Franconia Inn

1172 Easton Road, Franconia, New Hampshire 03580
Innkeeper(s): Richard & Alec Morris
 
  • Introduction

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    Nestled in the heart of the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Franconia Inn is a full service B&B Country Inn, where casual elegance and exquisite cuisine are just waiting to welcome you. We have a whole array of on-premises amenities and entertainment, and to tickle your adventurous spirit, the picturesque Franconia Notch offers a wealth of outdoor activities and sports.

    "In the land of big mountains and small villages"
     

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    Situated on over 100 sprawling acres in Easton Valley, the Inn affords a breathtaking view of Mount Lafayette, Franconia Notch, and the Franconia and Kinsman Ranges of the White Mountains. Our prime New England  locale provides easy accessibility to the small villages of Franconia, Sugar Hill, and Easton, as well as to the serene charm of the more quiet country life.

    Our lovely 3-story white clapboard colonial style Country Inn includes twenty-nine beautifully appointed cozy guest rooms, three luxury suites, a living room, library, two dining rooms, a Ratheskeller Lounge, and two spacious verandas.

    Franconia Inn's newly renovated guest rooms are decorated with refined simplicity where comfort is foremost. All 32 have private baths. Most are outfitted with double beds and some are appointed with queen and king size beds.

    Franconia Inn also offers The Kinsman Cottage, the newly renovated farmhouse cottage nestled beside the Inn. The loft has a great view of Mount Kinsman and is equipped with a full kitchen, master bedroom with a queen bed, living room with sleep sofa, TV and air conditioning. The ground floor of the cottage boasts a king size bed in the master bedroom, 2 person bubble tub, sitting area with TV and sleep sofa, a guest bedroom with a queen and single bed, and air conditioning.

    Our staff is professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous. It is our goal to ensure that each one of our guests enjoys gracious hospitality and excellent service. We offer a distinctive personal touch in a comfortably elegant yet informal atmosphere.

    Tastefully appointed, Franconia Inn's decor is comfortable, inviting, and elegant. Handsome fireplaces add a warm ambiance to our oak-paneled private library and spacious living room. Two dining rooms, one quaint and intimate, with its own fireplace, and the other airy and cheerful with a Bermuda ceiling, offer fantastic views of the White Mountains. Our front veranda faces east to greet magnificent sunrises over Cannon Mountain, while our back veranda faces west to catch the setting sun behind Sugar Hill.

    Franconia Inn's dining room is the evening centerpiece where casual elegance is enjoyed by all. Here, the stage is set for a delightful dining experience as guests gather around intimate candlelit tables and take in a spectacular view of the White Mountain landscape as seen through dozens of small-paned windows. The soothing and classical sounds of Mozart and Bach grace the air as does the exquisite aroma of gourmet at its finest. Our award-winning "Elegant American Cuisine" is sure to please even the most discriminating of palates!
     


     

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    Franconia Inn Features..

    • Four clay tennis courts
    • Heated outdoor pool
    • Bicycles, croquet, badminton
    • Outdoor Jacuzzi
    • Ice skating rink
    • Soaring center
    • Cross country ski center
    • Big screen TV movie room
    • 107 acres in the beautiful Easton Valley
    • Exquisite European & American cuisine
    • Honeymoon & family suites
    • 5 min. to Franconia Notch & Cannon Mountain
    • Walking distance to Robert Frost Museum
    • 5 golf courses within 20 min.
    • Riding stables & sleigh rides
    • Ping-pong table, video & pinball games

    X-C skiing

    The local residents of Franconia and the surrounding areas are some of the most warm, friendly, and interesting people you will meet. You are sure to feel right at home at Franconia Inn, so come join us and discover why our guests from all over the world keep coming back!

    Alpine skiing at nearby Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain and Bretton Woods is always a blast and we can arrange our ever-popular special ski and stay packages. Much more than a scenic winter ski resort, the Franconia Inn is an enchanting getaway for all seasons. In winter, spring, summer, and fall, you are sure to find plenty of activities to please.

  • Dining

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    Comforting fare with a gourmet flair. - The Boston Globe

    The Inn's dining room is the evening centerpiece where casual elegance is enjoyed by all. Here, the stage is set for a delightful dining experience as guests gather around intimate candlelit tables and take in a spectacular view of the White Mountain landscape as seen through dozens of windows. Soothing classical sounds grace the air as does the exquisite aroma of gourmet food at its finest. Our award-winning "Elegant American Cuisine" is sure to please even the most discriminating of palates!

    After a scrumptious dinner, head to the rustic Rathskeller Lounge, or to the game room-complete with ping-pong table, video, and pinball games. Check out our big screen TV movie room!
    Serving Breakfast 7:30 to 9:30 AM*
    Dinner 6:00 to 8:30 PM* (reservations recommended)

    Franconia Inn Dining Room *Hours may vary depending on the season



    BREAKFAST SAMPLING

    MIDDLE EARTH
    Unlimited breakfast buffet featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, locally-made granola, yogurt and cold cereal.

