Lake Shore Cottage is Now Available!

cottages-019There’s a new kid in town—The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls have added another cottage to their family of Inns to offer unique accommodations for your family!

Imagine staying in your own private cottage right on Lake Winnipesaukee, where you and your family or friends can share a summer “camp” experience while enjoying all the services and amenities of the Inns in quaint Meredith, NH.  Lake Shore Cottage has been open for a couple weeks now, and guests are raving about the spectacular view and the cozy, comfortable atmosphere.

Lake Shore Cottage is next door to Church Landing and features two bedrooms, a living room with a sofa bed and fireplace, a full kitchen, dining area, a sun deck and screened-in porch overlooking the lake, a carport, and a boat dock.  Located within a short walking distance to all the shops and restaurants of Meredith, this is the perfect spot to hold a relaxing family getaway or a reunion of close friends!

As with any guest room in the hotel, the cottage is tied into all of the Inns services, including phone, complimentary WIFI, cable TV, continental breakfast, pool, beaches, fitness center, and much more.  Lake Shore Cottage can accommodate up to 6 guests, and its affordable rates start at $409 per night, with a 10% discount for five or six nights, and a 20% discount for seven or more nights.

The Inns will soon launch a 25th Anniversary Trivia Hunt that guests can solve and then enter a drawing for chance to win a Great Indoors Package at Lake Shore Cottage this winter.  A combination trivia contest and scavenger hunt, this fun game is something the whole family can do together while strolling around the village, and the grand prize can’t be beat!  Stay tuned for more details as the challenge unfolds…

Whether you go out or stay in, you are sure to have an unforgettable vacation at Lake Shore Cottage.  Try something new this summer!  For more information, call the Inns at 800-622-6455.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Fun Festivities for the Fourth of July in Meredith!

weirsfireworksAhhh…  Summertime at last!  The heat has arrived, and with it, the chance to relax outside in the evening and enjoy fun, traditional New England fare along with the fresh air.  The quintessential summer celebration, Independence Day, is around the corner, and what could be better than watching the fireworks over Lake Winnipesaukee from a comfy spot at an old-fashioned clambake?  Camp’s patio at Chase House will be the place to be on the Fourth of July!

Dig in to a feast of lobster, steamers, and chowder at Camp’s All-American Clambake on Sunday, July 4th starting at 6:30pm.  Then at dusk, sit back and enjoy the beautiful fireworks display over Meredith and Center Harbor Bay.  To keep the living easy, one price covers everything – just $64 per adult and $32 per child under age 12 includes tax, gratuity, and a great view of the show!  This popular event sells out quickly, so call 800-622-6455 to reserve your spot.

Come into town early for the 19th annual Meredith Lions Club Rubber Duckie Race.  This spectacle is the organizations biggest fundraiser of the year, and benefits David’s House at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, as well as many other projects in the community.  At 4:00pm on July 4th, over 3,500 yellow duckies will tumble down the cascade at Mill Falls and float to the finish line just past the footbridge in Hesky Park.  Tickets for cash prizes are $5 each or five for $20, and will be on sale until 3:30 of race day.  Last year’s event had quite the turnout, with nearly 4000 rubber duckies racing to Meredith Bay!  For more information, contact the Lions Club at at 279-6016.

We hope to see you in Meredith Village on the Fourth!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

The 5th Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival at Church Landing!

Get ready for two great nights of music, food, and wine next week, as the Fifth Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival and the Pre-Festival Beach Party come to the shores of Meredith Bay on Wednesday, June 23rd and Thursday the 24th!Pour me some wine please!

The Wine Festival will be held on Thursday from 5:30 – 8:00 in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing, where 21 vendors and winemakers will offer tastings of hundreds of fine wines accompanied by delicious hors d’oeuvres.  These delectable dishes will be prepared by several local eateries, including Lakehouse Grille, The Corner House Inn, The Coe House, Wild Coyote Grill, Owen’s Farm Stand, Town Docks, Lago, and Camp.

Also on hand will be Cisco Brewers, a microbrewery and distillery from Nantucket, offering samples of their small-batch beers, as well as their popular Triple Eight Vodka.  They will even set up an ice bar, where folks can enjoy martinis poured through the ice luge!

