) and more than 90% offer it for free.  Add to this that an even higher rate – 97% of inns and B&Bs – offer a complimentary breakfast included in the room rate.  Travelers are seeking more bang for their buck and they definitely want to depend on staying plugged in when they travel.  Here at Breakfast on the Connecticut we offer a full country breakfast, very strong free WI-FI and great cell phone service as part of our room rate.  Next time you are choosing where to stay, with free WI-FI and breakfast, consider an inn or B&B as the “Better Way To Stay”.  And if you are coming to the Dartmouth College/Hanover/Lyme, NH area, Breakfast on the Connecticut is the “Better Way To Stay”.

Dartmouth’s Winter Carnival Ranked 6th

January 18th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Dr. Seuss Winter Carnival Sculpture

100 Anniversary Dartmouth Winter Carnival Sculpture - The Cat In The Hat, Dr. Seuss

From February 9 – 11, 2012 Dartmouth will host its Winter Carnival.  Held since 1911, this winter fun time was ranked 6th in the world by National Geographic Traveler.  You can support Dartmouth’s ski teams at both the Dartmouth Skiway and the Oak Hill Ski Touring Center on February 10 & 11.  You can take a tour of the Baker Hill Library Bell Tower on February 11 & 12.  You can combine those activities with concerts, great food from local eateries, a tour at the Hood Museum and a visit to the Green where an enormous snow and ice sculpture awaits.  And then there is the Occum Pond Party on Saturday, February 11 from 12 noon to 3 pm.  Don’t miss this part of the winter bash with games, food, music and sleigh rides for all ages – the only prerequisite is to be young at heart!  Only 7 miles from the Dartmouth Skiway, Breakfast on the Connecticut is right in the thick of some of the best competitive collegiate skiing.   Come back in the late afternoon for hot chocolate and goodies while you get ready for the evening’s fun.  To enjoy winter you must find a way to play in it – here is your chance at Dartmouth’s Winter Carnival, 2012!

Winter At The Fells

January 6th, 2012 by donnanandersen

The Walking Trails At The Fells in Summer

Although The Fells Main House is closed for the season, there is another world to explore during the winter.  The ground is frozen, many of the bushes wrapped to ward off the nibbling deer and the fountains are drained.  But if you stand quietly amid the frozen gardens you will be aware of new sights and sounds.  Be dazzled by the many colors of the winter Heather Bed, listen to the music of the rustling foliage & observe the winter birds including cardinals.  The trails are easily accessible and the grounds are open for self-touring, dawn to dusk every day.  You can hike, snowshoe or Nordic ski – conditions permitting.  Or attend one of the following activities:

January 14, 2012 Saturday 1-2:30 pm
Trail Walk: Snowshoeing (or Winter Hiking) and Winter Tree Identification
Join veteran trail walk leaders Dave and Fay Barden for a snowshoeing or hiking trek along the trails at The Fells.  Eduvcation Director, Michael Caduto, will point out tips for identifying trees in the winter.  Free,

February, 26 2012 Sunday 1 – 2:00 pm
Family Snowshoe Walk: Animals In Winter
Bring your snowshoes and join Kathleen Stowell, Education Director of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, as she leads a winter walk on the grounds of The Fells.  Members free, nonmembers $5 per family.

There is another world to explore when you embrace winter and find a away to play in it!  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will show you how!