Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Now is the time to go Skiing in the Darmouth Lake Sunapee Region

Area snow reports and events

Mt. Sunapee Resort, Sunapee, NH
Jingle Jam Rail Jam, Sat January 1st, 2011
The first signature event of the season kicks off in the Bob Skinner's 603 Terrain Park Saturday. The Park Crew will be unveiling the new HUBBA along with a holiday blend of rails. $500 cash prizes by Golf & Ski Warehouse plus merchandise. $20 entry fee. Register at the Park Shack. Starts at 1pm.   

More upcoming events at
ski trail at Mt. Sunapeephoto © 2007 Kelsey Ohman | more info (via: Wylio)

Pat's Peak Henniker, NH
Harpoon Apres-Ski Beer Promotion 3  PM to 7  PM in the sled pub

Check out their snow report at
More upcoming events at

Ragged Mt. Resort
Ragged has some need pictures and videos on their site at

Friday, December 17, 2010

Winter is a great time to check out the local covered bridges

Andover Covered Bridge

Bement Bridge
Bradford Center Road
Bradford, NH  03221
Location: One quarter mile north of the intersection of N.H. Routes 103 and 114
Built in 1854, this bridge carries Bradford Center Road across the west branch of the Warner River. Tradition has it that Colonel Stephen H. Long, a Hopkinton native and a member of the U.S. Army Topographical Engineers, built the bridge. While working for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Long developed a plan for a new covered bridge truss that became nationally known as the Long truss. Long patented his design in 1830. Long truss; 60 feet long.

Blacksmith Bridge
Town House Road
Cornish, NH  03745
Location: 2 miles east of Route 12A
This bridge, built in 1881, carries a foot path over the Mill Brook in the town of Cornish. It is just a few miles south of the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, which crosses the Connecticut River between Vermont and New Hampshire. The name was derived from a nearby blacksmith shop. One-span multi-kingpost truss; 91 feet long. Parking available along Town House Road for two or three cars.

Blow Me Down Bridge
Mill Road
Cornish, NH  03745
Location: South of Route 12A, 1.5 miles southwest of Plainfield Village
The Blow Me Down Bridge, built in 1877, carries Mill Road over Blow Me Down Brook. Multi-kingpost truss; 85 feet long. Parking available in pull off before crossing the bridge.

Cilleyville / Bog Bridge
Andover, NH  03216
Location: At the junction of N.H. Route 11 and N.H. Route 4A
Built in 1887, this bridge spans Pleasant Brook. It was bypassed in 1959 and restricted to foot traffic. The bridge was the model for murals of typical New Hampshire scenes which were once located in the State House in Concord. Town lattice truss; 53 feet long.

Cornish-Windsor Bridge
Windsor, VT  05089
Location: Crosses the Connecticut River between Bridge Street, Windsor, VT, and NH Route 12A, Cornish, NH
Probably the most prominent of all of Vermont’s and New Hampshire’s covered bridges, the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, built in 1866, is the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States and the longest two-span covered bridge in the world. At 450 feet long, the bridge consists of two spans supported by Town lattice trusses. The pier stands nearly under the midpoint of the bridge: the two clear spans measure 204.6 feet and 203.7 feet. The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Three earlier bridges at this spot, the first of them built in 1796, were destroyed by floods. The bridge, which originally cost $9,000 to build, was rebuilt in 1989 at a cost of $4,450,000 and reopened on December 8, 1989.

Dalton / Joppa Road Bridge
Joppa Road
Warner, NH  03278
Location: South of N.H. Route 103 on Joppa Road
Built in 1853, this bridge carries Joppa Road across the Warner River. This is one of the oldest standing covered bridges in use today. It is also known as the Joppa Road Bridge. The bridge was rebuilt in 1963-1964. Long truss with an auxiliary Queenpost system; 76 feet long.

Dingleton Bridge
Root Hill Road
Cornish, NH  03745
Location: 1.0 mile east of Route 12A on Root Hill Road
See Map
This bridge, built in 1882, carries Root Hill Road over Mill Brook. One-span multiple kingpost truss with a total length of 77 feet. Parking available on left side of Root Hill Road after crossing the bridge.

Edgell Bridge
River Road
Lyme, NH  03768
Location: One mile south of N.H. Route 10, two miles south of Orford Village
See Map
Built in 1885, this bridge carries River Road across Clay Brook. The bridge was assembled on the town common and moved by oxcart to the planned location. In 1936, it washed off its northern abutment. It was moved back, and tied down with cables. Town lattice truss; 132 feet long.

