A Newfound Bed & Breakfast

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

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.

Holiday Recipe Twist: Turkey and Stuffing Eggs Benedict 27 Nov 2014, 5:00 am

The aromas coming from the kitchen at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast this time of year are a mix of savory and sweet. We love to treat our guests to special seasonal dishes like this one.

Turkey and Stuffing Eggs Benedict

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients
3 cups leftover cooked Stuffing
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
Dash salt
Dash ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 tablespoon white vinegar
4 eggs
3/4 pound sliced leftover cooked turkey

Directions
1. Shape stuffing into four 1/2-in.-thick patties; set aside. In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over simmering water, whisk egg yolks and lemon juice until blended; cook until mixture is just thick enough to coat a metal spoon and temperature reaches 160°, whisking constantly.
2. Reduce heat to very low. Very slowly drizzle in warm melted butter, whisking constantly. Whisk in parsley, salt and nutmeg. Transfer to a small bowl. Place bowl in a larger bowl of warm water. Keep warm, stirring occasionally, until ready to serve, up to 30 minutes.
3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook stuffing patties 3-4 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°. Keep warm.
4. Meanwhile, place 2-3 in. of water in a large saucepan or skillet with high sides and 4 tablespoons of white vinegar. Bring to a boil; adjust heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Break cold eggs, one at a time, into a small bowl; holding bowl close to surface of water, slip egg into water.
5. Cook, uncovered, 3-5 minutes or until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. Using a slotted spoon, lift eggs out of water.
6. To serve, place turkey, cranberry sauce and eggs on stuffing patties. Top with hollandaise sauce.

 

Downhill Skiing in the Beautiful White Mountains Area 20 Nov 2014, 5:00 am

Let it snow, let it snow!
Here in New Hampshire that’s all the excuse we need to go skiing, and you’ll find some of the best choices nearby A Newfound Bed & Breakfast. So bundle up for a few days of outdoor fun.

Ragged Mountain Resort in Danbury is a friendly family setting just 30 minutes from A Newfound Bed & Breakfast. With New Hampshire’s only high-speed, six-pack chairlift, visitors can ride and ski on two mountains peaks. 53 trails provide something for every level of skier, including three terrain parks where novices to advanced skiers can test their skills. Little ones (and the young at heart) will love the Tubing Park. One nice option: half-day rates. When it’s time for a break, head to one of the resort’s three restaurants for warming soups and sandwiches or call it a day with a brew and burger.
Lift Ticket Prices:
Adults, $49 – $79 (weekends and holidays); over 65, $35 – $55; over 75, $33 – $51; over 80, free
Teens 13-18, $39 – $65
Children 6-12, $35 – $55; under 5, free
620 Ragged Mountain Road, Danbury
603-768-3600

Gunstock ski area is also close to A Newfound Bed & Breakfast, just 40 minutes away. All levels will feel at home here, with a choice of 55 trails plus a tubing park—and for those who like high-altitude fun, 22 ziplines! There’s also nighttime skiing on 21 well-lit trails. The resort offers great deals every day of the week, such as Two-for-One Mondays, when two can ski for the price of one. Hungry skiers can choose from six restaurants. For lunch with a view, shush up to the mountain-top Panorama Pub and warm up by the fire while you dine.
Lift Ticket Prices:
Adults, $68-$78; over 65, $45 – $55
Teens 13-17, $56 – $66
Children 6-12, $45 – $55; 5 and younger, free
620 Ragged Mountain Road, Danbury
603-768-3600

Set in the midst of the White Mountains’ 4,000-foot peaks, Waterville Valley Resort is a picture-perfect ski resort just 40 minutes from A Newfound Bed & Breakfast. (We have special discounted lift tickets for our guests.) The resort has multi-level runs with 50 trails, five glades and six moguls. There’s a bounty of food options too. Before your first run, sample one of the resorts famous sticky buns. Six venues serve up everything from waffles (served from a snowcat!) to buckets of ribs.
Lift Ticket Prices:
Adults, $55 – $75; over 65, $35 – $55; over 80, free
Teens 13-17, $45 – $65
Children 6-12, $35 – $55; 5 and under, free
1 Ski Area Road, Waterville Valley
1-800-468-2553)

Plan your snowy getaway now with a stay at A Newfound Bed & Breakfast. That way you can ski all day and feel pampered all night!

