Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hikes and Geocaching at the Harris Center

Sunday was a nice day to get out and go for a hike.  With some of our guests having gone geocaching downtown, we decided a trip to the Harris Center in Hancock would make a for a nice "short" hike.  The Harris Center is a gem in the Monadnock Region, a land trust that conserves almost 9,000 acres and offers educational classes for kids and adults.

The trails are open to the public and we have not explored their trail system as much as we would like.  So back to our "short" hike, after checking out the trail map, we decided on the Mount Skatutakee trail (say that three times fast).  From the 2,000' summit, we had nice views of Mt Monadnock and the mountains East of it.  Considering the time of day (it was mid-afternoon) we changed our short hike to a longer hike and decided to hop over to Mount Thumb (the trail up is "Thumbs Up" and the trail down is "Thumbs Down" :)  From the 1800' summit of Mt Thumb we had better views of Mount Monadnock and panoramic views to the East and West.

We had the trail completely to ourselves for the four mile hike, had to cross a small stream, past a nice pond, and snagged two geocaches along the way.  Unfortunately we did not bring our DSLR camera and were disappointed when we came across a woodpecker right at eye level just twenty steps up the trail from us working on a pretty solid tree.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Peterborough artist featured in Country Living magazine

As innkeepers, it is always interesting to find out how our guests decide to make Peterborough their destination.  Last weekend, we hosted some guests who are interested in possibly moving to this general area.  Why Peterborough?  Well, it turns out, they had read an article in the February 2010 issue of Country Living magazine that highlighted Peterborough artist Dan Thibeault and his loft apartment at the renovated Union Mill building, just up the road from us here on Union Street.  The magazine article had a nice paragraph on Peterborough... and a lot of great photos of the apartment.  (A few years ago, I got a real-life peak into this apartment as part of an open house at the mill building and the photos in the magazine looked much as I remembered... including the cool concrete countertops in the kitchen and the magazine-ready spaces.  Wow!)

Although the article was mostly about the artist's own space, the mill building houses more than apartments.  It includes a yoga studio, a hair salon/art studio, and Nature's Green Grocer Market and Cafe, an organic market and full service foods store with cafe that features fresh salads, sandwiches and soups.  During the warmer weather, the cafe has outdoor seating overlooking falls on the Nubanusit River.  Beautiful...and since the mill is just a mile up the road from the B&B, it is an easy walk that takes you mostly along the river and past a sweet little park that encourages you to stop and enjoy the day.

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's time for Greenerborough III!

Peterborough's 3rd annual Greenerborough Green Living Expo and Festival will be happening this Saturday, April 17th, from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Town House, the Historical Society, and other sites downtown!  The event will include tents, booths, and displays by companies and organizations all focused on greener living.  Also during the day, the Peterborough Community Theater will be offering a special presentation of the 45 minute film entitled "Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau"; starting times for the film will be on the hour from 9 AM through 1 PM.

If last year's event is any indication, there's sure to be something for everyone.  Rain or shine, with free admission and free parking!