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Tour of the Inn
This is the front view of Six Chimneys & A Dream.
You can spend time relaxing in the front yard in the Adirondack chairs.
Here is the view from the chairs, looking over to Tenney Mountain.
The Dreamer’s Den has historical and local literature for guests to peruse, in addition to plenty of books, games, puzzles, and cable TV. guests can also access wifi throughout most of the B&B. The woodstove keeps it warm and cozy when it’s chilly outside.From the den, we go down the steps to the Tavern Room. There is a small bar here for those who bring beverages and want an authentic tavern experience.There is also a piano and, of course, more books. The Victorian Stove in the Tavern Room dates back to the 1800s, and there are old farm items displayed on the barn board walls.
A Dream Within A Dream is in the old parlor room and contains the work of 11 crafters/artists at present. It also has photos and sample quilts on display, for those who would like to commission a truly special quilt based on one they see.We go back up the steps to enter the Dining Room. The tables are arranged so you may have a private conversation, but also near enough that conversations between tables can easily take place (and usually do!)The Dining Room features two corner hutches, vintage tablecloths, a large hutch from Spain, and a woodstove for those chilly mornings. A Guest Fridge is also available for your convenience. Early morning Coffee and tea are ready when you are.
Six Chimneys & A Dream Breakfasts
From a starter of fruit such as glazed pears or apples or peaches with berries and cream, you'll know ... breakfast at Six Chimneys & A Dream is something for which it is worth getting out of bed!The scents of fresh baked breads or muffins and coffee waft upstairs through the old floor grates, helping our guests to get their days started. Our entrees range from sweet and puffy baked French toasts to fruit-filled Dutch Baby to savory egg casseroles ... or the interesting and very tasty Cornish Baked Egg.Breakfast is usually served between 8AM and 9AM, but may be available at different times by special request. There are several tables in our lovely dining room, but if the weather is nice, you are welcome to eat in our perennial gardens.We enjoy trying new things in the kitchen, but if you have a plainer palate, just let us know. We work hard to accommodate dietary restrictions, food allergies and just old-fashioned dislikes ... as long as you let us know ahead of time what they are.Enjoy Our Savory Start to the Day!
History of the Inn
The history of Six Chimneys & A Dream
Could Daniel Pike have imagined, more than 200 years after he built his family home in East Hebron, NH and established Pike’s Tavern, that it would still be receiving guests looking forward to a good meal and respite from the road?The Early YearsSix Chimneys & A Dream has been welcoming weary, hungry travelers since the the stagecoach first appeared in the area, with the opening of the Mayhew Turnpike in the early 1800's. Daniel and his wife Sarah farmed, but they also realized the need for an inn and tavern when the stagecoach route was created between Concord and the Connecticut River Valley.Pike’s Tavern opened around 1799 but was enlarged shortly after the Mayhew Turnpike opened, adding two rooms below and two above. The need for extra space is not surprising since the Pikes had nine children of their own, let alone space for sleeping guests. After Sarah’s death in 1821, Daniel sold the property to Putnam Spaulding who continued to operate Pike’s Tavern.McClure's TavernIn 1837, David and Emeline McClure bought the property and renamed it McClure’s Tavern. At this time traffic on the turnpike was at its peak, and according to a McClure descendant, the barns on the property (two of which still stand) could stable up to 60 horses. According to the old tavern records, one could also procure a room (or a rum!) for just 10¢.Traffic on the Mayhew Turnpike declined sharply after 1848, when the Franklin & Bristol railroad opened for traffic from Concord to Plymouth. Although David continued to operate the tavern for some years after (primarily frequented by the locals), he is listed as a farmer in the censuses of 1850, 1860, and 1870.The East Hebron Post OfficeThe stagecoaches also brought mail with them, and McClure’s tavern became a hub for postmasters of nearby Hebron and Groton to come by and exchange mail. The house officially served as East Hebron’s Post Office during the late 1800’s until sometime in the early 1900’s (note the sign above the door in the picture.) The house eventually passed on to Justin McClure and his wife Estelle, until Justin's death in 1952. In 1960, Estelle sold the property to the Spencers.The Beginning of Six ChimneysFour years later the Marshalls bought the building, and then in 1970, it was purchased by Peter and Lee Fortescue, who renamed it “Six Chimneys” (it does indeed have six working chimneys) and operated it as a bed and breakfast during the 80’s. It was turned back into a private home during the 90’s, and stayed that way ... until Juli Pruden discovered it in September 2005 and decided it was the perfect place to realize her long-cherished dream. Thus was born “Six Chimneys & A Dream,” preserving a 200-year-old Hebron landmark and tradition.The building contains such classic antique features as gunstock posts, hand-hewn beams, King’s Pine floorboards, a two-seat privy, log beams with bark still on them, hand-wrought iron nails, and historic 9/6 window sashes. It is also home to “A Dream Within A Dream,” a gift shop specializing in local crafts and workshops.
