Thursday, December 15, 2011

Over The River and Through the Woods Winter Wonderland

Nice article written by two travel writers, Jeff and Stephanie Silva, that stayed with us last winter for one of our Inn To Inn Snow Shoe Treks. Unfortunately, the January 13-15 and the 20-22, along with the February 3-5 are already booked. We still have space on Feb 24-26and March 16-18th. The winter is booking up quickly!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Enjoy Fall Foliage Season In New Hamsphire With Inn To Inn Autumn Hiking Adventure
September 18 – 20 and September 25 – 27, 2011.
The crisp autumn days that bring Mother Nature’s annual display of spectacular fall foliage are just around the corner. Since this is one of the most popular times for visitors to the New England region, it’s not too early to plan a visit. One of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of the fall season is with the Inn to Inn Autumn Hiking Adventure from the Rosewood Country Inn and Candlelite Inn in the Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire.
This package offers the quintessential New England experience combining gracious hospitality, welcoming accommodations, magnificent scenery and hearty country meals. The two night package is available for September 18 – 20 and September 25 – 27, 2011.
The adventure begins at the award-winning Rosewood Country Inn where guests will have a brief orientation followed by a delicious four-course dinner. In the morning they'll enjoy a hearty three-course breakfast before heading out on their journey.
Led by a seasoned guide who will share his knowledge about the history and lore of the Sunapee area, guests will hike along the peaceful forest trails between the two inns. The guided hike is about 3 miles, along a fairly easy trail and is suitable for beginners. Along with leaf peeping, hikers will also have an opportunity to spot some of the wildlife that is found in the woods, including deer, wild turkey and even moose. The hike will take approximately 3 hours, which includes a stop along the trail to enjoy a backpack lunch prepared by the innkeepers.
Upon arrival at The Candlelite Inn, guests can relax and enjoy a hearty dinner to end their day. In the morning, they’ll be served a delightful three-course breakfast and afterward can enjoy a quiet morning before departure, or spend some time exploring the Lake Sunapee area with some antiquing, shopping or apple picking.
The Inn to Inn Autumn Hiking Adventure package is priced from $299 per person, based on double occupancy and includes:
Two nights lodging (one night at each inn)
Hearty country breakfast each morning
Fireside dinner each evening
Guided hike
Trail lunch
To book this package, call the Rosewood Country Inn at 800-938-5273 or e-mail

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Plan a "Winter Wonderland" Wedding!

Winter-themed weddings can be uber chic and ethereal – an absolute wonderland, if you will. Get inspired with a few of our seasonable ideas by

Winter-Themed Weddings – Things To Consider
Inclement Weather Depending on your wedding location, winter weather can be particularly hairy. If so, don’t force your guests to walk too far or spend considerable time outside. Dress the wedding party (including yourself) in seasonably warm attire.
Holidays Remember that the action-packed holiday season and higher travel costs make it potentially inconvenient for guests to attend a December or early January wedding, but because many people are off between Christmas and New Year’s, a midweek wedding could work. Either way, book your date and spread the word early.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Old Store Museum in South Sutton

History: A Family Business Remembered

The Wells Family and the Old Store Museum

By John Walters

Photos by Paul Howe and Laura Jean Whitcomb

This bright red wooden building used to be the heart of a rural New Hampshire town. Now, its two rooms are chock full of memories and mementoes, reflections of an era gone by. South Sutton’s general store, “George G. Wells Company” by name, is now the Old Store Museum. “The post office was right in that corner, and the rest of this was merchandise of various kinds,” says George Wells. “We sold everything. Groceries, meat, eggs, coffee, tea, dry goods, clothes, wallpaper, paint, hardware, farm implements, everything. If somebody needed a bathtub, we would order it through a wholesaler in Concord. The storekeeper was the guy who took care of the village.” He should know; the now 84-year-old Wells spent much of his childhood in the store, which was the family business for many decades.

