A Newfound Bed & Breakfast

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

Lincoln, NH Ice Castle Is One Cool Place 11 Feb 2016, 5:00 am

If you have lemons, make lemonade. When you have ice, well…make an ice castle!
That’s just what builder Dan Beck did in Lincoln, NH. His popular Ice Castle attraction is open through mid-March, weather permitting.

One of just three ice castles in the United States, the structure spans more than an acre, has walls that are about 10-feet thick and weighs a mind-boggling 25,000,000 pounds! This year’s features include water walls, a throne and a 70-foot slide, one of the longest ice slides in the world. As you walk through the intriguing ice sculpture, you’ll also see immense icicles—the builders “grow” nearly 10,000 of these icicles a day that they place throughout the space.

Be sure to bundle up, and wear snow boots because wandering among ice can get might chilly! (Dress boots are not suggested as they can be slippery on ice.) But you’ll be amazed at the cleverness and craft that goes into the building of it. You can buy tickets on line, which is suggested, and it’ll save you a few dollars too.

Ice Castle
79 Connector Road, Lincoln, NH
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday, 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed Tuesday

Online tickets
General (12+), $12.95; Children 4-11, $9.95; Children 3 and under, free
General (12+), $15.95; Children 4-11, $1.95; Children 3 and under, free

Standby tickets
These are sold on limited basis. If the castle is sold out online, these will not be available.
General (12+), $18; Children 4-11, $12; Children 3 and under, free
General (12+), $20; Children 4-11, $15; Children 3 and under, free

Brrr. Ready for a hot drink and a warm fire? We’ll have both waiting for you back at the B&B!

NH Primary, Local Deli Give Voters Lots to Cheer About 28 Jan 2016, 5:00 am

February 9, 2016 marks the 100th New Hampshire Presidential Primary! First held on March 14, 1916, the primary is an important step in the presidential campaign process, and is one we locals take seriously.

Logo courtesy of NH 100th Primary Committee

Here are a few fun facts:
Every winner of our primary went on to be president from 1916 through 1988, when Bill Clinton won the state.
Voters in Millsfield, way up in the northern part of the state, are the first vote, starting at midnight.
Richard Nixon won three primaries, the most of any candidate. These were in 1960, 1968 and 1972.

To get a better idea of how it all came about,check out the video produced by Manchester, NH’s local news station WMUR/ABC’s channel 9.

For more history, be sure to stop by the the Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth, NH, to see its interesting, special exhibits.
Museum of the White Mountains
34 High Street, Plymouth, NH
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Monday

If you follow a campaign or candidate, you’ll undoubtedly end up in a restaurant, and one of the most popular along the trail is Biederman’s Deli and Pub in Plymouth. Known as The Cellar Pub when it first opened in 1973, the venue was big with the college crowd and sports fans. One of the workers there, a student named Scott Biederman became general manager post graduation, went on to buy the Pub with his future wife, Patti, and then opened a deli down the street. Eventually they combined the two into the Biederman’s we know today.

Stop in the pub and you’ll find more than 25 beers on tap. If you can’t choose just one from a list that includes many regional brews, you can try a 6-beer flight. Over in the deli, the menu is straightforward, with soup-of-the-day, sides and hearty sandwiches. Favorites include Zamboa, a layering of chicken, mozzarella, bacon and blue cheese drizzled with garlic butter; and a Pub Pile-Up that has smoked turkey, roast beef, jalapeno Havarti, bacon and homemade BBQ sauce on an onion roll. Bring on the napkins!

Biederman’s Deli and Pub
83 Main Street, Plymouth, NH
Open daily, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Whether you’re curious about politics, or just want to escape for a quiet winter weekend, give the B&B a call. We’d love to have you visit—and will be sure to have cookies waiting for you!

Make-Ahead and Delicious: Ham, Swiss & Pear Strata 14 Jan 2016, 5:00 am

Looking for a delicious way to rally the troops from their cozy beds on a cold winter morning? This strata is it—a trifecta of easy, make-ahead and super delicious.

