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5th Annual Inn to Inn Herb Tour in NH

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Join 11 premier White Mountain Inns  June 8-9, 2013  for the 5th Annual Inn to Inn Spring Herb Tour from 11am – 4pm each day! Each inn will  present an in-depth look at a popular culinary herbs.  Tour goers can take home herb trivia, historical facts, recipes and ideas for growing the herb seedlings they receive from each inn. It’s a take-home herb garden and a fun, educational getaway combined with relaxing and rejuvenating stays at award-winning inns.

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Each inn will focus on one herb and offer delicious tastings featuring that assigned herb  from their own kitchen garden. In the past, tour goers have grazed from inn to inn enjoying tastes of tomato basil soup, carrot-chervil dip, sage biscuits, tarragon egg salad, and rosemary chocolate cookies. This year’s tour will feature a whole new menu of wonderful herb-inspired tastings. Participants will go home with a folder of new recipes from dishes they tasted plus interesting herbal lore and pots of herbs or seeds to grow their own. It’s quite literally a take-home herb garden in one getaway!

Six Northern inns (Jackson, NH to North Conway, NH) will be open on Saturday, June 8th and five different Southern inns (Conway to Chocorua) will be open on Sunday, June 9, 2013, allowing plenty of time to enjoy delicious tastings and tour inns at each stop.

Northern Inns open from 11 am – 4 pm on Saturday, June 8, 2013 include:

Inn at Ellis River, Jackson, NH: featured herb – mint

Glen Oaks Inn, Intervale, NH: featured herb – lemongrass

1785 Inn, Intervale, NH: featured herb – parsley

Eastman Inn, North Conway, NH: featured herb – thyme

Old Red Inn & Cottages, North Conway, NH: featured herb – anise

Admiral Peary House, Fryeburg, ME: featured herb – sage

Southern Inns open from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday, June 9, 2013 include:

Darby Field Inn, Albany, NH: featured herb – basil

Snowvillage, Snowville, NH: featured herb – lavender

Inn at Crystal Lake, Eaton, NH: featured herb- rosemary

Riverbend Inn, Chocoura, NH: featured herb – chives

Brass Heart Inn: featured herb – oregano

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Lanterns

Lanterns Are Dramatic!

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They are used for camping, lighting the night on a patio or outdoor space, emergency lighting, and for decorating, of course!

Decorative lanterns exist in a wide range of designs. Some hang from buildings, while others are placed on or just above the ground. Lanterns look even more dramatic and illuminating; of course when several are grouped together or hung  in a decorative fixed manner.

A primitive form of candle lantern, made from white horn and wood and called a lanthorn, was first made in the time of the English King Alfred the Great (849–899).

Lanterns are first spoken of by Theopumpus, a Greek poet, and Empedocles of Agrigentun.  Lanterns were used by the ancients in Augury.

Lanterns are used in many Chinese festivals. During the Ghost Festival, lotus shaped lanterns are set afloat in rivers and seas to symbolic guide the lost souls of forgotten ancestors to the afterlife. During the Lantern Festival,, the displaying of many lanterns is still a common sight on the 15th day of the first lunar month throughout China. In Chinese festivities, the kongming lanterns can be seen floating high into the sky during festivities.

Besides many coastal gift shops a huge assortment can be found at Pottery Barn

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Photos By Melissa Tyler

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Starfish

STARFISH

STARFISH!

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Even the word sounds whimsical and magical!

Is there a favorite place you have actually seen Starfish? We have only seen them on Block Island when we where there a number of years ago!

Starfish or SEA STARS are aechinoderms belonging to the class Asteroidea.  The names “Starfish” and “Sea Star” essentially refer to members of the class Asteroidea. However, common usage frequently finds these names also applied to ophiuroids, which are correctly referred to as “brittle stars” or “basket stars”.

About 1,800 living species of starfish occur in all the world’s oceans.  The fossil record for starfish is rather poor; the ossicles and spines are the only parts of the animal likely to be preserved after death and the oldest known fossils are from the Ordovician. Starfish occur across a broad depth range from the inter-tidal to abyssal depths of greater than 6,000 m (20,000 ft). IMG_2645 (640x427)

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Mermaids

Mermaids are Magical

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Or at least they appear to be!

Part tragic, part mythological, part real as in Tom Hanks’s movie Splash!

Have you ever really seen a mermaid? Has a mermaid ever answered your wish?  We are a big fan of mermaids and if you are read on for a bit of history about Mermaids. . . . . .