See the rest of this article published by Kearsarge Magazine at

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Inn To Inn Summer Heritage Tour

Bike Scenic Country Roads By Day And Enjoy Country Inn Accommodations Each Evening

The Rosewood Country Inn and the Candlelite Inn join together to offer an Inn to Inn Summer Heritage Tour. The 4-night package offers two days of biking through central New Hampshire’s beautiful scenery, charming villages, bucolic meadows and farmlands, and two days of exploring the Sunapee region by car. The package is available from June 29 to July 3 and from August 10 to August 14.
Guests will stay the first two nights at the Rosewood Country Inn, followed by two nights at the Candlelite Inn.

Day 1 - The bike route on the first day of the self-guided tour goes to the old Hillsborough Center where visitors can see a
pewter smith at work and visit local shops and galleries. They’ll pass old colonial homes, waterfalls and stone arch bridges as they make their way to the Franklin Pierce Homestead. (approximate biking distance is 35 miles)
Day 2 - Explore scenic back roads on the way to visit
The Fells, an historic estate with beautiful gardens on Lake Sunapee. Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking Newbury Harbor, or cycle to the State Park beach for a refreshing swim. (approximate biking distance is 26 miles)
Day 3 & 4 – Explore the Mt. Sunapee/ Kearsarge area by car. Take in the Kearsarge Indian Museum, hike Mt. Kearsarge, or explore the local artisan shops.
The Inn to Inn Summer Heritage Tour package is priced from $429 per person, based on double occupancy. The package includes:
· 4 nights lodging (2 nights at
Rosewood Country Inn and 2 nights at Candlelite Inn)
· 4 dinners
· 4 breakfasts
· 2 lunches
· Admission to
The Fells
· Admission to the
League of NH Craftmen Fair (**August package only)
· Bike rentals may be made through
OutSpokin' Sports
*On Saturday for the July tour, guests will enjoy an old time 4th of July fair in the town of Bradford and an evening barbecue back at the Candlelite Inn before the fireworks.
**The August tour will include a Saturday and Sunday admission to the League of NH Craftsmen's Fair at Mt. Sunapee Resort. The League of NH Craftsmen's Fair is one of the finest, most prestigious craft events in the country today. This annual nine-day event features both traditional and contemporary fine craft work by juried members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.
For reservations, contact the Rosewood Country Inn at 800-938-5273 or visit

Monday, June 6, 2011

Moose Links Tours

Swamp Donkey Adventures
If anyone is interested in seeing moose, now is the time! The next few weeks will be the best and most productive time to see moose on Our Moose Licks Tour. This tour gives you some great opportunities to take photos of moose. There is no need to travel hours north in hopes of seeing a moose when central NH has a huge population of this magnificent animal. So grab your camera and and give us a call and lets go see some moose! Oh, one more thing, if you have never seen a moose calf only days after birth, there is a pretty good chance you will on a Moose Licks Tour!
Key times of day for Moose Licks Tour are dawn to 9:30am or 6:30 to dusk; these are the best times to see moose on the move both to and from these roadside licks.
Again, not much needed here.
Bring a good camera maybe a set of good binoculars any food or beverages you may want (no alcohol).
Extra layers of clothing can prove to be a bonus due to chilly mornings.
Moose Licks Tour Rates
May 6th- July 31st
$35.00 per person, 2-person min, 3 person max
Morning or Evening Tours, up to 3 hours

Call the Rosewood Country Inn for more details

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sunapee Cruises

Opening weekend is finally here! The MV Mt. Sunapee Tour Boat and the MV Kearsarge Restaurant Ship will be starting this Saturday May 28th.

Enjoy a leisurely cruise on beautiful Lake Sunapee! Relax aboard as your Captain narrates the history, points of interest and lore of this crystal clear mountain lake.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Inn To Inn Summer Sampler

