Wednesday, October 31, 2012

NH Open Doors Weekend

This weekend is "New Hampshire Open Doors", a shopping and touring event of The Granite State.  The weekend event features crafts and distinctive locally made products, workshops, demonstrations, music and great dining options.

Monadnock region participants include goat and alpaca farms, crafters specializing in jewelry, pewter, glass, baskets, etc, painters, photographers, a winery and much more!  The weather looks wonderful for this upcoming weekend so come on out, enjoy the fun and get a head start on your holiday shopping with unique and one of a kind gifts you won't find anywhere else!

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Day Trip To Mason...

We had a few hours today and decided to take a short road trip to Mason, New Hampshire.  Mason is a rural town just thirty minutes Southeast of Peterborough.  There are several attractions along the way that make this a fun quick getaway including two unique lunch opportunities.
Washburn's Windy Hill Orchard gift shop
Paula checking out the pumpkins
Corn Maze
We started with a stop at Washburn's Windy Hill Orchard, an apple orchard featuring Pick Your Own apples, a four acre corn maze, pumpkins and a small gift shop that includes home baked goodies.  We bought some apples and took a few pictures but didn't have time for the corn maze (we definitely have to make it back) as we were very hungry and did not want to delay our arriving at the ultimate destination...Parker's Maple Barn.

Uncle Sam's House
OK, we ended up making one more stop before Parker's...we passed the home of Uncle Sam.  We don't know if he is "The" Uncle Sam but the picture explains it.
Parker's Maple Barn
Next stop...Parker's Maple Barn, a rustic barn serving up great breakfast/lunch fare in a fun atmosphere.  Paula had their Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast and I had a Corned Beef Hash Omelet.  We were stuffed by the end so we decided to browse their gift shop hoping to walk off some of the yummy calories!  Of course...as their name suggests...they make their own Maple Syrup in the late winter/early spring.
Potanipo Lake
From Parker's, we drove down the road to Potanipo Lake.  The colors were great and we enjoyed the scenery while making a mental note to bring the kayaks the next time we make this trip.  Just steps from the lake is a pedestrian covered bridge called the Nissitissit Bridge which crosses the river flowing from Potanipo.  Hard names :)  There is also a walking trail here.

That was the end of our trip and we headed back towards Peterborough.  Had we had more time, we certainly could have spent more time actually kayaking or hiking.  There is also one more place to stop while in Mason...and that is Pickity Place.  Pickity Place is a mecca for gardeners, foodies and anyone looking for inspiration and relaxation.  The cottage which was built in the 1700s was the model for the illustrations in the 1948 book Little Red Riding Hood.  In addition to shopping, make a reservation for a five course gourmet lunch (set menu).  Check out their website (linked above) for more specifics.