Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Family Time in the New Hampshire woods

Any time of year is the right time of year to have a family gathering/escape in the New Hampshire woods.  Here at the Rosewood Country Inn in Bradford, which is part of the Lake Sunapee region we know how precious your time away with family can be.  This area is known for the raw beauty that is New Hampshire, and New England in general. 

  • We have winter snowmobiling trails which double as fantastic hiking opportunities in the summer
  • Lakes for Spring, Summer and Fall fishing and boating.
  • Mountains with awesome trails for skiing in the winter, but wonderful hiking options too in the summer
  • Locally, Mt Sunapee even has been expanding their Adventure park for the summer season with zip lines, biking and aerial courses.
  • PYO fruit orchards abound with a variety of different fresh fruit options as well as fruit festivals
  • Craft fairs and Fall festivals are in high gear in the fall
  • Historical properties are near enough to go to with both Canterbury and Enfield Shaker villages within driving distance as well as The Fells.
All of these things are available to entertain family members here in our quiet corner of New Hampshire.  It's why we love it here.  We can escape to Bradford for the quiet, yet find any number of activities within easy driving time of our lovely Victorian home.

This year we've had the pleasure of helping families welcome new loved ones into their families with intimate weddings, as well as family gathering at our Inn with the larger wedding at other local venues, as well as gatherings where family members traveled from around the world to enjoy time together in our special place. 

Come visit us, see our beautiful grounds, if you are lucky see a bear, deer, turkey or moose.  We've seen them all here on our property - you just have to keep your eyes open and your senses in tune!

Monday, September 4, 2017

New Hampshire Festivals and In-house Events in the Dartmouth/Sunapee region Fall and Winter 2017-18

Fall is a fantastic time for experiencing New Hampshire - with wonderful colors, apple picking and festivals.  The Rosewood Country Inn is blessed with our proximity to all of these wonders of nature and fun times.  We just experienced the Hopkinton Fair ourselves today, with rides, local foods and crafts galore.

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  • NH Highland Games and Festival September 15-17 at Loon Mountain
  • Schnitzelfest 2017 in Hillsborough, NH - September 23rd - German food and entertainment for all!
  • 28th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival. Date: Friday through Sunday, October 6-8, 2017. ...
  • 70th Annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival. Date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 6-8, 2017.   Look for the Sunapee Lions club food wagon, we are members and will be helping out cooking locally grown buffalo burgers etc!
  • 20th Annual Attitash Oktoberfest. Date: Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, 2017.
  • 9th Annual Fall Festival Pig Roast and BBQ at Mt Sunapee, October 7-8
  • The Great New England Fall Craft Fair - October 21/22 - Milford, NH - over 200 Crafters and artisans  
  • Too many craft fairs to even list on a single blog - they are everywhere - literally!

Plus, we at the Rosewood have our own events to keep our guests and friends entertained as well.

  • Events/Crafts
    • Burlap Wreath making with our local artist, September 30th 2-4:30 - limited seating so contact us for details
    • Join the Rosewood in supporting our local town meeting house - an 1790's building with a DoBros Concert October 27th 6-8pm.  We are a proud partner!
    • Traditional New England Story telling and a dinner buffet with Rebecca Rule - December 2nd.  Help us spread the Christmas cheer as Rebecca tells stories with her fantastic New England humor!  A catered buffet dinner will be included in your evenings entertainment and guest join us at a discount for their evenings entertainment. 
  • Tour 
    • Wine, Chocolate and Cheese - October 14
  • Comedy
           We have 2 comedy shows scheduled for this fall and winter so far and a third planned but not              confirmed so far:
    • October 21  - Laughs, desserts, and refreshments
    • April 14 - taxes either make us laugh or cry - we'd rather laugh! 
  • Weekends can be Murder at the Rosewood
    • The Password is Murder - November 10-12 - a 1920's themed murder weekend where our guests join us as gangsters and flappers of a bygone era.  Somebody dies and everybody laughs - sometimes even the corpse gets giggle-mortis.
    • Medieval Madness - January 26-28 - a Knights and Maidens tale of intrigue and murder. Who will die, the bride, groom, family members, court jester or the Bishop himself - you've got to join in the fun to find out!
    • 1953 High School reunions can be tough, especially if you're a lover of Llama's!  Join us to find out what happened to cause many of your former classmates to be lost in an explosion and even the school mascot to go missing - fur will fly!
We love it here in our special spot in New England, and we try to make sure to either join existing events or come up with some fun activities of our own through out the year.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Rosewood Country Inn Events to Die for

The Rosewood Country Inn just put the wraps on our fourth dastardly weekend murder mystery.  These events are a blast and we really do love doing them!

