Sunday, December 27, 2009
The Buttonwood Inn already booked guests for this popular annual event on Sunday, February 28, 2010. You can click on the following link or visit our website under Winter Packages - 20th Annual Chocolate Festival: http://www.buttonwoodinn.com/chocolate-festival-lodging-package.html
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Paula and I were able to connect with our family's annual Christmas get-together in New Jersey via Webcam and it was so wonderful to be able to participate in the blessing before dinner even if we were not there physically.
Friday, December 25, 2009
special New Year's Eve edition on Thurs., Dec. 31, 2009 and Wed., February 17, 2010. the Buttonwood is right down the street from the Cranmore Ski Resort. Still time to reserve for our extra Special New Year's Eve Package so don't delay.
Another popular activity coming back for this winter is the spectacular fireworks display set off over the slopes. Fireworks will light the skies at 7:30pm on the following dates: Dec. 31, Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, and Mar. 6th. Our guests can even view them from our front porch or out our dining room window along with the lights on the Cranmore Ski slopes.
Cranapalooza lift tickets are just $29 and are valid for night skiing for all ages from 2 - 8p.m. Night skiing is offered on 11 trails and 3 lifts for all ability levels, including the Darkside and Other Side Terrain Parks, Beginner Basin, South Slope, North Slope, Hurricane and more. Cranmore's top rated Arctic Blast Tubing Park is also open Saturday and holiday evenings until 9pm. The Buttonwood has discounted tubing tickets for our guests too!
Want to know what's going on at the next Cranapalooza? It's all listed here on their events calendar.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Just an hour from North Conway you can experience a day filled with wonderfully themed rides, great shows, Santa and his reindeer. Oh What Fun!
One low admission includes unlimited use of all the rides and shows for the entire day and if you come in within 3 hours of closing and you can return another day free of charge.
With all there is to see and do at Santa's Village, who wouldn't go!
Santa's Village is open from Memorial Day weekend through the summer and over the fall and holidays too!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Paula and I would like to extend to you this special offer.
A memorable gift for that someone special. Give them the pleasure of a stay in a "magical place"! Enjoy blissfully old fashioned hospitality, cozy fireplaces, and gourmet breakfasts.
For every $100 spent in gift certificates, we will give you $20 toward your next stay in 2010!
Our gift certificates can be used at any time for Holiday and winter weekends or for special packages such as: (Click on any of the following links for some examples)
New Year's Eve 2009 Package
Harvest to Holiday Shop 'til You Drop Package
"Ski It Your Way" Ski Tickets, Dinner and More
Ski & Stay Mid-Week Special
Or for one of our special theme weekends like:
March Maple Madness
Ghosts and Goblin Trail Package
Contact us toll free at 1-800-258-2625 by December 18, 2009
to ensure the mailing reaches you or the person receiving the gift certificate before the 25th.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
As part of the MWVAA "Affordable Art Show and Sale," there is a tribute exhibit of deceased member Bob DeIulio's work. DeIulio's work features the vitreous flux medium. Vitreous flux is a watercolor medium where water is first loaded onto an impervious surface with pigment then being added. The pigment is then manipulated using a variety of tools to create expressionistic images. DeIulio was a student of David Baker, the originator of this unique watercolor method. The exhibit includes original framed worked and matted prints.
Member Molly Doe Wensberg, an award-winning oil painter donated an oil painting, "A View Toward Jackson" with a retail value of $2500 to the MWVAA to raffle off as a fundraiser. Raffle tickets are available at the MWV Visual Arts Center in Norcross Place during the "Affordable Art Show and Sale." Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on Sunday, November 20at 4PM.
The "Affordable Art Show and Sale" runs Friday through Sunday through December 20, from 10AM to 5PM (4PM on December 20) at the MWV Visual Arts Center, 16 Norcross Place. The show and sale features the work of many local two and three dimensional fine artists, artisans and craftspeople with all work priced from $10 to $250.
For complete information on all events at the MWV Visual Arts Center visit the center online at mwvarts.org or call 603-356-ARTS (2787). The MWV Visual Arts Center is the place to see, learn and connect with the visual arts.
