Over the tops of the apple trees, clouds gather in the distance above the hazy, rolling mountains. Thirteen types of apples thrive here, and have for nearly a century. Row upon row of golden delicious, macintosh, and honeycrisp apples blossom and grow throughout the summer, before droves of folks come to pluck the ripe fruit from the heavy branches. In the summertime, strawberries and peaches multiply beneath the sun, and in the fall, the staff bottle pressed, unpasteurized cider to toast hands faced with the mission of finding the perfect pumpkin that will hopefully transform into a carriage this time.
Adair Country Inn's 200 stately acres, hospitably maintained by innkeepers Ilja and Brad Chapman, grant city-escapees an elegant taste of a simpler, more moose-adjacent life. Built in 1927 as a father's wedding gift to his daughter, the inn's rustic fireplace rooms hearken to the bucolic days before phones and televisions, yet accurately maintain the era's then-untapped wireless network (up to a $245 value). Lounge in front of a cast-iron stove fireplace with a close companion, indulging in the included homemade truffles and champagne (a $35 combined value) before heading down to the dining room where, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday through Monday, Chef Orlo prepares a two-course meal to your specifications (a $66 value).
Ruby Slippers Cafe and Bakery's cooks prepare homestyle American cuisine with a focus on Maine ingredients. They serve hearty breakfasts until 3:00 p.m., pairing tender cuts of steak with local eggs and topping buttermilk pancakes with local maple syrup and fruit. Pork shoulder slow-roasts for 24 hours before the meat is shredded and sandwiched between brioche buns, and fresh haddock or deep-sea scallops bake to flaky perfection. Patrons can also nibble housemade chocolate truffles and sip local wines and beers.
Maurice André had always been one for a show. He insisted on wearing stark white gloves to carve Chateaubriand for his regular patrons during the decadent New Year’s Eve feasts he held at his namesake restaurant. The Paris native had always loved hosting parties, and in 1975 he bought a 200-year-old clapboard house with ample space to stock his wine cellar and serve the traditional French fare he had grown up chewing.
Today, the rustic space still resonates with Maurice’s jovial spirit and passion for fine dining–artwork covers the walls and linens cover tables and the occasional face during post-meal rounds of peek-a-boo. Though Corey Sumner–the current chef–exercises his culinary creativity with dishes such as the Cajun-spiced Scallops New Orleans, he pays homage to Maurice’s vision with plates of authentically prepared duck and fish.
Tucked into the rolling greenery of the White Mountains, The Woodshed Restaurant resides in a converted 19th-century farmhouse and barn. The decor reflects the rustic charm of the setting, but the menu features plenty of modern treats. Chefs coat duck breast and confit leg in a cherry port wine reduction, or age steak tips in a sweet bourbon marinade. Though inland, they're still close enough to the sea to get fresh scallops, which they wrap in applewood bacon and serve alongside fire-roasted corn salsa. They follow up meals with all-American desserts such as apple crisp with vanilla ice cream, Denver chocolate pudding, and the chef's choice of flavored cheesecake.
Jayleen Hayden has always had deep connections with the people she meets. From a young age, she noticed that she was especially adept at reading and even feeling others' emotions, a skill that she attributes to her sensitivity to personal energies. This innate ability aids her during the reiki sessions she performs, which treat the energetic blockages traditional medicine doesn't address. By using her energy to shift and balance her client's energy, Jayleen's hands-on therapy can help relieve the symptoms of stress, anxiety, or chronic pain while also healing the underlying energetic causes of these conditions. Customers can call on Jayleen for in-person reiki sessions, long-distance reiki, and animal reiki for stressed or anxious pets. In addition to reiki, Jayleen performs tarot-card readings for her clients to help answer their questions or give them insight into what to expect in the coming year, including what hot-dog carts to avoid.
Open until 1 a.m., Sneaky Pete Billiards riles up the spirit of friendly competition with a variety of different games, including video games, darts, foosball, and billiards atop eight tables. Tournaments are posted on their Facebook page, and leagues take place three nights a week. Patrons of all ages can fuel the competition by diving into hearty dishes such as chili mac or shepherd's pie—a homemade heap of savory ground beef and fresh mashed potatoes that leaves bellies more full than a drill sergeant's swear jar. Guests can also stroll up to the full-service bar and imbibe a selection of 36 bottled beers or variety of cocktails.