Adair Country Inn and Restaurant
Farm to Table 11 May 2014, 7:19 amSpring is coming to Adair. Albeit slowly, she's definitely on her way, and we're ready for her. We have baby chicks this year with the intention of producing our own organic eggs. We're also adding some raised beds for vegetable gardens and we've planted about 20 berry bushes. Anyone who's stayed at Adair knows we use a great many eggs and berries at breakfast and with 200 acres, why not grow our own?
We also have 5 baby ducks, though their not so little anymore. They started out about the same as the baby chicks, but they are surely twice their size by now. The ducks will be a permanent fixture in the front pond
and I am assured by those who know that they will bed down at night with their beloved friends the chickens. They also tell me that duck eggs make the very best pastries. I guess we'll find out. Somehow it makes me laugh that these ducklings are SO attracted to water. They just can't stay out of the water dish.
Adair Inn's New Website 8 Mar 2014, 2:05 pmIt's true! The Adair Country Inn and Restaurant has a new website. It comes complete with packages, things to do, local events, and even online dinner reservations! In catching up, we also recently put in a new bar and moved to an ala carte menu in the restaurant.
The Packages include some old favorites like snowshoeing Adair's 200 acres, dog sledding with Muddy Paw and golfing two Donald Ross golf courses in a single weekend. Our new soon-to-be-favorites packages include sleigh rides, hiking Flume Gorge and the Cannon Tram as well as a new Wellness Package that includes yoga, massage and our favorite green drinks.
On the Things To Do page, you can let your adventurous heart run wild with a day of soaring with the Franconia Soaring Association, take a drive up the Mount Washington Auto Road or go cross country skiing at Brettonwoods. For a softer pitter pat, perhaps the Cog Railway up Mount Washington or a trip to the Ice Castle at Loon Mountain would satisfy your search for adventure.
The New Hampshire Scottish Highland Games is quite the to-do on the Local Events page, but the Lupine Festival and Swing and Sweets in June is pretty fabulous. For a classic New England Christmas, one really must cut down their own Christmas Tree at the Rocks Estate Christmas Tree Farm.
In January 2014 we put a new bar in the library just off the dining room. We're like proud parents of a new baby. It turned out beautifully. As if it was built as an original part of the house. It has been a tremendous
hit and extremely well received from the guests. Most of the repeat guests suggest that it was about time. ;o)
Speaking of the bar, we have also done extensive work on the wine list. We think we have developed a very interesting and wonderful list, but not necessarily wines that are commonly known. Perhaps some wine dinners would be in order.
In February, we moved to an ala carte menu in the restaurant. The guests seem to be much happier with this idea, especially when they can order appetizers in the Apres Bar starting at 4:00. There's nothing like a nice glass of scotch in a cozy bar to warm your insides when you come back from a day of adventure in the White Mountains.
By popular demand, we now have online dinner reservations available. If you don't see what you need at https://www.seatme.com/adair-country-inn-restaurant/ you can always call the Inn and see if we can fit you in.
Wow! We've been busy, but we heard you!
Inventor Thomas Edison Returns to Adair Country Inn & Restaurant 11 Feb 2013, 2:05 pm
Meet an Owl during Full Moon Snowshoe Event 18 Jan 2013, 12:17 pmat Adair Country Inn & Restaurant
BETHLEHEM, NH — Whoo! Whoo! Whoo! The call of an owl on a snowy winter’s evening is a special treat, but how many of us have seen one of the nocturnal birds of prey up close and personal? On Sunday, January 27, an owl from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness will be the special guest of the Adair Country Inn & Restaurant at the conclusion of its Full Moon Snowshoe Evening.
“Our Full Moon Snowshoe events are meant to be fun, but we also like to be able to educate our guests about what they are seeing as they snowshoe around the Adair property, so we have partnered with Squam Lakes Natural Science Center,” said innkeeper Ilja Chapman. “Having a naturalist from the ScienceCenter lead our hike will give guests a chance to learn about the 200-acre property and the animals who inhabit the fields and woods of northern New Hampshire. And we are so pleased that the Science Center is bringing along one of its owls so that we can learn about its habits and habitat.”
