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NH Inns/B&B with great food, good access to XC skiing?

SO and I, and another couple, have made regular mid-winter weekend pilgrimages in search of the above to Quebec City (awesome, of course), Quebec Eastern Twps, and Vermont (Blueberry Hill Inn last year), so we have high standards. Are hoping to find someplace similar in NH, thus a little closer to our base in Maine. Balsams is WAY too pricey!

Suggestions?

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  1. Have you looked at Jackson and North Conway NH?

    I would recommend Jackson for XC ski access and there are plenty of Inns and nice B&Bs offering good breakfasts and some have a full restaurant as well. We stayed at the Inn at Jackson years ago and was pleased with the place. We have also spent plenty of time at the Stonehurst Manor, for decent food (not great anymore but good and really good wood fired pizza) included in your room price this would suffice for most people. The fireplaced lounge is comfy for beverages before or after drinks and I believe you can XC right from the property. Ask for one of the rooms in the Inn that has been redone, they are worth it vs. the “motel style” wing.

    Any of the other inns or B&Bs in the North Conway area would work well.

    1. In that same area (just outside North Conway) is Snow Village Inn, excellent food and 15 kilom of trails:
      http://www.snowvillageinn.com/

      1. Jackson, N.H., is home to the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, which is one of the best in the east, and it's also home to many fine inns. I'm a big fan of the The Inn at Thorn Hill, which like most Jackson inns, is on the trail network. It also has an excellent dining room that's open for breakfast and dinner as well as a nice lounge serving lighter fare. The Wentworth is another favorite, but look up Jackson, there are dozens of inns and B&Bs, each with its own personality.

        1. The Dana Place in Jackson, NH feels a bit tired in spots these days, but it is still a great place to stay for XC skiers or snowshoers. The restaurant is decent, if a bit inconsistent, but it does have some very good dishes. And you can't get much closer to Pinkham Notch and Mount Washington, and you can pretty much ski or snowshoe right from the inn.

          Another option is the Ellis River House in Jackson. I'm not thrilled by all of the rooms (some are a bit tight in space), but a few of them are really comfortable (and you can hear the river from some) and their breakfasts are pretty good. And again, you are right at the trails here.

          1. Notchland Inn, Crawford Notch--rooms start at $195, include an amazing breakfast--they do a 5 course gourmet dinner for $38 pp. http://www.notchland.com/

            1. In Fryeburg ME. Right on the Center Conway NH /Fryeburg ME state line there is a wonderful B&B called Oxford House that is about $100-$150 a night off ski trails. The breakfasts are wonderful, and so are the dinners. I would highly recommend it. I stayed there for 3 nights. and I loved every second of it.

              1. Just in case you'd consider Vt....A few years ago, I stayed at The Inn at Sawmill Farm. It was wonderful. Gourmet meals and a great setting. The wine cellar is the recipient of Wine Spectator Magazine’s “Grand Award." It's located near Mt Snow in Vt, and comes to mind as one of the best. . http://www.theinnatsawmillfarm.com/

                1. There is a very nice B&B in Chester, VT which is very close to Nordic Trails? crosscountry skiing. Jackson, NH is wonderful. Nordic Village is great with pools, hot tub and a place to cook. We've never stayed at a B&B in Jackson as we really enjoy the hot tub and pools at Nordic Village. THINK SNOW

                  1. Thanks to all for the great suggestions, and keep 'em coming! Will definitely report on our eventual choice and the experience.

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                    1. re: mainemal

                      try the bed and breakfast at Mount Washington Inn, great accommodations and great food as well.....We liked the Woodstock Inn in Vermont as well. I really like the Mountain Top Inn in Chittendon VT for the BEST skiing and food as well as skating, tobaggonning, horse drawn sleigh rides.....quiet private cottages that I have not stayed in...

                      1. re: jspear

                        Thanks once again for all the great suggestions. Thanks to jspear and others, we had settled on Mountain Top Inn, only to find that they're having a huge wedding on our chosen weekend, no space or food available to outsiders. So thanks to another recent post on VT inns, we're falling to Inn at Weathersfield and commuting to the local x-c areas. Will post a report early next month.

                        1. re: mainemal

                          Hope you have a great weekend, you certainly should have great conditions....try mountain top again sometime, it is one of my favorite destination spots.....

                          1. re: mainemal

                            If its not to late you should move your inn resi to the village inn in Woodstock VT.. much closer to the killington ski center and Billings farms has many carriage trails you can ski on.

                            1. re: vtchopper

                              what about the woodstock inn? we were there years ago and they had excellent skiiing....

                      2. Has anyone recently stayed at the Red Clover Inn in Mendon, just outside Killington? They recently reopened in Dec 08 and have refurbished or remodeled the place completely. I'm excited to give them a try and hoping for feedback. I started staying there in 1986 and have been a guest there over 20+ visits, but when we visited a couple of years back, we were terribly disappointed with the food and the atmosphere as well. The inn was hopping and the food was 5* years ago, and I'm soooo hoping they've restored their service, dinners/breakfasts back to the "old" Red Clover Inn quality.