Keniston Bridge
Lorden Road
Andover, NH  03216
Location: South of U.S. Route 4, one mile west of Andover Village
See Map
Built in 1882, this bridge carries Lorden Road over the Blackwater River. The bridge's name came from a prominent family that lived for many years in one of the old homesteads in town. The bridge has been damaged only once, in 1972, when ice tore off several planks. The bridge was rehabilitated by the town in 1981. Town lattice truss; 64 feet long.

McDermott / Cold River Bridge
Landgon, NH  03602
Location: North of N.H. Route 123A, two miles north of Alstead Village
Built in 1869, this bridge is the fourth on this site. Previous bridges were built in 1790, 1814, and 1840. A modern bridge which was built downstream in 1964 and the covered bridge was closed to vehicular traffic and retained for historic reasons. Town lattice truss with light arches; 81 feet long.

Meriden / Mill Bridge
Colby Hill Road
Plainfield, NH  03781
Location: 1 mile northwest of Route 120 in Meriden Village
See Map
This bridge, built in 1880, carries Colby Hill Road over Blood Brook. Two-span multiple kingpost truss with a total length of 80 feet. Large parking area available on right side of Colby Hill Road before crossing the bridge.

Packard Hill Bridge
Riverside Drive
Lebanon, NH  03766
Location: On Riverside Drive in Lebanon
Between 1780 and 1790 an open timber bridge was constructed at this location for Ichabod Packard. In 1878, the open timber bridge was replaced by a Howe truss covered bridge. It was replaced in 1952 with a Bailey Bridge. The Bailey bridge was replaced in 1991 by the current bridge, which carries Riverside Drive across the Mascoma River. It was constructed in a manner which replicates the traditional style of covered bridges. Howe truss; 76 feet long.

Pier Bridge
Newport, NH  03773
Location: East of Chandler Station and west of N.H. Route 103 on the Concord and Claremont Railroad line spanning the Sugar River.
The current bridge was built in 1907 by the Boston and Maine Railroad to replace a wood lattice bridge constructed in 1871-1872 by the Sugar River Railroad. The double Town/Pratt lattice trusses with laminated arches were long favored on the branch lines of the Boston & Maine Railroad. In 1900 at least 100 of this type of truss were in use on the Boston & Maine system. Double Town-Pratt lattice truss; 216 feet long.

Prentiss / Drewsville Bridge
Old Cheshire Turnpike
Langdone, NH  03603
Location: One-half mile south of N.H. Route 12A
Built in 1791, this bridge, the smallest covered bridge in New Hampshire, carries the Old Cheshire Turnpike over Great Brook in Langdon. It is the third bridge on this site. It was bypassed in 1954 and now serves foot traffic only. Town lattice truss with light arches; 34 feet long.

Waterloo Bridge
New Market Road
Warner, NH  03278
Location: South of N.H. Route 103, two miles west of Warner Village
Built in 1840, this bridge carries New Market Road across the Warner River. The structure was completely rebuilt in 1857 and a second time in 1970, and it was rehabilitated in 1987 at a cost of $3,000. Town lattice truss; 76 feet long.

Wright’s Bridge
Newport, NH  03773
Location: Two miles south of N.H. Route 103 and one-half mile west of Chandler Station in Newport
This bridge, on the Concord and Claremont Railroad line spanning the Sugar River, was built in 1906 by the Boston and Maine Railroad. It replaced a wooden bridge built by the Sugar River Railroad in 1871 and 1872. The Concord and Claremont Railroad was well known for its use of the double Town/Pratt lattice truss. In 1915, there were 15 such bridges on the rail line.

descriptions courtesy

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Winter visitors to the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee area, area birds

This is the season for entertaining visitors, perhaps including some who come great distances by air. The majority who fly to visit us do not drop in unannounced and unexpected. But some of our northern neighbors seem to have a habit of doing this every few years in winter. This commonly happens when food up north is scarce. These visitors sometimes arrive in huge numbers, and sometimes come singly. Look for them this winter when you are out and about. Here is a very brief guide to their appearance and characteristics.

read more and see some beautiful winter bird pictures at

Mount Sunapee Sugar on Snow Celebration

12/28/2010 at 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Sample delicious sugar on snow from Valley View Maple Farm in Springfield, NH. Other maple products are on sale on the patio at Sunapee Lodge.

An Interview with Linda and Brian MacKenzie, Inn at Pleasant Lake

Inn at Pleasant Lake
1-800-626-4907 | Pleasant St., New London, NH
Relax in our elegant ten room inn overlooking Pleasant Lake and Mt. Kearsarge. Gourmet Dining.

