Little River Bed and Breakfast
Innkeeper(s): Paula & Rob Fox
The Nubanusit River and its Mill History 13 Nov 2015, 9:05 pmThe Historical Society in Peterborough, known as the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, hosts some great programs and events. Last night, we went to an informal, but highly informative talk titled “The Nubanusit: Spoonwood to Peterborough” given by John “Chick” Colony.
|The Nubanusit behind the B&B|
|Harrisville Designs - Mill #1|
|Historic Harrisville's Mill Building|
Here is some of what we learned:
- The Nubanusit originates at Spoonwood Pond in Nelson and
flows through Nubanusit Lake, Harrisville Pond, Lake Skatutakee,
and Edward MacDowell Lake before joining the
Contoocook River in downtown Peterborough and eventually flowing
into the Merrimack River and to the
Kayaking at the Spoonwood Dam
- It falls 700 feet over 15 miles and was once a highly
productive river providing power for numerous woodworking and
textile mills. The bigger the drop in water, the better the
potential for power at that location.
- For industry on a larger scale, mills needed to be able
to control the river’s waterflow to make sure there would be
sufficient water flowing during work
hours. To accomplish this, mill
owners negotiated with landowners to buy water flow rights for
their properties. (These rights are still in existence today, along
with the responsibility for any maintenance and upkeep needed on
Macdowell Dam from the water
- Historic Harrisville is looking to bring hydroelectric power back to Harrisville using existing equipment and hopes to significantly reduce energy costs at the Cheshire Mills by replacing purchased electricity with hydro-generated electricity.
It was an interesting talk on a topic we only knew just a little bit about. We now have even greater respect for the river, its mill history, and what it means to the region.
|Nubanusit River with steam|
|Nubanusit River in Downtown Peterborough|
The Hiroshi Trail: The New Trail in Town 12 Oct 2015, 7:15 pmLocated on the West side of Peterborough nestled between McDowell Lake and and the Boston University Sargent Camp sits a 109 acre parcel of land that used to belong to Hiroshi Hayashi, a former successful restauranteur and chef in town.
Now under the management of The Harris Center conservation super sanctuary, Peterborough has yet another great new trail to enjoy. The 1.9 mile long Hiroshi loop trail is an easy, scenic and serene walk through dense mature forests along nearly 2/3 of a mile of the Nubanusit River (yes, the same river that flows past Little River B&B).
I walked the loop this past summer with a friend of mine and we could see the potential in this trail. It truly is beautiful, however, it is very buggy during the "wetter season". We were all sprayed up but the skeeters were not deterred and we spent much of the time swinging our arms in the air and running through the trail.
I decided this trail would be much better suited for the fall when the colors were vibrant and the bugs were not. My assumption was correct. Paula and I walked the trail last week (October 4th) and the trail truly shined!
The trail eventually broke inland away from the river and reconnected the loop bringing us back to the main trail and the parking lot. This is not a physically demanding hike but it is very scenic and worth the time. If you find yourself in Peterborough in the fall or winter and you want to walk, I would put this trail near the top of your list.
The word of the day: "Kettling" 5 Oct 2015, 7:38 amAutumn is a wonderful time of year to visit the Monadnock Region to see the fall foliage and other sights. One of those wondrous sights is the annual migration of the raptors (hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures, etc) from New England and Canada heading South.
Pack Monadnock, also known as Miller State Park, just four miles East of downtown Peterborough is considered one of the best places in New England from which to view this spectacular event. Its such a great spot that the Audobon Society sets up a monitoring station at the top of the mountain from which to count them.
|Counting hawks :) I saw hundreds overhead that afternoon|
Why is Pack such an ideal spot?
It was explained to us by one of the society's volunteers. When migrating, raptors will travel as much as 50-60 miles a day. To conserve their energy, the birds prefer to glide as much as they can...and fly as little as necessary. The way the birds do this is that they "kettle".
"Kettling" is when the birds fly into a stream of air current that is pushing upward (updraft), ride it as high as it will take them (in a spiraling motion), and then shoot out of the upward spiral and glide as far as it will take them. They will then repeat this system any chance they can. Those vertical streams occur when horizontal air streams hit the side of a mountain and are deflected.
Pack is near the very Northern terminus of a twenty-two mile ridge line called the Wapack Trail. The ridge line creates a lot of updraft giving the birds a lot of opportunity to "kettle" and glide. This means the birds can glide for nearly twenty-two miles without flying too much saving their energy...that's why they like it so much.
