A Newfound Bed & Breakfast

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

Discover the Artists and Galleries of NH Lake District 8 Oct 2015, 6:00 am

Now that summer is passed, and before it’s time to pull out the skis, is an ideal time to poke around the art studios and galleries in the area surrounding our Bed & Breakfast. Here are a few of our favorites to check out.

Located on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, the Sandy Martin Gallery makes great first stop. The shop is the showcase for the talented artist whose work includes oil paintings, watercolors and photography. A Massachusetts native, Sandy moved to Wolfeboro in 1987, and you can see the beauty of the area depicted in much of her work.
Sandy Martin Gallery
15 South Main Street, Wolfeboro
Open daily

From there, head over to the Hampshire Pewter Company, the only pewter company in the United States that still utilizes a hand-casting method to create their products. Though the products are made in the company’s Somersworth facility (about an hour-and-a-half drive from the Inn), you can find many of the items—including handcrafted candlesticks, goblets, chimes, and lanterns—in the shop here.
Hampshire Pewter Company
9 Railroad Avenue, Wolfeboro
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Boathouse on the Lake
Painting by Celia Judge
Courtesy of Surroundings Art Gallery

Surroundings Art Gallery is a venue that specializes in original fine art—oils, water color, pastels and the like—by mostly local or New England artists. It also carries distinctive jewelry, wood sculptures and folk art pieces. Special to the gallery is a children’s section that features original illustrations by children’s book author and artist David McPhail. The original gallery is no longer open, but you can see many art pieces at the following locations. Check the gallery’s website for a full selection of the work available.
Melcher and Prescott Building
954 Whittier Highway, Moultonboro
Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Call for appointment at other times.

Corner House Inn
22 Main Street, Center Sandwich
Hours are same as dining times:
Monday, Wednesday-Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Patricia Ladd Carera

A cool 1825 barn is home to the Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery, a wonderful collection of contemporary figurative and abstract art by well-established, as well as emerging, artists. The gallery is open seasonally, and there are a few more weeks to stop by before the place closes until next May.
Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery
69 Maple Street, Center Sandwich
Open Memorial Day through October
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

At Plymouth State University in Plymouth, you’ll find the wonderful Karl Drerup Art Gallery. With a mission to promote art and visual culture, it features nationally and internationally renowned artists and designers. It also hosts annual exhibits of work by faculty and students.
Karl Drerup Art Gallery
Draper & Maynard Building
150 Main Street, Plymouth

In addition to these, you’ll find works by local artists and artisans at many area shops.

The B&B is centrally located for all sorts of fun outings, and a great spot to come back to at the end of your day. Besides, we’ll have homemade cookies waiting for you!

Soaps, Lotions Are Family Affair at NH Big Rock Goat Farm 24 Sep 2015, 6:00 am

When Dan and Linda Kimble wanted to teach their children good business skills they didn’t just send them off to work, they started a business, Big Rock Goat Farm.

Photo courtesy of Big Rock Goat Farm

The family raised goats and used their milk for drinking and cooking, but still had an excess of milk. Looking for a way to use it up, they began making soaps, something a family of eight uses a lot of. Soon they were heading off to farmers markets and supplying faithful customers throughout the area. Now, several years later, Big Rock Goat Farms has a thriving online business as well.

Photo courtesy of Big Rock Goat Farm

A drive up to the farm, which is about 30 minutes north of the B&B, makes a fun outing for guests. You can meet their Toggenburg and Alpine goat herds (who doesn’t love cute goats!), visit with owners and then check out their store, which has other locally made items as well as the company’s own.

Photo courtesy of Big Rock Goat Farm

Big Rock Goat Farm’s soaps are all natural, made with goat milk and no added ingredients. Goat milk is a natural for soaps because it contains alpha-hydroxy and caprylic acids, both natural solutions that slough off skin’s old cells. Hello, smooth skin! Soaps are available in bars named for goats: like kid, doe and buck. There are also felted bars, which are buck bars covered with a layer of Icelandic wool—great for extra exfoliating.

The luscious lotions, made with only natural ingredients, come scented with lavender, lemon and raspberry. Unscented is also available. Big Rock Goat Farm also makes tooth powders. And the newest product, the creation of 13-year-old daughter Sarah, is a line of lip balms.

If you visit any of the farmers markets or festivals in the area, chances are you’ll find one or more of the family there selling their products. If you’re not nearby, you can order from their online store anytime.

