Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Engaged ! First Three Steps of Wedding Planning
Your partner popped the question... now what? Here are the first three steps in your countdown to "I do!" Get started now by tackling these first wedding-planning tasks.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wedding Day Tresses from

Tips for Wedding Hairstyles
1. Do Your ResearchThis is the fun part. Take some time to explore your options before settling on one hairstyle. Browse wedding and other style magazines, and visit the
Wedding Hairstyles gallery to get inspired.
2. Complement Your LookYour wedding hairstyle should flatter your dress and overall look – not complete with it. Use your dress style and the formality of the event as your guide. Dresses with halter necklines, ball gown silhouettes, or plunging backs practically scream for an updo. An unbuttoned beachside affair calls for long, loose waves. You get the idea.
3. Know YourselfYour face greets you in the mirror every morning, and you and your hair go way back, so chances are you already know which hairstyles flatter your face and which fall flat. Even if you don’t, here are some pointers: A long, thin face will look more so with a long, straight ’do, and ears that stick out a tad too far will be accentuated by a pulled back ’do. Along those lines, don’t attempt a look that isn’t you just because it’s your wedding. Remember: Your goal should be to look like your best version of you, not someone else.
4. Heed the WeatherMake sure your wedding hairstyle will work with the day’s weather conditions. This tip is especially crucial for weddings in humid climates. Do yourself – and your hair – a favor: Don’t force a curly mane into a sleek, straight ’do for an outdoor New Orleans wedding in July.
5. Get the Right LengthRemember that many of the wedding hairstyles shown in magazines require long hair. The good news is that longer tresses can be achieved both naturally and artificially. You can either start growing it early or use clip-on extensions for added volume and length on the big day.
6. Book Your StylistIf you love your usual stylist and are getting married locally, make sure he or she is available on your date; otherwise, start auditioning stylists for the big day. Many hair stylists also offer makeup services and are willing to travel, while others do not.
7. Work with the VeilDon’t forget that your hairstyle and veil must work well together, so you’ll really need to plan one around the other. If you’ve already got the veil, bring it to your stylist before the wedding so he/she can create a style that complements both you and the headpiece. Or if you’re set on a certain hairstyle, have your stylist do a trial run on the same day that you plan to shop for your veil. This way you can easily determine what style of veil will work best.
8. Cut and ColorThe best time to schedule your final cut and color is one to two weeks out – not the day before – to ensure enough time to fix any last-minute color mishaps. And, of course, avoid doing anything too drastic. Again, you want to look like yourself, only better!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wedding Photography Tips from eleGala

Wedding Photography: Tips to Get Started from
As one of the most important decisions you will make concerning the big day, planning your wedding pictures should be considered with care. We've compiled a list of wedding photography tips to get you started.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Trends in Wedding Cakes

