Monday, February 28, 2011

Area Quilt and Knit Shops

The Dartmouth Sunapee Area has a wealth of local quilt shops. as well as some of our area inns host quilters and quilt workshops. 

Please stay tuned throughout the year as packages and workshops are announced.

Autumn Harvest Farm and Quilt Studio
77 Johnson Ln. Grafton, NH 603-632-9144

Constant Quilter
139 Pancake Rd., Andover, NH 603-735-4100

Country Spun Treasures
711 Flaghole Road, Andover, NH 603-934-3885

Essential Knits
428 Main Street, New London, NH 603-526-8533

Dorr Mill Store
Rt. 11, Newport, NH 800-846-3677

Fiber Studio
9 Foster Hill Rd, Henniker NH 603-428-7830

Hodgepodge Yarns & Fibers
Belknap Ave., Newport NH 603-863-7195

Pins and Needles
31 River Rd. , Sunapee Harbor, NH 603-763-2031

Skyeview Alpacas
102 Wilmot Center Road, Elkins, NH 866-759-3843

Sunshine Carousel Quilt Shop
Sawyer Brook Plaza, Route 10, Grantham, NH 603-863-5754

Quilted Threads
48 Main Street, Henniker, NH 603-428-6622

Friday, February 25, 2011

Trumbull House Bed and Breakfast

Trumbull House Bed and Breakfast ~800-651-5141
40 Etna Road, Hanover NH
The Trumbull House B&B offers luxury country lodgings and sumptuous breakfasts just four miles from Dartmouth College.

Trumbull House Bed & Breakfast offers luxury country lodgings just four miles from Dartmouth College and three miles from the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Situated on 16 lovely acres, it boasts beautiful grounds and glorious guest bedrooms. Whether traveling on business or for pleasure, you'll find a stay at The Trumbull House B&B to be one of your most enjoyable travel experiences.

Each of our six bedrooms has ultra-luxurious all-cotton bedding, luxury down pillows and comforters, private baths with big thirsty towels, cable TV with VCR and DVD players, high-speed wireless internet access, clock radios, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, and air conditioning. Unique in layout and décor, you'll find window seats, sleeping alcoves, small libraries with interesting reading material and generous desk areas. Our Suite has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, perfect for families. Our Guest Cottage provides a romantic haven behind the main house.

Bountiful breakfasts are served whenever you wish, accommodating both early morning meetings and lazy vacations. Breakfast begins with fresh fruit and freshly baked muffins, scones or coffee cake. The menu offers a wide assortment of entrees including popular selections like buttermilk pancakes, tomato/basil/brie omelets, poached eggs on wheat toast, and granola with vanilla yogurt and fresh berries.

Our Business Center provides 24-hour complimentary access to a computer, printer/scanner and fax facilities. High speed wireless internet access extends throughout the house and to the immediately adjacent grounds.

Our sixteen acres include a large swimming pond, basketball half-court, target golf course, gardens and sitting areas as well as hiking trails that link to the Appalachian Trail. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding and ice skating keep our cold weather enthusiasts happily occupied. Golf, canoeing, downhill skiing and other recreational activities are less than 15 minutes away. This winter the snow is coming early and looks great for skiing. We have snowshoes available for guests use to encourage you to explore our grounds and the local trails!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Twin Doors Bed and Breakfast

Twin Doors Bed and 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
Twin Doors Bed & Breakfast is located at 49 High Street, Sunapee Harbor, NH in the heart of the Dartmouth - Lake Sunapee Region, an easy 90 minute trip from the Boston area. With just four guest bedrooms, we specialize in superb service and hospitality in a relaxing and romantic setting.  All guest rooms have a queen or king bed, individual heat control, A/C and ceiling fan, private bath with Jacuzzi tub or shower, hair dryer, TV, DVD and wireless Internet. You will be served a full hot country breakfast plus enjoy our afternoon home-baked treats, all included for $129 – $165 per night, double occupancy.

Historic charm with modern comfort - Twin Doors Bed & Breakfast is a classic turn of the century cape style farmhouse built in 1900 when Sunapee Harbor was a thriving Victorian mill town and Summer tourist community located along the Sugar River and the shores of Lake Sunapee.  Originally built as a duplex, hence the two identical front doors - "Twin Doors", the house, in 2007, underwent an extensive renovation and modernization with the guests needs and comforts in mind. Each room is uniquely decorated to capture the spirit and charm of a New England Lakeside village. Today, its historic charm blends perfectly with all the modern guestroom comforts.

