Thursday, November 10, 2011

Stress Free, Tax-Free Holiday Shopping at Walpole's Holiday Fete November 19th

Looking for an enjoyable way to get a jump on your holiday shopping? The Walpole Holiday FĂȘte on Saturday, November 19, will offer one-stop shopping for both Thanksgiving meal preparations and gifts for the December holidays. Plan to spend the weekend at our New Hampshire country Inn and get that well deserved rest and relaxation while you simultaneously check off your holiday list. Buying local has never been more fun!

Get an early start on shopping for the December holidays at the First Congregational Church’s Mistletoe Mart, St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Christmas on the Green holiday bazaar, and the Walpole Farmers' Market’s (WFM’s) Thanksgiving Market. All three venues feature gifts, crafts, baked goods and more! Park near the Common and visit three venues within an easy walk of each other.

At the Thanksgiving Farmers Market there will be fresh, locally grown produce for your holiday meal and to store for winter. Weather permitting, there should still be fresh salad, pot greens and storage crops like pumpkins; winter squash in many colors, sizes and shapes; potatoes; beets; cabbage; Brussels sprouts; garlic and carrots. A number of different meats, sourdough and traditional Italian breads, dairy products, maple products, and wine can round out meal preparations. Gluten free baked goods, animal and plant fibers and the products made from them, diverse crafts and prepared foods will also be available.

At St. John’s Christmas on the Green holiday bazaar you’ll find the ever popular “cookie can.” You can select your own mix of home made cookies to fill a holiday-decorated can. There will be tables of hand-crafted gifts, holiday ornaments, plants, dried goods, and bulb kits, Christmas Attic Treasures and baked goodies. The sale of crafts made by this year’s Art After School students will benefit Heifer International.

First Congregational Church’s Mistletoe Mart will be serving hot coffee and luncheon.  It will also offer a long table laden with home made fudges and candies. The ladies of the church have labored long and hard to create luscious baked goods, crafts, gifts, and holiday trims for sale. You’ll also find tables of white elephants at the Mistletoe Mart.

All three events run from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday November 19th, on or just off the Common. St. John’s is on the corner of Westminster and Elm Streets, across from the Town Hall. First Congregational in on Washington St, just opposite the middle of the Common, and the Thanksgiving Market is on the Common. It is an easy walk between the events, which are less than a block apart. All events are wheelchair accessible. For more information about the Mistletoe Mart, please call Gwen Yardley at 603-756-3677; about the Christmas on the Green holiday bazaar; please call St. John’s at 603-756-4533; and about the Thanksgiving Market, please call 603-756-3168 or email

The area will be abuzz with other local activities as well. Our farm store which features our own sustainable pasture-raised meats will be open Saturday from 10-3. The Walpole Mountain View Winery will have wine tastings from 11-6 and Stonewall Farm 11th Annual Thanksgiving Farm Fare will be taking place Friday and Saturday as well.

We hope to see you in Walpole next weekend!

Innkeeper The Inn at Valley Farms

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NH Open Doors - a Statewide Shopping and Touring Event This Saturday and Sunday

The weekend of November 5th and 6th, 2011 marks the annual NH Open Doors event - a weekend of creativity, adventure, stress-free and tax-free shopping all while exploring the beauty of New Hampshire!

Let the scenic highways and country roads of New Hampshire take you to picturesque towns to meet New Hampshire's talented artisans and craftspeople who are opening their studios to welcome you. Stroll through shops, galleries, and open studios filled with NH-made products and artwork, savor the local cuisine, sample local wines and spend the night in a unique lodging property to complete your weekend. A great event to get a jump on your holiday shopping!

Discover the natural beauty and timeless traditions of the people, products, and places right here in the Mondanock Region or extend your stay and tour more of NH during this Open Door event. Visit 10 locations during NH Open Doors with a special passport and be entered to win great prizes.

Click on Participants and Plan Your Tour to see a statewide listing of the hundreds of participating artists, craftspeople, wineries, restaurants, retail shops, and more. Be sure to check the hours and days of participation to not be disappointed. Rooms are available this weekend at our New Hampshire bed and breakfast so check our attractions page for a list of additional area activities to round out your stay.

Additionally, two similar events, the 9th Annual Walpole Artisan Tour and the 33rd Annual Putney Crafts Tour, will occur Thanksgiving weekend (November 25th, 26th, and 27th) so plan ahead to attend those wonderful events as well!

Innkeeper The Inn at Valley Farms