During the Industrial Revolution, Claremont was a prosperous New England mill town, with numerous factories springing up along the banks of the Sugar River. When the factories closed in the 20th century, many of the buildings fell into disrepair. In 2008, Alex Ray and Rusty McLear purchased a pair of former textile mills and painstakingly restored them, transforming the tumbledown brick buildings into The Common Man Inn, an award-winning hotel in the heart of New Hampshire's Dartmouth/Sunapee Region.
The hotel’s guest rooms feature exposed-brick walls, comfy featherbeds, and white shutters—some of which open onto views of the Sugar River. There are also pet-friendly rooms and spacious, individually decorated signature suites with amenities such as fireplaces and jetted tubs.
Downstairs in the lively Common Man restaurant, you can use the included dining voucher toward local crab cakes, baked mac 'n' cheese, or anything else on the menu. In the morning, the eatery launches the day with a complimentary continental breakfast.
Claremont, New Hampshire: Classic New England Small Town Close to Ski Slopes
Situated a two-hour drive northwest of Boston, the small community of Claremont sits amid quiet woodlands near the White Mountain National Forest. The winding Sugar River threads through downtown—a slice of classic Americana where quaint little shops sport striped awnings and 19th-century brick buildings house restaurants focused on regional New England cuisine.
Myriad snowshoe trails crisscross the area, and the Arrowhead Recreation Area offers skiing, snowboarding, and a large tubing hill. For culture-minded visitors, the Hood Museum of Art, a teaching museum whose mission is to create an ideal learning environment that fosters transformative encounters with works of art.