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White Barn Inn & Spa, Kennebunkport, Maine



Location Kennebunk’s more visited neighbour, Kennebunkport, lies across the Kennebunk River on Maine’s beautiful rocky coastline, just a couple of hours drive north from Boston. It is famously the ancestral home of the political Bush family, who still own an ocean side property at Walker’s Point. The Kennebunks, as the twin villages are known, also includes the Lower Village, and once away from the beaches and coastline, art galleries, restaurants, and craft shops are set in old Colonial buildings, immersing visitors in a traditional New England townscape. All of which is close to the White Barn Inn, which is set on tall tree-lined Beach Road, just a few minutes from the sea.

Lodging Originally, the White Barn Inn’s main building was a farmhouse and its storied restaurant is made up of two barns, which were moved to adjoin the farmhouse. Reputedly the farmhouse has been an inn since the Civil War era, when it was the Boothby Guest House. In 1937, by which time it was known the Forest Hill House, an annex was built, and shortly after more guest rooms were added via the bungalow “Garden Cottages,” and May’s Cottage, a cute standalone suite, which overlooks the outdoor heated pool. The are also two riverside cottages nearby. But in total, there are just 26 rooms. Being Maine, the pool is seasonal, but the inn is year-round, basically, and only closes for a couple of weeks in January. That’s good news because it means the fireplace in the cozy living room can be throughly enjoyed during the colder months. The living room has several couches and a decanter of port and one of brandy are thoughtfully provided for guests to help themselves to. Afternoon “High Tea” is also provided there, as are coffee and teas. White Barn Inn is a Relais et Chateaux member, a luxury hotel collection with a strong culinary focus.

View of a Room: 19 Room 19 is on the second floor of the annex, just across the driveway from the main inn. The large airy room is understated classic, with a fireplace and two wonderfully comfortable armchairs. The king size bed is positioned in front of the TV and a French style dresser. The only other furniture is a desk and chair — giving the room all the necessary comforts while maintaining its spaciousness. The  en suite bathroom is equally grand in size, with a double vanity, a large shower with twin shower heads, separate loo, and an enormous tub. Its marbled floor has radiant heat and, like the bedroom, there is lots of natural light.

Restaurants and Bars The White Barn Inn’s restaurant is widely acclaimed, both for its food and the setting in this subtle, low lit old barn — or rather barns. Created in 1973, it is quite unique. The menu is prix fixe with a choice of a lengthy multi course tasting menu, or a more standard three courses. But with the chef’s wonderful tidbits, including an array of after dinner petit fours, even that option is a full tasting experience. Everything is made in-house and local produce is highlighted — even butter comes from a local dairy. Needless to say, the wine list holds treasures, and cocktails are superbly crafted — enjoy a drink at the cocktail bar, where a pianist plays standards. The expert staff deliver a classic dining experience in an evocative atmosphere. Adjacent to the dining room is the bistro, a more casual a la carte experience, where breakfast is served. In the summer, tables are set up on its porch. There is also a wine cellar where private dining can be arranged.

Info The White Barn Inn & Spa, 37 Beach Rd., Kennebunkport, Maine 04046. 207-967-2321. http://www.whitebarninn.com

Photo credit: Hotel Junkie

Express Inn & Suites, Lincoln, New Hampshire



Location A stone’s throw from I93, Lincoln is a hamlet whose main commerce is leisure. Situated in New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountains, Lincoln is at the base of Loon Mountain Ski Resort, which has summer attractions too, and includes a 300-year-old steam locomotive that shuttles visitors from one end of the resort to the other. That saves hauling your skies around! Of course, the summer and then fall foliage seasons bring in a different kind of activity. Lincoln is also home to Hobo Junction, a train station where defunct train carriages from all over the country are put to good use on scenic rides.


Lodging The Express Inn & Suites was formerly a comfort inn and it shows on the outside. But, once inside, this privately owned franchise shows its individual and local character. In the lobby, snowshoes hang on the wall and a wooden train sits on a track running above two-sided fireplace which makes the lobby and breakfast room cozy.



Just off the lobby are the fitness room and the pool area, which also has a hot tub. Surrounded by trees, yet close to Lincoln’s shops and restaurants, the Express Inn offers a rural retreat with treats on tap.


View of a Room 124 This spacious first floor room has a king bed, armoire with a TV, and an arm chair. That sounds rather basic, but the room is warm and friendly, and pleasantly decorated and has nice comfy touches, such as a gold bed throw.