Great location year around - Twin Doors is ideally located for all of your summer and winter activities. You will be a short stroll to the Sunapee Harbor waterfront and a 5 minute drive to Mount Sunapee Resort. As our guest, let us advise you on the current nearby activities or just relax - enjoy your favorite movie or special DVD, curl up in the parlor with a book from our library or enjoy the view and soak up the warm afternoon sun from a rocker on the front porch. From all of these places you can take advantage of our wireless internet.

Monday, February 21, 2011

March 2011 Events around the Dartmouth Lake Sunapee Region

Saturday, March 5
16th Annual Chocolatefest 2011, 12-3pm
Chocolate Fest offers many of the area's premier chocolate treat experts providing you a challenge to select what you think is best! Family Fun at Wheeler Hall, Ware Campus Center, Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main Street, New London, NH; Tickets $10 each, children 5 and under are free; 12 noon - 3 pm, voting ends at 2:30 pm

Saturday, March 5
SRKG, JOURNEY ALONG Sunapee Ridge to Lucia’s Lookout to appreciate the unique view seen only by dedicated trekkers. Call Gerry Gold, 526-2857. 10 miles, difficult.

Sunday, March 13, 2011
5th Annual Dummy Big Air Contest, Mount Sunapee Resort Newbury, NH
Homemade dummy skiers and snowboarders are shot down the runway and launched off a huge jump. Great spectator event. Prizes awarded for best designed dummies, biggest air and best crash.
Time:   All day,  For More Information: Call 603-763-3500

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Pats Peak Pond Skim -- Henniker, NH
Either participate or watch the fun at Pats Peak Ski Mountain. Try to skim across the man made pool of water; costumes are required to participate. There are prizes for best costume, best splash, and best skim. You can choose to either ski or snowboard across--don't miss it. Location: Flanders Road. Time: Registration is 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.; events starts at 1 p.m. Cost: no entrance fee, but purchase of a lift ticket is required. Information: 888-728-7732 or visit

Saturday, March 19, 2011 to Sunday, March 20, 2011
New Hampshire Maple Weekend -- Various Towns throughout NH
During the fourth weekend every March, over 50 sugar houses across New Hampshire open their doors to visitors. Take the opportunity to tour maple orchards and sugar houses and learn how maple syrup is made. Taste free samples of maple products and fill up on pancake breakfasts. You can also gather sap with horses or oxen, take a horse-drawn hay ride, watch a sap gathering contest or tour barnyards to see common and exotic animals. For locations, hours, and other information: 603-225-3757 or visit

Thursday, March 24
Backyard Wildlife, This presentation highlights a dozen wildlife species commonly seen in the Upper Valley. Participants learn cool animal facts and how the diverse mix of habitats in our region supports species such as American woodcock, painted turtle, pileated woodpecker, wood frogs, little brown bats and other captivating creatures. Free. Advance registration not required. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse. Sponsored by The Fells and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. 4-5pm

March 4-7, 2011, Area Inn Chocolate Fest Packages, Annual Chocolate Lovers Weekend

16th Annual Chocolatefest 2011, March 5, 12-3pm
Chocolate Fest offers many of the area's premier chocolate treat experts providing you a challenge to select what you think is best! Family Fun!; at Wheeler Hall, Ware Campus Center, Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main Street, New London, NH; Tickets $10 each, children 5 and under are free; 12 noon - 3 pm, voting ends at 2:30pm; Co=sponsored by Colby-Sawyer College and Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce; Call 603-526-6575/877-526-6575 or email; 603-526-6575 for more information including participation or sponsorships! Park in Main Street and follow signs to Ware Campus Center;

Colby Hill Inn ~ 1-800-531-0330
The Oaks, Henniker, NH

Colby Hill Inn, Annual Chocolate Lovers Weekend, March 4-7, 2011
  • Two-nights' lodging
  • In-room chocolate gift
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Elegant chocolate tea each afternoon
  • Chocolate Cooking Class
  • Saturday Evening Gala Dinner with Chef’s Special Chocolate Creation Dinner
Weekend package starting at $433 per couple

