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Monday, November 18, 2013

A Trip Along the Currier and Ives Byway- Henniker to Webster

Rowell's Bridge (#9) Hopkinton, NH
The Currier and Ives Byway led us on a delightful trip this past weekend and we wanted to share this afternoon journey with you.

We first headed out of Henniker from the Colby Hill Inn off of Western Avenue along the ByWay and onto Route #127.  From 127 we drove across the Hopkinton dam and came upon Rowell's Bridge (#9) in Hopkinton which  crosses the Contoocook River.  It was built in 1853 and cost  $300.25 to construct.     What a bargain! This is one of the covered bridges you can drive across- but take note, it's only one lane so you need to be on the lookout for others crossing the bridge.

It was a bit of a dreary day, but we didn't let that stop us from taking photos,  including this one warning us that the water may rise rapidly and there may be turbulence.  We didn't plan to jump into that water on a cool, rainy November day, but may be of interest to anyone with a Kayak as the Contoocook River is a popular kayaking locale.


We moved on through the center of Contoocook and Hopkinton still on Route #127 and traveled up and into Webster amid the falling leaves and hiking ready roadside trails.  Our main destination was Coffin Cellars, Country Winery.

Coffin Cellars Country Winery, Webster, NH
Coffin Cellars Country Winery, is located in Warner and is a family owned business with Father, Peter Austin and his two sons making and marketing specialty wines.  These wines are all fruit wines with interesting flavors like Apple, Blueberry,  Kiwiberry and Raspberry.  They even have a Jalepeno wine which we were told is excellent to cook with.  When I asked Peter about the origins of the name of the winery he explained it was a family name vs the more sinister 'coffin' I immediately thought of.

  We were greeted by Timothy Austin who talked with us about the winery and explained that they have a small production of wine rotating through 12 varietals.  They source many of their fruits locally and grow and harvest some of the berries on their own property.    

They are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 for tastings and you can also purchase the wine directly from them.  My favorite was the Apple Wine which was light and delicate and would go nicely with a fish or chicken dish.  Mason liked the fuller body, French oaked Blueberry wine which was also good and we purchased a few bottles to see how our guests would like them. 

By now, we were hungry for a late lunch and right along the Byway we found the EveryDay Cafe in the center of Contoocook on Main Street.   It's an old fashioned sort of spot and we loved it. It has a warm and cozy feel to it.   They had a nice selection of sandwiches, muffins and assorted coffees and different kinds of beverages.  We ordered  two of their signature sandwiches and were surprised to find fresh Contoocook Creamery Chocolate and Blueberry Milk.  We took some home to share with our family as a special treat!    


This is a nice little stop and there are several unique shops nearby including the Whistle Stop Sweet Shop across the street  from the Cafe and Indigo Blue.  Check out all the Shopping in Contoocook and Hopkinton, NH here.

Another surprise was the hand-made pottery  from Sweetgrass Pottery right in the window at  Everyday Cafe.  Great looking mugs and bowls that would make really nice gifts.

We headed back to Henniker
after a great day ejoying the
Currier and Ives Byway.  We
hope you'll explore it too!













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