70 Orford Road, PO Box 239
Lyme, NH 03768
Welcome to Loch Lyme Lodge. Whether this is your first visit, or you are returning for your 50th visit… we are glad you are here to help us celebrate our 100th year!
This booklet contains information for your time on the Lodge campus and some ideas about what to do when you visit the Upper Valley.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. We truly hope you enjoy your vacation at Loch Lyme Lodge.
Jay and Amy Kelly – Innkeepers
Rich Brown, Lin Brown, Faith Catlin, Liz Ryan Cole, Jenny Littlewood - Managers
EMERGENCY? CALL 911
Our address is 70 Orford Road, Lyme, NH 03768. If summoning help to your cabin at night, turn on all the lights, including the porch light so your cabin is lit up like a beacon. Have someone outside to direct emergency services.
You can always contact an Innkeepers Jay or Amy Kelly by calling or texting: (603) 306-4267
Welcome to Loch Lyme Lodge
OFFICE: The Office is in the front of the Lodge and is open from 8am to 8pm. That’s the place to check in and out or just ask questions or for assistance. The Innkeepers are often out on the grounds: please text them if no one is in the office. If you need help before 8am there is often someone in the kitchen early and if you need help in the night, you can always text Jay or Amy Kelly (603) 306-4267.
Breakfast and lunch are served at the kitchen service window from 8 am until 3pm, ice cream will be available until 4pm.
Guests are welcome to use the dining room tables in the Lodge when the weather is not suitable for dining outside or in the barn.
Ice cream treats, snacks, and drinks, including cold brew coffee are available on the honor system in the barn.
Sunday Summer Soirées are back! Join us by the waterfront at 5:30pm Sundays for a delicious buffet dinner and entertainment from local musicians. $30 adults, kids 5-12 half-price. BYOB. Reservations required. Call 603-795-2141 Full schedule here
We have a new online store and there is a display of Loch Lyme Lodge merchandise and work of local artists in the Sun Room inside the Lodge. Browse our selection or shop on-line here.
We know we’ll be living with Covid for a long time, but happily Loch Lyme Lodge's 115-acre campus and waterfront is ideally suited to maintain the health and safety of our guests. The private cabins spaced across the property naturally allow groups to relax within their “bubble” and distance from others should they want to. All our staff are vaccinated. Covid restrictions and levels continue to change. We ask that you be aware of how you are feeling. If you have any thought that you might be positive, please test (we have tests here if you need one). Please be respectful of those on campus and in the Upper Valley who mask and be ready for elbow bumps and back hugs.
LOCH LYME LODGE - THE GUESTBOOK
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Waterfront at Loch Lyme Lodge
BEFORE YOU SWIM: Waterfront – Liability Waiver
Our insurance company requires all guests to sign a liability waiver form before using the property at Loch Lyme Lodge. If you didn’t sign a form when you checked in, please return to the office to sign the waiver before using the Pond.
Guests are welcome to use the swim beach and any of the kayaks, canoes, paddle boards or rowboats. Note, there is a special area of the waterfront for guests who are enjoying Post Pond with their dogs.
Our own slice of heaven on the Pond, but please remember:
There is no lifeguard on duty, swim at your own risk.
Children MUST be supervised by an adult around the water.
Boaters, kayakers and canoeists must have a life jacket in their boat and people aged 12 and under MUST wear life jackets (NH state law)
No boats are allowed in the swimming area. Please use common sense.
Tie up boats to the boat dock or to the post at water’s edge when you’re finished.
No wearing of disposable diapers in the water, swim diapers only.
No glass on the sandy beach, and please be careful anywhere on the waterfront.
No diving anywhere but the outer floats.
We keep a bin of fresh beach towels in a “clean towel” bin in the boathouse by the swimming beach. After you use them, leave them in the “used towel” bin so we can launder them.
The boathouse also has life jackets, paddles and toys. Please return/hang up items when you finish using them.
Do not fish near the beach or swimming areas. Fishing hooks are terrible on bare feet. Instead, fish from boats, or use the fishing dock (it’s at the far-right of the waterfront.) Enter the water from docks, sand approaches, and steps.
Please do not allow your dog to swim from the main steps, or at the perched beach. Dogs may swim at the dog beach, which is to the right as you face the pond.