Rosewood Country Inn ~ 1-800-938-5273
67 Pleasant View Road, Bradford, NH

Rosewood Country Inn, Chocolate Fest, March 5
Colby-Sawyer College and the Lake Sunapee Regional Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor the 16th Annual Chocolate Fest. This tradition, anticipated by chocolate lovers across the region, will feature some of the Lake Sunapee area's most celebrated creators of chocolate desserts. The celebration of sweets will be held on Saturday March 5, 2011. Last year's event drew over 400 chocolate lovers.
Package includes:
-Hearty country breakfast each morning
-Tickets to the Chocolate Fest
-$15 pp over room rate

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February 20, 2011, Family Snowshoe Adventure (Trailwalk Series) February 20, 2011

Time: 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Details: Join a guided family snowshoe hike through the wood and meadows of The Fells with Lake Sunapee Protective Association Education Director Kathleen Stowell. We will look for tracks and other signs of winter-loving animals. Bring own equipment. No registration required. Meet at Fells Kiosk. Free for Fells members/ $6 nonmember adults/$3 nonmembers 6-17/free under 6. Takes place at The Fells, 456 Rte. 103A, Newbury, NH 03255. For more information: 603-763-4789,,

February 17, SRKG Greenway Winter Hike-2011 Moonlight Snowshoe Hike

8:00PM - 10:00PM

Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition is leading a series of exciting winter hikes in the Lake Sunapee Region. Variety of terrain of conditions, including snowshoe and cross-country ski events. Free except for personal food, equipment and transportation the hike site; Open to all; Call the hike leader before the date of the hike for time and meeting place; A moonlight snowshoe hike following trails on the Cook and Deming easements; All participants must have snowshoes, warm clothing and headlamps with fresh batteries, poles strongly recommended beginning on Thursday, February 17, Friday, February 18 or Saturday, February 19th; Each hike is approximately 2 miles and about 2 hours in duration; moderate-not for novices; Hike leader is Dave Cook, 526-4570; sponsored by SRKG, ASPLT and New London Conservation Commission;

Friday, February 11, 2011

3 Valentine Specials from 3 of our Country Inns

Valentines Day Dinner from the Inn at Pleasant Lake

Monday, February 14, 2011
Six-course prix-fixe dinner
$72 per person, not including tax, gratuity or beverages
Reservations Required

Chilled Poached Prawns
served over Polenta with Sherry Garlic Vinaigrette
Red Pepper Aoili and Crispy Leeks
Bisque of Butternut Squash & Granny Smith Apples
with Cinnamon Crème Fraîche and Poppyseed Pâte à Choux

Organic Baby Greens
with a Creamy Fresh Herb Dressing, Marinated Cucumbers
Prosciutto Chiffonade and Shaved Smoked Gouda
Caramelized Onion Bread with Whipped Butter
Passionfruit Sorbet with Tart Cherries
Choice of Entrée
Filet Mignon of Angus Beef
served with a Sauce Périgourdine
and Red Onion Marmalade
Seared Crab Cakes
served with a Sherried Mango Vinaigrette
and Asian Shiitakes
Individual Amaretto Cheesecake
with a Dark Chocolate Sauce and Raspberry Coulis

 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.

Be My Valentine, Feb 11-13 from the Rosewood Country Inn 
You'll win Cupid's Romance Award when you book our Valentine Getaway.
Come spend a romantic weekend in a secluded country inn. Sip champagne as you relax by the cozy fireplace in your room, or soothe yourself in a bubbling Jacuzzi-for-two.
Enjoy an afternoon of X-C skiing or snow shoe on miles of our woodland trails.
Take an optional sleigh ride over the river and through the woods.
Spend time with the one you love.
Three course candlelight breakfast included each morning.
Optional add-ons:
Chilled champagne and luscious chocolate dipped strawberries $50
Sleigh ride $25 pp

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.

