A Newfound Bed & Breakfast

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

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
603-476-5666
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
603-528-4014

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
603-279-3915
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
603-744-2197
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

Ingredients
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
603-569-4554

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
603-744-3120
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
603-744-0575
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!

 

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.