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!
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.
February 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen
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.
January 25th, 2012 by donnanandersen
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!
January 22nd, 2012 by donnanandersen
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”.
January 18th, 2012 by donnanandersen
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!
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!
January 6th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Northern Stage 2011 - 2012 Season
I have had the privilege of attending many shows in NYC’s Broadway and Hartford’s, Bushnell but last night I had the opportunity to view a real local treat. Northern Stage brought the musical “Annie” to real life on its stage at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. We are all familiar with the setting; 1933; the music, “It’s the Hard Knock Life”, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and of course, “Tomorrow”; and the story of Little Orphan Annie & Daddy Warbucks. What was so special is the intimacy of the theater – there is not a bad seat in the house and what’s more you feel you are part of what is happening on stage. Add to that the quality of the equity performers from NYC and, in this case, the local talent and you have a recipe for a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Lyme can even boast a rising star in Margaret Finley, a fifth grader, who played Annie. The run for Annie will end on January 8, 2012 but never fear Northern Stage has an incredible line-up during its season:
Les Liasons Dangereuses
January 18 – February 5, 2012
February 15 – March 4, 2012
March 14 – April 1, 2012
April 11 – May 6, 2012
What a wonderful night out – eat at the Tip Top Cafe, attend a Northern Stage production, stay the night at Breakfast on the Connecticut and have a wonderful breakfast the next morning.
November 23rd, 2011 by donnanandersen
University of Georgia Bullgogs - University Food Services - "A Sunset Breakfast"
On October 13, 2011 the University of Georgia hosted a special event for their meal plan and community guests. It was called “A Sunset Breakfast – Dawn Inspired Dishes Served at Dusk” and was planned to give their students the dining experience of breakfast at Bed and Breakfast establishments throughout the United States. The menu featured 21 recipes from prominent B&B locations including Apple Cheddar Bread Pudding from Breakfast on the Connecticut. My recipe was adapted by the University’s chefs and food production teams in order to serve the 8700 students who dine there daily. The amount of ingredients used was staggering including 13 cases of apples, 317 loaves of bread, 67 gallons of maple syrup, and 181 pounds of cheddar cheese, just to name a few. I am so glad I do not have to fed those numbers on a daily basis and I commend the University of Georgia Food Services team.
November 8th, 2011 by donnanandersen
Long River Studios Celebrates 20 Years
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.