Romantic Month of February from The Candlelite Inn
What a beautiful way to say, "I Love You" this Valentine's Day-and all month long-than a weekend at the award winning Candlelite Inn.
Upon arrival, enjoy our Indulgence Welcome Basket filled with Valentine treats and a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers. Bedtime sparkling cider and sweetheart goodies wait in your room for that late night romance.  Wake up the next morning to tantalizing aromas coming from the Inn's kitchen.  Have your morning coffee in front of a warm and inviting fire in our turn of the century parlor.  A three course breakfast-with dessert-is served in our cozy Sun Room which overlooks the pond.  Explore the Lake Sunapee Region, or ski the slopes of Mt. Sunapee and Pat's Peak or try cross-country skiing, snow shoeing or tubing. Then back to the Inn for hot chocolate and Valentine sweets.  Later that evening, enjoy a delectable dinner at one of our fine area restaurants-reservations are required. (dinner is not included in the package) As you gently slip back into reality, memories will always last of the romantic stay at the Candlelite Inn.  $115 above room rate.
2 nights required on weekends.

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.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February 5, SRKG Greenway Winter Hike

9:00AM - 12:00PM

Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition is leading a series of exciting winter hikes in the Lake Sunapee Region. Variety of terrain of conditions, including snowshoe and cross-country ski events. Free except for personal food, equipment and transportation the hike site; Open to all; Call the hike leader before the date of the hike for time and meeting place; Visit Andover's scenic small ponds including Hopkins, Elbow and Mudd on Saturday, February 5; 6 miles; Easy-to-moderate; Hike leader is Lee Carvalho, 735-5791;

Featured Inn: Blue Goose Inn

603-763-5519 | #24 Route 103B, Mount Sunapee, NH
Charmingly intimate 19th century farmhouse evokes memories of Sundays with the family in a day gone by.

Before becoming a B&B owner, Margaret was a process engineer for 22 years before beginning a new career in Real Estate.  She has been in real estate for more then 8 years and owns her own brokerage, Sunapee Region Buyers Advantage; She is  an Exclusive Buyers Agent so Buyers Only. Ron has been a mechanical engineer for the past 35 years and looks forward to retiring in the near future when he can become a full time "innkeeper".  Ron and Margaret have owned the Blue Goose Inn for almost 4 years.

Margaret says in response to being asked why they wanted become innkeepers, "We were looking for a lifestyle that would keep us busy and on our toes as we look toward retirement from our "day jobs".  Innkeeping and the hospitality industry in general offers the opportunity to meet lots of great people and affords some flexibility in your "work schedule".

Margaret mentions she finds the most challenging thing about running a B&B is coming up with new ideas for their menu, She loves to bake.  They run a simple farmhouse style B&B and keep their menu simple with a few interesting twists.   Rons says, "Finding time to get to all the projects I'd like to work on.  More fencing and gardens and grounds work. "

Margaret really likes to walk and hike and there are so many great places right near by the inn.  Snowshoeing in the winter is a great break for them both while their guests are out skiing.  They both also really enjoy their kayaks whether they are on Lake Sunapee, or any of the beautiful smaller lakes and ponds in the area.  When they get their "seasonal breaks" in the spring and late fall they try to plan a trip away from the area to unwind.  They often visit their youngest son who lives and works in Las Vegas or they may travel a bit further to visit family in CA.  They took a great trip in Nov. 2010 and visited Utah/Zion National Park for a hiking trip.

Both Margaret and Ron share the house keeping duties most of the time, Ron is typically at work during mid-week periods so Margaret is on her own.  As far as the cooking goes, Margaret is the baker and prep cook and Ron is the cook every weekend!  Ron is also the maintenance man, landscaper, and all around "jack of all trades".  Margaret takes on the ironing duty as she always iron her linens to make sure the beds are really comfy.

Margaret says, "There is so much to do here year round.  Warmer months, motor boating, water skiing, days at the beach.  Kayaking, biking, hiking and picnicking!  In the fall these outdoor activities are even more enjoyable with the fabulous foliage we have. Come winter time there is downhill skiing at Mt. Sunapee, just 750' from our door to the entrance to the State Park, cross country skiing (ever right from our property)  snow shoeing, skating and sledding."

Margaret continues, "Many of our warm weather guests come for the outdoor activities and many for special events like weddings, bike races and the fabulous League of New Hampshire Craftsman's fair.  For the winter guests it's very often for the snow!  Skiing, and more skiing along with the other winter activities we've mentioned."

