A Newfound Bed & Breakfast

94 Mandi Lane, Bristol, New Hampshire 03222-3480
Innkeeper(s): Sondra J. Keene
 

Laconia Motorcycle Week, Museum Draw Fans to White Mountains 21 May 2015, 6:00 am

Nine decades and still riding strong, Laconia Motorcycle Week kicks off its 92nd year June 13-21, 2015. This world-class rally, the oldest continuous motorcycle rally in the country, draws leagues of riders and fans with guided scenic rides, charity rides, demos, live musical entertainment, contests, vendors, special events—and lots of camaraderie.

Headquarters are at popular Weirs Beach, always a fun spot, made even more so with all the festivities. Even if you’re not a motorcycle rider, you’ll find plenty to see and enjoy during the week. Check the rally’s website for a complete listing of events.

Laconia Motorcycle Week
Friday-Sunday, June 13-21, 2015
Rally Headquarters: Weirs Beach Boardwalk, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
603-366-2000

Another must-stop for bike enthusiasts is the American Police Motorcycle Museum in neighboring Meredith. The private museum has a collection of over 60 bikes including hill climbers, race machines, choppers and classic original paint bikes. A special feature this year is a collection of four-cylinder motorcycles. In addition to an array of these bikes, visitors can head to the downstairs shop to see an Indians four cylinder being rebuilt.

Motorcycle police were key to the motorcycle’s growth, with early advertising showing police chases to spur excitement and incentive to buy. Because of their rich history with bikes, both Boston and New York are featured in special exhibits. A 1929 Boston Police Indian and 1941 PDNYC Indian are two of the popular bikes on display. Motorcycles also played a key role in World War I and II, and during Laconia Motorcycle Week, the Museum will host Veterans Appreciation Day, honoring the men and bikes that rode during these wars.

American Police Motorcycle Museum
194 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Adults: $11/credit card, $10/cash
Seniors 62 and older: $9
Kids under 12, $5
603-279-6387

A Newfound Bed & Breakfast is about a 30-minute ride from Weirs Beach and the towns of Laconia and Meredith, and our peaceful setting is welcoming after an active day at the rally or touring the area. Give us a call, and come for a stay!

NH’s Barnstormers Theater a White Mountain Show Stopper 7 May 2015, 6:00 am

Now in its 84th year, the Barnstormers Theater in Tamworth, NH is gearing up for a summer performance schedule that’s two weeks longer, featuring six plays in ten weeks. If you’ve never seen one of their performances, book your seats now. It’s a summer delight you won’t want to miss.

Photo courtesy of Barnstormers Theater

Barnstormers is one of three Equity theaters in the New Hampshire and one of the longest running professional theaters in the country. We’re so fortunate to have it nearby A Newfound Bed and Breakfast! Featuring a core group of thespians and more than 40 professional actors from across the country, the theater has gained a reputation for dazzling summer productions. All are performed in the company’s home, a converted Main Street store that has all the features of a modern theater, including a 28-foot proscenium stage with 282 seats, superb acoustics and air-conditioning.

Photo courtesy of Barnstormers Theater

The summer’s schedule includes two musicals, two comedies, a new American drama and an Agatha Christie mystery. Here’s a quick breakdown of what to expect.

June 25-July 3, 2015
The Drowsy Chaperone. A Tony award-winning comedy that pays homage to the musicals of the Jazz Age and the fans who love them. Great for the entire family.

July 7-11, 2015
Good People. Margie, a tough “Southie” from the wrong side of Boston and her high school sweetheart, now a successful doctor, meet again in this comedy of class and culture.

July 16-25, 2015
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. A laugh-out-loud Chekhovian mash-up that features two middle-aged siblings leading quiet lives, until their aging movie-star mother and her hot young boyfriend pay a visit.

July 28-August 1, 2015
Relatively Speaking. Lovers Ginny and Greg and a case of mistaken identity keep the laughs coming, with just a bit of wickedness thrown in for good measure.

