Cheers to New Hampshire’s local spirits!

If you've never visited a distillery before, you're not alone.  I hadn't either, until I took a road trip to one of my favorite areas of New Hampshire, the Monadnock Region.  When you get there, head to the town of Winchester and step inside the New England Sweetwater Farm and Distillery.  It’s really cool to see what the owners are doing to capture the flavors of the region in their handcrafted spirits. Learn More

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A Natural Loofah! Straight from the Farm

  Make your own Loofah from Fiber How cool would it be to make your own loofah out of fiber from farm animals?  I’ll tell you, very cool and easy too!   And you don’t need to have your own farm to do it.  Nestled in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa offers visitors the opportunity to experience their working farm and take a class in wet felting.  I stopped by this spring to see what it was all about.  As a native Granite Stater, I have to admit I had never heard of wet felting so I was pretty keen to learn the basic technique. Learn More

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It’s Here! New Hampshire’s Maple Season!

Mmmm Mmmm Maple! It’s a tell-tale sign of spring in New Hampshire, maple sugaring season.  And it’s one of my favorite times of the year.  As soon as the snowbanks start to recede and the temperatures start to rise, you can bet you’ll start to see steam billowing from sugar houses.  There’s nothing quite like stepping into a sugarhouse and having the sweet smell of boiling sap greet you. The making of maple syrup, a centuries old tradition, is a rite of spring in New Hampshire and it's celebrated at sugar houses all over the state. March, also known as Maple Month in the Granite State is your open invitation to stop by local sugar houses, talk to maple producers and see first-hand how this sweet treat is made. Morning Star Maple, Route 101 Dublin Learn More

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Warm up this winter: A new twist on the classic hot toddy!

Some might say it’s the perfect thing to take the chill off a cold winter day.  I’m talking about the drink known as a Hot Toddy.  By its basic definition (this one from Merriam Webster), a Hot Toddy is a mixed drink made with liquor (usually rum), water, sugar, spices and served hot.   While the actual origin isn’t exactly known, we do know it’s been around for a while.  It’s believed to have been invented in Scotland sometime during the 1700’s. While the traditional recipe is pretty basic, I’m going to let you in on a little secret, New Hampshire’s mixologists are putting a whole new spin on this magnificent cold-weather concoction.  Let me show you how their creations go way beyond your typical hot toddy.   And you are forewarned: this is not your grandparents Hot Toddy! Read on to check out the toddies.

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Learn to Ski for Free this winter in New Hampshire

Make this the winter you learn to ski or ride Yes, that’s right. Free. So, get ready to experience the invigorating feeling of swooshing down the slopes this winter in New Hampshire.  Now is the time you can learn for free. Ragged Mountain Resort has designed a program for first time skiers and snowboarders.  Just take a look at the v-log to see how easy it is to get started! Learn more

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NH’s Seacoast in the Off-Season

View along Route 1A in Rye If you’ve visited New Hampshire’s Seacoast during the summer, you may be familiar with scenic Route 1A, the stretch of road that hugs the state's petite coastline, from Portsmouth to Seabrook.  The views along this stretch are, in a word, stunning.  As summer is an incredibly popular time to visit this part of the state, the roads, as you might imagine can get a bit crowded.  Why not treat yourself to some of that spectacular scenery, during the off-season.  That's just what I did, and I discovered winter is a wonderful time to take a leisurely drive and enjoy the picture perfect scenery, but with a little less congestion. Read on to see what I found

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Ice Castles – A Winter Wonderland in New Hampshire

To say the Ice Castles in Lincoln is ‘cool’ would be, well, a well-intended pun!   This is the fourth winter that the White Mountains town of Lincoln has been home to the Ice Castles, an icy mansion that takes shape from 3 key ingredients:  icicles, cold weather, and a whole lot of creativity.  Step inside this acre-sized structure, walk around the massive glacial pillars of ice and you can’t help but get whisked away to a magical wintry wonderland. Check out these amazing images

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Seasonal sights: Holiday lights!

Dazzling displays of twinkling lights It’s a magical way to brighten the holiday season.  Holiday lights! The seasonal sights transform the dark nights by adding a festive feel to the air.   Take a drive around the Granite State and you will find light displays of just about every shape and size. If you’re driving along Route 106 in Loudon,  The Gift of Lights is sure to catch your eye.  And with good reason, there are millions of lights that transform the New Hampshire Motor Speedway into a brilliant display of twinkling lights.  Go ahead, take a look in this sneak peek!   https://youtu.be/fomFoky78JU See more about The Gift of Lights

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