The Arts Collaborative Hosts a Holiday Open House and Special Creative Events

An ornament made by hand during a workshop.

An ornament made by hand during a workshop.

As the holiday season gets underway in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, many folks are embracing thoughts of gatherings, traditions, family, and good cheer. These four elements are all coming together at The Arts Collaborative Gallery and Teaching Studio in Meredith, where the doors will be open to the public on three occasions in December to celebrate the spirit and creativity of the season. Co-owners David and Heidi Little welcome everyone to gather at The Arts Collaborative with family to participate in these special events that are sure to become a holiday tradition.

The Arts Collaborative’s annual Holiday Open House will take place this weekend, Friday and Saturday, December 6th and 7th. David Little, an artist-blacksmith (Winnipesaukee Forge, and on-site artist Steve Hayden (Steven Hayden Arts, will be on hand displaying their latest wrought iron, wood, and copper furnishings and mixed media sculpture. Continue reading

Plaid Friday & Small Business Saturday – Shop Locally This Season

plaid-friday-2013-logo-smPlaid is the new black. Although 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, in the past few years, small, locally-owned businesses have been participating in “Plaid Friday” in response to the recent trend of big box stores and national chains monopolizing the kick-off of the holiday season. Continue reading

Don’t Miss the Altrusa Club’s 18th Annual Festival of Trees!

2013FOTTo kick off the holiday season in the Lakes Region, the Altrusa Club of Meredith will be hosting their 18th Annual Festival of Trees during the first full weekend of December. This much anticipated event will be hosted by the Hale family at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor, NH, and will highlight beautifully decorated Christmas trees, fine products made by local artisans, traditional cookies and cider, and a special children’s event, all while benefitting local charities and community projects! Continue reading

Mill Falls Offers “Shop. Dine. Relax.” Package

Shop. Dine. RelaxEscape the hustle and bustle of the malls and chain store shopping this holiday season and head to Meredith, where this village of small shops and restaurants becomes a winter wonderland reminiscent of simpler times!  The folks at The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls have created a special deal just for the occasion—Shop. Dine. Relax.

Stay at the Inns midweek for this package that includes overnight accommodations, a coupon book to the Mill Falls Marketplace shops and restaurants, and a $25 credit towards services at Cascade Spa to help you unwind.  Everything is within walking distance, so once you arrive for your stay, there is no need to drive anywhere.  Stroll around and enjoy the village at your own pace!

The Marketplace has a variety of shops and boutiques with something for everyone on your list.  Find books, music, toys, and cards at Innisfree Bookshop, which has a large selection of popular titles as well as specialized books about New England.  Oglethorpe Fine Arts & Crafts carries art-quality, American handmade pieces for use in our everyday lives, including jewelry, woodenware, wrought iron, fiber, hand-blown glass, pottery, and home décor.  Beautiful gifts can also be found at Adornments, which features a variety of jewelry, fine women’s apparel, and accessories such as silk scarves and hand-woven shawls.  Don’t forget to stop by Lee’s Candy Kitchen for the ultimate stocking stuffers!

After your day of shopping, relax and rejuvenate at the Cascade Spa with a professional massage or facial treatment, then, enjoy a fantastic dinner before settling in at one of the cozy and comfortable Inns.

This is holiday shopping as it should be—fun and stress-free!  Plus, the views of tranquil Lake Winnipesaukee will help you focus on the beauty of winter and remember what the season is all about.  Happy Holidays!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team