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New Hampshire Village Country Inn

December 17th, 2013 by Janet Wolf

Rural Christmas Scenic at Dusk

Currier and Ives Christmas Greeting Card

Colby Hill Inn Your classic New Hampshire Village Country Inn

Colby Hill Inn
Your classic New Hampshire Village Country Inn

What do folks look for when they are seeking an iconic New Hampshire village country Inn? It may be a glimpse into the past, a Currier and Ives nostalgic scene, like this vintage Christmas greeting.  It may be a place to escape for a quiet respite in comfortable warm surroundings and enjoy a great meal. For the Christmas holidays or any time of year, a New England country inn is the perfect place to escape to.

Along the scenic 30 mile long Currier and Ives Byway that winds through rural towns is the town of Henniker, New Hampshire. Iconic, you bet. Set along the Contoocook River you will find historic buildings that house shops,  galleries and restaurants that reflect a timeless New England quaintness. You will also find the Colby Hill Inn. For over 50 years wayfarers have stopped and tarried awhile at this Inn. Stayed a night or two, relaxed, dined and left refreshed and satisfied. That’s what it is all about!

Innkeepers have called Henniker and the Colby Hill Inn home for five decades. If you are seeking a lifestyle change as an innkeeper and desire to call a New England small town home, the Colby Hill Inn may be your calling.

Henniker New Hampshire classic New England Church

Henniker New Hampshire Classic New England Church

Henniker is conveniently located in southern New Hampshire, just 90 miles from Boston and 15 miles from Concord, New Hampshire’s capital. Like Garrison Keillor’s fictional town, Lake Wobegon, Henniker may also be called, ‘the little town that time forgot’. But Henniker is real and very authentic. Today, Henniker is the gateway to a very active resort area. New Hampshire’s mountains and rivers provide skiing, white water kayaking and excellent fly fishing. Yet less than a hour’s drive is coastal New Hampshire and Maine.

Pat's Peak Ski Resort, Henniker New Hampshire

Pat’s Peak Ski Resort, Henniker New Hampshire

Warm and relaxed country inn experience

Warm and relaxed New Hampshire village country inn experience

The Colby Hill Inn is conveniently located just up a country road from the village. A beautiful federal home with historic barns surrounded by perennial gardens, all on five acres of land. The property has been lovingly restored into the classic New Hampshire village country inn for today’s traveler. Fourteen guest rooms in the main building and Carriage House, large dining rooms and fully equipped commercial kitchen. The 40×100 historic dairy barn is an incredible space for future conversion.

Colby Hill Inn Barns

Colby Hill Inn Barns

The Colby Hill Inn is not only a quiet and comfortable respite for guests, it is the same for the innkeepers. The owner’s quarters is a completely separate converted post and beam barn with cathedral ceilings, two full baths, a large living room, kitchen and office. In addition there is a separate finished one-bedroom apartment. All very conveniently connected to the Inn.

Like a Currier and Ives print, a glimpse into the past can also be a view to the future for aspiring innkeepers seeking to purchase a great business in a timeless authentic location.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf …and from all of The B&B Team we wish you a warm and relaxed holiday season!




Chester Vermont-Country Inn and B&B Mecca

January 16th, 2013 by Janet Wolf

Chester, "the Vermont you've been hoping to find"

Chester, “the Vermont you’ve been hoping to find”

In southern Vermont lies a quiet, friendly town, Chester. The town is known for many things, it boasts of two historical districts and three villages as well as zero stoplights! Its location is idyllic, nestled on the eastern slopes of the Green Mountains in the heart of Okemo Valley, the well-known ski and year round cool resort for all. It is also known for the number of bed and breakfasts that dot the village streets and countryside. The Chester Vermont Innkeepers Association lists 13 properties totaling 125 rooms. In days of yore travelers would journey by stagecoach along the Green Mountain Turnpike that stretched between Boston and Montreal. Chester was a major stop for many a weary, hungry and thirsty traveler. Like many towns and villages in New England, Chester had an Inn and tavern that became the anchor of the Main street business district and it still stands as vibrant and welcoming as it did in those early days.

Going back to the article about Norman T. Simpson from 1982 featured in my previous blog, I quote the author; “It was near dinner time. The fire crackled and flames leaped high in the brick fireplace in the Inn. Guests and townspeople came in from the cold winter night, and stood in front of the blazing fire for a few moments before going into the formal dining room or the more rustic tavern.” This scenario has been played out numerous times in country inns everywhere, such a welcoming vision.

The fire crackled and flames leaped high

The fire crackled and flames leaped high

This Chester Vermont Inn with its lantern shining brightly is the gathering place for locals and travelers from away who join together around the constant welcoming hearth. The Inn features fine yet casual dining and tavern fare and has facilities for meetings and events. Yes there may be a number of restaurants and watering holes throughout the region but being the anchor, innkeepers of the Inn will always have that strong standing in the community. It is a great place to be. The lodging has been recently refurbished and rounds out the total picture.

The anchor of Main Street

The anchor of Main Street

The B&B Team is proud to represent this quintessential Country Inn in Chester, Vermont. Norman, in his search for country inns always looked for inns with a “distinctive personality, integrity, pride and dedicated inn keeping.” If you as an aspiring innkeeper are also searching for these qualities in a country inn or bed and breakfast we can help guide you through your search. The Okemo Valley Country Inn we are offering for sale is a prime example of the kind of Inn Mr. Simpson visited and recommended in his many travel books. The B&B Team invites you to read, learn and be inspired and join us in one of our ‘Better Way to Learn Innkeeping’ Seminars. I think Mr. Simpson would concur.

Thanks for listening

Janet Wolf