Walpole

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What’s not to love about Walpole?! I spent the day with my friend Jackie of The Inn at Valley Farms. She showed me some of the highlights in Walpole. We started our adventure by enjoying some time at the farm. I loved all of the gardens, spectacular views and of course, the animals. If you follow TouringNH on Facebook, then you know that I had been at the farm in February. What a dramatic difference the change of seasons brought. Spring is in the air now and everything is coming back to life after a long winter. Both the inn and the farm have won numerous awards for their sustainable practices.

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Wall Covering

 

 

 

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Coming in for a closer look at the funny ladies with cameras

 

 

 

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“Yea, I know I’m too cute!”

 

 

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A great place for the freshest meats and eggs you’ll ever put on your table – buy local – buy fresh

 

 

 

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One of the barns at the farm

 

 

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The Eggmobile

 

 

 

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Rural beauty

 

 

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Overlooking the farm

 

 

 

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Happy as a pig in mud!

 

 

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Here piggy, piggy

 

 

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Shedding their winter cashmere coats

 

 

 

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“I’m not looking at you!”

 

 

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“Time to rise a shine”

 

 

 

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Signs of spring

 

 

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Double bloodroot flowers

 

 

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Window dressing

 

When we left the farm, we headed across the street to Alyson’s Orchard…we were lucky because some of the trees had begun to blossom…

 

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The sweet smell of spring

 

 

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The bees were so laden with pollen, I don’t know how they could fly

 

 

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A bit of whimsy at the orchard

 

 

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Another great statue at the orchard

 

 

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Definitely will be going back during PYO season. They have apples (50 varieties), peaches, plums, pears, nectarines and berries.

 

 

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Standing tall

 

 

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Overlooking the valley

 

 

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Overlooking the farm

 

 

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One of Alyson’s ponds

 

From the orchard, we drove by Great Brook Farm. It is one of the oldest, continuously run farms in the country. It had been in the Graves family for over 250 years…

 

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From there, we went to Walpole Mountain View Winery. It doesn’t open until Memorial Day weekend, but you can be sure that I’ll go back when it is open to taste all of their delicious wines…

 

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My new favorite weathervane!

 

 

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Looking into Vermont

 

 

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The winery. Wait till you see the view from the tasting room

 

We decided to go down to Main Street to get a bite to eat. There were lovely views on the way…

 

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Star Magnolia

 

 

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Another busy bee

 

We opted for a sandwich that we could eat in the park instead of dining at Burdick’s. Besides, I wouldn’t have been able to resist the homemade chocolate! We also bypassed the Tavern in favor of the park.

 

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The town common proved to be the best choice. The sun was shining, the birds we singing and it just felt great to be outside…

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Town common

 

 

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I thought this was comical

 

 

After lunch, we walked back to Jackie’s truck, passing several more lovely sights…

 

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A great place to have lunch

 

 

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Beautiful garden spot

 

 

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I love spring!!

 

 

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The old houses that line Main Street are gorgeous

 

 

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Jackie and I went back to the inn where she gave me a list of other places I might like to visit in Walpole. I didn’t get a chance to visit them all, but I did stop at Boggy Meadow Farm for some of their outstanding cheese!!

 

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I finally headed towards home but couldn’t resist one last shot…

 

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To find out more about Walpole, visit the state’s website or the town’s website.

Thank you for stooping by! Please feel free to comment and share!

 

 

 

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6 Comments on “Walpole”

  1. tamedfaddism May 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Walpole seems like a beautiful place. I recently visited Braintree for a quick weekend break – they seem so similar. I live in london so places like this are always a great place for me. LOL it’ll be swappsies for the sound of cars and birds 😀

    • Touring NH May 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      Walpole is a wonderful town to visit. Maybe someday you’ll get a chance to venture there

      • tamedfaddism May 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

        Hopefully 🙂

  2. New Hampshire Garden Solutions May 20, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    My family is originally from Westmoreland so Walpole is well known. I like to climb the high blue trail there to get views into Vermont.

  3. Martha Schaefer May 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Wonderful shots Laura. Hard to choose but I would have to say the Rooster wins by a beak!

    • Touring NH May 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      Thank you Martha. He was crowing up a storm!

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