An Interview with Linda and Brian MacKenzie
Linda and Brian have owned the Inn of Pleasant Lake for 14 and half years. Linda lived and worked in the hospitality field in Colorado, New York State and Virginia. Charlottesville, Virginia was where she learned inn reservations and other aspects of running an inn with a fine dining restaurant. Brian after attending university he worked in hospitality in Colorado, then attended the Culinary Institute of America. His first job out of CIA was at an upscale inn in Charlottesville, VA. After a year and a half in Charlottesville they bought The Inn at Pleasant Lake.

Linda and Brian's favorite thing about owning a Country Inn is their daily routine, which goes beyond the guest rooms, guest service and breakfast. Linda says, "We also incorporate into the daily mix our fine dining dinner service. When looking at the whole daily routine, We find that our favorite one thing is basically making our guests happy. Not only just happy, they tend to leave totally relaxed by the inn and its surroundings. A stay at the inn can be mentally and physically therapeutic by removing people from the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives."

Linda says, "We were looking to open a fine dining restaurant and preferred to purchase in a country location in New England versus a large city. To make the financials work in this type of demographic we figured it would make sense to do both an inn and fine dining restaurant. Our goal was to turn our inn into Destination Dining where guests would want to come for the food and extend the experience by staying over in a guest room."

Brian and Linda comment that most challenging about running a B&B is the transient nature of staff in their industry, although they have been lucky to have many great staff stay for many years and they supplement their busy times with additional support staff. Linda says, "Still there is a steady in and out of part-time help that can be challenging to manage."

"Time off can be elusive, " Linda mentions, "But we do try to schedule time away from the inn. In these times we enjoy doing things with our children. We enjoy the lake during the summer and snow sports in the winter. Our lives are really full so a nap always sounds great, but is rarely available."

Linda handles the marketing, payroll, wine list and ordering, bills, the ordering of supplies for guest rooms and the gift case, and décor changes and assists Brian when needed in reservations, with weddings and wait staff.
Brian is the executive chef, handles all ordering for the restaurant, catering agreements, restaurant staff, is the manager on premise and is responsible for anything that comes up. He handles broken things, guest relations, cooking, and much, much more.

The inn is located on Pleasant Lake and has a sandy beach for their guests to use and swim from. The inn supplies two canoes, one double kayak and a rowboat for guest use. A short walk from the inn is the entrance to a great hiking trail system offering easy, moderate and challenging hikes. New London has a nice mix of shops and is home to The New London Barn Playhouse which does summer stock theater.

Linda comments, "Many people come for a vacation or to visit people who live locally. We get many guests attending weddings at our inn or other nearby wedding sites. We get a good amount of parents from the local colleges and boarding schools and we have some customers who come for business."

From check in to check out Linda and Brian try to meet the guest's needs. They provide an afternoon tea each day of their stay and a hearty breakfast. They also have coffee and water available at all times and Wifi and a guest computer for those interested in those amenities. Some of the rooms have whirlpool tubs. They spend a lot of time on the gardens and making their grounds beautiful and peaceful.

The inn attracts all kinds of guests. They do weddings, they accept children so they have a lot of families too. Linda says, "The baby boomers are a big segment of our market as well, but truly it is a pretty good mix of all ages which keeps us competitive in our location."

Linda says that she would say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast before that she would encourage them to try it and notice that a stay in an inn is much more memorable than staying in a routine hotel room. She adds, "Many of the little extras such as WIFI and snacks are included in the rate. It has a homelike feel with sitting rooms and a home cooked breakfast."

Linda feels that their B&B is different from other B&B because they cater to customers that want to enjoy a full breakfast, afternoon tea and the availability of an amazing prix-fixe dinner. They pride themselves on consistency and cleanliness. The inn is their career and they run it very professionally gauging the guests needs for interaction or privacy.

The Inn's signature dish's are their frittata or their Baked French toast get rave reviews at breakfast.
Their prix-fixe dinner is a very special evening featuring a soup, followed by a salad, an entremezzo to cleanse the palate, a choice of entrée and then dessert. Many of their guests have them at the top of their list of favorite dinners of all the places they've traveled in the world. They love that compliment!

Featured Recipe: Dragonflies Bed and Breakfast, Quesadillas with Avocado and Tomato

Dragonflies Bed and Breakfast
603-927-4053 | 9 Kezar St. , North Sutton, NH

Convenient at pretty village center with lake frontage.

Quesadillas with Avocado and Tomato


  • 1 cup white corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup aged grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 4 Tortillas
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • Tabasco
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • Tablespoon of chives
  • 1 Large beefsteak tomato
  • Preheat oven to 400F.  
  • Brush baking sheet with half the olive oil.
  • Mix cream cheese with lemon juice, curry and a little salt and pepper.  
  • Stir in onion, cilantro and corn.  
  • Spread quarter of the mixture over each of the four tortillas.  
  • Cover with cheddar cheese and fold each tortilla firmly in half.  
  • Brush tortillas with remaining olive oil.
  • Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes  (until golden).  
  • Slice into wedges and serve with avocado and tomato slices.
  • Sprinkle sparingly with chives and tabasco.  

