Inn on Golden Pond http://innongoldenpond.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:12:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Run the New Hampshire Marathon & Stay at The Inn on Golden Pondhttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/08/run-new-hampshire-marathon-stay-inn-golden-pond/ http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/08/run-new-hampshire-marathon-stay-inn-golden-pond/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:12:56 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=2097 Known as the most beautiful run in New England, the New Hampshire Marathon returns this October 4th.  Taking place in Bristol, New Hampshire, the race takes the streets for its 21st year.  In January of 2013, Runner’s World voted the New Hampshire Marathon as Best Small-Town Race.  It is no wonder the race gets this […]

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Known as the most beautiful run in New England, the New Hampshire Marathon returns this October 4th.  Taking place in Bristol, New Hampshire, the race takes the streets for its 21st year.  In January of 2013, Runner’s World voted the New Hampshire Marathon as Best Small-Town Race.  It is no wonder the race gets this honor.  The homemade comfort food prepared the night before and the locals cheering on runners on race morning make for that small hometown feel for this community event.  The mission for the New Hampshire Marathon is to promote a world class running event and to support area child-centered organizations.

Registration can be completed online or day of with printed registration form.  Prices vary for each event and range from $5.00 to $55.00.  Included in the day’s events are the full marathon, a half marathon, a 10k and a Health Walk all beginning promptly at 9:00am.  The course takes participants on a beautiful and scenic route with mountain views and hilly loops.  Check in on race day will be from 7:30am to 8:45am at the Newfound Memorial Middle School cafeteria.  Runners who register before August 31st will receive a free long-sleeved sport-tek shirt.  All finishers in the half marathon and full marathon will receive a custom made New Hampshire Marathon Medal.

Race packets filled with coupons and sponsor gifts can be picked up from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at NMMS cafeteria on Friday, October 3rd.  After packet pick up, head over to the Union Lodge for a pasta dinner from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.  Crock pots filled with homemade sauces are served to hungry participants gearing up for the big day.  To top off the great meal, homemade desserts are also served by the volunteers.  The pasta dinner is only $8.00 and proceeds go to benefit local organizations.

Also taking place on Saturday morning is the Kids Marathon.  Children from Kindergarten through 8th grade are encouraged to participate.  Kids who enter will log 25.2 miles of running or walking prior to the marathon with the final mile completed on October 4th.  The race will begin at 9:00am followed by a celebration to all who complete the event at Kelley Park.

While waiting for your favorite runner to finish the race, why not spend the morning shopping at the New Hampshire Marathon Arts and Crafts Fair.  Local crafters and vendors bring their work to the Newfound Memorial Middle School cafeteria and set up shop.  Booths will be open from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

When making arrangements for the New Hampshire Marathon, The Inn on Golden Pond sets the scene for a most relaxing night.  Set in the foothills of the White Mountains in Holderness, New Hampshire, the Inn offers eight spacious guest rooms.  Complete with modern amenities and private bathroom, this impressive home with country atmosphere will be the perfect place to rest after the marathon events.  Each morning, a full complimentary breakfast is served including fresh baked breads and muffins, homemade jam and recipes straight from innkeeper Bonnie’s published cookbook.  Visit this link to check out availability and book a reservation online.  The sights and sounds of the New Hampshire Lakes Region awaits.

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The White Mountain National Forest offers hikers of all experience over 1,200 miles of scenic trails.  From day hikes to multi day treks, White Mountain forest hiking covers five National Wilderness Areas and 48, 4,000 plus foot peaks to explore.  With the fall season fast approaching, it couldn’t be a better time to lace up your shoes and hit the trails to see the changing leaves along the way.

The most popular hiking can be found in the Presidential Range.  Other popular peaks include Mount Jefferson, Mount Madison, Mount Adams and Mount Washington.  The Appalachian Trail runs for 170 miles through the White Mountain National Forest.  The Appalachian Mountain Club offers huts housing 36-90 people for a nights rest on long, multi day hikes.  Offered on a first come, first serve basis, these units include running water, bunks and home cooked meals.

Mount Moosilauke is a 4,000 foot plus summit in the Western edge of the forest.  Routes included in this hike are the Benton Trail and the Kinsman Ridge Trail.  The Benton Trail is a 3.5 mile moderate grade trail.  The trail crosses a stream at the start that could be difficult if the water is high.  The Kinsman Ridge Trail is 16.9 miles and crosses four peaks.  The trail ends in the Franconia Notch State Park.  Side trails along the route are the Reel Brook Trail, the Mt. Kinsman Trail and the Fishin’ Jimmy Trail.  Along these routes, hikers will find panoramic views from the summits of North and South Kinsman and a few shelters for overnight stays.