When you leave your table, please remember to put your umbrella down, big winds come up fast and we hate having umbrellas break in the wind.
Cabins & General Info
Housekeeping: Your cabin will be completely cleaned and fitted out when you arrive. In the Housekeeping cabins we will do a mid-week refresh of your cabin. The B&B cabins include daily housekeeping.
There are beach towels at the beach in the boat house. Please don’t take towels from your cabin. If you need a picnic blanket or something to sit on outside, please ask us for one. Please do not use bedspreads outside.
Something not working or missing? We carefully check each cabin before you check-in. If, however, you find anything in your cabin that needs attention upon your arrival or during your stay, please call/text 603-306-4267. We will be happy to assist you.
Telephone: Most guests have cell phones. AT&T’s service seems to be best right now although Verizon has a better long-term track record. Many phones can also use “Wi-Fi Calling” to connect through our Wi-Fi internet if your carrier’s signal is weak.
Internet: High speed internet has finally come to Lyme. We provide free Internet access for guests in cabins and public spaces. You are free to use any of these Wi-Fi channels. No password is required.
If you have any questions about the network, or if you're having trouble, please call/text the Innkeeper cell phone at 603-306-4267.
Ice: You will find ice cubes in bags in the standup freezer (not the chest freezer) in the barn. If the chest is low or out of bags just text us.
If the power goes out: There is at least one flashlight in each cabin. We also have extra flashlights if you need one.
Newspapers: Let us know if you would like to purchase the Valley News, The New York Times or the Boston Globe. They will be delivered to the Barn each morning. A daily calendar of events and movies is printed in The Valley News. You’ll find a "Lodge
Copy" of the Valley News in the barn for your enjoyment.
Mail: Outgoing mail can be left in the office for posting or put in the mailbox at the edge of the driveway. If you receive mail, it will be delivered to your cabin. We have stamps for sale if you need any.
Recycling and Trash: At Loch Lyme Lodge we return, recycle, and reuse. Please use the blue bins in your cabin for the following ZERO-SORT recyclables:
Please empty and clean containers before recycling them. Zero-Sort does NOT accept these items:
containers with food waste (food containers must be completely clean and empty).
Please review the handout in the back of this book that details what you can and can’t put in zero sort. If in doubt, you should throw it out in the regular trash rather than contaminate the recycling stream.
We have four recycling bins at the back entrance to the Lodge. Our staff empties these bins regularly. Please do not put trash in recycling bins.
Compost: We compost vegetable matter in cement block type bins next to the vegetable garden on the lower left side. We compost eggshells, coffee grinds and uncooked vegetable waste. (No meat or cooked food - we must be careful of bears, raccoons, skunks, etc.). We are happy to compost your own uncooked vegetables and fruits with ours. You do not need to bring your compost to the gardens. Instead, please use the small bin for compost we put in each cabin. We ask you to let us know when it’s getting full, and we’ll change it out. (Note that we do not have hot composting in the Upper Valley so many items that can be composted in your home cities must go into Zero Sort here).
The Cabin Crew collects trash and recycling regularly. If you need additional service to have your trash, compost or recycling emptied, before we would ordinarily do it, please let us know. There are two dumpsters behind the barn. One is for zero-sort recycling (for recyclables only) and the other is for garbage/trash. You are welcome to put your trash and recycling there directly.
Grills: Housekeeping cabins have kitchen facilities and outdoor grills. DO NOT empty burned charcoal in the woods. We will collect your wood ashes and charcoal ashes.
Indoor Fireplaces: Firewood is delivered daily – as needed. Please do not clean out your fireplace. A quick anecdote: Applewood II had a predecessor cabin, but some guests put their ashes in a bucket on the porch, and Applewood I was history. Remember too, that it is easier to build a fire when there are some ashes already in the fireplace (even cold ashes). When you need your fireplace emptied, let us know. Cabin staff will come to your cabin and safely dispose of any ash from the grill or fireplace.
Note that most cabins have outdoor fire pits for campfires and marshmallows. There is also a lovely fire pit on the pond side. When the weather is dry, please check with Jay and Amy about the safety of outside fires.
Laundry Facilities: The Lodge launders its towels and linens on-site. These laundry facilities are not available to guests. When the weather is good, we hang all our towels and linens out to dry in the sunshine. The nearest Laundromat is The Wash Cycle is in Fairlee, Vermont, on Route 5 about half a mile south of the Orford bridge on the right.
