A Newfound Bed & Breakfast

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

For Great White Mountains Snowmobiling Head to Bristol NH 22 Jan 2015, 5:00 am

Snowmobilers love staying at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, and not just because we give them a delicious hearty breakfast every day ! It’s also that they can hop on their sleds and access top-notch trails right from our property.

With a bounteous amount of snow, magical forests and gorgeous mountains, New Hampshire boasts some of the best snowmobiling in New England—nearly 7,000 miles of groomed trails—and we’re fortunate to be located in the heart of it all. Trails here are designed to not only take advantage of the great terrain, but intersect each other, so riders can enjoy endless miles of fun.

The local resource for sledders is the Bridgewater Mountain Snowmobile Club (BMSC) and their website is a wealth of information on trails, weather and special events throughout the area. The club supports 50 miles of trails that travel through the Bridgewater mountains by the towns of Ashland, Bristol, Bridgewater and Plymouth. This means riders have access to fuel and restaurants, which make great stops for lunch or warm-up breaks.

This Bridgewater trail system also connects to trails maintained by other clubs, offering options for rides around Hebron, Rumney and Dorchester Woods. With so many options, many guests plan multi-day stays at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast so they have a chance to ride in a variety of terrains and directions. Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to get you set up for a great winter getaway.

One last note: Before coming, be sure to check with the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association for the necessary registration information and fees.

Special Deals Make a White Mountains Getaway Even Sweeter. 21 Jan 2015, 12:00 pm

Whether you want to play in the snow or just crash by the fire, you’ll find A Newfound Bed & Breakfast is the perfect winter escape. We’re close to great skiing, near to wonderful restaurants and offer yummy full breakfasts with each night’s stay. All in a country setting that makes relaxing oh-so easy.

Check out our special winter packages, then give us a call. Be sure to mention the package when making your reservation.

Stay & Ski
Stay two nights and receive two lift tickets to Waterville Valley Resorts, or stay one night and get two tickets for the price of one at A Newfound B&B’s discounted rate.  For those of you who prefer Nordic Skiing, the same applies for trail passes that include Nordic rentals and snowshoes.  Double occupancy, breakfast included.

Cabin Fever Discounts
Stay one night, get a 10% discount; two nights, 20%. Stay three nights and we’ll give you the third free!  Double occupancy, breakfast included.

All packages are based on availability and cannot be combined.

See you soon!

A Winter Carnival of Fun and Ice in the White Mountains 15 Jan 2015, 5:00 am

Pull on your warm boots and test your muscle at the 12th Annual Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival in Tamworth, New Hampshire on Saturday, February 7, 2015. It’s a celebration of an Old-World tradition the entire family will enjoy. Why not book a room at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, and make a great weekend of it!

Back in the pre-refrigeration days, ice was a farmed commodity, used mostly by wealthier citizens for drinks, making ice cream and preserving foods. During this time, harvesting companies would collect ice from frozen lakes and ponds in the wintertime and store the blocks in well-insulated icehouses for year-round distribution. As the process became more common and popular, families of all income levels used ice to help preserve their foods.

Now, everyone is invited to explore this chilly part of history and join in harvesting festivities at the Remmick Country Doctor Museum and Farm’s annual event. Learn how to mark, cut, float, lift and stack blocks of ice in the Museum’s own ice house. Visit the farm’s animals and their surroundings. Take part in winter games and crafts. Hear live music in the Hearth room. And warm up with favorite dishes from the Museum’s own Farmhouse Kitchen.

The mission of the Remmick Country Doctor Museum and Farm—which includes houses, barns and outbuildings—is to preserve the past in order to educate the future. While at the event, be sure to take time and wander through the Main Museum—it offers a wonderful look back at local farm life of the past 200 years.

Tamworth is about an hour’s drive from Bristol, so if guests at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast leave after breakfast, they can enjoy a leisurely scenic drive and arrive in plenty of time to take in all the festivities.

Ice harvest and Winter Carnival
Saturday, February 7, 2015
11:00a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Remick Country Museum and Farm
58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth Village
603-323-7591
Ages 11 and older, $11/person; ages 5-10, $5/person; ages 4 and under, free

NOTE:  Severe winter storm snow date ~ Sunday, February 8, 2015, determined by Friday, February 6, 2015.