August 6-15, 2015
The Hollow. A classic Agatha Christie whodunit that has Dr. Cristow’s life taking a turn for the worse when his mistress, ex-mistress and wife all show up together for a weekend of murder and mayhem in the country.

August 20-29, 2015
Urinetown. The best-selling play ever at the Barnstormers Theater and a Tony-winning musical comedy. When toilets are banned due to a water shortage, the Urine Good Company forces citizens to pay for basic amenities or face oh-so many consequences.

The Barnstormers Theater
104 Main Street, Tamworth
603-323-8500
Performances: Tuesday – Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday matinee, 2:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee, 5:00 p.m.
Ticket prices: Evenings, $28.50 and $33.50; Matinees, $17.50 and $22.50; Under 18 years-old, $11.50 and $16.50
Season tickets are also available.
Beer, wine and soft drinks are available before the show and during intermission.

For guests of A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, Tamworth is a nice one-hour drive through beautiful countryside and a wonderful outing. Give us a call to book your stay, and we’ll be happy to help you with theater tickets too!

 

 

 

NH’s Newfound Lake Eco-Tour & Bristol’s Mill Fudge Factory 30 Apr 2015, 6:00 am

Newfound Lake is not only one of the deepest lakes in New Hampshire, but also considered one of the cleanest lakes in the world. Monitoring its quality and working to preserve its beauty are paramount to residents here, and a main mission of the Newfound Lake Region Association (NLRA). The lake is just minutes from A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, and a major draw for our guests.

For visitors who would like to learn more about this special lake, the NLRA offers a Eco-Tour program that includes hands-on water testing, historical and ecological information, as well as a chance to enjoy the peaceful environment. And, every tour ends with this sweet note: A coupon for ice cream from The Mill Fudge Factory in Bristol, NH.
Newfound Lake Eco-Tours
Late June through August
10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Adults over 15 years-old, $20
Youth ages 5-15 and NLRA members, $15
Under 5 years, free with adult
Registrations required with minimum of 48-hour notice
603-744-8689

Photo courtesy of Mill Fudge Factory

The Mill Fudge Factory is a favorite with A Newfound Bed & Breakfast guests (and its owner!), so we’re sweetening the deal even more. Stay with us any Sunday, Wednesday or Thursday from June through August and receive a $30 gift certificate to The Mill Ice Cream and Fudge Factory. And what a treat that place is! Find super-luscious homemade fudge in flavors including chocolate mint and pure New Hampshire maple, plus homemade truffles and toffee. The shop makes yummy ice cream from scratch in 5-quart batches with flavors such as Belgian chocolate and coffee toffee. You can relax at the company’s Ice Cream Café, housed in an historic 1767 grist mill, and sample its savory menu as well as its ice cream treats.

The Mill Fudge Factory also hosts Saturday concerts in The Back Room at the Mill, a fun evening out for our B&B guests.
The Mill Fudge Factory
2 Central Street, Bristol
603-744-0405
Café Hours (Spring-Summer): Wednesday-Thursday, Saturday-Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Closed Monday-Tuesday.
A special note for ice cream fans: Saturday, May 2, 2015 is free scoop day 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Make a Pretty Fruit Tart for Brunch or Dessert. It’s Easy! 23 Apr 2015, 6:00 am

Clementine Tart with Vanilla Custard

Dress up packaged puff pastry with homemade custard and fresh fruit for a delicious tart that’s great for company. Bonus: half the prep can be done ahead!

Clementine Tart with Vanilla Custard
Serves 8

Ingredients
3                       egg yolks
1/3     cup         sugar
2        Tbsps     flour
1 ¼    cup         milk
1        tsp          vanilla extract
1        pkg         frozen puff pastry, thawed
8                       Clementines, tangerines or mandarin oranges, peeled and separated
fresh raspberries, optional
¼       cup         powdered sugar

The kitchen at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast

In medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 1/3 cup sugar until thick and pale, about 1 minute. Whisk in flour and cornstarch until fully-blended and thick.