Take Route 10 North to Orford, NH and cross to the Vermont side by bridge. Then take Route 5 South.
Another laundromat that is a bit farther away, but which has excellent reviews, is the Laundry Spa in Lebanon. It’s at 2 Mascoma St, Lebanon, NH 03766, right on the Town Green. They have many large and extra-large washers, and just installed all new dryers.
Both can use cash or credit cards. They have Wi-Fi, TV, and tanning booths if you have
a need. They are open 9am-7pm every day, with an attendant during the day.
The Barn: You are welcome to use the tables and sofas in the barn as a space for eating meals, playing games and just hanging out. There is a bathroom in the back corner. Note that the staff who stay in the barn use that bathroom as well.
The Barn also has a freezer, two small refrigerators and a red plastic bin, all filled with snacks and various cold drinks for those times “the window” is closed for food service. For coffee drinkers check out a canned cold brew from a wonderful local business,
Abracadabra Coffee. These items are available on the honor system; sign up for what you take, and we’ll add it to your bill before you check out.
Waterfront: Guests are welcome to swim or use any of the boats, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, or other equipment at the waterfront. You’ll find fresh beach towels in the shed by the beach. Please tie up the boats and neatly put away any equipment you’ve used, to help the next guest enjoy it.
Play Areas and Equipment: Playwood is the cabin across the driveway from the Lodge. It is full of games, books, and toys. We continue to be cautious about how we shared use. Please respect anyone who masks when inside. You are welcome to check out games and books for your own cabin. Of course, many of the items, like ball bats, tennis racquets and the croquet set, are for use outside. Behind the barn you’ll find soccer goals, horseshoes, tether ball and a basketball hoop on a small, paved court. There are balls in a bag by the court. If we have run out of ping pong balls or badminton birdies, text Jay and Amy. (603) 306-4267)
PLEASE help us keep the equipment in good shape, return them to where you found them, and report broken equipment to the office. Report any broken toys to us immediately so we can take them out for repair.
Tennis Courts: Above the garden behind Playwood there are two clay tennis courts. Most tennis players bring their own tennis racquets, but we do have tennis balls available for sale. Text Jay at (603) 306-4267. Loch Lyme guests also have access to the Lyme recreational area one half mile away with its paved tennis courts and basketball court.
Please treat our clay courts with TLC.
USE ONLY SMOOTH-SOLED SHOES ON THE CLAY COURTS. No track shoes or rough-soled shoes or bare feet are permitted as they dig up the clay. After rain, please check with the office to see if the courts are dry enough to play on without damaging them. Do not play on them when you see the sign across the entrance that says, “Keep Off”, as you will dent the clay. The paved courts at the public beach are available for our guests. There may be a sign-up sheet posted by the town courts.
Gardens: On your way to the tennis courts please stop by and visit our gardens. We grow vegetables and herbs to serve in the restaurant and for local members. Sometimes we have enough produce for guests to enjoy. If you see something in the garden you
might like, just ask a gardener (Liz can be reached at 802.274.1511).
The garden is fenced (deer and woodchucks love our vegetables too), but feel free to open the fence (closed with cup hooks) and show your children what cherry tomatoes taste like when harvested warm from the sun. Note - You don’t have to ask about cherry
tomatoes; if they are ripe you may pick. (Please don’t bring your dogs into the garden).
To the right of the tennis courts, we are working on berries (mostly raspberries but also gooseberries and black raspberries and blueberries). We also grow flowers for the dining room and barn. The berm holds many day lilies that bloom from late June until August.
Crossing Route 10: Please cross Route 10 only by the mailbox. Do not step off the lawn in front of the Lodge as the bank is quite steep. We put the orange flags in buckets on each side of the road to help children be more aware of the road, and more visible to traffic. Parents: please accompany your kids. Even though we ask all kids to take a flag before crossing, DRIVERS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO STOP, although sometimes they do. The intent of the orange flag is to raise the consciousness of the child crossing the road, not to flag down the drivers.
The speed limit through the village of Lyme and around Post Pond varies from 20 to 35 miles per hour. Our local police try to ensure that drivers obey the speed limit, but drivers often go too fast.