Monday, December 7, 2009
If you're planning a cocktail party or just want to create a special drink or appetizer, Kelly Casey, matches up the apps to the sips (cocktails). There are trendy drink recipes and different variations on the classic drink recipes. She also makes recommendations on glassware and barware.
I typically purchase used, like new or new, books online either from Amazon or Barnes & Noble often at half to two-thirds of the cost of a new cookbook.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Learn more at Buttonwood Inn Initiatives
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Come to the MWV Visual Arts Center and “register.” Stay and draw the still life setup or go off and sketch whatever you want, with whomever you want. Come back to the Visual Arts Center at 1:30 and share with others what you have sketched. We’ll take a group photo of the participants. Images from the day will be uploaded to www.sketchcrawl.com. This is a great activity for everyone, no matter the age or ability. Everyone is welcome!
The SketchCrawl, an international drawing marathon, is the brainchild of San Francisco artist Enrico Casarosa. It started several years ago when Casarosa wanted to spend a day of intense drawing around his city. Casarosa realized how much more fun this day would have been if he had had some company. As a result, the SketchCrawl has evolved into a worldwide event with people of every age and ability participating. There are no rules. Anyone can participate, be it to draw for 20 minutes or the full day and any level of ability is welcome from veteran artists to first time sketchers of any age. To read more about it, visit http://www.sketchcrawl.com/
Time: November 21, 2009 from 10am to 2pm
Location: MWV Visual Arts Center
Street: 16 Norcross Place
City/Town: North Conway, NH
Event Type: activity
Organized By: Claudia Needham
Friday, November 13, 2009
November 1 to December 31, 2009 Call toll free - 1-800-258-2625 or email: Email The Buttonwood
Ladies, while your men focus on their football pools and how the Patriots will do, you'll have the time of your life shopping in tax-free Mt. Washington Valley, NH.
Fashionable brightly colored purses dubbed Shopping Survival Kits come complete with dining and shopping coupons, small gifts, energy bars, samples and more, which await those who book a Harvest to Holiday getaway at participating lodging properties in Mt. Washington Valley.
Why not make a weekend of it? Grab a girlfriend and come to the Valley for a weekend shopping spree! This year plan your getaway to coincide with some of the special shopping events taking place in Mt. Washington Valley during November and December.
December 5: Settlers' Green Outlet Village Holiday Tree Festival -
beautiful holiday music, festive trees, hot chocolate, and much more.
One or more nights lodging weekdays and two on weekends
Full gourmet breakfast each morning
Afternoon tea and hot chocolate with Paula's baked treats
A Shopping Survival Kit filled with savings, samples, energy bars & more.
Package Rates: Rates are based on double occupancy & vary by room type
Weekdays (Sun. - Thurs.) One night for two from $129 Two nights from $239
Weekend (Fri. - Sun.) Two nights for two from $289
POLAR EXPRESS PACKAGES for 2009 Buttonwood Inn Polar Express Package Link
Packages Available December 12 - 20
The annual Polar Express Event is a unique experience based on the Award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg.
This is the most popular area holiday event that originated here in North Conway. The train leaves from the Victorian train station near the Green downtown taking children and their families to the North Pole.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
THE BUTTONWOOD INN ON MT. SURPRISE RECOGNIZED FOR BEST FOOD IN THE BEST OF BEDANDBREAKFAST.COM AWARDS
Contact: Bill and Paula Petrone, 1-800-258-2625
THE BUTTONWOOD INN ON MT. SURPRISE RECOGNIZED FOR BEST FOOD IN THE BEST OF BEDANDBREAKFAST.COM AWARDS
North Conway, New Hampshire -- The Buttonwood Inn on Mt. Surprise of North Conway, New Hampshire, was recognized for its distinctive food in the annual Best of BedandBreakfast.com Awards, 2009-2010. The Best of BedandBreakfast.com Awards are based upon a qualitative and quantitative review of the nearly 100,000 independent reviews submitted to BedandBreakfast.com, the leading online B&B directory and reservation network worldwide.
