February 9th, 2013 by billwebb
Our best snow of the season has arrived in central New Hampshire! A foot of light powder is just what the skiers ordered and it comes at a great time as we head into President’s Day week and school vacations.
This weekend we have guests at our New Hampshire bed and breakfast who are tubing at Loon Mountain, skiing at Waterville Valley and dog sled riding with Barking Brook Kennels. And one of our guests is participating in the Fishing Derby sponsored by the Meredith Rotary Club. Quite a mix of activities.
While we have guests with a variety of interests they all agree that starting their day with one of our country breakfasts and landing back in one of our cozy rooms is the best way to start and end a day.
It goes to show that Holderness and the Squam Lake area are not just summer destinations. The Inn On Golden Pond is open year round and we can help you plan a day full of fun anytime of the year. Whether you’re planning activities in Lincoln, NH or Meredith NH, on Lake Winnipesaukee or Squam Lake, on Loon Mountain or Mount Tecumsah, if you’re looking for quality accommodations we’ve got you covered.
A great shot from Loon Mountain’s website
January 10th, 2013 by billwebb
This past week we had a couple of guests who took a sled dog excursion through some of the countryside just to our north. They came back to the Inn with rave reviews about the experience!
A sled dog ride is just one of many winter activities you can enjoy around the Squam Lake area. There’s downhill skiing and cross country skiing nearby at Waterville Valley or Loon Mountain. You can skate on a local pond or lake or at Plymouth State’s Ice Arena, and of course there’s ice fishing throughout the lakes region. There’s also tubing nearby at Gunstock Mountain and a couple of zipline tours offer winter rides. Or bring your snowshoes and head out our back door onto our 50 wooded acres. You can visit our website for a complete listing of winter activities.
Why not plan a getaway where you can partake in these many activities and enjoy great hospitality at a charming New Hampshire B&B at the same time? We have spacious, comfortably furnished guestrooms with all the modern amenities including free WIFI and tv’s.
November 17th, 2012 by billwebb
We’ve got some pretty talented guests who visit our Squam Lake bed and breakfast. Throughout the year we are fortunate to receive many pictures that our guests took during there stay with us. We love to see shots of the area and the Inn that they captured. Often they give us a new perspective on our surroundings. Recently Fred R. from Massachusetts sent us some beautiful close up shots of a butterfly perched on a blossom on our butterfly bush in the front garden. We thought it was spectacular and wanted to share it with everyone. Thanks Fred! And to everyone else keep those pictures coming. We often incorporate them into our website.
Mother Nature up close
November 4th, 2012 by billwebb
If you’re into great music and entertainment November is a an excellent time to visit our bed and breakfast at Squam Lake, New Hampshire. Throughout the month and into the beginning of December we are offering a special lodging opportunity that supports our local entertainment venues. Spend a night or two at our Holderness bed and breakfast in November or December, attend any of these shows, and we’ll discount your room by a dollar amount equal to one ticket. Both of these venues are in Plymouth, NH just 10 minutes from our door. It’s hard to beat the combination of great entertainment and great lodging – especially when you can get a free ticket!
Silver Center, Plymouth State University
11/9-11 & 11/15-17 – “Spring Awakening” (student play)
11/18 - Karla Bonoff (singer/songwriter)
11/19 - All New England Band Festival
11/29 - Jazz Ensemble & Combo
12/7, 8 - Contemporary Dance Ensemble
12/9 - PSU Choirs—A Joyful Noise
The Flying Monkey Performance Center
11/2 - Jefferson Starship
11/3 - Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)
11/8 - Arlo Guthrie
11/9 - Kashmir—Led Zeppelin Tribute
11/10 - ANT—comedy show
11/11 - Nancy Griffith – folk
11/30 – Natalie MacMaster “Christmas in Cape Breton”
12/5 - Judy Collins
12/8 - Watkins Glen Revisited
Arlo Guthrie – an enduring folk artist
October 18th, 2012 by billwebb
It’s always gratifying to have guests compliment the Inn and tell us how much they enjoyed their stay. For 28 years as innkeepers we have worked to ensure that our guests have a superior lodging experience.
This year the Inn On Golden Pond has received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the highest award it gives. We are ranked as the number one lodging choice for Holderness – a result of many wonderful reviews our guests have written about their visits with us.
We know that when people travel to the Squam Lake area they have many choices for lodging. Trying to find the right comfort zone for hundreds of guests with a wide variety of expectations can be challenging. But we work hard to make each guest’s time with us comfortable, positive and personal. The feedback we get from places like TripAdvisor suggest we’re hitting the mark more often than not. This feedback and the many thoughtful notes we receive from guests is much appreciated. We’ll keep working hard to ensure that this feedback always remains highly positive.
September 22nd, 2012 by billwebb
Fall is absolutely the best season in New Hampshire. The days are sunny and dry. The nights are cool (sometimes cold) and the air is crisp. But above all else the colors are tremendous. Guests at our Holderness B&B often ask why the leaves change color.
