NH Day 6

Today was Tuesday and it was rainy and a bit cold. We had planned a stay-home day to give everyone a break, but with the weather and nine people in a tiny condo it seemed like a better idea to have at least a little bit of an excursion to pass the time. So we headed up to Norwich, VT to see the King Arthur Flour facility.

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King Arthur was interesting. The company has been around as King Arthur Flour for almost 100 years, but it has been around for more than 200 years total. It was formerly known as Sands, Taylor & Wood.

King Arthur Flour is America’s oldest flour company, founded in Boston in 1790 to provide pure, high-quality flour for residents of the newly formed United States. More than 220 years later, we’re the nation’s premier baking resource, offering everything from top-quality baking products to inspiring educational programs—all backed by the passion and commitment of our dedicated employee-owners.

We spent a little time watching the bakers at work. They make pastries and other items for the restaurant/cafe.

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Then we decided we should sample some of the bakers’ hard work. We got a plate of apple danish, cinnamon roll, chocolate brownie, and cookies to share.

It lasted approximately 43 seconds.

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In the shop, I bought a 10# bag of flour. This was exciting, because I typically buy King Arthur Flour anyway. At home, however, there are no 10# bags.  And a 5# bag costs $5.25. 5# bags here were $3.49. I got a 10# bag for $6.99. That was the only inexpensive thing at King Arthur Flour, however. I got some pastry flour, a cookbook, and a mushroom-shaped cookie cutter. That and some chocolate chips came out to almost $60, even with a 15% off coupon. Yikes. Good thing I saved all that money on the flour.

From here, we split up. L and I wanted to do some shopping in Quechee Gorge. We headed up there while DH and FIL took all the kids to Montshire, a science musuem just up the road from King Arthur.

In Quechee, we shopped at the Quechee Gorge Village and had a bite for lunch at a little diner.

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I had the chicken fiesta soup (which was pretty good) and coffee (which was not).

Next, L and I stopped at the Vermont Spirits Distilling Co, where we sampled “Vermont Gold Vodka”. This interesting spirit is distilled from maple sap. It definitely has a hint of maple when you drink it. I think it would make a good sipping vodka. L bought a pretty 385ml bottle of it to bring home.

We walked through an antique mall, then a few other small shops. I bought a couple of small cookbooks at the Cabot Quechee store, along with some maple candy for the kids.  We also stopped at Scotland by the Yard, which was a cute little celtic-import place. It seemed kind of odd to be shopping for Scottish-themed items in the middle of Vermont. But it was a cute store.

Around 5, we headed home and met the guys, who went out for a quick sightseeing tour with FIL. They met us at Salt Hill Pub for dinner. I had some of the best macaroni and cheese there.

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Stuffed, we rolled ourselves back to the condo.  We enjoyed a lazy evening of teevee (Papa) and computer/tablet/phone (everyone else).

NH Day 5

Today was Monday.  We ate breakfast at the condo, then headed up to Saint Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.

Cute pharmacy on the way in Newport:

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Here is why I love New England: The proper use of the apostrophe.

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In Cornish, we saw the longest covered bridge in America.  It goes over the Connecticut River between NH and Vermont.

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Covered Bridge No 20

Shortly after seeing the bridge, we reached Saint Gauden.  Saint Gauden is the former home of the American sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gauden. He sculpted in the late 1800s-early 1900s. His claims to fame include the $20 US Coin (best known as the Double Eagle) as well as major sculptures that have been displayed in many large cities around the country.

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Since this is a National Historic site, the kids were able to work on Junior Ranger patches. They got their books at the rangers’ desk and we headed into the garden.

We saw many incredible pieces. Here is one of his first major commissions, a statue of David Farragut:

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Unveiled in Madison Square Park in 1881, the monument honors Civil War hero and first U.S. Navy admiral David Glasgow Farragut, to whom the famous quote, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” has been attributed. A bronze replica cast of the Farragut Monument was installed at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in 1994.