B & B Ham, Swiss and Pear Strata

Serves 8

½    Tbsp butter
1      loaf Challah bread, cut in half,       then into slices
1     lb sliced smoked ham
4     ripe pears halved, cored and sliced thin lengthwise
1 ½ cups shredded Swiss cheese
12   eggs
3     cups half-and-half
1     tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
1     tsp ground black pepper

Grease a 9” x 13” baking dish (or other shape casserole that will fit the ingredients) and cover bottom with half of the bread slices. Top bread with an even layer of ham, then one-third of the pears and one-half of the Swiss cheese. Repeat with another layer of bread, ham, pears and ½ cup cheese. Arrange remaining pears around the border of the dish, overlapping them. Arrange remaining pieces of ham, shingle-like, starting in center of casserole, until top is covered. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese.

Combine eggs, half-and-half, thyme and pepper in blender, or whisk to mix thoroughly. Slowly pour egg mixture over casserole and firmly press down with hands to completely submerge ingredients in liquid. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheese, cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.

Heat over to 350º. Uncover casserole, gently press down to re-submerge all layers, and bake until strata is golden brown and puffed, about 1 hour. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

NOTE: This recipe can be assembled, wrapped tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and frozen for up to two weeks before baking. Let thaw in refrigerator overnight before baking.

Lake Area Skating Rinks Add to NH Winter Fun 31 Dec 2015, 5:00 am

Even those of us who love to linger by a cozy fire enjoy a little exercise on a the brisk winter day. So grab your ice skates and give one of these local ice rinks a spin. Don’t have your own skates? Several of these places rent them.

Laconia Arena is the whole package, a great indoor rink with rentals—and sharpening if your skates are in need of it. Though the rink has hockey leagues and others who practice there, it offers some time for public skating every day.
468 Province Road, Laconia, NH
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
6 and older, $5; 5 and under, free; Seniors, $3
Skate rentals, $5/pair

Pop Whalen Ice Arena in Wolfboro has a nice rink plus a snack bar, heated lobby—even lockers and a changing room if you need it. The facility also hosts hockey leagues (we love our hockey!), but you’ll find public skate times daily here too.
390 Pine Hill Road, Wolfboro, NH
Monday – Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Non-resident, $6; Resident, $5

Tilton School opens its rink to the public on Sundays during January and February. The school’s Swap Shop has a wide variety of used skates that available to use, free of charge. Most skate times are late afternoon to evening, but be sure to call ahead to double check the times for the day you wish to go.
30 School Street, Tilton, NH
Skate times between 5:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

In addition to these options, several towns flood areas for rinks. These are unsupervised rinks, usually with more hours available for skating. And of course, it all depends on Mother Nature to assure we have cold enough weather to freeze them!

Gilford, NH
Arthur A. Tilton ice Rink
Varney Point, off Route 11 on Varney Road
Open skate daily, dawn – 10:00 a.m.; 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Laconia, NH
Opechee Park
915 N Main Street, on Lake Opechee

Leavitt Park
334 Elm Street

Memorial Park
Pearl Street off Court Street

Child’s Park: has lighting for night skating
Meredith Center, 1 Circle Drive

Prescott Park: has lighting for night skating
335 Daniel Webster Highway

Mill Falls
In front of Bay Point on lake Winnipesaukee
312 Daniel Webster Highway

Playground Drive on Route 25
Open skate, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily

We’ll be happy to help you with directions. And when you’ve had your fill of figure eights, we’ll be happy to ply you with hot chocolate and cookies back at the B&B!
Winter is a wonderful time to visit, so be sure and give us a call.

Enjoy Winter Shows at NH’s Winnipesaukee Playhouse 17 Dec 2015, 5:00 am

For nearly a dozen years, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith has been brightening our winter days with delightful theater. This season’s lineup is a perfect example of the quality shows they produce, with drama, comedy and a little make-believe too.

logo courtesy of Winnipesaukee Playhouse

Winnipesaukee Playhouse
50 Reservoir Road, Meredith

Gather the family for the wonderful rendition of Sleeping Beauty, an original English “Panto”. This modern, and a bit wacky, twist on the age-old fairy tale has it all—a princess, evil fairy, villain and, of course, a magical ending.
December 18, 2015 – January 2, 2016
7:00 p.m., December 18, 19, 26 and January 2
2:00 p.m., December 19, 20, 26, 27 and January 2
10:00 a.m., December 21
11:00 a.m., December 28, 29
Orchestra seats: $19/adults, $16/youth; Balcony: $12/each

