Hotel at a Glance: The Darby Field Inn
Most rooms at The Darby Field Inn offer views of the surrounding White Mountains, a picturesque region in eastern New Hampshire marked by rolling hills and snow-capped peaks. The bright blue B&B, built as a farmhouse in 1826, is set amid award-winning gardens and 2 miles of cross-country, snowshoeing, and hiking trails (snowshoe rentals for two are included in this getaway). After a day exploring the great outdoors, you can cozy up by the fireplace in the living room, or enjoy a hearty meal in the mountain-view dining room.
- Signature dinner entrees: roasted rack of lamb with fresh herbs and dijon mustard, and crisp roasted duckling served with a homemade raspberry Chambord puree
- In-room amenities: queen beds and private bathrooms with a bathtub and shower
- Distance to White Mountain National Forest: about 2 miles
- Champagne and chocolates are included in this deal; for an additional fee, you can opt for an onsite massage.
- A house with a history: The building served as an artists’ colony, a children’s camp, and a blacksmith shop before being converted into a B&B.
Albany, New Hampshire: Remote Town in the White Mountains
The little town of Albany (population: roughly 700) is tucked away in New England’s picturesque White Mountains. The region is home to Mount Chocorua, considered by many to be the most photographed mountain in the northeast. Standing 3,500 feet tall, it’s also one of the most popular hiking destinations, thanks to a range of moderate open trails and rewarding views of Mount Washington and the Sandwich Range from the summit. Another famous landmark is the Albany Bridge, a 120-foot covered bridge spanning the Swift River.
Downhill skiers and snowboarders flock to the area in the winter. Just 9 miles from the inn you'll find Cranmore Mountain Resort, which has 57 trails and numerous terrain parks. At the base of Cranmore Mountain, there’s a tubing park with 10 lanes and a tow lift to save you from trudging up the mountain with your inner tube.