Speed Limits: There is a 5 MPH limit on Loch Lyme Lodge property. That is slow enough to stop if a child runs across the driveway in front of you. (We have several speed bumps in the driveway to watch out for.)
Check-in time is 3:00 PM. If you arrive early and your cabin is ready, you are welcome to check in early. If a wait is necessary, you can change in the bathroom in the barn before heading to the lake. Please sign a waiver before swimming or boating.
Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Saturday departures are especially busy. There are a couple of things you can do to make checkout easier. Consider settling your account and making reservations for the following year in advance of check out. On the day of your
departure, you are invited to continue to enjoy the property, but after you check out, please park your vehicle behind the barn.
Gratuities: The restaurant, grounds and cabin staff pool tips. While gratuities may be presented personally, most guests leave their total tip amount through the office upon check out.
Rooms & Meals Tax: New Hampshire charges 8.5% on all room and meal sales.
Reservations for 2024: Our general practice is that members of Pinnacle have first ‘dibs’ on cabin reservations (they may reserve more than 12 months prior to their arrival). Other guests may reserve a cabin 12 months before their desired arrival date for the following year. One year out is a good time to talk with Jay and Amy about different dates or different cabins.
We give first preference and a discounted rate to guests who book for a week or longer. We open B&B cabins for shorter (under a week) stays in January. We open Housekeeping Cabins for shorter (under a week) stays in June.
Pets, Plants & Animals
Loons, Water Lilies, and Other Plants and Wildlife: State law protects water lilies and loons. Do not pick the water lilies. Do not go near the loons by boat or canoe. Please remind children that we share Post Pond with many living things including freshwater mussels, crayfish, snails, turtles, and frogs. Please teach your children the concept of "catch and release”. Walk into the water carefully – that rock you see might be the back of a turtle who needs time to get away from you. Treat living things carefully.
Please secure the top of your garbage can at night or bring it onto your porch. This will prevent a noisy and messy middle of the night raid by our dexterous local raccoons. Please do not feed the wild animals or leave open packages of food lying around your
cabin, as this is an invitation for animals with a keen sense of smell to come inside the cabin. The bear population is increasing in this area. Fisher cats, coyotes and bobcats have been sighted in Joe's Sunday Field, just above the tennis courts, and there are many
deer, chipmunks, and squirrels in the woods. Moose and beaver are coming back. These are WILD animals. Do not approach them. Do not feed them. Let the Innkeepers know if you see them.
Bugs & Plants: Please remember that in the country we have bugs and plants that can make you uncomfortable. If you didn’t bring insect repellent, you may get some from us. The tick population (and tick-borne illnesses) are on the rise. Use bug-spray with Deet, stay out of un-mowed grassy areas and check yourself. Consider buying a can of permethrin and spraying your pants and socks. Check yourself, your children, and your pets for ticks. Most of the ticks are the larger dog ticks, but we’ve seen an increase in smaller (apple seed size) deer ticks. We have a “tick key” in each cabin and one you may borrow should you need it to remove an embedded tick. Transmission of Lyme disease generally takes 24 hours of the tick being attached, (and is not associated with the larger dog ticks) so it’s best to check yourself and others daily. Showering can wash off ticks that haven’t attached.
Pets: The staff at Loch Lyme Lodge love pets. We know how heartbreaking it can be to have to board your pet while the rest of the family goes on vacation. We have a long tradition of allowing pets to accompany their family members on their Loch Lyme getaway. We’ve had dogs, cats and even birds as our special guests! Loch Lyme Lodge only has a few simple pet rules:
Pets must be leashed at all times while outside on Lodge property and must be up to date on all vaccinations.
Dogs are not invited into the Lodge.
Owners must always clean up after their pets using a disposable bag.
Owners must dispose of waste bags properly in a garbage can.
Please keep your pets off the cabin furniture. If this proves impossible, bring a pet blanket or ask for one. We do not charge a damage deposit, but guests agree to be responsible for damages caused by their pet and agree to pay for those damages. You may also be charged a fee if additional cleaning is necessary on check-out.
Pets are not allowed to swim in the main swimming areas or by the stairs or on the beach. Dogs have a swim area to the right of the big stairs and swim dock.
