Granite State Ambassadors

Granite State Ambassadors


Join Ken, Chuck, and Bob today at 4:00 as they sit down (virtually) and chat with Clark Smith, Winemaker, Musician, and Author. Clark is known around the globe for his work. He had influenced the craft of winemaking in every corner of the world. He is also the winemaker and owner of WineSmith Wines. Hope to see you at 4:00 today.
Tomorrow at 4:00 pm, Ken, Bob, and Chuck will be online with South African Winemaker, Craig McNaught, from Stoney Brook Vineyards. When Ken, Chuck, and Bob visited the South African wine regions, they made some friends with some pretty talented wine producers in the area. One of those people was the Co-Owner and Winemaker of Stony Brook Vineyards, Craig McNaught. We spent the afternoon with Craig trying many of his excellent wines and talking shop. Craig shares many of the values that guide us here at Hermit Woods. Join us as we catch back up with Craig virtually, talk about our mutual interests, and learn about South African wine.[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22page_admin_bar%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A153311381400224%7D%22%7D%2C%7B%22surface%22%3A%22events_admin_tool%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22events_admin_tool%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D
Join me today at 4:00 today to talk with Dianne Carter, founder, and owner of Uncorked. We will talk about how Dianne got into the wine business, what are some of the exciting wines she is brining into New Hampshire, and what her plans are for the future. Hope to see you at 4:00.
Join Hermit Woods Winery & Deli as we sample our four ciders on Facebook Live tastings.
From Hermit Woods Winery: As we can’t be with you in our tasting room, join us for a wine tasting on-line. We will also be offering opportunities to enjoy a glass of wine with the three founders, talk winemaking with Ken Hardcastle, our winemaker, and other fun ways to interact during these challenging times. Follow this link to learn more.
You asked what crafty thing we might be doing while we are all staying at home. I thought I'd share my husband's handiwork......he is working on making his first electric guitars. Rock n Roll is in our house to stay.
Last weekend for 9 hour summer music special. Playing 2 1/2 hour hour Back 2 School special through Sept. See website for schedule. Halloween and Christmas music specials coming soon. @ Broadcasting since 2006 from central NH
Just 3 days left to get your tickets for Barrel Tasting Weekend online for only $25.00. $35.00 at the door.
My husband Richard enjoyed his first day of volunteering at the Intervale Overlook welcome center in the Mount Washington Valley.
Hello Ambassadors! We wanted to share this event with you and invite you to join us! SPREAD THE WORD!!! Join us THIS Friday, April 27th as we welcome the 2018 season at the New Hampshire Telephone Museum. This year's Special Exhibit: #theurgetoconnect: From Party Lines to Social Media General public is welcomed to arrive at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments, mingle with friends, see our newest acquisitions and discover why party lines and social media really aren't all that different from one another. Admission by Donation. An RSVP is very helpful and appreciated. You're welcome to call: 603-456-2234 or email: [email protected] for more details.
OK, for those of you GSAs that are going to the Made in NH Expo this weekend! Be sure to go and check out the Big E booth! ! ! You might see a picture that has people you know in it! ! ! We did! The Expo is fun and the Big E in Sept. sure is fun!

Granite State Ambassadors are "New Hampshire’s Information Specialists”.

Granite State Ambassadors, Inc. adds value to state agencies, local businesses, and individuals through a training and service support network that sustains and enhances the New Hampshire experience. Over the past decade we have worked tirelessly to promote and protect our sense of place by valuing both built and natural environments, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being our residents and guests alike. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, we serve hundreds of travel and tourism related businesses including key partners, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and the NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development. The Community Impact of GSA, Inc. Granite State Ambassadors, Inc. was founded on the simple idea that when visitors got off the plane in Manchester, New Hampshire, a friendly, New Hampshire "information specialist" would be there to provide answers to the questions that get asked.

Granite State Ambassadors are "New Hampshire’s Information Specialists”.

Mission: Our Mission: The Granite State Ambassadors program is dedicated to meeting and exceeding the informational needs of guests and residents of the State of New Hampshire through in-depth training and active participation of our certified Ambassadors. Our Vision and Values: We believe in volunteerism, participation and cooperation We believe in training and demonstrating the essence of NH Hospitality We believe that the following two themes define this “essence”: Citizen Responsibility A belief that individual citizens can and will take responsibility for our future. Living Landscape A strong attachment to the environment of the state, including both its natural resources and its built environment. In short, we believe that New Hampshire will only be a good place to visit if it continues to be a good place to live. Visitors will come only if we work proactively to retain our scenic open spaces, rich historic and cultural attractions and livable communities, as well as the social structure that values the individual and permits them regular opportunities to pitch in and make a difference.

