Tuesday, May 25, 2010

FriendlyFind Bar Recommendation for Laconia Bike Week

LACONIA IS HERE...Don't miss the Broken Spoke..it's where it all happens!

Broken Spoke Laconia is THE place to hang during bike week. Sexy waitresses in barely-there outfits, hunky men fixin' drinks and posing for pics for the ladies...yeah!

Large crowds, lots of contests. loud bikes, plenty of vendors, ice-cold beer and plenty of good ol rock 'n roll at the Broken Spoke Laconia. Fun place.

On our way....

Broken Spoke Laconia
1072 Watson Road
Laconia, NH 03246-1738
(603) 366-5511

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Laconia Bike Week June 12 - 20 '10

Each Spring, bikers from all over head to the New Hampshire mountains to experience the thrill of riding with their biker brothers and sisters through the scenic country roads that wind along the 69 mile Lake Winnepesaukee loop. It's the daddy of all Bike Weeks and this year Laconia is celebrating it's 87th anniversary.

The week is filled with charity runs, swap meets, bike blessings, cookouts and plenty of opportunities to mingle with fellow bikers. Local businesses and restaurants are strong supporters of bike week and invite riders in to their establishments with 'Bikers Welcome' signs.
Our favorite Biker Friendly Find and where it all happens is the Broken Spoke Saloon...live music, cold beer and good food...crowds are large and can get crazy but it makes for great people watching.

One of the best parts of bike week is checking out all the other bikes. All colors, makes and models are present, and owners proudly stand by happy to talk about their ride and what makes it special. Walking through the miles of massive of amounts of shiny chrome and painted metal, the age-old question comes to mind...does size really matter? Hmmm....

Of course, bike week would not be complete without the bevvy of beauties behind the bars...

Weather is always a hit or miss in New England in June. One year, it was about 100 and humid...nothing like sitting in stalled traffic with jeans and leather boots, felt like I was driving through hell....okay, might have been a bit hungover too, which certainly didn't help. Another year, poured on us...buckets....but being hardy New Englanders we carried on...little rain never hurt.

Best time to go? We have yet to make it during the week. I hear it is a lot better, less crowds, stalls are easier to get to and roads are not as crowded.

Maybe we'll try a weekday this year.....see you there?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

FriendlyFind Restaurant Recommendation for Laconia

Leaves are sprouting, flowers are blooming and the weather is warming...where do many New England biker's thoughts turn? Laconia Bike Week, of course. Held each year in June, bikers from all over head to the mountains for a kick-ass time along the shores of Lake Winnepesaukee. While most of the action is centered in the Weirs, veterans of Laconia Bike Week know that the best part is cruising the 69 mile loop around the lake. This scenic ride winds through quaint mountain villages and offers windy, smooth pavement for optimum riding pleasure.

Located in Melvin Village, Pine Cone Cafe Tuftonboro is about 25 miles away from the Weirs. It's just about half way around the lake and makes for a convenient meeting place and quick stop for a drink or bite to eat.

On our last trip, the rustic mountain decor with knotty pine boards and crackling fireplace at the Pine Cone Cafe Tuftonboro was a warm respite from the sudden down pours. Bar tender was very friendly, sandwiches were filling and other guests were welcoming. We were very happy to find this local, biker-friendly place and would certainly recommend it. Pine Cone Cafe Tuftonboro also has some rooms to rent, with parking for bikes directly outside bedroom doors.

Contact details:
Pine Cone Cafe
427 Route 109
Melvin Village, NH

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Plenty of HOGS at this Pig

Cheap beer, free Sunday BBQs and friendly bartenders are found at this local watering hole. Pot Belly Pub, in Millville, Massachusetts is your quintessential biker bar and Millville's version of 'Cheers'. A lot of the same faces, sitting in the same chairs, telling the same stories...making it the fun environment that it is.

Parking is plentiful at this biker bar with onstreet spots as well as a large, paved lot along the side of the building. There is an outside deck and plenty of activities to keep guests entertained, including wide-screen televisions, dart boards, video games, keno and horseshoes. The Pot Belly is also unique in that it sits quite close to the tracks and trains are often seen whizzing by, rattling the back deck.

Pot Belly Pub, Millville has several beers on tap, specialty house drinks are generous and strong and $1 jello shots are always made available. Food is served through J&M Pizza, a separate business that is onsite in the back of the room. Owners are very friendly and offer a varied menu with traditional pizzeria food, including appetizers and hot sandwiches. The pizzas are excellent, and the wings come highly recommended.

Perhaps the busiest day of the week at this biker bar is Sundays while the weather is warm. Free burgers and dogs are grilled out on the back deck, and occasionally the house specialty cocktails are served. Delish!

Pot Belly Pub, Millville holds several charitable events and rides every year. Last year, they held an event to raise money for a local patron who sadly lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. They raised thousands of dollars for him, and bikers from all over showed up to support their fellow rider. Several runs are held throughout the year at this biker bar and the owner always seems more than willing to support his local community.

Although plenty of Hogs are found here, all bikers (and non-bikers) are welcome. So, head on out to Millville, Massachusetts, to the Pot Belly Pub and maybe we'll see you there??

Contact info:
Pot Belly Pub
187 Main Street
Millville, MA

Monday, May 3, 2010

Outside dining and plenty of parking at this BikerFriendly fave

It's spring in New England...time for all bikers to dust off the cobwebs, shine the chrome and hit the open road. This past weekend, weather was beautiful...sunny and warm, temps in the 80s. Bikers were out in full force and we were happy to be among them. We were off to Waterfront Mary's, one of our favorite finds in Massachusetts.

Waterfront Mary's is located in Webster, Massachusetts. Nice ride through winding country roads, and easy to find off of 395 and Route 16. Located in a nice residential neighborhood, bikes are asked to keep the noise to a minimum, so as not to disturb the neighbors. Every time we have gone, some knucklehead revs the pipes...Respect the neighbors!

Restaurant has plenty of parking, lot is not paved but is packed pretty good...have never had issues going in and out. There are also some spots out on street in front of building for those not wanting to park in the lot.

Inside, there is a large bar area, an eating area, keno, and a private function room. The best part of the property can be found out back...the outside deck, overlooking Lake Chaubunagungamaug a/k/a as Lake Webster. :-) Lots of seating, an outdoor bar, and beautiful views. Love watching the boats pull up for an afternoon cocktail out on the deck.

Waterfront Mary's food is good...standard pub food with local seafood brought in daily. Large selection of beer, alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. Recommend the rum-runner for passengers. :-)

Dress is casual, crowd is cool, and bikers are always welcome.Waterfront Mary's is the perfect destination for a weekend ride...and our first BFF recommendation.

Contact details:
Waterfront Mary's
103 Birch Island Rd
Webster, MA 01570
(508) 943-9731