New Hampshire Local Customs
The little tour was interesting and...
The little tour was interesting and...
Karen and I did our share of tasting
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Not far from Hudson, NH where our son is living we found a MEADERY! One of the oldest drinks in the world... this meadery has a small tasting room and tours which include free glasses. Their mead can be bought in a number of flavors from Blueberry to Coffee. It's made from local honey and local fruits (where possible). They are very creative in their assortment of flavors from fairly dry to quite sweet. You can also buy plain old fashioned mead which is very nice as well. We enjoyed our visit and carried away a half dozen bottles between us. Brought one to a dinner party when we got home and they raved about it. These entrepeneures are now distributing their mead to over a dozen states and they are still growing. Look for it and take a drive to New Hampshire - such a beautiful state.
We were told there are (black) bears in the White Mountains. To our disappointment we didn't see one. Not that I'd want to get too close to one!Anyway, the balcony of our rental apartment had a nice little bell that one can ring when the bears get close. As far as I know they don't like the sound and run ... True or not, but it's a nice story for the kids.
the state bird is the Purple Finch.the state animal is the White Tail Deer.the state flower is the Purple Lilac.state nickname is "Granite State" in reference to the fine granite quarries and to the state's steadfastness in hard times.state motto is: "Live Free or Die"the state seal shows a ship in the shipyard indicating Portsmouth shipbuilding and commerce; cranberry leaves surround the seal indicating strength and vitality. the state flag is the state seal on a blue field
Always a dog around the lake
My sons have loved Lake Winnepesaukee since the first moment they saw it...and the first time one of them fell off the dock. So many great sunny days spent with good friends. The Lake is just that kind of place.
Tipping is more or less compulsory. In restaurants, waiters expect around 10% to 20%, as do taxi drivers, while porters and bellboys anticipate around 1 or 2 USD per piece of luggage. You are not expected to tip in fast-food restaurants or cinemas.
If you are driving the White Mountain Trail and want to park somewhere for hiking, you need to buy a parking pass. Passes for more than one day can be bought at the visitors center. Day passes are available at parking areas along the trail.There you will find a dispenser box with envelopes. Take an envelope and tear the daily recreation pass stub from the envelope. Place the daily pass stub inside your vehicle on the dashboard. Place 3 USD in the envelope and deposit it in the fee tube.
Whirlygigs, birdhouses, and Cape Cod swing
You can find these roadside businesses scattered throughout New England, but moreso in New Hampshire and Cape Cod. If you are lucky you will find a man who makes the whimsical art from scratch and creates his own design. Unfortunately there isn't much money in that, so we now see people selling things which come from a kit. However some of the whirlygigs are colorful and fun...and who could resist spending time in a Cape Cod swing?
Old Home Days
New Hampshire towns celebrate "Old Home Day", usually during the Summer. It's a homegrown celebration of "the town", but it's origins are somewhat more stark.At the turn of the twentieth century, most of these small towns lost population. With few job opportunities to offer its children, most youth would travel away for college or work - and stay away. So, "Old Home Day"(the town being the childrens' "old home") was a sort of giant reunion - and an attempt to woo the kids back.Population loss is certainly not a problem, nowadays - quite the opposite, in fact. But, the tradition continues. Keep an eye out for "Old Home Day" as you travel. It might be "Candia Old Home Day", or "Deering Old Home Day", but each one will offer small town fun - candy apples, and cow chips(a field is divided in a grid with chalk, numbered and a cow is set out to "crap". If she craps on your square, you win!)....
You in a Subaru
The hottest car you can have in New Hampshire is a Subaru.This makes sense, actually. Pragmatic New Englanders driving a versatile, economical vehicle that's good in the snow - now, throw on a ski rack, and you're a rock star.Us kids bought this Subaru for my Mom. She was in tears, "I can't believe I have a SUBARU!". It's the New Hampshire Porsche, I guess.Volvos, Saabs, and VW's are runner ups.
Celebrations & Events in New Hampshire
The people of New Hampshire are fun-loving individuals who love to celebrate their culture, religion, politics, and holidays.Although I did not see this, I heard about it from other tourists who had Scottish backgrounds!Each year, 35,000 people attend a 3-day festival of Scottish culture. Scotch-Irish immigrants were among the earliest settlers in New Hampshire, and this celebration gives their descendants an opportunity to celebrate their rich traditions. They have contests such as a CABER THROW (a Caber is a huge pole thrown in athletic contests). They also conduct feats of strength. But, perhaps MUSIC plays the biggest role in the celebration. There are many BAGPIPE BANDS. There are about 60 Scottish clans there, and they are more than anxious to help visitors learn about their particular clan.There is a popular WINTER CARNIVAL held at DARTMOUTH COLLEGE in February. At this festival,...
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