The Blue Goose Inn is a "Provider of Simple Comforts" and they do keep it simple but very comfortable.  They try to be very flexible and meet the needs of their guest's schedules.  They provide really great linens in their guest rooms to make sure the "BED" part of the B&B is really enjoyable.  And for the "BREAKFAST" part of the B&B they offer farm fresh eggs from a local farm as one option each morning and homemade pastries for breakfast and afternoon refreshments time.

Margaret says, "I love to bake!  I'm now baking fresh bread for our guests to enjoy.   Also, Ron is a beekeeper so the honey on the breakfast table comes from the Blue Goose hives.   A sample breakfast begins with coffee/tea/ or hot chocolate, homemade ginger scones and fresh bowl of homemade chunky applesauce .  Then for your main course;  bacon and your choice of farm fresh eggs cooked on the grill cranberry pecan French toast.   Many mornings our guests just can't decide and will have some of each."

Margaret comments, "We have guests in all age groups for all kinds of reasons.  We have young families, young singles getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life as well as those aging baby boomers.  Again, we are a simple farmhouse and that appeals to all ages and interests.  We've even had newlyweds on occasion be we are not really focused on those "romantic getaways"!  We do have wireless internet and our rooms are set up to be suitable for business guests and we'd love to see more of them."

Both innkeepers say with enthusiasm when asked, What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast before? "Try it you will be in for a real treat!" Margaret and Ron's favorite thing about owning a B&B is meeting people from all over the country and all over the world and this gives them am opportunity to do that.

When asked, how do you think B&Bs differ from hotels and what makes staying at a B&B better Margaret says, "It's a totally different experience in that the mission of an innkeeper (speaking for Ron & myself) is to provide you with comfortable lodging and a great breakfast but to also assist you with getting the very most out of your visit to our region.   Hospitality is the key to B&B's & Inns.  Looking for great hiking trails, skiing venues, restaurants and more?  Want to know some of the history?  This is part of the service to all our guests along with the bed and breakfast.

Margaret says, "Ron and I are  the "innkeepers and our style is "farmhouse friendly".  You can sit in our breakfast room and watch the turkeys, birds, squirrels and chipmunks while you enjoy your breakfast.  You can sit by the fire in our cozy living room and enjoy a good book or the company of other guests who are visiting.  Because our inn is "simple and comfortable"  nothing real fancy, Ron and I focus on our guests.  Chatting and sharing information about our beautiful region and making every effort to meet your needs to make your stay here truly enjoyable is our greatest offering."

When asked, "What do you consider your signature dish? And tell us a little bit about it." Margaret replies, "WOW!  Just one?  Well, perhaps I'll give you a first course and a main:  cherry chocolate chip scones to start and cranberry pecan French toast to finish.  The scones are a French style scone so lots of butter and just a little sugar which makes them really moist and flaky.  The French toast begins with an artisan bread that is a pretty dense multigrain bread with dried cranberries and pecans.  It gets soaked overnight in Ron's own batter and then is grilled to a golden brown on the grill.  That French toast is great with pure maple syrup from the local farm where we get our eggs OR honey from Ron's hives."

Pat's Peak Annual Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge on Sunday, February 6th

The Annual Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge on Sunday, February 6th. Enjoy the free dual slalom race with your valid lift ticket, lots of giveaways, awards party & more. Racers of all ages and abilities compete against each other and racers from across the country in the hopes of a chance at the championships in April! Race Registration opens at 8am in the Main Lodge. The Race starts at 11am. The Awards Party kicks-off at 2:30pm in the Main Lodge. Bring your friends and family and “Do the Dew!”

Feb 4 &5, 11 & 12 &13, SKIT provides a Gershwin Musical Review Program

7:30PM - 9:00PM, Feb 4 &5, 11 & 12 &13
Sunapee-Kearsarge Intercommunity Theater (SKIT) presents 20-30 of George Gershwin's best-loved melodies such as - "S' Wonderful, S Marvelous" with proceeds used to New London Rotary and SKIT scholarship fund; 7;30 pm (Sunday, 2/13 at 2:30pm; Whipple Hall, New London; Tickets at Tatewell Gallery and Morgan Hill Bookstore; 

Tickets $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. $6 Call Tatewell Gallery at 526-2910 for ticket information and show times!

Sunapee-Kearsarge Intercommunity Theater (SKIT)

The Cast of GERSHWIN! A Musical Review 
(from the SKIT website)