We've worked with John Bailey with Murdermysteryweekends for all that we have done since we took over ownership of our lovely Victorian set in the mountains of New Hampshire back in 2015.  It only made sense for us to do weekend live action plays with the history of the property having hosted the likes of:  Charlie Chaplin,  Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Jack London, The Gish sisters, Gloria Swanson and many lesser known actors from long ago having stayed here back in the early twentieth century.  Our guests and participants in the weekend long events have gotten to walk the halls, and hang out in our bar in the shadow of these famous actors and we'd like to think they approve of our continuing the acting traditions here, where these famous folks used to come to relax.

Of the four themes we've hosted:  1920's Riverboat gambling, 1940's Debutante party, 1950's High School reunion, and now the 1970's Disco Dance party.  All have been a absolutely amazing time, with guests coming dressed in costume:  Flappers with Boa's, Gentlemen and lady socialites, Pimps, Priests and Nuns we've seen them all.

And we get to decorate the Inn to help add to the weekend and illusion of your fun.

Disco Era:

1950's High School Reunion:

1920's Prohibition:  

We just plain like to have fun and hosting events like murder mystery weekends are one of the myriad of ways we have found to do it.

Come check us out one of these weekends, or better yet, give us a shout and give us your vision of what you'd like to do to help you and your friends have a funtastic weekend at the Rosewood!  

Phone 603-938-5253 or 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Wildlife abounds at the Rosewood Country Inn

You never know what you will encounter here at the Rosewood.

Everyday you see chipmunks here at the Inn.  What's funny is when you see chipmunks on a very windy day and they jump for there hole only to be blown off course mid-bound.  This happened to one little fellow just the other day.  He was surprised when a couple of humans walked up behind him and scared the guy which made him dive for his hole, only to get blown slightly off course and the poor little guy flew smack into the wall of the garage (next to his hole).  He stopped, looked dazed for a moment then wandered slowly into his hole.  Poor little guy luckily was uninjured but it made both the humans stop for a moment, shake our heads and then laugh out loud at his poor timing!

We've also had occasion this spring to catch the wonders of nature with Robin's nesting and hatching their young.  This happened in a shrub/tree just outside the window of the dining room in the Inn.  We could go up to a room above to see the beautiful blue of their eggs earlier, then when they hatched got to watch mom and dad feed their young chicks beak to beak.  It was a great experience for our boy, and he loved it.

Then, another day we opened the basement door one morning to find a cow moose just on the other side of the creek behind the Inn.  She looked up and then trotted off into the woods up the hill behind us.  We'd been here a year and a half already and I'd been looking all over, just to find one not 15 yards away in the backyard.

The following day, I was cooking breakfasts for our guests and our boy came briskly into the Inn kitchen and announced "Daddy, daddy I just saw a black bear!"  He was quite proud of himself for catching the fellow, essentially in the same spot as I'd seen the moose just the day before.

Then two days ago, our fellow whose been helping us replacing some of the siding on the side of our lovely old Victorian was up on the scaffolding.  He told me he heard a commotion behind him only to find a doe jumping our stone fence along the side of the road.  She stopped and waited, Dan didn't know why, then he saw it.  She was waiting for her fawn to follow her.  According to the description the fawn must have just been born, it was maybe 2 feet tall and couldn't possibly jump our stone fence that was as tall as it was, so he/she came around the fence and ran just below our man - not 10 feet away.  Neither the fawn nor it's mother saw Dan because he was up on the scaffold, but he had a birds eye view of the wonders of nature.

                                                                                                                                    For this city boy transplanted willingly to the wonders of New Hampshires "quiet corner" of the Dartmouth/Sunapee region 
 we love being here.  We get to see the beauty of nature everyday, while still being close enough to the city's to keep us fully connected.    

Friday, March 18, 2016

Maple Glazed Oatmeal Maple cookies

To highlight Maple weekend (March 19-20th 2016) I made Maple Glazed Oatmeal Maple Cookies for our guests this evening.  These delightful little cookies are my own adaptation of a recipe from a 1950's Betty Crocker's cookbook I'd gotten from my mother years ago.