"BedandBreakfast.com surveys show that independent reviews are the most important factor when choosing a B&B. In fact, according to BedandBreakfast.com's most recent survey, 96% of consumers consider reviews to be somewhere between important and essential when selecting a place to stay, and 12% will not make a reservation at a property without them. We're delighted that inngoers concur that The Buttonwood Inn is deserving of its accolades from travelers," explained BedandBreakfast.com's Sandy Soule, one of the most highly recognized authors and a spokeswoman for the B&B industry. "Clearly, the Buttonwood Inn earned its stellar reviews from inngoers for their quality accommodations, breakfasts, amenities, and wonderful hospitality and service," commented Soule.
About The Buttonwood Inn on Mt. Surprise: The Buttonwood Inn on Mt. Surprise, a North Conway, New Hampshire country inn bed and breakfast, is nationally recognized for our quality of innkeeping providing the best in service, hospitality, and attention to detail. Situated on more than five secluded acres of field and forests, two miles from the village of North Conway, NH, The Buttonwood Inn offers a peaceful, rural setting with back door access to mountain hiking trails, including an outdoor hot tub and heated pool. An 1820s farmhouse with ten individually decorated guestrooms, the inn retains its comfortable country atmosphere with wide pine floors, antiques, quilts, and stenciling. Each morning you can enjoy our gourmet breakfast served in our large Dining Room or enjoy our afternoon tea service with fresh baked treats in one of our common rooms in front of our wood-burning fireplaces. Phone: 1-800-258-2625 or visit our website at www.buttonwoodinn.com
For a complete list of all winners, including regional and international Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award winners, please visit www.BedandBreakfast.com and click Winners 2009-2010.
Founded in 1995, BedandBreakfast.com is highly recommended by The New York Times, Real Simple, Forbes, Travel & Leisure, USA TODAY and many others. To learn about more nearly 9,000 other perfect choices for your next B&B getaway, visit BedandBreakfast.com, the leading online bed and breakfast directory and reservation network worldwide. A variety of search functions and extensive maps enable inngoers to find the perfect B&B. Travelers can make reservations online, purchase The Getaway Gift Card from BedandBreakfast.com, welcomed at over 4,000 B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada, read up-to-date trip reports on The BedandBreakfast.com Blog, read and write independent reviews, and post questions on expert-hosted message boards.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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Currently rated as one of the TOP bed and breakfasts in New Hampshire and the #1 Bed & Breakfast in North Conway on TripAdvisor.com
Paula's late afternoon tea with baked treats
Use of our hot tub "under the stars"
Use of our heated outdoor pool (seasonal)
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The ski trains once deposited visitors in downtown North Conway and the innkeepers would arrange for transportation, often horse-drawn wagons, to bring guests to their country accommodations. Well, the ski trains may be gone but thankfully many of the original ski lodges and country inns live on. Such is the case at the Buttonwood Inn. In decades past, the Buttonwood Inn was known as The Hide-Away Lodge - a large New England home that welcomed White Mountain visitors, many of which came to ski nearby Mt. Cranmore.
The Buttonwood Inn is popular year 'round. In winter, downhill and cross-country skiing is the primary draw, though some vacationers prefer to relax and enjoy the romantic surroundings. Summer in the White Mountains brings sightseers, shoppers, and hikers. The inn is situated at the base of Mount Surprise in North Conway. A hiking trail extends from the backyard of the inn all the way to the peak of the mountain.
A NH Select Registry Inn
After checking in at the Buttonwood Inn, you are informed about the inn's affiliation with Select Registry. Select Registry (AKA Distiguished Inns of North America) is a non-profit association of more than 400 lodging properties (mostly inns, B&Bs, and small hotels) . Select Registry was founded in 1972 and members are required to pay annual dues, as well as pass quality assurance inspections.
Mt. Washington Valley Vacations
Monday, September 7, 2009
This past weekend for example two of our guests where from Grange-over-Sands which is a town by the sea or depending on the state of the extensive tide, sands, in Cumbria, England. They live south of Lake Windermere which is the largest natural lake in England. It has been one of the country’s most popular places for holidays and summer homes since 1847, when the Kendal and Windermere Railway built a branch line to it. The word "Windermere" translates as "Vinandr's lake", from the Old Norse name Vinandr and Old English mere, meaning lake.
