The Mount Washington Valley Inns on the Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour

1785 Inn & Restaurant- Wine Spectator Restaurant said that the 1785 Inn & Restaurant has one of the finest wine lists in the world. I saw a quaint lounge with an incredibly unusual upside-down Christmas tree with “nip” bottles as ornaments and bunches of lighted grapes providing plenty of cheer. Hosts, Becky and Charlie Mallar, welcomed us into their spectacular Inn with lovely furnishings and attention to detail only slightly less spectacular than the views. They offer a lovely dining room with a menu that made me wish I wasn’t so full of cookies from the Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour! Sitting on 6 acres of beautiful real estate, the Inn offers proximity to XC ski trails, lovely gardens, a swimming pool and did I mention the views? A large private room with a view runs from $119 midweek to $199 holiday nights.

Admiral Peary House-Although the Admiral Peary House is in Fryeburg, Maine, it is a member of the Mt. Washington Valley B&B and is therefore listed here. This Inn is the former home of Admiral Robert E. Peary, the arctic explorer. As you enter the informal sitting room (with fireplace and pool table) from the 3-season porch, which serves as the entrance to the Inn, you immediately feel the charm of this Inn. The hosts of the Inn, who speak with obvious Australian accents, Hilary Jones and Derrek Schlottman, welcome you inside their sunny kitchen, where they seem most at home. The Inn is warm and sunny, but I only saw pictures of the rooms, as they were not available for personal viewing. Rates range from $95 to $185.

Bartlett Inn-located in Bartlett, this Inn is a work in progress; the sitting room floors are among the most perfectly refinished floors I have ever seen, yet most of the others need to be redone. A guest can hike, bike, snow shoe or XC ski from the back door of this interesting Inn. We viewed three of the rooms which all had interesting nooks, crannies and niches. Their prices are very reasonable, but the rooms are a bit small (but include a fireplace).

Covered Bridge House-if you’re looking for fancy, this isn’t the place for you; if you’re looking for cozy and homey, it is. This Inn, originally built in 1850 offers small but cozy rooms and very friendly hosts who want to please their guests. They offer reasonable rates, an outdoor hot tub but only 6 rooms.

Darby Field Restaurant & Inn- The Darby Field Inn offers outstanding accommodations as well as a full service bar and restaurant. Just driving here for dinner is well worth the trip. This Inn is lovely and as romantic as an Inn can be. How about a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride under the moon? I wish I had dressed warmer (I was there for dinner) so I could have taken the offered ride. There is a seasonal heated in-ground pool, hiking trails and spa services available. Room rates range from $140-$279.

Eastman Inn offers a lovely and welcoming entryway and a beautiful sitting room that just beckons the guests to just sit a spell. Although only the “overflow” room was available for viewing, it was a nicer rooms than other Inns I have stayed in, only slightly smaller. Lovely forest view. eastmaninn.com

Inn at Ellis River brings a new meaning to the word WOW. The atrium with hot tub made me want to move right in, especially after I saw the gameroom and pub. The entire Inn is bright and sunny and offers a huge breakfast room, seasonal swimming pool, lovely gazebo with the Ellis River in the background,and beautiful guest rooms. Frank and Lyn Baker were wonderful and gracious hosts who seemed very proud of what they have created here, and rightly so.

Glen Oaks Inn is a lovely down-to-earth Inn with down-to-earth hosts, Mitchell and Linda. Linda is the baker, Mitchell is the chef, but both are wonderful and gracious hosts, even though Linda wouldn’t share her cinnamon bun recipe. The 8-room Inn also offers 3 cottages with queen beds, private baths and some rooms with gas fireplaces. The Inn sits on 24 night snacks and unbelievable Cinnamon Buns. Just so you’re prepared, Linda insists that you sing a song on your way out the door, at least at Christmastime!

Inn at Crystal Lake-While I would describe one of the sitting areas and the Palmer Pub “funky”, they are two of the great features of this beautiful Inn. There is a unique sense of old and new here, yet it all blends together to form a wonderful Inn. Located in Eaton, this Inn is close to all the activities you could hope to cram into a vacation: skiing, biking, swimming, ice fishing, sleigh rides and it is close to the tax-free shopping mecca of Conway.

Inn at Jackson-Hosts Don and Joyce Bilger have made this Inn so welcoming and lovely! The guest room I toured was done in blue and had a gas fireplace, that was lit on that cold day, and a huge bathroom. The Inn offers free WIFI, an outdoor hot tub, in-room TV’s with DVD players (DVD library available) and you could literally cross country ski from the back door. Rates range from $109-$249.

Lakeview B&B and Cottages- This lovely Inn overlooks beautiful Silver Lake and offers a peaceful retreat in the Victorian Inn. There is a beach nearby and canoes and kayaks in the summer, and in the winter the Lake offers skating. The Inn is directly on the NH Snowmobile Corridor, making it a logical choice for a winter overnight stay.

The Notchland Inn was the first stop on our Inn-to-Inn tour. Hosts Ed Butler and Les Schoof were gracious and welcoming, as were their Burmese Mountain Dogs who greeted us. The Inn was charming, but in a LARGE way; charming usually brings to mind small cozy places, but the Notchland Inn was large and cozy. The dining area was so welcoming, as were the many sitting rooms and porches. All 12 guest rooms have wood burning fireplaces. Rates range from $195-$365. You may opt to include dinner at the restaurant in the nightly fee. There are minimum stays during some parts of the year; check online at Notchland.com.

The Old Red Inn and Cottages-This pet friendly Inn offers 7 rooms with private baths in the main Inn and 10 cottages. There is a seasonal swimming pool, in-room TV/DVD and refrigerators.

Riverbend Inn-Located in Chocorua, this Inn offers spectacular solitude with the sound of the river forever as background noise. I happened to see one of the upstairs bathrooms that must have the best view from the “throne” as any bathroom in the world. Yankee magazine says the Riverbend Inn is “a Hollywood-perfect inn, elegantly mixing art and antiques without sacrificing comfort”, which is an understatment in my view. There is a lovely deck and outdoor sitting areas to enjoy the peacefull environment here, as well as hiking trails to enjoy. Hosts Craig Cox and Jerry Weiss welcome quests into their beautiful Inn year ’round.

Wildflowers Inn B&B is a spectacular B&B offering spectacular views of the Presidential Range and Mt. Washington. The common area offers a bright room with Asian accents, a pool table, a large (huge) screen TV and all the reading material a person could possibly long for. The rooms are beautiful, offering free WIFI and private baths; suites with jacuzzis are available as are the lovely gazebo and gardens. The goal of hosts Bob & Emily Koch, is to make each guest feel like their Inn is a home away from home for them. I was just there for the cookies, but I didn’t want to leave!