What’s Your Adventure

Mt Washington Valley

New Hampshire

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Spring time, April through June is a great time to visit Mt. Washington Valley in New Hampshire!  The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce  has created a fun way to remind you to explore the valley in New Hampshire.  It’s called “What’s Your Adventure”.  What’s Your Adventure  focuses on five themed adventures that include Outdoor Sports, Arts & Culture, Foodie Adventures, Shopping and Golf. 

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Outdoor Sports 

Mt Washington Valley is home to a mecca of  year-round athletic sports. Biking, hiking, kayaking, cycling, running and more are great to pursue in  Spring from the most challenging to a mild adventure for you and your family. Outdoor adventure programs are available that include stays at lovely Bed & Breakfasts. Participate in a triatholon, marathon or try your hand at fly-fishing. If you enjoy wildlife and bird watching, Mt Washington has  accommodations and packages to offer you. It’s also a great place for hiking and guided hiking tours.

Click Here for More information on Outdoor Sports in Mt Washington Valley 

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Arts, Culture + Heritage

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 Murder Mystery Dinner Train, A Night at the Opera & lots of live Music!  You’ll find a rich and vibrant arts community. Year-round theater, music and dance venues for professional entertainment, hands on farming and gardening experiences, art galleries, historical and cultural programming and more! You’ve come to the right place for art theater music and culture.

Click Here for Art + Cultural Experiences including live Music 

 

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Foody Adventures

There is no shortage of foody events and fine dining. From chocolate to cheese, beer and more! Take a New England Foody Escape or explore local breweries like Tuckerman Brewery  while staying at a local inn.  There’s farmers markets and if you’ve been looking to brush up your cooking skills in a fun way try cooking classes that are offered.  Plus,  there’s everything from bakeries to pubs and plenty of restaurants for casual and fine dining.

Click Here To Discover Your Foody Adventure

 

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Shopping, Shopping + Shopping

 

Craft Shops, Made In New Hampshire, Clothing, Novelty items, it’s all here! From unique shops in North Conway to Settlers Green and so much more!

To Find out about destination Shopping that you can only find here Click Here 

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Golf Adventures

It’s no secret Mt. Washington Valley boasts some of the most prestigious golf courses in New England. From challenging play to spectacular scenery. A GOLF ADVENTURE in the White Mountains is just what the doctor ordered!

To Find out about Golf Adventures in Mt Washington Valley Click Here 

Photos  + Video Provided by  Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce 

Photos By Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative Photography

 

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Isobel and Cleo on Nantucket

We found the coolest shop  and it’s on Nantucket!

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Isobel and Cleo takes residence in one of the many upscale shops that dot the harbor in Nantucket when you get off the boat.  No visit to Nantucket would not be complete without an enjoyable walk at Straight Warf and old South Warf to visit these colorful ocean shops. The Shop on Nantucket also includes other artists made goods from Nantucket.

Isobel and Cleo design and create the most unique and luxurious knitwear right from their shop and studio on Nantucket. From sweaters to pants, scarfs and other unique items it’s a MUST STOP on your trip to Nantucket. They are at the shop right where you get off the boat in Nantucket from June through mid October and back to their studio at 2 Union Street the rest of the year.

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Owner, Charlotte Hess picked up knitting needles at the age of 8. In School she studied a semester abroad in Scotland. Upon her return to the USA she transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received a BFA in Fine Arts and Fashion. She Interned with Karen Walker and Nom#d in New Zealand and received her Masters Degree from Glasgow School of Art.

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Her ESTY Shop led to her starting her own brand, numerous blogs that were written about  her fashions led to a grant awarded by the Scottish Arts Council.  She was eventually headhunted by the URBN Corporation, parent company to URBAN OUTFITTERS and ANTHROPOLOGIE to design sweaters for their FREE PEOPLE brand.

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In March 2011, Charlotte won the Emerging Designers Competition at Charleston Fashion Week. She spends her time in her workroom on Nantucket and the UK. Every piece is designed and handmade on Nantucket Island. When away, Charlotte scours the globe looking for the best materials for her collection and chooses to work with companies that have fair workers rights practices and/or produce sustainable yarns. The brand is sold online and in stores in New Zealand, Scotland, Vermont, and California, Custom Knit garments are also created for private clients. Charlotte’s work has been featured in Lucky Magazine, N Magazine, Nantucket Today, and Nylon and Elle Magazine’s blogs.

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MIDNIGHT FARM Vineyard Haven

We have visited Midnight Farm several times over the years and loved the atmosphere and mood of the store. This year we found out they moved to a space across the street from where they had previously been.

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Midnight Farm  is a HOME store that represents Tamara Weiss’s passion for all things beautiful, textural, organic, reclaimed, hand made or unique. Tamara travels the world and gains inspiration from the artists, musicians and friends she meets along the way, including her friend and business partner, Carly Simon. Tamara and Carly have been lifelong friends. The store was named by Carly Simon who also penned a poem which led to a children’s book called “Midnight Farm”. 

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The shop is big on comfort and style. Tamara Weiss carefully curates the unusual selection of goods:  furniture, bedding, art as well as clothing, jewelry and shoes for women, men, and children. 