So why is it called kettling? When a mass of birds hit these upward flowing winds, they spiral upwards en masse and look like steam coming out of a tea kettle. Thus..."kettling" :)
For the record, the site usually counts about 10,000 raptors each season. This season they are already over 18,000 and there is plenty of counting left to be done! Over a two day period last month they counted over 7,000!
The Monadnock Region, a "lakes region" of its own... 3 Aug 2015, 12:47 pmOver the past few summers we have blogged several times about kayaking which has quickly become one of our favorite warm weather activities. This summer we have added to our list or revisited Half Moon Pond in Peterborough, Silver Lake in Harrisville, Highland Lake in Stoddard and Willard Pond in Antrim.
|What an awesome day to be on the water...with Mt Monadnock as a backdrop|
- There are more than forty significant ponds and lakes in the region that offer boat access
- Ten of those forty lakes and ponds are more than 300 acres in size...
- ...totaling over 8,000 acres of lakes and ponds to enjoy (unscientific research) :)
- Within just a ten mile radius of the B&B we have access to over 4,000 acres of that water and that doesn't include the Contoocook River!
Whether you are looking for large open lakes like the 700+ acre Lake Nubanusit or something more intimate like the 100+ acre Willard Pond there are options to fit your desires. We have been paddling for quite a few years now and are still barely scratching the surface of what the Monadnock Region has to offer. So come on out, bring your "yak" or floating vessel of choice and start exploring. You won't be disappointed.
|Silver Lake had plenty of neat small coves to explore!|
|Silver Lake views|
We ended the excursion by taking a short dip in the lake to cool off. I could not imagine paddling here on weekends when the summer homes are all occupied but if you are here midweek...this would be a great day out!
Highland Lake: I paddled here with our niece while Paula picked blueberries at nearby Pitcher Mountain. It was a Sunday afternoon and I was shocked at how not-busy the lake was. At seven hundred acres the lake feels huge and has tons of shoreline to explore because it is very narrow and extremely tall (perhaps seven miles tall). I have now been on this lake twice totaling about four hours and have maybe explored sixty percent of the shoreline. One of the lake houses has a small island off its shore and they have built a bridge across to it...we were able to paddle under it which was fun.
|Rob going under a small foot bridge|
|Rainbow after sun shower on Willard Pond|
The Shattuck Golf Course...without the golfing 17 Jul 2015, 2:35 pmI know avid golfers might cringe to hear this but...Paula and I are not golfers. What this means is that we have never had the opportunity to explore The Shattuck, a beautifully scenic golf course at the foot of Mt Monadnock just fifteen minutes from the B&B.
|The view of Monadnock from the course|
|Yup...me driving a cart...watch out!|
|It's like Jurassic Golf Course...very cool :)|
Tony got us settled in the cart and gave us directions we headed out. We started with the back nine which might be the more scenic side saving the front nine for later if we had the time. We were told we would be sharing the course with golfers so that we should stay on the cart path and be considerate and not drive past while they are playing through. It wasn't a big issue as we had planned our tour for later in the day when the course was quieter but it is something to keep in mind if taking the tour when the course is busier.
|These boardwalks over the marshlands are sweet!|
|Did I mention the wetlands?|
|One last view of Monadnock with wetlands in the foreground.|
Kayaking Halfmoon Pond 19 Jun 2015, 9:56 amMy last blog posting was about my three hour hike on the BU Sargent Center property. This time Paula and I went out together and instead of hoofing it, we explored the property with paddles.
|A panoramic of Halfmoon Pond|
|Paula at the spillway|
So if you are staying with us or in the general area and are looking for a quick and interesting trip out on the water, Halfmoon Pond is a great choice!
Hiking Boston University Sargent Camp 3 Jun 2015, 1:22 pmOK, it is hard to admit: the wonderful BU Sargent Camp (BUSC) hiking trails (managed by Nature's Classroom) are just three mile from Little River Bed & Breakfast but it took me more than ten years to explore them. I remedied that situation last month with a solid three hour easy - moderate hike exploring many of their scenic trails within the 700+ acre property.
|A beaver habitat in the middle of the wetlands|
|It's called Boulder Trail but it should be called Beaver Trail :)|
|At the spillway|
As I lingered along the wetlands admiring all the work the busy beavers had done, I watched herons and hawks soaring overhead. And then a big "SPLASH" in the water. Figured for sure it was a beaver. I kept searching and about five minutes later yet another "SPLASH". I could tell where it was coming from but couldn't spot the culprit. Five minutes later another "SPLASH". I was thinking: 'Grrr...just give me one good look at ya!' Sadly it was not meant to be but as I continued through the beavered woods, I spotted three beaver habitats like the one I posted above. Very cool...and what a beautiful blue sky to boot :) This was definitely the highlight of my hike.