Wedding Cake Trends from

Inspire your imagination with this list of today’s top trends for wedding cakes…
Much more than a sweet finale to the reception meal, wedding cakes are a major style statement. And trends in wedding cakes, like all other wedding details, evolve with the times. The wedding cake presents a perfect opportunity for creative brides to play with shape, color, and embellishments. For those of you who need a little inspiration, consult this list of top trends for wedding cakes.
Back to Buttercream Buttercream was once the traditional frosting for wedding cakes, but sleek cakes came into favor, and rolled fondant became the frosting of choice. Not anymore, thanks to advanced tools and techniques that allow buttercream to look as smooth as fondant, cakes iced in buttercream are again the norm. We love this trend, since buttercream frosting tastes better, has natural ingredients, and costs less than fondant. Now you can literally have your stylishly sleek cake – and eat it, too.
Keeping it SimpleAs brides look for creative ways to meet their budgets without sacrificing style, simple cakes are making a comeback. Classic ivory fondant embellished with ribbon or flowers is a gorgeous and safe choice, but many brides are taking things to the next level with contemporary and fun “messy” icing. These cakes have gorgeous texture and a truly modern look while requiring less labor, which will help keep costs down.
Creative ToppersWhile unique cake toppers like pinwheels, paper rosettes, and bird nests are adorning contemporary cakes, many couples are going back to the traditional bride and groom but with an interesting twist: completely personalized toppers that bear a likeness to the couple themselves. Etsy artist, Milk Tea offers a plethora of pre-made toppers to choose from, but will also create a completely customized mini version of you and your honey.
Blue RulesShades of blue have been dominating the wedding decor palette, and your wedding cake is a perfect canvas to incorporate this cool shade. Consider a cake saturated in turquoise, periwinkle, or even navy, and embellish it with complimenting colors like silver, white, gray, or yellow.
Square Mini-CakesCupcake towers in lieu of wedding cakes have been around for awhile, but brides are making cupcakes interesting again by playing with shape and size. Brides are stacking square shaped mini-cakes (slightly larger than cupcakes) adorned with flowers or dressed as presents for a completely different take on the cupcake frenzy.
Think PinkPink – the perpetual hot color for weddings – had begun to fall out of favor as brides experimented with more non-traditional hues like browns, grays, and even black. But soft pink is back in a big way, and brides are incorporating the blush tones throughout their wedding cake designs. Pink instantly freshens up classic white. Tone down an all-pink cake with real ivory flowers or lace details.
Groom’s CakeThe old Southern tradition of the groom’s cake is shedding its regional trappings and growing in popularity throughout the nation. And no, it doesn’t have to be the iconic red-velvet armadillo from Steel Magnolias. Today’s groom’s cakes, now just as elaborate as the wedding cake itself, often reflect the groom’s interest in a dramatic and whimsical expression: a deer grooms cake for an avid hunter, shaped like a race car for an diehard Nascar fan, or decked with his favorite sports team logo.
Photo courtesy of Walk Doyle

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dickens Christmas Weekend

Dickens Christmas Weekend, Dec 10-12
The holiday season is always exciting here at the Rosewood! Our wonderful old inn seems to have been made for decorating. Each year we look forward to our "Spirit of Christmas" presentation, as thousands of twinkling lights and the aroma of gingerbread get us in the mood for the festive season ahead. Our weekend begins on Friday evening with a get-acquainted hors d'oeuvre party. After a hearty breakfast on Saturday, you'll be ready for a brisk day of Christmas shopping, or cutting down your own tree at one of the local farms. Saturday evening will be festive as we enjoy a holiday buffet dinner. After dinner, as we sit by the fire, we will be entertained by professional storyteller Rebecca Rule, with tales of Christmases past. Package includes two nights accommodations, hearty country breakfasts, holiday buffet dinner, and storyteller.
Rates start at $49 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity) over room rate

New Year'sEve Getaway

New Year's Eve Weekend
Dec. 31-Jan 2

Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind...spend New Year's Eve in the country. The tavern room windows glow with candlelight and the air is pungent with wood smoke. It's the kindof place that beckons you to hurry inside on a snowy night. The fireplaces blaze brightly and the candles cast
a warm glow.

The highlights of this package are a quiet romantic celebration on New Year's Eve complete with an hors d'oeuvre and dessert buffet with champagne and truffles by the fire at midnight.
On New Year's Day enjoy a late brunch, then, perhaps an afternoon of snow shoeing on miles of our woodland trails.
In the evening we'll enjoy a Chef's Choice farmhouse supper as we cozy up by a warm fire.
Package includes:
~2 nights lodging
~heart breakfast each morning
~New Year's Eve Buffet
~Fireside supper New Year's evening

