Archive for December 5th, 2011

wolf1My good friend Lynda came up this past Thursday evening for a quick visit, and as always, we had a great time and made the most of every second of her visit.

Friday, we headed into my favorite town in Carroll County, NH… Wolfeboro.  I have written a lot about Wolfeboro here in the past and I just love this place.  Wolfeboro is one of those quintessential New England towns that is charming and delightful whenever you go.  However, sitting on a glorious bay of Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro comes alive in the summer.

But Lynda and I were thrilled to find a vibrant little town on a cold Friday in early December.  Devoid of the summer crowds, and with many businesses closed or scaled down, there were still many treats to be found.

We had a great lunch at Wolfe City Brick Oven Pizza.  I had been here many times in the past, but it was always in season or at the weekend and quite busy.  It was quiet and Lynda and I chatted with the chef, Jake, and he told us all about how he makes the pizza and other great things.  Jake gave us some tips about what to do in town, and promised to send Lynda his Corn chowder recipe, which I can’t wait for her to try and let me sample.

If you ever find yourself in Wolfeboro, NH – stop by Wolfe City Brick Oven Pizza and try any of their classic pizzas or make one of your own design.  To top it off, Wolfe City offers wine and many kinds of beer.

Also in town, we explored Wolfeboro Wine Cellar, a charming wine and cheese store, where Lynda tasted some wine and I raided the store’s well-stocked humidor for a couple of cigars.  We also purchased a bottle of Vanilla Bean mead from Sap House Meadery – a local company.  We haven‘t opened the bottle of mead yet, but we can‘t wait to try it out.wolfe2

Next to the wine store is Winnipesaukee Chocolates, where Lyn sampled some of their treats including her favorite caramels with sea salt.  I was drawn to the art on the wall at Winnipesaukee Chocolates, featuring the charming works of local artist Corina Willette (right), of whom I made a note for future reference.

We also hit The Country Bookseller, the prototypical small town independent book store, complete with a dog keeping watch, and Butternuts, a great kitchen and house wares store that also sells gourmet food stuff and great prepared foods to take away.  We also stopped into Blacks Paper and Gift Shop, a Wolfeboro institution, and had a great time looking at all the fun items from the cheesiest novelties to the finest of gifts.

I could go and on about the joys of a day out in Wolfeboro, but I really want to celebrate small town businesses and local owners and entrepreneurs.  This Christmas, while you are planning a trip to the big box stores and local malls, think about stopping into your town’s owner-operated stores first.  You may be surprised that the service and unique items you thought were part of a bygone era are still very much alive.

RESOURCES:

Read about Lynda’s version of the same experience on her Grateful Evermore blog here.

Wolfe City Brick Oven Pizza in Wolfeboro, NH

Wolfeboro Wine Cellar

Winnipesaukee Chocolates

The Country Bookseller

Butternuts

Sap House Meadery in Center Ossipee, NH

Artist Corina Willette

HOLIDAY FIND:

The hand engraved Christmas cards from Orange Art.

GIFT WE WANT:

A Kindle Fire from Amazon.

WAY TO GIVE BACK:

Rent a car from Hertz and support their Hertz for Heroes campaign – providing free rentals for our troops.