    SUGAR HOUSE
    Hot oatmeal with cinnamon, brown sugar, cream and a touch of maple syrup plus choice of bacon, sausage or ham.

    RIDGE RUN
    French toast: 3 slices with cinnamon sugar, real maple syrup and choice of bacon, sausage or ham.

    SWISS BORDER
    Waffle made with organic flours, topped with fresh fruit, whipped cream, real maple syrup and choice of bacon, sausage or ham.

    VISTA WAY
    Two eggs with homefries, toast and bacon.

    GLIDE PATH
    Three egg omelet with home fries, toast and bacon, sausage or ham.

    BEAVER BEND
    Eggs Benedict with two poached eggs and Canadian bacon, atop a grilled English muffin with homemade hollandaise sauce and homefries.

    RIVER RUN
    Smoked salmon on a bed of mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, red onion and capers with a toasted bagel and cream cheese.

    Children's portions available


    DINNER SAMPLING
    We invite you to enjoy the best of New England regional, local and seasonal cuisine. Many of the ingredients come from local producers. Our Chef's philosophy is to use the freshest products available in season, with minimal fuss, to let the natural flavors of the food shine through. We call it "simply elegant" cuisine.

    STARTERS
    Homemade Soup du Jour
    New England Lobster Bisque
    Goat Cheese Terrine
    Jumbo Escargot
    various Salads

    MAIN COURSES
    Roasted Long Island Duckling
    Delmonico Steak
    Roasted Vegetable Agnolotti
    Veal Picatta
    Pina Colada Chicken Breast
    Petit Filet Mignon and homemade Crab Cakes
    Jumbo Shrimp and Sea Scallop Scampi
    Hazelnut-crusted Pork Tenderloin
    Rack of New Zealand Lamb
    Grilled Yellowfin Tuna Steak
    Pepper-seared Atlantic Salmon Filet

    A full bar and extensive wine list compliment your dinner.

  • Weddings & Special Events

    horseback ridingFor that special occasion, the Inn is available for small weddings or other family gatherings. Our main dining room (which seats up to 100 guests), or the area outside of the lounge near the pool, is where we set up tables and tent for a scenic and festive atmosphere. We are very flexible-from the casual barbeque to an elegant buffet-we can accommodate functions of up to 150. If reserved well in advance, all rooms at The Inn can be set aside for the use of guests so that they can make a weekend of their visit to the area. Call 603-823-5542 or 800-473-5299 for more information.

  • Things To Do

    tennisDecember through March is an absolute winter wonderland here at our cozy B&B in the White Mountains! We offer ice-skating, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and sledding. Our refreshing sleigh rides are always a favorite among the young and old alike. Sit back and enjoy a scenic ride in an authentic antique sleigh pulled by a 'gentle giant', our friendly Belgian Draft-horse!

    As the spring temperatures melt the winter snows, a marvelous transformation at Franconia Inn takes place. Four striking red clay tennis courts and a large, sunny outdoor swimming pool emerge to once again invite eager tennis players and swimmers. Cross-country skis, boots, and poles give way to horses, saddles, and stirrups. Scenic bridle trails replace snow-packed ski trails, and our friendly ski instructor dons his equestrian hat as a skilled wrangler. Our ski shop reverts to the barn, and where heaping snow banks once towered, lovely gardens team with brilliant new life.

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    There is nothing like a Summer spent in the White Mountains! As warm weather approaches, our snowy airfield with its lone windsock reasserts itself as a bustling grassy glider port, catering to first-time passengers and experienced pilots alike.

    May and June are fabulous months for hiking in the breathtaking North Country. Comfortable cool New England temperatures and peaceful trails make for an exhilarating experience. Experience the fresh clean New Hampshire mountain air that will invigorate your senses and rejuvenate your spirit.
     

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    If biking is your pleasure, we have bicycles freely available for you. Franconia Notch has a great and safe bicycle path where you can leisurely discover many scenic sites. The famous Old Man of the Mountain, the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, Profile Lake, the Basin, the Flume Gorge, and other wonderful hideaways are tucked here and there.

    As September ushers in cooler temperatures, the entire vast landscape comes alive with magnificent hues of red, gold, yellow, orange, and purple. Considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the famed Autumn foliage in the White Mountains is a veritable feast to the eyes, an inspiration to the soul. September and October in northern New England make for a most invigorating time to visit!