A kitchenette with ‘fridge and microwave and the bathroom, which is handicap fitted, complete the amenities. The view over the parking lot is of the woods that surround the property.





Kearsarge Inn, North Conway, New Hampshire



Location The Kearsarge Inn is perfected placed just off North Conway’s main drag, the White Mountain Highway, otherwise known as Route 16. It is on a quieter side street, yet restaurants and shops are all close by, including the legendary and amazing Zeb’s General Store, which is reputed to stock more New Hampshire made items than any other in the state. It probably stocks more items than any store any where.


You’ll find everything from soaps to hot sauce, and from Zeb’s own candies to a jar of pickled eggs!


A few minutes drive away is Cranmore Mountain Resort, a bustling ski and snowboarding area. It is one of New Hampshire’s oldest ski areas and dates back to 1937, when it opened with just one rope tow. Now fully updated, Cranmore also has an adventure park, a snow tubing slope, and a 25-mile per hour Mountain Rollercoaster. It’s a year round resort, of course. Also a short drive away, the Red Parka Restaurant and Pub in Glen serves up great casual American food, and is a local favorite.


Lodging The cozy Kearsarge Inn keeps things very simple: There is no breakfast or food on offer, just coffee, tea, and juice in the parlor each morning.


However, it is far from a basic lodgings house. There’s a variety of rooms and two cottages at the rear of the property. Each is cozy and furnished in a typical New England homely style. Some rooms have fireplaces; some have a jacuzzi. There is ample off street parking in the driveway. The Kearsarge Inn has some pet friendly rooms.


View of a Room: 12 Room number 12 is on the ground floor of one of the cottages. It has a grand entrance, just like the room was your own condo. And this is grand sized room: very spacious, with a big king bed and en suite bathroom.


Perhaps best of all is the corner fireplace with its gas fire, which heats the room via a thermostat. It’s just the coziest thing in winter.


There’s a big couch, which pullout into a bed. And a spacious hot tub, too! Really, it’s such a fun room and with tons of space.



42 Seavey St, Conway, NH 03860


Head to New Hampshire for a Thanksgiving break




New Hampshire — Take advantage of special hotel packages and promotions for a Thanksgiving break in the Granite State.

Wentworth By the Sea Hotel- New Castle, New Hampshire

Thanksgiving Celebration in New Hampshire Package

Visitors can experience a Historic Thanksgiving Celebration in New Hampshire with Dinner at Wentworth by the Sea. On Thursday, November 27th, guests will be given two options for a Thanksgiving dinner.  A traditional dinner at SALT, the hotel’s reimagined dining room, served 11:00am – 10:00pm, or the festive Thanksgiving Day Buffet in the Wentworth Ballroom, served 11:00am – 5:00pm. Pricing is as follows: adults $49.95, and children under 12 $19.95 each. Guests can also extend the Thanksgiving holiday with a Thanksgiving Package (online booking code TD1), rates starting at $439 which will include deluxe accommodations for two, Thanksgiving Day dinner and buffet breakfast.

Contact: Call 603-373-6566 or visit www.wentworth.com for more information.


The Inn at East Hill Farm- Troy, New Hampshire

Farm stays for Thanksgiving

Guests will experience a true Thanksgiving on the farm at The Inn at East Hill Farm. The itinerary includes collecting eggs for breakfast, milking cows and goats, and enjoying a morning guided hike on Gap Mountain along with pony rides for the kids. The complimentary Thanksgiving meal at the inn includes post-dinner folk music and seasonal entertainment by Shamus and Eileen, The Musicmakers. Rates start at $128 for this experience and all meals/activities are included.

Contact: Call 603-242-6495 or visit www.east-hill-farm.com for more information.


Appalachian Mountain Club- Gorham, New Hampshire

AMC Highland Center Thanksgiving Weekend    

The AMC Highland Center is offering a Thanksgiving Buffet and lodging accommodations – AMC Highland Center has a full weekend of Thanksgiving celebrations. The Thanksgiving Buffet is offered from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pricing is as follows: $23 (members) and $28 (non-members) for adults and $20 (member) and $24 (non-member) for children. The Joe Dodge Lodge is offering a three-night lodging special, including dinners, breakfasts, and programming, starting at $194 for member adults and $231 for non-members adult for those interested in a full weekend of celebrations.

