Surrounded by woods and meadows on the outskirts of the small New Hampshire town of Bradford, Rosewood Country Inn recalls early American rural life. A stone-wall border and sunny porches mark the outside, fireplaces light up the suites and common areas, and daily breakfasts are made with locally sourced vegetables. Deer, moose, turkeys, and other local wildlife roam the inn’s 12 hilltop acres to munch on native plants and drink from the freshwater pond.
After its construction around 1850 as a Victorian-style home, Rosewood Country Inn was expanded into a lodge that welcomed such notable guests as Jack London and Charlie Chaplin. Some of the guest rooms and suites have been named after these famous visitors, including the rose-colored Mary Pickford suite, where a canopied four-poster bed overlooks the gazebo. All included rooms have in-unit log fireplaces.
Resident chef Lesley Marquis serves breakfast each morning in the dining room, where diners can eat amid views of the pond and waterfall. Marquis crafts gourmet fare out of local ingredients, including farm-fresh eggs and maple syrup made from the inn's sugar bush.
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 marks 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. With this deal, you’ll get two admissions to the estate’s grounds; a tour highlights the colonial-revival architecture and gallery of rotating art exhibits. Tours take place Wednesday-Sunday only. While there, you can also 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.