Pre-Revolutionary Bed and Breakfast with Award-Winning Farm-to-Table Restaurant
The history of the Home Hill Inn goes back to 1763, when New Hampshire colonists Thomas and Hannah Gallup received a grant from King George III for three hundred acres of land along the Connecticut River. In the years since the Gallups built their Federal-style home on the site, ownership has changed only a handful of times, which might help explain why the property is so well preserved. Modern improvements include the installation of an outdoor heated pool, a clay tennis court, a putting green, and an award-winning restaurant. But the building retains its old-world elegance in antique-filled guest rooms and tranquil gardens.
The menu at the inn’s farm-to-table restaurant earned a spot on _Yankee Magazine_’s 2013 Editors’ Choice list for Best Seasonal Inn Menu. Using fresh produce and meats from local farms, head chef Peter Varkonyi prepares dishes such as rack of lamb from Maine ($26) and buttered Nantucket scallops ($26) served on a bed of goat cheese agnolatti. For dessert, try the eggnog crème brulee ($8) or a chocolate martini ($12).
Plainfield, New Hampshire: Rural Town along the Connecticut River
Several New England souvenir shops sell t-shirts that say “Vermont and New Hampshire: Spooning Since 1791.” The cuddling states are separated only by the Connecticut River, and right along this natural boundary is where you’ll find the small town of Plainfield. It’s a conveniently located spot for visiting sites in both states: an intersection of two major highways is located just a few miles north, putting Manchester, Lebanon, and Burlington all within reach.
Plainfield was incorporated in 1761 and flourished as an agricultural center throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of the original buildings are still standing today. You can see many of them on a tour that includes a stop at Plainfield Town Hall, which was built as a church and meetinghouse in 1798. You can also pay a visit to the home of wealthy settler Francis Smith, whose property has been converted into a dairy farm—one of the last in the area where you can buy fresh milk on site.