Cold Mountain Cafe

So we got a food truck! Please like our page Bitchin' Kitchen Truck

Clarks Trading Post

Like many businesses, Clark’s Bears is affected by guidelines and restrictions that are in place due to the COVID-19 crisis. Although nothing would make us happier than to open on schedule, it is out of our hands this year. Therefore, we are unable to predict our opening date for the park at this time. We are planning to open the Main Gift Shop and the Whistle Stop Snack Bar WEEKENDS ONLY starting May 23, 2020.

Keeping our employees and guests safe is our top priority. Please check back as we will update this site as we learn more. Please take care of your families, friends, and yourselves by following the guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.

Remember to wash your paws and cover your muzzle!!

Governor Sununu’s Economic Reopening Taskforce asks consumers to wear cloth face coverings at all times when inside retail stores.

May 23 10:00-5:00
May 24 10:00-5:00
May 25 10:00-5:00

May 23 11:00-5:00
May 24 11:00-5:00
May 25 1100-5:00

The Gift Shop and Snack Bar will be open weekends only thereafter, until further notice.

The Clark Family

Hillsboro Summerfest

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of our 2020 event, due to the Covid-19 epidemic. The safety and health of our Festival guests, partners, and exhibitors remain the forefront of our decision. We appreciate the outpouring of support and look forward to hosting an incredible event for you in 2021 which will also be Hillsboro’s 250th Celebration. We will miss seeing you in person this year, but are so proud to be part of such a wonderful area!

How to Help
Moving forward we have lots of plans to keep our virtual activities as fun as possible! We are actively working on online events and hope we can count on your continued support and to help share details of Hillsboro Summerfest. We love you all so much ♥️

#smalltownbighearts #community #volunteering #festival #supportcommunity

Moonlight Meadery

Our tasting room is going outside. As we work towards reopening our tasting rooms on May 18th, it's going to be a bit different. It's going to be out doors. That's right, outside. While Michael works out logistics on stanchions, spacing, seating tasting options. You can be assured we will make this adventure something that is safe, interesting, and fun.

A great deal!

We're making it easy to shop for Mom this year! With $100 in Common Man gift card purchases, receive a $25 Bonus Card, through May 11. (Guests can earn a max of $50 in Bonus Cards with $200 in gift card purchases.) Click the photo below for details and fine print.

Ask our host to add it to your dinner take-out order by calling 603-968-7030, or order online with free shipping at

Trends Gift Gallery & Invitation Studio

BUY $50 Gift Card or Products
Get $10 Gift Card Free! Call 778-3770! Curbside Pickup
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Time to clean out your book shelves.

It's a "virtual" used book sale!

The Historical Society of Cheshire County has postponed its 20th annual fundraising Used Book Sale scheduled for May 8-9, 2020. Please save the dates for our rescheduled book sale — September 11 and 12, 2020. In the meantime, here are a few ways you can participate.

Does your stay-at-home to-do list include organizing your bookshelves?

If so, please check for books that would be appropriate for the Historical Society's Used Book Sale. When it is safe for us to reopen, you can drop the books off at the Historical Society. Please note - hardcover nonfiction books are encouraged, especially topics such as history (of course), art, architecture, antiques, biography, travel, nature, or recent fiction.

Please avoid mass market paperbacks, encyclopedias, textbooks, older fiction, or damaged items.

Attend our Virtual Book Sale on May 8 or 9, 2020

You can still support the Historical Society on the weekend the book sale would have happened. On May 8 and 9, 2020 we will extend a special offer — if you purchase a gift certificate, we will give you an extra 20% to use at the event on September 11 and 12, 2020. At the Virtual Book Sale, we will provide links to videos related to Cheshire County authors.

Click here to purchase a gift certificate

While you are at the Virtual Used Book Sale, you can shop for Mother's Day gifts at our virtual Museum Store. All items at the Museum Store are 20% off from now through Saturday!

To visit the Museum Store online:

To shop by phone on Friday or Saturday, May 8-9 between 9 am and 4 pm, call 603-352-1895. Curbside pickup is available Friday and Saturday.

T-BONES and Cactus Jack's

We miss you too T-BONES and Cactus Jack's!

We miss you!!

