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