The Eastern Region offers the Basin Trail which is an easy hike leading to jagged cliffs.  The Bickford Brook Trail leads into the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness.  This trail has views of the East and West Royce, Caribou Mountains and Carter, Mahoosuc and Presidential Ranges.

The Southern Region of the park features Boulder Loop.  This three mile trail is an easy and great hike for families with spectacular views from the top.  Kids will enjoy crossing the covered bridge over the Swift River to the trailhead.  The trail is appropriately named as it passes by large boulders and cliffs.  The Lincoln Woods Trail is a 2.9 mile trail that leads into the Pemigewasset Wilderness.  This is one of the easiest and most heavily used trails in the White Mountain National Forest.  Branching off from the trail, hikers can find several waterfalls, old railroad grades, mountain ridge tops and plenty of ponds and streams.

The Northern Region is home to some of the highest peaks on the East Coast.  The highest peak in the Northeast at 6,288 feet is Mount Washington.  For a trail rich in lush landscape and wildlife, the Kilkenny Ridge Trail runs 20.6 miles.  This trail is a difficult hike with many steep climbs and wet footing.  Often the trail is blocked by blown over saplings and wet ferns.  The hike is fun because of its various types of terrain and the very little evidence of human presence on the trail.  The most experienced hikers will enjoy the Old Bridal Path, Falling Waters Loop which is an 8.7 mile loop.  The rough terrain makes for a strenuous hike.  Exposed tree roots, loose gravel and boulders will throw a curve at hikers looking to get around them.  The 80-foot Cloudland Falls can be seen from the Falling Waters Trail.

Rest and relaxation after hiking the surrounding mountain ranges can be found at The Inn on Golden Pond.  This inviting, country bed and breakfast is located in the foothills of the White Mountains in Holderness, New Hampshire.  The stunning colonial mansion is surrounded by 50 wooded acres with walking trails and is minutes from Squam Lake.  The Inn offers eight spacious rooms complete with seating area, flat screen television and private bathroom.  A full breakfast is served each morning to help you get recharged and ready for the day ahead.  Innkeepers Bonnie and Bill Webb have over 30 years of hospitality experience and are ready to provide a comfortable and laid back retreat.

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The Sandwich Fair 2014http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/08/sandwich-fair-2014/ http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/08/sandwich-fair-2014/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:16:32 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=2090 While summer is a popular season here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire (and for good reason!), there is still plenty of fun to go around in the autumn. So, as summer slowly fades from view, there are several events to look forward to here at the Inn On Golden Pond. One popular event […]

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Sandwich Fair 2014While summer is a popular season here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire (and for good reason!), there is still plenty of fun to go around in the autumn. So, as summer slowly fades from view, there are several events to look forward to here at the Inn On Golden Pond. One popular event we’re especially looking forward to is the Sandwich Fair 2014. Held each Columbus Day weekend in neighboring Sandwich, New Hampshire, this annual event brings together the all of the best features of a classic county fair for a great time. Read on to see what the Sandwich Fair 2014 has in store!

 

A Bit of Background on the Sandwich Fair

As with many fairs in the US, the Sandwich Fair began as an agricultural event and has become a treasured tradition. It started out as an annual meeting that allowed area farmers to exhibit and sell their cattle and other livestock in 1886. The next year a band was hired and a Beautiful Baby contest was held, expanding the fair beyond an agricultural market. The first official fair was held in 1909 and it grew year by year until it became the exciting and engaging event that draws crowds of locals and visitors today.

 

Sandwich Fair 2014 Events

True to its origins, a big part of the Sandwich Fair 2014 will be the agricultural and 4-H events. These events include livestock shows featuring beef and dairy cattle, goats, dogs, horses, sheep, pigs, and working steer. Other 4-H exhibits include member projects in child care, fiber arts, garden crops, and more.

Along with the agricultural shows that showcase the hard work of our region’s farmers, there are other areas to explore at Sandwich Fair 2014 including an antique auto show, an antique tractor pull, crafts and arts on display, photo contests, and much more. Click here for the Sandwich Fair 2014 schedule of events.