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by American playwright, Tennessee Williams, hits the Meredith stage in February. This poignant drama, which takes place in one evening, delves deep into the raw heart of a Southern family, unveiling weakness, strength and honest emotions.
February 4 – 7, 2016
Friday – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
$12 – $20/person

Photo courtesy of Winnipesaukee Playhouse

Another masterwork of theater, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be performed, appropriately, for Valentine’s weekend. This story of fated love and family feud is timeless, and touching—and a perfect date night show!
February 12 – 14, 2016
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
$8 -$18/person

Looking for a good laugh? Then buy a ticket to the Playhouse’s Grace and Glorie, a play by Tom Ziegler. When a Harvard MBA ends up caring for a 90 year-old spitfire in the backwaters of Virginia sparks are bound to fly! And the tears will be both of laughter and joy.
March 17 – 20, 2016
Thursday – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
$16 – $27/person

Every child’s dream of supernatural powers and endless freedom comes to life in Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical, with music and lyrics by Sebastian. Enjoy high-spirited Pippi’s adventures with her horse and monkey in a feel-good show the entire family will enjoy.
April 1 – 3, 2016
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
$8 – $16/person

Family drama unfolds in The Winnipesaukee Playhouse production of Tilting Ground by Guy Hibbert. Set in Mexico, this is the story of a widow, her long-lost son and her new-found love. A love triangle of a different sort.
April 21 -24, 2016
Thursday – Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
$16 -$27/person

Meredith is just a 15-minute drive from our B&B and you’ll find some delightful restaurants there if you want to enjoy dinner before the show. And after the show?
There’s nothing quite like relaxing back here by the fire!

A Winter Visit to NH’s Squam Lake Nature Science Center 4 Dec 2015, 5:00 am

Want to see how the animals live in winter? Plan a trip to the Squam Lake Nature Science Center in Holderness for a guided tour.

Photo courtesy of Squam Lake Nature Science Center

On Saturdays from January to March, 2016, the Center offers Wild Winter Walk: Guided Tour of the Live Animal Trail, a wonderful chance to see various creatures, large and small, in their wintry habitat. This popular trail is closed to the public in winter, so these private tours are a real treat.

Bundled up and sporting snowshoes, you’ll head out with a staff naturalist to learn how our different native animals—including white-tailed deer, mountain lions, bobcats, river otters , black bears, plus a wide range of birds and raptors—adopt for winter. You never know what you might see!

Logo courtesy of Squam Lake Nature Science Center


The Squam Lake Nature Science Center is a terrific resource in our area, with a mission to educate visitors about the ecology of natural world. The grounds contain exhibit and hiking trails, a beautiful garden and summer cruises on Squam Lake.

Many of these options are closed this time of year, but you can hit the hiking trails to explore the wild surroundings even more.

Squam Lake Nature Science Center
23 Science Center Road, Holderness
2015 Trail Admission: Adults/$17, Seniors 65+/$14, Youth 3-15/$13, Children 2 and under/free

Wild Winter Walk: Guided Tour of the Live Animal Trail
January 2, 9, 16, 30
February 6, 13, 21, 27
March 5, 12
Children 6 and older, $10; members/$8
Advance registration is required.

After an invigorating afternoon outside, come back to the Bed & Breakfast and you can cozy up by a toasty fire with a hot chocolate (and homemade cookies!). Our resident beast, Bernie, will be happy to see you!

Holiday Recipe: Thanksgiving Leftover Crescent Ring 19 Nov 2015, 5:00 am

Turkey, stuffing and cranberries come together in a breakfast dish that uses these favorite holiday leftovers. No leftovers? No worries—this recipe shows you how to make it from scratch too!

Thanksgiving Leftover Crescent Ring

8 servings

2 cans (8oz each) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 box Stove Top Stuffing Traditional with sage
1 lb. maple breakfast sausage
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
1 chopped onion
3 stalks of celery chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cups chopped dried apricots
3 large apples, cored and thinly sliced
¾ lb. deli sliced roasted turkey
1 cup shredded Cabot’s bacon cheddar cheese
8 eggs scrambled
1 egg beaten with some water for and egg wash

Topping; (mixed together)
8 oz. can of whole cranberries
8 oz. jar of Trader Joe’s mango ginger chutney

Prepare stuffing
Remove sausage from casing and sauté with onion, celery and mushrooms till veggies are tender. Meanwhile, use the microwave method to cook the stuffing without butter. When done sautéing, mix the cooked stuffing into undrained veggie mix. Add dried cranberries and apricots. Set aside.