Anglers Compete for Prizes in White Mountains Fishing Derby 8 Jan 2015, 5:00 am

Sure it’s the middle of winter, but that won’t stop New England’s fishing fans from dropping a line or two. It’s all part of the fun—and competition—of the 2015 Fishing Derby on February 7-8. Hosted by the Meredith Rotary, the Derby has become a popular mid-winter event that brings out anglers of all ages to test their skills in the icy waters, with the hopes of winning prizes that range from $15 to $15,000. Eligibility is determined by those who have the largest fish in each category on either that Saturday or Sunday. For tickets, complete rules, listing of species and correct bait for the competition, visit the 2015 Derby website. Oh, and not to worry, A Newfound Bed & Breakfast will give you a good, hot breakfast to get you out the door in top form!
Saturday – Sunday, February 7-8
Tickets: $30/each
Meredith Rotary
603-279-7600

After a day in the cold, treat yourself to a great meal in one of the restaurants at Mill Falls Inn & Marketplace, a wonderful mix of shops and restaurants housed in a restored linen mill.
312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith
800-622-6455
Open daily at 10a.m.

With sweeping views of Lake Winnipesaukee and a cozy fireplace, Lakehouse Grille is a perfect place to warm up and relax. Delicious seafood offerings include a lobster clam chowder and fresh pan-seared scallops over cauliflower puree. If a day on the river makes you hunger for meat, you’ll find plenty of choices such as an apple-cider brined pork chop or tenderloin of beef.
281 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith
603-279-5221
Breakfast: Monday – Saturday, 7:30 –10:00 a.m.
Lunch: Monday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 5:00 – 9:30 p.m.

For a meal with Italian flavor, head to Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante. This beloved local restaurant lives up to its slogan, “Very musical, very Italian, and very good.” There’s live music nightly, and a menu that will satisfy a wide range of tastes. Order one of their award-winning thin-crust pizzas, or choose from an extensive list of entrees including pastas, chicken, steak and seafood.
312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith
603-279-3313
Open daily from 11:00 a.m.

Then it’ll be time to head back to A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, happy after a fun-filled day of fishing, wining and dining—and ready for one of our comfy beds!

 

 

 

Mush! Dogsled Rides Add Fun to New England Winter. 1 Jan 2015, 5:00 am

Sitting behind a team of fluffy white dogs being pulled through the snowy countryside might just be the most enjoyable way to spend a wintry day. We’ll be happy to help you book a trip with Great River Outfitters (GRO), located in Windsor, Vermont, about a one-and-a-half-hour drive southwest of A Newfound Bed and Breakfast.

GRO works with Braeburn Siberians, a kennel run by passionate dog-lovers, Kathy and Alex Bennet. Their 35 Huskies are a super-friendly bunch of hard-working dogs. Back in Siberia, Huskies were raised to provide transport, often across miles of bitter cold and snowy terrain. Strong, eager, outgoing and a bit stubborn, they’re known for their independent spirit. And half the fun of a snow-sled tour is getting to know these special dogs.

All tours begin with a meet and greet. Expect a lot of happy yelping and jumping as the dogs get hitched—and guests get settled into the sleds, comfy under a warm blanket. Want to feel what it’s like to drive the team? You’re in luck! Two-driver sleds allow guests to do just that. Then it’s off on a magical 45-minute ride on groomed trails that take you through pristine woods, across fields and along rivers. Be sure to bring a camera—photo ops are plentiful.
Great River Outfitters
36 Park Road Windsor, Vermont
802-674-9933
Fridays and Sundays, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4; moonlight tours, 5 p.m.
Age 11 and older, $70; 10 and under, $45

After the ride, head to the Harpoon Brewery nearby for a sample of the brewery’s special winter brews, such as UFO Gingerland, a spicy blend of ginger, cinnamon and clove. You’ll find sandwiches and pub food there as well. And if you have time, there’s a guided brewery tour, complete with a beer tasting available for anyone over 21 years of age.
336 Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor
802-674-5491
Sunday – Wednesday, 10a.m. – 6p.m.
Thursday – Saturday, 10a.m. – 9p.m.
One-hour tours: $5/person
Fridays, 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturdays, 11a.m. – 5p.m.
Sundays, 12 – 4p.m.

Then back home at A Newfound Bed and Breakfast, you can cozy up by our roaring fire and recap another glorious day in paradise.

 

 

 

 

 

White Mountains 2015 Souper Bowl Serves Dinner Ala Art 25 Dec 2014, 5:00 am

Mark your calendar! Artistic Roots cooperative will host its always-popular Souper Bowl on January 31, 2015. The event gives visitors a great chance to tour the gallery while they enjoy a selection of soups made by local restaurants in one-of-a-kind bowls crafted by the artists at Artistic Roots.