 

Rides and Other Fun at Sandwich Fair 2014

Like any good fair, the Sandwich Fair is home to a great midway full of classic fair rides, food and fun. Friday is when the midway opens, a day before the animal shows and exhibits. You can get a special bracelet which allows you to ride as many rides as you please within a specified time period on both Friday and Saturday if you’re a big carnival ride enthusiast! Or you can chow down on some of your favorite fair foods like candy apples, funnel cakes, and more. The festivities on the closing day on Sunday include the Grand Street Parade.

 
When planning to visit events like Sandwich Fair 2014, staying at a local bed and breakfast will provide you with the complete Lakes Region experience. The Inn On Golden Pond is the perfect classic country retreat with spacious guest rooms and convenient modern amenities. Whether you want to enjoy the solitude of the grounds surrounding the inn and take in the changing colors, or pack your schedule full of exciting activities, our Squam Lake bed and breakfast is the ideal destination for a fall getaway. We can’t wait to see you soon!

 

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2014 New Hampshire Highland Gameshttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/08/2014-new-hampshire-highland-games/ http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/08/2014-new-hampshire-highland-games/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 05:06:23 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=2077 The transition from summer to autumn in New Hampshire is a special time of year.  We at the Inn On Golden Pond love this time of year. The colors begin to change and the crisper feel of the air create the perfect atmosphere for enjoying the area. Many area events, festivals and other activities are […]

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New Hampshire Highland GamesThe transition from summer to autumn in New Hampshire is a special time of year.  We at the Inn On Golden Pond love this time of year. The colors begin to change and the crisper feel of the air create the perfect atmosphere for enjoying the area. Many area events, festivals and other activities are scheduled in early fall each year for locals and visitor to enjoy.  One tradition that takes place each September is the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival, held on Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH. With traditional Scottish athletic contests, performances, and more, the New Hampshire Highland Games are an exciting time to get to know the Scottish culture and enjoy the beauty of our area!

New Hampshire Highland Games Background

Now in its 39th year, the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival is presented by The New Hampshire Gathering of the Scottish Clans.  The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the preservation and continuation of the “music, dance, athletics and customs of the Scottish people and to the continuance of the Gaelic culture.”  The games always take place on the third Friday of September and include three days of celebrations, performances, competitions, traditional food and beverages, artisans, and much more!

Events at the Highland Games

The centerpiece of the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival is, as the name suggests, the Highland Games themselves. Heavy Scottish Athletics are popular amongst competitors and spectators alike and include events such as Weight Over Bar, Weight for Distance, Sheaf Toss, Braemar Stone Toss, and the famous Caber Toss.  Special to the New Hampshire Highland Games is the Loon Stone Carry, where competitors carry a 234 or 274 pound stone for distance.

 

Other events included in the Highland Games include the ever popular Sheep Dog Trials. Come out and see the dogs compete on the obstacle course, running four sheep through the course. Most often Border Collies, these dogs will astound you with their intelligence, agility, endurance and ability to wrangle sheep! Additional competitions in dance, drumming, pipes, fiddle, harp, and the most famous Scottish game – golf!

Performances

Visitors to the New Hampshire Highland Games will have the opportunity to take in performances from artists from all over the United States, Canada, and of course Scotland! Performers include drummers, pipers, fiddlers, cellists, singers, and ensembles of all kinds!  They’ll all represent the best in current Scottish and Gaelic music.

 

When planning your visit to the New Hampshire Highland Games, book a stay at our local New Hampshire bed and breakfast for a truly special trip. The Inn On Golden Pond perfectly captures the essence of the New Hampshire Lakes Region with its classic country style and comfortable accommodations. Located in the geographic center of New Hampshire, our Inn is ideally located for a variety of day trips and is surrounded by 50 tranquil acres of wooded beauty. Whether you want to take it easy, or have a trip packed with activities, the Inn On Golden Pond is the perfect getaway destination!

 

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About Newfound Lake New Hampshirehttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/08/newfound-lake-new-hampshire/ http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/08/newfound-lake-new-hampshire/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 16:10:17 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=2068 When you come to spend some time with us at Inn on Golden Pond, you’ll get to experience all the incredible things the area has to offer. From wandering through a charming old town to trekking through the green forest, New Hampshire has an array of activities for guests to do and see. One of our […]

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Newfound Lake New HampshireWhen you come to spend some time with us at Inn on Golden Pond, you’ll get to experience all the incredible things the area has to offer. From wandering through a charming old town to trekking through the green forest, New Hampshire has an array of activities for guests to do and see. One of our favorite places to visit is Newfound Lake New Hampshire. Located in Grafton County, Newfound Lake is only minutes away from the Inn. We want you to appreciate Newfound Lake New Hampshire as mush as we do. Here are a few things to know about Newfound Lake New Hampshire.