In medium saucepan, bring milk to a boil over medium-high heat. Very carefully pour a little hot milk into egg mixture, stirring constantly. Keep whisking yolk mixture while slowly adding about half of the milk. (This tempers the yolks slowly so they won’t curdle).

Pour yolk mixture into saucepan of remaining milk and, while whisking constantly over medium heat; cook custard until it thickens, about 1-3 more minutes. Be sure to whisk around the inside edges of pan as well.

Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour custard into shallow bowl and immediately press plastic wrap directly onto surface of custard to prevent film from forming. At this point, custard can be refrigerated for up to two days.

Preheat oven to 400°

Unfold 1 pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface. (Keep second pastry sheet in the fridge). Roll out sheet to 12”square. Cut into four 6” squares. Using your finger or a pastry brush, lightly wet edges of sheet with water. Fold over ½” on all sides, pressing firmly to form a rim. Prick center of pastry all over with a fork. Repeat process with remaining pastry sheet. Bake for 13-15 minuts or until pastry is golden and puffed. Let cool 1 minute, then remove to wire rack to cool.

Assemble tarts: Divide custard among the 8 shells. Arrange clementine sections decoratively on top. Dust with powdered sugar. Place oven rack 8” below broiler element and turn on broiler. Warm tart about 1 ½-2 minutes and serve immediately.

TIP: Fresh berries and stone fruits, such as peaches and plums, can be used in place of the Clementines.

 

NH B&B Blends Enjoyable Stay with Artsy Outing 16 Apr 2015, 6:00 am

At A Newfound Bed & Breakfast we offer guests a very special and relaxing place to hang their hats. But we also believe that an important part of our job is to help our guests plan fun little outings in the area. And that’s just what we have here!

These nice warm days are an ideal time for a short drive to two of our favorite places just across the border in Vermont. Located 30 minutes from the Inn in Windsor, Vermont , Great River Outfitters is an outdoor enthusiasts go-to expert. Want to learn how to kayak? They can teach you. Outdoor yoga? They have that too. Plus all the gear you need to take to the river for tubing or rafting. And right next door to their shop is one of the most unique sculpture gardens you’ll ever experience.

The Path of Life Garden is a walk through a landscape shaped by the relationship between our inner spirit and the natural world. Encompassing 14 acres, the garden includes 18 works of art illustrating elements of human life. Terry McDonnell, a child and family therapist, has been creating the garden for over 15 years, inspired by the peaceful settings of notable gardens he visited throughout the world. Today, the garden offers visitors a place for relaxation and contemplation as they walk amid wildflowers and open spaces along the Connecticut River. Visitors enter through a historic barn, which also houses an information center and gift shop.

Great River Outfitters & Path of Life Garden
36 Park Road, Windsor, VT
802-674-9933
Garden hours: dawn to dusk
Garden admission: Age 13 and over, $6; Youth 4-12, $3; Children under 3, free

Photo courtesy of Simon Pearce

Thirty minutes further east, in Quechee, Vermont, is the home of glass artist Simon Pearce. Located in a historic woolen mill overlooking falls on the Ottauquechee River, the structure houses a glassblowing studio, shop and restaurant. The setting is charming, and it’s interesting to see artists at work in the studio. After perusing the gift shop, plan a visit to the Glassblowers’ Café where you can dine on dishes served on handmade Simon Pearce glass and pottery. Known for locally-sourced foods, the menu touts seasonal specialties such as Misty Knoll chicken breast with red onion tart, Brussels sprouts and cinnamon-citrus au jus. The restaurant has daily specials as well as a Wine Dinner Series featuring regional wines. During Restaurant Week, April 24-May 3, 2015, Glassblower’s Café will offer a three-course mean for $40.

