Saturday, April 6, 2013

Hidden Treasure !

When people come to tour our community at Weirs Beach Village, we spend time discussing with our customers all that the Lakes Region has to offer them. Of course, there are the obvious attractions...swimming, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, jet skiing, boating, hiking, running in the Timberman Triathlon, shopping, cruising on the M/S Mt. Washington, taking a train ride around the lake, ice fishing, motorcycling, concerts at Meadowbrook, Funspot Arcade, zip lining at Monkey Trunks, waterslides, golfing, visiting the Antique Boat Museum, or the Annalee Doll Museum. Phew, I am exhausted just writing this list.

I realized in writing this that I did not even mention the dining opportunities. That will be a post for another day. Right now, I am excited to share with you the hidden treasure we found in downtown Laconia...The Pitman Freight Room located on 94 Salem Street.  Their brochure describes them as a function hall for all occasions but oh, they are SO much more. Being a lover of history, I have to share a little bit about the origins of this facility. Back in the early 1800's, this was the home for Pitman Manufacturing which was one of the largest hosiery manufacturer's in NH. In 1890, they built a track-side freight depot. In the 1940's the freight room was sold and has had several owners since that time. The current owners bought the building in 1988 and the building housed an Antique Store until 2009. The Pitman Freight Room now serves as a function hall for all occasions but when not being used as a venue for a wedding, anniversary party or sports banquet, the Pitman Freight Room is alive with the sounds of music.

We had the pleasure of 'almost by accident' stumbling into the Pitman Freight Room on a recent Friday evening to discover that they also host live music events...blues, jazz, folk and sometimes some good old rock 'n roll. At the low price of $10.00-$12.00, you can sit back and soak up the sounds of some impressive musicians. Oh. You don't like to just sit and listen ?  Then push back your chair, and dance ! I loved the low-key, relaxed atmosphere. There is also so much to look at as antiques are hanging all around the hall. Get comfortable on one of the couches, sit at one of the tables, or just stand...the choice is yours. This is a B.Y.O.B. affair with people bringing snacks and their favorite beverage.

Over the next few weeks, they will be hosting 'The Gypsy Moth Quartet featuring Daisy Castro', ' Lloyd Jones and the East Coast Aces', Comedy Night, and 'Rosemary's Baby Blues'.  The event I am truly psyched to go to is on April 20th...'Dance Night! with Tony Sarno's TS Review Band' ! I will be dancing the night away that evening and I plan to get there E.A.R.L.Y. ! I look forward to meeting you on the dance floor !

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Extra! Extra! Read All About It !

As the writer for this blog, I am always searching for exciting material to write about. Admittedly, I sometimes develop writer's block even though there is always something going on at Weirs Beach Village. I could write about the newest Center Harbor which is being built for a lovely couple from New York or the progress we are making on the Phase II Center Harbor which overlooks Paugus Bay and has views of the Belknap Mountain range. We have currently sold four homes in Phase II, and there is only one lot left in Phase I.  Our Village Center is completed, and the homeowner's have been enjoying games of ping pong, or just relaxing in front of the fireplace. I love watching visitors' reactions to our community. I love giving tours...I couldn't be prouder of these homes. People who understand construction are always impressed with the quality of materials used in our homes and the attention paid to the little details. It is those little details that can make a big difference in a home.

As a longtime reader of this blog, you probably already know the four current models that we are selling at Weirs Beach Village.  There is the Gilford and the Meredith which are both single story, two bedroom homes.  The four season sunroom is standard on all of the homes.  The Center Harbor and the Tuftonboro are both spacious two story living with two or three decide.

So you have four houses to choose from...but wait ! The builder/developer is always thinking, always creating and he has designed a NEW model...the Moultonboro. Just when I thought I had seen it all, I took the tour of the Moultonboro and I may or may not have fallen in love. At 1310 sq. ft., it is larger than the Gilford and the Meredith but a wee bit smaller than the Tuftonboro and the Center Harbor. The first floor has a wide open look which allows for easy movement. It allows for relaxed living and would be perfect for entertaining. There are two bedrooms on the first floor with a loft area on the second floor which overlooks the first floor living space plus looks out through the sunroom windows. Last weekend was the unofficial unveiling of the Moultonboro and I must say I was impressed...and I am not easy to impress. I gave the tour of the home to some potential buyers and they did not hide their love for this home. There were many ooohhs and aaahhs as they toured the home with me. Here are a few pictures of the Moultonboro which I would love to share with you:

Introducing 'The Moultonboro'

Looking at the four season sunroom

Looking up at the Loft from the Sunroom

Just imagine...

The mudroom off of the garage...

I love being the first one to share good news with you and certainly news of the Moultonboro should  be sufficient to make you smile all day long. But hold onto your hats, there is even more exciting news. The builder/developer met with the SWIMMING POOL salespeople on Friday and gave them the deposit for the SWIMMING POOL. The pool is scheduled to be open for business (fun business) on Memorial Day weekend, if construction goes smoothly and we don't hit any bumps in the road. There will be a patio area right off of the Village Center, next to the pool. So pack your picnic lunch, your goggles, your suntan lotion and get ready to soak up the sunshine as you lounge in the POOL at Weirs Beach Village!

All this pool talk got me thinking about summer which then got me thinking about ice cream! This photo is from the Town Docks Ice Cream stand just down the road in Meredith, NH.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

One Wrong Turn

This is a true story. Almost. A few details have been changed to make the story more interesting but the basic storyline is true. Some might say it is a story which might make one believe in fate. Others might just say that is is all just a coincidence. Fate ? Coincidence ? Kismet ?  Destiny ?  You be the judge.

Two years ago, a family from Massachusetts was skiing at Gunstock Mountain Resort. Now for those of you not familiar with the Lakes Region of NH, I am going to give you the link to Gunstock so you can check out all of the winter AND summer activities that occur at Gunstock:   In a quick overview, I can tell you that winter activities include downhill skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, tubing and the BIG air bag.  I just read the purpose of the BIG airbag and can assure you I will not be trying it anytime soon.

This family loves to ski and makes numerous trips north of the border each winter to enjoy the numerous activities at Gunstock. On this particular Sunday they had made many successful runs down the mountain, enjoyed warming up in the Lodge, and had some spicy chili at the Powder Keg Restaurant. Of course, all good days must come to an end and with long faces and many disappointed sighs, they put away their gear and climbed into the car to head south of the border.

The family was quiet as they pulled out of the ski area parking lot. In an attempt to change the mood in the car, dad turned on the radio and started singing along to his favorite oldies station. The teens in the back moaned, and mom joined in, belting out the chorus line.

The two of them were soon caught up in the moment, and the dark mood in the car finally lifted. They had been driving about seven miles down the road when dad realized he had missed the turn to 93S and he had no idea where they were headed. He went about one more mile and pulled into a Cumberland Farms to get directions and fill the tank with gas. While standing at the gas pump, he looked across the street with curiosity. He read the sign, Weirs Beach Village.  He liked the look of the community before him. Cottage style homes arranged tastefully. Street lights cast a welcoming glow over the village.

He climbed back into the car, drove across the street, and took a tour of the homes at Weirs Beach Village, fell in love with the Center Harbor model home and the rest is history.  Now when this family finishes skiing at Gunstock, they just pile in the car, drive eight miles down the road, and they are 'home'.

And it is that simple. We are glad that this family took one wrong turn. We sold a home and they have been able to make many happy memories whether skiing at Gunstock or lounging around in front of their fireplace, walking down to the beach in the summertime or visiting many of the other Lake Region attractions.  All you have to do is make one wrong the right direction.