Another couple was from Victoriaville Quebec Canada a town not far from Montreal. This adventurous pair trravelled via motorcycle to the Buttonwood and also to the top of Mount Washington.
We rarely get motorcyclists here but this happened to be a weekend when another coupl on Motorcycle arrived. They were from Pineville, a city in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. It is adjacent to the city of Alexandria. They also made the trek up Mt. Washington. The town of Pineville contains the Louisiana Maneuvers Museum which provides insight into the huge maneuvers that prepared the United States for World War II and promoted the career of General Dwight D. Eisenhower because of his organizational skills.
Two of our guests from Alexandria Virginia left this morning for Bar Harbor Maine. The town of Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 128,283. Located along the Western bank of the Potomac River, Alexandria is approximately 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) south of downtown Washington, D.C. Like the rest of Northern Virginia, as well as central Maryland, modern Alexandria has been shaped by its proximity to the nation's capital.
Why not come up to visit and add to the geographical diversity that makes life at the Buttonwood so interesting?
Monday, August 31, 2009
Polar Express Tickets are limited and sell out quickly so reserve early!
Our Package Includes:
- One or two nights lodging
- Full breakfast each morning—some menu items are chocolate chip buttermilk pancakes, yeasted Belgian waffles, fresh fruit salad topped with raspberry sauce, or Buttonwood special doughnut muffins
- Afternoon tea service, hot chocolate with marshmallows, and Paula’s hand-decorated sugar cookies or other traditional family Holiday cookies
- Polar Express tickets for select departures from the original North Conway train station
- Watch the Polar Express movie on our new 50-inch Plasma TV and listen to the Liam Neeson recording in our toasty Mt. Surprise Room warmed by our new wood-burning fireplace insert
- Discounted snow tubing tickets at Cranmore Mountain Resort (minutes away)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Bring your own scope if you like as our viewing area is quite large and can easily support multiple setups.
We'll have the Mount Surprise media room setup with our 50 inch plasma to do some pre-night viewing of the constellation and it's multiple targets like: The Ring Nebula M57 which is a classic planetary nebula. Vega, Altair, and Deneb form The Summer Triangle.
The Ring belongs to a class of objects known as "planetary nebulae" which have nothing whatever to do with planets. They were called that back in the days of crude telescopes because their small disk shapes resembled planets and the name has stuck. A planetary nebula is actually a large cloud of gas which was previously expelled from the central star. Having lost much mass to the cloud, the central star compresses to a very dense and hot star that illuminates the gas cloud via ultraviolet radiation in much the same way as electric current lights up neon in a sign.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Play eighteen holes of golf at your choice of eight participating area courses offering spectacular views. Three courses are in our immediate area with others located throughout the White Mountains from Jefferson to Effingham. Choose to play New Hampshire's oldest course, a challenging course with elevated tees, or one winding through the traditional New England village of Jackson along the Ellis and Wildcat rivers.
North Conway Country Club, North Conway - 18 holes
Wentworth Golf Course, Jackson - 18 holes
Hales Location Golf Course, North Conway - 9 holes
Waumbek Country Club, Jefferson - 18 holes
Androscoggin Valley Country Club, Gorham - 18 holes
Mountain View Country Club, Whitefield - 9 holes
Indian Mound Country Club, Ossipee - 18 holes
Province Lake Golf Club, Effingham - 18 holes
With 126 holes to play, one night is just not long enough!
- Lodging at our Select Registry Inn
- Full gourmet breakfast each morning
- Afternoon tea service (including fresh squeezed lemonade or iced tea) with Paula's baked treats
- Play 18-Holes of Golf at your choice of one of the participating eight courses including golf cart
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Our Vision Statement"The owners, management and Staff of the Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub are committed to providing our guests with hospitable service and great food prepared with genuine caring for your satisfaction. We are a responsible, involved member of the community and have attained leadership in our industry by being true to our individual and innovative style."
