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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas…

I know it seems a bit early but it’s only because I want you to get out there and enjoy some Christmas events!   You know if you don’t plan ahead it won’t happen.

I’m a bit of a history geek and my favorite of the living history museums is Mystic Seaport.   For the 35th year they are presenting their Lantern Light Tours, a progressive play set on Christmas Eve 1876.  Leave some time for lunch or dinner at S&P Oyster Company in downtown Mystic.

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Old Sturbridge Village offers up Christmas By Candlelight, with a full slate of traditional activities such as caroling, roasting chestnuts and the like.  The on-site Oliver Wight Tavern offers special dinners to coincide with their Christmas events, as well as Brunch with Santa.

Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth NH is unique in that it encompasses over 300 years of American history, up to 1954 when the site was saved from urban renewal.  Sticking with the historical theme of ….candles….their seasonal event is the Candlelight Stroll.  Weekends in December bring sleigh rides, live music and seasonal entertainment along walkways lighted with wood and glass candle boxes.   This would make a fantastic weekend away, as Portsmouth is a great small city, full of shopping and dining options.

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People tend to forget about Newport once summer’s over but it’s really got a lot to offer in all seasons.  December brings Christmas At The Newport Mansions, probably the best time to see these amazing Gilded Age mansions decked out in their holiday finery.  You can’t go wrong with dinner at The White Horse Tavern; in their own words “from farm to table since 1673”.  Yes, really: 1673.

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I’d like to end with a reminder that this Saturday, November 29th is Small Business Saturday.  Shop local!  Shop small!!

Little House in the Big Woods

Something tells me only girls will get that reference, I don’t think many boys read the first book in the Little House (on the Prairie) series.   I don’t know if those books are why I love log cabins, but I do.  I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in one in northern NH.  It was just like the olden days….woodstove, oil lamps, board games….and wifi and iPhones.  I loved every minute of it.   Head north of Route 302 on Twin Mountain and you’ll pass a sign that says “Welcome To The Great North Woods”.   It’s mostly pretty, piney and rural, with the exception of the touristy splotches of Santa’s Village and Six Gun City, and a handful of down-at-the-heels tenements in the few small towns up that way….Whitefield, Littleton and Lancaster.   Right around the corner from the cabin is the Mountain View Grand Hotel in Whitefield.  The hotel dates from the late 1800s, closed in 1986 and reopened in 2002 after a $20 million renovation.

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On Saturday we went down towards Bretton Woods to meet some friends for a drink at the Mount Washington Hotel.  The view as you approach on Rt 302 is breathtaking, and never gets old.  Check out the dog-sledders in the foreground.

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While we were there the light changed….it turned rosy pink and flooded the valley.  You could even see the buildings on the top of Mount Washington, which I zoomed in on in the second picture.   It lasted about 5-7 minutes ….I’ve never seen anything like it.

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I know I said in my last post that I was hoping for signs of spring…..nothing yet, but it was a mild weekend, the first 50 degree days we’ve seen in I don’t know how long.  That’ll have to do for now!