 

Situated in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Newfound Lake is nestled between the towns of Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, and Hebron. Spading over 4,451 acres, Lake Newfound is the third largest lake in New Hampshire, right behind Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake. The lake is refreshed two times a year by eight underground springs. With 22 miles of beautiful shoreline, Newfound Lake offers plenty of space for visitors to enjoy. Lake Newfound is about 2 ½ miles wide, 6 miles long and its deepest point is 183 feet. It is considered to be one of the deepest lakes in New Hampshire!

 

Interestingly, the origin of the lake’s name is a mystery, even today. One tradition says that the Native Americans called it “Pasquaney”, which means “the place where birch bark for canoes is found.” Several maps from the 1700’s detail the lake but do not provide a name for the water mass. In the late 1700’s, the lake was referred to as Newfound Lake and has been called that since.

 

Newfound Lake is full of several different types of fish, from creek chub to rainbow smelt. There are 22 identified different species of fish that can be found in the lake. Every year, Newfound Lake New Hampshire is stocked with additional fish, in preparation for the fishing season. The stocking occurs between mid-March and early July.

 

If you wish to take a spin around the picturesque lake, you can rent boats from West Shore Marine. The company rents boats by the day or the week. Whether you are looking for a pontoon boat for the family or a runabout to cruise in, the West Shore Marine has it! Rentals are on an “as available” basis, so make sure you make reservations in advance.

 

Newfound Lake New Hampshire also holds a beautiful lighthouse on the eastern shore. The interesting lighthouse was built in 1932. Keep your eyes open for the structure as you explore the gorgeous Lake!

 

Since you’ve learned a bit about Newfound Lake New Hampshire, now is the perfect time to book your stay at the Inn On Golden Pond. All of our comfy guest rooms are decorated with country charm while still having modern conveniences. Each room has a sitting area with two plush chairs, perfect for curling up with a book or enjoying the natural beauty surrounding the inn. Guests at the Inn On Golden Pond enjoy a scrumptious breakfast each morning before heading out to a fun day on the lake. Our New Hampshire bed and breakfast will make your trip truly memorable!

 

 

 

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Lodging for Plymouth State University Move In Dayhttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/07/lodging-plymouth-state-university-move-day/ http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/07/lodging-plymouth-state-university-move-day/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:04:52 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=2052 Plymouth State University is getting ready to begin another wonderful academic year. Move in Day this year is scheduled to take place Labor Day weekend on Monday, September 1st. This is a wonderful long weekend to spend up north. So whether you’re helping your student move-in or just want to enjoy a relaxing getaway this Labor […]

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PlPSU Rounds Hallymouth State University is getting ready to begin another wonderful academic year. Move in Day this year is scheduled to take place Labor Day weekend on Monday, September 1st. This is a wonderful long weekend to spend up north. So whether you’re helping your student move-in or just want to enjoy a relaxing getaway this Labor Day weekend check out the Inn on Golden Pond.

It’s time for students to move back up to their home away from home, Plymouth New Hampshire. Every year students are excited to move in, whether it is their first year at PSU or maybe sadly their last. Not only are the students excited for move in day this year but so are the parents. After a long summer they’re ready to see their sons or daughters off to school.

My name’s Spencer and I’m a recent graduate from Plymouth so I know firsthand that this is an exciting time for both students and parents but it can also be stressful. The act of packing, moving, unpacking and helping your student settle in is quite the task especially if you’re coming from out of state.  Both first and second year students are required to live on campus in one of Plymouth’s Dormitories. Although the dorms provide students with the big items such as a bed and a desk you as a parent are still going to have a vehicle full of stuff. It’s even worse if your student is moving off campus this fall. Many apartments are not furnished with the big ticket items that are guaranteed to fill up both your pickup truck and van.