Simon Pearce Studio, Shop and Restaurant
1760 Quechee Main Street, Quechee, VT
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
802-295-2711

Back home at A Newfound B&B, you can reflect on a day well spent, as you munch homemade cookies or take a walk through our delightful garden.

 

New Hampshire’s 2015 Sheep & Wool Fest Coming in May! 9 Apr 2015, 6:00 am

Bring the entire family, because there are so many fun things to see at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Fest, May 9-10, 2015. Whether you’re a weaver or knitter —like many of our guests at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast—or just curious about this fascinating industry, you’ll find a wide range of topics covered and activities to enjoy during the two-day event.

The festival has a chock-full schedule with lectures, demonstrations and workshops for adults and kids with topics such as A New Way to Knit with Hand, and other items relating to sheep and fiber-producing animals, plus arts and crafts. Some of the most fun events are those involving the animals, including demonstrations of sheep sheering and sheep dog herding. Visitors can also peruse the many vendors who will be set up in the commercial area.

New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Fest
May 9-10, 2015
Deerfield Fairgrounds
34 Stage Road, Deerfield
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Adults, $7; Seniors 62 and older, $5; Youth 13-18, $5; children 12 and under, free
The Fest is about a 90-minute drive from A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, via I-93 and Highway 101.

How can you top a delightful time at the festival? Stop on the way back to A Newfound B&B for lunch or dinner at The Barley House in historic downtown Concord! Known for their Irish whiskey and extensive beer selection, the lively spot is also a favorite for its pub food.. A large selection of appetizers, soups and salads share the extensive menu with popular dishes such as Mac n Cheese n Chicken, Smithwick’s Curry Fish & Chips, and so many tasty-sounding sandwiches, you might be on your second beer before a decision is made. Desserts are pretty tempting too, headed by a homemade bread pudding served with maple whiskey sauce.

This fest is one of New Hampshire’s most popular, so be sure to give us a call soon to book your stay at A Newfound B&B!

Jean’s Playhouse a Center for the Arts in White Mountains 2 Apr 2015, 6:00 am

If you haven’t yet discovered the delightful art center in Lincoln, you’re in for a treat. Jean’s Playhouse is a true local treasure that showcases professional talent in top productions. It’s a favorite of guests at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast—and whenever we can sneak away for a performance, we do!

After more than two decades housed in a reconditioned historic paper mill, North Country Center for the Arts (NCCA) opened its impressive new venue in 2012. Named Jean’s Playhouse in honor of community leader Jean Hallager, the new space houses the professional, community and educational companies of NCCA, including Papermill Theater Company, IMPACT Children’s Theater, Playhouse Players and Jean’s Teans.

The Papermill Theater Company is the prime draw, offering year-round professional theater, a highlight of which is the popular mainstage summer season.

IMPACT Children’s theater is an impressive professional touring company that adapts well-known stories into eight musicals, performed for family audiences throughout New Hampshire every summer.

The Playhouse Players is the community theater side of Jean’s Playhouse, a way to showcase the acting and musical talents of non-professionals. Younger performers can be seen in plays and musicals from the youth-based Jean’s Teens company.

Jean’s Playhouse provides a variety of productions in every season. Here’s a taste of what’s upcoming:

Frost Heaves and the Sped Bumps Band. A little Yankie humor, at New Hampshire expense.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20/person

Blithe Spirit. A Noel Coward comedy that has two wives (one living, one supernatural) fighting over their man.
Friday-Saturday, May 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15/person

New this year is Jean’s Playhouse Spring Social: Ride and Dine. The special event takes guests aboard the historic Boston and Maine railroad for a two-hour round-trip tour in the classy Café Lafayette cars. While they enjoy picturesque views along the Pemigewasset River, guest will be served a delightful tapas menu including artisan cheeses, Mediterranean-style stuffed dates, grilled flat-iron steak over potato pancakes and a luscious pound cake topped with ice cream and salted caramel sauce.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Happy Hour, 5:00 p.m.; Departure, 6:00 p.m.
Route 112, N. Woodstock
Tickets: Regular, $90/person; VIP tickets in the Dome and Antique Car, $99/person

Why not treat yourself to one of the upcoming events at Jean’s Playhouse? And of course, include a stay with us at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast!