Art with a Purpose - Garden Design

Wonderful article about our friends at Bedrock Gardens! Once a dairy farm almost 30 years ago, this 20 acre garden now features handcrafted garden art that isn’t just pretty, but works for the long axis views of the garden. Tours are this garden are available May through October.

Hermit Woods Winery & Deli

Join me on Facebook Live as I interview Ash Fischbein, Co-Founder of Sap House Meader and Hobbs Brewery.

Ash is a passionate mead-maker, brewer, and serial entrepreneur who is based in Ossipee, New Hampshire. While he was too young to buy it at the time, he started making mead (honey wine) and beer during high school. He has been infinitely dedicated to crafting the perfect brew ever since.

N.H.’s local meat processing has avoided national turmoil New Hampshire’s small but thriving meat-processing industry, the creation of years of effort accompanying the state’s resurgence in small farms, seems unaffected by the turmoil in the vastly larger industry in other parts of the country.The state has...

The Creation Place LLC

Re-ANNOUNCEMENT: The ‘Love Local Campaign’ store is OPEN and ready for sales! (This is the last week!)

Thank you to Ashlee Rowley of LSRCC and Scott Hanwell of Dadoprint for making this happen.

COVID-19 has impacted our country in immeasurable ways. Our local businesses are working around the clock to change their operation plans, purchasable items, donation platforms, staffing issues, etc. to meet our community where we all have to be. Any opportunities we can create to support our member businesses and nonprofits is worth exploring especially during these unprecedented times.

Chambers all across the country are coming together to create "Love Local Campaigns" where you can purchase items to show your support for small businesses in your region. At check out you can select a participating local member business for a portion of the proceeds to directly go to. It's super easy for you and for the businesses. Supporting local isn't just important during times of crisis but all year long ~ wear and sport your "Local Local" items proudly year round.

Reach out to Ashlee Rowley at the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber with any questions.
[email protected] - 603.526.6575

$10 from each item purchased will go directly to a Lake Sunapee Region area business of your choice!

This is a win-win way of helping area small businesses impacted by COVID-19.


In honor of National Nurses Day, we’re giving a Free Medium Hot or Iced Coffee & a Donut to all nurses and healthcare professionals today, May 6th at participating Dunkin’ locations, no ID required. ☕️🍩 Thank you to the brave nurses protecting all of us. ❤️👏
While supplies last. Limit 1 coffee & donut per guest. Excludes Cold Brew & Nitro Cold Brew. Not valid on mobile orders.

Intown Manchester

In honor of all the great restaurants in Manchester- let’s show them some love! On May 14 join us for Manchester Takeout Day and order from your favorite restaurant, diner, coffee shop...You get a delicious meal and help your favorite eatery!❤️ It’s a win win!

U.S. Forest Service - White Mountain National Forest

The White Mountain National Forest re-opened several trail heads on May 1st. A complete list of what is open and what is closed can be found at:

Visitors are advised to practice Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These safety precautions will help to maintain a safe environment for employees, visitors, and local communities. Many amenities, such as restrooms and garbage, at sites remain seasonally closed. Visitors should be prepared to pack in and pack out.

Hey GSAs - here is a great deal!!


We Just Fresh Ground a Ton or Our Backyard Angus Beef! Blowin' it out at $4.99 lb! You may want to grab while the grabbing is good on this! #tuckawaytandb #bobbythebutcher #forkinoff

(Max 10 pounds per customer)

Hampton Beach sand sculpting competition postponed The Hampton Beach sand sculpting competition is the latest event to get postponed because of coronavirus.

Lonza to make coronavirus vaccine in Portsmouth PORTSMOUTH – The Lonza Biologics facility at Pease International Tradeport is part of a collaborative effort to manufacture a vaccine against the

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream - Nashua, NH

#sciencegeek #icecreamfreak is back! Show the family the science of Sub Zero!

Unleashed New London

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! So, we thought our freebie tomorrow for curbside pickup should be these cute paw print bottle openers for your cerveza! #whilesupplieslast #curbsidepickup #ourthankyou

Granite State Ambassadors

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More information and to register:

Making the most of our current pandemic environment, we are taking our GSA Certifications ONLINE this year. We are hoping that the trainings, which will run weekly for 2 hour blocks, will end with a 3 hour in-person meeting in three locations around the state (Concord, Seacoast & Keene).

May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 15, 22

Granite State Ambassadors seeks enthusiastic people who enjoy sharing their passion for our beautiful state with others, want to learn more about our state, make new friends, and have a few hours each month to volunteer as a Certified Granite State Ambassador (GSA) at Welcome & Information Centers, museums, and events. Industry personnel, such as those working in the tourism industry, are encouraged to participate in the training to enhance their current roles.