So it may have taken me ten years to finally explore the BUSC trails but it won't take me ten years to return. There are plenty more trails there to hike...and of course that cable bridge to tackle :)
Peterborough Players 2015 Schedule 27 Apr 2015, 3:35 pm
The Peterborough Players are preparing for their 2015 season of seven professionally performed productions. This season appears to be the year of fabulous comedies sandwiched between two dramas.
Try something different and fun...
June 17 - 28 Red: The season kicks off with "Red", winner of six Tony Awards about the work of famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko.
July 1 - 12 Intimate Exchanges: Nominated for London’s prestigious Olivier Award and New York’s Drama Desk Award. The New York Times called it an “abundant buffet of domestic comedy.” The idea is simple: at many junctions in life we are faced with either/or decisions, and the consequences can be vastly different. Ayckbourn’s comedy of chance leaves its outcome to the audience. 10 characters are played by two actors, and you choose how the comedy works out. If you don’t like the ending, you have no one to blame but yourself!
July 15-26 Outside Mullingar: Tony nominated for Best Broadway play in 2014. Set in rural Ireland, it tells the story of the Muldoon and Reilly families, and of their rival heirs, Anthony and Rosemary. Each are loners, eccentrics, approaching 40, and just possibly, meant for each other. This romantic comedy is a very Irish story filled with delightful off-kilter humor, and so tender it could melt a stone.
July 29 - August 9 Charley's Aunt: One of the most successful and entertaining farces of all time, Charley’s Aunt centers on two Oxford undergraduates without an appropriate chaperone for a proper visit from their girlfriends. A quiet luncheon turns into a hilarious masquerade as the young ladies are introduced to the boys’ friend posing as Charley’s Aunt from Brazil — where the nuts come from. When the real aunt shows up, classic comedic confusion ensues!
August 12 - 23 Born Yesterday: Millionaire junk-dealer Harry Brock goes to Washington to buy a Senator, and in the process hires a sophisticated writer to polish up his seemingly dim-witted girlfriend, Billie Dawn. Brock soon learns that a little learning can be a dangerous thing. A comedy of men, women and politics that ran for three years on Broadway.
August 26 - September 6 Stella and Lou: Is a second chance at love still possible — for two people who have a lot of miles on them? Lou is just about to close up his bar for the night when Stella, one of his favorite regulars, walks in. When Stella suddenly reveals an unexpected surprise and even more startling suggestion, they wrestle with the realities of aging, loneliness, loss and dreams unrealized. With humor and warmth, the two come to grips with their past, present, and possible future together.
September 9 - 13 Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece: In the dark of night, a violent crime is committed — and nothing will ever be the same. Dan Hodge, the first of Peterborough’s Whitmore award winners, returns to the Players to perform his own one-man interpretation of Shakespeare’s epic poem. “The performance...is the sort of bravura, visceral acting that makes you want to grab the lapels of friends who care about theater and shout Hodges’ praises until they agree to see it.
20th Annual Maple Syrup Weekend, It's All "Grade A" 27 Mar 2015, 6:34 amThis weekend (March 27th - 29th) is the 20th Annual New Hampshire Maple Syrup Open Doors Weekend. This is a great event and a lot of fun for people of all ages.
Read about our 2011 Maple Syrup adventure for ideas on how to plan your weekend.
I thought I would use this blog posting to note a change that we have heard is coming for years and has finally come (and honestly makes things more self explanatory). Maple Producers are changing the grading system.
- Grade A Light will now be Grade A Golden
- Grade A Medium will now be Grade A Amber
- Grade A Dark remains the same
- Grade B will now be Grade A Very Dark
Check out this link to a more in depth explanation of the different grades.
For the record, at Little River B&B we use Grade A Very Dark all the time. It is richer in nutrients than the other grades and it has a rich maple flavor. Its great for cooking but we think its great for everything.
Travel Planning: Places to See, Things to do! 30 Jan 2015, 8:20 am
|Harrisville, Hancock, and Madame Sherri's Forest|
|Parker's Maple Barn and Pickity Place in Mason, NH|
and last, but not least... Peterborough!
Madame Sherri's Forest (in West Chesterfield, NH)
Pickity Place (twice) (in Mason, NH)
Parker's Maple Barn (in Mason, NH)
|Scenes of downtown Peterborough|