With all this in mind you may be thinking about spending sometime in the area come Move in Day. If you’re looking for lodging near Plymoutha quaint bed and breakfast in Holderness NH only ten minutes from downtown Plymouth may be just right for the occasion. The Inn on Golden Pondhas your lodging needs covered this September with eight beautiful rustic style Rooms to choose from offering you a quite relaxing space to enjoy along with a full breakfast every morning. Not to mention it’s right near picturesque Squam Lake. After a stressful move in come relax and enjoy all the luxuries our inn has to offer and take advantage of some quality time in northern New Hampshire with your student.  The Inn on Golden Pond has your move in excursion covered this year.

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Consider Pemi Valley Moose Tourshttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/07/pemi-valley-moose-tours/ http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/07/pemi-valley-moose-tours/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:13:57 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=2045 New Hampshire’s beautiful countryside can be enjoyed in several different ways, from kayaking to horse back riding. When you come to stay with us at the Inn on Golden Pond, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and wildlife of the area! From hiking through the forest to biking along side the […]

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Pemi Valley Moose ToursNew Hampshire’s beautiful countryside can be enjoyed in several different ways, from kayaking to horse back riding. When you come to stay with us at the Inn on Golden Pond, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and wildlife of the area! From hiking through the forest to biking along side the pond, New Hampshire is a great place to spend your vacation. One interesting animal that lives New Hampshire is the moose. You are probably wondering what the best way to see a moose in person is. We suggest  Pemi Valley Moose Tours! The tours take you through the New Hampshire countryside, allowing you to not only to see the beautiful area but also the local moose. Here are a few things to know about Pemi Valley Moose Tours.

 

For New Hampshire residents and visitors alike, the sight of a beautiful moose is breath taking. To see for yourself, join in on one of the many Pemi Valley Moose Tours. The 2 ½ to 3-hour journey takes you through the majestic White Mountains in an air-conditioned bus. Make sure to keep your eyes wide open! The gentle giant of the North Country are truly amazing! The Pemi Valley Moose Tours also offers nightly excursions. The journey features a guided tour of the local area, a video about Moose, and intriguing historical sites along the way. The tour guides are very knowledgeable on the moose and the area, enhancing your New Hampshire tour.

 

Pemi Valley Moose Tours depart on time, so we suggest that passengers arrive a half-hour before their tour starts.  Pemi Valley Moose Tours recommends that guests bring a sweater or coat for cooler nighttime temperatures. Don’t forget your camera, binoculars, and video camera! Reservations can be made in advance and are highly recommend! Adult tickets cost $30 per person and children older than 12 cost $20.

 

Since 1999, Pemi Valley Moose Tours has offered Moose Tours, making this their 16th season! On average the company goes out 120-130 times a year looking for the local moose. 97% of the time, guest see moose, which meanings you are bond to spot one!

 

An adult moose weighs about 1,000 pounds and stands 6 feet tall. This massive mammal is the largest land animal in New Hampshire. Moose have keen senses of smell and hearing, however, they are near-sighted. Interestingly, their front legs are longer than their hind legs. This allows them to jump over fallen trees, slash and other things. Moose can be found throughout Alaska, Canada, northern U.S. from Washington across northern New England and the northern Rockies south to Utah. Moose may live up to 20 years, but the average lifespan is 10-12.

 

When planning out your Pemi Valey Moose Tours, be sure to reserve your stay at the Inn On Golden Pond. Our Squam Lake bed and breakfast is the perfect destination for guests looking for a relaxing retreat without sacrificing modern amenities. Our luxurious guest rooms are all individually decorated in a classic country style for unique character. Plus, you’ll begin each morning of your stay with a delicious homemade breakfast, so you can be sure your day starts off on the right note. We can’t wait to see you soon!

 

 

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Check Out These New Hampshire Fairshttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/07/new-hampshire-fairs/ http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/07/new-hampshire-fairs/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:39:00 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=2038 Memories of elephant ears, Ferris wheels, and corndogs most likely fill your mind when you think of a Fair. The sound of children’s laughter and the dinging of a bell as someone hits the mark are all too familiar to most of us. When you come to visit us at the Inn on Golden Pond, […]

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New Hampshire FairsMemories of elephant ears, Ferris wheels, and corndogs most likely fill your mind when you think of a Fair. The sound of children’s laughter and the dinging of a bell as someone hits the mark are all too familiar to most of us. When you come to visit us at the Inn on Golden Pond, there is no better way to spend your time then at one of the local New Hampshire Fairs. Below we have made a list of a few of our favorite New Hampshire Fairs to visit! We hope that you will love them just as much as we do.

