Lakes Region Events Kick off the Holiday Season

One of the many displays at Gift of Lights.

One of the many displays at Gift of Lights.

Within just one week, the Lakes Region will start to take on a special new ambience as the holiday season approaches and folks begin to get into the spirit. Several fun holiday events will be opening next weekend, and these are just the beginning of a full and wonderful season in our corner of New Hampshire! Continue reading

Some Unique Outdoor Events in the Lakes Region this Week

campfire cookingNot ready to go indoors completely before winter comes? Interested in learning some new outdoor skills? This weekend and next there are some great events happening in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire that the whole family will enjoy. From getting up close to wildlife, to seeing an old-fashioned logging demonstration, and to participating in some hands-on wilderness cooking and shelter-building, there are plenty of ways to keep the cold at bay while enjoying nature! Continue reading

Second Annual ‘Farm Fun Run’ Coming to Meredith

FARM-FUN-RUN-NOV-2013-FOR-WEB-300x225Runners of all ages and experience levels will be coming together next weekend to participate in a unique event that keeps the sport fun and accessible to everyone, from the novice to the seasoned athlete. Looking to get out and run with friends and family on a picturesque course on a brisk fall day? Moulton Farm in Meredith has just the thing for you! Continue reading

Some Unique Halloween Eve Happenings in the Lakes Region

halloweenStrange and spooky creatures will be prowling dusky streets exchanging tricks and treats in many towns next week, marking the culmination of the harvest season and ushering in the return of darkness. There is a chill in the air, and folks everywhere are hunkering down for the coming winter. But before we settle in, there are some fun opportunities for us grown-up kids to celebrate and welcome this festive holiday amongst friends and strangers alike. Here are a few unusual ways to get out and about the night before Halloween… Continue reading

An Evening of Big Band Swing at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse!

freesebrothersPut on your dancing shoes and step back in time for an elegant evening reminiscent of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, as the Winnipesaukee Playhouse is transformed into a ballroom for a night of Big Band music, dancing, and delectable refreshments to benefit a local charitable causes. Continue reading

Columbus Day Weekend 2014 in the Lakes Region

The pumpkin maze at Beans & Greens Farm

The pumpkin maze at Beans & Greens Farm

This is the pinnacle of the season—the sun is warm, the air is crisp, and the colors throughout the area are glorious—welcome to autumn in New England! For residents and visitors to New Hampshire, the high point of fall has long been Columbus Day Weekend, when peak colors often coincide with the three-day holiday. This year is no exception, with the foliage now popping vibrant reds and oranges in the Lakes Region. Here are some fun ways to enjoy the scenery this weekend: Continue reading

Festivals and Foliage in the Lakes Region this Weekend

The Kancamagus Highway in Autumn

The Kancamagus Highway in Autumn

This weekend is shaping up to be the ultimate autumn weekend in the New Hampshire Lakes Region. The fall foliage is beginning to peak, with vibrant orange and red hues popping out, creating breathtaking vistas around the lakes. According to the most recent Visit NH fall foliage report, “leaf peepers are finding this year to be one of the best years they have seen in a while for bright, stunning color.” This is the time to get out and soak it up! In addition to the special fall foliage trains and cruises that will be running, here are a few other great activities happening this weekend to help celebrate the season… Continue reading

Lakes Region Wineries to Hold Fourth Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend

Hermit-Woods-Barrel-Tasting-glass-web-300x270Get ready for a weekend of celebrating great local wine! In the tradition of many California vineyards, six wineries in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire have joined forces and are planning to open house for two days of touring and tasting for the fourth annual Barrel Tasting Weekend.

This year’s Barrel Tasting Weekend will take place on October 4th and 5th, from 11 am to 5 pm. The six participating wineries are: Coffin Cellars, Gilmanton Winery, Sap House Meadery, Haunting Whisper Vineyards, Newfound Lake Vineyards, and Hermit Woods Winery. New this year is the “ticket” to the event: a Lakes Region Barrel Tasting Commemorative Wine Glass that will serve as both a pass and tasting glass at each winery. Glasses will be available at all participating wineries and will cost $12.00 each. Continue reading

Mill Falls Supports Inter-Lakes Elementary School “Living Classroom” Project

Left to right: Dr. Steven Kelley, Principal of I-LES; Maia Brown; Amelia Brown (both 6th graders); and Michelle Brown, Mill Falls Marketing Director

Left to right: Dr. Steven Kelley, Principal of I-LES; Maia Brown; Amelia Brown (both 6th graders); and Michelle Brown, Mill Falls Marketing Director

Inter-Lakes Elementary School recently reached its start-up fundraising goal and has broken ground for the school’s latest project—a greenhouse that will be used as a “Living Classroom,” providing unique opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning for all Pre-K – 6th grade students who attend the school.

The Living Classroom will be used for a wide range of teaching and learning experiences that cut across all areas of the curriculum, including reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Lessons can all be taught in new and innovative ways using the greenhouse as a springboard for experiential education. According to the project’s website, “the Living Classroom will allow teachers to teach differently and students to learn differently, resulting in increased student investment in school and a growth in student achievement.” Continue reading

Some Special Ways to ‘Leaf Peep’ in New Hampshire

Fall Foliage Special Train, Winnipesaukee Railroad

Fall Foliage Special Train, Winnipesaukee Railroad

It’s that time already—the air is crisp and the warm sun is shining on the bright colors of early fall. Some of the leaves are beginning to turn red, orange, and yellow as the foliage season gets underway in New Hampshire, especially in the northern regions, and there are some great ways to track how the colors are progressing and enjoy your autumn getaway to the Granite State to catch those colors at their brilliant peak! Continue reading