Discover the Delights of Summer in New Hampshire with Inn to Inn Sampler Package ~ June 26 to 30 and July 17 to 21
Package Includes Garden Tours, Historical Sights, Scenic Lake Cruise, Outdoor Concert, And More!
The Rosewood Country Inn and the Candlelite Inn are offering an Inn to Inn Summer Sampler for visitors to explore the beauty of the season in central New Hampshire. Available for June 26 to 30 and July 17 to 21, the four night package includes two nights at each inn, and a self-guided tour with admissions to some of the Sunapee region's most popular and scenic attractions.
The Summer Sampler package also includes tickets to
Fuller Gardens. Located in Portsmouth, along the coast, the turn of the century public botanical garden features hundreds of varieties of rose bushes, formal English perennial borders, a Japanese Garden and Conservatory. On the way guests can also visit Prescott Park, a serene and charming setting with gorgeous flower gardens and deciduous and exotic plantings.
The following day guests can venture north to see the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge spanning the Connecticut River (the longest covered bridge in America), and then spend the afternoon at the
St. Gaudens Historic Site. Admission is included to the beautiful home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America's greatest sculptors. Over 100 of his artworks can be seen in the galleries, from heroic public monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which changed the look of American coinage. Guests can also enjoy summer concerts, explore the nature trails, or take a sculpture class on the grounds.
The next morning, guests can visit
The Fells, one of New England's finest examples of an early 20th-century summer estate. Admission is included to tour the Colonial revival home and explore the 84-acre estate and gardens. In the afternoon, guests will enjoy a scenic cruise on Lake Sunapee, followed by an evening concert-on-the-green in Sunapee Harbor, complete with a picnic basket supper.
The Inn to Inn Summer Sampler is priced from $399 per person plus tax, based on double occupancy. The package includes:
Two nights at Candlelite Inn
Two nights at Rosewood Country Inn
Four breakfasts
Two dinners
A picnic supper
Admissions to Fuller Gardens, St. Gaudens, and The Fells
Tickets for Lake Sunapee Cruise

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Fells at the John Hay Estate

The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens is one of New England's finest examples of an early 20th-century summer estate. Come and discover 84 acres of beauty and tranquility; learn the legacy of its founder, diplomat and statesman John Milton Hay, during historic guided tours of the 22-room Colonial Revival home; explore forest succession and nature's diversity while walking woodland trails; and enjoy the renowned gardens.

The season kicks off on May 27 with an opening Member Reception from 5-8pm. View two new art exhibits and enjoy a complimentary wine bar and light hors d'oeuvres. Artist demonstrations and talks throughout the evening. Email to reserve.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Benefits of Biking!

Fitness Benefits of Biking (reprint from

Tied into the joy of biking are the fitness benefits of biking. Obesity is becoming a huge crisis in the United States and more than 40 percent of Americans are overweight. To combat the growing health crisis caused by obesity and being overweight doctors and other health experts are strongly encouraging people to rediscover the joys of physical activity. Since so many people are out of shape low impact exercises like biking are highly recommended for people who live sedentary or nearly sedentary lives as a way to get started on the path to fitness. Like any other physical activity there are different levels of biking that range from a simple bike ride to training for biking marathons but just like a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step the journey to fitness begins with a bike ride around the block. For people who live in areas that don’t have bike-friendly streets or have predominantly bad weather many gyms and workout facilities have exercise bikes in a variety of different styles for their members to use. In the last decade spinning classes, or guided cycling classes that combine the benefits of an intense aerobic workout with the benefits of cycling can burn up to 500 calories in 40 minutes. Many gyms offer spinning classes free for members. Spinning is not appropriate for beginning bikers because it can be very intense but people who want to increase their fitness and want an intense workout may really like spinning. Biking is a great workout for the entire body, especially the lower body. People who want to develop great muscle tone on their legs, back end and hips while trimming their waists and increasing their cardio vascular health should try biking. Biking regularly can significantly decrease a person’s risk for heart disease. Since heart disease is one of the biggest killers of Americans any activity that can decrease your risk of heart disease is something worth pursuing. Biking is a low-impact activity that doesn’t cause a lot of stress on joints so biking is a good exercise for people who may have limited range of motion or may not be able to handle an exercise like running which puts a lot of stress on the joints. Low impact activities like biking can also reduce cholesterol and can help lower blood pressure, which is a major health concern for millions of people. Bike riding can also reduce stress, and it’s been proven that managing stress is a key component when it comes to staying healthy. Biking has a lot of health and fitness benefits, even just short bike rides daily can make a noticeable difference in your health in a very short period of time. You don’t need to start out buying a fancy bike or any fancy equipment, just buy an all purpose bike and get outside and start riding.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Maple Apple Muffins

