Victorian-Style B & B Secluded on Wooded Hilltop
Surrounded by woods and meadows and a few miles outside of a small New Hampshire town, Rosewood Country Inn recalls early American rural life with nearly all of its facets. A stone-wall border and sunny porches highlight the outside, and fireplaces light up the suites and common areas. Daily breakfasts served by candlelight are made with locally-sourced vegetables. And because of its gardens and apple trees, the inn draws in local wildlife such as deer, moose, and turkeys that roam Rosewood’s 12 hilltop acres to munch on native plants and drink from the freshwater pond.
Rosewood Country Inn was built about 1850 as a Victorian-style home before it was expanded into a lodge that welcomed notable guests such as Jack London, Charlie Chaplin, and Charlie Chaplin’s sentient mustache. Some of the rooms have been named after these more famous visitors, including the rose-colored Mary Pickford suite, where a canopied four poster bed overlooks the gazebo. All included rooms have in-unit log fireplaces.
Resident chef Lesley Marquis serves breakfast each morning in the dining room, where diners can eat amid views of the pond and waterfall. The chef crafts gourmet fare out of local ingredients, including farm-fresh eggs and maple syrup made from the inn's sugar bush.
Bradford, New Hampshire: Small Town Convenient for Lake and Mountain Recreation
The small town of Bradford acts as a gateway to New Hampshire’s Lake Sunapee region, a popular summer getaway for nearby Bostonians. Activities on Lake Sunapee range from a scenic afternoon cruise to kayaking. The lake’s swimmable beaches and surrounding Appalachian Mountains make up Mount Sunapee State Park, a scenic spot for hiking, swimming, and fishing. In June, the area will also feature the opening of Mount Sunapee's Adventure Park with activities such as treetop obstacle courses, chairlift rides, and disc golf.
Also located on Lake Sunapee, The Fells estate and gardens was once the summer home of Abraham Lincoln’s private secretary, John Hay. With this deal, you’ll get two admissions to the estate’s grounds and access to main-house tours (starting at the end of May and held Wednesday–Sunday), which highlight its colonial revival architecture and gallery of rotating art exhibits. You’ll also be able to tour the gardens and hike along a 1.5-mile nature trail that wends through pine forests and past massive glacial erratics created by the continental ice sheet more than 10,000 years ago.