  • History

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    The history of the Franconia Inn is a story set against the larger events of American history when the North Country was an agrarian society. Shortly after the incorporation of the town of Franconia in 1772, Zebedee Applebee acquired the property upon which the Franconia Inn now stands and erected a homestead. President Jefferson was, at that time, contemplating the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, and the Lewis and Clark expedition into the West was about to get underway. Twelve years after it was built, the homestead would hold the first of an unbroken line of Town Meetings. Though undocumented, several generations lived at the Applebee site. We do know that subsequent owners, Mr. & Mrs. Zara Thayer, worked the land as a farm and then sold it for a modest price to Mr. Henry Spooner in 1865.

    Meanwhile, General Lee had surrendered at Appomattox and though the nation's agony subsided, the war had managed to invade the very center of Franconia life. Cannons used in the struggle were made at the Franconia Foundry which later reverted to the production of peaceful goods such as the famous Franconia stoves, kettles, and nails. As America turned toward relaxation, a tradition was born. Mr. & Mrs. Spooner took in 'summer boarders' as did most other valley farmers. Each farmer/host had a private wagon with which to pick up guests at the Littleton railroad station, 9 miles to the north. These wagons also shuttled people so they could enjoy the beautiful scenery. Each June through mid-October, a steady flow of guests arrived and through the years Mr. Spooner and his son prospered. The automotive age augured well for tourism in the North Country. When Henry Spooner died, Edward and Gladys Mckenzie purchased the property. Their tradition of graciousness and hospitality drew not only the summer boarders but also the first mobile tourists. Despite the Depression, the popularity of Mckenzie's grew. The lovely farm-cum-inn was filled with charming old furnishings, but in January 1934, catastrophe struck. On a dreadfully cold night, a biting thirty-five below zero, Mckenzie's was consumed by fire. A new structure designed as a Country Inn was then built, and now it has grown to proudly welcome guests from all around the world!
    In 1981 the Morris family acquired the Franconia Inn as their fourth vacation resort. Third generation innkeepers, Proprietors Richard and Alec Morris, have enjoyed a long-standing, solid reputation for their excellence in hospitality, and their remarkably high standards of quality.

  • Activities

    The Franconia Inn has much to offer guests visiting this incredibly beautiful area. Whether you are seeking the enriching experience of hiking high on mountain peaks, to thrilling kayak adventures, skiing, scenic bike trails, or memorable trips to popular attractions such as Clark's Trading Post, The Cog Railroad and more…you and your family will return home with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Each season has unique possibilities - many from right out our front door. At the end of the day The Inn beckons with relaxed, gourmet dining, an outdoor hot tub, movies, or a nightcap in the Lounge. Whether your interests are antiquing in the area, scenic drives, active sports, family attractions or just sitting by the pool with a good book, we strive to help you make the most of your precious leisure time.

    ON THE PREMISES
    we offer a wealth of activities:
    Spring/Summer/Fall
    Four Clay Tennis Courts
    Heated Outdoor Pool
    Fishing and swimming in the Ham Branch stream
    Mountain Biking
    Croquet and Badminton
    Outdoor Jacuzzi
    Nightly Movies
    Board Games
    Horseback Riding
    Soaring Center (glider rides)
    Winter
    X-C Ski Center and 65km of trails
    Snowshoeing
    Ice Skating
    Snow Tubing
    Sleigh Rides
    Outdoor Jacuzzi
    Nightly Movies
    Board Games
    Ratheskeller Lounge with fireplace



    NEARBY:
    Spring/Summer/Fall
    Franconia Village (voted 10th best small town in America by Outside Magazine)
    Five Golf Courses
    Hiking in the White Mountain National Forest
    Franconia Notch State Park & Echo Lake
    The Frost Place
    Fishing at Profile Lake
    Kayaking & Canoeing
    Antiquing
    Theatre (plays, films, live entertainment)
    Dining
    Shopping in downtown Littleton (voted 9th Best Small Town in America)
    Winter
    Five Ski Areas
    Quaint Villages
    Movies, Dining, Shopping
    Hiking Trails
    Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway
    Cog Ski Train
    The Rocks Christmas Tree Farm
    Snowmobile Trails
    Ice Fishing

  • Spring/Summer/Fall

    As the spring temperatures melt the winter snows, a marvelous transformation takes place at The Inn. Clay tennis courts and a large swimming pool emerge while cross-country ski equipment gives way to horses, saddles and stirrups. Bridle trails replace snow-packed ski trails, and our friendly ski instructor dons his equestrian hat as a skilled wrangler. Lovely gardens team with brilliant new life and just behind the Inn the mighty Ham Branch River comes to life with verve and vigor.

