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.
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November 17th, 2012 by billwebb
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!
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
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
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”
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.