September 9th, 2011 by billwebb
The 36th New Hampshire Highland Games will be occurring on the weekend of Sept. 16, 17 & 18. This event is the largest Scottish cultural festival in the Northeast and features music, dance, athletics and customs of the Scottish people. The Inn On Golden Pond is an easy 30 minute drive from the site of the games – Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH.
This is just one fun weekend! Here are some of the highlights.
- the Gathering of the Scottish Clans, with over 60 clans and societies
- Massed Bands
- Sheepdog Trials
- Celtic World Music Concerts
- the New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Championship
- International Scottish Athletics
- New England Highland Dance Championships
- New England Solo Piping & Drumming Championships
- Scottish Harp (Clarsach) & other instrumental competitions
Enjoy a couple of days at the games and a couple of nights at our Squam Lake NH bed and breakfast. It’s a great combination of unique entertainment and luxurious lodging
August 30th, 2011 by billwebb
As we get to the end of August the days are cooling down slightly and the evenings are definitely cooling down. It’s a great time of the summer, but as the days get shorter we realize fall is just around the corner.
Fall is our favorite time On Golden Pond. Now is the time to be thinking about booking an October visit to our Holderness B&B. The area surrounding Squam Lake and throughout the White Mountains will be ablaze with color. Reds, yellows, oranges… Mother Nature’s true art work is on display with the beautiful trees everywhere in the northeast.
Of course, what better way to enjoy the fall beauty than by spending a few days at a country inn/bed and breakfast. Experience our exceptional New Hampshire lodging where you’ll be pampered in our comfortable, spacious guest rooms and in the morning with our full country breakfast. Spend the days driving through the mountains or hiking the numerous trails in the Squam Range or the White Mountains.
And fall is also a great time to be on Squam Lake or Lake Winnipesaukee. Plan to include a boat tour on either lake during your visit.
August 13th, 2011 by billwebb
Just a reminder to everyone that starting Wednesday, August 24 and running through Sunday, Sept. 4 the Little Church Theater right here in Holderness will be presenting “On Golden Pond” as the Squam Lake area and all of New Hampshire celebrates the 30th anniversary of the release of the classic film. The play is exceptionally well done and a bonus is that it is being directed by Ernest Thompson, author of the play and the screenwriter for the movie.
The play ran for two weeks earlier this summer and we, as well as a number of guests, were fortunate enough to see it. It’s a great evening of entertainment and each performance is followed by an opportunity for conversation with the author and/or the actors. This truly is a once in a lifetime experience.
Of course, Squam Lake was the setting for the film and the name of our bed and breakfast/Inn is a result.
We still have rooms available for all dates except Labor Day weekend. So call now to reserve!
You'll still find the classic wooden boats on Squam just like in the movie "On Golden Pond."
August 5th, 2011 by billwebb
Summer is flying by! Looking ahead we realize that it will soon be time for the 32nd annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival in Meredith. On Saturday and Sunday August 27, 28 there will be over 100 juried artists and craftspeople selling their products in downtown Meredith. A portion of Main St. will be closed as tents and booths will pop up housing a wide variety of wonderful art work, crafts and food. In addition there’s live music throughout the weekend – and it’s all free!
If you’re looking for a Meredith, NH bed and breakfast you should check out the Inn On Golden Pond. We’re an easy 15 minute drive from downtown Meredith, located in Holderness on the shores of Squam Lake. We offer high quality lodging conveniently located at the northern edge of New Hampshire’s lakes region. Our comfortable rooms offer the perfect night cap to a day spent browsing through the Arts and Crafts Festival.
The Festival runs from 9:00 – 5:00 both Saturday and Sunday.
The Lakes Region Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
July 17th, 2011 by billwebb
If you plan to visit Ashland, NH you’ll find that our Squam Lake bed and breakfast is close by. We offer quality lodging which is only 2 miles from downtown Ashland. Right off Interstate 93, Ashland lays claim to being the exact geographic center of New Hampshire which means we are close to virtually all of New Hampshire’s major attractions as well as the White Mountains. So whether you want to enjoy the lakes in the summer or ski the slopes in the winter this is the place to be.
Here’s a short history of Ashland as it appears in Wikipedia.
“Ashland was once the southwestern corner of Holderness, chartered in 1751 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth. But hostilities during the French and Indian War delayed settlement, and in 1761, it was regranted as New Holderness (although “New” would be dropped in 1816). Settled in 1763, the town was predominantly agricultural except for Holderness Village on the Squam River, with falls that drop about 112 feet (34 m) before meeting the Pemigewasset River. The falls provided water power for mills, and in 1770-1771, a sawmill and gristmill were built. The Squam Lake Woolen Mill was established in 1840. Goods manufactured at local factories included hosiery, gloves, sporting equipment, wood products and paper.
The Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad entered in 1849, carrying freight but also tourists bound for hotels on the Squam Lakes, to which they traveled by steamer up the Squam River. The interests of the industrialized settlement increasingly diverged from those of the farming community, however, and in 1868 Holderness Village was set off as Ashland, named for Ashland, the Kentucky estate of Henry Clay. The last textile mill, the L.W. Packard Company, would close in 2002, and Ashland is today a residential and resort community.”
An old grist mill (now an office building) and a covered bridge are two great sites in Ashland.
