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The Dartmouth Aires Shine on NBC’s The Sing Off

November 5th, 2011 by donnanandersen

The Dartmouth Aires At The Sing Off on NBC

Dartmouth College’s oldest a cappella group, the Dartmouth Aires were founded in 1946 as an offshoot of the Glee Club.  In the 1970s they broke away from the Glee Club and became an established independent college landmark.  They usually have 16 members but that may vary from term to term.  They arrange their own music and their membership pick their own songs based on the group’s tastes.  They were chosen as one of the 16 a capella groups to compete in 2011 NBC’s The Sing Off.  To date, they are a member of the final 6 remaining teams and I can see why.  They bring an energy to the competition that is amazing and a choice of music that is brilliant.  To date, they have performed tunes such as Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder and Pinball Wizard from the rock opera Tommy.  But last week’s performance of a Dartmouth Aires Sing A Queen Medley was truly electrifying!  So tune in on Monday night for The Sing Off on NBC at 8 pm – you will not be disappointed!

Hike Smarts Mountain

September 10th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Smarts Mountain

Smarts Mountain

It has been called a “hockey stick hike” with a long gradual walk followed by a short steep uphill.  It is an easy day trip, or a multi-day stay for backpackers on the Appalachian Trail.  You don’t have to be a long-distance hiker to enjoy Smarts Mountain and it all starts in Lyme, NH.  From the center of Lyme, follow the signs for the Dartmouth Skiway to the east.  Just before the Skiway take the left branch which is Dorchester Road.  A small parking lot is on the left, just before the iron bridge over Grant Brook.  Orange signs mark the trailhead.  From the parking lot you have a choice, the Ranger Trail or the Lambert Ridge Trail (the present Appalachian Trail route).  Both get to the same spot in 3 miles and then climb together the last .6 mile to the summit.  The views into the Upper Valley and out to the White Mountains from the summit of Smarts Mountain are stunning.  And what better time to hike than in the fall – Mother Nature’s patchwork quilt will be laid out for you in all its glory.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will direct you to the trailhead – give us enough advance notice and we can pack a picnic lunch for you.

The 140th Tunbridge World’d Fair

August 30th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Tunbridge World's Fair

Tunbridge World's Fair, Tunbridge VT - September 15 - 18, 2011

The Tunbridge World’s Fair has run continuously since 1867 except in 1918 due to the great flu epidemic and during World War II.  This year the Fair will be held September 15 to 18, Thurs. & Fri. from 8 am – 9 pm, Sat. 8 am – 10 pm and Sun. 11 am – 6 pm.  As a family venue this couldn’t be better.  It is for all ages and interest located in a charming valley.  The Fair is a blend of active livestock shows, beautiful farm animals, competitive harvest and craft exhibits, motorized pulling, free entertainment, an expanded midway and a superb Antique Museum with live enactors.  Together the fairgrounds and the village of Tunbridge form a designated Historic District.  The Tunbridge World’s Fair is a Top Ten 2011 Fall Event.  Cost: Thurs. $8, Fri. $10, Sat $12, Sun $10.  There is no better place to sample a candied apple, share fried dough and watch the horse pulling contests.  Look in awe at what our young 4 H boys and girls grow in their gardens – envy their green thumbs.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy, at least once in your life a true American treasure, a country fair.

19th Annual Glory Days of the Railroad Festival

August 30th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Glory Days of the Railroad

Glory Days of the Railroad - White River Junction, VT September 10, 2011

The 19th annual Glory Days Festival will take place in White River Junction, Vermont, Saturday, September 10th, 9 am – 5 pm, rain or shine.  This is a family-oriented, fun-filled, day-long celebration of railroading – past, present and future.  The Glory Days Festival was chosen as one of the Top 10 Fall Events for 2011.  There are train excursions, mini-train rides, carnival games and food, children’s entertainment, main stage entertainment, crafters, a pancake breakfast and a model railroad show and displays.  You can enjoy the Glory Days Excursion Train and a ride along the Connecticut River for only $10 per person with 2 and under riding for free.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy a truly family fun filled day celebrating our railroads – ALL ABOARD!!

Running In The Upper Valley

July 23rd, 2011 by donnanandersen

Western NH Trail Running Series

Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series

Though avid runners often schedule their big races in the spring or fall, the Upper Valley offers a number of summer races to help stay in shape and motivated.  The toughest local race comes near the end of summer with the CHAD Hero Half Marathon which begins and ends on the Dartmouth Green and will take runners on a looping course over several challenging hills in Hanover and Norwich on August 28, 2011.  The race stars at 9:00 am and raises money to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.  Off the pavement, the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series will again explore the woods and the trails in seven Upper Valley towns.  The races which range from 5 to 8.7 miles, allows runners to explore Farnum Hill Reserve in Lebanon, Webb Forest in Sunapee and Fall Mountain Regional High School’s cross country trails in Langdon, NH among other areas.  The WNHTRS organizer, Chad Denning, maintains that once you go off the pavement for five minutes you will say ” Wow, I want more of this.”  If you plan to run in the CHAD Half Marathon, Breakfast on the Connecticut is offering a special room rate and donating $25 for each person that stays with us and participates in the event.  Whatever the season, the innkeepers at Breakfast on the Connecticut can direct you to the perfect spot for a “run in the valley”.

