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Savor spring herbs at 2nd Annual Inn to In Herb Tour, June 5 & 6

It's all about fresh herbs - their scent, their taste, their history, their uses

A tureen of Smoked-Tomato-and-Basil Soup is just one of the many, many recipes to be found which use herbs as a key ingredient. (Photo Courtesy 1785 Inn). (click for larger version)
May 20, 2010
The feisty group of innkeepers hosting this event will help guests usher in spring with a culinary event celebrating the locavore movement combined with a learning getaway for everyone from "Zoomers" (the new name for active Baby Boomers) to families.It's a virtual herb garden!

Each inn will focus on one herb and offer delicious samples of one or more special recipe using the herb from their own kitchen garden. It might be a taste of tomato basil soup, carrot-chervil dip, sage biscuits, tarragon egg salad, or rosemary chocolate cookies. You'll go home with a folder of new recipes, interesting herbal lore and pots of herbs or seeds to grow your own. The Northern inns (Bartlett to North Conway) will be open on Saturday, June 5, and Southern inns (North Conway to Chocorua) will be open on Sunday, June 6, allowing plenty of time to tour inns and enjoy delicious tastings at each stop.

Northern Inns open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, include:

Bartlett Inn in Bartlett, featuring rosemary.

Inn at Ellis River in Jackson, featuring oregano.

Inn at Jackson in Jackson, featuring tarragon.

The 1785 Inn in Intervale, featuring mint.

Glen Oaks Inn in Intervale, featuring basil.

Wildflowers Inn in North Conway, featuring parsley.

Old Red Inn & Cottages in North Conway, featuring chives.

Southern Inns open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, include:

Admiral Peary House in Fryeburg, Maine, featuring hops.

Eastman Inn in North Conway, featuring lavender.

Darby Field Inn in Albany, featuring caraway.

Riverbend Inn in Chocorua, featuring cumin.

Inn at Crystal Lake and Pub in Eaton, featuring sage.

Brass Heart Inn in Chocorua featuring lemon thyme.

The Spring Herb Tour is an annual event held the first weekend in June available for both those booking a two-night package at one of the 13 participating inns and those who would like to simply make a day trip out of it. Lodging packages include two-night stays, herb-themed breakfasts each morning and two tickets to the tour. Some lodging packages will also include special five-course, herb-themed dinners. One-night packages include two tour tickets, overnight accommodations and breakfast for two. Tickets are available in advance by reserving a lodging package directly from participating inns. Those not wishing to reserve an overnight package may purchase tickets between May 11 - 25 for $20 per person by calling 383-9339 or 800-233-8309. Tickets may be picked up at 1785 Inn on Saturday or Eastman Inn on Sunday.

Celebrate gardening season with a getaway that guarantees you go home with all the makings and plenty of green growing tips for your own herb garden. For more information, visit www.CountryInnsintheWhiteMountains. com or call 800-233-8309.

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