Contact: Call 603-278-4453 or visit www.outdoors.org for more information.


Purity Spring Resort- East Madison, New Hampshire

Purity Spring Resort Thanksgiving Day 5K 

On Thanksgiving Day at 9:00 a.m. starting at the Main Lodge, the Purity Spring Resort will hold their annual resort sponsored 5K run. Guests are offered the opportunity to give back while getting a good run in before a full Thanksgiving meal. Registration begins between 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and race proceeds benefit the Kennett High School Cross Country and Track and Field programs.

Contact: Call (603) 367-8896 or visit www.purityspring.com for more information. Guests can register for the link online athttps://www.runreg.com/purity-spring-thanksgiving-day-5k.


Coppertoppe Inn & Retreat Center- Hebron, New Hampshire

Gourmet Thanksgiving Dinner Package

Guests can share a fully catered five-course gourmet Thanksgiving dinner with a family-style experience.  A minimum of eight adults is required and an HD football viewing room is an option with dinner or a separate viewing space is available on request. This wine and dinner pairing package start at $65 per adult for dinner and an additional discounted price of $189 per room per night. Each room sleeps up to six adults. Vegan, gluten-free or allergy-free menus available and pets are welcome.

Contact: Call 603-744-3636 or visit www.coppertoppe.com for more information.


The Bernerhof Inn Bed & Breakfast– Glen, New Hampshire

Inn Made Pilgrim Feast Package

This boutique bed and breakfast is offering a two-night stay for the holiday of feasting with a complimentary homemade Thanksgiving dinner. This package also includes a history of Thanksgiving novel, complimentary cooked to order gourmet breakfast for two each morning, and post Black Friday shopping gift wrapping is offered on site. The Bernerhof Inn Bed & Breakfast also offers amenities such as the Serenity Wellness Studio, The Black Bear Pub & Martini Bar, and The Taste of the Mountains Cooking School to compliment your stay. Room rates start at $149 per night.

Contact: Call 603-383-4200 or visit www.bernerhofinn.com for more information.


Rosewood Country Inn- Bradford, New Hampshire

Harvest Home Thanksgiving Package

Guests can indulge in a full country breakfast each morning during their four night stay at the Rosewood Country Inn. Thanksgiving Dinner will be at the nearby Millstone at 74 Main Restaurant where guests will have a $75 gift certificate for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Post black Friday shopping, wrapping supplies will be provided along with hot mulled cider and light hors d’oeuvres. Rates are starting at $556 for this package.

Contact: Call (603) 938-5253 or visit www.rosewoodcountryinn.com for more information.


Photo credit: Inn at East Hill Farms.

Colby Hill Inn hosts a murder mystery weekend


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Henniker, NH – The Colby Hill Inn hosts Wine, Dine, and Deception, a unique murder mystery, April 4-6, where guests participate in an intrigue, while enjoying wine and dinner in a quintessential New England setting.

Led by  New York-based actors Sophia Raab Downs and husband and partner Jason Downs, guests are given their character outlines and costume tips before they arrive.  The weekend event then begins on Friday evening with wine and hors d’oeuvres and ends the following night with a three-course dinner, award ceremony, and a “wrap” party.  The weekend package starts at $499 for two, plus tax, and includes two nights lodging, wine and hors d’oeuvres, Champagne toast, breakfast each morning, three-course dinner, murder mystery, award ceremony and ‘wrap’ party.

The event is repeated on Sunday afternoon, April 6 at 4 pm, for those who want to just take part in the Murder Mystery and dinner, but not overnight lodging.  The Sunday event dinner and Murder Mystery is $89 per person.  More info: 1-800-531-0330 or colbyhillinn.com

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Waterville Valley gets ready for Canadian school vacation week


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The Snowy Owl

The Snowy Owl


Waterville Valley, N.H. – Waterville Valley Resort’s Family Discovery Package is offered during Canadian Vacation Week, March 9 – 14. Family Discovery Packages are available in 3, 4 or 5 night options. One of the area’s most beloved lodges, The Snowy Owl, is recommended by Hotel Junkie.