The late afternoon event in Plymouth, just 30 minutes north of A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, offers an all-you-can-eat menu of soup, breads, crackers, desserts and beverages. Admission tickets, which can be purchased in advance at the gallery—suggested for best selection of bowls—or at the event, include a choice of a ceramic soup bowl from local potters such as Joyce Bouley, Sharon Dunigan, Penney Huyenen, Irene Kim, Janet Sanguedolce, Tamara White and Richard Wetterer.

To add to the enjoyment, ticket holders can vote for their favorite soup and certificates will be awarded to the restaurants that made the top three selections. There will also be a raffle of items donated by the artists in the cooperative.

Proceeds from Souper Bowl 2015 support the art education programs at Artistic Roots, a wonderful cooperative art center that brings the local community and artists together to share creative experience through exhibits, classes, gallery receptions and community events.

There’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup on a wintry New Hampshire day. Unless, it’s the warm feeling of knowing you’re also helping a great cause.

Souper Bowl
Saturday, January 31, 2015
3-6p.m.
Artistic Roots
75 Main Street, Plymouth
603-536-2750
Event tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Raffle tickets: $1each or $5 for six

 

 

 

Discover the Joys of Winter Hiking in the White Mountains 18 Dec 2014, 5:00 am

The area around Bristol, New Hampshire takes on a special beauty when it snows. It’s a great time to put on your boots or snowshoes and trek through the woods. You’ll often spot wildlife—and you can’t beat how peaceful it is. If you don’t have your own snowshoes, A Newfound Bed & Breakfast has a few pairs you can borrow.

For an easy hike, pick up the logging trail right off our property (one of Bernie’s favorite routes!). But for longer hikes—and ones that will get your adrenalin pumping—head out to the parks. Much to Bernie’s chagrin, dogs are not allowed in state parks.

At Wellington State Park, just a 10-minute drive from A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, winter hikers can enjoy the beautiful setting without the crowds of summer. Take the Peninsula Nature Trail for wonderful views of Newfound Lake, as well as of Cliff and Belle islands. There is also a trail leading from the park with access to the Sugarloafs, Bear Mountain and Mount Cardigan.
614 West Shore Road, Bristol
603-744-2197
Open daily, 9a.m.-7p.m.
No fee or staff during winter

Walking through Sculptured Rocks Natural Area, two miles west of Groton, takes you through carved rock formations that span hundreds of acres. When there’s a blanket of snow, it makes for a magnificent trek, and snowshoes are necessary to hike over the terrain. Keep an eye out for deer and fox!
251 Sculptured Rocks road, Groton
Open daily
No fee or staff during winter
Less than 30 minutes from A Newfound Bed & Breakfast via the Mayhew Turnpike

The Mount Cardigan Trail, located near Canaan is ideal for a nice afternoon outing. Just three miles round-trip, it rewards hikers with a waterfall. Dogs are allowed on this trail also (hear that, Bernie?)
658 Cardigan Mountain Road, Orange
603-227-8745
Open daily
No fee or staff during winter
About 30 minutes from A Newfound Bed & Breakfast

If you don’t mind forging your own trail, try the Newfound Center in Hebron. Since the facility is closed in winter, nothing there is plowed, so it’s best to park in town and walk to the Hebron Marsh Trail entrance. This is another good area to keep an eye out for birds and wildlife.
290 North Shore Road, Hebron
603-744-3516
About a 15-minute drive from A Newfound Bed & Breakfast

For more winter trail options, visit the New Hampshire State Parks website. And, remember, when you use A Newfound Bed & Breakfast as your base for winter outings, we’ll have hot cocoa waiting for you when you return!

 

Fireworks and fun top New Year’s Eve 2014 in White Mountains 11 Dec 2014, 5:00 am

It’s splashy. It’s big. And it’s a New Year’s Eve party the whole family can enjoy: The 20th annual Wolfeboro First Night on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. After a hearty breakfast at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, you’ll be all set for a day of revelry that begins at noon and goes into the evening (and even later for adults), all capped off with stunning fireworks.

You’ll find a variety of activities and music throughout the Wolfeboro community. Here’s a sampling of what to expect:

Walleye: A Great Clue Chase,
noon to 4p.m.
Ice sculpting with Brian Stockman, noon to 4p.m.
Ice skating, from 12:30 p.m.
Wildlife Encounters animal shows,
2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m.
Alejando’s Olde Time Magic Show, 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m.
People’s Procession Parade, 8 p.m.
Music of all kinds all day: accordion, barbershop, doo wop, a capella, and rock and roll.
Fireworks!