Heat oven to 375°.
Unroll both cans of dough; separate into 8 rectangles. On ungreased 12-inch pizza pan, arrange rectangles in ring so short sides of rectangles form a circle in center. (Dough will overlap; half of each rectangle will hang over edge of pan. Dough ring should look like a sun.)

Spread stuffing toward center of ring on bottom halves of rectangles. Top with thinly sliced apples. Layer folded turkey slices, then sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Last layer is cooled scrambled eggs.

Bring each dough rectangle hanging over the side of the pan up and over the filling, tucking dough under bottom layer of dough to secure it. Repeat around until entire filling is enclosed (If some filling shows a little, that is ok). Brush egg wash all over the dough.

Bake 25 minutes or until dough is golden brown and thoroughly baked. Cool 5-10 minutes and serve with a large dollop of topping.

Enjoy a Tasting Tour of NH Lake Area Wineries 5 Nov 2015, 5:00 am

Do you like wine? Thought so! Like so many of our B&B guests, trying the local wines is part of the fun of discovering an area. Luckily, within a half-hour radius, are several delightful wineries where you can take a tour and enjoy a taste.

Photo: Bob Manley
Courtesy of Hermit Woods Winery

At Hermit Woods Winery in Meredith, the owners mix old-world techniques with locally-sourced fruits, honey and flowers—some wild-foraged. They pride themselves in the creativity of their artisan wines which, with the exception of the honey varieties, are vegan, gluten-free and mostly organic. Visitors will find a wide selection of wines including the company’s signature 2014 Heirloom Crabapple, a medium sweet and tangy wine made from heirloom Dolgo crabapple. Crabapples combine with quince and heirloom apples for the popular Sparkling Harvest Apple Wine. Whole organic blackberries go into the complex Black Oak wine. Another, Taylor Road Red is a dry wine blend of organic grapes from the winery’s vineyard. And mead fans will want to try Hermit Woods’ Knot Mead, a dry traditional drink made from black honey with hints of citrus. The winery offers a 30-minute tour, complete with wine glass and tasting. While in the tasting room, be sure to check over the hand-crafted wine-related gifts from Oglethorpe Fine Arts & Crafts. The winery is open year-round, but hours change with seasons, so be sure to check the website before visiting.
Hermit Woods Winery
72 Main Street, Meredith
Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Winery Tour, $20/person
Wine Tasting, $5 (includes 12-oz glass), $7 (includes 19-oz glass)

Photo courtesy of Haunting Whisper Vineyard

Over in Danbury, a husband and wife team (she a scientist, he an engineer) turned a dream into reality, first planting grapes; then creating Haunting Whisper Vineyard & Spirits. Today, the winery has 12 European and Minnesota grape varieties in their rolling fields, and produces a daunting variety of wines. White varieties include a dry Cayuga with hints of pear and a Seyval, which is semi-dry with citrusy notes. Reds include the dry, full-bodied and spicy Carmenere and the MarechalFoch, a dry wine with intense black-cherry flavor. In addition to seven whites and a dozen reds, the winery also makes five other fruit-based wines, such as Misty Bog, a sweet dessert wine that’s perfect for the holidays. The “Spirits” noted in the company’s name is the Distillery, which is to be opened by late 2015.
Haunting Whisper Vineyard & Spirits
77 Oak ridge Road/US Route 4, Danbury
Open May 1 – December 6, 2015
Wednesday – Saturday, Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Closer to the B&B, on land that was once a large dairy, is where you’ll find Newfound Lake Vineyards. Local grapes and fruits go into these wines which range from dry to sweet. If you enjoy a fruit-forward red, check out Wicked Good Red, a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Sweet and tart combine in the Sweet Follansbee Cove Cranberry, made with 100% cranberries. Production quantities are smaller and so several varieties are sold out for the season, but you’ll still have plenty to enjoy if you stop by the tasting room. For those who wish to buy, the winery is offering a 15% discount on all cases through the end of 2015.
Newfound Lake Vineyards
567 West Shore Road, Bristol
Tasting Room hours:
Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

After touring, there’s nothing better than coming back to the B&B and enjoying a late afternoon glass of wine by the fire. It’s just one of the many joys of staying with us!