July 9th, 2011 by billwebb
This past week we took an afternoon break from the Inn and made a quick trip to Franconia Notch where we had a picnic lunch at Boise Rock. The day was absolutely glorious, mid 70′s, sunny with a slight breeze. The Notch is one of the most scenic spots in New Hampshire and is only about 30 minutes north of our Squam Lake bed and breakfast. It’s wonderful that we can be in the heart of the White Mountains in such a short time since the Holderness/Plymouth area is so central to virtually all of New Hampshire’s attractions! For those who like to hike there are several trails right in Franconia Notch including Lonesome Lake, Mt. Pemigewasset which is the forehead of the famous Indian Head, and Artists Bluff. You will also find the Flume Gorge and the Basin here, both well worth the stop.
Here’s the story as it appears on the historic marker of how Boise Rock got its name.
“Thomas Boise, a noted teamster of this region was sledding through the Notch in mid-winter, soon after the first road was built. Overtaken by a fierce snowstorm, he was unable to continue on. Realizing he must take drastic action to survive, he killed and skinned his horse. Crawling under the overhang of this rock, he wrapped himself in the hide and spent the night.
Men sent out the next day to search for him found Tom still alive but encased in the frozen hide that had to be cut away with axes in order to release him.”
The view from our picnic table at Boise Rock
June 22nd, 2011 by billwebb
August 5 – 8 will be a special weekend in the town of Holderness as it celebrates its 250th birthday. There are lots of activities planned ranging from a grand parade to a pancake breakfast hosted by our local fire department.
A group of wonderful volunteers has been planning the event for months and they’ve thought of everything. At various times throughout the weekend there will be a folk concert, a street dance and a square/contra dance. The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will be offering free admission and the Historical Society will be the scene of many activities. There will be an appearance by the nationally famous Mattatuck Fife and Drum Band and lots of historic re-enactments and self guided tours of historic sites. You can get more details and updates at the Holderness 250th website.
If you’re planning to be in the Plymouth, NH or Meredith, NH area that weekend you should definitely make a point of visiting Holderness at some point. A celebration like this really represents small town New Hampshire at its best.
Of course, beautiful Squam Lake is a great place to visit anytime. Check out the quality lodging we offer at our lakes region bed and breakfast/country inn. We’ll help make your visit to Squam a memorable one.
We're not 250 years old, but here's a picture from the early days of the building we now call The Inn On Golden Pond. Time and lots of tender loving care sure makes a difference!
June 13th, 2011 by billwebb
If you’re looking for some musical entertainment in a fun and unique venue you should check out the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford, NH near the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. This a wonderful outdoor facility which features big name artists. It’s conveniently located a half hour from our Squam Lake bed and breakfast. Seats are available under a covered Pavilion or out in the open, including an open lawn area. There is also a restaurant on site if you’d like to include dinner in your plans, although seating is limited and you need to reserve ahead of time.
This summer you can see great shows by performers as varied as Toby Keith and Bob Dylan. Or perhaps you’d like to spend an evening with Chicago or Lady Antebellum. You can catch them all right here in the lakes region.
Why not plan a New Hampshire getaway, treat yourself to a concert and spend a couple of nights in our country inn? Be pampered in one of our spacious, comfortable guestrooms and enjoy a generous home cooked breakfast each morning. If you’re searching for lodging in the Meredith or Gilford area you’ll find we’re just a short distance away and worth the drive.
Bob Dylan will be performing on Aug. 19 and Lady Antebellum on Sept. 4.
June 2nd, 2011 by billwebb
The Lilac season is just about over throughout New Hampshire and the beautiful purple blossoms with their wonderful fragrance will be but a memory for another year. The purple Lilac was named New Hampshire’s state flower in 1919 and the bushes can be found in all parts of the state. We have a couple of bushes here at our Squam Lake inn and as usual they produced numerous flowers. The season seemed a bit short which was probably due to the rain and drizzle we had just as things were blooming. The wet weather caused many blossoms to turn brown rather quickly.
The Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission sponsors a photo contest each year. Check out their website to see the winners from 2010.
Throughout the summer season the New Hampshire landscape will be dotted by numerous wildflowers. If you visit our lakes region bed and breakfast we can help you plan a great day trip which will take you on some of our back roads where you’ll be sure to see the colorful displays. We’ll provide the luxury lodging here in Holderness, mother nature will provide the luxurious scenery throughout your visit.
May 23rd, 2011 by billwebb
This is going to be an exciting summer around Squam Lake. It’s the 30th anniversary of the filming of the classic movie “On Golden Pond” which was filmed here in Holderness. Our traditional New Hampshire bed and breakfast took its name from the movie not because we are on the lake (which we’re not), but because we felt the movie reflected the sense of place and family which so typifies the rural part of our beautiful state.
We’ve been here as innkeepers for 27 years and one of the great things about the area is how little it has changed. The fresh, clean waters of Squam are still the same high quality they were years ago. And the development in town and around the lake has been minimal, not changing the basic feel of the community.
In an extraordinary celebration of the 30th anniversary there will be 30 performances of the play “On Golden Pond” throughout the summer and into September at Little Church Theater in Holderness. These shows will be directed by the author of ”On Golden Pond”, Ernest Thompson, who now resides locally. There will be many opportunities to meet Thompson and participate in conversations about the movie and the story. Follow this link to Little Church Theater’s website for a detailed schedule.
Seeing one of these performances would be a great reason to visit our Squam Lake (Golden Pond) Inn and spend a night or two. Choose one of our spacious guestrooms and treat yourself to a great New Hampshire getaway. Spend the day boating on Squam or Lake Winnipesaukee; hiking the Squam Range or the White Mountains; shopping in Meredith or Plymouth or driving some of our scenic back roads. Then spend an unforgettable evening enjoying theater history in the making. This On Golden Pond experience will be as authentic as it gets!
It truly is Golden Pond