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Rick Wolf and Peter Scherman (that’s Rick on the left and Peter on the right) are both experienced speakers who have presented on a range of innkeeping related topics at the state, regional, and national level. They gather and analyze research for the Innkeeping industry and welcome the opportunity to share it with others. Contact Us

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Posts Tagged ‘Country Inn’

Snowfall Equals Dollars-White is Green in Vermont and New Hampshire

March 21st, 2017 by Janet Wolf

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Okemo Mountain, Vermont-Snowfall Equals Dollars

Yes…for innkeepers in the Northeast, snowfall equals dollars. A crystal white covering is green for innkeepers in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Facts:

  • “Northern New England Gets Buried in Snow, and Skiers Love It”   US News article.
  • “Visits to Cannon Mountain Ski Area in White Mountains, Franconia NH, are up by 65%.”
  • “Good morning skiers and riders and happy first day of spring! I hope you love spring conditions as much as I do, because today’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies and soft snow! We’ll be working on our goggle tans as we make buttery turns all day long.”  Mount Snow Vermont Report-6:33 AM Monday, March 20, 2017

Reports like this come in daily and skiers, snowmobilers and snowboarders use them to help make their plans. Staying at a Vermont and New Hampshire country inn or lodge has historically been an excellent way to stay for lovers of winter and everything that beautiful snowfall has to offer.

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Bernerhof Inn, Jackson NH

Jackson NH, Bernerhof Inn partners with cross country and alpine ski resorts in their White Mountains location. Near Attitash Mountain, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Bretton Woods Ski Resort and Jackson Ski Touring. Quite a list! After a day on the slopes the Bernerhof offers  great pub food at the Black Bear Pub and martini bar and an onsite spa.  Spacious recently renovated guest rooms.  Winter packages that bring in the green!

Snowfall equals dollars

Cozy up and relax before dining-Sugar Hill Inn

Sugar Hill Inn, White Mountains of NH. A classic country inn and restaurant. The Inn is centrally located in the Franconia Notch region in the heart of the White Mountains. The rural beauty of the location is a real draw that includes winter sports on nearby Cannon Mountain Ski Area. Sugar Hill offers not just skiing packages but tubing, dog sledding and winter hiking. The restaurant offers fine dining yet is relaxed in a  warm welcoming atmosphere.

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Apres-Ski at the Parker House Inn & Bistro

Parker House Inn and Bistro in Quechee VT has a relationship with Quechee Lakes Country Club that offers winter activities that include an illuminated ice skating pond, horse drawn sleigh rides and snowshoeing. The Quechee Ski Hill is a great place for beginner skiers and snowboarders. The Parker House has a great lively apre-ski atmosphere. Great food and cheer and updated contemporary guest rooms. Great place to chill from the chill!

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Bromley View Inn Labrador Lounge & Tavern

Bromley View Inn is minutes away from Bromley Mountain which boasts the only New England ski area with southern exposure.  Known as ‘Sun Mountain’. Bromley View Inn is perfectly situated between two wonderful mountains… Stratton and Bromley. Long known for family skiing. The Bromley View Inn is perfect for multigenerational gatherings. A growing travel trend which has the color of green all over it. The Labrador Lounge & Tavern is a wonderful addition to the Inn’s friendly atmosphere.  The circular gas fireplace with surround seating is a favorite gathering spot.

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Kitzhof Inn Lounge

Kitzof Inn is located near Mt Snow. Recall what was said about spring skiing? “goggle tans as we make buttery turns all day long.” Location is key! Walk or ride to restaurants and bars in West Dover village. The free ‘MOOver Bus’ takes you directly to the lifts at Mount Snow just 2 minutes away. Return to the Inn, enjoy their Hot Tub, Fireplace Lounge, BYOB Bar, Games Room and Wifi. Dinner is available to groups.

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Chester VT country inn blanketed in snow. Watercolor by Debra Webster Irons

Okemo Valley VT is location of the Village of Chester and the Fullerton Inn and Restaurant. A country inn and a Vermont classic. Okemo is in south-central Vermont, featuring southern Vermont’s highest vertical drop and vast trail network that spans five distinct alpine areas, an exceptional skiing and riding experience for all ability levels. Also close to Stratton Mountain and Magic Mountain Ski Resort. The casual restaurant is a central hub for locals and inn guests alike.

Interested in these Vermont and New Hampshire Inns for sale? Give us a call. In New England resort areas the green doesn’t stop when the snow melts. If you have ever spent any time in Vermont and New Hampshire in the summer and fall you know what I mean.

A great winter season brings in the green but just around the calendar corner is spring skiing, warmer sun and longer days and March maple sugaring. Followed by summer hiking and biking, fall foliage and that crisp air with the hint of winter to come.

Question? Do you know what ‘stick season ‘ is? That brief time after fall foliage when the trees are bare and innkeepers can take a brief break!

Vermont and New Hampshire are not the only winter wonderlands.  Maine winters are prime time for winter lovers. Next blog will feature the green that comes from the Camden Hills, Rockland, Bethel, Fryeburg, Moosehead Lake and more. Stay tuned.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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