Maple Apple Muffins

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups chopped, peeled apples
12 pecan halves
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon. In a small bowl, mix milk, butter, syrup and egg; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Top each with a pecan half. Bake at 400 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. For glaze, mix sugar and syrup; drizzle over muffins

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Herbed Eggs in Ham Cups

Herbed Eggs in Ham Cups

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine, melted
12 slices (about 8–10 ounces total, prepackaged or from the deli counter) Black Forest or smoked Virginia ham, cut a little thinner than a slice of American cheese
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill or chives; if using dried herbs, use 1 1/2 teaspoons
12 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Additional dill or chive sprigs for garnish
Toasted, buttered whole-wheat bread cut into triangles

step 1: Position one baking rack in the
middle of the oven and preheat the oven to
400 degrees F. Using a pastry brush and the
melted butter or margarine, generously coat
the inside of all 12 cups in a standard-size
muffin tin.
step 2: Fit 1 slice of ham into each cup,
pressing down gently to line the cup. The
ends will stick up over the edges of the cups
before cooking. (The ham shrinks
considerably during baking and will form a
more cup-like appearance.)
step 3: Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup
into the bottom of each ham cup, followed
by 1/2 teaspoon of dill or chives. (If using
dried herbs, use 1/8 teaspoon.) Crack 1 egg
into each ham cup.
step 4: Bake until whites are cooked and
yolks are firm, about 20 minutes. If any
large bubbles form on the eggs during
baking, pierce them with a toothpick or
wooden skewer while they cook.
step 5: Remove the baking pan from the
oven and season the eggs with salt and
pepper. Using 2 teaspoons or small
spatulas, carefully lift the full ham cups out
and place on a serving plate. Garnish with
fresh herb sprigs (if using) and serve immediately.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Just got a cancellation for our Inn To Inn Snow Shoe Adventure for March 4-6th. Only 1 room available. The conditions up here in NH have been great this winter, we couldn't have written a better script. Downhill at both Mt. Sunapee and Pat's Peak are perfect this week.

Our Moonlight Snow Shoe Trek this past Saturday was filled with 25 participants enjoying the great outdoors. Getting into a winter sport sure makes the season pass quickly.

Local farmers started to put up their sap buckets last Friday when the temps hit near 60.

Spring is just around the next corner.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Mother, Daughers, Sisters and Friends

Mother, Daughter, Sisters and Friends, May 20-22
Gardening Workshop and Victorian Tea

Remember the way things used to be...that closeness you used to share? Come, rekindle that special friendship.
After breakfast on Saturday, enjoy exploring the wonderful little artisan shops in the Sunapee area or some tax-free outlet shopping in Tilton. Later, return to the Inn for our 3pm workshop on "container gardening" with our Master gardener, Dick Wright.
Even the smallest patio or porch can boast a crop of vegetables, herbs or a garden of flowers in containers. Planter boxes, wooden barrels, hanging baskets and large flowerpots are just some of the containers that can be used.
Our Master Gardener will give expert advise, answer questions and offer innovative ideas. Leave inspired to get more creative when designing your containers. Following the workshop will be our four course Victorian Tea.
This weekend includes:
Two nights accommodations
Candlelight & crystal" breakfasts
Gardening workshop
Four course Victorian Tea
Package is $39 pp over room rate

Chocolate Fest!

Chocolate Fest, March 5
An inn-credible edible weekend!
Colby-Sawyer College and the Lake Sunapee Regional Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor the 16th Annual Chocolate Fest. This tradition, anticipated by chocolate lovers across the region, will feature some of the Lake Sunapee area's most celebrated creators of chocolate desserts. The celebration of sweets will be held on Saturday March 5, 2011. Last year's event drew over 400 chocolate lovers.
Package includes:
Hearty country breakfast each morning
Tickets to the Chocolate Fest
$15 pp over room rate