Big Rock Goat Farm
3699 NH-25, Rumney

Autumn is a great time of year to visit, not just the farm, but our entire area. Soon the leaves will be vibrant shades of gold and red. You won’t want to miss them, so call now to book a stay!

Find Boos, Hoots and Halloween Fun in NH Lakes District! 10 Sep 2015, 6:00 am

There’s no age limit to having a scary-good time at Halloween. And this year, you’ve got a treat bag full of bewitching options here in the Lakes District. So grab your witch’s hat and head to our neck of the woods for some fun. (Book a room at the B&B, and you you’ll discover we’re more about treats than tricks!)

Though the official holiday is Saturday, October 31, 2015, the month is filled with festive events. We’ve collected some favorites below.

Photo courtesy of Squam Lake Natural Science Center

Halloween Hoot N’Howl at the Squam Lake Natural Science Center
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Come in costume to wander a jack-o-lantern path featuring live skits, and enjoy games and treats. Squam Lake Natural Science Center
23 Science Center Road, Holderness
Trail walks 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
$11/non-members, $8 members

Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Settle into comfy seats and be frightened all over again by these two great movie classics, starring Boris Karloff as the monster. Updated sound adds to the drama.
Village Players
51 Glendon Street, Wolfboro
7:00 p.m.

Photo of Canterbury Shaker Village

Ghost Encounters at Canterbury Shaker Village
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Spend an other-worldly evening in a 200 year-old site where you can learn of ghost encounters, enjoy trick or treating, Halloween-themed activities, and Witch’s Brew. Prizes awarded for best costumes (all ages included!).
Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Road, Canterbury
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$12/adults, $6/children ages 6-17; under 5, free

Pumpkin Fest
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Laconia is again hosting a full day of pumpkin-centric fun, including a costume parade, pumpkin bowling, food, crafts, and more than 30,000 jack-o-lanterns. New this year, a Pumpkin Express Train providing rides along the lakes.
Let it Shine Pumpkin Festival
Downtown Laconia
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Castle in the Clouds Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Friday, October 30, 2015
Mystery, mayhem, and some eerie things go on in the wacky whodunit, Secret from Cell Block 7—and you can have a starring role in it all!
Castle in the Clouds
455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough
6:00 p.m.

After all this drama and scariness, you’ll appreciate coming back to the beauty and quiet of our B&B!


Enjoy Colorful Fall Travels in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region 27 Aug 2015, 6:00 am

As summer winds down, we all get excited by the prospects of cooler days and changing leaves. Here at the B&B we think it’s one of the most delightful times of the year, and so do many of our guests. (If you’re planning to visit, be sure and call us soon because it’s one of our busiest times.)

It’s always a guessing game just when the best leaf peeping will occur, but generally color begins up north first, with the White Mountains seeing change starting late August. You can usually expect the best color there from the end of September to the first week of October. Our Lakes Region generally peaks from the first week of October through mid-month. It’s fun and helpful to follow the State’s Foliage Tracker, which charts the color’s progression. Drive down most any popular road and you can be awash in color, but for truly spectacular views, take a drive on the Kancamagus Highway, a winding 34-mile Scenic Byway in the White Mountains National Forest that goes between Lincoln and Conway. Get your camera ready—it’s a gem of a drive.

The Lakes Region, where our bed and breakfast is located, lies in the foothills to the White Mountains so you can enjoy wonderful vistas sitting on our patio. But to really get a full dose of leaf peeping, pull on your hiking boots and head out in fall’s cooler air. You’ll find nice trails in the hardwood forests surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton on the west shore, and Moultonborough on the north, where the Loon Center and Markus Wildlife Sanctuary is located. In addition to its wonderful visitors center, there are trails throughout the 200-acre sanctuary that include upland forests, marshes, ponds, streams and shoreline. Besides resident loons, the area is home to many forest and woodland birds, such as warblers.
Loon Center and Markus Wildlife Sanctuary
183 Lees Mill Rd, Moultonborough
July 1 -October 12, 2015: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily
October 12, 2015- Mid-May, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday – Saturday
Mid-May – June 30, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday

You can take it easy and hop aboard the M/S Mount Washington boat for one of its Fall Cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee. Sit back and enjoy stunning views of the colorful surrounding hills. The cruise line also offers a delightful Sunday Brunch and Cruise.
M/S Mount Washington
211 Lakeside Avenue, Weirs Beach, Laconia
Fall Cruise Season: September 7 – October 18, 2015
Check the website for specific tours times from Weirs Beach, Wolfboro or Alton Bay
Two-hour cruise:
Adults/$30, children 5-12/$15; 4 and under/free; family (2 + 2)/$75
Sunday Brunch & Cruise: Adults/$47, children 5-12/$24, 4 and under/free; family (2+2)/$126