 

The Sandwich Fair

Right around the corner from the Inn on Golden Pond is the lovely town of Sandwich. This October 11th through the 13th, the Sandwich fairgrounds will be full of children running between stands with cotton candy in their hands ready for an adventure on one of the flashing rides. The Fair’s Midway opens at 4 P.M. and stays open till 9 P.M. The cost of rides is included in the entry fee, which is 15 dollars. During the Fair, not only will there be thrilling rides and delicious food but also interesting exhibits and shows! Check out the Sandwich Fair Schedule of Events to find out about all the events.

 

Belknap County Fair

Join the people of Belknap at the 72nd Annual Belknap County 4-H Fair! The fair features animal shows, oxen and tractor pulls, horses, live demonstrations, 4-H exhibits, live entertainment, plenty of delicious food and a midway! On August 9th, the fairgrounds will open at 8 A.M. with an admission fee of 7 dollars for children 10 and up. From the children’s Jell-O eating contest to the Jay Taylor show, there is something for everyone.

 

Rochester Fair

Mark your calendars for one of the best New Hampshire Fairs. September 12th through the 21st, come out and partake in all the festivities at the Rochester Fair. This New Hampshire fair is the largest and one of the oldest in the state. The 139th Rochester Fair is full of family fun entertainment and thrilling rides. The entry fee is 14 dollars and covers all mechanical rides on the fairgrounds. Monday through Friday is free from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. Wander through the livestock area and pet the adorable little animals, then make your way over to all the fascinating exhibits.

 

After looking over our list of a few New Hampshire Fairs, don’t forget to think about were you will stay when in the area. The Inn On Golden Pond is the ideal place to retire to after a day of exciting and thrilling activities at the fair. Our spacious and comfortable guest rooms have all the amenities you want in a home away from home. Plus, your stay includes a delicious breakfast each morning so your day will start off on the right note before heading to one of the New Hampshire Fairs. For a memorable experience in the Squam Lake area, staying at a local bed and breakfast is a must. The Inn On Golden Pond will make your trip to the area truly special!

 

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Pick Your Own: Amazing Apple Orchards in NHhttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/07/pick-amazing-apple-orchards-nh/ http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/07/pick-amazing-apple-orchards-nh/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:20:07 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=2029 There’s nothing better than fresh produce right off the farm.  During your time at the Inn On Golden Pond, you’ll have many opportunities to take advantages of the home grown fruits and vegetables in the Lakes Region.  One popular activity that involves getting a taste of the local produce is picking your own fruit at […]

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Apple Orchards in NHThere’s nothing better than fresh produce right off the farm.  During your time at the Inn On Golden Pond, you’ll have many opportunities to take advantages of the home grown fruits and vegetables in the Lakes Region.  One popular activity that involves getting a taste of the local produce is picking your own fruit at one of the great apple orchards in NH.  At these locally owned and operated farms, you can pick a wide variety of apples, wander around the beautiful landscapes, and even indulge in a sweet treat or two.  Here are a few of our favorite apple orchards in NH.

Cardigan Mountain Orchard

Cardigan Mountain Orchard is located in Alexandria and is open daily from Labor Day through November. This is one of our favorite apple orchards in NH due to its high quality, local produce and treats. In addition to pre-picked apples, you can pick your own or pluck one from the tree for a snack while on a walk through the orchard. The apple selection includes McIntosh, Macoun, and Cortland apples. Or you can enjoy cider, jams, and other homemade snacks. and sweets There is also a farm store located in Bristol that is open through December.

 

Hackelboro Orchards

Another of our favorite Apple Orchards in NH you may want to visit is Hackleboro Orchards in Canterbury. Apple picking is abundant here with nine types of apples available for your picking enjoyment: Puritan, Paula Red, McIntosh, Empire, Cortland, Red & Golden Delicious, and Northern Spy. You can also wander around the farm and visit the farm stand for a large variety of produce, sweet cider, baked, goods and more. They also have farm animals to visit, so you can get your cute fix while you’re visiting the orchard.

 

Windy Ridge Orchards

Another of the great Apple Orchards in NH is Windy Ridge Orchards in North Haverhill is a perfect spot for people wanting to visit charming working farm. They have farm animals, nature trails and a variety of pick-your-own produce. There are 18 varieties of apples to choose from! After you fill your basket, head over to the cafe for a made from scratch treat like fresh apple crisp.