$49 pp over roomrate

HARVEST HOME Thanksgiving Package

Thanksgiving Getaway, Harvest Home, Nov 24-28
Thanksgiving at the Rosewood offers a chance for far flung families to meet, and those without to make new friends. Join us during this special time and let our home be your home this holiday. This four night package is chock full of things to do! Arrive on Wednesday in plenty of time to rest up for the the days ahead. Thursday: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast...but save room for that glorious turkey dinner with all the fixins' at the Millstone Restaurant. Friday: Awake to a full gourmet breakfast served before a crackling fireplace, then off for a full day of "tax-free" shopping. There are church fairs, bazaars and antique and country artisan's shops to explore. When you return to the Inn all that's needed to wrap your holiday gifts will be waiting...wrapping paper, ribbon and bows, while enjoying hot mulled cider and light hors d'oeuvres. Saturday: After a hearty country breakfast we'll be busy getting the Inn all dressed in all her holiday finery for the Christmas season ahead. In the evening after the trees are all trimmed we'll relax by the fire with a glass of wine as we enjoy a delicious farmhouse supper. Sunday: Enjoy a leisurely "candlelight & crystal" breakfast while planning your final day's activities. Return home with all your holiday shopping bought and wrapped! What better way to rejoice in the holiday season ahead.
Package includes:
four nights lodging
hearty country breakfast each morning
$75 gift certificate for Thanksgiving dinner at the Millstone Restaurant
Friday evening wrapping party with light hors d'oeuvres
Saturday afternoon lunch while tree trimming
Saturday evening fireside supper
Standard room rates start at $516 per couple; Fireplace Suites start at $676 and Luxury Fireplace and Jacuzzi Suites start at $796

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Unique Wedding Invitations for Every Season by eleGala

Unique Wedding Invitations for Every Season
Take a cue from the seasons with these unique wedding invitation ideas for fall, winter, spring, and summer.

Unique Wedding Invitations Ideas for Fall
The weather is getting colder outside and the leaves are turning. Entice guests with a warm and cozy invitation suite…
Your fall motif – Acorns and maple leaves are timeless choices, while the silhouette of Queen Anne’s lace, fields of wheat, or
playful trees will also evoke that fall feeling.
Consider color – Browns, rusts, deep reds, and oranges work well for either your paper or inks.
An added touch – Sprinkle silk fall leaves into each envelope.
Play with texture – Heavy weight kraft papers and those with unfinished edges create a wonderful fall feel.
Unique Wedding Invitations Ideas for Winter
Invoke the cool feeling of the winter months…
Your winter motif – Silhouettes and
bold designs are key. Trade in the traditional snowflake for chandeliers, owls, birch trees, or a sweet and simple Douglas fir.
Go white on white – Create a snowy first impression with variations of ivory, and use this
Unveiled inspiration board for ideas.
Add metallics – Jazz it up with a hint of sparkle.
Unique Wedding Invitations Ideas for Spring
Celebrate new life, new colors, and blooming flowers…
Your spring motif – Make a butterfly theme modern with ideas from this
Unveiled inspiration board, or add whimsy with lanterns and bird cages. Don’t forget that sometimes simple is best.
Consider color – Use paper or inks in a spring color palette, like blush pinks or bold pops of green.
Get whimsical – Find a
fun, flirty font to evoke a festive spring feeling.
An added touch – Insert a sprinkling of bright confetti for a fun surprise.
Unique Wedding Invitations Ideas for Summer
Invite guests to conjure up images of bright sunny days spent at the beach or relaxing in the garden…
Your summer motif –
Bright, whimsical flowers or little lovebirds will bring warmth to your stationery suite, while bold fonts paired with polka dots create a classic summer look.
Go wild with color – Now’s the time for paper or fonts in bolder tropical hues, such as turquoise or mango.
Destination detail – Create a custom postcard from the island or country of your wedding destination.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Inn to Inn Snowshoe Adventure
Jan 14-16th and March 4-6th