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gallery of Gifts 2010

The Library Arts Center in Newport will once again host The Gallery of Gifts. The work of dozens of area artisans and crafters will be on display and for sale in a boutique-style fundraiser to benefit the Arts Center. The event features jewelry, pottery, fiber art, woodworking, and other fine craft, perfect for gifting during the holiday season. From November 12-December 18, Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am - 4 pm.

Runs from 11/12/2010 - 5/20/2011
For more information visit

Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum Annual Winter Celebration

December 11, 2010
Time:    10:00AM - 5:00PM

Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum will hold it's annual Winter Celebration. Demonstrations of Twined containers, Northern powwow music, working with black ash. Make your own snowflake using black ash. Regular admission applies to galleries and activities. Visit our website for more details

Dream Catcher Store Sale. Fundraiser: large used book sale. Admission not charged to enter book sale or Dream Catcher Store.

Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum is a nonprofit dedicated to connecting people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression.

Contact: Shawn Olson, Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, NH 03278
456-2600 ext 223

An Interview with Linda and George West of Sunapee View Bed and Breakfast

Linda and George West say they have always enjoyed the results of hard work in their home and gardens as well as entertaining, but when one is working 40 to 60 hours in the traditional work place, there is little time left for that. With their B&B, the pleasure they find in planting gardens, cultivating fruits and vegetables, cooking up creative cuisine, creating a warm environment in their home and entertaining guests now becomes their work place.  They say they feel blessed to be able to earn an income doing things that they love.

George and Linda both have children from previous marriages. George has 4 children and 5 grandsons and Linda has 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren. Our Wheaten Terrier, Molly, is the only young one at home at this point and keeps us hopping! She stays in the innkeeper’s quarters when guests are here.

George worked many years for the phone company working his way through the system to a management position. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College. He retired in the mid nineties and took on many creative jobs following that from driving a truck and bus to being the caretaker of a small country pre-school.

Linda had previously worked many years as an RN, graduating from Mass General School of Nursing in the days of diploma programs, later getting a bachelor’s degree from UMass and eventually a Masters in Nursing Administration from Northeastern University. For most of her career, Linda worked as a nurse manager and later a case manager. She still works during quiet times at Dartmouth Hitchcock in their care management department.

They recognized that it was time to consider how they wanted to spend the next phase of their lives. They had talked about different businesses that they could do from home and focused on the meals and hospitality businesses. They ending up coming back to the B&B plan over and over and took a course through the Boston Center for Adult Education entitled “So you Think You Want to Run a B&B?.”  It focused on the very unromantic reality of being an innkeeper.

At the end of the weekend, they were one of the few who still answered “yes” to wanting to own a B&B!  Shortly after that, Linda’s daughter and son-in-law purchased the old stone barn next door to the Fells, John Hay Estate. They planned to renovate the barn into a vacation home and suggested that Linda and George purchase the original farm house from them for a B&B.  They visited, were a bit overwhelmed by the work needed to be done on the property, but fell in love with the area and are thrilled to have met their goals.

George and Linda purchased the property six years ago and relocated from Plympton, MA believing that they would have the B&B up and running quickly. The building was in greater disrepair than they had expected, and it took them five years to completely gut and renovate it. The innkeepers section was torn down and rebuilt initially and by the time they were done, every wall in the inn was replaced. They welcomed their first guests on Valentine’s Day of 2010.

Linda says, "Having a bed and breakfast with only 3 rooms is great in the sense that it can be managed without hiring staff to assist. The flip side of that is one always needs to be there or plan carefully for time away. Our home is also our business, so people may drop in anytime to ask for a tour or check to see if there is a room available. We are learning to be creative about how we manage our time so that we can be sure that our guests have the best personalized attention, while still being able to enjoy time for ourselves. "

When asked, "What do you do on your time off?" Linda says, "We both enjoy the outdoors. We turned in our sailboat for kayaks when we moved up to NH and meandering through quiet waterways is a favorite summer past-time. We also enjoy many of the same things that our guests enjoy-hiking, music events and theater. During the winter we love the beauty of the area and especially enjoy cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. George piles the winter snow into a huge mound at the top of a hill and has as much fun as the grandkids tubing down! George enjoys singing and is a first tenor. He sings in the church choir and other local seasonal choirs as well as with the Sunapee Singers, South Church hand bells and a Doo Wop group. "

Linda feels that their skills complement each other well. George is able to fix just about anything. He loves doing the heavy outdoor work and has purchased a tractor for the many outdoor jobs that their very overgrown property required.  He finds the snow plow on his old Tahoe a great way to spend a snowy afternoon. Linda is the cook, decorator and gardening person.  Both pitch in to do the cleaning.