This is the fifth year that Adair has offered its Full Moon Snowshoe Evenings that combine the glow from the full moon with a beautiful setting, excellent food and a walk in the woods, where guests will have the opportunity to discover the tracks of fisher, fox, snowshoe hare, deer, squirrels and mice.
The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a New England-style buffet in the fire-placed Granite Room at Adair, followed by a moderate guided snowshoe walk on some of the trails of the 200-acre property, with a finale of s’mores and hot drinks around the fire pit. The Science Center’s owl will join the group at the fire pit, where the naturalist will share some myths and facts about one of nature’s most beautiful and elusive creatures.
The cost for the evening is $29.95 per person, and reservations can be made by contacting Adair Country Inn & Restaurant at (603) 444-2600.
Adair is a country estate built in 1927 by Frank Hogan as a gift to his only daughter, Dorothy Adair, upon the occasion of her marriage to John W. Guider. Its scenic grounds and gardens were designed by the Olmsted Brothers, and its 200 acres are managed as a tree farm and for multiple use, including snowshoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Innkeepers Ilja and Brad Chapman run the inn and restaurant for Nick and Betsy Young and their children, the fourth and current owners of the property. For more information please visit www.adairinn.com.
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center’s mission is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world through live animal exhibits, educational programs and outreaches. They are the only Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution in northern New England. For more information visit www.nhnature.org.
The Red Chair travels in Bethlehem 26 Oct 2012, 10:32 am
At the WREN Local Works store in downtown Bethlehem, the Red Chair lent its support to shopping locally — the store is brimming over with handcrafted items made by local artisans — and admired artist Michele Johnsen’s paintings in the gallery.
More art was hanging on the walls next door at the Cold Mountain Café, where artist Kristine Lingle’s paintings were a vibrant counterpoint to the yummy salad awaiting the Red Chair.
The Red Chair received top billing across the street at The Colonial Theatre, one of the oldest continuously operated movie theatres in the country.
After a busy morning of sightseeing, freshly brewed coffee and hot out-of-the-oven chocolate chip walnut cookies provided a quick pick-me-up for the Red Chair at Maia Papaya, the cozy breakfast, brunch and sandwich shop next to the Bethlehem Post Office.
After a relaxing few days with the hospitable folks at Adair, the Red Chair donned its traveling clothes once again and headed off to the Inn at the Round Barn Farm in Vermont.
Adair Employees Give Thumbs Up To 21 Apr 2012, 8:21 am
“10 Years Younger in 60 Days” Program
So, how did we do? Several of us lost varying amounts of weight, but nowhere near the person who lost 22-23 pounds, halfway toward his final goal. “I have certainly gained better eating habits,” he said, “though at times it has been a challenge. I know more now about how hard -- but also how easy -- it is to get into better shape. Hopefully, once I get to where I want to be, I will also have the knowledge, skills and motivation to stay at that weight and/or to quickly lose any unwanted weight gain. I met some goals, not all. Hopefully, as the warm weather comes along, the outside activities/exercises will increase.”
Chef Orlo Coots
“10 Years Younger in 60 Days” 30 Mar 2012, 3:04 pmWraps Up with Wellness Tips & Celebration
Our “10 Years Younger in 60 Days” program took a short hiatus in late winter due to family obligations of some of our participants, but we were back on track this week for our last presenter in the wellness series organized by Innkeeper Ilja. The series has been a great hit among the Adair Country Inn & Restaurant employees, who set goals in early December to help them become fit and healthier through making good food choices, exercising more, reducing stress, getting enough sleep, and getting medical and dental check-ups.
Cindy Noyes, RMT, of Thyme to Learn Wellness, welcomed our group at a healing circle at the Inner Truth Massage & Healing Arts Studio on Cottage Street in Littleton, along with Inner Truth’s owner Tamar Smookler.
