September 14, 2012
The Red Chair Makes Journey Across New England
Move over Flat Stanley, the Red Chair is the newest travel icon
Where travelers once held photos of Flat Stanley in unusual places, photographers now shoot photos of a humble red chair. Long considered simply a place to rest one’s buttocks, the lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status, and is being welcomed at inns and B&B throughout New England. It’s all part of a consciousness raising experiment among New England innkeepers, and soon the chair is making its way to Holderness and the Manor on Golden Pond. Look for innkeepers shooting images of the Red Chair at the Manor on Golden Pond.
Throughout the spring, the Red Chair developed a personality of its own being photographed by innkeepers in communities from one end of Cape Cod to the other. Follow the Red Chair’s travels on www.RedChairTravels.com where inspiring photos of the Red Chair can be seen from beaches to bandstands. Throughout late summer and fall photos and stories from the Red Chair’s journey to Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut will be added to the website as they are captured.
It all started last winter with a single image. Woods Hole Inn innkeeper Beth Colt posted a picture on Facebook of her simple red chair perched on the ice behind her house and watched her page light up with “likes.” The picture was shared on the Facebook page of Julie Ann Cromer, a photographer from Santa Barbara, CA, who was inspired by the image to visit the Woods Hole Inn. Julie’s visit resulted in a beautiful photo of the chair on Nobska Beach now hanging at the Woods Hole Inn. Colt blogged about the chair and soon interested fans were asking for more. This inspired Colt to share the chair with other innkeepers, sending it on a journey through towns and villages throughout Cape Cod last spring. As innkeepers all over the Cape were inspired by the chair it has taken on a personality of its own.
Stories from the Red Chair’s travels have been chronicled on blogs at each stop. Look for tales of the Red Chair’s travels to the Manor on Golden Pond on http://manorongoldenpond.wordpress.com/#.
For a compilation of these blogs, visit http://www.redchairtravels.com/blog.html. For a complete view of Red Chair photos, visit http://www.redchairtravels.com/red-chair-photos.html and get ready to be inspired. Stay updated at www.redchairtravels.com.
April 22, 2012
Here are some fun facts about our beloved Loons that grace Squam Lake in New Hampshire during the summer months and allow us into their world for a short time.
- Loons were thought to mate for life. However, banding loons to allow the identification of individuals has shown that loons will sometimes switch mates after a failed nesting attempt, sometimes even in the same breeding season. Courtship and mating are a quiet time, with the pair swimming and making short dives together. Eventually, the male leads the female to a suitable spot on land to mate. Nest building then begins on Squam Lake in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire
- Loons have busy lives. They spend a good portion of their day preening to keep their feathers looking good. They squeeze oil from a gland at the base of their tail onto their bill and draw their feathers through their bill. The oiled feathers provide a degree of waterproofing and ensure a loon’s buoyancy. The remainder of their day is spent caring for their young, resting and hunting/eating
- Loons are generally solitary birds. However, they will sometimes gather for short periods in small groups of up to 20 birds in late summer and fall.
- Loons can live for 30 years or more
- Because their bodies are heavy relative to their wing size, loons need a 100- to 600-foot “runway” in order to take off from a lake
- The common loon has four calls. The tremolo, which sounds a bit like maniacal laughter, is an aggressive call. The wail is a long, drawn-out sound. The hoot, a shorter call, is used to communicate among parents and young. The yodel is sounded by male loons guarding their territory.
- Unlike most birds, the loon has solid bones which give it more weight and reduce its buoyancy, making it easier to dive under the water.
- Named for their clumsy, awkward appearance when walking on land
Come and enjoy a tour of Squam lake in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire with the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and experience the Loons world. The Manor On Golden Pond can make those reservations for you to take a step back in time to a more peaceful setting.
June 3, 2011
In the sleepy hamlet of Holderness, New Hampshire exists an assembly of inspiring
activities for travelers of all ages seeking the peace and solitude of the
lakes and mountains but wanting to explore the local opportunities for culture
and amusement as well.
Escaping from whatever civilization, the splendor of Squam Lake and the White Mountains,
the starry night skies, the haunting cry of the loons, and the possibility of
spotting the elusive moose are among the more ‘wild’ experiences that can be
encountered in and around Holderness. But there are also civilized prospects
for entertainment in town as well. In addition to fine dining
offered at The Manor on Golden Pond with a 4-diamond restaurant and touring the
Squam Lakes Science Center to get up close to native
flora and fauna, there is theater. The Little Church Theater
located right in the small town of Holderness.
The Little Church Theater started out as a small Catholic Chapel at the turn of the
century owned by the Manchester Diocese called the Sacred Heart Chapel. As a
chapel, it was an active participant in the local community with many
participants arriving to its docks on Squam Lake by ferry.
Today the little building stands, still with its pews, hosting a schedule of creative
theater endeavors. This summer season kicks off with a play very familiar to
many of the local residents but also having international fame. The production
of On Golden Pond begins on June 21 and will be directed by Ernest Thompson who wrote the
original screenplay of the movie On Golden Pond so loved the world
over. With much of the original movie,starring Henry and Jane Fonda and Katherine Hepburn shot locally, this is as
much a homecoming for the director as the audience.