Winnipesaukee Playhouse: A star is born in White Mountains 13 Nov 2014, 5:00 am

From its very beginning in 2004, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse was aiming big, and after 10 years, the hard work has paid off. The Theater is a cultural bright spot in New Hampshire and a hit with locals and critics.

The Playhouse was founded in 2004 and in 2013, thanks to its success and popularity, the Playhouse moved into a brand new Mainstage Theater on its Meredith campus, just a 30-minute drive from A Newfound Bed and Breakfast.

Education is an integral part of the Playhouse and classes give visitors a chance to learn the play basics, as well as to hear Pulitzer Prize winners read from their plays. But it’s the performances that are the big draw and the upcoming season proves to be a delightful mix of comedy, drama and song.

Come early and enjoy a light meal in the Playhouse’s Lobby Bar. The Bar opens 1½-hours before each evening performance and offers a nice selection of small plates, salads, sandwiches, desserts, wine and beer.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse
50 Reservoir Road, Meredith
603-279-0333

Don’t Drink the Water, by Woody Allen, takes a typically-Woody approach to a tricky situation. Amid the 1960’s Cold War paranoia, an American Ambassador leaves on business and places his inept son, Axel, in charge. Mayhem ensues as Axel tries to help a distraught American family who wandered into communist territory during their vacation.
Don’t Drink the Water
Thursday – Sunday, November 13-16, 2014
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $18 Orchestra, $10 Balcony

In what’s sure to be a feel-good afternoon, award-winning jazz vocalist Krisanthi Pappas brings her merry spirit and band to the Theater for a performance of holiday favorites like Winter Wonderland and Santa Baby.
Sleigh Bells Swing
Wednesday-Thursday, December 3-4, 2014
2 p.m.
Tickets: $25 Orchestra, $15 Balcony

Music from Broadway and Off-Broadway, and the stories behind the music, are the focus of Something Wonderful I Missed. Four talented and versatile performers play a range of characters and perform music from holiday hits and a few not-so-famous gems.
Something Wonderful I Missed
Saturday, December 6
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
$25 Orchestra, $15 Balcony

The age-old story of Alladin gets a zany new telling in this modern adaptation, presented in the style of an old English Panko. The performance mixes magic, slapstick, song and dance for a grand time.
Alladin
December 19-January 3
11 a.m. December 11, 29
2 p.m. December 20-21, 28-28; January 3
7 p.m. December 19-20, 27; January 2-3
Tickets: $19 Adult Orchestra, $16 youth Orchestra, $12 Balcony. Family package of six tickets, $84

Combining a day or evening at the theater with a night at A Newfound Bed and Breakfast might be just the kind of Christmas escape you need!

 

Get Festive with Two White Mountain Holiday Events 6 Nov 2014, 7:00 am

Mountains, snow, rolling hills dotted with cozy homes. Christmas in the Bristol area is like a Norman Rockwell painting, and it’s a beautiful season to visit A Newfound Bed and Breakfast. Not only could you sample our homemade cookies, you could enjoy two of our delightful events.

Each December, the Franklin Opera House hosts a Festival of Trees fundraiser. This is a merry collection of trees big and small, decorated by local organizations, businesses, families and individuals. After you gaze at the trees, be sure to enter the raffle for a chance to win prizes including trees, wreaths and a holiday-themed afghan.
Festival of Trees
Friday, December 5, 2014; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 6, 2014; 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 7, 2014; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Franklin Opera House
316 Central Street, Franklin
Admission: $5; children under 12 are free

For a bit of magic, and a sense of holidays past, plan a visit to Christmas at the Castle at the Lucknow estate. This exquisite mansion was built by Tom Plant, a local shoe manufacturer, for his wife, Olive. Constructed in the early 1900’s, it’s a magnificent Arts and Crafts structure set high in the Ossipee Mountain Range. Open to the public since 1959, the home gets all decked out for the holidays. A perfect time to visit! Guests arrive at the Castle via a trolley for an escorted tour of the home. Then you’re invited to relax by the fire in The Carriage House, enjoying hot beverages and cookies. Items from local artisans are on display in this room, so it’s also a great opportunity to do a little shopping. For more gift ideas, the Castle Gift Shop carries souvenirs, holiday-scented candles, scarves, and more.
Castle in the Clouds
455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough
Friday – Sunday, November 21-23, 2014; November 28-30, 2014
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Guests must arrive no later than 2:30 to purchase tickets)
Admission: Adults and Seniors, $20; age 5-15, $10; Friends of the Castle, $15

To experience all the magic of Christmas in New Hampshire, plan a little getaway to our slice of winter wonderland and A Newfound Bed and Breakfast.