The Deal includes:

  • 10% Lodging Discount
  • Mid-Week Lift Tickets
  • $50 Gift Card for On-Mountain Purchases
  • 25% Rentals & Group Lessons Discount
  • 25% Kids Kamps & Childcare Discount
  • Nordic Skiing & Snowshoeing Ticket
  • 25% Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Rentals Discount
  • 1 Hour of Tubing
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Fresh Tracks with Mountain Top Breakfast on Wednesday Morning
  • Welcome Gift Basket
  • Resort Shuttle Access
  • Freedom Pass Activities; White Mountain Athletic Club Access, Ice Skating and more…

The Family Discovery Package is offered Sunday through Thursday nights; lift tickets and mountain discounts valid for Monday through Friday.

Waterville Valley is a self-contained resort just a 3-hour drive from Montreal.  A free shuttle connects visitors to the ski area, as well as, to all locations on the Valley floor; including shops, restaurants, all lodging and the athletic club.

For more info: 1-800-GO-VALLEY,  www.waterville.com.


The Snowvillage Inn, New Hampshire, USA


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Location New Hampshire’s Snowvillage Inn is situated in woodland at the foot of Foss Mountain, just outside the village of Eaton. The inn’s location was formerly known as Snowville, which was eventually incorporated into Eaton. Set in the eastern White Mountains, Eaton isn’t far from the Maine border, and Portsmouth is less than an hour’s drive on Route 16. Because of its accessibility to Maine and New Hampshire, and to the mountains and the coast, the Snowvillage Inn is a perfect base for extensive New England explorations.

Snowvillage Chimney House lounge

Lodging Built as a summer home in 1916 by Frank Simonds, a Pulitzer Prize winning author known primarily for his five-volume history of World War I, Snowvillage Inn has operated as an inn since 1948. Despite its name, the inn is open year-round and has access to a nearby private beach. Still, the huge old fireplace in the lobby and the in-room fireplaces make it particularly cozy in winter, when guests are more likely to make use of the snowshoeing trails than anything that calls for a swimsuit. The lobby is a highly social spot to relax. There are couches, books, and games for guests’ use.

Snowvillage Bedroom

View of a Room: 16 Room 16 is in the Chimney House, just across the driveway from the main inn. The Chimney House has a large lobby with a fireplace and couch, and coffee maker. Room 16 is spacious and has its own gas fireplace and a grand queen bed fir for the princess and her pea. There are chairs and an en suite bathroom.

Snowvillage Bar

 Restaurants and Bars A full country breakfast is served each morning in the lobby area from 8-9:30 a.m., and is included in the room rate. Max’s restaurant, the main dining room, is open from 5:30-9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Hotel Junkie recommends trying Max’s. Chef Brian Anderson’s recent winter menu  included spicy “drunken” green lipped mussels steamed in a curry broth with chili and ale; giant ravioli stuffed with ricotta and porcinis, and tossed with sautéed veggies; and Moroccan spiced lamb chops accompanied by falafel. The bar, which is in the lobby, is a wonderful perch for drinks or a casual meal.

Tech WiFi is easily accessed throughout for a fee. To the horror of some guests, there are no televisions in the public spaces or rooms. It’s so refreshing to get away from the tube; get over it.

Info The Snowvillage Inn. 136 Stewart Rd., Eaton, NH. 603-447-2818. http://www.snowvillageinn-whitemountains.com


Photo credit: Hotel Junkie

Hanover Inn at Dartmouth’s PINE restaurant sets Valentine’s Day menu


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Hanover, N.H. —  The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth’s PINE restaurant issued details of its special  Valentine’s Day four-course prix fixe dinner. Served on Friday, February 14, the meal includes oysters, seared tuna with Cabernet butter sauce, and beef tenderloin with demi-glace. The dinner concludes with special Valentine’s Day desserts. Dinner starts at $75 per person, or $95 per person with wine pairings selected by chef Justin Dain. Instead of driving home, guests can add the Hanover Inn’s Romance Package, which starts at $243 and includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, and a welcome bottle of wine or strawberries hand-dipped in chocolate.

For more info:  603-643-4300, www.hanoverinn.com. Or check the Hotel Junkie profile.

The Manor on Golden Pond offers wine tasting and dinner


Van Horn Dining_smHolderness, NH – The Manor on Golden Pond is joining with the Boston Wine School to offer a series of themed wine dinners. Jonathon Alsop, founder of the Boston Wine School and accomplished teacher, author and wine writer, will begin the evening with a wine class, focusing on a wine region or varietal. Following the class, guests will be served a  three-course wine pairing dinner, prepared by the Manor’s executive chef Peter Sheedy.

