Monthly Archives: March 2011

New England Saltwater Fishing Show, Providence, RI

This is billed as the largest saltwater fishing show in the northeast. So if your are saltwater angler, you may wish to get on over to the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence for the New England Saltwater Fishing Show. The show offers

  • Dozens of seminars
  • A virtual fishing simulator
  • A bass boat simulator
  • …and of course, show discounts and specials…

The show runs today through March 13, 2011.

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New Exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

There is a new exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem , MA – Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection. The exhibit features nearly 70 paintings from Dutch and Flemish artists of the 1600s, including Jan Brueghel the Elder, Aelbert Cuyp, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Jacob van Ruisdael, and others. In addition there are over 20 examples of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish furniture and decorative arts.

This is the kind of exhibit that only comes around on very rare occasions so if you are a fan of Dutch and Flemish art and furniture you should head on over to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem to take it in. The Exhibit runs through June 19, 2011.

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RV Fishing Vacation in Vermont

It’s never too early to plan your next fishing outing. Thanks to Joe Laing of El Monte RV Rentals for providing us with this post.

Vermont’s pristine rivers are prime fishing territory for RV camping fans ready to spend time in a boat or on the bank. From the mighty Connecticut River to Lake Champlain, there’s a place to find your fishing bliss in Vermont. Follow along as we describe the joys of an RV fishing vacation in Vermont.

Vermont’s Waterways
If you’re hoping for easy access to the water, you’re in luck! The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department maintains dozens of access points that make reaching this state’s great fishing holes easy. Their helpful access point map lets you plan which regions of Vermont you’d like to fish, the first step to an exciting Vermont RV camping and fishing trip.

For example, the mighty Connecticut River runs the border between Vermont and New Hampshire, and sites like Haverhill Bridge at Newbury provide a concrete boat ramp to help you launch quickly. You’re likely to find brown trout, rainbow trout, walleye and bullhead near the Haverhill Bridge area of the Connecticut.

Two more popular places to fish the Connecticut River are below the dam at Bellows Falls, VT for walleye and at Vernon Dam for brook trout. You’ll also find this area a wealth of small reservoirs just made for a day of fishing. If you’re planning to fish Southern Vermont, also plan to stay at Hidden Acres Campground, a Woodalls-approved camping resort near Dummerston.

But if a quiet country pond is where you find your bliss, try the fishing at Bald Hill Pond at Westmore or at nearby Newark Pond. While you’re in the area, definitely plan to spend time at Lake Willoughby, a beautiful glacier lake where landlocked Atlantic salmon are waiting to put you to the test. By the way, White Caps Campground on the shores of Lake Willoughby is the perfect home base for your Vermont Northern Kingdom RV trip.

But let’s get back for a moment to Vermont’s famous rivers. Not all rivers running through the state are as well-known as the Connecticut, but the fishing’s fine even in the smallest. One example: the wild brown trout are waiting and the scenery is spectacular on the Battenkill River near East Dorset in Central Vermont. Plan to stay at Dorset RV Park, just twenty minutes down the road.

And we can’t leave our discussion of the joys of Vermont fishing without mentioning the two largest lakes in the state. Lake Champlain straddles the border between Vermont and New York and promises an unforgettable RV fishing vacation. This spectacularly scenic lake is famous for several species of trout and bass, as well as trophy landlocked salmon. Park your RV at 10 Acres Campground on the shores of Lake Champlain and enjoy easy boat access.

And, finally, Lake Memphremagog is split by the Vermont/Quebec border. The cold glacier waters of this farthest northern lake in Vermont is amenable to both fly fishing and bait casting, so RV camping anglers should find plenty of action here. Rock bass and northern pike patrol the waters of this international lake, and the city of Newport, VT operates Prouty Campground on the lake’s southern shore.

Spring is on the way and the fish will soon be biting in Vermont. Hopefully the resources we’ve provided will help you plan your trip. The Green Mountain State can be the gateway to your best RV fishing vacation ever!

About the Author
Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. For other great RV camping vacation ideas see the Monty’s Musings RV Camping Blog or Monty’s RV Vacation Photo / Picture Gallery.

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Jonathan Edwards at Burke Mountain Ski Area

Singer Jonathan Edwards will be at the Tamarack Grill in the Sherburne Base Lodge of the Burke Mountain Ski Area in East Burke, Vermont on Sunday March 13. The doors open at 6 PM and the show begins at 8:00 PM. Advanced tickets are $30 and tickets are $35 on the day of the show. Seating is limited so you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.

For more information see: Jonathan Edwards Special Solo Performance

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Mount Washington Auto Road Celebrates 150

The Mount Washington Auto Road goes from New Hampshire Route 16 in Pinkham Notch 7.6 miles to the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak on the White Mountains and the Northeastern United States. It is self described as “America’s Oldest Manmade Tourist Attraction” having first opened to the public back in 1861. That means it turns 150 this year! Yes, there will be a birthday celebration. It will run from the end of April through the beginning of September. For more details see: Mt. Washington Auto Road’s 150th Anniversary.

Always a spectacular drive, why not do it in its 150th year?

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Spring in Sight – Upcoming Flower / Garden Shows

Picture of FlowersSpring training has begun. It’s March. Spring starts in March…

I know that for great parts of the country significant snow can still fall in March, and (ugh) into April, but it is time to really start thinking about spring. There are three flower / garden shows coming up in New England in March to help get you in the mood…

Photo credits: The picture of the flowers is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Winter Sports As Exercise

With another three weeks of winter still left, I thought it might be interesting to give you some facts on how major winter sports stack up as exercise… Following are the calories burned by a 150 lb. individual participating in these winter sports for an hour:

  • Ice-skating – 477 calories burned
  • Downhill skiing – 540 calories burned
  • Snow shoeing – 604 calories burned
  • Cross-country skiing – 675 calories burned
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