If you’re a rail fan, you can enjoy the color aboard the Winnepesaukee Scenic Railroad. It offers either a one or two-hour round-trip excursion along the shores of Lake Winnepesaukee.
Winnepesaukee Scenic Railroad
Fall Foliage Season Train Excursions
Two-Hour trips:
Meredith Station, 154 Main Street, Meredith
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Adults/$18, Children 3-11/$14, 2 and under/free
One-hour trips:
Weirs Beach
11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Adults/$16, Children 3-11/$12, 2 and under/free

Also this fall, mark your calendar for a special Leaf Peppers Craft Show in the North Conway Community Center, October 17-18, 2015. You could easily spend hours wandering through the event that features more than 75 exhibitors. Among the American-made offerings will be glass art, New England photography, wood-turned items, wearable art, pottery, fine jewelry, cedar furniture, home décor, and lots more.
Leaf Peepers Craft Show
October 17-18, 2015
North Conway Community Center
2628 White Mountain Highway, North Conway
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission is free

The B&B’s central location makes it a terrific base for all of these fall activities. It’s also a perfect spot to unwind after an active day. Give me a call—I’d love to help you plan your stay!

Moulton Farm A Lakes Area Must-Stop For Produce, Pastries 13 Aug 2015, 6:00 am

If you’re lucky enough to live where we do, you’re spoiled by having Moulton Farm in the neighborhood. In addition to having fresh-grown produce, it’s a wonderful place for our B&B guests to pick up picnic ingredients, and to find delicious homemade products to take home with them.

Moulton Farm has been active since the 1890’s, priding itself in doing things in a sustainable manner, so generations to come can reap the benefits as well. The setting is pristine New Hampshire charm, with fields of vegetables and flowers surrounding a large white farmhouse. At its inception, the farm was mostly a cattle ranch, transitioning into dairy farming in the 1940’s. It was in the 1980’s when John Mouton started the now popular farm market. Greenhouses were added a decade later to allow for potted ornamental and vegetable plants. The growth continued into this century, with an expanded farm stand retail area and a fully licensed commercial kitchen and bakery, which turns out delicious fresh fruit muffins and pies, as well as artisan breads and other pastries.

Whatever is being harvested at the time is what you’ll find at the Farm Stand. A quick check on their website will let you know what’s available at any given time. Moulton Farm also has free range chickens and, on Thursday through Saturday, seafood from Sal’s Fresh Seafood, fourth generation fish purveyors at Boston Fish Pier. If you’d rather someone else cook your food or put together your picnic, visit the Farm Kitchen area where you’ll find made-to-order meals, appetizers and desserts.

For a special treat—and something my guests delight in—be sure to sign up for one of the Farm to Table Dinners. Seating is at tables under a tent, with views of the fields, and fresh flowers plucked from the gardens as centerpieces. Here guests savor delectable dishes created by the farm’s own chef, Jonathan Diolo, with ingredients harvested earlier in the day. If you’d like an even closer look at the farm, you can take a pre-dinner tractor ride through the fields. It’s all the makings of a wonderful evening!
Farm to Table Dinners
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015,
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Tractor ride at 5:00
Check their website a few weeks before the event for the menu, which is subject to change based on field conditions.

Moulton Farm
18 Quarry Road, Meredith
Summer Hours (June 21-September 22, 2015): daily, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Early Fall Hours (September 23-October 3, 2015):daily, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Late Fall and Winter Hours (November 1-December 31, 2015): daily, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Give us a call us at the B&B, and we’ll be happy to help you with your Farm to Table Dinner reservation, as well as get your settled into one of our charming rooms. Late summer and early fall is a delightful time to be visiting our Lakes area!

Find Lots of Fun Activities at NH’s Wellington State Park 30 Jul 2015, 6:00 am

Thanks to the generosity of an ecologically-minded visitor who, back in the 1930’s, bought and donated the land, visitors today can enjoy the beauty of Wellington State Park. Located just on the other side of the lake from our Bed & Breakfast—about a 10-minute drive—it’s the ideal place for a little outing.

Be sure to grab your suits, because the park boasts the largest freshwater swimming beach in the State Park system. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built the beach, picnic areas and original buildings back in the 1930’s and it has been a popular place for relaxing ever since.