The dinners start at 6:30 p.m. with an hour-long wine tasting class. The three-course dinner will follow, with a wine paired with each course.

February 8:
 Veni, Vidi, Vino! A night of Italy

March 22: Southern Stars: Wines of Chile and Argentina

May 17: North by Northwest: Washington and Oregon Wines

July 12: Sparkling Summer: A Night of America’s Best Bubbly

Advanced menus for each wine dinner will be available on the Manor on Golden Pond website. Vegetarian options will be available but should be requested in advance.

The cost starts at $115 per person, which includes the wine class, dinner, gratuity and taxes. Advanced reservations are required as seating is limited. Any guests wishing to stay at the Manor will receive a 30% discount off of the Manor’s best available rates, but rooms need to be booked in advance. Reservations for the Wine Dinner and accommodations can be made by calling (603) 968-3348 or (800) 545-2141.

Located in central New Hampshire, the Manor on Golden Pond provides luxury hotel services with the charm of a country bed & breakfast. At the Manor, visitors can enjoy skiing & snowboarding, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and much more. In 2004, the Manor was selected as New Hampshire’s first member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a prestigious luxury organization representing some of the world’s finest “five-star” boutique resorts with fewer than 100 rooms. The Manor has also received the “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator along with the Four-Diamond Award from AAA. For more information and for reservations call (800) 545-2141, (603) 968-3348 or visit www.manorongoldenpond.com.

Photo credit: The Manor on Golden Pond

The Bretton Arms at Omni Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Bretton Arms Inn

Bretton Arms Inn

Location When it comes to uninterrupted rural mountain views, the Omni Mount Washington Resort is, as they say, blessed. Nestled in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, which is capped by Mount Washington, this grand old New England resort hotel has an impressive backdrop. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is one of America’s oldest attractions. The Appalachian Trail hooks in nearby and offers hiking clear up to Canada. A mile down the road, and part of the the Omni Mount Washington Resort property, there’s Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area, which is also home to an impressive zipline canopy tour.

Omni Mount Washington Hotel

Omni Mount Washington Hotel

Lodging  The original Mount Washington Hotel opened in 1902 after a two-year construction project that heralded it as the area’s premiere resort. Given that there were around 22 such palatial playgrounds in the area at the time, it was a grandiose testament to owner Joseph Stickney’s dreams, wealth, or vanity. Originally, the Spanish Revivial building  was a three-season resort, then, finally, for the new Millennium it began opening year-round. In September 2009, Omni Hotels began management of the property, which includes The Lodge and The Bretton Arms. The Bretton Arms, which sits at the foot of the larger (much larger!) Mount Washington Hotel, was built in 1896 and was extensively renovated this century. It’s a small boutique alternative to the big old grand dame up the hill. It isn’t boutique in the genric design sense, just small and intimate with 34 guest rooms and suites. The cozy fireplace in the parlor is idyllic in winter.

Omni Mount Washington

Omni Mount Washington

View of a Room: Room 23  For a small inn type facility, the Bretton Arms has impressively spacious rooms, including room 23. Two queen beds, closet , and a  sitting area with a table and two arm chairs do not overcrowd the room. Set at the back of the inn, the windows give views of evergreen woodland, which includes a trail up to the main hotel. In winter, if you’re lucky, the one-horse driven sleigh goes tinkling by right outside. The bathroom is spacious, too, and has a rain shower  and elegantly packaged, bespoke Omni toiletries.


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Restaurants and Bars The Bretton Arms dining room has risen to become one of Omni properties highly regarded restaurants. Certainly, many prefer its boutique coziness to the main hotel’s grand main dining room. At weekends, during high season, it is also open for breakfast. The adjacent bar is lined with cushioned couches and has a fireplace, too.

Omni Mount Washington

Omni Mount Washington

Fitness, sports, and spas It’s hard to imagine anyone needing a gym or fitness room when there’s so much outdoor activity on hand. Most of it a mere walk away at the main hotel. But, yes, there is a well-equipped fitness room. Recent renovations restored the championship rated Mount Washington Golf Course, there’s an outdoor pool complex, and winter sports include top-rated Alpine and Nordic skiing at Bretton Woods. The spa is a 25,000-square-foot full-service facility.

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Tech WiFi is jump-on accessible and complimentary.

