Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Snowmobile in Southern New Hampshire!

Not everyone may welcome the back to back snow storms we’ve had here in southern New Hampshire recently, but there has been one benefit most might not think about… snowmobile trails! Recent storms have created some of the best snowmobile conditions southern New Hampshire has seen in the past few years. There’s no time like the present to bring your friends and your snowmobiles to the Inn at Valley Farms to experience New Hampshire’s 7,000 miles of wide and well-groomed trails. With a two feet thick blanket of snow covering the Monadnock Region, area snowmobiling trails have a great base and access to the extensive local trail system is unlimited. 

With ample space for parking your trailers and sleds, a stay at the Inn at Valley Farms makes a winter getaway hassle-free. Our self-sufficient cottages sleep up to 6 guests and have full kitchens allowing for flexibility and added comfort in your stay. Winter rates start at $175/night and include a homemade breakfast basket brought to your doorstep each morning including fresh baked goods, locally made organic breads and our own fresh eggs. Sunnyside Farmhouse is another rental which is available for larger groups and/or longer stays.

Of particular note in this area is Corridor 5, a snowmobile trail extending from Massachusetts to the Canadian border which traverses right through part of our 105-acre property. The trail is accessible directly from our property with plenty of additional local trails extending in numerous directions for miles and miles of uninterrupted exploration.  Pinnacle View, a local equipment dealer here in Walpole, NH carries snowmobile parts and doubles as a New Hampshire registration station to get your sleds registered. You can also ride directly to local eateries and a gas station.

If you’re looking for a getaway close to home you’ll love the Monadnock Region in picturesque southern New Hampshire. The extensive trail system extends through beautiful woodlands, open rolling hills, straight-aways on reclaimed rail beds, and small bridges bringing you to areas of unsurpassed natural beauty seldom seen by passersby.

Here are a few useful links to help plan your winter getaway:

For a map and information on: NH State snowmobile corridors. For local trail maps contact the local snowmobile clubs.

For information on: NH Snowmobile Trail Conditions

We hope to see you on the trail!

Innkeeper The Inn at Valley Farms

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Hampshire Wedding Magazine - A Rustic Wedding

We are excited to share the cover and excerpts of the most recent issue of New Hampshire Wedding Magazine! Last May we were given a wonderful opportunity as our bed and breakfast inn and farm were chosen as the setting for an article in New Hampshire Wedding Magazine on rustic weddings. To see all the pieces come together and the final cover page and article in print is just amazing!

It all started just over a year ago when I met photographer Kendal Bush at one of the many local bridal fairs. Upon meeting Kendal you can instantly feel her energy and passion for photography. She is a real professional and a quick look at her portfolio reveals her amazing eye creating anything but the customary wedding photos (unless you want those, of course!). Kendal contacted me several months later to share her ideas about this assignment and naturally I agreed to participate. We set a date in mid-May and Kendal set to pulling together a few other key participants to make it all happen.

When the day arrived the sun was shining, white puffy clouds were strategically placed throughout the clear blue sky, the grass was emerald green, the scent of lilacs lingered in the air creating a truly picture-perfect day. Our crew quickly got organized and set off on our task to capture wedding shots throughout the inn, gardens, grounds and barns of the farm - we even got the animals involved! The shoot progressed seamlessly and at the end of the day Kendal had taken literally thousands of amazing photos.

Special thanks go out to a few special folks who made this all possible including Jennifer Carvalho Schmidt of Embellish Event Styling and Floral Design located in nearby Keene, NH. Jennifer was responsible for choosing the color palette, flowers, linens, and other necessary props for the shoot. Her choice and combination of colors was nothing short of brilliant and really helped to create the eye-popping photos. I love her creativity and attention to details. Among my favorites for this shoot were her incorporation of key limes into the table arrangements and the spring green and tangerine linens and their contrast against the barn’s interior white wash walls.

Angela Giannantonio was our natural beauty of a bride, and a true champ the whole day through. Her makeup was done by her long-time friend Mindy Rossignol also owner of Private Weddings and Events. Angela’s gorgeous dress as well as the linens were on loan from Divine Inspirations of Concord, NH
Hard copies of New Hampshire Wedding Magazine can be ordered online at nhweddingmagazine.com, picked up at any number of bridal shows happening throughout the state or found at Hannaford Supermarkets and Rite-Aid stores throughout New Hampshire by the end of January. There were so many other great photos from the shoot that didn’t make the magazine simply due to lack of space. If you’d like to see more amazing photos from our great day, Kendal has a "Rustic Wedding" photo album on her Facebook page with a number of the additional photos and there is also a link to Kendal’s album on our Inn at Valley Farms Facebook page as well.

These photos give you a glimpse of what a rustic wedding might look like here at our country bed and breakfast inn. If there is a wedding or special event in your future and you like the idea of a farm for a setting we’d love to talk to you! We specialize in intimate, unique events for up to 75 people. With over 100 acres, rolling hills, extensive gardens and multiple outbuildings you are only limited by your creativity. Call today. It’s never too early to start the conversation as dates book early.

Innkeeper The Inn at Valley Farms

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My Energy Plan Video Challenge Announced

As a proud member of New Hampshire’s Sustainable Lodging Association we’re happy to share the recent announcement of the My Energy Plan™ Video Challenge for NH residents. Some great prizes are up for grabs for winners of the contest including an overnight stay here at the Inn at Valley Farms. We are proud to support efforts such as these that promote greater understanding and better usage of our precious natural resources and we encourage you to do so as well.

The contest is being run by the New England Carbon Challenge (NECC), a joint initiative of the University of NH and Clean Air-Cool Planet. NECC is inviting individuals and groups from across New Hampshire to submit 1- to 4-minute videos about what they do (and plan to do) to reduce their energy consumption. The contest is for New Hampshire residents ages 13 and older and submissions must be received before February 28th.

Visit http://myenergyplan.net/videos/ for the latest contest details and to see members of the judging panel, a full list of prizes and sponsors.

Here at our bed and breakfast and farm we know first hand that there are cost savings associated with thoughtful planning and reduced usage of our natural resources. We encourage all NH residents to get involved (whether you produce a video for the My Energy Plan contest or not) by taking a look at your current practices and striving to improve upon them in the New Year. As always we welcome conversations on related topics and are happy to share our experiences with others as well.

The Inn at Valley Farms was designated an “Environmental Champion” in 2009 by the New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging Program, the first such lodging establishment in the Monadnock Region. Many of our mindful practices are listed on "Our Environmental Philosophy” page of our website. We are constantly seeking additional ways to reduce our energy usage and associated costs. If you have a suggestion we haven’t implemented yet, please let us know. Ultimately, it’s a win-win for us all! Good luck with the contest!

Innkeeper The Inn at Valley Farms