Music will be provided by the talented local jazz duo of Don Williams and David Tonkin, who play frequently throughout New Hampshire in various jazz ensembles and bands, and are also on staff at the Concord Community Music School.  Nothing goes better with fine wine and food than great jazz music!

A $50 donation per person is requested, and all proceeds benefit The Haiti Limb Project, a small charity that was started locally to help survivors of the recent earthquake in Haiti.  All the money raised will be hand delivered to the people who directly help the amputees there.

The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls are helping out too, by extending special rates just for the occasion.  With proof of your ticket purchase for the festival, a room at Mill Falls is $99, and a room at Chase House or Bay Point only $109.  You can wine and dine all night long and not worry about driving home!

Frank Barbagallo of Duckhorn Wine Company in Napa Valley, California pours samples for attendees at last year's Winnipesaukee Wine Festival.

Frank Barbagallo of Duckhorn Wine Company in Napa Valley, California pours samples for attendees at last year's Winnipesaukee Wine Festival.

“It’s the biggest bang for your buck,” says Diane Downing of the Common Man Family, who is organizing the event.  “There will be over 100 wines, beautiful food, wonderful music, rooms at the Inns at half price… and every penny goes to our charity.”

To top it off, there will be a raffle for the fundraiser with some great prizes, including magnums of wine from some of the vendors, an overnight stay at the Inns and Spa at Mill Falls, an overnight stay at the Common Man Inn, something special from Wholly Tara Boutique in Ashland, and a vacation package of three nights and four days for four people at a beach cottage on Nantucket.

Kick off the event early at the Pre- Festival Beach Party to be held at Town Docks Wednesday evening at 6:00.  Enjoy some summer sangria while you dance on the sand!  Robbie Leblanc, formerly of Toto, will be there with his new band to keep the party jumping!  There will be no cover charge for this event and half the proceeds will go to the Haiti Limb Project.

These two days of festivities are “more than just sipping wine,” says Diane.  “These people give so much.”  To join the fun and the good cause, call the Common Man Family at 603-968-9330 or visit their website at  For the special room rates at the Inns, please call 800-622-6455 and mention the Winnipesaukee Wine Festival.  Hope to see you there!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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“Seven Deadly Sins” Wine Dinner at Lakehouse Grille

There’s still time to reserve your seats for the upcoming wine tasting dinner in Meredith!  The Seven Deadly Sins Wine Dinner will take place on Thursday, June 17th at Lakehouse Grille at Church Landing.  Reception begins at 6:00pm, and the first course will be served at 6:30.Red Wine

The event is a seven course dinner, with each course balanced by a complementing wine and named after one of the biblical Deadly Sins, also known as the Cardinal Sins or Capital Vices.  The dishes on the menu are so decadent, they must be sinful!  For example, the fourth course, “Greed,” features marinated super jumbo lump crab, micro greens, poached white asparagus, and grilled heirloom tomatoes drizzled with white balsamic vinaigrette.  It is paired with a glass of tantalizing Lunetta Prosecco.  The dessert course is called “Lust.”  Tempting!

The dinner is a great deal at $75 per person, and there are still some seats available.  For reservations, call Lakehouse Grille at 603-279-5221, and get ready for a sinfully good time!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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Beautiful Weddings at The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls

Weddings at Church LandingSummer season is upon us, and with that, the joyous sound of wedding bells!  The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls in Meredith are proud that many couples choose to hold their wedding weekends here, and the reasons are obvious:  a beautiful setting, ample accommodations, and top-notch service.  But summer isn’t the only time to tie the knot, and the team at this New Hampshire resort makes weddings memorable at any time of year!

The Inns have two different wedding locations.  The Chase House can accommodate weddings of up to 120 guests, and The Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing can accommodate up to 230 guests.  Church Landing was recently featured in New Hampshire Magazine’s BRIDE as part of a “perfect summer wedding”, and as icing on the cake, this setting has been awarded Best of BRIDE “Best Outdoor Ceremony” for 2009!

Stacey Dumais and Hilary Thurston are the event coordinators at Mill Falls, and offer couples personalized service in planning their weddings.  “From the time of the first phone call, the initial contact, we take that phone call all the way through the day of the wedding,” said Stacey in a recent phone conversation.  “We give them a tour, go through the booking process… through the planning process, and then put all of those details and plans into motion on the wedding weekend.” Continue reading