Info: 310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd., Bretton Woods, New Hampshire 03575.

603-278-1000/1-800-The-Omni. omnihotels.com/mountwashington

Photo credit: Omni Mount Washington/Hotel Junkie

Top of the mountain, top of the world



Bretton Woods, NH — While we hesitate to quote both James Cagney and Leonardo DiCaprio, what can you say? Top o’ the world ma, top of the world. (OK, at least we think we have the quote right.)

The photo was taken outside Latitude 44 restaurant, way up Rosebrook Mountain at Bretton Woods Ski Resort. That was before a good foot of fresh fluffy snow fell overnight. Skiing at Bretton Woods round about now should be marvelous! The White Mountains just got a bit whiter.


Holiday Crafts Fair 2013 at the Snowvillage Inn

Snowvillage Inn

Snowvillage Inn

Snowville, NH — The Snowvillage Inn’s  holiday open-house and craft show as Snowvillage Inn is in full swing with  several local artisans, including potters, woodworkers, and painters.



There are also brownies, cookies, and Julia’s locally renowned soup. Failing that, the inn’s signature fig infused Sidecar should do the trick!



Fresh snow and sweet stuff in New Hampshire

Snowvillage Inn

Snowvillage Inn

White Mountains, NH — With a good foot or more of fresh fluffy snow fallen overnight, snow sports enthusiasts will be thrilled at the action on the slopes today. For more leisurely pursuits, however, dig out and dig into some sweet treats around the eastern part of the region:

December 13 &14th: The Inn to Inn Cookie Tour ends today. The 17th Annual Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour is held from 11 am to 4 pm each day. The inns are decked in all their holiday finery and offering signature holiday cookies and candies. Also, attendees receive a collector’s ornament and recipe collections from each inn and a chance to win a $250 gift certificate for a getaway at the inn of your choice. The tour stretches from Harts  to Chocorua, NH, with thirteen inns in all, and none more than fifteen minutes from the next. Visit all 13 properties to receive a keepsake brass ornament, the eighth in the collection.

December 14th: Snowvillage Inn’s Artisan Show from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is a holiday open-house and craft show as Snowvillage Inn with 12 local artisans, cookies and wonderful lunch options including Julia’s famous Hungarian Mushroom Soup.

December 13-15th: Traditionally Yours  tour in Jackson, NH,  will have sleigh rides, wine tasting open-houses, craft shows and more.

December 14th: Jingle Bell Chocolate tour in Jackson, NH. This tour starts at Nestlenook in Jackson and goes all around the village stopping a local delis and inns. Hurry though, it sells out quickly

The Inn at East Hill Farm Offers Valentine’s Day Package


Troy, New Hampshire — Cozy up and enjoy the New Hampshire winter landscape. The Inn at East Hill Farm is offering a Valentine’s Day Package, which includes a three-course dinner for two, a romantic suite, as well as breakfast and lunch on the following day.

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In addition, guests have access to all of the Inn’s well-equipped facilities, including its whirlpool and sauna. For an extra cozy stay, rooms with a fireplace can be reserved, based on availability.

The deal is for Thursday, February 14, and costs $282.00 plus tax and gratuity. East Hill Farm is a BYOB establishment. For more info: 800.242.6495, www.east-hill-farm.com.


Photo credit: The Inn at East Hill Farm

The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth Offers Ghostly Romance Package


Hanover, NH — The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth, the hotel owned by Dartmouth College, boasts several ghosts, among them several students and their unauthorized female guests who perished in a carbon monoxide accident. It also has one of oldest humor magazines, the Jack O’Lantern, founded in 1908 and home to the pen of one Theodore Geisel, Class of 1925 who created his pen name Dr. Seuss for the magazine.

The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth is offering a Ghostly Romance Package during the month of October, with rates starting at $339, including a bottle of house wine and a special seasonal gift.

For more info: (800) 443-7024, http://www.hanoverinn.com

Photo credit: The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth

The Inn on Golden Pond, Holderness, New Hampshire, U.S.A.


