Weekend in New Hampshire

New HampshireOne of the things I love most about living in Boston is the proximity to so many weekend destinations around New England. Between the Cape, Maine, and the mountains up north, there are always options when you’re looking for a quick getaway out of the city.

So far this summer though, I haven’t really taken advantage. My trips to New York – while awesome – have sort of dominated my summer, and I’ve been craving a classic New England summer weekend.

Thankfully that’s exactly what I got last weekend. My mom’s neighbors and good friends Chris and Jim have a farm up in New Hampshire that they’ve moved to for the summer, and they graciously invited my mom, Matt, and me up for the weekend. I had heard so much about their farm – I couldn’t wait to finally see it and spend the weekend relaxing.

Stunning view from the farm

I knew it would be beautiful, but it was stunning. And we lucked out with absolutely perfect weather.

We happened to be there on the weekend of their town’s Old Home Day. Old Home Days are a small-town New England tradition that started in the 1800’s when people were leaving their farms for higher-paying factory jobs in the city. They were a way to get the community together and try to lure people back home.

We headed to the town center on Saturday morning. The day kicked off with members of the community selling their crafts, homemade jams, and baked goods. Jim was selling his homemade soaps.

Old Home Day

Lunch was the main event, and actually started the day before. They bury huge vats of beans in the ground, cook them for 24 hours, and then dig them up for lunch on Saturday. Watching the men pull the beans out of the ground was quite a spectacle.

Old Home Day

Two types of beans were served, the first being navy beans cooked with salt pork and maple syrup.

And then there were kidney beans, also cooked with salt pork. (They briefly told us what went into each recipe, but I totally forgot!)

Old Home Day

The best part? The homemade PICKLES.

Old Home Day

My plate ended up being half beans, half pickles. This was not an accident. In there is a mix of sour dills, sweet bread and butter pickles, and pickle relish.

After lunch, we headed back to the farm where Chris and Jim spent some time showing us around their property.

Chickens

We spend some time hanging out with the chickens and the noisy rooster. The rooster was definitely boss – he was small but feisty!

Eggs

There were fresh eggs waiting for us. (I could get used to this lifestyle.)

Dogs

Chris and Jim’s beautiful dogs, Roswell (Ros) and Oliver (Ollie), followed us around. They might be the sweetest dogs I have ever met.

Garden

They have a pretty massive garden, and this is just a small piece of it that I snapped a picture of.

Next we went to visit the “hooves,” as they call them. They have two lambs and one goat – Noah, Dolores (Dolly), and Precious – all super friendly. Noah even laid in Chris’s lap!

Mom feeding the goat

Here’s my mom feeding Precious.

Matt feeding the lambs

And Matt feeding Noah.

Happy Hour

Before we knew it, it was time for happy hour on their beautiful porch looking out over the mountains and the lake. It was pure heaven.

Dinner

That night, Matt and I cooked a fideua with tons of garden tomatoes on the grill. On the side, we made spinach with pine nuts and raisins (that I tried to recreate from Kika) and shrimp and chorizo skewers.

In the morning, we woke up to a simple but amazing breakfast of fresh eggs, more garden tomatoes, and toast. Does it get much better than that?

I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing, picture-perfect weekend. Thank you Chris and Jim for hosting us!

What are your favorite weekend getaways?

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  • DeliciousDish

    That’s really awesome how they cook the beans. Sounds like a great weekend. I love going to the Cape to get away.

  • yummychunklet

    Looks like it was a fun weekend!

  • http://indulgeinspireimbibe.blogspot.com/ Daisy

    this is my ideal weekend getaway. this or the beach. those views are stunning.

  • http://twitter.com/MichellePC Michelle Collins

    I absolutely love New Hampshire, and it’s not just because I grew up there. 😉 This looks like the perfect weekend getaway!

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    Freshly made baked beans. Yes! As a NH native, I’m glad you enjoyed your weekend 🙂

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  • http://www.sweetlyserendipity.com Taryn Collins

    This looks like so much fun – it’s so gorgeous where you were too! My dream is to move up north – Vermont, NH – and try my hand at this sort of laid-back farming lifestyle, it seems very fulfilling.

  • Elizabeth

    This looks like the coolest weekend ever. Those views are gorgeous. And I’d love that meal.

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