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New Hampshire Bed & Breakfast Inns-Authentic Way to Stay

October 6th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

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New Hampshire Bed & Breakfast Inns-Authentic Way to Stay

When it comes to authenticity, New Hampshire is about as authentic as it gets! When it comes to New Hampshire bed & breakfast Inns, it is most definitely the authentic way to stay while touring the state.

I love reading travel writer’s articles. This is where I get good information and inspiration. Especially if they are natives of the states they write about. Peter Jon Lindberg is an editor-at-large for Travel + Leisure. He wrote ’20 Reasons to Love New Hampshire’. He got me at 8!

One of the highlights of his article was the mention of Swopper’s Column in Yankee Magazine. For those of you who are not familiar with this iconic column, here is an example:

-Will swop collection of trolls made in Ozarks (survived a fire, very sensitive, must go to loving home) for autographed photo of John Candy.

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Now you can’t make this stuff up! It is real and it is authentic! This epitomizes the quirkiness and resourcefulness of the New Hampshire/New England outlook on life. When we first moved to New England, I remember reading these columns and thinking I would love to meet some of these people.

“New Hampshire feels refreshingly grounded. In a world obsessed with authenticity, this is where you find it…” Peter Jon Lindberg.

Country stores, covered bridges, swimming holes, country fairs and independent bookstores! They all truly still exist in New Hampshire. Authentic and preserved. It is what draws tourists, new residents to the state.

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Calef’s Country Store, Barrington NH

An example of an authentic business that has stood the test of time is Calef’s Country Store in Barrington. They boast they have seen buying local since Grant was president. Around 1869, Calef’s opened and a Calef decedent has been behind the counter up until the 90’s (that is the 1990’s). Folks visiting New Hampshire are drawn to places like Calef’s because? Because they are real with locally sourced everything, a bit quirky and very resourceful. Even though they have been around for about 150 years, they are forward looking. Their key to success.

Another New Hampshire draw is it’s varied landscape. Deep green forests and a seacoast city. Yes, New Hampshire has a coastline with the city of Portsmouth as it’s hub. Villages near rivers and lakes (swimming holes) and soaring mountains. Let’s take a road trip…

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Kancamagus Highway

If you are at Calef’s you may want to take Route 11 north and find yourself riding the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee and nearby Squam Lake. Stay awhile, the lure of a lake draws us all. Travel more country roads or zip onto I 93 that cuts New Hampshire in half. Green forests and soaring mountains are ahead. White Mountain National Forest covers a huge part of northern New Hampshire. 750,852 acres.

There a so many opportunities to explore the state’s national park. From Conway to Lincoln the Kancamagus Highway winds through some of the most astounding scenery. It is especially a must drive in the fall. The Mt. Washington Cog Railway is on many travel bucket lists. Play golf in the morning then take to railway to the top of the mountain and experience winter! I’ve done that…off my bucket list.

Mt. Washington Cog Railway

Mt. Washington Cog Railway

Ahh, so many 20+ reasons to love New Hampshire, the same reasons why tourism is so strong in the state. Therefore an equally strong destination to own your own lodging business. The B&B Team offers comprehensive aspiring innkeeping seminars to get you started in the right direction.

Varied, independently owned and run New Hampshire bed & breakfast Inns and boutique hotels and motels is the authentic way to stay in this corner of New England.  The B&B Team invites you to start your search for New Hampshire Bed and Breakfasts for sale.

Sorry, no swopping!

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!