 

2015 Made in NH Expo a Treasure Trove of NH Products 26 Mar 2015, 6:00 am

Mark your calendars! Made in NH’s “Try It & Buy It” Expo is coming to Manchester Friday through Sunday, April 17-19. If past years are any indication, this year’s event will be an amazing array of items, all proudly produced in the Granite State. Foods, fashions, home decorating and garden products are just a few of the categories of goodies you’ll uncover as you walk throughout the expanse of booths. This event is always a great place to find gifts (We at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast can vouch for that!).

Come early. Stay late. The Expo has food vendors so you won’t even have to worry about meals! And, of course, if you stay at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, we’ll send you off shopping after a yummy big breakfast.

Made in NH’s “Try It & Buy It” Expo
Friday, April 17, 2015; 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 2015; 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2015; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel/Center of NH Expo Center
700 Elm Street, Manchester
Tickets: Adult, $9; Senior ,$8; Child 2-12 years, $3. Children under 2 years, free.

 

Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair 2015 Coming to Laconia 19 Mar 2015, 6:00 am

It’s springtime! And that means it’s time for one of our favorite events, the  Region Spring Art FairLakes. The Fair, April 11-12, 2015, is held in Laconia, a beautiful 30-mile drive from A Newfound Bed & Breakfast. Situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake, Laconia is a delightful little town to explore.

Photo by & Info: Joyce Endee

But first, head to the Opechee Conference Center to take in the Art Show, one of the largest in the area with 75 exhibitors. You’ll find a wide array of items, such as wearable art, jewelry, folk art, photography, gourmet food items and lots more. And just in time for warm-weather, garden art and décor. The two-day free event also features a raffle with proceeds going to the New Hampshire Humane Society, plus music and food.
Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair
April 11-12, 2015
Opewchee Conference Center
62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
603-528-4014
Admission and parking is free

If you’d like to attend, why not make a fun weekend of it and plan a stay at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast? We love to have you!

 

Mt. Washington Observatory Trips Mix Education, Great Views 12 Mar 2015, 6:00 am

If you’ve always dreamed of standing on top of Mt. Washington or exploring its renowned weather station (something this owner of A Newfound Bed & Breakfast does!), this is the way to do it.

Mount Washington Observatory is a renowned weather station atop 6,288-foot Mt Washington that performs weather and climate research, innovative science education programs and also interprets the heritage of the region. Taking one of its guided trips is a way to get a glimpse of what goes on there, with breathtaking views as a bonus.

Mt. Washington Observatory Summit Day Trips begin with a fun snowcat ride up to the summit where you’ll have a guided tour of the weather station and opportunity to meet the scientists who live and work in the remote outpost. Beverages and snacks before you leave, lunch at the summit, and round-trip transportation are included in price.
$239/non-members
$199/supporting members of Mount Washington Observatory

For those wishing a more in-depth experience, the Observatory also offers Overnight Climbing Trips, in conjunction with Eastern Mountain Sports. Guests will enjoy a full day of sightseeing and adventure as they ascend the tallest peak in the Northeast. Dinner in the heated weather station, lodging in bunk rooms, meals, snacks and beverages are all included. A bonus for hearty souls who do this trip is a tour of the weather station and a chance to have one-on-one lessons on topics such as geology and landscape photography.
$499/non-members
$459/ supporting members of Mount Washington Observatory
The trips for 2015 are booked, but you can plan now for next year. Be sure to check the Observatory’s website for updates.

As much fun as it will be staying overnight at the top of the mountain, we guarantee you’ll love all the cozy comforts of A Newfound Bed & Breakfast before and after your trek. And, if you feel like it, you can do a little hiking down at our level too!