Please do not leave your dog alone in your cabin if they bark. Arrange for a dogsitter if necessary. Remember that animals can behave much differently in unfamiliar surroundings than at home. No pet should be left for more than 2 hours. It is the responsibility of the pet owner to prevent the pet from disturbing other guests.
That’s all it takes for your furry loved one to enjoy a relaxing vacation! Please note: there is a rescue pup named Andi living with the Innkeepers at the Lodge. Please report any stray dogs you find on the property. A couple of local dogs are known
to want to vacation here.
For emergency care, we have two local 24-hour emergency rooms. Dartmouth-Hitchcock is closer, but the wait at Alice Peck Day is often much shorter than DHMC. Call ahead if you can.
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) (603) 650-5000
Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD) (603) 448-3121
Directions to DHMC from Lyme, take Route 10 south to Hanover and then turn left onto Route 120 at the first light (Park St). Go south toward Lebanon. There are access roads to the medical center, both located on the right side of Route 120. The first is at the light at the mini-mart and the second is just half a mile further south. Follow the signs. 603-650-7000 is the emergency department number.
Directions to APD located in Lebanon, take exit 18 or 19 off I-89. From the Lodge, follow the directions to DHMC but continue on Route 120 another 2 miles until you come to I-89. Take I-89 north one exit to exit 18, turn left and follow the signs. They are smaller than Dartmouth and often their emergency room wait is also shorter. 603-448-3121 is the general number.
ClearChoice Urgent Care Medical Center has an office at 410 Miracle Mile in Lebanon, NH. 8 am until 8 pm 603-276-3261.
CVS Pharmacy in West Lebanon has a MinuteClinic Walk-in Clinic (866) 389-2727 Hours: M-F 8a-7p, Sat 9a-5:30p, Sun 10a-5:30p. Clinic closing times may vary due to the number of patients waiting to be seen. Additional patients may not be able to sign in when the wait time extends past the posted clinic closing time. Practitioners take a daily, required lunch break each day (usually 1pm-2pm). Please note that lunch times shown are approximate and may vary.
CVS Pharmacy in Hanover: No clinic, but a shorter drive from Lyme. 79 South Main Street, Hanover, NH 03755, 603-643-3178.
Yes, we love children and children love being here. But, unless you have made other arrangements with us, parents must take their children with them when they leave the Lodge. We regret that we cannot take responsibility for children ages 17
and under who are left at Loch Lyme Lodge on their own. We can help you arrange childcare services. Advance notice is essential, especially on weekends and some restrictions apply.
Caring for Children: One of the lovely aspects of our long traditions at Loch Lyme Lodge is the connection families make. Do not be surprised if an adult you don’t know well suggests to your child that throwing sand (for example) is not welcome behavior. Parents will look for the adult in charge of another child, but we often work together to help protect the little ones here.
Loch Lyme Lodge Store and Newsletter
LLL items are for sale in the Lodge in the front hallway. We also have an online store.
We love postcards. We are collecting older post cards to see what the area looked like many years ago. If you have any old pictures or postcards or other memorabilia of your own, we’d love to see them or have copies. We'll probably use them in our newsletter, which you can sign up for here.
If you want to send us a postcard from around the world, please mail it to:
Loch Lyme Lodge
70 Orford Rd.
Lyme, NH 03768
Biking: This is a wonderful part of the world for biking. We encourage bikers to bring their own bikes. There are a couple of bikes next to the barn for short rides (helmets are in a bin next to the bikes).
Vermont Bike & Brew - Jonas Cole, former Lodge staff and son of Chuck and Liz Ryan Cole, gives discounts to Lodge guests.
Omer and Bobs - Longtime favorite local bike shop. Lebanon, NH
Hiking: Here are a handful of our favorite nearby trails
The Carriage Trail - Starting at the Lodge, this trail runs up the driveway, across a wide path through the woods, and back down past the garden. The full loop is a 20-25 minute walk at an easy pace. Printable Map »
Lyme Pinnacle Loop - The Upper Valley Land Trust maintains a trail that goes to the top of The Pinnacle (actually named “Acorn Hill”) with broad views looking north to Smarts Mountain and even the White Mountains, and down over Post Pond. It’s a quick 7 minute drive from Loch Lyme Lodge to a large parking area at the trailhead. 2.9 mile out and back, 2 hours. Printable Map »
Holt's Ledge - Just a few miles away, this is part of the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. A moderate hike up to the top of the local ski area finishing at a large granite cliff. 3.4 mile out-and-back. 2-3 hours. AllTrails info
Houghton Hill (Mimi's Trail) - Just a few miles further away on Thetford Hill, the area has been carefully developed to include a vast network of trails, reaching all the way to the top of the state forest nearby. This one is a great choice for all ages with rewarding views to the west and south. Many shorter options, the full route is 5.4 mile out-and-back, 2-3 hours.