George thinks The Dartmouth Lake Sunapee Region is a great area for outdoor activities from downhill skiing to water sports.  Cultural events including community theater, concerts, art and literature abound. The Fells, John Hay Estate is just a short walk from their door and offers quiet woods walks, beautiful gardens and a wealth of educational and outdoor events.  Mount Sunapee Resort is well known for its ski conditions and ski school programs and offers events throughout the year. Lake Sunapee State beach is just 4 miles from the door with its beautiful beach area.

Linda says, "There are probably as many different reasons as there are people that guests choose Sunapee View Bed and Breakfast.  This particular summer, is the summer of weddings for us.  We have been surprised by the age groups of people choosing our B&B. We had anticipated that the age group staying in B&B’s would be fifties and up and have been pleasantly surprised that in addition to this age group, we are appealing to many generation X and Y folks.  They tell us they find our décor more to their liking and appreciate the flat screened TV’s in each room. We have welcomed bridal parties, newly-weds, overflow company from nearby homes, skiers and just people driving through the area and deciding to stay.  Our goal is always to provide personalized service to our guests. We recognize that what we may like when traveling is not necessarily what our guests like, and we try to make the experience personal to them."

Linda finds that having a commercial kitchen in their B&B, opens up many possibilities. They offer a complimentary dinner on the night of arrival for all two night and longer guests. When they travel, they often find it bothersome to arrive late after work on a Friday and have to head out to find a restaurant only to discover that in rural settings they may have closed at 8:30. Their guests are able to settle in and enjoy a simple supper. This is usually soup or stew in winter or grilled chicken and salad in summer with homemade bread and dessert.  In addition guests are able to request special dinners, picnics or meals for additional cost. Linda says they have a very special brunch that has been served to wedding groups.

When asked, What would you say to people who have never stayed in a B&B? How do you feel B&B’s differ from hotels? Linda says, "Try it! Long before we owned a B&B, we heard concerns of friends when we suggested we stay at a B&B on a group trip… “You don’t have any privacy”…”I don’t want to share a bathroom”…etc.  Each of our guests has their own bathroom, and a spacious one at that. 

Our innkeeper’s section is in an attached wing of the house with our own kitchen, so there is no need to feel that you are sharing someone else’s space.  We have never stayed in a hotel or motel where someone knew our names, that we were allergic to strawberries, liked a cheese tray with our glass of wine in the afternoon, or cookies and decaf tea prior to bed. A personal approach while respecting one’s privacy is what it is all about. "

Sunapee Views B&B offers a full breakfast each day always starting with a fruit dish followed by warm comfort food.  Fresh fruits from local vendors or their own garden are mixed into breads and muffins or sprinkled on fruit dishes.  Snacks are available during the day based on preferences. Cheese and cracker plates are left in the guest refrigerator for those enjoying a glass of wine by the fire at the end of the day or homemade cookies are left out with coffee or tea prior to retiring for the night. In addition to the complimentary dinner on arrival, they offer dinners for additional charge that are a bit more elaborate. Linda says, "A perfect reason to stay in by the fire on a snowy night!"

Linda thinks they are not sure that there is just one dish that stands out that they cook yet as a signature dish, but they say, "keep reading the monthly recipes and highlighted inns on NH Country Inn Website. When their turn comes up for a recipe,  Sunapee View B&B will have a yummy strawberry banana French toast that makes one say mmmmmmm…….!"

Sunapee View Bed and Breakfast
603-763-4212 | 348 Route 103A, Newbury NH
There's a beautiful view every season at Sunapee View Bed & Breakfast. Located just down the road from the Historic
Fells estate in Newbury.

Baked Eggs with Summer Vegetables from the Candlelite Inn

1-888-812-5571 | 5 Greenhouse Lane, Bradford, NH
This award winning, country Victorian Inn has
all the grace and charm for that perfect getaway.

  • 5 eggs
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves, cut into strips
  • 1/2 tsp oregano minced
  • 1/2 cottage cheese, small curd
  • 5 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • butter
  • tomato slices
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into pieces*
  • 1 medium summer squash, cut into pieces*
  • salt & pepper to taste

*you can put as much or as little of each in.