During the spring and summer the leaves manufacture most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth. This food-making process takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaf its green color. This extraordinary chemical absorbs from sunlight the energy that is used in transforming carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates, such as sugars and starch.
Along with the green pigment there are yellow and orange pigments in the leaf, but most of the year these colors are masked by great amounts of green coloring.
In the fall as the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler the leaves stop making the food, anticipating the upcoming winter and dormant season. The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears and the yellow and orange colors become dominant. These pigments mix to create vibrant reds as well as the sharp yellows and oranges.
Old timers will tell you that the brilliance of fall foliage depends on factors like how much rain we’ve had or how hot or cold the summer was. Undoubtedly these factors enter into the mix, but every year is different. The one thing that remains constant is the timing. It always happens in the fall when the days get shorter. It’s Mother Nature’s way of signalling the passing from summer to winter.
The Squam Lake area and the rest of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region will be ablaze with these colors soon. This would be a perfect time to spend a few days at the Inn On Golden Pond where you can enjoy luxurious lodging each night and the spectacular countryside filled with fall colors each day.
Fall at Squam Lake
On the grounds of the Inn On Golden Pond
August 25th, 2012 by billwebb
There are a number of agricultural fairs coming up in the next few weeks throughout New Hampshire. These fairs are a great tradition and feature entertainment for the entire family. Events range from oxen pulls to apple pie contests. Most fairs have live entertainment and amusement rides. You’ll find livestock exhibits with cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and more. And there are exhibits featuring home made baked and canned goods as well as home grown fruits, vegetables and flowers.
We wouldn’t be surprised if the original owners of the home that is now the Inn On Golden Pond participated in some of these fairs in their early years. Some date back 140 years. While we don’t raise any livestock or produce vegetables worthy of showing at a fair we do provide a quality lodging experience by Squam Lake in the heart of New Hampshire’s lakes region. Why not spend a few relaxing days at our Holderness bed and breakfast and enjoy one of New Hampshire’s longest traditions by attending one of the following fairs.
Lancaster Fair 8/29 – 9/3
Hopkinton State Fair 8/30 – 9/3
Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair 9/7 – 9/9
Rochester Fair 9/14 – 9/23
Deerfield Fair 9/27 – 9/30
Sandwich Fair 10/6 – 10/8
Enjoy the rides and the food at the New Hampshire State Fairs
August 11th, 2012 by billwebb
Whenever we travel south on Route 3 through Weirs Beach we always pass Funspot. It’s sometimes hard to remember exactly when certain businesses appear, but Funspot seems to have always been there. Turns out there’s a good reason for that. They are now celebrating their 60th anniversary!
Funspot is the world’s largest arcade. They’ve got video games, pinball games, kiddie rides and more. Over 500 games in all. There are bowling lanes – both Ten Pin and Candlepin – all of which feature automatic scoring systems. They also have indoor and outdoor mini golf. And for the older crowd they offer bingo games nightly. But one of our favorite things at Funspot is their bumper cars. Takes us back to our childhood!
The Inn On Golden Pond is a short 15 minute drive from this remarkable facility. Funspot is a must stop when you’re visiting New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. You can spend the day enjoying the cool waters of Squam Lake or Lake Winnipesaukee and then have a hot time bowling, mini-golfing or playing video games at night. Why not plan your NH escape today? Combine a relaxing stay in one of the comfortable guestrooms at our bed and breakfast with a great choice of fun activities you’ll find nearby.
July 25th, 2012 by billwebb
The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is sponsoring a Barn Tour this Saturday, July 28 to benefit the Kirkwood Gardens. Between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm you are invited to take a self guided tour to explore four historic buildings – three barns in Holderness and a carriage house in Center Harbor. You’ll learn about wildlife that depends on barns, such as swallow and bats. A history of each building and directions will be provided at registration.
The Science Center is located a mile from our Holderness bed and breakfast. Many of our guests enjoy visiting the Center and following its trail system which features native New Hampshire wildlife. Three time daily throughout the season the Center also offers boat tours on Squam Lake – made famous as the location for the classic film “On Golden Pond.”
The Science Center has great bird exhibits
July 21st, 2012 by billwebb
For those folks who loved the movie “On Golden Pond” there is a special treat waiting for you this summer. From now until August 12 the play which was written by Ernest Thompson is being performed at the Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem St., in Laconia. The theater is about a 30 minute drive from our Holderness, NH bed and breakfast, the Inn On Golden Pond.
The production is being directed by the Academy award winning author and he appears in the performance as well.
Evening shows start at 7:00 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and at 8:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. There are also 2:00 pm matinees on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Why not plan a visit now. Stay at our Inn On Golden Pond, take a boat tour On Golden Pond and see a performance of the classic play On Golden Pond directed by the author of On Golden Pond. What a great combination!
Loons were made famous by the film “On Golden Pond”