A Newfound Bed & Breakfast

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

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!

Peppercorn’s a Natural Foods Leader in White Mountains Area. 5 Mar 2015, 5:00 am

For over 35 years, Peppercorn’s Natural Foods, located in downtown Plymouth, has been a leader in quality wholesome products and fair prices. Opened in 1974 by friends who wanted a source for bulk natural foods, the store was purchased in 2014 by Ashley Suckling and Cindy Williams, who are continuing that same commitment to the community. Peppercorn’s is a regional favorite, and where A Newfound Bed and Breakfast finds many of the ingredients it uses.

Inside the tidy shop, shoppers will find a wealth of products. Bulk items are still the heart of the store and a great way to buy hundreds of items such spices, nuts, flours – even bulk olive oils and balsamic vinegar. Also available are gluten-free items, teas and coffees. And let’s not forget chocolate! Peppercorn’s offerings are organic, fair-trade and oh-so delicious.

Non-food items include a wide range of eco-friendly gifts such as natural body care and soaps, plus nutritional supplements. Peppercorn’s prides itself on service, so is happy to do special orders. If customers want something they don’t see, all they need to do is ask, and the owners will try to get it for them.

Peppercorn’s Natural Foods
43 Main Street, Plymouth
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays
603-536-3395

Peppercorn’s location is in the heart of downtown Plymouth, surrounded by other delightful shops and some nice little lunch spots. A Newfound Bed & Breakfast will be happy to give you suggestions for shopping and dining. Give us a call. Now’s a great time to book a stay!

Silver Center for the Arts a Cultural Gem in White Mountains 26 Feb 2015, 5:00 am

We’re so lucky to have a top-notch performance venue right here in central New Hampshire. The Silver Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Plymouth State University, is home to two theaters and a music hall that provide exceptional entertainment to locals and visitors. Guests at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast often combine a trip to Plymouth, just 30-minutes north, with dinner in town and a show at the Center.

The core of the Silver Center is The Hanaway Theatre, a 665-seat proscenium setting that hosts a wide variety of performances: opera, ballet, symphony and chamber music, and dramatic productions. The Center’s Smith Recital Hall is home to vocal and instrumental performances. The Studio Theater, an intimate Thrust stage design, is used for experimental theater and student productions.

One of The Silver Center for the Arts’ most popular draws is the Silver Series which brings in well-known musicians and performers. In March, the Series features Hot Rize, a much-lauded contemporary bluegrass group that puts a unique spin on the traditional music. The foursome includes Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick; the popular host of the eTown radio Nick Forster on bass; the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter Tim O’Brien; and Bryan Sutton, master of the flatpick guitar. It should be quite the night! Sharing the stage with Hot Rize is special guest Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Hanaway Theater
114 Main Street, Plymouth
$40-$45/Adult, $38-$43/Senior, $25-$30/Youth
603-535-2787

Also part of the Silver Series, coming to the Silver Center in April, is renowned pianist Alpin Hong. Described as “Victor Borge, Horowitx and Billy Joel combined,” the musician thrills with a mix of brilliant technique and disarming humor. Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Smith Recital Hall
114 Main Street, Plymouth
$30/Adult, $28/Senior, $15/Youth
603-535-2787

Jazz fans will want to mark their calendars for the All New England Jazz Festival, an uplifting evening where top students musicians from all six New England states perform with the Plymouth State University Jazz Ensemble.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Hanaway Theater
114 Main Street, Plymouth
$10/Adult, $6/Senior, $7/Youth
603-535-2787

For a full listing of all the upcoming shows for the three venues, visit the Silver Center for the Arts’ website. Then give us a call at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, where a charming country setting will welcome you home.

The Flying Monkey Brings Great Shows to White Mountains 19 Feb 2015, 5:00 am

With a name like The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, you know you’re in for a good time! This popular main street Plymouth venue, just a 30-minute drive from A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, is a constant source of enjoyable performance, dining and fun.

Once the old Plymouth Theater, the building was purchased by a local visionary who restored it, giving it new life as an entertainment center. The “Monkey,” as it is affectionately known around here, offers films, art exhibits, theater, dance, and music performances that run the gamut from folk to rock. Because it’s such a great space with a faithful following, the Center draws top regional and national acts. Be sure to check the Monkey’s website for show information and tickets, which tend to sell out fast. Just a few of the upcoming acts: Through the Doors, a tribute to Jim Morrison and the Doors; Rock N’ Blues Fest featuring Dana Fuchs and Joe Louis Walker; and the Robert Cray Band.

To help visitors make a night of it, The Monkey also has in-theater dining featuring a nice seasonal menu, and beverage service that is available throughout the show. That makes dinner and a show super convenient!

The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center
39 South Main Street, Plymouth
603-536-2551
Dining begins when doors open, usually 6:00 p.m.

Once you decide to book your show, why not book a room at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast and make a night of it? We guarantee you’ll be happy you did when you see how we take care of you.

Kathleen’s Cottage a White Mountains Fave for St. Pat’s Day 12 Feb 2015, 5:00 am

How excited do the folks at Kathleen’s Cottage Irish Pub & Restaurant get about St. Patrick’s Day? Check the popular venue’s website and you’ll see a running countdown to March 17, down to the seconds. They just can’t wait!Kathleen’s Cottage has been a favored stop for many of our guests at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast—and for the owner! It’s easy to see why. The spot is the epitome of Irish-ness with a setting that evokes an authentic pub. Celtic music fills the air, with evening gigs by some of New England’s best Irish bands and musicians. Thirsts are quenched by pints of Guinness and other heady pours, including the largest Irish whiskey list in all of New Hampshire. To go with the drinks, Kathleen’s Cottage serves delicious traditional Irish fare, such as Corned Beef and Cabbage, Bangers and Mash, Harp-Battered Fish and Chips, and Steak and Guinness Pie. Other dishes have a distinctive Irish spin, like the Irish Pizza with mashed potatoes, Irish bacon and melted cheese. And in between bites, you can enjoy a quick game of darts.

On St. Paddy’s Day, the pub and restaurant pulls out all the stops, and there’s no more fun place to be from late morning through the evening hours. Expect lively music (clogging anyone?), great food, and maybe just a leprechaun or two.

Kathleen’s Cottage Pub & Restaurant
90 Lake Street, Bristol
603-744-6336
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