Arts Spotlight - Stories from the Pandemic: The Peterborough Players — Discover Monadnock Arts Alive! These are unprecedented times and there are unprecedented things happening in the arts world. In this account, we hear from The Peterborough Players, a professional theatre, founded in 1933, and located in the small town of Peterborough, New Hampshire. Here is a message from their staff:

Business NH Magazine

Our editor, Matt Mowry, is famous. Here's his television special. NHPTV NH Small Business Development Center

Aviation Museum of New Hampshire

Our virtual "Around-the-World Flight Adventure" crew is now in Goose Bay, Labrador, prepping to take off for Greenland tomorrow. Meanwhile, here at the Aviation Museum, today we were visited by our friends on the maintenance crew at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, who used a small tractor/front-end loader to begin restoring damaged turf. Today's efforts were made out near the monumental granite marker that once adorned the airport's entrance road off of Brown Ave. That area was reconfigured long ago when Runway 6-24 was extended, and the name of the airport also changed, so the big marker wound up on our grounds. Whether or not you recognize this old friend, you can pay it a visit while we're closed, as it's outside.

Manchester Transit Authority

At this time, MTA is continuing to follow our COVID-19 transportation plan and is only offering On-Demand bus service. There are plans to return fixed route bus service, but the date to begin fixed route bus service has yet to be determined. We are committed to providing safe transportation for all of our passengers and will resume fixed route service in the near future. Until then, we do have on-demand service available. If you are in need of a ride within Manchester, please contact us at 603-623-8801 opt 2.

Hermit Woods Winery & Deli

Facebook live, behind the tasting bar with winemaker Ken Hardcastle

NH Tourism Industry

Thank you VisitNH - New Hampshire!

A heartfelt thank you to NH's Tourism Industry for all you do to keep visitors and residents alike coming back to your destinations year after year. In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week we put together this video to say thank you! #nttw20 #SpiritOfTravel

The White Mountain Independents

Get Great Savings and Support your Favorite Local Stores! Sale starts this Saturday, May 2nd - May 3rd!

New England Apparel Club

The health and safety of our buyers and reps is our top priority. Due to COVID-19, we have cancelled our next show. We look forward to seeing everyone at our next show in August at the DCU Center. #neacshow

Coronavirus Update: Sununu Amends Stay-At-Home Order; N.H. Reports 9 New Deaths NHPR is continuing to cover the developing story around coronavirus in New Hampshire. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

Seacoast Science Center

From our friends at Seacoast Science Center!

Naturalist educator Nikki and aquarist Rob did a Facebook Live broadcast from Seacoast Science Center to show how and what sea stars eat. Lots of facts were also shared about these fascinating echinoderms. Watch the video back to learn more!

New Hampshire Boat Museum

We want to let you know that the Museum and Millie B boat rides will be delaying our opening due to the COVID-19 situation. Normally we open Memorial Day Weekend, but we're looking further into the late spring early summer. We will let everyone know as we continue to formulate our plans and follow the State of NH guidelines for re-opening. Our goal is for our visitors, volunteers, and staff to have a fun and safe experience at the Museum and the Millie B. We hope you and your families are safe and well.

Are you ready for this?!

Quarantine mood? You need Fair food! Create a Stir Craz-E Burger at home with these simple steps. 🍔

I’m looking forward to following their flight!

Off we go! Our virtual 'Around the World Flight Adventure' is live online with today's departure from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Join us we wing our way around the world, learning all about science, geography, history, and culture as we go. Hop on board at

Virtual GSA Certification

Our first virtual GSA certification training is scheduled to begin on May 12th. You can review the planned schedule and sign up on our website at We don't know when we can get back to volunteering, but know we have no minimum hours-served or set schedule requirements. You can start to volunteer when our centers and events re-open and when you feel safe to do so (even if that is next year). At the very least, you will learn a lot about NH, meet some new friends and will have this opportunity open to you for the future.

If you had signed up for GSA Certification in the past and weren't able to attend, any fee you paid prior can be used for this and future classes.

If you have taken the GSA certification previously and want a refresher, sign up through our online calendars for the modules you are interested in or email message us. ~back to Become a GSA page ~ Making the most of our current pandemic environment, we are taking our GSA Certifications online this year. All of the 2-day in-person certifications have been cancelle…

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