New Hampshire is full of small, quaint, family-run New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast hostelries. These inns offer a picturesque, leisurely look into the life of the various small communities that dot that state's countryside. Guided by resident innkeepers, visitors learn the nuances, tastes, and sights of an area. Nowhere is this truer than in the gentle foothills, picturesque lakes, sparkling seacoast, or majestic White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Home to just 1.3 million people, the Granite State offers tax-free shopping, beautiful scenery, and friendly residents. The natural beauty of this state is ideal for skiing, hiking, climbing, fishing, and just relaxing.
In the White Mountains, visitors can golf, swim, hike, or visit historic sights. Within sight of the mountains lies The Adair Country Inn in Bethlehem. This 200-acre estate consists of a main house with nine guest rooms and a private cottage with two bedrooms, fireplace, bath, and private deck. Rooms in the main house offer fireplaces, soaking tubs, and balconies. Activities abound here. The inn is adjacent to 1200 acres of woodland with two miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails. The Appalachian Trail crosses just south of the inn.
Central New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast Inns
The hills and valleys central New Hampshire are perfect for skiing, hiking, and reflecting. The bed and breakfast inns here center around the city of North Conway, a quaint, historic village in the shadow of Mt. Washington. Visit the general store, old-fashioned five and dime store, or ride the scenic Conway railroad built in 1874.
There are plenty of bed and breakfast inns in this area. Try the Farm by the River, located on 65 acres of forest and pastures. This picturesque, ten-room inn offers fireplaces, two-person Jacuzzi baths, and, of course, a sumptuous homemade breakfast. Stables are adjacent to the inn and the inn offers horseback riding year round as well as sleigh rides in the winter.
Also in this area is the lovely Nereledge Inn bed and breakfast, built in 1787. The renovated accommodations in this eleven-room inn feature air-conditioning, oversized down comforters, and hardwood floors. Most rooms have private baths. Breakfast here is hearty and homemade and is served in the inn's perennial garden when the weather permits. The Nereledge Inn is a short walk away from the shopping and restaurants of North Conway. Use this delightful inn as a base for winter sports or summer hiking and climbing.
The Atlantic Coast
New Hampshire's Atlantic coast is small, but beautiful. One place to enjoy the ocean view is the D.W. Oceanside Inn. Located across the street from a sandy beach, this nine-room Victorian-style inn offers antique furniture, air conditioning, and private baths. Two rooms offer sweeping ocean Views. The Oceanside Inn is five blocks from shopping, restaurants, and an outdoor stage with free summer entertainment. Order your full breakfast the night before and enjoy it in the sunny breakfast room.
The Lake Region New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast Inns
In the Lake Region, in central New Hampshire, water sports - swimming, boating, fishing, and sailing - predominate. One standout New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast inn here is The Olde Orchard Inn in Moultonborough. Located along a country road on 12 acres of meadow and orchards with a pond and a brook (for fishing), The Olde Orchard Inn boasts nine rooms, all with private baths and air conditioning. Some of the rooms have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. This inn is just one mile from a 200-year-old general store and is a fifteen-minute walk to the Audubon Society's Loon Center with miles of nature trails. Also nearby is Winnipesaukee beach and the country's largest quilt supply shop.Wherever you stay, your trip to New Hampshire is sure to be a memorable one. Plan your trip to this New England gem today.