At the center of our circle was a large crystal and candle, surrounded by smaller crystals in the colors of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, which are also the colors associated with the major chakras – or energy points – of the body. Cindy uses crystals and gemstones, along with essential oils in her meditation and Reiki practice to help her clients feel refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated.
Our evening began with a short meditation in which we paid attention to our breathing and consciously relaxed our bodies. Cindy encouraged each of us to set aside 15-20 minutes each day to take time for ourselves, practice conscious breathing, and let go of our monkey minds that distract us from being in touch with our true selves. “Practicing meditation, even for a short time,” said Cindy, “can change the focus of your day. It’s about going within and feeling the energy you have and realizing that we don’t need to let stress control us.”
Cindy explained the concept behind Reiki, which calls on the universal life force energy that exists in everything around us, including plants, animals and humans. During Reiki, the practitioner helps to move that energy through the person’s body by placing her hands on the seven major chakra points and the many minor chakras. Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel, and the chakras act like small wheels within the body; when the wheels are moving freely, the person is healthy and in balance. Blockages within the wheels can eventually lead to physical, spiritual and emotional illness. During a hands-on session, Reiki helps clear out the “stuff” that is stuck, leading a person back to wellness.
Crystals and essential oils can be used in conjunction with Reiki to help enhance a session. For instance, when the throat chakra is in balance, we communicate freely and speak clearly, and allow our self-expression – drawing, writing, dancing – full range. To treat throat problems, Cindy might employ turquoise or chalcedony by placing a small stone on the throat or apply the essential oils, thyme, rosemary or chamomile, to help open up that chakra. Cindy offers a Thyme to Align session that uses a combination of Reiki, meditation, crystals and essential oils to help her clients release what is not needed in their lives and bodies, and leave them refreshed and balanced. To learn more, contact Cindy at (603) 616-8827 or http://www.thymetolearnwellness.com/.
As this was our final evening as a group focused on living healthier lives, we celebrated the occasion and our commitment to “10 Years Younger in 60 Days” with a small party that included healthy food – a wonderful couscous dish – and a treat -- decadent chicken wings – some hot, some sweet and some rubbed -- provided by Innkeepers Ilja and Brad.
We’ll wrap up the program in next week’s blog, with a look at how we all did. Did we meet our goals? What did we learn? Stay tuned.
‘Weekly Party of Four’ Catch up with Friends for FREE on Fridays 7 Mar 2012, 7:55 amA fun and relaxing evening dining out with friends is just the antidote to a busy week of work and family obligations, and every Friday, now through the end of May, Adair Country Inn & Restaurant in Bethlehem, is making it easier than ever to enjoy some special time together. Catch up with friends for free on Fridays: when you make a dinner reservation for four, your two friends receive a 2-course dinner for FREE! Fine New England-style cuisine at a reasonable price prepared by Chef Orlo and excellent service from a staff that wants each guest to walk away with a unique experience is only a phone call away.
FULL MOON SNOWSHOE EVENINGS PROMISE FOOD, FUN AND EDUCATION 5 Mar 2012, 9:22 amBETHLEHEM — There’s nothing prettier than a full moon casting its glow on the snowy landscape. What better time to be outdoors breathing in the crisp air and taking in the sights and sounds of winter’s woods and fields? Combine the full moon and a beautiful setting with excellent food and a walk in the woods and you have the Full Moon Snowshoe Evenings offered by Adair Country Inn & Restaurant in Bethlehem, in collaboration with The Rocks Estate, a Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests-owned property.
STRESS! We All Have Some, So What Can We Do About It? 27 Jan 2012, 10:37 amStress is a fact of life and all of us experience it in some way and to some degree each day. There are major life stressors, like moving, break-ups, car accidents and health problems, along with the minor stresses that we must confront every day. A stressful day for one person might mean managing a demanding schedule so that she doesn’t disappoint anyone who is relying on her; for another person it might be having too many things to do at one time. A third person might create her own stress by setting unrealistic deadlines. Someone else might be stressed because she leaves things to the last minute. Another might worry about what will happen if things don’t get done on time, begin to pile up, and then fall through the cracks.
