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

Labor Day Weekend 2014 in the Lakes Region

Music in the Mill Falls Marketplace

Music in the Mill Falls Marketplace

Relaxing in the Lakes Region of NH next weekend for the holiday? Besides the abundance of summertime activities that are still going strong, there are some fun special events happening to celebrate and cap off the season as we shift into fall…

Music in the Mill Falls Marketplace – Stroll through the shops of the Mill Falls Marketplace or just relax outdoors while enjoying a summer’s night serenade. There will be live music from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in the courtyard of this beautiful and historic market that was once an old linen mill. The Marketplace played a major part in revitalizing the village of Meredith, which is now a destination on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Visit www.millfalls.com for more information. Continue reading

Come to the 35th Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

artslogoNext weekend, the lakeside village of Meredith will come to life with live music, delicious food, and beautiful works of creativity as Main Street and the Mill Falls Marketplace are transformed into an outdoor art gallery featuring the works of over 80 local painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers, and quilters. 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

Make Mother’s Day Special in the Lakes Region

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Cruising on Lake Winnepesaukee

Celebrate Mom in style this year by taking her to the Lakes Region for her special day. There are some wonderful options for brunch, dinner, cruises, and tours, and the weather is expected to be sunny and warm. Nothing says Mother’s Day Love like springtime in New Hampshire, so come and enjoy the beauty of Lake Winnipesaukee!

Right here at Mill Falls by the Lake, our own Lakehouse Grille is offering an elegant Grand Buffet for Mother’s Day Brunch from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Lakehouse will also serve from the Dinner Menu with some Mother’s Day specials from 4 pm – 9 pm. All moms who attend brunch or dinner will receive a flower, while supplies last, in support of New Beginnings Crisis Center in Laconia, NH. For more information or reservations, please call 603-279-5221. 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

Mill Falls and Common Man Team Up with NH to Create Innovative Rest Areas

Hookset groundbreakingOn October 24th, 2013, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan helped break ground to kick off construction work on a major upgrade of the Hooksett Welcome Centers on Interstate 93. The new and improved rest areas will provide New Hampshire residents and visitors a wide range of services, including multiple dining options, an interactive visitors center, a NH Liquor & Wine Outlet store, a country store, a bank, and fueling stations.

“The Hooksett Welcome Centers project is an innovative public-private partnership that will help boost our economy and support our tourism industry by providing a high-quality welcome for all visitors to the Granite State,” Governor Hassan said. “With the project estimated to create 137 long-term jobs, the new Welcome Centers will help spur economic growth and offer a uniquely New Hampshire experience that showcases what makes our state special.” Continue reading

The 34th Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

Meredith1Next weekend, the quaint lakeside village of Meredith will come to life with live music, delicious food, and beautiful works of creativity as Main Street and the Mill Falls Marketplace are transformed into an outdoor art gallery featuring the works of over 80 local painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers, and quilters.

The Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 24th and 25th amongst the Meredith Village Shops and the Mill Falls Marketplace. This annual event, organized by the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Meredith Village Savings Bank, is an outdoor, juried exhibition and sale of fine arts and fine crafts.  Now in its 34th year, the festival has gained a solid reputation among New England artists and craftspeople, making it the largest quality arts and crafts event in the area. Visitors will be impressed with the wide variety of exhibits, including wildlife photography, metal and wood sculptures, stained glass, handmade jewelry, baskets, leather works, and abstract and traditional oil painting and watercolors.  All items in the show are original creations, and the artists will be available to meet with customers and talk about their craft. Continue reading

Celebrate Independence Day at the Lake!

Duck raceFor a quintessential summer holiday experience, Meredith Village will be the place to be on Thursday, July 4th. Independence Day on Lake Winnipesaukee promises to be a fantastic celebration, with several fun events and activities lined up for folks of all ages.

The Meredith Lions Club will start things off with a splash for its annual Rubber Duck Race. This event is not to be missed! It is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, benefiting many local charities, including scholarships for local students. At 4pm, over 4,000 yellow duckies will tumble down the waterfall at the Mill Falls Marketplace and float to the finish line just past the footbridge in Hesky Park. Tickets for cash prizes will be on sale until 3:30 that day, and the grand-prize winner will take home $1000. The duck race is truly an amazing sight! For more information, call Duck Central at 603-279-6016. 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