Thetford Academy cross-country trail - a lovely, winding, 3.2 mile trail through the woods. You can do the whole thing or sections of varying lengths.
Chase Beach at Post Pond: Loch Lyme guests are welcome to use the Lyme Town Beach (Chase Beach - you can see it to the right as you look across the pond). Ask us for a guest pass to put on your dashboard. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Getting Food/Getting Fed
Here at the Lodge: We are serving breakfast and lunch out the ice cream window from 8am until 3pm; ice cream will be available until 4pm. Chef Patrick is making full, cooked to order breakfasts and delicious lunches with soups and salads as well as sandwiches. Pre-ordering is often faster.
If you get hungry when the window is closed, check the barn refrigerators for snacks, ice cream treats and drinks. Honor system - just sign your cabin and we’ll add it to your tab.
Groceries: There are many places you can get groceries and fresh produce. See our list of Farmers’ Markets under “When You Leave the Grounds”.
Lyme Country Store - owned and operated by the Pippin family, right in Lyme. They have groceries plus wine and beer, deli, baked goods, fresh produce, seafood and meat. There’s also an ice cream window for hard and soft serve. They are open every day. 603-795-2213.
Hannaford's - in Bradford - our closest supermarket, with the best prices. They also have a VT liquor store inside. Just head north on Rt 10 to Orford, cross the bridge to Fairlee, and go north again to Bradford. It’s a pretty drive. 586 Lower Plain Rd. Bradford 802-222-3370.
Hanover/Lebanon Food Co-ops - Member or not, anyone can shop. Members get discounts and we use the coops for big shopping and stock up. Best variety and quality.
Dan & Whit's - The legendary general store featured in National Geographic magazine. Although it looks like a small grocery/general store when you enter, it is HUGE (at least by local standards)—but you have to wind your way behind the meat counter to find the large areas out back. Open 7 am-9 pm every day, 319 Main St, Norwich, VT (802) 649-1950 .
Restaurants: Many local places are open for take-out, outdoor, and indoor dining. Because there have been so many changes due to staffing issues, call before you go.
Stella's Kitchen - Lyme. They have nightly specials you can order and pick up. Pizza and Italian food.
5 Main Street 603-795-4302.
Ariana's - Lyme. This is the primo five-star restaurant in Lyme. Fine farm-to-table American cuisine. Located in the Lyme Inn at the end of the Common. . Reservations usually required. 1 Market St. Lyme, NH. 603-353-4405
Peyton Place – north on Route 10 to Orford, NH, is a long-established high end + tapas place offering take-out with some indoor and and some outdoor dining.
Samurai Soul Food– Route 5 across the river in Fairlee - you’ll find a real Upper Valley treasure.
Broken Hearts - a new addition to the Fairlee dining scene. Reports thus far are outstanding. Right next to Samurai Soul Food.
Farmstands/ Cafés/Ice Cream
King Arthur Baking Company - Cafe, Bakery and Store Less than a mile from the Norwich (VT) exit, you’ll find King Arthur , the well-known flour brick & mortar outpost featuring a bakery & a cafe, plus an adjacent retail store. 135 US Route 5 South, Norwich, Vermont (802)-649-3361
Still North Books and Bar Hanover
Lucky’s Garage. Lebanon
Cedar Circle (and Hello Café) - Incredible local farmstand and cafe with pick your own berries and flowers, plus organic farm and education center. Close by but for 2023 and 2024 the bridge is closed 😔 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
Crossroads Farm - Wonderful local farm with stands in Post Mills and Norwich.