Currier & Ives Maple Sugar Weekend and Progressive

New Hampshire Inns Welcome Spring with Currier and Ives Maple Sugar Weekend and Progressive Dinner, March 18-20
Rosewood Country Inn, The Candlelite Inn, And Henniker House Offer Two Night Getaway Where Maple Is The Key Ingredient
As spring approaches in New Hampshire, the days get longer, temperatures rise and buckets and tubing appear on the roadsides to herald the start of maple sugar season. To celebrate this annual event, three country inns in the Sunapee region have joined together to offer a Currier & Ives Maple Sugar Weekend and Progressive Dinner, March 18-20.
Three quintessential New Hampshire inns - Rosewood Country Inn, The Candlelite Inn and Henniker House Bed & Breakfast are offering a weekend getaway amidst a backdrop that's right out of a Currier & Ives scene. The two night package includes a mapped, self-guided tour of neighboring sugar houses where guests can see maple syrup made the old-fashioned way, and learn the history of the time honored tradition from the Native Americans to the present. The guide also includes suggestions for antiquing and tax-free shopping, and areas for snow shoeing and cross country skiing. After a day of t ouring, guests can treat themselves to a romantic sleigh ride over the river and through the woods at the Rosewood Country Inn (optional spring sleigh rides are weather dependent and $25 per person. Pre-registration is required).
The three-course Progressive Dinner starts with hors d'oeuvres at the Henniker House overlooking the Contoocook River, entrees served fireside at the Rosewood Country Inn, and ends with desserts at the cozy Candlelite Inn.
The Currier & Ives Maple Sugar Weekend & Progressive Dinner package includes the following:
Two nights lodging at the inn of your choice
Hearty country breakfasts where maple is the star ingredient
Map of area sugar houses for self guided tours
Three-course, progressive dinner (not including in lodging price)
Pint of maple syrup to take home
This two night lodging package is priced from $210 for the Henniker House and from $258 for the Rosewood Country Inn and Candlelite Inn, based on double occupancy.
The Progressive Dinner is $39 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity and is not included in the lodging portion of the package.
To book this package, contact the individual inns listed below.
The Rosewood Country Inn please
check our rooms out.
The Candelite Inn
Henniker House

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Free Lunch Thursday at Mt. Sunapee


Come ski or ride the powder in the morning and have lunch on us! That's right purchase a full-day, full price lift ticket and receive a lunch voucher. Come see why Mount Sunapee was ranked with the best snow in the East for the past five years by SKI Magazine readers.
They 55 trails and 9 lifts open and TONS of new snow!
Ski Mt. Sunapee and then relax in luxury at the Rosewood Country Inn. Take a soothing soak in one of our Jacuzzis-for-two, and sip a glass of wine in front of a warm, cozy fireplace. Enjoy New England's most memorable breakfast! Call for reservations. 800-938-5253

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2011

Our Top 10 2011 Wedding Trends have just been unveiled, and you might be surprised by what's hot and what's not! From the return to sophistication to the intrigue of outdoor venues, head over to the Savvy Scoop blog to view the full list of 2011 trends. What do you think? Share your thoughts with a blog comment or by tweeting @OneWed! Take me there!
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Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2011!
Our Top 10 2011 Wedding Trends have just been unveiled, and you might be surprised by what's hot and what's not! From the return to sophistication to the intrigue of outdoor venues, head over to the Savvy Scoop blog to view the full list of 2011 trends. What do you think? Share your thoughts with a blog comment or by tweeting @OneWed! Take me there!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Ten Reasons To Have a Small Wedding

Small is beautiful!

Congrats to all of the newly engaged - and also to those of you who have been planning your big day for a while!
We hope your wedding planning adventure is big on fun - and low on stress.
You'll find heaps of
affordable ideas for your nuptials here at IW - and also lots of encouragement and inspiration to keep it small. Have you checked out our Ten Reasons to Have a Small Wedding?
Also, don't forget to read
Small Wedding Advice from couples who have been featured on Intimate Weddings.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Over the River and Through The Woods
Welcome to our winter wonderland! The Rosewood offers spectacular scenery as an ideal backdrop to a variety of exciting winter sports and events. Downhill and X-C skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking, ice skating and sleigh rides only begin to describe the endless activities that will add to the vacation of a lifetime.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides leave right from our back door and take you over the river and through the woods...what a romantic idea! Call the inn for dates and details.