Mermaids appear in folklore of many cultures worldwide! The first known mermaid stories appeared in Assyria c. 1000 BC. The Goddess Atargatis, mother of Assyrian Queen Semiramis, loved a mortal (a shepherd) and unintentionally killed him. Ashamed, she jumped into a lake and took the form of a fish, but the waters would not conceal her divine beauty. Thereafter, she took the form of a mermaid —

A popular Greek legend turned Alexander the Great’s sister, Thessalonic, into a mermaid after her death, living in the Aegean. She would ask the sailors on any ship she would encounter only one question: “Is King Alexander alive?” to which the correct answer was: “He lives and reigns and conquers the world”.  This answer would please her, and she would accordingly calm the waters and bid the ship farewell. Any other answer would enrage her, and she would stir up a terrible storm, dooming the ship and every sailor on board.

If you are a fan of Mermaids a shop that you will be interested in is Maiden Voyage in Mashpee Commons on Cape Cod. 

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Chatham Bars Inn

New England Clambake Kickoff returns to CBI

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You know it’s Summer when the casual New England Style Clambake returns to Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Mass. We can honestly say CBI never lets you down! The Clambake and buffet are amazing and delicious and the view from the Beach House grill is amazing and relaxing.

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Top that off with great drinks, service and hospitality and a band.  There’s beach games for children, and end the night under the stars with a bonfire! Reservations are required. Please call 508-945-0096 or click on the link above.

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This Memorial Day Weekend Chatham Bars Inn Clambake will be held Friday, May 24th  and Sunday, May 26th.  Check our site for updates on the rest of the Clambake schedule throughout the Summer!

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Photos By Melissa Tyler

 

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Kim Knox Beickius: New England Travel Writer

She writes books, blogs and can be seen on TV. She has been quoted from coast-to-coast in publications from the Maine Sunday Telegram to the Fresno Bee.

Who is she? Kim Knox Beckius  the New England Travel Writer on About.com

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Every week Kim posts a FREE travel Newsletter about Things To Do and Places To Visit in New England. She promotes all things New England and educates us on the latest happenings from month to month and season to season.

In This weeks newsletter she shares a favorite!  FREE Water Fire events that kick off  May 25th  in Providence, Rhode Island. The event runs through Saturday, October 12th!

GoNewenglandabout.com is a great source of information from planning a trip, when to plan it, how to get brochures, driving directions, how to pack and travel and more!

Kim has been seen on several television shows. She is frequently called on by the media to discuss New England travel and events. She has appeared on ABC 8 WMTW TV in Maine, the Fox 61 Morning News, WFSB’s Better Connecticut, WTNH Channel 8’s Good Morning Connecticut Weekend, WPLR FM’s Chaz and AJ in the Morning and LIVE via satellite on Retirement Living TC’s Daily Café.

In addition to being a freelance writer, photographer and public relations consultant she has written seven books!

Backroads of New England (2012)

New England’s Historic Home & Gardens (2011)

The New England Coast: The Most Spectacular Sights & Destinations (2008)

The Everything Family Guide to New England (2008)

The Everything Outdoor Wedding Book (2005)

Backroads of New York 2007

Check out the books and blogs about New England and let Kim  share her passion and her knowledge of the area. She is also available for speaking engagements. Good Work, Kim Knox Beckius…We Salute You!

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Maine Sea Glass Company: Impressing Sea Glass Lovers Across Country

TEARS OF THE SEA 

Is a genuine natural sea glass company in its eleventh year!

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This husband and wife company started their business  11 years ago when they found their first piece of sea glass lying in the sand of a nearby Maine Beach.  Sea Glass (beach glass) or also known as mermaid tears jewelry creations are made with authentic genuine sea glass that is tumbled by the ocean and delivered  in its natural form. Each design is created as a one of a kind treasure from the sea for you to cherish! Click the link to see their online store!

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Tears Of The Sea offers unique one of a kind necklaces, bracelets, ankle bracelets,
pendants, rings and more! These are unique almost one of a kind pieces. They also do custom work. Are you are a jewelry lover or just looking for something unique or special that represents that ocean New England feeling? We invite you to browse their online store! Testimonials are in from all over the country from Texas, Florida, California and beyond. Are you getting married? Why not have some custom pieces done for your bridal party! They offer Gold filled and Sterling Silver.  Gift Certificates are also available!

Gift Wrapping Complimentary gift wrapping with every purchase of sea glass jewelry designs is available. They take great pride in showing you thanks for purchasing  their  original creations and making your shopping experience memorable.

Beautiful custom ocean theme gift packaging arrives perfect for all occasions including, birthdays, anniversaries and the holidays. Special gift cards are available per request, for that someone special.

Tears of the Sea has been seen in Coastal Magazine and featured in Portland Magazine.

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Russ Irwin: Get Me Home

So, I Guess You’re Wondering How This Blog Post Relates to New England?

