Save Money Together for a Special Family Vacation!

Save Money Together for a Special Family Vacation!

Vacations are a wonderful way for family members to come together and bond. New memories are made, and family ties are strengthened. However, saving money for a family trip can be difficult, and this is especially true if you are already on a tight budget. But if you follow our tips below, you can start saving for that special vacation, and we know you will come up with even better ideas for helping the whole family save up for that much-needed trip and time together.

The Perfect Sunday Brunch

The Perfect Sunday Brunch

Sunday brunch is a relaxing and luxurious meal that can be enjoyed on Easter, Mother’s Day, or any special Sunday morning. Brunch need not be an excessive affair; you can prepare a few simple dishes that complement the occasion and the season. We have prepared a spring brunch menu that takes a minimal amount of time to prepare yet delivers delicious results.

Hockey Moms and Dads: The Unsung Heroes

Hockey Moms and Dads—Unsung Heroes

It’s the wee hours of the morning, still no trace of the dawn’s early light on the horizon, and the icy air cuts through the coats and mittens of the drivers pulling up to the ice rink. These are the hockey moms and dads—the unsung heroes in any family with a young hockey player—who are out there when the rest of us are still snuggled under layers of quilts, making sure the kids are on time for their teams. Odd hours, cold rinks, and sweaty clothes in the back seat of the car are common among the unwavering parent-cheerleaders.

Child Safety Tips: Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween

Child Safety Tips: Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween

With the end of October approaching, Halloween and trick-or-treating are nearly upon us. When it comes to preventing injury and keeping your kids safe on Halloween, repeated and consistent teaching is the key to a happy holiday. Parents may be placing their children at risk by not talking to them about safety. While they’ve likely heard the drill before, it pays to repeat it every year. This month, take the time to review safe behaviors with your kids before they head out trick-or-treating. Follow these tips and you and your little ghosts and goblins will have a stress-free, fun-filled Halloween!

Kings of the Grill: Why Men Are So Territorial

Kings of the Grill: Why Men Are So Territorial

Men often cede cooking responsibilities to the women in their lives. But as Labor Day approaches, men’s interests in marinades vs. dry rubs and achieving the perfect sear on a steak approaches an obsession. A man may spend hours researching the advantages of cherry-wood chips over mesquite, while he has no idea how to turn the oven on. Have these men been possessed by the spirit of Julia Child? Did they fall asleep watching Emeril or Bobby Flay and wake up with culinary desires subliminally implanted? What inspires men with no apparent interest in the culinary arts to embark on the quest for the golden grill?

The Best Ice Cream in the Upper Valley

Best Ice Cream Places in the Upper Valley

As August rolls in, so does that sudden craving for a cool, creamy cone on a hot afternoon. My sister Stephi and I set out to discover the most delicious dairy desserts in the Upper Valley, trying everything from good old soft-serve classics to exotic flavors of Sicilian gelato. Here are our reviews and recommendations.

Start a New Tradition: Take the Family Boating on the Connecticut River

Chieftain Inn Pontoon Boat on the Connecticut River

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon with your family, consider renting a pontoon boat from the Chieftain Inn. Pack a couple coolers with your favorite foods and beverages, put on your swim suit and get ready for a fun-filled afternoon. Here are 7 memorable activities to enjoy out on the river.

Praise for Foreign Tastes: 6 Ways to Better Enjoy Your Food

Praise for Foriegn Tastes

As a whole, Europeans invest more thought and preparation in their meals than we do in the United States, with our ubiquitous fast food and microwaveable meals. Europeans enjoy meals, viewing them as pleasurable, relaxing respites from their busy days. They dine. We Americans, by contrast, eat, often speeding through meals of prepackaged to-go food because it’s quick and easy. No wonder many Americans have become desensitized to bland, plastic-wrapped meals. That includes me. However, I am lucky enough to live in the Upper Valley, a region that celebrates healthy, local eating, not unlike they do in Europe. From my experiences abroad, I’ve realized that Europeans eat for the pure pleasure of the act. Here are six ways to incorporate the fine art of dining, European style, into your life.

5 Local Activities to Celebrate Summer

Celebrate Summer

So far this season, we have been blessed with some beautiful weather. What better way to enjoy it than by taking part in local activities with family and friends. Make the most of warm summer evenings and picture-perfect weekends. Read on for fun and exciting activities—right here in the Upper Valley.

10 New England Summer Getaways

10 New England Summer Getaways

With the kids out of school for the summer, there are plenty of opportunities to take a break from the hustle and bustle of your regular routine and get away from it all on a little vacation. Use holidays like the Fourth of July and Labor Day to your advantage by taking a couple of extra days off and extending the already long weekend to visit one of the outstanding destinations below.