  • Put a pat of butter in a sauté pan and melt; add the zucchini and summer squash. You only need to cook it until it get limp. You will be baking it in the oven to finish cooking.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, salt, pepper, basil and oregano.
  • Stir in the cottage cheese, half of the parmesan cheese and the vegetables.
  • Divide the mixture between 4 mini quiche dishes.
  • Place a slice of tomato on top and then sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese on top.
  • Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Serves 4.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Inn to Inn Snow Shoe Advenbture

Jan 14-16th and March 4-6th. Experience the warm hospitality of two award winning New Hampshire inns as you spend a cozy winter weekend in the Lake Sunapee area. This inn-to-inn adventure promises to be the right combination of physical activity in the crisp outdoors and wonderful indoor pampering. We start our adventure at the Rosewood Country Inn where we will have a brief orientation followed by a hearty, four course dinner. In the morning we'll enjoy a three course breakfast before heading out on our journey. We'll venture out by snow shoe (or hike, depending on snow conditions) over peaceful forest trails as our guide leads the way from one charming inn to the next. You'll take along trail lunches as your innkeepers shuttle your luggage to our next inn. In the evening we'll enjoy the quiet comfort, warm hospitality and gracious hearty meals at the Candlelite Inn. Your package includes 2 nights lodging, hearty country breakfast each morning, fireside dinner each evening, guided snow shoe trek, trailside lunch on Saturday and luggage shuttle. Rate is $299 pp/do (snow shoe rental an additional $20 if needed).


Marilyn Gordon
Candlelite Inn
5 Greenhouse Lane
Bradford NH 03221
Elegant, yet warm & friendly

Monday, November 8, 2010

Christmas at The Fells: Santa's Workshop

November 6-7 and 13-14, 2010 

The Fells Main House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is transformed into Santa's Workshop by seventeen teams of professional interior designers, decorators and talented volunteers. 

Santa's elves have been busy gathering toys to delight the fancy of all--there is something here for everyone! Get inspired by fireside stockings overflowing with treats and brilliantly lit trees decorated with the most festive and precious collections of holiday adornments. Tour this popular holiday showcase and visit the Shop where a fine selection of holiday gifts awaits the most discriminating buyer. 

Tickets, adults: $20, children $5. Call 603-763-4789 x3 for information about private tours, rentals and group discounts.

Twin Doors Bed and Breakfast's Baked Eggs Florentine

Serves 6 

  • 1 package (10 oz. or a little less) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed very dry- I usually 
  • microwave for 4-5 minutes 
  • 1 cup cottage cheese  
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream 
  • 8 large eggs, I use x-large 
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freeze dried chives 
  • Pepper 
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese-I use Cabot's seriously sharp 
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
  • Preheat oven to 350.   
  • In large bowl combine seasoning and cheese products and mix well.   
  • Add spinach and mix well.   
  • Beat eggs in a separate bowl and add to mixture.  
  • Pour in non-stick sprayed 8"X11" baking dish.   
  • Bake, uncovered for 40 minutes or until eggs are set.   
  • It will brown around the edges and on bottom and a bit on the top.   
  • Let stand for 10 minutes.   
  • Cut into squares.   
It is easy to cut the recipe in half or double, etc. as amounts do not have to be "exact".  This recipe makes a nice neutral dish which goes with all breakfast meats and fruit dishes. 

Twin Doors Bed & Breakfast
603-763-2236 | 49 High Street, Sunapee, NH
Romantic accommodations with four modern
queen/king guestrooms plus ideal location - walk to
Sunapee Harbor waterfront activities
& 3 miles to award winning Mt Sunapee skiing & riding

An interview with Dick & Lesley Marquis, Innkeepers of the Rosewood Country Inn

Leslie and Dick just celebrated their 19th year of owning the Rosewood. Prior to running the B&B, Lesley was in charge of research and development for chemistry instrumentation at a medical center in Rhode Island for 21 years. Dick was in charge of the laboratories at another hospital in RI.

Lesley says her favorite thing about owning a B&B is meeting all the wonderful people and making new friends. Some of our best friends started off as guests. I also enjoy making each guest's stay special and as perfect as possible.

When asked why they wanted to run a B&B, Leslie replies, "I'm the oldest of 7 children and my Dad passed away when I was 24. I still had younger brothers and sisters at home. One by one, we'd take them in as they made their transition from living at home to being on their own...almost. So I guess you could say we've run a "B&B" almost all our married lives."

Leslie muses, "For me the most challenging part of running a B&B is separating myself from the business. It's not that we're not able to get away; we take an extensive vacation every year. But even when we're away I'm  thinking of new ways we can heighten the guest experience. On an early spring trip to Vermont we stopped at a wonderful little nursery. They had done such a nice job with their container gardens that it got me thinking. We got in touch with our County Home Horticulture Bureau and we set up a Mother & Daughter Weekend with a container gardening workshop with a Master Gardener, and a Spring Tea."