Experience the warm hospitality of two New Hampshire inns as you spend a cozy winter weekend in the Lake Sunapee area. This inn-to-inn adventure promises to be the right combination of physical activity in the crisp outdoors and wonderful indoor pampering.
We start our adventure at the award-winning Rosewood Country Inn where we will have a brief orientation followed by a hearty, four course dinner.
In the morning we'll enjoy a three course breakfast
before heading out on our journey.
We'll venture out by snow shoe (or hike, depending on snow conditions) over peaceful forest trails as our guide leads the way from one charming inn to the next. You'll take along trail lunches as your innkeepers shuttle your luggage to our next inn. In the evenings we'll enjoy the quiet comfort, warm hospitality and gracious hearty meals at The Candlelite Inn.
Package includes:
2 nights lodging
Hearty country breakfast each morning
Fireside dinner each evening
Guided snow shoe trek
Trail lunch
Luggage shuttle
Rate is $299 pp/do
(snow shoe rental an additional $20, if needed)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Inspiration For Brides

Take Back Your Wedding: Cliche-Free Ideas
There is nothing wrong with the traditional white wedding, but sometimes it is nice to make yours stand out from the rest…
Today’s weddings are all about options that reflect your personalities and style. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite non-traditional or unexpected wedding ideas to incorporate into every aspect of your big day.

See ideas from eleGALA.

Photography courtesy of Walt Doyle

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Apple Stuffed Buttermilk Pancakes

What's better a crisp autumn morning!
For the filling:
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
3 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and grated
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Maple Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp. salt

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's Time To Start Thinking About Spring Weddings!

Although we're still enjoying fall's spectacular colors and the snow hasn't even started to fly, it's time to start thinking about your spring wedding. Here are some great tips to make planning your wedding a breeze.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Christmas Sampler

A Christmas Sampler

DIY Gifts From The Heart and Home,
Nov 5-7
Christmas in New Hampshire is a magical time of year!
Create a holiday tradition with gifts from the heart. Take home innovative ideas and recipes.
Our weekend will consist of 3 workshops, Gifts From the Kitchen, Holiday Decorating, and How To Create A Dazzling Holiday Party.
In our "Gifts From the Kitchen " workshop you'll learn to make homemade liqueurs (Irish Cream and Spiced Apple Brandy), a Hot Pepper Relish and a Sunny-Honey Dressing. You'll also learn to make scented bath salts and rose scented glycerin soap petals....perfect for spa bath baskets.
In our "Holiday Decorating" workshop you learn to make a miniature boxwood Christmas tree (great for gift-giving or for decorating your home ) and our Hans Brinker Ice Skates to jazz up your front door.
We'll also learn how to wrap gifts like a pro using everything from ribbon and dollar store snowflakes, to pine cones and berries.
In our "Holiday Party" workshop we'll learn some time and money-saving secrets to creating a Dazzling Holiday Cocktail Party and an Elegant Holiday Brunch.
Package includes workshops, lunch and Saturday evening fireside supper.
$39 pp over room rate, minimum 6 participan

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Warner Fall Foliage Festival!

Welcome to the Warner Fall Foliage Festival!
The festival starts in 3 days!
Since 1947, the people of Warner have come together at the height of autumn color to host the Warner Fall Foliage Festival and to welcome old and new friends to our community. The Festival is Warner's invitation to share the natural splendor of New Hampshire's vibrant autumn colors while enjoying food, entertainment, carnival rides and fine crafts along the main streets of Warner.
The Festival is organized and by hundreds of local volunteers. During the festival, good folks from walks of life volunteer to cook, sell tickets, wash dishes, carry soda, flip chickens, steam lobsters and become 'refuse collection specialists,' all to money for community projects.
We welcome you to our small central New Hampshire town to experience autumn's splendor and share in our community spirit.
Photo by Heather Turner

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Perfect Early Fall Day...

Looks like the perfect day to relax on the porch. It doesn't get much better than this....

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Foliage Season In New Hampshire

The foliage season has started in New Hampshire and the colors are spectacular! This would be a great weekend for the scenic cruise on Lake Sunapee, or a romantic sunset dinner cruise in the evening. Take in the Chowder Fest at Sunapee Harbor on Sunday afternoon...or bike the backroads with a picnic lunch. Call us and we'll take care of all the details.

