Nelson’s Candies: Handmade Christmas Canes

Since its the holidays, we decided to take a short twenty minute trip down the road to Nelson’s Candies in Wilton. Nelson’s is a family owned third generation candy shop dating back to the early 1910s.  Don Nelson still makes his treats the old fashioned way including his signature hand made and hand twisted Christmas (Candy) Canes.  No two Christmas Canes are …

Planning Your January 2017 Get-Away – Things To Do in Monadnock

Looking for a get-away in January? Whether you prefer to get outside and enjoy some peaceful winter hiking/trail walking, snowshoeing or x-country skiing or the rush of a day on the downhill trails, the Monadnock Region has you covered. Many of the hiking trails around our region are ideal for winter walks and we love to get outside and explore. …

Cookie Tour 2016 – Inside-Out Eggnog Snickerdoodles

I am very excited to be getting this blog posting up BEFORE the Cookie Tour this year! (Granted, it is only a day or two before, but it is still before.) The 12th Annual Currier and Ives Cookie Tour is taking place this Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM in southwest New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region.  This year’s tour includes 19 …

An Abundance of Apples

We love fall!  The warm days and the cool nights! The daily surprise of colors in the trees!  Pumpkins, mums… and apples! You gotta’ love the apples!  We took some time last week to do a little apple picking of our own.  Our destination… Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole on a sunny hillside overlooking the Connecticut River Valley. Alyson’s grows over 50 varieties …

More Monadnock: Cliff Walk to Bald Rock

After completing our hike of the Pumpelly Trail on Mount Monadnock this past July, Rob and I were inspired to write our own set of trail descriptions for our guests at the Bed and Breakfast to use when deciding where to hike on the mountain. While we often suggest the Old Toll Road trailhead as a nice alternative to the trails starting from the …

Getting a Better View: NH Fire Lookout Towers

With fall foliage season just around the corner, it seems like a good time to mention the NH Fire Lookout Towers that give you an extra special view of Mother Nature’s show.  Dating back to the early 1900s, New Hampshire once had as many as 29 fire lookout towers to help in the early detection of forest fires.  Over time, the number …

Hiking the Beech Hill Trails in Dublin

We love hiking new (to us) trails, so with a break in our day of just a couple of hours, we decided to check out the trails on Beech Hill in Dublin and get a little exercise in!  The Beech Hill Hiking Trails are located on a 62.7-acre property protected by conservation easement through the Monadnock Conservancy.  The property is …

August is New Hampshire Eat Local Month

We are lucky here in New Hampshire to have so many farms, farmers’ markets, and ways to enjoy local foods.  In order to highlight our abundance, the month of August will be celebrated as New Hampshire Eat Local Month.  And to add an extra highlight to the celebration, this week (August 7 through 13th) is National Farmers’ Market Week.  Here are some …

Hitting for “The Cycle”…Mt Monadnock Style

New Hampshire loves baseball… and hiking.  In baseball, “Hitting for the Cycle” means hitting a single, double, triple and homerun in the same game.  It may seem like a bit of a stretch, but I think Mt Monadnock has its own version of “Hitting for the Cycle” (this is, of course, my own creation).  So here’s how it goes… There …

100 Views of Mount Monadnock at the Sharon Arts Center Gallery

The Sharon Arts Center Gallery of the New Hampshire Institute of Art recently reopened after an extensive remodel to transform their gallery space with more area for exhibits, better flow and museum quality lighting.  On a recent visit, I had the pleasure to see the new space and spend time in the exhibit titled “100 Views of Mount Monadnock” curated by local artists …