Sunday, September 19, 2021

Best Kept Secrets Tour - Sept. 23 - Oct. 9 - Join in the fun!

What do a chocolate shop, a gourd farm, a coffee house and a purveyor of fine oils and vinegars have in common? They are 4 of the 27 tour stops on the Cumberland County Best Kept Secrets Tour! Cumberland County is full of  hidden gems but many of us have not had the chance to explore our own backyard. It is time for a local fall adventure and the Cumberland County Best Kept Secrets Tour is just the event to help you find all the tucked away treasures this county has to offer. Do you know where to find the shop with 55 loose-leaf teas, sugars and local honey or the gallery with its own resident fine art carver? A shop with imported UK and Irish groceries? A refreshing drink called "The Cash"? A bottle of famous Sadie's dressing? The Queen Anne full of good cheer? How about the spot where you can "loaf" around and enjoy the food, fields, flowers, and chickens? Where to find the largest gourd crafting company in the world? Or the most unique boutique full of PA preferred products? These spots and many more can be visited during the tour. The Cumberland County Best Kept Secrets Tour runs September 23 thru October 9. Set up like a home or garden tour, you'll travel place to place, in your own vehicle, enjoying all the special free things (refreshments, games, gifts, demos, workshop tours, make & take projects, etc.) the businesses have planned for you. Your ticket is valid the entire time - do what you can in a day or tour all the days - it's up to you. Plus, every business gives you a valuable coupon. Tickets are $10 each ($1 per ticket is donated to Vickie's Angel Foundation) and are on sale now in participating businesses, including The Rosemary House. So, not only will you enjoy all the surprises throughout the county, you will also be helping a local non-profit and supporting your local economy. 

What a great way to enjoy the fall season!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Hello, September! A month of festivals!

Farewell, August! Hello, September!

 September marks a month of festivals at The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances. In the early part of the month, we are celebrating our 17th Annual Fairy Festival on the weekend of September 11th and 12th from 10 am - 4 pm. Perhaps you can join us in the magical gardens for a day full of whimsical fun! Activities include Fairy Fashions, Ivy Fairy Halos, Magic Wands, Fairy Crafts, Pixie Face Paining, Fairy Food on the Fly, and much more! We are looking forward to hosting this festival again this year.

And, at the end of the month is the 4th Annual PA Tea Festival, also held outside in the fragrant herb gardens of The Rosemary House in charming downtown Mechanicsburg. Held of Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25 from 9 am - 4 pm, there is a variety of merchants and vendors, a wide range of teas and herbal tisanes to sample and purchase, tea tastings, informative programs, and musical entertainment. Admission is $15/person with additional fees for specific tea tasting sessions. 

We hope to see you this month! Dancing with fairies, and sipping tea. Won't you join us?

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Teatotaller, Somersworth, NH

A quick sidetrip to Somersworth, NH took us to TeaTotaller, a funky, colorful cafe and tea shop where everyone is welcome, the staff is friendly, and service efficient. Cheerful and bright, this breakfast and lunch spot offers a chance to grab and go or to sit and dine in among the unique seating areas. Mixing and matching color is the theme here, and the possibilities are endless.

From BobaTea to Chai Latte to Hot Chocolate or Coffee, it's a wide ranging beverage menu coupled with food, drinks and pastries, made in-house using fresh, local ingredients and clever inspiration, it's a win-win.

The macarons were as boldly colorful as the establishment. Coupled with a pink lemonade, and we were happy to have discovered this fun stop. Hard to discern in this picture, but the macarons were huge!

We were on a tight schedule, so we opted for the grab and go. Here is the Avo Stack, yummy avocado, cream cheese, assorted chopped greens stacked between and atop an English muffin. Fresh, green, healthy, and delicious. It's a winner. If you're ever in the area, go treat yo'self.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Silver Fountain Inn & Tea Parlor, Dover, NH

Vacation travels always afford the opportunity to enjoy Afternoon Tea at a new-to-us location. A recent summer trip to New Hampshire included Afternoon Tea at the Silver Fountain Inn and Tea Parlor. This large stately Victorian home, built in 1871, houses a B & B and a very busy tea room on the main floor. Well manicured outside and elegant inside, we were looking forward to this special afternoon tea.

The menu offers a variety of options including The Duchess, The Hummingbird, or even The Chandelier which is an amazing presentation of twelve miniature desserts. You could also order sandwiches, wraps, soup and scones off an extensive menu. This option always works best for our family. The elegant place setting sets the scene for what is about to be enjoyed.

Cedar always has a smile on his face when hot chocolate is an option instead of tea. A turkey and cheese sandwich completed his selection.

The Duchess tiered tray was a feast. including sandwiches, scones, and assorted little desserts. The tea list is extensive with a wide variety of options.
A blueberry lavender scone with cream and curd was featured on the July menu along with a medley of desserts. Their menu changes monthly, all the more reason to return.


Friday, August 13, 2021

Acadia National Park, ME - Jordan Pond House

Our summer vacation destination included hiking White Mountains in New Hampshire (Cedar and Angelica) and an adventure to Acadia National Park in Maine, known as the Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast. Hiking, camping, biking, or enjoying popovers at the Jordon Pond House, there's something for everyone. Early in the morning the kid's hiked the Beehive Trail, billed as a thrilling Acadia classic with challenging rungs and ladders but majestic views. Let's just say, don't read the reviews before the hike. Angelica and Cedar seemed to think it was a breeze, the reviews leave you trembling in your boots before you even attempt this must-do hike. They returned triumphant and hungry. Our next stop was at the only restaurant in Acadia National Park, the Jordan Pond House, where they are famous for their Popovers and Tea. With seating inside or outside overlooking the vast pond, we were excited to sit down to a plate of popovers. Nellie McIntire, the original proprietor started serving her now-famous popovers in 1893 and they never stopped. Served on a first-come-first-served basis, we were thrilled to be seated inside and equally as thrilled to find a parking spot. Acadia is one of the ten most visited National Parks, and attendance was high the day we were there.

We enjoyed a plate of cheese, fruit and toasted baguettes prior to the popovers. 

Waiters carrying large baskets full of popovers were flying out of the kitchen trying to keep up with the demand. Fresh, warm, and served with butter and strawberry jelly, they were delicious!

Once we had our fill of popovers and tea we piled in the van and headed up Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Eastern seaboard with its 1,530 foot peak.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Fairy House Village - Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

A journey to Boothbay, ME included a visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. With over 300 acres of gardens and natural spaces; including a butterfly garden, the mammoth Guardians of the Seeds, a Children's Garden, and sculpture art throughout, it was an adventure to explore. 

As we walked through the various gardens in search of the trolls, we happened upon the Fairy House Village. This delightful fairy village is nestled upon a hilly expanse in the forest where children young and old can gather materials from the forest floor and create unique fairy dwellings. Birch bark, pinecones, stones and other treasures found are put together to create a welcoming habitat for the fairy folk. It's quite an amazing compilation of buildings, limited only by imagination. Tucked at the base of a tree, or standing alone, creativity abounds at this magical location. It is hard to capture the expanse of this fairy house village, but we're happy to share a few of the fairyland creations!

 There is no doubt that we walked among the fairies on this warm summer day in late July!