Windy Ridge also has something to offer the wine lover. Seven Birches Winery is a great winery for those looking to experience the region’s great wine along with the fresh produce. This new member of the Windy Ridge Orchard family uses the fruits from the orchard for its fruit wines and grape wines. The winery has two estate wines available which are Apple and Blueberry as well as four reds and four whites. Attend a tasting to find your favorite!

 

Diamond Hill Farm

If you enjoy picking fruit at the above Apple Orchards in NH, you should try picking berries at Diamond Hill Farm in Concord. This locally owned and operated farm provides high quality produce and homemade treats at their farm and farm stand. Along with berry picking, you can check out the farm trail, sit on the relaxing porch, or visit their resident llama. Or you can walk the Diamond Hill Labyrinth: an eight-circuit circular maze in the grass on the farm’s hilltop.

 

 

When planning your visit to these apple orchards in NH, be sure to book your stay at our Squam Lake bed and breakfast. The Inn On Golden Pond is the ideal place to retire to after a day of picking your own fruit at the orchard or participating in some of the fun activities. Our spacious and comfortable guest rooms have all the amenities you want in a home away from home. We’ll make your trip to the New Hampshire Lakes Region a trip to remember! See you soon!

Photo courtesy Hans.

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The Ironman 70.3 Timberman: A Challenging New Hampshire Triathlonhttp://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/07/new-hampshire-triathlon/ http://innongoldenpond.com/blog/2014/07/new-hampshire-triathlon/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:54:49 +0000 http://innongoldenpond.com/?p=2020   Are you ready for a challenging New Hampshire Triathlon? If you are up for the test, we have the perfect one for you! Come stay with us at the Inn on Golden Pond and participate in one of the best triathlons in the state. The Ironman 70.3 Timberman is a fantastic weekend-long triathlon festival […]

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New Hampshire TriathlonAre you ready for a challenging New Hampshire Triathlon? If you are up for the test, we have the perfect one for you! Come stay with us at the Inn on Golden Pond and participate in one of the best triathlons in the state. The Ironman 70.3 Timberman is a fantastic weekend-long triathlon festival with plenty of racing, BBQ’s and family entertainment. As you are training for this challenging New Hampshire triathlon, make sure that you are all set for the big day. Here is all you need to know about the Ironman 70.3 Timberman.

 

Held in Gilford, NH, this challenging New Hampshire triathlon is a thrilling experience that you don’t want to miss out on. The race day activities begin on August 17 in the morning with the athlete check in. After checking in, racers can make their way to the Official Ironman Store or Ironman Village. Wander around and take in all the excitement! That evening, enjoy a delicious pasta dinner before retiring for the evening.

 

The next morning, breakfast and lunch concessions will be held until late afternoon along with anyone who still needs to check in. If you didn’t make it to the Official Ironman Store or Ironman Village, you will have an opportunity to browse through them both on the second day. Throughout the afternoon, a Race Information Booth will be open for any questions or concerns you might have. If you have any little athletes in your group, make sure to check them in at the TimberKids Race Check-In. The race will begin shortly there after. For all you cyclist out there, the Mandatory Bike Check-In will happen in the afternoon.

 

The Athlete Briefing, an hour-long overview, will take place on the second day. Make sure to stop by and learn more about this fantastic race and how to enjoy everything to its best!

 

Race Day! Get ready for the exciting, at points trying, Ironman 70.3 Timberman triathlon! Be ready for when the gates open to ensure that you are in you designated spot in time! A shuttle bus service will be available from Gunstock Mountain Resort to Ellacoya State Park. There will be a short Pre-Race Briefing before the race begins at 7 A.M. on the dot. At the end of the race, make your way to the Post-Race Athlete Food Tent, where you will find water and food.

 

After a challenging New Hampshire Triathlon, there’s nothing better than munching on delicious BBQ. Enjoy the evening with fellow racers at the Gunstock Mountain Resort for some homemade, scrumptious BBQ.

 

What better place to comeback to after a challenging New Hampshire Triathlon than the Inn on Golden Pond. Our Squam Lake bed and breakfast is the perfect destination for racers to relax at after the long day. Our classily decorated country style guest rooms feature sitting areas, private baths, flat screen televisions and complimentary WiFi. Plus, you’ll begin each morning of your stay with a delicious homemade breakfast, so you will be ready for all the Ironman 70.3 Timberman festivities. We can’t wait to see you soon!

 

Photo courtesy Josiah Mackenzie via Wikimedia Commons.

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