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”
July 18th, 2012 by billwebb
Now that we’re in the height of summer the local offerings of Summer theater are abundant!
The Summer Theatre in Meredith Village is performing long time favorite “Annie.” Shows occur each evening Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30 and on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm.
For the next couple of weeks you can catch the world’s longest running play “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. Monday – Saturday at 7:30 and Monday afternoons at 2:00.
Further north in Lincoln, NH the Papermill Theater has just reopened in a wonderful new facility. Performances of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “The Wedding Singer” are scheduled over the next 2 weeks starting at 8:00 pm nightly except Sundays.
And finally there’s New Hampshire’s oldest summer theater, The Barnstormers in Tamworth which is featuring “Painting Churches” this week Tuesday – Saturday evenings..
All of these theaters are within a half hour drive of our Holderness bed and breakfast. So come spend a few days on Squam Lake and enjoy an evening or two of outstanding theater.
A scene from “Painting Churches” at the Barnstormers Theater
July 7th, 2012 by billwebb
There are lots of ways to enjoy Squam Lake. You can paddle a canoe or kayak. You can rent a small motor boat. You can swim in its cool waters. You can hike up Rattlesnake Mountain and see the lake in its entirety from above. Or you can let someone else do the driving and tour the lake by boat. One excellent tour is done by our friend Cindy O’Leary who operates Experience Squam.
Experience Squam is a personalized tour aboard a 23′ Sea-Ray Bow Rider. You can reserve for just a couple or the boat holds up to 8 people comfortably. With Experience Squam you can determine what you want to see and when. Cindy offers a variety of packages which meet just about any need you may have. Check out the Experience Squam website for more details.
Of course, boating on Squam is only one way to get the Squam experience. We invite you to round out your visit with a stay in our Holderness bed and breakfast. Enjoy one of our inviting guestrooms and spend a few days relaxing in central New Hampshire. There’s plenty to do – or if you prefer plenty not to do. Visit our website for a list of activities you’ll find in the area.
Have a blast with Experience Squam
June 21st, 2012 by billwebb
Many towns in the New Hampshire Lakes Region have 4th of July celebrations capped off with fireworks. One of the most picturesque settings is in Center Harbor.
Center Harbor is one of the 5 communities that border Squam Lake and is located about ten minutes from our Holderness bed and breakfast. The fireworks are set off over Lake Winnipesaukee. We watch from the hillside where the town library and the fire station are located. This vantage point offers a great view. Earlier in the evening starting at 7:00 there will be a concert featuring the group “Monadnock.” The boy scouts sell refreshments and generally everyone has a great time. It’s a real old fashioned 4th of July celebration.
One thing about watching from the hillside is that we often get glimpses of other towns’ fireworks. Sometimes we see part of the Meredith show and as we look down the length of Winnipesaukee we see others including Wolfeboro, a town which claims to be America’s Oldest Summer Resort.
Now would be a good time to make your 4th of July plans. Spend a few days enjoying one of the spacious guestrooms at our Squam Lake Inn, enjoy the fireworks, take in some summer theater, hike the Squam range and get out on the lake.
June 5th, 2012 by billwebb
This past weekend we completed our annual trek to the most northern part of New Hampshire to look for moose. Even though we only get to do this about once a year it’s one of our favorite New Hampshire activities.
We start out late afternoon heading north to Pittsburg, the last town in New Hampshire before you pass into Canada. There’s a wonderful stretch along Route 3 there known as Moose Alley. Provided we arrive at about dusk we have always seen moose. And seeing moose never gets old! This year we saw only one moose before it got too dark to continue our search, but one was enough to keep our record intact.
Pittsburg is about 2 hours north of the Inn On Golden Pond. It’s an easy and pretty drive through some of the most rural sections of New Hampshire. Since we need to arrive around dusk (the moose don’t seem to be out before then) and we leave after darkness sets in we are able to make the trip and be home in about 6 hours. If we travel at a more leisurely pace and stop for dinner it stretches to about 7 hours or so. It’s well worth it!
Guests at our bed and breakfast don’t have to go all the way to Pittsburg to see moose. Closer by in Lincoln, which is only a half hour north, there is a moose tour which goes out most evenings from spring to early fall. The tour guide there works hard to be sure everyone sees a moose. They see moose on just about every tour. Of course, if you’re lucky you’ll get to see a moose right in our backyard. We’ve had sightings during breakfast several times.
So whether you decide to head way up north or stick a little closer moose searching is a special activity waiting for you here in New Hampshire. Check out our “Specials & Packages” page for a Moose Tour package.
