Acorn Squash and Quinoa Stuffing by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes
The last Thursday in November is sneaking up quickly, and that means many folks are scrambling to plan menus and gather ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast, or simply trying to decide on a side dish or dessert to bring along to another’s. For a few talented cooks, this is fun and easy; for others, a little guidance and some great recipes save the day, especially when guests have special dietary needs. For these folks we’ve found a few resources to get your search started, as well as to pique your appetite…
Planning a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but not sure exactly how to roast that turkey, or looking for a new spin on stuffing or cranberry sauce? Wired has put together a fun guide that gathers together a variety of recipes and techniques to fit anyone’s budget, time limitations, or kitchen skills. They’ve even graphed out the recipes from foodnetwork.com by how difficult the preparation is and how much time it takes. It’s a great launching pad for a customized menu! Check it out here. Continue reading
Happy Solstice! Today we enjoy the longest amount of daylight all year! It is also the official first day of summer, and although the weather has been mostly spring-like up until this point, schools are now on their long break, and folks all over New England are ready to kick back and welcome the season. To celebrate, the Mill Falls Marketplace will once again be hosting Arts Alive!—a vibrant Lakes Region festival for the whole family!
On Saturday, June 29th from 1– 3pm, stroll through Meredith’s historic Mill Falls Marketplace and take in the sights and sounds of Arts Alive! This mini festival will feature performances and presentations by local arts, nature, and entertainment specialists, including presentations on New Hampshire wildlife by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and live magic by Andrew Pinard. Pink Avatar will also be wowing the audience with bubbles, balloons, and juggling, and there will be a coloring contest for all ages with some cool prizes. Continue reading
Lake Winnipesaukee from Boathouse Lodge, March 4, 2013
As soon as I learned that Mill Falls at the Lake would be adding a yoga studio to its amenities, I knew I had to make the trip from the seacoast of NH to check it out! Being a yoga student myself, I am well acquainted with the many calming and healing benefits this wonderful practice can bring, and I realized that Mill Falls is the perfect spot for a yoga center—it’s perched on Meredith Bay overlooking the tranquil waters of Lake Winnipesaukee, the outstanding service and top-notch ambiance at the Inns facilitate a peaceful getaway experience, and the full menu of offerings at Cascade Spa go hand-in-hand with a nourishing yoga retreat—a trinity of relaxation treasures! Continue reading
The Inns & Spa at Mill Falls is transitioning to a new name. The collection of inns, lodges, activity centers, and spa is now going by “Mill Falls at the Lake” and sporting a redesigned logo to mark an evolution of the property and its increased variety of on-site offerings for guests.
According to Rusty McLear, president and CEO of Mill Falls, the new name and logo honors the organization’s roots and proud history of being located in Meredith, NH, with the change now reflecting a more accurate depiction of the Inns’ presence on Lake Winnipesaukee. Continue reading
As we near Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, people of many faiths celebrate the return of light, along with the mystical and spiritual essence of the season. It is a time of great introspection, and observation of traditions old and new. It is a time to gather with loved ones, and also to reflect in quiet solitude. In the spirit of the season, which has as many facets as a snowflake in the moonlight, we bring you a few poems to share with family and friends, or to enjoy alone, as we honor Hanukkah, Christmas, Solstice, and the New Year… Continue reading
The day after Thanksgiving in the United States has long been referred to as “Black Friday,” a day when retail stores across the country hold big sales and welcome throngs of holiday shoppers looking for that special deal. However, in recent years, the day has become more of a mass exodus to the big box stores and national chains as folks line up early to be among the first to get their hands on limited offers for big ticket items. Some of these big retailers have begun to open earlier and earlier each year for the event, with several now opening on Thanksgiving evening to get a jump on the Black Friday craze, disrupting employees’ holiday time with family and causing smaller retailers and “Mom & Pop” stores to suffer as their customers flock to the well-hyped super sales. In response, several small merchants, together with American Express®, organized Small Business Saturday, a day when everyone is encouraged to shop locally while taking advantage of some special offers as well. Continue reading
Shayna Seymore interviews Rusty McLear.
