B – Weekend

I am not sure how this happened, but this weekend I explored places that each had the letter ‘B’ somewhere in the name. Hence, the ‘B’ – weekend!

Crystal Bees

My weekend started out with an evening at Crystal Bees in Southington for Radio 104.1’s Cashapalooza Live. This event provides the opportunity to win $104 every 15 minutes on top of other prizes. Considering I’m a twenty-something with loans to pay, the potential to win free money and prizes was a definite draw.

When I entered Crystal Bees, I was shocked to see just how huge it was. My guess is that they retrofitted an old industrial space and turned it into a massive arena of fun. One side of Crystal Bees has a video arcade with a mix of classic (Skee-Ball, basketball, air hockey) and modern games (they have Flappy Bird!), and a cornhole and bocce court. The other side consists of a bowling alley and a bar and bistro with plenty of seating. Throughout Crystal Bees, there are big screens that project either local television or a wide array of music videos.

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New Hampshire Part 2 – Rattlesnake Mountain and Castle in the Clouds

The second half of my vacation was just as active as the first. That Thursday, my family and I hiked Rattlesnake Mountain, and two days later we visited the famous Castle in the Clouds. The views in both places were spectacular and memorable!

Rattlesnake Mountain

Rattlesnake Mountain 2Rattlesnake Mountain is an interesting hike. While it’s a short hike, there are some steep grades that will challenge a novice. The reward at the end of the trail is the spectacular landscape. You get a birds-eye view of Squam Lake with the majestic White Mountains in the background. I couldn’t believe how beautiful everything was and how much I enjoyed this hike. It was definitely one of the highlights of my vacation!


Castle in the Clouds

What can I say about Castle in the Clouds? First, there’s the history. This house has been around since the 1800’s, and has many of its original features. The story of the Lucknow estate (Castle in the Clouds) involves a man (Lucknow) who had run a successful shoemaking company, and built the Lucknow estate with a substantial amount of the money he had earned. Unfortunately, Lucknow didn’t have good luck with investments, so he eventually needed to sell the estate. It went through three hands before being bought by the Lakes Region as a historic site. Castle in the Clouds is now open for tours and weddings!

Here are some of the pictures I took of the estate. I would explain more about how beautiful Castle in the Clouds is, but the pictures can speak for themselves!

I’ve been back from vacation for a few weeks, and it’s been really busy! I hope to go on more adventures soon!

New Hampshire Part One – Meredith and Lost River Gorge

Greetings! The end of August was my much-needed vacation to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, near Lake Winnepesaukee. I’ve been coming up here for the past few years with my family, and it has always been an adventure! I’ve done a lot of different activities, including swimming and relaxing at the house my family rented.


We have been staying in Meredith, NH since we started vacationing here in 2014. It’s a small lake community with a quiet, beautiful downtown. At least once a day I will walk from the lake house and visit some of the shops, hoping to find a souvenir or two during my excursion. One of the best parts of downtown is Hermit Woods Winery, which specializes in fruit wines made on-site. They hold wine tastings every day and winery tours on the weekends. My favorite wine to purchase from them is their Harvest Apple, a smooth golden wine that is sweet without being overpowering.

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