Photo by Heather Turner

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Our travel writer enjoyed his breakfast this morning and actually took a picture of it!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Peach and Cantaloupe Soup

We love sharing recipes with our guests! This is a great way to use those juicy peaches and it makes a wonderful fruit course for breakfast or brunch!

Chilled Peach and Cantaloupe Soup
1 fresh ripe cantaloupe, cubed and cut into chunks
2 ripe peaches, peeled and cut into chunks
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons amaretto liqueur
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 cups half and half

Blend, small amounts at a time, fruits and liquids in blender or food processor. chill. Serve in stemmed glasses with a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.

Makes about 10-12 servings for a fruit course

Sunday, September 12, 2010


The sun starts to set and hundreds of volunteers rush to light thousands and thousands of carved pumpkins as visitors from around the world watch the dark become illuminated by nearly 30,000 votive candles then the wait for the final count to be announced and fireworks to start. This and much more awaits you at this yearly festival.
On the Friday before the there is a special Community Night held from 5 to 10 p.m. The evening includes live music at Central Square, DJ music, pumpkin drop-off stations at both Railroad Square and Central Square, food, information tents from Cheshire Medical Center and a sneak peek of Saturday's grand finale with two towers lit.
The Keene Pumpkin Festival® is held on a Saturday in mid-October from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. While you're waiting to see what that many pumpkins lit at one time looks like, the entire family can spend the day downtown with special activities for the kids including a costume parade, a seed spitting and pie eating contests, live music on three stages, facepainting, craft booths, lots of food provided by area non-profits, and much more. The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks display.
Photo Courtesy of Al Braden


Autumn brides-to-be: take note of these fun ways to play up your seasonal wedding. From color schemes to wedding themes, make the most of the season!
Autumn conjures up ideas of crisp weather and bright foliage. What better time to tie the knot? Fall brides don't have to contend with the sweltering summer months of running makeup and frizzy hair or the unpredictable snow and ice storms common in winter months. So how do you make the most of the perfect weather for your perfect day? Here are some ideas especially for autumn weddings:
Fall Wedding Color Palette
When we think of fall, we think of harvest time and all the rich yellows, oranges, golds, copper, peach and browns. This is a great place to begin considerations for your wedding color scheme. Also think about the foliage as a source for color inspiration. Warm, rich colors are inviting and appropriately represent the time of year, as does metallics and jewel tones.
Fall Wedding Flower Options
Popular fall flowers include roses, orchids, gardenias, mums and dahlias. Consider using berries in rich shades to fill in your bouquet. In addition to flowers, you can carry the theme of Fall harvest into your wedding by using pumpkins, bails of hay, maple leaves and cornstalks as well.Read more at Suite101:
Fall Wedding Ideas: Tips for Autumn Brides Choosing Seasonal Colors, Flowers and Decor

Pieced Together:New Hampshire Quilts and Their Stories

The New Hampshire Historical Society serves thousands of children and adults each year through its museum, library, educational programs, and award-winning publications. The Society's museum, located at 6 Eagle Square in Concord, offers exhibitions on the state's heritage and traditions as well as a variety of programs for children and adults. The museum store features an extensive selection of New Hampshire's books, gifts, and custom products. The museum is fully accessible.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


This was this morning's fruit course and a copy was requested by one of our guests. Thought we might share it with you all.