While The Inns & Spa at Mill Falls and the surrounding village of Meredith, NH are popular Lakes Region destinations, well known to many people within as well as outside the area, these local treasures are about to gain an even wider audience and greater exposure, as they have been featured on a Boston travel show that is scheduled to air tonight!
Shayna Seymore and Bob Oliver from Boston Chronicle visited Meredith last month on October 15th and 16th, staying overnight at the Lodges at Church Landing, the latest addition to the Inns & Spa at Mill Falls. The two were in town to film a segment for a series that the show produces called “A Tank Away,” which features great places to visit within a tank of gas from Boston. The special series is filmed every season, and the Chronicle crew timed their visit to coincide with the peak of fall foliage in the Lakes Region. Continue reading
Chalk up another award for this lakeside getaway—the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Survey has recently recognized the Inns & Spa at Mill Falls as one of the Top 45 Hotels in the Northeast!
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Survey began in 1988, and since then has been listing the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruises, and airlines based on real travelers’ experiences. The online questionnaire contains lists of candidates in the various categories, and individual candidates are judged by relevant criteria for each group. In the hotel category, the ratings are based on Food/Dining, Location, Overall Design, Rooms, and Service. Those that receive a required minimum number of responses are deemed eligible for a Readers’ Choice Award. Each candidate is rated by the specific criteria on a five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. Those scores, which represent the percentage of respondents rating a candidate excellent or very good, are averaged to determine the final score. Continue reading
If you’ve ever been to Meredith and the Mill Falls Marketplace, chances are you’ve strolled by Oglethorpe Fine Arts & Crafts as you’ve made your way by the famous waterfall. And chances are you couldn’t resist coming in to take a look at all the beautiful, handcrafted items that are on display in this open, bright, and airy shop. Indeed, the store itself is a work of art as it highlights the artistic creations of over 500 artists from across the country, and features pieces that can be used and enjoyed in our everyday lives.
“Oglethorpe Fine Arts & Crafts opened its doors in May of 1994 with a focus on quality American handcrafts from the beginning,” says Katheryn Rolfe, owner of this unique store, which is committed to showing people how easy and gratifying it is to integrate art-quality craft into our lives. The shop started in a space of approximately 900 square feet and has since grown to about 2000 square feet, with several small increases over the years as surrounding shops moved away. This allowed Oglethorpe to increase its space without having to move. Says Katheryn about her spot in the Marketplace, “I absolutely love my location with the views of the pristine waterfall and brick walkways.” Continue reading
When arriving at The Inns & Spa at Mill Falls, guests immediately feel a sense of calm and relaxation. Of course, stepping into one of the four Inns or cottages marks the beginning of a true getaway, and the friendly, professional hospitality helps guests feel well cared for, but the ambiance of each space creates an undercurrent of tranquility that brings all the elements of a NH vacation together: simplicity, comfort, beauty, and a connection with the natural surroundings—nothing too much and nothing missing. This subtle balance was achieved by interior designer Patricia Sava, a true artist with a keen sense for creating just the right mood for every space she helps design.
“I have been fortunate to have had design projects all over the country since I started Sava Designs, LLC in 1976,” says Pat. “Projects run the gamut from mid-mountain cafeterias and dining facilities in Vail and Beaver Creek CO, interval-ownership condominiums in Stowe, VT, Loon Mt, Lincoln NH, and Breckenridge CO, boutique hotels in Meredith and Lakeport NH, Breckenridge, and Telluride CO, and an assisted living and rehab center in Meredith, NH, to golf clubs in Beaver Creek, CO and Melvin Village, NH. My own houses in Waterville Valley, NH, Breckenridge, CO, Merida Mexico, and a houseboat in Sausalito, CA have been fun projects as well.” Continue reading