Aside from the notable summits, the geological Presidential Range contains a number of additional named peaks. Several of these peaks, drained on their west faces by the Dry River, are less accessible than the main and most visited ridge of the range and are therefore likely to be neglected, or mentioned as an afterthought, in discussing the range as whole.
Subsidiary peaks of Mount Washington: Ball Crag (6,106 ft); Nelson Crag (5,620 ft); Boott Spur (5,500 ft)
The Presidentials separate drainage via the Saco and Androscoggin Rivers into the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Maine, from drainage into the Israel and Ammonoosuc Rivers, then into the Connecticut River, and then into Long Island Sound.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
"The story of The Kancamagus Highway is one that has not really been told over the years and, as we have discovered in our research, there was never a celebration of its opening in the summer of 1959," said Jayne O'Connor, president of White Mountains Attractions in North Woodstock, which, along with the U.S. Forest Service, is coordinating a celebration of the anniversary. "It is very appropriate that, for the half century mark of this remarkable road, we do take time and celebrate it."
In 1959, when The Kanc, as it is affectionately called, was officially opened. The beauty of the road earned The Kanc a designation in 1996 as a National Scenic Byway from the U.S. Department of Transportation. At the time, it was the only such designation of a road in the entire Northeast. For information on the Kancamagus Highway celebration, visit http://www.thekanc.com/.
NATURAL & HISTORIC POINTS OF INTEREST:
Watchable wildlife, Swift River, Dugway Picnic Area, Albany Covered Bridge, Passaconaway Historic Site, Hancock, Pemi, C.L. Graham Wangan Ground, and Sugar Hill Over-looks, Sabbaday Falls, Rocky Gorge Scenic Area, Lower Falls and Picnic Area, Greeley Ponds Scenic Area, Discovery Trail.
Saco Ranger Station and Russell-Colbath House, near Conway on the Kancamagus Highway, Lincoln Woods Ranger Station, White Mountains Visitor Center, North Woodstock.
The Kancamagus Highway stretches 34 1/2 miles from Conway in the east to Lincoln in the west. “The Kanc,” as it is known, traverses the White Mountain National Forest, crossing the flank of Mt. Kancamagus and climbing to nearly 3,000 feet in the process. Along its length are numerous hiking trails, federally designated Scenic Areas, and overlooks that provide travelers with truly breathtaking views.
The highway was named for Kancamagus, an early Indian Chief of the Penacook Confederacy, who tried to keep the peace between his people and the white settlers. Repeated harassment by the English eventually ended his efforts, and ultimately brought war and bloodshed to the region. In the early 1690’s, the tribes of the Confederacy scattered, and Kancamagus and his followers moved on, either to northern New Hampshire or—in some instances—to Canada.
It was Passaconaway, Kancamagus’ grandfather, who, in 1627, originally united more than 17 central New England Indian tribes into the Penacook Confederacy. Born as early as 1555 (or as late as 1580), it was Passaconaway who consolidated at least a dozen local tribes under the Pennacook leadership. Their names, spoken aloud even today, offer a haunting view of this region in an era before maps, boundaries, walls, fences and land ownership -- Wachusetts, Agawams, Wamesits, Pequawkets, Pawtuckets, Nashuas, Namaoskeags, Coosaukes, Winnepesaukes, Piscataquas, Winnecowetts, Amariscoggins, Newichewannocks, Sacos, Squamscotts, and Saugusaukes. Both action-hero and politician, Passaconnaway wove these depleted tribes together through marriages with his many children, through war, and through the sheer force of his argument, character and legendary skills. The story of one tribal marriage was popularized, with great exaggeration, by poet John Greenleaf Whittier in "The Bridal of Pennacook". A more accurate account by Thomas Morton, published in 1638, details the marriage of one of Passaconaway’s sons into a powerful tribe near Boston.