On Golden Pond will run for two weeks following its June 21 opening and then close the eighth performance season for
The Little Church Theater with two more weeks the last of August. A wonderful
storyline in an intimate setting located at the foot of the White Mountains in
a little chapel. What cultural event could be more inspiring?
May 7, 2011
With a stimulating wine cellar recognized by Wine Spectator, award winning menus and a gracious relaxed setting the Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness, NH rewards even the savviest of travelers. But there is also a surprise for those looking for something a bit off the beaten path, their English-inspired Three Cocks Pub. A small intimate pub with a bar featuring a real copper surface, a baby grand piano in the corner and poultry inspired art of all forms displayed throughout, the Three Cocks Pub is a unique setting featuring a selection of micro brews and dessert and beer pairings.
Craft beer offerings, from New England include Allagash Curieux from Portland, Maine and Hennepin from the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, New York. Curieux is a tripel-style ale aged in former bourbon barrels for 8 weeks. During the aging process, the beer is transformed, acquiring soft coconut and vanilla characteristics and a hint of bourbon flavor. Pair this with a dessert of Cherry-Chocolate Financier created by the Chef Peter and you have a potent beer that supports the bittersweet chocolate of the Financier.
For a draft pairing, try the chef’s Old Time Grape-Nut Flan with Smuttynose Star Island Single, a medium bodied, golden ale featuring a modest residual sweetness from honey malt and hints of citrus and tropical fruits. Old Time Grape-Nut Flan is a oft-forgotten New England Classic featuring toasted malt cereal suspended in rich vanilla custard – a perfect dessert for pairing with this Smuttynose favorite.
Or try the Manor’s Hazelnut-Mocha Crème Brûlée a rich chocolate and coffee custard with a hint of hazelnuts and a crunchy caramel crust. Served with sweet whipped cream, cocoa dusted nuts and a Nutella-shortbread sandwich. Pair this creamy dessert with Smuttynose Old Brown Dog on draft and the deep, dark flavors of coffee and chocolate underscore the roasted malts of Smuttynose’s smooth-drinking brown ale.
The next time you want to try something a little different, small and intimate but with local character, visit the Three Cocks Pub at the Manor on Golden Pond And try pairing your craft beer with a dessert created by the Chef Peter to be as memorable as your visit. Located at the corner of Shepard Hill and Route 3 overlooking Squam Lake in Holderness, New Hampshire.
April 20, 2011
One of the most exciting ambassadors to the summer season in the Lakes Region is the return of the loons to their summer waters. Just as soon as the ice is gone from the lakes, this majestic bird flies in from its winter residence, the open ocean water, to grace the lakes with the beauty of their silhouettes at sunset and their haunting calls of the wild.
Situated just on a hill across the road from Squam Lake, our guests are always fascinated with hearing the loons. And for some travelers, especially our international visitors, it is a unique experience they savor as one of their favorite memories staying at the Manor on Golden Pond. Sitting in one of our adirondack chairs on the front lawn in the late afternoon or early evening is bliss listening to the loons as they define their boundaries or call to each other good night. It’s a ritual even local residents treasure as much as the mountains and fresh air.
The loons are as much a part of the essence of Squam Lake as the water itself and summer wouldn’t seem the same without these amazing birds
These large diving birds incubate their eggs in nests very close to the water beginning in May until about the first of July. Chicks are able to swim right after hatching but spend a lot of time ‘riding’ on the parent’s backs to keep warm and avoid predators such as snapping turtles and seagulls.
They are built for swimming and diving but become quite clumsy on land with legs placed far back for optimum water maneuvering but a terrible strategy for getting around on terra firma.
Loons spend their days resting in the water and diving for minnows, perch and other little fish so important to their diet. They need a great distance to take off from a lake ‘running’ on the surface into the wind. And at night, they will seek deep water to float over far from shore and the perils of ambush.
Each year we watch for these magnificent birds as we watch the ice disappear on Squam Lake and wait for the explosion of spring and summer we know is stirring not long after their arrival.
April 7, 2011
April showers bring May flowers and so the adage goes. May conjures up green grass, blooming flowers, bushes and trees and the heralding of late spring and early summer. It is also the month we observe Mother’s Day, a celebration recognizing mothers and childbirth dating back to ancient times and rituals.
In ancient Greece, revelers worshipped Cybele, mother of Greek gods with festivals. Ancient Romans had the festival called Matronalia, celebrating Juno the goddess of childbirth. In Europe, there were specific Sundays honoring motherhood and Catholicism accepted the 4th Sunday during Lent to recognize and praise the Virgin Mary and the mother church or main church in the area.
Mother’s Day has more modern connections but those celebrations during ancient times set the premise that, “mothers, whether earthly, mythological, heavenly or otherwise, should be celebrated. Julia Ward Howe organized a day in 1872 for mother’s dedicated to peace. She did this 12 years after penning The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Her hope by bringing mothers together was to be able to lesson the brutality of the Civil War by mothers pleading with mothers as sons were killing sons.