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 Not only is Russ Irwin one of our favorite musicians and songwriters! He released a  CD last year called “Russ Irwin: Get Me Home” that featured several great songs including “Manhattan” which was featured on RHONY Real Housewives of New York. This is a great bluesy piano tune ala Billy Joel style. Russ had heard about the old-time pianos that were at a friends studio in Hudson, NY and wound up recording the tracks there for the sound he longed for!  THANK GOD HE DID!!!

Oh, but you’re looking for the New England connection, right? Well, Russ Irwin has been playing keyboards for 15 years for a little old band you might have heard called AEROSMITH! And by the way, he penned the hit “WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN LOVE” off the current AERO CD “MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION“. The song that reached #7 on Japan Billboards was co written with the Demon of Screamin’ himself;  Steven Tyler and producer Marti Fredricksen.  NOT BAD, EH!!!

Well it gets better! Steven Tyler guests on two songs on Russ’s current CD on a brilliant, brilliant song we LOVE called “I MISS BEING LONELY” and “CRAZY TOO“. And Brad Whitford,  Aerosmith’s other brilliant guitarist is featured in the song and video “Get Me Home“.

Not bad from a kid from Long Island who studied Music  Business and Classical piano for two years at New York University and then attended the New School to study Jazz Piano for a year with Kenny Werner.

 We highly recommend you listen to the CD there’s something there for everyone including the ballad “So Close to Heaven” and “Find the Light“.

BACK TO THE MUSIC….Russ has also toured with Brian Adams and Sting! Have you ordered his solo record online yet???? What is STOPPING YOU!!!! Oh yea, and for extra good measure, he has written songs for Foreigner, Meatloaf and The Scorpion’s. In 2006, he produced Clay Aiken’s,I Want To Know What Love Is” on the hit record “A Thousand Different Ways“.  Did we mention the Chris Botti connection? Are you kidding me..get your credit card out and buy the CD or RUSH Real Fast to ITUNES! Yes, Chris Botti appears on the record as well!

You can see Russ Irwin performing LIVE with AEROSMITH at the BOSTON STRONG Concert at The TD Garden in Mansfield, MA on Thursday, May, 30th.

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Sunapee Cruises

Sunapee Cruises – New England Blogger our 2nd Anniversary Blog

Sunapee Cruises 1The great thing about having your own blog is you get to write about things you love!

You wind up finding more things you really like, meet great people and help some people get exposure and grow their business.

Sunapee Cruises and Lake Sunapee holds a special place in our heart. Matter of fact, the Lakes Region town inspired us to create the blog in the first place to tell the history of this quaint town that people from Boston and New York used to take trains and steamships to visit. (See our first blog for history.) You see, after spending some years in New York, we were thrilled to find a place where the air is cleaner, the water is clearer and there’s magic in the trees if you haven’t heard!

NewEnglandBlogger spoke exclusively to Tim Fenton, manager at Sunapee Cruises about the up and coming 2013 season that will kick off Memorial Day Weekend on the lake, his 2 boats and the return of everyone’s favorite area dinner boat the MV Kearsarge.

So here’s the BIG NEWS! We are glad to report that the MV MV Kearsarge 1Kearsarge the floating restaurant will have its inaugural cruise Memorial Day Weekend on Monday, May 27th departing from the town dock at Sunapee Harbor at 6:30pm. Yes, the lakes region landmark that had taken on some water and damage as reported by WCBS-Boston and other news media outlets back in early January is being repaired and will be ready! MV Kearsarge 1

Whether you are a fan of the charm of the lake, the boat or the roast beef dinner buffet, fear not! Your MV Kearsarge is returning! The Dinner boat will sail Weekends thru Father’s Day at 6:30pm for it’s two-hour dinner tour. Then every day EXCEPT Monday thru Labor Day and then weekends only through October.

The MV Mt. Sunapee II a two-hour narrative boat tour will  have Lake Sunapee Cruises its inaugural cruise on Saturday, May 25th at 2pm. These cruises will run Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 2pm and then Weekends only through Father’s Day. Then daily through Labor Day Weekend when it returns to just weekends through October.

We encourage you to take the drive from wherever you are in New England or beyond! You’ll be glad you did!  Take one or both tours! Walk the quaint harbor. Have a drink or a bite to eat at The Anchorage. Get ice cream at The Quack Shop a popular spot, located along the Sugar River. Visit the near by shops like The Harborside Trading Company, The Wild Goose Country Store and Deck Dock. Take a ride into the nearby towns of New London and Newport.

Depending on where you live make it a day trip or spend a night or  two or longer! Rentals are available along the lake or nearby.

Oh yeah, make sure you hold on to your hat on the boat! ENJOY!

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