It’s that time of year… the kids are headed back to school which signals the end of summer! Here are our summer highlights:
We made the drive up to Jefferson, NH for a day of fun at Santa’s Village. It’s one of the most unique amusement parks I’ve ever been to. In case the name didn’t give it away, it has a Santa and Christmas theme. The park has plenty of rides for toddlers to grade school children which was neat because there aren’t normally a whole lot my 5 year old and toddler can ride together. We opted to skip Santa’s house due to the line (blasphemous, I know) but spent some time feeding the reindeer and decorating our gingerbread man cookie. My older son focused hard on the Elfabet University challenge where kids wander through Santa’s Village on the hunt for elves holding letters of the alphabet. The food was very reasonably priced for a park, and we were able to bring in our own mini cooler with snacks and drinks to keep us going. The highlight of the park was the Ho Ho H2O water park!
York’s Wild Kingdom
A zoo, ride, and beach combo makes this a great family outing! We started at the zoo which is on the smaller side but has a lot of great features such as an extensive petting zoo that includes deer, a rare white Bengal tiger, a butterfly house, and camel and paddle boat rides. Outside the zoo is a small amusement park with lots of choices for little ones as well as a ferris wheel overlooking the beach. Right outside the gates of York’s Wild Kingdom is York Beach which has a lot of great little shops and restaurants as well as an arcade and bowling. And then of course, the beach!
We opted to skip the more popular beaches this year (Hampton, York, etc), mostly because I hate dealing with the parking, but still wanted to have the fun beach day experience so we headed up to Weir’s Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. The beach itself tends to be less busy and great for kids as the water is warmer and there are lifeguards on site. Weir’s Beach is a port for the Mount Washington cruise ship and a station for the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. The ship and train both make frequent passes which the kids loved! Across the street from the beach is a little strip of shops, restaurants, and a few arcades to check out once you’re all beached out.
I feel like Hilton Park is a pretty underrated spot on the Seacoast. Hilton Park is right off of the Spaulding and Rt 4 in Dover Point, NH. The playground of the park is pretty dated but if you like the nostalgia of an old school teeter-totter; this is your place. The park has incredible views of the Piscataqua River into the Great Bay and is the perfect spot for a family picnic. Down near the fishing pier is a rocky area you can go down to get closer to the water (be careful!) and go shell and sea glass hunting. We spotted several little crabs scuttling about so watch your step!
It turned out to be a wonderful summer! We will be sneaking in a few more weekend outings before summer is truly over.
Every now and then, I get to travel to little country spots set far off the cities for work. Today, I was lucky enough to spend the day out in Lincoln, Vermont. It’s home to many tight, windy roads right alongside a beautiful river. While driving along, we noticed there were a bunch of cars pulled off on the side so I needed to know where they were all going! We parked the car behind the bunch, got out, walked down a very short trail and lo and behold, an absolutely stunning swimming hole was below.
Later that afternoon we needed to find somewhere to eat so we headed to Bristol, VT just a few minutes away. Bristol is a quaint, classic New England village in the middle of the Green Mountains. We decided to go into Cubbers, a little pizza joint, to eat. While waiting for our meal and listening to those around us, you could tell this was a town where everyone knew one another. They even had a stack of coffee mugs with individual names back in the corner. There were a handful of cute shops in the downtown area that I wish we had the time to browse.
After work that evening, we headed up to the Ben & Jerry’s Factory. We took the 30 minute factory tour which has a pretty neat intro video summarizing how Ben & Jerry’s came to be. After the tour, we obviously had to hit up The Scoop Shop. I indulged in this amazing, beautiful chocolate dipped waffle cone with Bourbon Brown Butter ice cream. You guys… this was delicious! If you ever head that way and try that flavor, do yourself a favor and get a cup because it’s super soft and melted faster than a lot of the other flavors. It was totally worth it though and you better believe I hung on to that incredible cone until my hands were covered in melted, sticky ice cream. As we enjoyed our cones, we wandered through the Flavor Graveyard where flavors “retire”.
I can’t wait to make another trip up North to check out more of the beauty Vermont has to offer!
What is Seacoast Housewives?
Seacoast Housewives is focused on connecting women and local businesses in a way that allows them to not only network and build meaningful business relationships, but to also have a relaxing night out! Don’t let the name fool you; we welcome women from all backgrounds to our events. We will be hosting a free monthly girls night out + networking event around the Seacoast featuring vendors, giveaways, and great company. My hope is to help local women make new friends, discover businesses and products in their area, share ideas, build your brand or business in a laid back environment, and just have fun!
Who am I?
My name is Breanna. I married my high school sweetheart and together we have two beautiful and chaotic boys. I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and after 20 wonderful years there, life took me to Illinois, England and finally, here on the opposite coast in New Hampshire! I have lived here for about 6 years now and have fallen in love with it. I have a wicked sweet tooth and have yet to meet a pastry or cookie I didn’t love. I plan a good portion of my life around my next meal and find joy in food. I converse primarily in memes and sitcom quotes (The Office and Friends are my favorites). I am a reality TV junkie and Netflix marathon champion.
So What’s Next?
First, follow me on social media to keep up to date on local events, great restaurants, and general day to day chatter. Second, register on Eventbrite for one of our free events (information can be found on our Facebook page). Lastly, come to a GNO networking event to mingle, shop, dine, and have a great time! I can’t wait to get things started! If you'd like to know more about hosting one of our events, vendor opportunities, or another way for us to spotlight your business/product, shoot me an email!
Hi there! I'm Breanna, social media + event coordinator for the New Hampshire Seacoast. I am a New Hampshire transplant and have lived here for 6 years and have fallen in love with the seacoast. I love spending time with my husband and 2 rowdy boys. I am constantly plotting my next meal and love trying new places, especially if there will be dessert! I love baking, shopping, playing tourist in new towns, and coffee dates. I am excited to meet you all at our next GNO and start connecting!