Fueling Up For A Spring Hike
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We love hiking in the spring. The flowers are blooming, the birds are returning and it always seems like a fresh start – a whole new world. Living in the middle of nowhere has it’s benefits, like all the different outdoor adventures right in our own backyard. New Hampshire is loaded with hiking trails, including several day hikes along the Appalachian Trail. Before hitting the trail though, we need to fuel up. Our usual pit stop is Starbucks, it’s right on the way to our favorite hiking spots!
One of our favorite hikes is a small section of the Appalachian Trail in Lyme, New Hampshire where you can hike up to Holt’s Ledge. Let me tell you, the view from the ledge is amazing – it feels like you’re on top of the world!
To fuel up on our way to our hiking spot, we like to stop at Starbucks. We usually grab coffee and a bite to eat. Sometimes we take a snack to enjoy while we sit on the ledge overlooking the mountains and valleys. Today we found our new rocket-fuel to help keep us going on the trail, Creminelli Fine Meats™ Felino & Manchego Sliced Charcuterie Trays.
These trays are full of meat and cheese, packed with protein, gluten-free and exactly what we need. Combine this snack with a boost of caffeine and we’re unstoppable!
Psst, it’s also available on the Starbucks app so you can place your order ahead of time. Although not available at all Starbucks, Creminelli is available on the power lunch program at some locations.
The best part about the Creminelli is the convenient packaging. We can toss one in our backpack to take along on our hike. Each slice is hand packed into convenient recyclable trays. Perfect when good flavor is called for like on road trips, at outdoor sporting events, hikes and even quick snacks or meals just hanging out at Starbucks. They’re a little tray of awesomeness, for sure!
Hints of nutmeg and pepper gives the Felino salami a mild flavor and the nutty Manchego sheep’s milk cheese from Spain creates a perfect pairing right from the tray.
Now that we’re fueled up and have a mid-hike snack packed up, we can explore the hills and valleys of New Hampshire.
Our two favorite places to hike in the springtime are Holt’s Ledge and Quincy Bog. They each have their own unique characteristics and qualities. While one is a super easy hike, the other is a little more challenging. One hike has more wildlife than the other, but the sights are perfect in their own right.
Holt’s Ledge is by far the more difficult hike – it’s about 4 or 5 miles round trip, including a few off-chute trails. It’s a part of the Appalachian Trail, so you may meet some long-distance hikers along the way. That’s always fun, especially if you catch them on a break and chat for a few minutes.
Each spring you can find wild flowers like lady slippers lining the trails. The birds are migrating back and you may even spot a hungry bear that has just awoken from a long winter nap!
Quincy Bog is our other favorite hike. This is a super-easy 2 mile hike around a wet bog. If you’re looking for birds, this is the place to be. Last time we went, it was really early in the morning and we must have just missed the moose walking on the trail in front of us. It was probably down at the water getting a morning drink. There were definitely fresh moose tracks in the mud! Look at that hoof print!
We always see an abundance of birds at Quincy Bog, including some great blue herons. They can often be found fishing in the bog during the morning hours. It’s a fun hike, and there are benches along the way to sit down and enjoy a snack, too!
Regardless of where we go hiking for the day, we’ll need to fuel up before we get there. I’m so happy we found the Creminelli Snack Trays at Starbucks. They’re so convenient and taste great, too. They’re our new go-to snack option for hiking! They’re easy to toss in the backpack and hit the trails! See all the different ways people are enjoying Creminelli on Facebook and Instagram.
Feel like taking a tray home? No problem, these easily pair with your favorite fruit or veggies. I love having mine with tomato!
Simply stack sliced tomato and cheese…
Add the salami and enjoy!
Felino and Manchego makes food pairing easy. We love it with simple tomato slices, but you can pair it with virtually anything you’d like.
Traditional in the Emilia-Romagna region, mild Felino salami pairs well with nutty Manchego cheese, that is imported from Spain. In Europe, having a mid-afternoon snack of Italian meat & cheeses is quite normal. In the United States it’s not always easy to find a quick and easy protein snack. That’s where Creminelli at Starbucks comes in! Grab a tray or two before you hit the road!
How do you fuel up at Starbucks?