Brattleboro Food Coop

One of the best things about Brattleboro, Vermont is the Brattleboro Food Coop. Phil and I became members of the Coop as soon as we moved to the area and have enjoyed shopping there ever since.  I have never been one to use the words enjoy and shopping in the same sentence, but I do …

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Is it Spring Yet?

After a week of sunny, warm weather, I woke up this morning to a steady downpour of rain, with temperatures in the chilly 30’s. Last week was just a preview of spring time in New Hampshire, but I couldn’t resist starting to prepare for the warmer days and delirious spring fever that all northern New …

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Sam’s – A Brattleboro Landmark

One of the best things about Brattleboro, Vermont, which is 2 miles from the Inn, is Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters.  Sam’s is a Brattleboro landmark, and has occupied its half block of Main Street since the 1930’s. It  was opened by the Borofsky  family and is still is owned by the third generation of the Borofsky’s. …

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January Snow

I love the beginning  of January when the door slams shut on the old year and we have a chance to start again. Low time for New England innkeepers, we order new sheets, clean house, cook comfort food for our families, and rest. Here I sit with my tuxedo cat, warm by the fire while …

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Cranberries

Chesterfield Inn Cranberry Cream Scones I love the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day because we cooks have license to use cranberries liberally. After the holidays fresh cranberries are not as widely available, so sometimes I stockpile them so I can extend the season a little bit.  There’s something about the dark ruby color …

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Alpacas at Wildwood Acres

It all began 5 years ago at the Strolling of the Heifers Parade in Brattleboro, Vermont.  I was standing on the sidewalk with my friend Linda, watching the beautiful Jersey and Holstein calves, heifers and cows walk past. All of a sudden , there was a different kind of animal in front of us, not …

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Mount Monadnock :: Beautiful New Hampshire Hike

Last Saturday I had some friends visiting from out of town, and we decided enjoy the gorgeous summer weather and climb Mount Monadnock. Mount Monadnock is located in Jaffrey, and is about a 40 minute drive from the Chesterfield Inn. We had breakfast at the inn, got our water bottles, bug spray, and hiking boots, …

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