When summer draws to a close and fall begins, we are blessed with quite a few wonderful things – cooler temps, beautiful foliage . . . and new television series! Between September and October, there are new series starting on almost every major network. Read on to find out which ones are on our must-watch list this season!
What’s better than Vermont cheese? Vermont cheese baked with pasta, of course! On September 14, 2014, the Second Annual Vermont Mac & Cheese Challenge will take place in Windsor, Vermont. All you need bring is a ticket for entry and a very hearty appetite. Come hungry and ready to eat mountains of gourmet mac and cheese, prepared for you by the best chefs of the Upper Valley and beyond. Ultimately, you and your fellow samplers will cast your votes for the best mac and cheese of Vermont.
Will this summer find you hosting guests from afar? When you’ve spent enough time barbecuing on the patio or lounging by the pool, have a few excursions planned to show your visitors some of the best places in the Hanover area and beyond. Read on for a few of our favorite places to show off to visitors.
The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Football Game is played between two all-star teams of graduated high school seniors from Vermont & New Hampshire. The game is preceded by a spectacular parade of Shrine Units from throughout the Northeast Region. It is one of 30 Shrine Football Games played every year across the country.
Is your next family road trip approaching? Fear not! These games and activities will please everyone in the car and bust traffic boredom. Car trips can be long and hot in the summer, but when all the passengers are engaged in an activity together, time passes more quickly. In fact, you may even appreciate the journey to your destination as valuable family-bonding time. Safe travels!
With summer officially here, it’s time to rethink your workout routines and make sure they stand up to the summer heat. Depending on where you live, if you like to work out outside you might have to shake up your schedule and exercise at different times. If you live in a hot climate, consider a dip in the pool or bring your fitness routine indoors. No matter your workout preference, drink lots of water and don’t push yourself in the heat—there are plenty of activities to choose from that are cool, safe and summer-proof.
The Upper Valley is filled with busy, successful people driven by sometimes-hectic schedules, so yoga studios are necessarily prevalent. Whether you practice it every day as part of your exercise program or once a week to clear your mind and restore balance to your life, yoga provides generous health benefits of all kinds. No one is too old or too young, too fit, flabby, stiff, stretchy, happy, or moody for yoga; everyone can grow in the studio. So choose your antidote from the list below and bid farewell to whatever ails you: back pain, stress, inflexibility, or lack of energy. You will sweat, burn, twist, breathe, and, most importantly, smile. Enjoy your journey and namaste!
Whether you’re a walker, speed walker, jogger, or mountain biker, the Upper Valley has more than enough wooded trails to enjoy endless miles of activity. Especially in summer, these parks, trails, and preserves offer cooling shade, restful quiet, and close contact with the beauty of Northern New England. When you have exhausted this list, browse the complete selection of Upper Valley trails at Trail Finder; I hope you’ll find this resource as useful as I did!
The Upper Valley is nestled in the Northeast’s woods, fields, and farmlands, and hidden among these are outstanding artists of all kinds. Finding examples of their talents is an art form in itself; a day trip to any one of these locations is to be savored and will delight your senses. Each gallery description here is accompanied by a recommended eatery that will complete your artistic excursion. Keep your eyes and mind open in any of these galleries, and the wonders of the Upper Valley art scene will inspire and amaze you.
American families are returning to traditional family bonding. In 2012, the Columbia University Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) made the case that regular family dinners led to a decreased risk of teen substance abuse. Parents and children are finding comfort and safety within the inner sanctum of the immediate family. A good way to nurture these bonds is to find activities, hobbies and interests to enjoy together. Here are some great family-friendly activities.