Chilled Honeydew Soup
3 ripe honeydew melons, seeded and flesh cut into chunks
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1/3 cup lime juice
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped
mint for garnish

Puree melon in blender; place in bowl and add orange juice and lime juice. Refrigerate overnight. Serve in stemmed wine glasses. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a small strawberry.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall Wedding Season

The fall wedding season is underway. See what has to say regarding ideas, advice and ediquette for those "thank you" notes.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Spanning the Years

~ A Historic Covered Bridge Tour
Explore New Hampshire's back roads and quaint villages as you tour the countryside
for covered bridges. More than four hundred wooden covered bridges have spanned the rivers and streams of NH over the years. Today, few of these graceful testaments to traditional craftsmanship and engineering remain today. And while some still carry modern traffic, others are crossed only on foot.
A few stand perilously close to history's pages, sadly neglected. this 3 night package will take you throughout the Granite State in search of the remaining bridges that are truly links to our past. Package includes 3 nights accommodations, hearty country breakfasts each morning, afternoon refreshments, a New Hampshire Covered Bridge Map and Guide, and a gourmet picnic. $50 per couple over room rate (exclusive of tax and gratuity)


By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Hiking By Moonlight
October 22-24
There is adventure and mystery to hiking by moonlight. Your senses are tuned in when you are reminded that there are eyes in the woods watching your every move and none of them are human. Owls silently swoop by you and animals move in the bushes as you pass. There are unseen creatures hiding in the shadows. Creatures normally hidden during the day are active in the dark. In the moonlight, the woods take on a mysterious beauty. Join us for a little night time adventure in the woods as we brave the moonlit path and take an easy 2 hour hike to a rocky hilltop, then down to the open meadows where we'll roast marshmallow over a toasty fire.
Our adventure package includes:
two nights accommodations
hearty country breakfast each morning
a fireside supper
moonlight hike
Package is $39 pp over your room rate
Standard room rates start at $129 per night d/o, fireplace rooms start at $169 and luxury Jacuzzi suites start at $199.


Rails and Trails, Sept 19-Oct 14,
Wednesday-Thursday Night, package includes Friday morning train ride

If you can only get away for 2 nights during NH's spectacular foliage season, take advantage of our "Rails and Trails" package. Package includes 2 nights with off-season rates, hearty three course breakfasts each morning, 2 tickets to the 2 hour Vermont train ride through the scenic countryside. Step back in time and take in the Vermont Country Store where the shelves are filled with penny candy, and Vermont cheddar cheese. The following day spend the afternoon hiking the nature trails at The Fells at the John Hay Estate, or enjoy an afternoon of shopping through NH's Antique Alley.
Rates start at only $302 per couple


Hail To The Leaf, Sept 19-Oct 14
Mid-week Tuesday-Thursday night, package includes Friday morning train ride

Autumn in New England bursts with color! Tree branches explode into crimson, and the valleys turn to gold. Roadside stands offer apples by the bushel, jack-o-lanterns for carving and fresh pressed cider. Our "Hail To The Leaf" package offers you a self-guided tour through covered bridges and back country roads. You'll experience a two hour train ride though the scenic countryside along the

Connecticut and Williams Rivers with spectacular views of Brockway Mills Gorge,

between Bellows Falls and Chester Vermont.
Then travel to the Vermont Country Store where the shelves and counters are filled with penny candy, Vermont Common Crackers and rich Vermont cheddar cheese. Spend an afternoon hiking the nature trails at The Fells at the John Hay Estate, only 10 minutes from the Inn. Then enjoy a day of shopping through Antique Alley...or stroll the historic houses in the Canterbury Shaker Village.
Rates start at just $459 per couple and include 3 nights lodging, gourmet breakfasts each morning, two tickets to the train ride, two tickets to The Fells and two tickets to Canterbury Shaker Village.

Rosewood Reflections

Fall is just around the corner. The maple tree in our circular drive is already a bright orange. Hard to believe, when it was just in the mid-90's a week ago. By the end of September the hills will be glowing with vibrant colors. Fall's return brings with it the delicious anticipation of crisp days, Farmer's markets and blazing foliage.
Local farmers are saying that this year's apple crop will be at least a week early and the orchards will be overflowing with ride fruit ready for picking. Harvest time is here and New Hampshire is the perfect place to experience the season in all of its glory.
Visit the Rosewood's web site for fall foliage specials.
Photo by Heather Turner