Bed and Breakfast in the White Mountains with Horse Stables and Fishing Streams
Surrounded by New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Franconia Inn naturally enjoys access to some of the east’s most scenic hiking and rock climbing opportunities. But with Cannon Mountain’s granite dome to the east and the sugar-maple trees of Sugar Hill to the west, any outdoor recreation here is a treat. Explore nearby fishing streams, play tennis on one of four clay courts, and ride on the horseback-riding trails scattered across its backyard. With 107 acres of secluded 19th-century farmland, the colonial-style hotel built in 1934 has been described as “immaculate” by the New York Times and is ideal for an active vacation or quiet country retreat.
Located behind the hotel, the Franconia Inn Stables offers horseback rides through the bucolic Easton Valley. For one hour, horses trot through the Cannon Mountain foothills on trails along the Ham Branch River. Or take a 15-minute introductory glider flight over the beautiful White Mountain landscape. Back at the inn, guests unwind with a dip in the heated outdoor pool or settle into one of the wingback chairs gathered around the living-room fireplace. In the evening, head to the spacious back veranda to watch the sun set behind Sugar Hill. In its candlelit dining room, Franconia Inn serves comfort food ranging from pork osso bucco ($22.95) to lobster ravioli ($28.95). The room turns into a cozy breakfast nook in the morning, when guests can choose between rolled smoked salmon and steak and eggs. All guest rooms come individually decorated in a laid-back country style, with quaint touches such as canopy beds.
Franconia, New Hampshire: Quiet Town with Hiking, Biking, and Fishing
Located in north-central New Hampshire, this quiet hamlet was named for its resemblance to the Franconia region, a German upland dotted with mountains, valleys, and rocks. Four miles from the hotel in Franconia Notch State Park, the ski resort at Cannon Mountain offers rock climbing and mountain biking on three rugged peaks during the summer. Head to Mount Liberty’s base to see Flume Gorge, where you can watch cascading waterfalls and walk across Flume Covered Bridge, one of the state’s oldest. Franconia Notch is also home to the former Old Man in the Mountain site, which collapsed in 2003. This summer, a memorial for the iconic rock formation will open, allowing visitors to peer through profilers to see what the mountain looked like before it collapsed.