Leslie says, "Days off in the summer are spent gardening. "I guess you could say it's my passion in life, right after my grandchildren. Years ago when we moved here our neighbors from RI sent us perennials from their gardens so we started a "Friendship Garden" along our stone wall. Now, we're able to share many seedlings and cuttings from our garden for guests to take home. Tell me you like our mallow, or our yellow sun drops, and they'll be a pot full of them by your trunk before you check-out. Dick enjoys fishing, both fresh and saltwater and hunting."

An enquiry about are there certain things that you and your significant other prefer to do at your B&B and how do you split the tasks to be done returns from Leslie, "As I mentioned, I love gardening, so Dick doesn't venture into the flower beds.  He enjoys the mowing so I leave that to him. We do share time with the guests. He helps to serve breakfast in the morning, while I'm the chef. He takes care of the books while I'm in charge of answering the phone, taking email reservations and sending our confirmations. The bar is also his domain. He makes the world's best apple martini."

Leslie says, "The Rosewood is a great place to visit because its in the perfect location! We have downhill skiing at both Mt. Sunapee and Pat's Peak, We have snow shoeing and X-C right from our back door. With West Meadow Stables within walking distance, we're able to offer sleigh rides in the winter, hayrides and horseback riding. There are 2 colleges close by, and the summer offers scenic cruises on Lake Sunapee, a romantic dinner cruise in the evening, a wonderful summer theater in New London, craft fairs, Farmers' Markets. There's always something going on."

When people think of the Rosewood, they think romance. They have a reputation as a romantic inn...cozy fireplaces in almost all the rooms, Jacuzzis-for-two, five foot doubled-headed showers. And we specialize in small, intimate weddings. Leslie comments, "Guests say it's the caring service and the hospitality. They come as guests and leave as friends." The Rosewood appeals to a broad range of people...newlyweds and romantics, bikers and hikers and baby boomers.

When asked, What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast before? Leslie says, "Try it. It's so much more personal than staying in a hotel where every room is the same as the next." She also comments, "At a hotel or motel, you're checked-in and given your key. It's pretty anonymous. I think that most people that stay at B&B's are interested in socializing with the other guests and making new friends. They want our opinion on places to see and things to do. We can share with them the special, out-of-the-way places to swim or picnic. Or places that have the best vantage points to see the fall foliage. We also do a full, three course breakfast."

Leslie also adds, "We're big believers in "farm to fork" dining and using local produce as much as possible.  During the summer I personally pick the berries for our Raspberry Stuffed French Toast and our Blueberry Stuffed Croissant at one of our local farms."

Leslie comments, "Each B&B is unique. I don't think any two are the same. Here at the Rosewood we do lots of theme weekends. Coming up we have our Dickens Christmas Weekend with a festive holiday dinner and a storyteller. We also have sleigh rides and snow shoeing right from our back door. In the spring we do our Mother & Daughter Weekend with a gardening workshop with a master Gardener and a four course Victorian Tea."

Rosewood Country Inn
1-800-938-5273 | 67 Pleasant View Road, Bradford, NH
Rosewood Country Inn...selected time and again as
America's Most Romantic Hideaway.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

January 28-30, 2011 : New London Winter Carnival

Friday, January 28, 2011
Dinner with Jack FrostThis is the 5th Annual event and is a Fun Family Function!
As a family you will snowshoe or sled around the New London Town Common via tiki torches to 6 - 8 designated bonfires. Each bonfire will be a sponsoring restaurant from town which will provide one of their trademark entrees, beverages and/or desserts for your family.  There will be a large tent in the middle of the town green with a band playing for your enjoyment.  6pm- 8pm, New London, NH Town Common, Snowshoe Rentals available through Rec. Dept. and Village Sports.
2011 Info on rates, etc. will be on soon.  That site also lists the other events similar to this one going on in the area.  One at Eastman, one in Lebanon and one in Hanover.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
NESJA Ski Joring EventNew London Town Common (daytime)

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Snow BallAn adult dance set under the tent on the town green in New London, NH
more info coming….

