Inn by the Bandstand

2-Night Stay for Two with Dining Credit, Bottle of Wine, and Bike Rental at the Inn by the Bandstand in Exeter, NH

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Renovated New England Inn Filled with Antique Furnishings

Just 8 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, red-brick buildings and tree-lined streets evoke 18th-century New England in quaint Exeter, New Hampshire. Built in 1809 and still right across the street from its bandstand namesake, The Inn by The Bandstand mirrors the town’s charm with a Federal-style façade and an ornately decorated interior, creating what Fodor’s calls “one of the best B&Bs in the state.” The inn also picked up a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

The yellow bed and breakfast preserves its roots with antique furnishings, hand-hewn oak ceiling beams, and brick fireplaces. Upon arrival, you’ll be shown the house’s common areas, which retain many of its original, early 19th-century elements. The inn’s nine guest rooms are individually decorated. The Lakeheath Lodge room features ornate rugs, a private fireplace, and a vaulted ceiling. 

Start your day with a full breakfast, which may include dishes such as stuffed french toast drizzled with raspberry sauce; the menu here is inspired by the Culinary Institute of America. Afterward, use the included rental bikes to explore Exeter. All options also come with a bottle of wine and a $20 credit at Pimentos, a local restaurant with burgers, flatbreads, and seafood.

Exeter and Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Quaint Towns with Revolutionary War History

One hour north of Boston, in New Hampshire’s coastal region, Exeter’s streets are lined with boutiques and restaurants. The capital of New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War, Exeter may be best known for a prep school established during the Revolution, Phillips Exeter Academy. The prestigious school has produced several notable alumni, including President Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln’s son Robert Todd Lincoln, author Gore Vidal, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. With its Georgian-style classroom buildings and converted Victorian homes, the campus is worth a visit.

About a 20-minute drive northeast of Exeter, the seaport town of Portsmouth mixes 19th-century municipal buildings with waterfront restaurants. Named one of America’s prettiest towns by Forbes, Portsmouth features a red-brick market square with an Italianate-style church, coffee shops, and contemporary-art galleries. At the city’s Strawbery Banke Museum, staff re-create daily life from four centuries as costumed artisans roam the grounds crafting beautiful art and loudly bemoaning the lack of flying cars.

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What You Get

2-night stay for two

  • Option 1: $299 to stay in the Cambridge room (up to a $578 value)
  • Option 2: $379 to stay in the Kensington, Edinburg, Somerset, or Lakeheath room (up to a $638 value)
  • Option 3: $399 to stay in the Devonshire or Windsor suite (up to a $698 value)

Included in all options:

  • $20 dining credit at Pimentos Restaurant
  • Bottle of wine
  • Two-hour bike rental for two

Policies and Fees

Book by: 7/3/15 Travel by: 9/30/15

  • Blackout dates: not valid for travel 5/8–5/9 or 5/15–5/16
  • Cancellation policy & fees: Must cancel in writing; all cancellations subject to $25 fee; 14-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 9% tax not included


  • Original antique furnishings
  • Complimentary full hot breakfast
  • Central downtown location
  • Free WiFi
  • Free tea and coffee

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 7/3/15 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 9/30/15
  • Not valid 5/8–5/9 or 5/15–5/16
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • Must cancel in writing; all cancellations subject to $25 fee; 14-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in, 21 or older to consume alcohol
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 9% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Cambridge Room

  • Two twin beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $50 per night for 1 additional guest

Edinburg Room, Kensington Room, Lakeheath Lodge Room, Somerset Cottage Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $50 per night for 1 additional guest

Devonshire Suite, Windsor Suite

  • One king or queen bed and one sleeper sofa
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $50 per night for 1 additional guest

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $50 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap-accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available at booking or check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • Nearest airports: Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT; 33 miles); Logan International Airport (BOS; 50 miles)
  • Distance from Manchester, NH: about 29 miles

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