Great Lunch and Dinner Places in Laconia New Hampshire 26 Oct 2015, 6:00 am

Whether you’re shopping, sightseeing or visiting family and friends in the Lake Winnipesaukee area, you’re going to get hungry. Not to worry, you’ll find delectable choices for lunch and dinner in Laconia.

Photo courtesy of
Fratello’s Italian Grille

If you’re a fan of wood-fired brick oven pizzas, stop by Fratello’s Italian Grille, in the former Indian Head Bank building. 12” pies include the signature Fratello’s topped with spinach, feta, pepperoni, sausage, mozzarella and tomato sauce. The restaurant also has a good selection of sandwiches, including Italian sausage and a meatball sub, as well as salads and full course entrees.
Fratello’s Italian Grille
799 Union Avenue, Laconia
Lunch daily, 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Dinner daily, from 4:00 p.m.

When you’ve got a craving fro a burger, check out T-Bones sports bar. It touts “Great American Burgers” and has six hearty options on the menu including the M.A.F. Burger with grilled peppers and onions, loaded up with the other standard toppings. You’ll also find a good selection of other sandwiches, vegetarian, salads and apps.
T-Bones of Laconia
1182 Union Avenue, Laconia
Sunday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Farm-to-table is front and center at Laconia Local Eatery, where Chef Kevin Halligan sources local fresh produce, meats, fish and cheeses for a menu that changes with the available ingredients. Small plates may include butternut squash and apple potstickers or a tasty autumn flatbread pizza with roasted squash, crispy prosciutto, fresh sage and asiago cheese. Entrees include a range of fish, meat, game and vegetarian choices with dishes such as pumpkin pie spiced pork loin and maple bruléed diver scallops served with root hash and cider butter sauce.
Laconia Local Eatery
21 Veterans Square, Laconia
Dinner daily, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tavern 27 also espouses farm-to-table with a focus on tapas. Small plates served here include dishes such as crispy baked haddock bites, Scotch eggs and sirloin pinchos (skewers of steak with Portobello mushrooms and cheddar sauce). In addition to the large list of tapas, you’ll find salads, pizzas, and bocadillos (open-faced sandwiches).
Tavern 27
Located in The Mystic Meadows
2075 Parade Road, Laconia
Tuesday – Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Post dinner, you can relax with a book or play a game in the B&B’s Great Room, and look forward to another beautiful morning in our little slice of heaven. Haven’t booked your stay yet? Give us a call!

2015 Lakes Region Holiday Crafts Fair is a NH Favorite 22 Oct 2015, 6:00 am

‘Tis the season to search for great gifts for family and friends. And a good place to start is in neighboring Laconia—just a 30-minute drive from our Bed & Breakfast. Head over there on November 28-29, 2015 and you can take in the annual Lakes Region Holiday Crafts Fair.

Held at the Opechee Conference Center, this popular event pulls in 75 exhibitors from all across the area, making it a great opportunity to find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list. The vendors include crafters of fine jewelry, wearable art, wooden crafts, quilts and quilted home décor, glass art, flower arrangements, soy candles, gourmet foods and more. In addition, there’ll be a raffle with proceeds going to the New Hampshire Humane Society. Who knows, it could be your lucky day!
Lakes Region Holiday Crafts Show
November 28-29, 2015
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Opechee Conference Center
62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia
Admission is free

More local artistry can be found in downtown Laconia at New England Porch Rockers. This company custom makes beautiful rockers with hand-caned seats in a variety of sizes—children to adult. They’ll also do repairs on cane seating and wicker furniture, and if you’re interested in learning the craft, they’ll teach you too. While at the store, check out the selection of Made in New Hampshire crafts that they carry, helping promote fellow artisans throughout the state.
New England Porch Rockers
2 Pleasant Street, Laconia
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

If you visit Laconia on Sunday, stick around for the annual Holiday Parade that afternoon, the town’s official kickoff of the holiday season.
Laconia Holiday Parade
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Downtown Laconia
4:00 p.m.

Whew! After a day out and about, you’ll be happy to come back to the B&B and be greeted by Bernie! Don’t have a reservation yet? Give us a call!