Who are the people in your neighborhood? There will be the people that you meet each day: postal workers, firefighters, dentists, grocers, and bakers (as told by a classic Sesame Street song). And while greeting the people you run into with an appropriate salutation is important, many folks moving to the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and [...]
When you are dressed and outfitted properly, you will be warm and ready for the perfect outdoor winter activity in the Upper Valley. You won’t want the day to end. But when the sun sets, or the evening session is over, you can return to your Upper Valley home in Vermont or New Hampshire with a smile knowing it was a day well spent. You will [...]
There are some remarkable restaurants, diners, and coffeehouses in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont to enjoy a delightful brunch with friends and family this holiday season, and all year long. There are sweet and savory crepes, eggs Benedict with poached Maine lobster, French toast prepared with homemade cruller donuts, [...]
Moving a household can be stressful for the family. The four-legged canine & feline members of your family need all of your love and understanding, especially during a move. Transporting reptiles, birds, fish, and small mammals also require careful thought. With a little strategy and patience, you and your pets can make a smooth transition [...]
The Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont has it all: the thrill of a 140 year old collegiate football rivalry, quiet days with family and friends picking apples and baking pies, baking classes for home bakers and professionals, drop-in sessions for musicians, working-farm museums and more. There are a lot of fun fall activities [...]
There are a lot of excellent reasons to choose a small home. You can save money on a modest mortgage in a smaller home and enjoy the benefits of an upscale neighborhood with larger homes. Maintenance and repairs are quicker and less expensive with respect to the size of the house. Utility bills can be significantly less. Smaller homes are [...]
The pride that comes with home ownership is well earned. When you find your perfect home in New Hampshire or Vermont, you will enjoy the fruits of your labor building equity, building credit, and building your life in the welcoming and evolving culture of the Upper Valley. Here is a checklist for first time homebuyers to keep you [...]
The Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont provide prime real estate for golf course designers. The picturesque landscape and rolling terrain provide an ideal location for courses both challenging and serene. Golf was introduced to the region in the late 1800s. Courses designed by Robert Trent Jone Sr. and Donald Russ were first realized in the 1920s. Many courses built in the 1920s are still played to the present day, albeit with minor design changes to offer players modern challenges as the game matures. Modern maintenance and irrigation programs have been introduced to keep historic courses consistent and playable all season long. There are 189 golf courses, both old and new, in New Hampshire and Vermont to explore. Here are five of the best golf courses in the Upper Valley.
1. Woodstock Country Club: This 18-hole golf course in Woodstock, VT is ranked #1 in New England by Golf Advisor and ranks in the top 100 golf resorts in the world by Golf Magazine. The course was first built in 1895. It was redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1963. Players enjoy the serenity of an unspoiled landscape overlooking Mount Peg in the Kedron Valley. The course is walkable and may initially present as simple until players reach the six par threes. Your skills will be tested along Kedron Brook winding through the course. The course is open to the public. Collared shirts and appropriate footwear are required.
2. Fox Run Golf Club: This 18-hole championship course in Ludlow, VT with bent grass greens and fairways will keep your game moving. You will enjoy pleasant challenges through the rolling hills and moderate elevation changes, and a felt-like putting surface on the greens in this mountain golf experience. The golf club is truly family and beginner friendly. They feature a 4-hole novice course for beginners to enjoy. This is an excellent learning facility for beginners to develop skills before testing them on the championship course.
3. Carter Country Club: This 9-hole par 36 historic golf course in Lebanon, NH is perfect for a short day on the links. The course is very hilly, with narrow tree-lined fairways and small greens. It provides short game challenges to the scratch player and provides an excellent day for beginners and casual players alike. The course was designed by Donald Ross in the 1920s and redesigned in the 1930s and again in 1991. Discover this classic New Hampshire gem, and share the news with your neighbor.
4. Lake Morey Resort: This 18-hole course in Fairlee, VT has provided golfers with challenges since 1929. The course was redesigned in 1989 to provide a more mature layout. The relatively flat front 9 leads to the mountainous and rolling back 9. You will be treated with beautiful views as you approach the well guarded greens. After your round, you can enjoy a little kayaking, a swim in the lake, a hike, or waterskiing at the resort. And when the temperature drops…stop back for a little pond hockey. The resort hosts the frostbite face-off in January and the Vermont Pond Hockey Championship in February. Lake Morey Resort provides a challenge for every season.
5. Eastman Golf Links: This 18-hole course in Grantham, NH has been voted #1 repeatedly by Upper Valley locals. There are seven tee options to accommodate players of all skill levels. The first nine holes of this Audubon International certified course opened in 1973 and the following nine holes opened in 1976. The 12th hole plays downhill opening to views of Mt. Cardigan and the White Mountains. Enjoy the casual atmosphere with exceptional views at this local favorite.
Living in the Upper Valley means loving the outdoors, but lately, avoiding ticks and mosquitoes has seemed like a full-time job for some of us. Checking each other for ticks after a long hike, re-applying bug spray, permethrin treated clothing, pant legs stuffed into your socks; the list goes on. We're thrilled to share a couple of solutions [...]
A typical household in the United States spends anywhere from $2,000-$4,400 on utilities annually. Energy costs have been climbing steadily. The rising costs of natural gas, electricity, and fuel oil have been seen in our monthly utility bills and reflected at the pump. There are several low-cost improvements, routine maintenance, and [...]
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