Our “10 Years Younger in 60 Days” guest this week was yoga teacher and life coach Katrine Barclay, who helped us to understand what stress is and how it impacts our lives, and gave us tips to help us cope with and reduce stress.
|Katrine Barclay de-stressing the Adair "family"|
Once you are aware of the stressors in your life and how you typically respond to them, you can make changes that will help you cope or eliminate the stress. Putting an event into perspective is useful. Katrine says it is all about “not believing everything you think.” Many times we make up stories about a situation that are not valid. She suggests checking in with our self and always asking “Is it true? Yes or no, unequivocally?” Many of us, she says, spend a lot of time with COWS – all the Could-a, Ought-a, Would-a, Should-a things that our mind deals with every day, and that steal a lot of our energy and add stress to our lives. A simple “Is it true?” asked each time might help us see a situation for how it really is.
So, what can you do if you are really stressed – for instance, you are cooking breakfast for 20, the boiler breaks, and one of the guests asks for a fresh cup of coffee? Katrine suggests, “slow down to hurry up.” Sometimes all it takes is a few seconds to take a couple of deep breaths to put everything into perspective and help you see how to proceed without totally losing it.
Katrine’s suggestions for ongoing life changes to manage stress include taking time off – “work-free” vacations; getting plenty of rest, eating right, and exercising; getting outside; paying attention to stress signals and choosing to relax; going on a “media fast”; making positive, self-care choices; building a time every day to “do nothing”; play every day.
Our evening with Katrine ended with a guided relaxation exercise that left us feeling calm and relaxed and we left Week #7 of “10 Years Younger in 60 Days” with a handful of tips and tools that each of us can use to better manage and reduce the stress in our lives.
For more information about Katrine’s Wellness At Work yoga classes at WREN or her life coaching services, including stress management, contact her at (603) 823-7441 or http://www.katrineswellnessatwork.com/.
Chef Orlo Coots prepared not just one, but two healthy snacks for us this week: really yummy “Dive into the Dark Side” Bars, and Lifestyle 180 Quinoa and Fruit Pudding, which was less enthusiastically received -- by some because it contains bananas and by others because of the texture.
“Dive into the Dark Side” Bars
Makes 24 bars (1 ounce each), about 110 calories each
1 cup toasted walnuts
3/4 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
5 brown rice cakes, broken into chunks
2 TB agave nectar
2 TB orange juice
1 TB vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
7 ounces 70% and 3 ounces 85% dark bittersweet chocolate bar, broken into chunks
5 TB 2% milk
Place walnuts in food processor and pulse until chopped. Add raisins and cranberries and pulse until mixture is finely chopped. Add rice cakes; process until finely chopped. Add agave nectar, orange juice, vanilla, and cinnamon; process until mixture holds together. Transfer mixture to an 8-inch square glass baking dish; cover with plastic wrap and press into a firm, even thickness. Remove plastic wrap.
Combine chocolate and milk and place over a double boiler of simmering water. Cook, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Spread chocolate evenly over rice cake mixture, cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Cut into 12 (3- x 2-inch) bars.
Lifestyle 180 Quinoa and Fruit Pudding
9 servings, 130 calories per serving
(Pudding has 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein and only 1 gram of fat)
1 cup organic quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
1 tsp grated orange zest
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Rinse quinoa in cold water if saponin has been removed; if not, rinse in hot water. Add rinsed quinoa to boiling water; reduce heat to low, and simmer for 7 minutes. Add dried apricots and cranberries and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 5 to 7 minutes. While quinoa is cooking, combine remaining ingredients in food processor and puree until smooth. Remove quinoa from heat, combine pureed mixture with quinoa, and mix well. Place in serving bowls and refrigerate until ready to serve.
This is it! Week #8, and the conclusion of “10 Years Younger in 60 Days.” A little birdie told us we might be having a pool party to celebrate our accomplishments; we don’t know yet if that means sitting around a pool and dipping our toes in the water, or a vigorous game of pool in Adair’s Granite Room. Stay tuned for next week’s wrap-up.