This year, being the "Year of Corona", we were unable to go on our planned trip to Canada with friends. We had skipped what had become our annual trip to The Essex Culinary Resort in January, naively thinking we would go sometime later in the year.
As places began opening up again, I felt the need to get away with Hubby. My colleague and friend, Marianne, had gone to a little B and B in NH, and said it was the best B and B she'd ever gone to. That's all I needed to hear!!
So Hubby and I went to the Follansbee Bed and Breakfast in North Sutton, NH. Not very far away....but a whole lot different than home!
We spent some serious time just sitting and contemplating the lake! After our swim, we checked with our host, Denis, for a good place to go and eat. He recommended the Flying Goose, a short drive up route 114. The food there was excellent! Although I was disappointed at not getting a table outside on the lawn.
After sitting for a while and enjoying the darkening sky, we went off to bed.
We knew they offered the use of bicycles, so we checked with Denis about riding around the lake. He said, yes, there's a road all the way around, part of which goes through Wadleigh State Park. Despite some inclines (where I had to get off and walk the bike up!!) we had a very pleasant ride all the way around the lake.
Then it was back into bathing suits for a nice swim, relax and read for a bit on the beach, and then came my favorite part of the trip. The inn offers use of all kinds of boats - kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and pedal boat. We chose to go out in a double kayak.
Once we were in we were very comfortable paddling around. We had heard that there was an island everyone called Blueberry Island that was laden with fresh blueberries. We headed there and sure enough we were able to pick several handfuls of fresh New Hampshire blueberries! Yum!
We continued around the lake to the other side of the island where we'd been told there was an inlet. After trying to kayak our way through a bunch of reeds, we finally found the opening to the inlet where we kayaked for about 10 minutes through absolutely silent waters to a defunct beaver dam where we turned around and went back. On the rest of our cruise around the lake, we saw a mommy and daddy Loon and their baby!
Another nice swim and off to an early dinner. We chose the Salt Hill Pub Shanty in Newbury, NH, which just alright....but we did get to sit out on the deck.
Back to the inn for a game of Scrabble and then off to an early bed.......we were exhausted!
For our second breakfast our innkeeper made blueberry waffles, ham and cheesy grits, and some watermelon. They also make their own granola which was delicious! We found this cozy spot to have breakfast:
Packed up and ready to go, we said good-bye to the Follansbee Inn....it was a lovely place and we'll be sure to go back.