The Wayside Inn

3738 Main Street Route 302, Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574
Innkeeper(s): Victor and Kathe Hofmann
  • View of The Wayside Inn from the historic Pierce Bridge

    View of The Wayside Inn from the historic Pierce Bridge

  • The main building with inn rooms & restaurant.

    The main building with inn rooms & restaurant.

  • View of the garden & Ammonoosuc River.

    View of the garden & Ammonoosuc River.

  • Guest room in the inn.

    Guest room in the inn.

  • Guest room in the inn.

    Guest room in the inn.

  • Guest sitting room in the main building.

    Guest sitting room in the main building.

  • Motel/Annex Building with guest rooms.

    Motel/Annex Building with guest rooms.

  • Introduction

    This historic inn started as a four-room homestead, built by the nephew of Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States. Today, The Wayside Inn welcomes guests seeking a true New England experience in any season. The inn is perfect for Romantic Getaways, Family and Friend Gatherings or a Memorable Vacation. The original main inn is partnered with its modern annex, ideal for young families and pet-friendly, each room features a balcony and a lovely view. All accommodations are spacious and truly comfortable, and one room in the inn is wheelchair accessible.

    Guests enjoy seasonal outdoor pleasures, with a riverside sandy beach and the carefully tended flower garden.  Nearby hiking trails change dramatically with the seasons, and winter offers snowshoeing and cross-country skiing right from our door. Golf enthusiasts, dedicated antique lovers, country-store shoppers, our guests know all their passions will be satisfied. We are so close to major ski areas, and skiers of all levels will find their thrills all through the winter and early spring seasons.

    We offer a variety of packages throughout the year including golf, gourmet dinner and
    wine tasting, innkeeper special, maple sugaring  and the wonderful Bethlehem Christmas Tree Celebration. Visit our website for more information


    A True New England Country Inn

    The Wayside Inn, set by the beautiful Ammonoosuc River, is a few minutes from the center of Bethlehem in New Hampshire's White Mountains. The historic inn is a favorite for family vacations, romantic getaways and group gatherings any time of the year.

    Mountain Charm and Fine Dining

    Lovely settings, old-time flavor, warm hospitality, beautiful quilts... these are the hallmarks of our 175-year-old country inn. The Inn also houses the Pierce Lounge as well as the Riverview Restaurant, where flavorful candlelit dinners and hearty country breakfasts are served.

    The Spectacular Outdoors

    Outside, guests enjoy a selection of on-site activities. In summertime the sandy beach by the river, the flower garden and the horseshoe pit are favorites. Hiking trails, golf courses, antique and gift stores and the White Mountains attractions are just a short drive away. In winter enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing from the inn or downhill skiing at Bretton Woods and Cannon Mountain. Discounted lift tickets are available to our guests.


  • The Riverview Restaurant

    Riverview RestaurantRiverview Restaurant

    You are invited for dinner at our Riverview Restaurant featuring fresh food carefully and lovingly prepared by your host and award-winning chef, Victor Hofmann. His European training is reflected in the delicious specials from Switzerland. Before or after dinner make new friends or relax with your favorite beverage in the Pierce Room, our full service lounge.

    Restaurant Hours: Breakfast 7:30 - 9:30 am. Dinner 5:30 - 8 pm.
    Hours vary in winter.

  • Pets Welcome

    Pets are welcome in our designated rooms in the annex for an additional fee of $10 per night.

  • How to Find Us

    The Wayside Inn is 6 1/2 miles East off Interstate 93 (exit 40). Take a right hand turn off exit 40 onto Route 302 East. You will pass through the town of Bethlehem and we are on your right-hand side. We're minutes from Mount Washington, Franconia State Park, Old Man of the Mountains, Santa's Village and other major White Mountain attractions, and ski areas at Bretton Woods and Cannon Mountain.

    Driving Distances

    We're easy to reach by Interstate highway.

    95 Manchester, New Hampshire
    100 Portland, Maine
    150 Boston, Massachusetts
    150 Montreal, Canada
    200 Providence, Rhode Island
    210 Hartford, Connecticut
    320 New York, New York
    Distances are in miles.