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

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

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!


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“Tie” up your holiday sweets with New Hampshire Made Ribbon Candy


Image1Ribbon candy. 

A sweet delicate treat you can pretty much only find around during the holiday season.  There aren’t too many candy shops that make ribbon candy, and there are even fewer that make it by hand.  I’m happy to tell you the tradition is alive and well in New Hampshire! I visited with the folks at the Kellerhaus in Weirs Beach this week, where they’ve been hand crafting ribbon candy for about a century.   The current owners, Mary Ellen and Dave Dutton are proud to be carrying on this time-honored tradition.  They’ve been doing it for about 14 years now.  Mary Ellen says they consider the process “a work of art.  Every time we make it I say to myself, how many people in the world on this day are actually making ribbon candy with an 1886 crimper that is still working.”  I’d venture a guess to say…not very many.

Read on…

With winter on its way, get the scoop on savings at New Hampshire’s Resorts!

Hello again!

In case you missed my recent news, I’m excited to share with you, that as the leaves fall from the trees, and New Hampshire transitions from fall to winter, the Leaf it to Kris blogs and videos will make a transition too.  My adventures around the Granite State will continue with Live Free with Kris. I had so much fun traveling around New Hampshire sharing the seasonal sights, and the reality is New Hampshire has some pretty amazing scenery year round! Not to mention the state is packed with outdoor adventures, cool culinary offerings, a whole lot of history, awesome artisans — and I could go on and on! My mission is to share these things with you. So, as they say, out with the old and in with the new. Read on about Live Free with Kris

Out with the Old, in with the new: Live Free With Kris!

Hi everyone!

I have some great news!   I’m excited to share that as the leaves fall from the trees, and New Hampshire transitions from fall to winter, the Leaf it to Kris blog will make a transformation too!  The adventures will continue with “Live Free with Kris”.  It truly was a lot of fun being able to travel around New Hampshire to share the beautiful foliage with you.  But the reality is, New Hampshire offers amazing scenery and opportunities for adventure every month of the year.  So, as they say, out with the old and in with the new.

Be on the look out in the coming weeks and months for videos and blogs that will highlight cool things to see, do and experience in your travels around this amazing state!  Be sure to follow Live Free with Kris on Facebook and Instagram too!

Stay tuned!


Savor fall in the season to come with DIY leaf projects!

Red, yellow, orange, crimson, peach, maroon, and how about a little green too!  I think I collected leaves in just about every shade possible this fall.  How about you?  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m always sad to see the leaves fall so I like to preserve them to decorate my home for the season ahead.

In this week’s video blog we share a few ways for you to do the same.  Take a look.

While the video walks you through each project, I thought it might be helpful for to provide a list for the items you’ll need for each DIY craft. Read on for how to make

An amazing autumn in New Hampshire!

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year so it’s always hard for me to see the leaves falling from the trees.  But we are indeed putting the wraps on another foliage season in New Hampshire. And what a season it was!  What a treat it was for me to see the transformation of the season each week as we traveled from region to region to capture the breathtakingly beautiful scenery.  I must give props to Mother Nature though – she sure did put on one amazing show!!

This video blog highlights the sights and sounds we found in our travels around the Granite State this fall.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Check out my favorite photos

Foliage Fun!!

Though I might be just a bit biased, I would have to say the fall colors this year in New Hampshire were (in a word or three), awesome, amazing, and astounding!  It truly was a lot of fun sharing the seasonal sights with you.

This week’s video takes a look at some of the bloopers that happened along the way.  Hope you enjoy and have a laugh or two along with me!  🙂

If you’re anything like me, you may have collected a few leaves in your travels this fall.  Next week we’ll share a video that highlights a couple of DIY projects that will help you enjoy your leaves a little longer!  Stay tuned!