Those who want a break from swimming can try their hands at volleyball or horseshoes—the park maintains courts for both. There’s fishing available in designated areas along the shore, and a developed boat launch adjoining the park, providing free year-round access to Newfound Lake. Kayaks are also available at the park store. Because the park allows gas grills, along with charcoal and wood fires, it’s easy to spend a day out here playing and picnicking.

Hikers will appreciate the many options to get out into nature. Here you’ll find a mixed-tree forest interspersed with marshes and wetlands, as well as man-made clearings. Listen for songbirds—the park is home to many—and keep an eye out for ruffled grouse and woodcock, game birds that frequent the area. For those who enjoy learning as they go, the Peninsula Nature Trail has designation markers for the various wild flowers and plants. Another bonus of the trail—beautiful views of Newfound Lake, and Cliff and Belle Islands. From the parking lot you can also take a trail that provides access to Goose Pond, the Sugarloafs, Bear Mountain, Welton Falls and Mount Cardigan.

Getting hungry? Back at the beach, the Snack Bar offers a variety of snacks, ice cream and cold drinks, in addition to beach and picnic items and a few souvenirs.

Wellington State Park
614 West Shore Road, Bristol
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; Children 6-11, $2
No staff in off-season, beginning September 20, 2015
Much to Bernie’s dismay, pets are not permitted in the park!

There’s still a lot of summer left to enjoy all that Wellington State Park offers. So why not plan a little getaway at the B&B? That way you can play all day, and then relax in comfort at night.


Explore the Beauty of New Hampshire’s Lost River Gorge 16 Jul 2015, 6:00 am

Our B&B guests who are up for a little adventure will love the mysterious beauty of Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves up in North Woodstock. Located in an area called Kinsman Notch, you’ll find intriguing formations that were created over time as water and wind eroded the rocky landscape. The gorge, a river that disappears below it, and the caves within it are striking reminders of how Mother Nature works.

You can explore the Gorge and Caves on your own, walking along a nice trail that provides wonderful views of the gorge, takes you to numerous caves with ominous names such as Thor’s Cauldron, and past waterfalls, including the magnificent 35-foot Paradise Falls. More energetic hikers can scale Dilly Cliff, while others may prefer a leisurely stroll along the Ecology or Nature Garden trails.

For a real treat, sign up for a Guided Lantern Tour, a two-hour nighttime trek for ages five and older that makes all these beautiful places seem even more eerie and alluring. Caves are lit by lanterns which adds to the mystique, and visitors wear headlamps to light the boardwalks. As you walk, the guide explains the history and mystery of what you’re viewing. After the tour, everyone gathers by the campfire for s’mores, and of course more stories. If you want to continue the cozy campfire talk back at the Bed & Breakfast, you can do so around our own special firepit!

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves
1712 Lost River road, Route 112W, North Woodstock
Open daily, until Sunday, October 18, 2015
July – August, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; ticket sales end at 5:00 p.m.
September – October, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; ticket sales end at 4:00 p.m.
General Admission”
Adults, $18; Ages 4-12, $14; Ages 1-3, free; Military Adult, $16; Military Child 4-12, $12
Lantern Tour: All ages, $29

If this all sounds just too good to pass us, we agree! Plan a stay at the B&B and we’ll help get your tour all set up.


S’mores for Breakfast – Easy & Delicious Recipe! 2 Jul 2015, 6:00 am

We’ve always felt this campfire treat just too delicious to keep for those times you’re roughing it in the woods. With a little imagination, the dish translates beautifully to the kitchen and is ideal for breakfast at the B & B. Why not treat your family at home too? If they’re anything like our guests, they’ll be grinning with delight!

A Newfound B&B Breakfast S’Mores

Serves 4

2       cups    graham flour
2       Tbsps  dark brown sugar
1 ¼    tsps.   cinnamon
1       Tbsp   baking powder
½       tsp     baking soda
1/8     tsp     salt
2                  eggs
1 ½    cups   buttermilk
2       Tbsps  honey
3       Tbsps  vanilla extract
4       Tbsps  melted butter, cooled
Marshmallow Fluff
melted chocolate
fresh strawberries

In a large bowl, mix the first six ingredients (flour through salt). In a second medium-size bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and honey until light and fluffy. Blend in the melted butter. Gently add wet mixture to the dry ingredients, taking care to mix only until ingredients are blended.
Make waffles according to your specific waffle iron’s directions.
Spread Marshmallow Fluff on waffles and top melted chocolate. Place another waffle on top. Cut in half diagonally. Serve topped with fresh sliced strawberries.