The rich flat land 12 miles north oof Conway is named for him. This community was first settled about 1790. The Russell-Colbath House is the only remaining 19th century homestead in the area, and serves as a US Forest Service Information Center. Visitors can learn about the history of the Passaconaway Valley, the families who lived in the house, domestic life in the 19th century, and view artifacts uncovered in recent archaeological excavations. The house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open to the public seasonally. Contact the Saco Ranger District for hours and more information.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Tonight is the 8th and it proves to be another good viewing night if the current weather is any indication. Looking forward to the Perseids. I've also been fooling around with a laptop and a simple Logitech webcam to see what if anything I can do with that. Here's hoping that on August 11th the skies are clear because the literature says that will be the best night for viewing Jupiter this year and there is a second bonus in that the Perseids will be active! ...The weeks best...
Thursday, August 6, 2009
It's a well worn trail of moderate degree and maintained by the Park Service. In fact, on the way down, we passed the rangers fixing the trail. The trail starts out flat passing over a stream and then begins the incline up the mountain. About two-thirds of the way up, we passed by a waterfall that pours into Centennial Pool. We proceeded at a moderate pace and reached the cliffs after 1 hour and 15 minutes (about 1.5 miles). As mentioned, the view was spectacular and hauntingly beautiful with the clouds looming over the tops of the mountains, but it wasn't raining. In fact, it's a popular trail and there were around 20 people up there admiring the view and listening to the wildlife in the forest below. Hiking the mountain trails in the Whites renews our spirits and reminds of the astounding beauty and wildlife around us.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Alan and his wife Debbie visited many of the sights in the Mount Washington Valley and the photographs they have taken are, to say the least , outstanding. This photo of me and Paula next to the Inn's 10" Meade telescope set up in the backyard of the Buttonwood is an example of Alan's skill because anyone who can make me look good in a photo is certainly skilled.
Alan also shot some great pictures of our resident red squirrel and an awesome picture of a hummingbird in mid-flight which can be seen on his blog. http://www.ctcameraeye.com/
Here's an example of an image of Jupiter I took that Alan was able to enhance. I used the 10" Meade you see in the photograph . I had a very simple Canon A80 digital camera which I simply held up to the eyepiece of the telescope and voila!
The following image of the moon was taken the same night and is a good example of the the imaging capability of the Meade instrument. As a kid I always wanted a telescope and I was always looking up and marveling at the night sky. I was fortunate to find this great telescope as we were planning to move from Central New Jersey to our new home at the Buttonwood Inn atop Mount Surprise on the border of North Conway and Bartlett. I just knew that the skies were going to be awesome with hardly any of the light pollution experienced down south and I wasn't disappointed. Looking up at the Milky Way here can be breathtaking and when our guests look up from the outdoor hot tub on a clear, moonless night they are often speechless as they take in the grandeur of it all.
Paula and I welcome anyone who is interested in astronomy to come visit. Whether you bring your own telesope, camera with telephoto lens, or binoculars, or take in the sights through our equipment you are sure to have a wonderful experience in the White Mountains of New Hampshire at The Buttonwood Inn on Mount Surprise.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
What was also fascinating to me about the book was the way she describes the preparation of the dishes and the way they should taste. I was also intrigued by the years of recipe development for each dish, whereby it would be tested many times over to get it just right in terms of flavor and texture. This recipe testing was the basis for the tome, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," written by Julia and her two French culinary expert friends, which was considered by many well-known chefs of the time to be the best and most comprehensive cooking guide for beginners and experts alike.
Check out Amazon.com to purchase either of these books: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b_0_17?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=my+life+in+france+julia+child&sprefix=My+Life+in+France
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Bill keeps a supply of the nectar on hand at all times as the antics of these little "jet" powered avians burns up a lot of "fuel". They feast on the simple mixture consisting of one part sugar to two parts water and will remind Bill if he forgets to refill one by persistently sounding off with a string of chips and squeaks near the front porch rocking chairs. Guests often comment about the "whirring" sound of their tiny wings as they flit back and forth from feeder to nesting area or pursue each other in a constant attempt to "shoo" away hummingbirds from the competing nesting sites. They are the only birds that can fly backward and their wings, which beat dozens of times per second, make a humming sound which can't be mistaken.
The pictures above were taken by Bill at the hummingbird feeder closest to our dining room picture window near the front porch rocking chair area.
The following images were taken by one of our guests from England: