May 30th, 2012 by Judy Hueber
This weekend is the annual parade that has become a 4-day extravaganza in Brattleboro, Vermont, just 10 minutes from our New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast, in West Chesterfield. The Strolling of the Heifers started 11 years ago as a parade focused on local farms and farming and has grown every year. It starts with the Slow Living Summit on Wednesday through Friday and continues with the Gallery Walk on Friday, with a street festival, a fashion show highlighting the collection at Twice Upon a Time, one of our fabulous second hand stores, and free music and street entertainment. The winners of the New England Bread Baking Competition will be announced that evening as well.
Saturday brings us the parade, with over 100 heifers, as well as a few mules, goats, and alpacas. The parade is on Main Street and culminates at the Brattleboro Common and the Brattleboro Retreat campus where there will be music, cheese and yogurt tasting, and many different kinds of food to sample for lunch. There will also be an antique tractor show, goat racing, and local entertainment on 4 stages. On Sunday, the Tour de Heifer will leave from Lilac Ridge Farm in West Brattleboro. The Tour is a bike ride that can be 60, 30, or 10 miles, and passes many of our local farms along the way.
It’s a full weekend of activities, so make your reservations now at our New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast Inn.
April 27th, 2012 by Judy Hueber
It seems that spring is finally here in Southern New Hampshire. The leaves are just coming out, and the azaleas are in bloom. Our blue stone terrace off of the dining room is surrounded by a wall of pink flowers on the azalea bushes and the crab apple trees. The weather is cool at night and sunny in the daytime, perfect for a walk in the Madame Sherri Forest or a walk down Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Here’s what I would do if I were coming to stay at our Southern New Hampshire inn this weekend: I’d drive up Friday night, with a dinner reservation waiting for me at the Inn, knowing that all I had to do on arrival was carry my bags to my room and order a glass of wine to sip by the fire before dinner. I’d unwind over dinner, sampling the new Spring Menu, maybe trying Chef Bob’s newest item: the Panko Encrusted Gloucester Day Boat Cod with Miso Butter Sauce, and sampling one of the Spring wine specials. I’d opt for the Handcraft Chardonnay from Manteca, California or the Edmeades Zinfandel from Mendocino, California.
After a great night’s sleep in I’d have breakfast delivered to our room, and laze around until I felt ready to dress for a hike and explore around the Madame Sherri forest in West Chesterfield. After the hike, we would head in to Brattleboro, grab a pulled pork sandwich at the Top of the Hill Grill, take the rest of the afternoon wandering Main Street, visiting my favorite shops, such as Verde, The Shoe Tree, Sam’s, Twice Upon a Time, and Amy’s Bakery.
We’d head back to Chesterfield inn with time for a cup of tea and a nap before dinner. Then, if the night was balmy, we’d have dinner on the terrace, sipping Prosecco as the sun set, and enjoying more of the Spring Menu. Sunday morning, we might opt to have breakfast in the dining room or out on our private terrace before we traveled back to the real world at home.