Super Quest – Solve the 12-Town 250th History Mystery

July 5th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Vital Communities

Vital Communities - Super Quest

If you have never done a Valley Quest before, this summer may be the time to try your hand.  Two hundred and fifty years ago, in 1761, Governor Benning Wentworth chartered the 12 “Middle Grant” towns.  “Super Quest” honors the 250th anniversary of the 12 Middle Grant towns: Canaan, Enfield, Fairlee, Hanover, Hartford, Hartland, Lebanon, Lyme, Norwich, Plainfield, Thetford and Windsor.  There are 12 clues, each leading to a different town.  Using maps, MapQuest or other tools, travel to your destination in search of the hidden word(s).  Visit all 12 towns and like magic – a secret word will be revealed.  Once you have solved the mystery, claim your commemorative patch and be entered to win the grand prize, a family Get-A-WAy to Lake Morey Resort.  First, visit VitalCommunities.org to register.  While registration is not required, it will enable you to get hints if you need them and ensure that Vital Communities has enough patches.  There is no rush!  You have until November 1 to finish the Quest.   Super Quest is a word puzzle and when the puzzle is complete a “magic word” will emerge.  For this historical quest, most of the towns chose their own answers, which include dates, numbers and names.  The Quest really tells a great story of the Upper Valley.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and spend your weekend questing!

Try Two Local Farmers’ Markets For “A Taste of the Upper Valley”

June 29th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Hanover Farmers' Market

Hanover Farmers' Market

The Hanover Farmers’ Market and the Lebanon Farmers’ Market offer unique opportunities to sample fare from our local farms and vendors.  On Wednesdays, July 6 to October 12, from 3 to 6 p.m. the Hanover Farmers’ Market can be found on The Green in Hanover, NH.  Bring home the makings for a fresh, locally grown dinner or grab a snack.  The market offers fresh produce, meats, herbs, cheeses, flowers, plants, dairy, baked goods and locally prepared foods.  Enjoy local music and demonstrations by the League of NH Craftsmen.  On Thursdays, July 7 to September 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. the Lebanon Farmers’ Market is located at Coburn Park, Lebanon, NH.  Local farmers, producers, crafters and artisans come together on the Lebanon Green to provide a variety of fresh produce, meat, baked goods and other treats.   There is nothing better than to make a salad of freshly picked greens or enjoy strawberry shortcake made from local strawberries or enjoy a glass of wine with some cheese from one of our local creameries.  And if you want to pick your own there are several PYO venues within minutes including Super’s Acres just down River Road where you can while the hours away sampling and picking blueberries.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and take some of this region’s bounty home with you.

Opera North’s 29th Summer Season

June 24th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Opera North - Rossini's Cinderella

Opera North's 29th Summer Season - Rossini's Cinderella

Opera North is proud to present this summer’s operas, Rossini’s Cinderella and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, two delightful works of love, humor and some of the most animated music ever written.  The season will open with a Gala Evening: Stars On Stage which will include an opportunity to enjoy fabulous singing, indulge in an Italian banquet and bid at live and silent auctions.   But it is the operas that you have really come for: The Marriage of Figaro is Mozart’s funniest opera and among the top ten favorites of all time containing some of the most beautiful music ever written: Cinderella, the fairy tale that we all know and love where goodness, love, and forgiveness win out and there is truly a happy ending.  Both operas will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Lebanon Opera House Box Office at 603-448-0400.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, the only B&B on the Connecticut River, attend the evening performance of the opera, and enjoy a wonderful full country breakfast the next morning.  If you have time take out one of our canoes and take a paddle on the CT River or bike some of our local picturesque country roads.

The “Robot Zoo” At the Montshire Museum of Science

June 15th, 2011 by donnanandersen

The Robot Zoo - Chameleon

The Robot Zoo at The Montshire Museum of Science - Chameleon

The “Robot Zoo” , a nationally touring exhibition, reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer.  Visit the Montshire Museum and explore the bio-mechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work.  The robot animals and hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics of animals, such as how a chameleon changes colors and how a fly walks on the ceiling.  After exploring the robots you can go outside to the Science Park and float balls down The Rill, immerse yourself in the Water Dance exhibit and make amazing shapes with water at Water Bells.  The new Hughes Pavilion overlooking the Science Park offer visitors a respite from sun or showers and is the perfect place to have lunch.  Bring a picnic or purchase lunch from the King Arthur Flour bakers.  No longer do you need to leave the museum for lunch – King Arthur Flour’s offerings will include sandwiches, fruit, granola bars, chips, ice cream, cookies and cold beverages.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and take one day to explore the wonders of the Montshire – but don’t forget the towels (we will supply those), swimsuits and sunscreen!

31 Sites on the Upper Valley Section of the Connecticut River Birding Trail

June 15th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Welcome to the Connecticut River Birding Trail, especially the Upper Valley Section.  The CRBT is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and their natural habitats.  There are 31 sites on the Upper Valley section of the Connecticut River Birding Trail, each with its own personality and wonderful natural attributes.  Lyme, the home of Breakfast on the Connecticut, has three sites: The Pinnacle, The Chaffee Wildlife Management Area and Hewes Brook Wetland along the Appalachian Trail.  All three of these areas have well-defined trails through a variety of terrain.  All are very productive birding areas and can be accessed best spring through fall.  The Birding Trail is a non-profit conservation-education initiative – their philosophy is that the more people get out and enjoy the land, the more they will respect natural areas and the wonders they highlight.  It is their hope that with increased involvement in, and appreciation for, natural landscapes, the public will be inspired to conserve and protect these and other special places, now and in the future.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and if you decide to explore sites on the CRBT we will give you a map that outlines all 31 sites.