In order to participate in First Night Wolfeboro activities, you’ll need to purchase a button from the Wolfeboro Chamber Information Center. Buttons are offered at a discount price until Dec. 30, but also will be available at participating venues on the day of the event. Participants must wear a button in order to gain entry into the shows and workshops. Children 10 years and under are admitted free when accompanied by a button-wearing adult.

A bit closer to home, you can also catch stunning fireworks at Meredith Bay starting at 8:30 p.m.

So ring in the New Year with a party! Then head back to A Newfound Bed & Breakfast for a good night’s sleep and a restful stay.

Artsy Shopping, Tasty Thai Food in Heart of White Mountains 4 Dec 2014, 5:00 am

If you’re searching for one-of-a-kind gifts, you’ll find wonderful options in the area surrounding A Newfound Bed & Breakfast. The following shops draw on local artisans and artists for specialty items, home décor and clothing. Spend the day wandering through the stores, then relax over dinner at a local favorite.
For gifts by New Hampshire’s fine artists and craftspeople – over 250! – head over to the Meredith League Gallery on Lake Winnipesaukee. Finds here include garden art, stained glass, pottery, jewelry and more. One special gift item, New Hampshire Craftmen’s 2014 Whispers of Spring Ornament, a hand-formed pewter birch branch with leaves, an homage to the New Hampshire state tree.
Meredith League Gallery
279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith
603-279-7920

Folk art and made-in-New Hampshire items are featured at Rumney’s Country Gifts ‘N’ Things. Check out handmade dolls and mittens, seasonal décor, soy candles and some very clever serving pieces made from recycled glass bottles.
Rumney’s Country Gifts ‘N’ Things
9 Kelly Lane, Rumney
603-536-2422

Gifts of all kinds, and lots of them, fill the 4,000 square foot showroom of Earthly Treasures. Wander through rooms that feature American crafted products: jewelry, pottery, wrought iron, furniture and so much more.
Earthly Treasures
150 Lake Street, Bristol
603-774-5331

And last, but not least, Artistic Roots is a downtown artisans’ coop that sells artists work and offers wonderful classes. Peruse the gallery’s selection of fine paintings and prints, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, wood items and fiber arts. And don’t miss the delightful recycled home décor and clothing.
Artistic Roots
73 Main Street, Plymouth
603-536-2750

All that shopping will definitely work up a hunger, so walk a few doors down to the popular Thai Smile restaurant for dinner. Sushi lovers will appreciate the wide selection of fresh offerings. Thai specialties such as Pad Thai join other tempting Asian dishes like Mango Curry (shrimp, chicken, mango and veggies in a yellow curry sauce) and Ginger Fish with basil.
Thai Smile
135 Main Street, Plymouth
603-536-1788

After a day of shopping and a warm, cozy dinner, you’ll be ready to head back for a restful evening at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast. We’ll make sure we have homemade cookies and an abundance of treats for you!

Easy Recipe for Mini Holiday Fruit Cakes 28 Nov 2014, 11:00 am

Bejeweled with fruit and sweet with honey, these little gems are a snap to make. At A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, we serve them with our egg entrees, but they’d make a delicious afternoon treat too!

Mini Holiday Fruit Cakes

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min. Topping: 5 minutes
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients
For the Fruit Cakes
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Coarse salt
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
¼ cup apricot jam
2 large eggs
1 cup ricotta cheese or ¾ cup whole milk
1 cup pecans or almonds, toasted and ground
1 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots (5 ounces)
¾ cup chopped dried apricots or cherries (5 ounces)

For the Honey Glaze (Makes ½ cup)
½ cup honey
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Pinch of salt
Garnish: dried apricots, cranberries or cherries

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt.
2. Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in honey and jam, and then eggs. Add flour mixture, and beat, alternating with ricotta. Beat in nuts and dried fruit.
3. Press a square of parchment into each cup of a standard muffin tin to create a liner (you can also use baking cups). Divide batter evenly among liners. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Transfer tin to a wire rack. Let stand for 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, make the honey glaze: Bring honey to a boil in a saucepan, and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and salt.
5. Brush fruitcakes with glaze, and garnish with dried fruit. Brush again with glaze. Remove from pans. Let cool.