Ice Castles of New Hampshire

Whether you’re a resident of northern New Hampshire, visiting for a long weekend or need a break from the slopes everyone needs to add the Ice Castles to their bucket list. Located at 64 Railroad St in Lincoln, New Hampshire the Ice Castles is a must-see tourist attraction for all ages.

The Ice Castles, LLC is a Utah-based entertainment company who specializes in events crafted from ice. Not from the New England area? No worries the company has four other locations based in Utah, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada.

Yesterday, my boyfriend and I made the journey up to New Hampshire to experience this unique attraction. We bought tickets ahead of time allowing us to skip the lines and start exploring the castle.

From the outside, the castle looks small, but probably fits around 300 people at a time! Many people were taking photos, pulling their kids on sleds and exploring the caves and tunnel’s created by this man-made ice castle.

My favorite addition to the castle was the hot coco shack located inside the castle that served hot chocolate, sticky buns and cookies all under $5. We also tested out the toboggan  slide, which was popular among young and old alike!

Overall my boyfriend and I spent a little over an hour at the ice castle and would recommend going at least once. If you have kids this is the place to take them as they have characters from Disney’s Frozen making appearances. We also recommend you buy tickets ahead of time, dress warm, wear warm boots as the ground is very icy. Not looking to make the drive for only an hour attraction? Plan to spend the whole day in the Lincoln – Conway area.

The New Hampshire Ice Castles are open daily Monday – Friday 3 PM – 9 PM, Saturday from noon – 10 PM and Sunday from noon – 8 PM.

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Other Locations:

Midway, UT

Edmonton & Alberta, Canada

Stillwater, MN

Wisconsin Dells, WI

Spring Break Must-Haves

 

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Panama City Beach, Florida – Photo Courtsey: Emerald View Resorts

 

Spring break kicks off in two short weeks, but before you flock to paradise check out these must-have items that will help anyone in your crew make it through a week of sunshine, fruity drinks, and relaxation.

 First-Aid Kit: Someone in your group is bound to get sick, stung, sunburnt or just not feel well. Be the “mom” in your group and bring a first-aid kit. Buy a travel size kit at your local Wal-Mart or CVS before the trip. This way you’ll have all the necessities for any emergency.

Snacks: Whether road tripping or flying snacks are always a great idea! Pro Tip: If you’re staying in a condo, house or hotel with kitchen amenities go to a local grocery store and buy food for a few days. This will reduce cost from eating out, in addition to being a healthier option.

Sunglasses: Hitting the slopes or sailing through the Caribbean, sunglasses are a must have item! Check out Nordstrom for the hottest styles of the season.

Cash: You may be thinking who carries cash these days? However, it’s a great idea to always carry cash with you while traveling! Great for souvenirs, farmers markets, cabs or even tipping your bartender.

Floppy Hat: Floppy hats are very in for tropical vacation! Pro Tip: Buy while on vacation (treat yourself)!

Sun Screen: Honestly this is probably the most important on the list. With skin cancer on the rise, skip out on the tanning oil and invest in a high SPF sunscreen. You will still gain your bronze color, but limit the sunburns and wrinkles in the future.

Book or Magazines: If you’re headed to the beach this spring break I recommend bringing along a few books or magazines! I recommend Sweet Bitter by Stephanie Danler or The Girls by Emma Cline.

Swimsuit + Cover up: Don’t just bring one suit, bring a few! Looking to grab the years must have swimsuit? Check out these stores for the latest in swim fashion. Nordstrom, Anything But Water, Triangle

Valentines Day DIY Ideas

With Valentines Day weekend upon us, you may be wondering, “what do I get my sweetie?” The good news is everyone loves homemade DIYs. If you’re one of the many looking for last minute ideas, try one of these ideas.

  1. Decorate a beer (or soda) package with red wrapping paper/ hearts.
  2. Chinese take out carton filled with his/her favorite sweets
  3. Valentines themed vase
  4. Sharpie mugs – quick, easy, and cute
  5. Homemade cookies, cupcakes, or brownies – everyone loves baked goods!
  6. DIY brunch –heart shaped pancakes + mimosas
  7. At home movie theater – popcorn, movie, blankets, pillows, candles
  8. Deck of cards – write a fact you like about him/her on each card (can you think of 52?!)

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Cure Winter Blues With Homemade Beef Stew

Here we are, mid-winter and here I am wrapped up in a blanket writing today’s blog post. I thought I would mix things up today and share an easy recipe to warm you up while you research warm getaways.

This beef stew recipe is easy, delicious, and the best part is you can cook it in the crockpot!

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Cook time: 4 hours on high in the crockpot 

4 large carrots

4 large celery sticks

1 potato

1/2 onion

1 cup water

1 can of beef stock

Beef stew beef

Wine

*Feel free to include more of your favorite veggies

Cut all veggies and put in crockpot, brown meat for about eight to ten minutes (it’s okay if meat is still a little pink). Add water, beef stock and meat to crockpot. Add a few splashes of wine for extra flavor, stir and turn on high for 4 hours. Enjoy!

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