Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We at the Inns at Blackberry Common would like to extend to you, our wishes for a happy, healthy, peaceful holiday season. We thank you for a great year and wish you the best in the year to come. Our guests truly make our home a special place throughout the year, and we hope you had an opportunity to stay with us and enjoy the wonders of Camden and the Inns. We welcome your return next year and in the years to come, and our promise to you is to do our best to make your stay a memorable one, building memories to last a lifetime! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Did you know you can track Santa's travels around the world?

It's true! NORAD, an organization created in 1958, who is responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the United States and Canada, has a website that does just that! The site has a countdown to Christmas, and when Santa sets out on Christmas Eve, this site will use their satellite imagery to track Santa's path! In collaboration with Google Earth, you can even see his trip in 3D! Because of the time zones and international date line, Santa's trip actually begins on Wednesday at 6:00 am eastern time in the South Pacific! Visit http://www.noradsanta.org/ to check the countdown, learn many interesting facts about Santa and his travels, and most importantly, track Santa's trip on Christmas Eve!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

How to keep your Christmas tree fresh!

With so many products on the market and so many tales about what the very best way to keep your tree fresh the longest, how do you decide whose advice to follow? Well, it's actually very simple! WATER! This is all you need! When you bring your tree home, cut a few inches off the bottom, and trim the lower branches, and immediately place in a bucket of cold water until you are ready to bring into the house. Make sure your tree stand stays full throughout the season, and that's it! Your tree doesn't need sugar or candy or syrup or anything else. The true cause for a dry tree, is likely how long ago it was cut down. To ensure your fresh tree throughout the season, you may also consider a trip to a local tree farm and cut it down yourself! This is a long standing tradition in our family, and a great memory maker for the whole family. Best of luck with your tree this season and enjoy the beauty and joy a live tree brings to the season!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Opening Day at the Camden Snow Bowl!

Winter is here! The temperatures have dropped, the wind is blowing, and what does that mean for Camden? The locals and fans of the Camden Snow Bowl and waxing their skis in anticipation of opening day, scheduled for December 20th! While the mountain is just barely showing a snow covering, the weather forecast is in our favor for great snow making and hopefully some help from mother nature! Now is the time to plan your season, with a variety of packages for the season, gift cards for holiday time and vacations to plan! Keep an eye on the condition by visiting the website at http://www.camdensnowbowl.com/ and check out the live cam with shots of the slopes so you can judge for yourself! And don't forget to visit our specials page regularly, as we always partner with the Snow Bowl to bring you all the great deals and packages available! See you on the slopes!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A New Favorite! Pumpkin Dip!

This recipe was such a hit for our holiday celebrations over this past weekend that it just has to be shared! It was popular with adults and kids alike and is so simple to make anytime of year, but especially during the crisp fall months! Try serving it in a pumpkin shell for a nice presentation and the variety of "dippers" you can serve with it are abundant! Try ginger snaps, apple slices or graham sticks... a few of our family favorites!

Pumpkin Dip Recipe:
1 large can of pureed pumpkin
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 8 oz. block of cream cheese
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Allow cream cheese to soften completely. This is important to ensure mixing well with other ingredients for a creamier result. Blend with other ingredients and serve! So simple and delicious it will become a regular in your recipe book!