Super Acres: Pick your own blueberries 722 River Rd, Lyme, NH 603-353-9807 8am-7pm every day during picking season
Hatchland Farm - Ice cream shop serving up one of the best Maple Creemees around
Macnamara Dairy - Go pet cows! See them making butter and cheese! Also truly outstanding Maple Creemees
Pierson Farm - Old-fashioned farm stand 573 Waits River Rd. Bradford, VT
Gladstone Creamery - offers all the classics including floats and milkshakes. Route 5, Fairlee (across the parking lot from Wing's Market)
Farnum Hill Ciders at Poverty Lane Orchards -Orchard growing apples, cherries & raspberries and producing top quality hard cider. Poverty Lane, Lebanon, NH (603)448-1511
Norwich Farmers’ Market - Route 5 on Norwich/Wilder Lane Exit 13 from I-91, one mile S of Norwich, VT on Route 5 May-October, Saturdays 9am – 1pm
Lebanon Farmers’ Market - Colburn Park (downtown) June-September 3-7pm, Thursday
Bradford Community Farmers’ Market - Locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, meat, crafts 134 E. Main St. Bradford, NH June-October, Thursdays 3:30pm-6:30pm Rain or shine, 938-6253, firstname.lastname@example.org,
If you want info about eating out in Hanover, Norwich, White River Junction, or further afield, just ask us.
Theaters and Movies
From classic cinema to amazing live music, these local venues all have an excellent variety shows. Call or check their website.
Northern Stage: (802) 296-7000 (theater)
Lebanon Opera House: (603) 448-0400 (Live music, opera performances, plays, and more)
Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center: (603) 646-2422 (Live music, opera performances, plays, and more) (Under renovation)
Opera North: (603) 448-4141 (opera)
Shaker Bridge Theater: (603) 448-3750 (theater)
Nugget Theater: (603) 643-2769 (Movies)
Entertainment Cinema: (603) 448-6660 (Movies)
Fairlee Drive-In: A classic drive-in movie theater in Fairlee. Two movies are shown on weekends (Fri-Sun) and one movie on Mon-Thurs. Shows start at dusk. Bring folding chairs and blankets and sit outside. Full-service snack bar. Don’t forget bug repellant. (802) 333-9192
Museums, Factory Tours, and Other Fun Things
The Montshire Museum of Science - A hands-on children's science museum with more than 140 exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. :Located on a 110-acre site near the Connecticut River, the Museum's outdoor
environment is a large part of the visitor experience. 1 Montshire Rd, Norwich, VT (802) 649-2200.
The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium - A natural history museum. And while you are in St. Johnsbury visit the Athenaeum, if only to admire Albert Bierstadt’s The Domes of the Yosemite 1302 Main St, St Johnsbury, VT (802) 748-2372
Vermont Institute of Natural Science - See rescued Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Snowy and Barred Owls, Harris and Ferruginous Hawks, and other birds up close. They offer terrific programs that appeal to any age. 6565 E Woodstock Rd, Hartford, VT (802) 359-5000
King Arthur Baking School - The world-renowned baking company has a headquarters right here in Norwich, VT! They have a top-notch baking school where you can learn to make all sorts of delicious goodies. Classes range from introductory demonstrations for beginners to intensive week-long professional courses, with a wide variety of hands-on classes for adults and children.
Ben and Jerry’s Factory - This is where the magic happens! Tours are available and well worth your time. Think Charlie & The Chocolate factory (but without the disappearing kids). 1281 Waterbury Stowe Rd, Waterbury, VT (866) 258-6877
Chapman’s Store - Local craft beers, wines, produce, coffee, toys, jewelry, woodwork, friends, and community. Serving the Upper Valley for the last 100 years. 491 Main St, Fairlee, VT 05045 (802)333-9709
Matt Brown Fine Art - Fine Art & Crafts, Books, Jewelry, Pottery, Woodenware and Woodblock Prints by local artists. 1 Main St, Lyme, NH 03768 (603)795-4855
Right here in Lyme, The Converse Public Library is most welcoming.
Hanover boasts many stores, mostly clustered on South Main Street and its side streets. Left Bank Books is a wonderful used bookstore on Main Street. Still North Books and Bar is around the corner. (3 Allen St)
The Norwich Bookstore is a very nice small full-service bookstore in Norwich, across the Connecticut River from Hanover.
White River Junction, VT is an old railroad town that is experiencing a resurgence. There are many options: in the Tip-Top building you’ll find a paint-your-own pottery, stores, yoga studio and more. Revolution is a great little shop with funky clothes, shoes & jewelry. There are also a variety of restaurants and other shops. Some of them are listed on our local recommendations.
