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

Lakes Region Wineries to Hold Third Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend

Lakes Region Barrel Tasting-2013-smCelebrate the harvest season with a fun weekend of tasting unique and wonderful New Hampshire wines, meads, and ciders! In the tradition of many California vineyards, seven wineries in the Lakes Region have pulled together and are planning to open house for two days of touring and tasting for the third annual Barrel Tasting Weekend.

The 2013 Lakes Region Barrel Tasting Weekend will take place on October 5th and 6th, from 11 am to 5 pm. The seven participating wineries this year are: Coffin Cellars, Stone Gate Vineyard, Gilmanton Winery, Sap House Meadery, Haunting Whisper Vineyards, Newfound Lake Vineyards, and Hermit Woods Winery.

After the success of last year’s Barrel Tasting Weekend, when nearly 500 people from throughout New England toured the participating wineries, the organizers are anticipating an even bigger and better event this year. “Even with heavy rain almost the entire weekend last year, we still had an incredible turnout and everyone had a great time,” says Bob Manley of Hermit Woods Winery, the coordinator of the event. “Should the weather cooperate, we would expect an even greater turnout this year.” Continue reading

Six NH Wineries to Participate in 2nd Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend

Get ready for two days of celebrating great NH wine! Six wineries in the Lakes Region have pulled together and are planning to open house for one weekend of touring and tasting in the tradition of many California vineyards. The Barrel Tasting Weekend will take place on September 29th and 30th and is the first-ever coordinated event of its type in New Hampshire and maybe all of New England. Participating wineries include Coffin Cellars, Stone Gate Vineyard, Gilmanton Winery, Sap House Meadery, Haunting Whisper Vineyards, and Hermit Woods Winery.

At each winery, guests will have the opportunity to taste young wines directly from the oak and stainless steel barrels that are used to ferment and age the varietals. Not only will it be a unique opportunity to taste wine in the early stages of its development, visitors will be able to meet the wine makers, tour the wine making facilities, and learn all about the wine making process. In addition, many of the wineries will be hosting other local vendors during the event, and offering special foods and wine-related items to guests. Continue reading