    Summer brings peaceful afternoons reading and relaxing on the wide veranda, or days spent enjoying all of the outdoor activities the White Mountains have to offer. May and June are fabulous months for hiking, with comfortable temperatures for conquering exhilarating trails or wandering through wooded paths while lovely Lady Slippers and wood sorrels play at your feet. If biking is your pleasure, Franconia Notch has a great bicycle path where you can leisurely discover many scenic sites. The Inn is located near many area attractions such as The Flume, Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, Lost River, Clark's Trading Post and more…there is no end to the many choices summer brings for pleasurable outings.

    As September ushers in cooler temperatures, the entire vast landscape comes alive with magnificent hues of red, gold, yellow and orange. The famed autumn foliage, peaking about mid-October, is a feast to the eyes, an inspiration to the soul.



    ON THE PREMISES
    we offer a wealth of activities:
    Four Clay Tennis Courts
    Heated Outdoor Pool
    Fishing and swimming in the Ham Branch stream
    Mountain Biking
    Croquet and Badminton
    Outdoor Jacuzzi
    Nightly Movies
    Board Games
    Horseback Riding
    Soaring Center (glider rides)

    NEARBY:
    Franconia Village (voted 10th best small town in America by Outside Magazine)
    Five Golf Courses
    Hiking in the White Mountain National Forest
    Franconia Notch State Park & Echo Lake
    The Frost Place
    Fishing at Profile Lake
    Kayaking & Canoeing
    Antiquing
    Theatre (plays, films, live entertainment)
    Dining
    Shopping in downtown Littleton (voted 9th Best Small Town in America)

  • Horseback Riding

    From the end of May until mid-October the Franconia Inn Stables offers guided horseback riding excursions into the countryside along our extensive trail system which meanders along the Ham Branch River, into the foothills of Cannon Mountain and along Easton Valley. This one-hour ride leaves about every hour and a half through the day, from 8am until 3pm most days. It's a good idea to call Adam at Franconia Notch Stables to sign up: 603-823-5058.

  • Winter

    Winter is an absolute wonderland here at our cozy inn! Crackling fireplaces and comfy sofas beckon guests in from exhilarating outdoor activities. We offer cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and snowtubing/ice skating parties (lighted rink, rentals available). Our extensive 65km X-C trail system begins right outside the door for a convenient way to enjoy woodsy trails and riverside views. Sleigh rides are always a favorite among the young and old alike. Sit back and enjoy a scenic ride in an authentic antique sleigh pulled by a handsome Belgian Draft horse! There is nothing like dashing through the snow after a pristine snowfall.

    Alpine skiing at nearby Cannon, Loon and Bretton Woods is always a blast with our ever-popular special ski and stay packages.

    ON THE PREMISES


    We offer a wealth of activities:
    X-C Ski Center and 65km of trails
    Snowshoeing
    Ice Skating
    Snow Tubing
    Sleigh Rides
    Outdoor Jacuzzi
    Nightly Movies
    Board Games
    Ratheskeller Lounge with fireplace



    NEARBY:
    Five Ski Areas
    Quaint Villages
    Movies, Dining, Shopping
    Hiking Trails
    Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway
    Cog Ski Train
    The Rocks Christmas Tree Farm
    Snowmobile Trails
    Ice Fishing

    Sleigh Rides

    As fall turns to winter our antique sleigh gets prepared for another season of nostalgic rides reminiscent of a bygone era. Our Belgian draft horse dons festive gear and pulls delighted guests across fields of snow in a picture-postcard setting. Offered throughout the winter season. Make your reservation at the Franconia Inn desk. Complete your experience with a hot toddy in our Rathskellar Lounge. Take the entire family or that special someone for this rare and memorable outing.

    Prices $20 per adult $10 per child (6 to 11yrs), 25 min ride
    Schedule noon to 8pm 7 days per week
    Max riders 5 adults, two horse sleigh.
    Booking: Franconia Notch Stables 603-823-5058 -- visit Franconia Notch Stables on Facebook!

  • Area Attractions & Links

  • How To Find Us

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    From Boston (2 1/2 hours) - I-93 North, through Franconia Notch. Take exit 38 (Franconia/Sugar Hill), left off exit. Straight through intersection to route 116S, 2.2 miles to the Inn (towards Easton).

    From New York City (6 hours) - New England Thruway (I-95) to New Haven, CT, left on I-91 North (225 miles) to the Wells River/Woodsville exit. Right on Rt. 302. East through Woodsville to Lisbon, NH. Two miles past Lisbon on 302, go right on Rt. 117 to Franconia, crossing the bridge into town. Then go right and at the Mobil Station, take another right on Rt. 116S, 2.2 miles to the Inn.

    From Montreal (3 hours) - Rt. 10 to Rt. 55 and cross the border at Derby Line. I-91 to St. Johnsbury, VT. then take I-93 into New Hampshire and south to Exit 38 (Franconia/Sugar Hill), right off exit. Cross main road to Rt. 116S, 2.2 miles to the Inn.

 
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