by Michael Blanding
Newton the golden retriever exuberantly greets guests to this big yellow house that dates back to the late 1700s. It was originally built as a boarding house for out-of-town travelers, and still serves the same purpose, pleasing tourists with its proximity to Lake Winnipesaukee, as well as its relative tranquility, surrounded by rolling fields and forestland. Among the half-dozen rooms are two suites designed for families, each with a queen-size bed wrapped in a colorful quilt and a separate room with a queen-size pullout sofa. Note that the inn is only open to children age 10 and over.
In the mornings, innkeepers Brian and Lynn whip up big breakfasts with banana French toast and Italian strata and are known to serve cookies and other treats in the afternoons as well (which Newton is always willing to share). The property opens up onto conservation land with hiking trails, and the inn is only a five-minute drive from downtown Meredith. Weirs Beach and Funspot are only a few minutes farther.
Our Editor Loves
- Secluded wooded location
- Beautiful mountain views
- Proximity to downtown Meredith and Lake Winnipesaukee
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
I had to book a sudden trip to Meredith for family reasons. I used my points at the only place available and it turned out to be the most spectacular alignment of the stars. What a gem! A beautifully restored home that is warm and inviting. A host with charm and a wonderful back story. And the breakfasts? Homemade chocolate bread French toast... A quiche to die for... More please! Simply put, I could not have asked for a better experience. I’ve already booked a return trip for my birthday. Nuff said.
Our stay was wonderful. Our room was spotless and cozy, the views (although foggy at times) were beautiful, and Fez was very friendly and welcoming. Breakfast each morning was delicious and we enjoyed walking the trail behind the house. We will definitely stay here again during our next trip to the White Mountains.