Location New Hampshire’s Lakes District is dominated by majestic Lake Winnipesaukee, which is bordered by small towns and includes Weirs Beach, a popular destination with all the old school trappings of a summer vacation: bars and amusement arcades; families and gaggles of youngsters on the prowl for fun.  But Squam Lakes, just several miles from Winnipesauke’s northern edge, is a more genteel and rural New Hampshire experience. That’s certainly true of Holderness, the town where The Inn on Golden Pond is situated. The inn’s name refers to the Henry and Jane Fonda starring movie “On Golden Pond,” which was filmed on the lakes. It also starred that grand New England dame, Katherine Hepburn, of course. Route 3 runs between the inn and the lake, a noisy barrier perhaps, but one that offers easy access to surrounding towns such as quaint Ashland and more commercial Meredith. Nearby is the Squam Lake Loon Society, part of the Audubon network, and the Science Center, which offers boat tours on the lake. As any local will tell you, that’s a must-do, as is a hike up Rattlesnake Mountain for terrific views. For winter sports and skiing, Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain are 30 minutes drive north.

The Hotel The building that houses the Inn on Golden Pond was built in 1879,  originally as a private home, but later in its history, rooms were rented and it was known as The Catalpas. But even before that a farm was originally situated on the property.  To the rear of the house is 50 acres of beautiful undeveloped woodland. Extensive trimmed lawns immediately surround the property and a few Adirondack chairs provide a place to pause. A screened – quite essential! – porch wraps around the front of the white clapboard Colonial style house and provides a nice place to sit and relax. The inn is quite large with eight rooms, each named for a particular native animal, which roams the woodland and the lake: There’s Raccoon’s Retreat, Goose Gulley, and the Bear’s Den, which is one of two suites. Creaking old pine boards notwithstanding, the building shows its age well, and is bright and airy with lots of natural light. On the ground floor, there’s a lovely sitting room with comfy couches, board games, and lots of reading matter, including notes on the house’s history. A small TV room is available too, as well as an office with a computer. Not all rooms have TV – but you won’t miss it. The woodland view from the inn’s windows is a more worthwhile reality show. In the afternoon, Woody the woodchuck can be seen on the lawn. Occasionally, the odd black bear will wander down, but that’s unlikely if people are around.  Otherwise, the inn is not pet friendly.

Restaurants and Bars The inn doesn’t have a restaurant, but the breakfast room is spacious and airy with windows overlooking Woody’s lawn. A hummingbird feeder hanging outside the picture window attracts those fluttering miracles. The home cooked breakfast can include anything from apple fritters to ham and Swiss cheese quiche to rhubarb coffee cake. Cereals, organic yogurts, homemade bread for toasting, and fresh fruit accompany it. (Jars and bottles of the inn’s jams and other goodies are for sale.) There’s a communal fridge in the dining room, which is thoughtfully provided for guest’s restaurant leftovers, drinks, or snacks. There’s ice too. A pod coffee and tea maker is available throughout the day.

Nearby are plenty of great places to eat, including the Inn Kitchen + Bar at The Squam Lake Inn, which is both locavore and seasonal. In Sandwich, about 15 miles away, the Corner House Inn’s pub is a cozy, traditional New England bar with local New Hampshire beers and good casual dining. The reasonably priced Common Man in Ashland has an amazing upstairs lounge and deck. Note: restaurants tend to close early in the area.

Fitness rooms, pools, and spas There is no fitness room or pool. But there is the aforementioned 50 acres of woodland to hike right on site and plenty more hiking nearby. Ticks and other bugs call the woodland home. And what about a swim in that lake? It’s somewhat invigorating outside of high summer, that’s for sure. Canoeing and kayaking is available nearby at the Squam Lakes Association, too. In winter, there’s cross-country skiing on the lake.

The nearby Manor on Golden Pond hotel has a tranquil spa.

Tech Excellent WiFi is available throughout the inn.

Highs Nature is right beside and all around you. So is comfort, including evening turn-down service.

Lows Bugs in the summer months are annoying. But that’s New England’s low point rather than the inn’s! No immediate view of Squam Lakes.

Useful websites Golden Pond Tours Experience Squam  Squam Lakes Association  Inn Kitchen + Bar at The Squam Lake Inn  Corner House Inn  Common Man Manor on Golden Pond


Design +++ Rooms ++++ Food +++ Courtesy ++++ Location ++++

Info Inn on Golden Pond, 1080 Route 3, Holderness, NH.  03245. U.S.A.

603-968-7269. 4545. innkeepers@innongoldenpond.com.