Powerhouse Mall in West Lebanon off Route 12A includes an LL Bean store and an Eastern Mountain Sports store, many women’s clothing stores, Vermont Strings (for musicians) and the Bonkers Toy Store.
Check out the books and brochures in the Barn about Valley Quests, swimming holes and other local trips and activities. Don't forget that the local newspaper, The Valley News, has a daily calendar of events. We keep a copy in the Barn. Remember we can order a daily paper for your own use.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We truly hope you enjoy your vacation at Loch Lyme Lodge.
OWN A CABIN
What will Loch Lyme Lodge look like 10 years from now? In 100 years? We created the Loch Lyme Lodge Cabin condominium (each cabin is a condominium unit) to make sure Loch Lyme Lodge is still here, rustic but comfortable, providing a welcome for guests for generations to come.
The barn will be more substantial and better able to host events.
Our septic and water systems will be modernized (you can see we started that work in February)
We're adding insulation and heating to make our cabins comfortable in October and May as well as in high summer.
Loch Lyme Lodge will operate as it does now; we will do the work of rentals and management; cabin owners will receive a share of their own cabin's earning. This means Loch Lyme Lodge can continue to operate as it has run historically, while making those improvements owners and long-term guests would love to see - a community septic field, buried infrastructure (water, electric, septic) so cabins can be upgraded, a gazebo on the waterfront for shelter in light rain, buffet service in the shade and easier walking to access the Pinnacle right from the Lodge.
Cabin purchase prices range from $103,000 to $174,000. There is a book with more information in the barn and a second copy in the Lodge. Reach out if this is even of passing interest (Liz, 802.274.1511; Rich 603.252.7005).
We are not hard sell people, but we know and love our guests and know some of you would love to have a cabin of your own– that could put a little money in your pocket each year, and that could appreciate in value over the years, which you could eventually sell or pass on to the next generation of your Loch Lyme Lodge family.
Not interested in a cabin, but want to be able to make reservations in advance of other guests and get a discount on what you spend? Want to support the next 100 years of Loch Lyme Lodge at little cost to yourself? Talk to us about becoming a shareholder. That costs $21,000 and when you no longer want to be a shareholder that $21,000 (without appreciation) is returned to you. (Certain conditions apply).
For details, read more here - Thanks!
Rich Brown, Liz Ryan Cole, Judith Klavans – Loch Lyme Lodge Managers
COHOUSING - THE SPIRIT BEHIND PINNACLE
Did you ever wish you had a big rambling house on a pond with fruit trees and gardens – a place you knew and loved and could always return to? Do you love gatherings with family and friends enjoying great food and stimulating conversation? Are you interested in reducing your carbon footprint and your living costs? Do you enjoy living around mixed age people who reflect your values? Do you want a home where you can raise your children? Age in your own home in your cohousing neighborhood? Live in a place your children and grandchildren love to visit?
Pinnacle Cohousing at Loch Lyme Lodge was founded to create private homes and shared spaces that will help us meet those dreams. We own 115 acres on Post Pond in Lyme, NH. The property is home to Loch Lyme Lodge which has a restaurant and kitchen in the old cape, rustic cabins with fireplaces, gardens, a lovely large barn and even clay tennis courts. Loch Lyme Lodge provides a vacation home for guests, some of whom have been coming for decades! Loch Lyme Lodge organized a cabin condominium to help Loch Lyme Lodge thrive in our next 100 years. Our cohousing will add year-round homes to complement the rental cabins. Our time frame assumes balancing septic and barn work and cabin upgrades for Loch Lyme Lodge with site work and building for homes as members are ready and allowed (Lyme zoning) to build.
Pinnacle members are a mixed group. Some are in couples and others are not, some have young children, some have grown children, and some are not parents. Some have known each other since college days, others met here in the Upper Valley and still others were long-term guests at Loch Lyme Lodge who wanted to make the Lodge a more permanent part of their life. We work (or have worked) in law, medicine, teaching, computing, and retail. Our broad interests reflect the members - who are passionate about many things - from gardening to hiking to reading by the pond, and from baking and other cooking to making music and creating in wood, clay, and metal.