Weekend Lake Cruises at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

LoonsThere is nothing like the call of a loon on a quiet NH lake in the summertime. It can bring a feeling of peace and stillness in the evening when all the busyness of the day is just a memory, along with a sense of wonder about these elusive and beautiful birds. To help others learn more about loons and other wildlife in the Lakes Region, and perhaps get to see some of these neighbors up close, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is offering special educational lake cruises throughout the summer. Continue reading

Gallery Walk Tonight in Center Sandwich

"Joyce's River" by Lisa Mitchell at Surroundings Art Gallery

“Joyce’s River” by Lisa Mitchell at Surroundings Art Gallery.

This Lakes Region town can be counted among NH communities who offer popular art walks, where visitors can tour local galleries, enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, and meet the artists whose work is on exhibit. Tonight is one of those special nights! Stroll the streets of Center Sandwich, see what’s new in the art world, and enjoy music and great food at the Corner House Inn afterward.

On Friday, July 18th, Center Sandwich will be holding its traditional summer Gallery Walk from 5 – 7 p.m. The Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery, The Sandwich Home Industries, and Surroundings Art Gallery will open their doors after hours to celebrate art, music, and conversation as they feature the work of New England artists and those who have a connection to the area. Guests who visit all three galleries and have their gallery pass stamped at each location will receive 15% off dinner at the Corner House Inn on Main Street. Continue reading

Meredith to Host “Drop Anchor” Events and “Landlubber’s Lot Dance” in July

Lake-Winnipesaukee-Antique-and-Classic-Boat-Show-2012-1721-215x215To celebrate summer and the Antique Boat Show coming up later this month, The Greater Meredith Program Promotions Committee is sponsoring a “Drop Anchor in Meredith” event, with many local businesses offering specials for the month of July and others giving discounts during the Antique Boat Show weekend of July 25 – 27th.  The organization is also hosting a “Landlubber’s Lot Dance” at the Community Park on Main Street on July 26th to really get into the swing of summer! 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

Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival Returns to Church Landing for 9th Year

Through a wine glassThe Lakes Region is gearing up for the event of the year—two fun nights of fabulous food, wine, and music on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee that will showcase wines from around the world, along with fabulous food from local restaurants—all while raising funds for two local non-profit theater organizations: Advice To The Players in Center Sandwich, and the Flying Monkey Children’s Theater and Arts Program through the Plymouth Parks and Recreation Department. .

The Ninth Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival will take place on Thursday, June 5th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing in Meredith. Hosted by The Common Man Family of Restaurants and The Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire, the festival will feature wine, spirits, and beer from local, national and international wineries and breweries, including our own Lakes Region Squam Brewing CompanyCisco Brewery of Nantucket, Tito’s Hand Made Vodka, Joel Gott Wines, Layer Cake Wines, Cannonball, Sean Minor Wines, and Rombauer, among others. Continue reading

Stay at the Lake, Play in the Mountains—Summer Starts this Holiday Weekend

The Mountain Coaster at Cranmore Mountain Resort, one of two new major attractions to the White Mountains Attractions Association.

The Mountain Coaster at Cranmore Mountain Resort, one of two new major attractions to the White Mountains Attractions Association.

There’s so much happening all around New Hampshire this Memorial Day Weekend it’s hard to know where to begin! But in our opinion, the best place to begin is in the middle—centrally located with easy access to all the festivities that are kicking off summer—and that place is right here in Meredith.

In addition to some great events happening in the Lakes Region, many of the major attractions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains Region are opening this holiday weekend, most of them within a 45-minute drive of Meredith. Mill Falls at the Lake is the perfect place to stay while exploring some of these fun places.

“There’s a lot of pent-up demand this year for summer to get started,” said Jayne O’Connor, President of the White Mountains Attractions Association. “After a long, cold winter, everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy what the White Mountains have to offer.” Continue reading

Meredith’s 19th Annual Community Yard Sale This Weekend

Pictured preparing for the Altrusa Sale which will be held on the lawn of the Chamber are (left to right): Betsy Raffaele, Karen Truberg, and Pam Toczko.

Pictured preparing for the Altrusa Sale, which will be held on the lawn of the Chamber, are Betsy Raffaele, Karen Truberg, and Pam Toczko.

For treasure seekers of all kinds, Meredith will be the place to be tomorrow. The whole town is coming together to hold their Annual Community Yard Sale, and antique enthusiasts, collectors, and bargain hunters from all over New England will be setting their destinations for this little village on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Sponsored by the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce, the 19th Annual Community Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, May 17th from 9 am – 3 pm at over fifty locations in the Meredith area. According to Susan Cerutti, Executive Director of the Chamber, the event has become a fun tradition for folks in the Lakes Region of NH. Continue reading

Some Springtime Gardening Tours in the Lakes Region

Community Garden Club BannerThe spring season in New England is a short one, and especially after this past winter, many folks are now ready to pull out their gardening gloves and spend time playing in the dirt. Gardening has been linked to improved health, increased memory retention, and a positive outlook. Our local libraries stock great resources to help plan, design, and create gardens of all kinds, and the UNH Cooperative Extension Program offers an extensive menu of services, many at no charge. Some local farms, nurseries, greenhouses, and landscape businesses offer free classes to inspire novices and experts alike. Continue reading

Hermit Woods Winery to “Uncork” Their New Meredith Location

Hermit_Woods_Tasting_Room_001After only a few successful years, Hermit Woods Winery has outgrown its original location in Sanbornton, NH and has recently moved to its new home in Meredith Village. To celebrate the move, along with many months of renovations at the new site, Hermit Woods will be hosting a Grand Opening next weekend and everyone is invited! Continue reading

Last Call for Great Snowshoeing and Nordic Skiing in the Lakes Region!

Snowshoeing at Prescott Farm

Snowshoeing at Prescott Farm

After a very snowy February and a fresh dusting this week, conditions are perfect for winter sports all across New England. In addition to Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, sledding, and tubing, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire has some great spots for the quieter pursuits of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Just off the beaten path, these trails offer a great way to get some exercise while enjoying spectacular views of pristine lakes and forests! Continue reading