ChowderFest and Craft Festival This Weekend in Meredith

Meredith Village will be coming alive this weekend as the 12th Annual Autumn Craft Festival and the 23rd Annual Lakes Region ChowderFest converge on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee to celebrate New England’s most colorful season!

Hundreds sample chowder from CAMP at a previous ChowderFest

Hundreds sample chowder from CAMP at a previous ChowderFest

The Autumn Craft Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 2nd and 3rd, from 10am to 5pm at The Mill Falls Marketplace, where more than 75 craftspeople will display and sell their locally made pieces.  The juried show includes jewelry, woodcrafts, original paintings, pottery, fabric arts, photography, metal sculpture, stained glass, calligraphy, maple products, preserves, kettle corn, and much more!  There will also be gourmet food sampling, craft demonstrations, and live musical entertainment each day.  Admission and parking are free, and pets are welcome.

On Sunday, head across the street to Hesky Park for the ChowderFest.  This favorite annual event, organized by 98.3 WLNH, features local eateries competing for the “Chowder Bowl” and title of “Best Chowder in the Lakes Region.”  This year’s participating restaurants include T-Bones and Cactus Jack’sThe Weirs Beach Lobster Pound, Steele Hill Resort’s Hill Top Dining Room, Christmas Island Steakhouse, Lakeside Restaurant, and our own Lakehouse Grille at Church Landing.  Just $5 gets you a spoon, a sampling of some of the tastiest chowders in the area, and a ballot to vote for your favorite!  The ChowderFest takes place on Sunday, October 3rd, from noon to 3pm, and benefits the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, a nonprofit organization founded in 1979 to conserve the natural heritage of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.

The weather this weekend should be sunny and crisp – perfect for fair browsing and chowder tasting!  A trip to Meredith will be well worth it!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Image courtesy of 98.3 WLNH

The Winni Playhouse is Moving to Meredith!

Audience members enjoy strolling the grounds before a performance at the proposed main stage theatre in Meredith

Audience members enjoy strolling the grounds before a performance at the proposed main stage theatre in Meredith

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, founded in 2004 by siblings Lesley Pankhurst and Bryan Halperin along with their spouses, has followed a vision of bringing quality entertainment and arts education to The Lakes Region, and has quickly become a cultural destination in New Hampshire.  In fact, the Playhouse has been so successful it has outgrown its current location in Weirs Beach and is setting its sights on a new state-of-the-art venue in Meredith, NH.

Since its very first show, The “Winni” Playhouse has garnered community support and critical acclaim for its award-winning productions and educational programs, and for providing year-round opportunities for locals and visitors alike.  The current intimate Off-Broadway style theatre, which seats 84, is no longer able to meet the increasing demand for tickets.

In response, the Playhouse is planning to develop a theatre campus at the former Annalee Doll factory on Reservoir Road in Meredith.  The completed campus will have increased seating capacity in the main theatre, as well as expanded classroom space, administrative offices, lobby, concession, and bathroom facilities.  The plan also includes an outdoor performance space, eating area, and nature trails. Continue reading

Cascade Spa at Mill Falls Offers the Highest Quality Products and Services

Cascade SpaHave one conversation with the Cascade Spa Director and you’ll know just how special this place is.  Martha Zyla has been at helm of this unique spa since in opened in 2005, and she just can’t contain her excitement and enthusiasm for all the wonderful things they offer to guests of the Inns and Spa at Mill Falls, as well as the people of Meredith, NH.

Located in tranquil Church Landing on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, Cascade Spa sets an example of respect for nature and whole-person wellness for its guests.  Martha has made a distinct effort to provide environmentally friendly products and services in an eco-conscious setting that honors the interconnectedness of true well-being.  All of their highlighted product lines are all-natural, vegan, and exclusive to Cascade Spa in the Lakes Region. Continue reading

WOW Fest this weekend in Laconia!

wow_bk_white-150pxwideThe 2nd Annual WOW Fest will take place this Saturday, September 18th, at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club.  NH WOW?Fest is a fun-filled event for the whole family, featuring two bicycle challenges, a 10K road race, a fun walk, barbeque, live music and activities for the kids!