2014 New England Holiday Craft Spectacular 30 Oct 2014, 6:00 am

Make your list, check it twice, and head to the Lakes Area for a day of great holiday shopping. Start with a yummy breakfast at The Newfound Bed and Breakfast, then travel south on Interstate 93 for a fun outing.

The 15th Annual New England Holiday Craft Spectacular in Salem is a not-to-miss event for all of Santa’s elves out there, and well worth the drive. Over 150 of the region’s top craftsmen and artisans will have booths selling a vast selection of items including candles, angels, pottery, quilts, folk toys, Victorian wreaths, pewter ornaments and much, much more. In addition, you’ll find a food-sampling extravaganza featuring everything from herbal dips to Whoppie Pies. All with live music to keep you in the holiday spirit.15th Annual New England Holiday Craft Spectacular
Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7, 2014
Rockingham Park Racetrack, 79 Rockingham Park Boulevard, Salem
Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 10am – 4pm.
Admission: $7.00 Adult, under 14 free. One admission is good for both days.
603-332-2616

After a few serious hours of shopping, you’ve undoubtedly worked up a thirst, so head back up #93 to The Barley House in Concord. “Simple food, complex beer” is their slogan and you won’t be disappointed by either. They’re known for their super juicy burgers, and of course their extensive beer list. Stop by on a Wednesday and you can take part in Trivia Night too!

Just 19 miles north of Concord is the Tanger Outlet in Tilton. The best part about shopping here? Tax-free holiday shopping. So all those great deals on name-brand items become even sweeter.

Whew. A great day of shopping. Now you’re ready to head back “home,” to The Newfound Bed and Breakfast, and cozy up by the fire!

Enjoy cozy dining at Six Burner Bistro in Plymouth, NH 23 Oct 2014, 8:00 am

If chilly autumn evenings have you thinking of dinner by the fire, head down to the
Six Burner Bistro in downtown Plymouth. It’s just a 20-minute drive from A Newfound Bed & Breakfast and offers diners a creative seasonal menu—and a fireplace in the dining room!

The charming 1850’s red farmhouse has been lovingly refurbished into a quaint bar and cozy restaurant. Snare a table by the fire and settle in for a delicious meal.

The mastermind of the food here is Chef Rob, a New Englander (born in Massachusetts) who began cooking after high school in the local Summerhouse restaurant. After moving to Florida for culinary school and working in a series of restaurants in Florida and New England, he settled at Six Burner Bistro in 2006 where his distinctive menu draws on locally-grown products from neighboring farms.

The restaurant is known for its homemade mozzarella, served as an appetizer, lightly fried with a Marinara Sauce. Other apps include tasty gnocchi tossed with spinach and artichokes in a white wine-garlic sauce and warm goat cheese with roasted garlic, red peppers and olives. It’s delish on the house-made bread.

Chilly nights often signal comfort food and there’s no better comfort than the restaurant’s soothing mac and cheese, which you can doctor up with bacon and tomatoes or buffalo chicken. Meat-lovers, not to worry, the dinner menu features Filet Mignon, Steak Frites smothered in a bleu cheese and NY Steak Aupoive, as well as Pork Schnitzel and Grilled Chicken.

Nighly specials often include fresh fish, such as sesame-crusted salmon or crab-stuffed haddock. And do save room for dessert –it’s the whim of the chef and changes daily.

Be sure to let us know when you want to dine here, and A Newfound Bed & Breakfast would be happy to make reservations for you.

Six Burner Bistro
Lunch daily, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; dinner daily starting at 5 p.m.
13 South Main Street, Plymouth
603.536.9099