Photo credit: Hotel Junkie

The Snowy Owl Inn, Waterville Valley, NH, USA


Location Nestled in southern New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and surrounded by beautiful National Forest, Waterville Valley is about a two and half hours drive north of Boston on I93. Slowly and carefully developed since the 1960s as a ski and winter sport resort, this sleepy village also attracts visitors year-round. Tell anyone from New England that you’re headed to Waterville Valley for some skiing and you’ll hear the rhetorical question “Are you staying at The Snowy Owl?” spoken in an affectionate  tone. Clearly, the inn is dear to a lot of people’s hearts and holds good memories of family trips and learning the ropes on the slopes. Waterville is still not overdeveloped and provides enough attractions without being overly commercial. Near to the lodge is the Town Square, which has several small shops and places to eat and enjoy some après ski drinks. There’s also an ice arena and snowshoe and cross-country trails. White Mountain Athletic Club is nearby and a good shuttle bus service connects the village to the ski resort.

The Hotel   The Snowy Owl was built in 1975, though some additions expanded it in the 1980s. Though unassuming from the outside, once you step into the lobby, the building’s third-quarter modern design is impressive. Of course, given its location in the mountains, there’s a big alpine ski lodge influence too. The wood construction and paneling gives a casual rustic feel: but the lines are modernist and simple. The telegraph poles — magnificent old tree trunks — that support the three-story lobby atrium go right through to the ceiling from the basement level where there’s a restaurant, pool, and more guest rooms. Equally commanding is the field stone fireplace, whose chimney also runs up to the roof. A noble moose head sits in the center, usually wearing his red winter scarf in the colder weather. It’s a marvelous spot to sit and relax. Adjacent is a bright sitting room with TV and views to the woods. The Snowy Owl attracts a lot of families; it’s also pet-friendly too. But it’s mostly quiet, even at night, and very relaxing.

Restaurants and Bars The Snowy Owl’s restaurant is open for a hot breakfast at weekends and caters for groups on demand. In the sitting room upstairs, there’s coffee, juice, spiced doughnuts, and muffins in the morning. On weekend evenings, there’s often a late afternoon wine and cheese hour there too.  There are plenty of local dining options though. Within two minutes walk are the Town Square’s eateries, including the Jugtown Country Store for good freshly made sandwiches. For dinner or casual dining at the bar, the Wild Coyote Grill, just couple of minutes further, is great for a night out.

Fitness rooms, pools, and spas There is a fitness room and indoor pool with two hot tubs.

Tech There is no charge for WiFi. There is cable TV.

Highs This is the place to get away from it all. Throw on your comfy sweats and relax. Read a book; play a board game. Or simply rest for the next day’s outdoor activity.

Lows A visit in winter found the public areas chilly.

Rating Design +++ Rooms ++ Food ++ Courtesy ++++ Location ++++

Useful websites  Waterville Valley Resort  Jugtown Country Store  Wild Coyote Grill

41 Village Rd., Waterville Valley, NH  03215 USA



Photo credit: Hotel Junkie/Snowy Owl.

Romance Isn’t Just for Valentine’s Day at The Bedford Village Inn


Why wait for Valentine’s Day to enjoy a romantic getaway?  New Hampshire’s AAA-awarded Four Diamond Bedford Village Inn offers an impressive Fireside Package from November through April, which includes several romantic touches:

Private butler service

Veuve Clicquot Champagne and oysters on the half shell upon arrival in the 1,050 square foot Summit Suite, which boasts a king size four-poster bed and hot tub.

Private, in-room candlelit dinner for two

Bubble bath drawn by butler while guests enjoy desert prepared by the Inn’s pastry chef

Wood-burning fire-tended to by the butler

Breakfast in bed

And, should you need it, the butler is good for a pinch to make sure you’re not dreaming. The package is available Sunday through Friday evenings, with prices starting at $650 per night. For more into: bedfordvillageinn.com, 800-852-1166.

Climbing Holidays at Bretton Woods


Nothing beats climbing in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Or does it? The Omni Mount Washington Resort added an outdoor “via ferrata” style guided climb and an indoor climbing wall to its already extensive roster of all-season recreational offerings at the Bretton Woods Adventure Center.  While in town, take advantage of New England’s longest zip line, the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour, and glide amid beautifully hued treetops. Book the Fall Colors Package and enjoy luxurious accommodations; daily breakfast; a welcome amenity; scenic chair lift ride and a carriage ride. From $185 per person per night based on double occupancy. www.omnimountwashingtonresort.com