Sunday, January 30, 2011
NESJA Ski Joring EventNew London Town Common (daytime)
New London Rec. Department.  Chad Denning:  603-526-4821  (Ski joring website)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Zesty Orange Ginger Fruit Cobbler

Serves 12-16 depending on ramekin size

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 16 ripe peaches or apples cut into thinly sliced segments
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tea cinnamon
  • 1 tea nutmeg
  • 1/2 tea ground mace
  • 2 tble cornstarch
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled (reserve 1 tble butter for glazing)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tble pure vanilla
  • 1/4 cups orange zest
  • 2 tble fresh grated ginger
  • 2 1/3 cup AP flour
  • 2 tea kosher salt
  • 4 tea baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine peaches/apples and blueberries in a bowl.
  3. Mix together sugar, dry spices and cornstarch.
  4. Toss fruit with the sugar mix and set aside.
  5. Whish together the eggs, the melted butter, ginger, orange zest and the cream in a bowl.
  6. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder.
  7. Make a well in center of dry ingredients, and pour egg mixture into well.
  8. Mix by hand, incorporating just until ingredients are mixed and form a loose dough.
  9. Divide the fruit between individual ramekins.
  10. Pat in dough mixture just to cover the tops of the ramekins.
  11. Brush tops with remaining butter.
  12. Bake until crust golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes.
  13. Serve hot, with ice cream or whipped cream

NH Open Doors Highlights New Hampshire’s People, Products and Places

NH Open Doors November 6-7

and check out all the great participating NHMADE members in the Dartmouth Lake Sunapee area of New Hampshire

Open the door to creativity, adventure, relaxation and tax-free shopping.

Let the scenic highways and country roads of New Hampshire take you to picturesque towns and roadside farm stands. Meet our talented artisans and craftspeople who are opening their studios to welcome you. Stroll through our shops and galleries filled with NH-made products and artwork. Savor the local cuisine. Sample the wines. Discover the natural beauty and timeless traditions of the people, products and places of New Hampshire. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

An interview with Deb and Kurt Markarian. Innkeepers of the Blue Acorn Inn

Before becoming B&B owners Deb was laid off from her sales position from a large disposal company in 2002.  Owning a B&B was something She and Kurt had talked about doing later in life, after being laid off later came earlier. Kurt currently works outside the inn as a Quality Engineer.

Deb says that she wanted to run a B&B because of the lifestyle and it was a way for her to stay home and contribute financially. Deb runs the inn on weekdays and does everything on the inside. Kurt takes care of the guests and also cooks breakfast on the weekends.  Kurt does the outside maintenance and both of them share the garden work. The inn is going into their 8th year in business and both Kurt and Deb says They both enjoy spending time with their family in between guests as well as the full schedule running the inn brings.

The Blue Acorn Inn caters to families and welcomes children of all ages. Deb mentions that there is so much to see and do in the Lake Sunapee area. "You have the John Hay Estate, the cruise & dinner boats on Lake Sunapee, Mt Sunapee Resort, walking trails, covered bridges. There is something for everyone here—boating, biking, historical attractions.  You can be in Hanover/Lebanon in 25 minutes or in Vermont in 35 minutes."

First time guests at the inn usually come for a wedding, to go to the Craft Fair or come for the great local skiing.   Deb says, "Guests say they return because of how comfortable they felt on their first visit."  Kurt says, "We make each guest feel special.  If we know ahead of time they are here for a special day we will have fresh flowers and sparkling cider in the room with a note."

Kurt mentions, "Our favorite part of owning a B&B is the people we meet. The families that come back every year.  Watching the children grow up is like having a lot of extended family." Deb adds, "The Blue Acorn sets itself apart from other B&Bs because we cater to families with children of all ages."

Deb says "The experience you have from staying at a B&B can not be found when staying at a hotel.  If you love to meet new people, enjoy a yummy breakfast and have more than one room to relax in, then a B&B is just what you arte looking for." She adds, "Returning guests ask for Kurt’s home fries and my granola."

Kurt thinks that B&B’s are a lot friendlier then hotels, you get to meet some great other people who are also staying at a B&B.  The innkeepers will always give you great tips on dining and where to explore.  As he mentioned before the best thing about staying at a B&B is that you have more than one room to enjoy.

21 Sleeper Road,
Sunapee, NH
The perfect setting for a memorable vacation whether you are an old friend or a first time visitor.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Zesty Pumpkin Soup from the Rosewood Country Inn

1/4 cup butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon curry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 cups chicken broth
16 oz. can pumpkin
1 cup light cream or half and half
sour cream and chives for garnish

In a large saucepan, melt butter. sauté onion and garlic until soft.
Add curry, coriander, salt, and red pepper. cook for 1 minute.
Add chicken stock and boil gently, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes.
Stir in pumpkin and cream. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes. Pour into blender container and blend until creamy.
Serve with a dollop of sour cream and chopped chives.
Yield: 6 cups

67 Pleasant View Road, Bradford, NH
Rosewood Country Inn...selected time and again as America's Most Romantic Hideaway.