Hotel at a Glance: Inn of the Tartan Fox
When guests arrive at the Inn of the Tartan Fox, they're instantly made to feel at home with drinks and homemade cookies. That welcome is par for the course at this relaxed bed and breakfast tucked into the countryside on 10.5 private acres. Big breakfasts, comfortable rooms, and common areas give the inn a homey ambiance.
- Lavish breakfasts are made at the time of your choosing, and begin with baked goods and fruit before the main course of anything from blueberry pancakes to eggs Benedict.
- Four rooms give the inn an intimate feel; each features a private bathroom and a queen or double bed.
- Relax by the fireplace and play games in the common rooms or borrow a book from the library.
- Shop locally at the onsite gift shop, where you can buy wares from area artisans.
Swanzey, New Hampshire: Covered Bridges and Outdoor Pursuits
For eyes used to traffic lights and strip malls, Swanzey is a welcome sight. This small town of around 7,000 residents is home to four covered bridges and is a draw for visitors interested in antiquing and exploring the green, hilly region. Swanzey itself is quite small—for more shopping, restaurants, and more of a Main Street vibe, take a five-minute drive into the nearby town of Keene, home to Keene State College and Antioch University New England.
If it's the outdoors you've come to see, head to Monadnock State Park, several thousand acres of protected highlands surrounding the 3,165-foot Mount Monadnock. Hike on the Ashuelot Rail Trail or the park's 40-mile trail network, and keep an eye out for moose and birds. Don't forget to scale the mountain itself—Monadnock's peak offers climbers 100-mile views in every direction, and it is believed to be the world's second-most climbed mountain after Mount Fuji.