In 1907, Ann Jarvis, a schoolteacher began to organize a mother’s day in memory of her own mother and honor peace. The first recognition of such a holiday in the states was a church service honoring Anna’s mother and celebrated in two communities, at Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia and another church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. White carnations were used to celebrate the memories of deceased mothers and pink and red carnations were worn or carried by those present.
In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the second Sunday in May officially a U.S. holiday, Mother’s Day, honoring all mothers.
March 28, 2011
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, ….
Everyone knows this popular song that is sung to celebrate a person’s birthday. But did you know that this song was written by sisters Patti Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893? Patti was a kindergarten teacher in Kentucky and she and her sister Mildred, a pianist and composer, composed the song, “Good Morning to All” which she sang to her class every morning.
Apparently the sisters enjoyed their song so much they started to sing it at birthday parties and would change the words to “Happy Birthday to you” plus added a couple extra notes to the melody so the melody would fit the words of the song.
Since the sisters never had the song copyrighted — it was finally copyrighted in 1935 by the Summy Company which had the publishing rights to the song book that the sisters wrote which included this popular song. The copyright for “Happy Birthday” will expire in the year 2030. Consequently royalties have to be paid if the song is song in any public event, movie, film or on the radio. The royalties can be upwards of $5000 per day to use this song in a public establishment. Ouch!! that would sure hurt to have to pay that.
At the Manor On Golden Pond we won’t be singing Happy Birthday but we surely will treat our birthday guest with subtle but elegant treats and surprises. The surprises are just that and we don’t want to ruin the surprise by telling you. So you will have to come and experience a Manor birthday to find out. Just expect to be treated royalty as any birthday boy or girl should be treated.
What about not telling them where they are going and make the whole stay a surprise for the guest. We are good at keeping secrets. Once you drive up the driveway the smile on their face will make your day.
The cake is in the oven so let us know when you are coming!!!
March 19, 2011
Have you ever experienced going to a sugarhouse to see how maple syrup is made? What about a Maple Moments Spa Treatment – a botanical mud wrap infused with pure New Hampshire Maple Syrup? Maple syrup, known as the liquid gold of New England, is delicious staple found in every New England home.
The art of making Maple Syrup is a labor of love. Sap is tapped from the various types of maple trees and then it is boiled down. The boiling process must be carefully done without using any chemical agents or preservatives. This process entails boiling around 5.3 – 13 gallons of raw sap over an open fire in a building called sugarhouses or sugar shacks until one liter of syrup is obtained.
At the Manor On Golden Pond you will always find culinary creations using New Hampshire Maple Syrup on our breakfast menus in such delectable dishes as Maple-Walnut French Toast or our Apple & Pomegranate Pancakes. My favorite is our Cinnamon- Raisin Oatmeal with Maple Syrup drizzled over the top.
One of The Manor On Golden Pond’s Seasons Spa’s signature spa treatments is the Maple Moments Mud Wrap. This is a botanical mud wrap infused with pure New Hampshire maple syrup. This warm, lavishly scented treatment is rich in natural vitamins, minerals and enzymes, the unique botanical mud rejuvenates and detoxifies your skin while deeply relaxing your soul.
March is Maple Madness Month in New Hampshire. It is an opportunity for you to enjoy some hands-on experience of how this old-fashioned New England tradition is produced. The sap will be flowing, the syrup will be boiling and the aroma will be mouth-watering. Many local sugar shacks in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire are offering open houses on weekends. One of them, Prescott Farm in Laconia, opens its door to the public every Saturday and allows you to try your hand at making some of your own liquid gold. And don’t forget to take a bottle of maple syrup home to enjoy the rest of the year.
March 3, 2011
There are many rituals to spring in the White Mountains and lakes regions of New Hampshire. Aside from the melting snow, running sap, longer days of sunlight, warming spring zephyrs budding out the limbs and branches of bushes and trees, and the hope of more temperate temperatures there is a long-standing tradition that signals the official, or unofficial, end of winter. A ritual well known in areas of ponds and lakes and bodies of water whose surfaces lay frozen solid all winter long, the custom of predicting ‘ice out’ the legitimate day and time the water becomes passable by watercraft.
In our area, records for ice out on Squam Lake here in Holderness and Lake Winnipesaukee just down the road, are kept officially and unofficially. Statistics for Lake Winnipesaukee date back to 1887 when the ice out for that year came rather late on May 7, actually one of the latest documented. On the Lake Winnipesaukee website you can check the dates of ice out for every year since 1887. Official ice out is declared when the Mount Washington Cruise Ship is able to safely navigate in open water between Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro. Squam Lake stats show ice out for last year on March 23, one day before Lake Winnipesaukee’s noted date. Squam Lake records from Riveredge Marina have been kept back to 1978, which had its latest ice out during that recorded time period of May 3rd.
Last year’s was the earliest recorded ice out for Lake Winnipesaukee on March 24 at 2pm to be exact. And if memory serves me, it was a glorious and welcome spring. A true prelude to the anticipation of summer. We’ll just have to make our wagers for this year’s event, and hope we guess right!