Oatmeal Maple cookies with a Maple glaze

Ingredients:   2 cups of sifted Flour
                     1/2 tsp salt
                      3 cups rolled oats
                      1 1/2  tsp cinnamon
                       1/2 tsp all spice

                      1 cup of shortening (part butter)
                      1 cup of sugar (can be white or brown depending on how sweet you like your cookies)
                      2/3 cup of Maple syrup (New Hampshire's, since we live in the Lake Sunapee region)
                      2 whole eggs

                      1 tsp of baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup of milk or buttermilk

Glaze Ingredients:
                      3/4 cup of confectioners sugar
                      1/2 cup of Maple Syrup

For the cookies, cream together the sugar, maple syrup and shortening/butter mixture first, then beat in each egg one at a time.  Set aside. 

Next, mix together the flour, rolled oats, salt, and spices in a separate bowl.

Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients with the wet, mixing as you go, when about half the dry ingredients have been put in with the wet, add the milk and baking soda, then mix in the rest of your dry.

Spoon about 12 cookies onto a nonstick baking pan or baking sheet spray with your favorite cooking spray.  Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes until edges are slightly browned.

For the glaze mix the maple syrup with the confectioners sugar until fully dissolved.  Drizzle the glaze mixture over the cooled cookies. 

To taste these, or any of the assortment of cookies I make for our guests, come stay with us at the  Rosewood Country Inn ( 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sugaring Season in full swing

Our boy and I went next door and visited the neighbors' sugar shack again today.  When we got there we found the entire family and their friends gathering to go up in the woods to collect the sap from the many trees they had tapped.  Our boy got to do something I'd never done, he got to collect raw sap from a wild maple grove!  We collected the sap from the buckets tapping the trees with the extended Messer family and their friends. 

The really cool thing is, the Messer's are the family that started our Inn back in the 1890's, when it was known first as the Pleasant View Farm and later the Pleasant View Inn.  It's neat to see the link in the chain extended to our little family, and I really thank the Messer family for allowing us to join them in their traditions.  That's part of what really makes Bradford a great place - people are so open and willing to let you join them and experience life, and our boy is getting to open his eyes to new experiences in what is truly a whole new world to him!

The previous day he'd gone to visit one of his friends at the Hope Well farm (, where they raise beef cattle, sheep, hogs and chickens along with having their own Maple grove.  New Hampshire has opened it's arms to us and our little guy is soaking it all in.

And in the process I walked 10 miles today!  So New Hampshire has been good to open our boys eyes and to thin down my waist.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Celestial Events in 2016

After our family went to the town meeting in Bradford last night we came back to a beautiful starlit night.  As I was walking the family puppy dog to close out the evening I even saw a meteor flash across the sky! 

This got me thinking about how wonderful the view was likely to be of major celestial events now that we've settled in out here in the countryside of New Hampshire.  Even more, it got me thinking how we can we share this amazing view with our guests in the future.  So I went out and found a short list of expected 2016 nighttime events  (Credit given to the New Hampshire Astronomical Society ( and their wonderful calendar)).

April 21-23 - Lyrid meteor shower
May 5-7 - Aquarid meteor shower
May 21 – Blue Moon
July 29-31 - Delta Aquarid meteor shower

August 12 and 14 – Perseids meteor showers
October, November and December will be a busy months with two meteor showers each month:
     Draconid meteors - October 7-9
     Orionid meteors - October 20-23
    Taurid meteors November 4-7
    Leonid meteors - November 16-19 
     Geminids meteor shower – December 13-14 - This one is estimated at 120 meteors per hour – but Full Cold Moon could impact December 14th – so the best time to see them is Dec 13th.
      Ursid meteor shower - December 22-24th

Three Super Moons at the end of the year are:

October 16 – Blood Moon

November 14– Hunters Moon

December 14 Full Cold Moon

For those of you wanting to come experience any of the above give us a call or check out our availability online.  Sniffles wouldn't mind the extra company once he's gotten to know you, if you want to walk with us.  Or, you and your partner can talk a nice romantic stroll down the lane by yourselves to experience the same.  Let me know and Sniffles and I can walk the other direction, so you can have your privacy that night! 

Either way you can take a nice walk  for a bit down the country lane that runs in front of the Rosewood Country Inn, to see what the sky's decide to reveal that night! 

Disclaimer - of course, you never know when mother nature will allow us to see and you are never guaranteed to have as stunningly clear sky as I experienced last night.  But if you aren't here to experience it, I can guaranteed you won't see it!