NH Boat Museum Offers Rich History, Fun Rides 18 Jun 2015, 6:00 am

When I tell guests they should stop at the New Hampshire Boat Museum, they sometimes wonder if it is something they will enjoy—but that is before they go. Once back at the Inn, they are recanting all they found so fascinating!

Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Boat Museum

The museum, which is located in Wolfeboro Falls, about an hour east of Bristol, focuses on boating heritage, and life on the lakes and rivers of the area. Inside you’ll find great examples of vintage wooden boats, canoes, guide boats and sailboats, and displays that explain the history of the crafts. In addition there is an authentic old-time boat shop including the tools used by boat makers in bygone eras, something even casual woodworkers will find interesting. There are also quite a few hands-on exhibits-—such as one that let visitors try their hands at tying knots—that enhance the tour, and make it easy for kids to get involved and learn too.

The Museum offers special classes and day events, such as sailing regattas, and a lecture series. Be sure to check the Museum’s website for an updated listing.

Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Boat Museum

To get a close-up taste of boating, book a ride on the
Milli B, the Museum’s vintage wooden boat. The narrated 45-minute tour on Lake Winnipesaukee offers lovely views of beautiful homes, boathouses, and wildlife, as well as delightful stories and lake history.

New Hampshire Boat Museum
399 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, Noon – 4:00 p.m.; Closed for season October 12, 2015
Adults 18-64, $7; Seniors 65+, $5 ; Children 7-17, $3; Children 6 and younger, free

Millie B
Wolfeboro Town Docks
11 South Main Street, Wolfeboro

Through June 29, 2015
Saturday and Sunday: 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m.
June 29-September 7, 2015
Monday – Thursday: 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m.
September 8-October 12, 2015
Saturday and Sunday: Saturday and Sunday: 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m.

Adults, $22; Seniors over 64, $20; Teens 13-16 and Active Duty Military, $20; Children 5-12, $10; Children under 5, free. Family rate (2 adults, 2 children), $60.

Whatever you plan to do when you’re in the area, be sure to plan a stay at our B&B. We’ll make certain you have a delicious breakfast every morning, and can help you with your itinerary for the day. Give us a call!

Delicious Dining And Stunning Views at Newfound Lake, NH 4 Jun 2015, 6:00 am

There’s nothing like sitting outside by the lake on a nice summer day, catching a breeze and enjoying a meal. In fact, just the thought of it is making us long to be there!

Photo courtesy of Big Catch

The season is short here in New Hampshire so when the days are nice, guests and locals alike head over to Newfound Lake. When you’re ready to kick back for a leisurely lunch, the Big Catch is a great choice. Its laid-back atmosphere is perfect for a relaxing meal with friends and a fun place to soak in some local color. Though there’s indoor seating, grabbing a table outside gives you great views of the Southern part of the lake, and a nice chance to watch all the action.

Being a lakefront cafe, you’ll find lots of fish options, and they’re definitely what’s recommended. Fish platters come heaping with fresh fried fillets. Order them with onion rings and you’ll be oh-so happy. The Big Catch haddock sandwich is a favorite, as are the chunky lobster rolls and shrimp poboys. These are filling hand-fulls, but if you like key lime pie, you’ll want to save some room. The Big Catch makes a delicious one. For those just wanting a little sweet midday snack, walk up to the outside window for an ice cream cone.
The Big Catch
150 Shore Drive, Bristol
Open daily during the summer

Photo courtesy of Ledge Water Steak House

When sunsets over the lake beg for a romantic dinner, make a reservation outside at the Ledge Water Steak House. The atmosphere is elegant, the views are spectacular and the menu is perfect for special occasions. The Ledge Water is true to its name, a steak house, and the quality of the grass-fed, organic beef is excellent. In addition to the nice menu, nightly specials, such as Bacon Wrapped Petite Filet with Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Baked Stuffed Haddock make choosing tough. Entrees are served with salad and tasty sides and portions are generous to match the heftier prices. The dessert menu gives diners more tough decisions with such delectables as Red Velvet Chocolate Oreo Cake and Pecan Praline Cake. Mmm. Better make that reservation!
Ledge Water Steak House
77 Ravine Drive, Bristol
Open daily, 4:30 – 9:30 pm
Closes for the season on Labor Day weekend

Not only is summer an ideal time to enjoy outdoor dining at Newfound Lake, but a great time to visit us too—and enjoy our beautiful grounds and relaxing setting. Plan a visit soon!