The WOW Fest is a fundraiser and celebration of the Winnisquam – Opechee – Winnipesaukee (WOW) Trail, a multi-use, non-motorized recreational pathway that will eventually stretch 9 miles along the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railway bed, through Laconia to the Meredith and Belmont town lines, connecting with other trail systems.  Phase 1 was completed in May and comprises the first 1.3 miles of a paved, 10-foot wide path in downtown Laconia.family on bikes

This year’s festival features its first ever Take Opechee 10K road race, which starts on Main Street in Laconia and circles Lake Opechee, running along a portion of the newly opened WOW Trail and finishing at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club.  For cyclists, there’s the Take the Lake Challenge, a 67-mile race around Lake Winnipesaukee, or the Take the Bay Challenge, which winds 15 miles around Paugus Bay.  With the 2.5-mile Take the Trail Fun Walk and the Kids’ Fun Run, the WOW Fest has something for everyone!

Come to the Lakes Region this weekend and cheer on all the WOW athletes while enjoying the beautiful fall weather in New Hampshire!

Carrie Reed
Mill Falls Blogging Team

Images courtesy of WOW Trail and Kevin J. Sperl

Dinner Dance Cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee: The Perfect Fall Weekend Activity

S Mount Washington sunsetAs the evening air becomes crisper and clearer with the changing season, the stars shine brighter over New Hampshire.  This is the perfect time to step aboard the M/S Mount Washington for a romantic dinner cruise, where you and your sweetheart can enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, dance to live music, and stroll the deck under the sparkling night sky.

On Fridays and Saturdays throughout the fall season, the M/S Mount Washington offers Dinner-Dance Cruises.  Friday night is theme night, where the music and menu are tailored to a particular theme, such as 70′s Dance Fever or Tribute to Elvis.  One of their most popular Friday evening cruises is the Lobsterfest, featuring Maine lobster.  On Friday, September 10th, the boat is hosting the NH Grower’s Dinner, which highlights fresh, local fare.  Friday, September 17th is Country and Western night.  Tickets are still available!S Mount Washington dancing

Saturdays on the boat are Rock n’ Roll nights, with live entertainment on up to three decks and a beef and seafood buffet.  This Saturday the 11th, the Mount is hosting New England’s Got Talent featuring The Super Secret Project, the artists behind the smash hit sensation “Granite State of Mind.”

So if you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend, come to Lake Winnipesaukee and enjoy some of the best nightlife New Hampshire has to offer, as well as the gorgeous view of the stars!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Images courtesy of Cruise NH

Pet-Friendly Rooms at The Inns—Helping Many Animals In Need

For over two years, The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls have been pet-friendly, offering rooms at two of their Inns to guests who prefer to travel with their pets rather than leave them behind on vacations.  But it’s not only guests and their pets who benefit from this service—animals at The New Hampshire Humane Society do, too!paw prints

Pet-Friendly accommodations at Church Landing and the Inn at Mill Falls are available for an additional $25 fee per pet, which covers a portion of the additional cleaning costs and amenities such as pet beds, blankets, food dishes, and treats.  The Inns then set aside $10 of this fee for the NHHS in appreciation for all the good work they do, and so far have donated over $4,000 to this worthy cause!

The Inns also offer pet sitting services to allow guests some time to go out to dinner or shopping, while knowing that their loved ones are safe and happy!  On site are special pet walking and play areas, and there are lots of open spaces and several doggie waste stations throughout Meredith.

When planning your next trip to Lake Winnipesaukee, don’t worry about what to do with your pets… bring them along—Meredith is a pet-friendly town!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Image Credit: Mel B. at Flickr.com