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The store pays homage to Vintage textiles from Morocco, India and Turkey sit side by side with luxurious silk bedding, candles, perfumes, books and treasures for the HOME, BODY and SPIRIT.

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Specialty foods like local honey, sea salt, spicy kale, organic small batch granola, bacon jam, chocolates, and the ever-present mango lime salsa are some of the delectable foods one might find. 

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You’ll also find copies of Tamara Weiss’s book  “Potluck at Midnight Farm”. Released in 2002, the cookbook style guide gives over 100 recipes  from potluck dinners hosted or attended by the author. PotLuck at Midnight Farm

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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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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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Deck Dock Home & Garden

Nesting Necessities for Inside & Outside Living!

Some stores make you feel happy when you walk through them! This is one  of them! You always know you will find something special and unique as the shop  also works with a lot of New England crafts people!  Deck Dock Home & Garden is located in Sunapee minutes away from Sunapee Harbor, The Anchorage and Sunapee Cruises to name a few.

This store is known as a “GO-TO” for their outdoor furniture in the area! From tables and chairs and outdoor dining rooms to everything to complete an outdoor living space.

But it’s roaming around the store which inventory is constantly changing is where you will find those unique special finds you’ll treasure forever!  From signs to sculptures, lamps, glassware and other things for the table or things to make a cozy nook in our outside your home that you will love!

There are gifts for the gardener from bird baths, bird houses, ornamental yard art and more. This store features some of the most unusual wall art in all styles – sure to please everyone!  Make sure you also check out their online store for ideas to make every corner of your home and outdoor area  and garden pop with interesting art, signs door knockers and so much more!

Plus, what would entertaining be without a spcial gift while visiting Deck Dock for special gifts for a host or hostess or other special occasion. You can also visit Deck Dock online! If you’re a dog lover they even have special dog art you’ll love and their stock changes seasonally!

They also have Adirondack chairs in all colors.  Get ready for summer and take a drive to their store or check out the link above. You’ll be glad you did as you’ll find something unique and magical you’ll love for your home, garden or outdoor space.  Happy Shopping!

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7 Days in 7 Stores: Day 6 Beach House Newport

Beach House Newport   

Middletown, RI

Open since 1997  (formerly Watercolors) Sally Emmett Dwyer, interior designer has created Beach House Newport. A special place of memory and warmth. Whether creating a coastal corner, room or entire house…This is where you’ll find inspiration!

From cottage furnishings, accent rugs, pillows, seaside kitchen, coastal decor, signs, jewelry and more!

Beach House Design Services and Fine Furnishings for Coastal Living available. Voted “Best of” by Rhode Island and by Newport Life.

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7 Stores in 7 Days: Day 3 Deck Dock Home & Garden

 Deck Dock Home & Garden    

Sunapee, NH

One of my favorite stores in New England is Deck Dock Home & Garden in Sunapee, New Hampshire. They specialize in high quality casual and classic outdoor seating and your source for outdoor furniture and home and garden accents. They provide creative and functional designs for your home and garden.

 Deck Dock is all about outdoor living!  They feature patio, porch, sun-room and lakeside furniture for many of the homes in the Lake Sunapee area and beyond. From seaside casual furniture, outdoor dining sets, outdoor seating and side tables. They also carry some of the most unique interior and exterior home accents–many of the accessories are nature themed.

You’ll find unique dining and entertainment accessories, copper fire pits and distinctive accents for your home including Basic Spirit serving ware, cutting boards and wine accents. Including Sunapee themed books, prints, signs and NH and VT made items; as well as unique items from all over the country. Since the focus on outdoors they also have garden decor and birding items from feeders to birdbaths and birdhouses.

 Originally located on Sunapee Harbor since 2000. In 2002 they renovated a barn location  near the harbor.  Today everything is located at the barn location on route 103B. The store is open March – December.

Photos By Melissa Tyler

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Company Profile: Cape Card

Cod’s For All Occasions!

This is the story of cards that talked to me!

 Have you ever seen something different and creative and just wanted to embrace it by buying several different selections of the product? That’s how CAPE CARD will make you feel…These “Cod Cards” just make you smile and feel good! No wonder they are known as “Unique Art  Treasures from Cape Cod”.

Cape Card began in December, 2007, with “The Christmas Cod”
and quickly expanded into “The Hallmark of Cods”.  Cape Card’s use of illustration and sense of humor to create a wide range of images for a multitude of applications. Artist and Designer; Andrew Newman has given the ubiquitous cod a place in the world of art and humor!

His “Cod Cards” celebrate all of life’s holidays, joy and beauty and other occasions. From
Note-cards, prints & posters, “Postcods”, stickers and a calendar. The selections to choose from will just make you smile and we bet you’ll want to purchase several…not only for your own personal use but as gifts for someone on your list.


The Cod Fish has found new life on Cape Cod!  Cape Cards are available at 11 shops on the Cape as well as online. For more information on how to find Cape Cards please take a few minutes to view their website by clicking the link in the 1st paragraph. We think you will be glad you did!


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