Nancy Copeland shares photos and stories of her life’s adventures with friends in and around Lyme.

A Week of Local Adventures

Living Life in and around Lyme

Nancy Copeland’s Guest Blog

So much local summer fun! Have a week like the one we just had …

  • Get over to Cedar Circle Farm in Thetford VT, and take a walk in their amazing flower gardens and pick your own bouquets.
  • Take a day trip south to Cornish NH and tour St. Gaudens national historic park. Be sure to take a picnic and sit on the beautiful grounds as if you were part of the Cornish artist colony in the early 1990’s. Travel a mile further south and you can drive across the Connecticut On The Windsor/Cornish covered bridge (the longest in the country).
  • Take another day trip south to Windsor VT and have lunch at Harpoon Brewery. Then next door take a walk through The Path of Life and experience nature and various mazes, tree sculptures, and a labyrinth, all related to different stages of life. Stop at Edgewater Farm stand in Plainfield on your way home, and pick up some corn or fresh veggies.
  • Grab your dog, and take a short 30 minute hike up the Dartmouth Skiway on The Winslow side. You will be rewarded with panoramic views of Mt. Ascutney and the Green Mountains to the south.

So many great local adventures for family and friends!

Have fun!

By | 2017-08-18T22:59:03+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Guest Blog, Living Life in and around Lyme, Photos|0 Comments

Summer Free for All Concert Series

Living Life in and around Lyme

Nancy Copeland’s Guest Blog

Grab your friends and a summer picnic and a little wine and dancin’ shoes, and come to the Dartmouth Green for three free summer concerts! On July 5th, the Corey Ledet Creole/Zydeco Band from Louisiana played while the crowd danced the evening away. The green fills up with families and kids and friends of all ages.

Coming up:
Wednesday, July 26th – Septeto Santiguero, Cuban/Latin band
Wednesday, August 29th – Rocky Dawuni, Ghana-born artist with Reggae anthems

The Hanover Farmers Market sells some great local farm foods as well.

So mark your calendars for some high energy summer fun!

It’s Berry Picking Time!

Living Life in and around Lyme

Nancy Copeland’s Guest Blog

It’s peak strawberry picking season in the Upper Valley right now. That means get your sun hat out and grab a friend and head on over to any of the local farms and strawberry fields. This morning we picked at Cedar Circle Organic Farm in Thetford, Vt.  Plenty of luscious red berries to be had by all. Pick a few then eat a few and then pick a few more. Beautiful views of the surrounding hills and the Connecticut River. They told us there is still about 2-1/2 weeks of strawberry picking left! The Farm also has The Hello Cafe, with wonderful scones and muffins and cookies and cool drinks.

Its the season to visit all of our local Farm stands and buy fresh veggies and more. North of Lyme you will find:

  • Root 5 Farm in Fairlee, VT
  • Cross Roads farm in Post Mills, VT
  • Pierson Farm in Bradford, VT
  • Peaked Moon Farm in Piermont, NH
  • Four Corners Farm in Newbury, VT.

Soon it will be raspberry and then blueberry picking!

Have fun and go pick berries!

Franconia Ridge Loop Hike

Living Life in and around Lyme

This is the first post in a new occasional blog by longtime Lyme resident, Nancy Copeland.

About an hour’s drive north of Lyme NH are the beautiful and majestic White Mountains of NH. Franconia State Park offers an abundance of outdoor summer fun including hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, and scenic nature walks and drives. This past Saturday, a group of Lymies gathered at 6am in town and caravanned north to Franconia State Park and the 9-mile Franconia Ridge Loop hike. This is one of the most scenic above-treeline hikes in New England. It does require some physical stamina and proper hiking gear. We headed up the Bridal Path in the early morning, as the mist was beginning to rise and the summit ridge began to expose itself. Spirits were high as our group of 13 headed up the mountain. About 2-1/2 miles up you will come to the Greenleaf hut and a great place to rest and eat a snack and use the rest room. Then you head the final 1.1 rugged mile to the summit of Mt. Lafayette. There you will be rewarded with 360-degree views of the White Mountains and distance views into Maine and Vermont. Lunch and a nap are a must on top of summer summits. When feeling re-energized you continue South along the Franconia Ridge over the summits of Little Haystack and Lincoln and eventually down The Falling Waters Trail. Be sure to stop along the way and take your hiking boots off and put your weary feet in the sparkling and cold waterfall pools.  With a mix of hiking speeds, about 8-9 hours later you will arrive back at the parking lot and partake in your happy hour feast with friends while consuming margaritas and sangria and guacamole and chips. Lots of laughter and tales of the day abound.

Returning back to Lyme one reminds oneself again and again how lucky we are to live in this beautiful town and all of the outdoors adventures that await us. So grab a friend or family member and your AMC guide book and head up to the White Mountains for the day