Hotel at a Glance: Candlelite Inn
Originally built as a guesthouse back in 1897, this whitewashed Victorian B & B still retains its turn-of-the-century character thanks to extensive renovations overseen by innkeeper Marilyn Gordon. The Candlelite Inn sits on 3 acres of lush countryside in western New Hampshire, about 10 miles south of Lake Sunapee. Its gazebo porch, furnished with rockers and adirondack chairs, is an idyllic place to unwind.
- Room close-up: The Rose room features a sprawling red rug, an in-room bath, and a view of the pond.
- Included meals: daily three-course breakfast with homemade jams and freshly baked muffins and tarts, plus evening appetizers
- Take a scenic cruise: on nearby Lake Sunapee, included in Thursday–Sunday stays
- 75 miles of hiking: at the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway, just a few miles north of the inn
- Why visit now: The annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, with booths from more than 350 local craftspeople, takes place August 3–11 in nearby Newbury.
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. June marked the opening of Mount Sunapee's Adventure Park, home to treetop obstacle courses, chairlift rides, and disc golf.
Also located on Lake Sunapee, The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens was once the summer home of Abraham Lincoln’s private secretary, John Hay. Today, you can tour the colonial-revival architecture and gallery of rotating art exhibits. Afterward, hike along a 1.5-mile nature trail that wends through pine forests and past massive glacial erratics left behind by the continental ice sheet more than 10,000 years ago.
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