Plaid Friday & Small Business Saturday 2014 – Shop Locally This Season

shop localThe 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, plaid is now the new black. In the past few years, small, locally owned businesses have been participating in “Plaid Friday” – a response to the recent trend of big box stores and national chains monopolizing the kick-off of the holiday season. Continue reading

2nd Annual “Rafting for Wishes” on Meredith Bay!

Rafts2Last year’s inaugural “Rafting for Wishes” event in Meredith was so much fun and so successful that the folks at Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire decided to make it an annual tradition, this year with their sights set on an even higher goal of making more wishes come true for seriously ill children in NH. Continue reading

Meredith Sculpture Walk Brings Art to Outdoor Spaces

Jan and Roger DiTarando stand by the heron sculptures Roger created that were erected in Meredith Bay as part of the Meredith Sculpture Walk. (Photo: Tom Caldwell)

Jan and Roger DiTarando stand by the heron sculptures Roger created that were erected in Meredith Bay as part of the Meredith Sculpture Walk. (Photo by Tom Caldwell)

Downtown Meredith is really getting artsy! In addition to the creative architecture, several art galleries, and unique shops selling beautiful hand-crafted items, this lakeside village is now home to the Meredith Sculpture Walk, an outdoor exhibit that is bringing art to Main Street and the parks along Lake Winnipesaukee. The first pieces have recently been installed around town by the Greater Meredith Program, and folks are already enjoying the new landscape! Continue reading

Cascade Spa at Mill Falls gets a New Makover!

mill_falls_spa-14-004-When Church Landing at Mill Falls opened almost ten years ago on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, a peaceful little sanctuary was contained within its walls where guests of the resort could retreat for some relaxation and rejuvenation. Since then Cascade Spa has been offering guests and locals of the Lakes Region alike a luxurious little getaway featuring a steam room, massages, and salon services of the highest quality. After many years of treating others, it was time for Cascade Spa to get a little TLC of its own! Continue reading

Sacred Waters Yoga to Offer Fun Dance Classes for Beginners

Wedding danceSpring is here! It’s time to come out of hibernation and dust off your dancing shoes to celebrate! Wedding season is also right around the corner, and for those who wish to learn some new moves or brush up on their dance skills, Sacred Waters Yoga at Mill Falls is offering three new series of classes that will shake off the cold of winter and warm you up from inside!

Starting this coming Wednesday, March 26th, seasoned dance instructor Juli Pruden will be at Sacred Waters Yoga to lead beginner classes in Latin Dance, Ballroom Dance, and Blues Dance… Continue reading

Preparing a Thanksgiving Dinner—Old Traditions or New?

Acorn Squash and Quinoa Stuffing by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

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

Arts Alive! to Celebrate Summer at the Mill Falls Marketplace

Arts Alive13Happy 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

A Mini Yoga Retreat at the Lake!

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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

Mill Falls at the Lake—a Refreshed Name and Logo for a Beloved Destination

PrintThe 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

Some Poems to Share for Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year

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