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The Atrium:

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View of the house from the Perennial Garden:

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Kids getting some hints from a ranger as they worked on their books:

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Here we are heading down the Ravine Trail:

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After finishing our trek through the grounds and getting the kids’ Junior Ranger patches, we headed back to the condo. L and I stopped at a little farm market, and then the grocery store and picked up some more fruit and food for breakfast.

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We all met back at the condo and got ready for dinner. We grilled some chicken and made a big salad and fruit bowl. Later, the kids played tennis and L and I went for a walk. Then we all enjoyed some ice cream at Sanctuary Dairy Farm.

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NH Day 4

Today was Sunday.  We got up a little bit later and went into Newport for brunch at The Old Courthouse.  Our meal was delicious and it was a wonderfully relaxing morning.  While a young man played classical piano in the background, we enjoyed Chef Robert’s veggie omelets and French toast, a selection of pastries and fruit, and the unique ambiance of the Federalist-era building.

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After brunch, we stopped back at the condo to regroup, then headed down to Sunapee Harbor.  There was a boat parade in progress when we walked up.

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We hiked the recently developed Riverwalk trail, then enjoyed a quick scoop of ice cream before hopping aboard a boat cruise of Lake Sunapee.  From the boat, we had great views of the lake and the fascinating “summer homes”- many of which date back to the 1930s- that surround the area.

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Then we walked around the harbor and bought a few souvenirs.

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For dinner, we stopped at a restaurant called One Mile West.  I had my first lobster roll up here this trip (think a light tuna salad, but with lobster instead of tuna, and served on a New-England-cut roll).  Stuffed, we headed home and did some walking around the condo.  The guys took the kids up to the tennis court for a quick game.  We all stayed up later that night to watch the Perseids again (and saw some really good ones).

NH Day 2

This morning it was a bit rainy.  BIL got up early for work.  The rest of us stayed at the condo and had a little continental breakfast of fruit and pastries that the boys had made in their King Arthur Flour class earlier this week.  After breakfast, L and I went to get some groceries.  First we stopped at Spring Ledge Farm Stand, which is a delightful farm market complete with a cut-your-own flower garden and variety of local baked goods brought in daily.  We picked up corn, some veggies for salad, and honey for Papa.  We also stopped at the grocery store and stocked up on food for the rest of the week.

On the way home, we stopped at the library to return a book.

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DH, Papa and the kids ended up going for lunch with BIL while she and I were out, and were still gone when we got back. We put the groceries away, fixed salads for our lunch, and prepped burgers for dinner. Everyone came back and we waited for BIL to get home from work. He called around 5 to say he was heading home and that plans had changed, we were going to Manchester for dinner with his friend, C.

We took both cars over to C’s parent’s farm just outside Manchester. His mom was so sweet and showed us around the family farm. We saw their donkey, “Big Guy”, and her herd of sheep and angora goats. Of course I was thrilled to discover that she is a spinner, so we had plenty of things to talk about. She teaches wet-felting classes and told me about all the good LYS to visit nearby.

We all decided to go to a place called KC’s Barbecue, where the guys had a Man versus Food meal (at least they shared it, instead of trying to put on a good show). I enjoyed a half chicken breast, macaroni salad, and Brunswick stew.  After dinner, we went over to Blake’s for ice cream.  The old salty dog (salted caramel) was a bit soft, but still good.

NH Day 1

This morning we picked up Papa around 9 and headed north east to visit New Hampshire. BIL is working up there for the summer and he and his family are staying in a condo near Lake Sunapee. Sunapee is a big ski area, but it is also lovely in summer.

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We got in after an uneventful drive around 8PM.

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This sign says “Welcome to New Hampshire”. Lousy focus on the phone camera.

They met us in Claremont, NH at a little restaurant called Ramunto’s. The men and kids enjoyed a nice pizza dinner. L and I had salads as we figured there would soon be ice cream. Waistlines and all, you know.

We finally got to the condo around 10pm.  By the time we unpacked the van and figured out where everyone would sleep, it was pretty much time for bed.  Tomorrow we are hanging around and getting our bearings while BIL is at work, then we will do something together in the evening.