May 16th, 2012 by billwebb
The Canterbury Shaker Village has long been one of the favorite central New Hampshire attractions for guests at the Inn On Golden Pond. The village is well maintained and gives you an excellent insight into the lives of Shakers. This was an active community from the late 1700′s until the late 1900′s. There are guided tours which are filled with information about this interesting religious group, their beliefs and their lifestyles.
A visit to the Village is well worthwhile, but if you want to get a deeper appreciation of the Shakers there are many workshops which are offered throughout the summer and fall. Learn how to can vegetables and fruits or how to make a bread basket. If you like woodworking they’ll teach you how to make a Shaker oval box or a wooden Christmas ornament. There are dozens of classes covering a variety of subjects. You can even learn how to make a dry laid stone wall.
The Canterbury Shaker Village is located about 45 minutes from the Inn On Golden Pond. It’s a great day trip. Or if you attend a workshop you can round out the experience with a stay at our authentic New Hampshire bed and breakfast. We offer comfortable, quality lodging in Holderness, NH near Squam Lake and our room rates include a full country breakfast. The Shaker Village is just one of the many enriching experiences in store for you when you visit the Lakes Region of New Hampshire!
History comes alive at the Shaker Village
May 6th, 2012 by billwebb
Plymouth State University has a new program for individuals or families who want to get a deeper appreciation of the heritage and culture of the White Mountains. As part of its White Mountains Institute the University is introducing Camp PSU which will start in June and continue through the summer. “Camp” consists of a series of one day learning opportunities all focused on the White Mountains region. You can see complete details on all the programs at Camp PSU.
Plymouth State is located in Plymouth, NH just 10 minutes from the Inn On Golden Pond. Sessions will take place on Fridays so this is a great opportunity to visit New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and the White Mountains for an extended weekend. We’ve put together a package offering you the chance to spend a relaxed weekend with us and attend Camp PSU at a substantial discount. Whether you want to learn more about photography in the Mountains or the glaciers that created these impressive peaks this is the time and place. Why not enjoy the comfort of one our spacious guestrooms while enriching your mind?
We offer a quality bed and breakfast lodging experience throughout the year for those who come to enjoy Holderness and Squam Lake or Plymouth and the White Mountains, but summer offers the greatest variety of activities. We look forward to seeing you before and after your camp experience.
Enjoy the splendor of the White Mountains
March 25th, 2012 by billwebb
If you’re looking for a special weekend getaway consider joining us for one of 18th Annual Candlelight Dinners. We offer a 5 course dinner by candlelight as part of a weekend package. This only happens twice a year either in March or April. Our first dinner weekend which is coming up is sold out, but our second weekend – April 13 & 14 still has room.
This is a great way to explore the Squam Lakes area when things are quiet. With such an early Spring the snow is gone and the ice has melted off the lake. You should be able to hike one of the area trails without any bugs! Central New Hampshire has lots to offer regardless of the time of the year. Plymouth, home of Plymouth State University, is bustling and Meredith, just 15 minutes away on Lake Winnipesaukee, is filled with charming shopping opportunities.
Our weekend package offers you one of our bed and breakfast’s spacious guestrooms for two nights, a full country breakfast for 2 each morning, and dinner for 2 on Saturday night – all for only $395. Come on up!
A few of our favorite dinner friends
January 26th, 2012 by billwebb
Snow! Snow! Snow! That’s what we wish for every winter here in New Hampshire. A snowy winter is important for skiers and snowmobilers, but it’s especially critical for dog sled enthusiasts. Dog sled rides are a great, different adventure and we have a couple of kennels close to our Holderness B&B that offer rides to the public. This is a great way to explore the countryside of the New Hampshire’s lakes region and the White Mountains. Imagine winding your way through the back woods, no one else around – a wonderful way to see Mother Nature’s winter grandeur. You can share the driving experience with a professional or you can sit back and leave the driving to them.
Check out these two sites for more information about dog sledding opportunities. Barking Brook Sled Dog Adventures and Muddy Paw Sled Dog
Of course, at the end of the day what could be better than returning to our cozy bed and breakfast/inn? Sit by the fire, a glass of wine in hand and enjoy a quiet evening. Or dine at one of the many excellent restaurants we have in the Squam area. You’ll get a great night’s rest in one of our spacious, comfortable guestrooms and when you rise the next morning you’ll smell fresh coffee and the aroma of a home cooked breakfast as we get you ready for another day of winter activity.
The Inn On Golden Pond is an excellent lodging choice in the Holderness, Plymouth and Meredith NH area. So come enjoy the wonders of winter, perhaps a little differently than ever before – on a sled pulled by a team of pure bred Siberian Huskies!