Things to Do in the Area
We are so fortunate, here in the Newfound Lake area, to have an incredible wealth of resources and activities within minutes of Six Chimneys and A Dream. No matter what your tastes and preferences are, we are perfectly situated for guests to take advantage of all the Lakes Region and White Mountains have to offer.
Area offerings include everything from hiking to antiquing, kayaking or canoeing, outlet shopping, horseback riding, golfing, concert and theater going, exploring natural wonders, bird watching, biking, swimming, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, watching NASCAR races, boating tours ... and, of course, fabulous dining opportunities.
Please use our links below to plan your visit, or ask us to help you arrange your itinerary. It’s out pleasure to ensure that you get the most out of your visit to Six Chimneys & A Dream and the Newfound Lake area.
Within 10 minutes:
Tenney Mountain offers downhill skiing and a tubing and terrain park in winter and zip-line tours along with other special programs in the summer.
The Spa at the Common Man Inn
Need a truly relaxing, pampering time away? Check out their services.
Rhino Bike Works
For bike rentals and supplies.
Polar Caves Park
Glacial caves to explore and a maple sugar shack for sweets.
West Shore Marine
Motor Boat rentals on Newfound Lake.
The Mill Ice Cream Café & Fudge Factory
Homemade creamy ice cream and fudge—mmm, delicious.
Wellington State Park
Relax on the shores of Newfound Lake or explore walking trails.
Sculptured Rocks Geologic Site
Natural rock formations through which the Cockermouth River weaves.
Plymouth State University’s Silver Center for the Arts
Cultural offerings through the university.
Country Heart Quilters
Convenient, well-stocked quilt shop owned by a former Keepsake employee.
Pemi-Baker River Adventures
Rent kayaks, canoes or tubes for a trip down the Baker and Pemigewasset rivers.
The Japanese Steakhouse and Tavern
Pasquaney Restaurant and Wild Hare Tavern
Cu Na Mara, now Kathleen's Cottage
Cheerful Garden (Chinese)
George’s Seafood and BBQue
The Lucky Dog Tavern & Grill
Within 20 minutes:
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
Boat tours, interactive animal presentations, and walking trails will entertain the family. Good for a rainy day, too.
Private boat excursions on Squam Lake, aka “Golden Pond.”
Rocky Ridge Ranch
Trail rides, pony rides, wagon rides, sleigh rides, and ice skating.
Owl’s Nest Golf Club
Highland Links Golf Club
Within 30 minutes:
Franconia Notch State Park
Don’t miss the beauty of this park and its attractions.
The mecca for all quilters.
Tanger Outlets in Tilton
Visit your favorite shops for bargains.
Waukewan Golf Club
Ragged Mountain Resort
Golfing in summer and skiing in winter.
Musical theatre for everyone and special shows for children.
Take the family for a ride on the train in the White Mtns.
Clark’s Trading Post
Bear show, circus, train ride, and museums.
Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center
All kinds of big name concerts.
Whale’s Tale Water Park
Wave pool, waterslides, and tube slides.
Pemi Valley Excursions
Horseback rides, wagon rides, and moose tours.
Arcade and games.
M/S Mount Washington Cruises
Day and evening cruises, including dinner and dance cruises.
The Flume Gorge
A highlight of Franconia Notch State Park, not to be missed.
Within 45 minutes:
Cobble Mountain Stables
Horseback trail rides at Gunstock.
Gunstock Mountain Resort
Downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing.
Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves
Fun, fun, fun. Explore the caves and scramble around the boulders with the family.
NH International Speedway
For all the race fans out there.
Horseback riding, mountain biking, gondola rides, and, of course, skiing.
Highland Mountain Bike Park
Mountain bike park, including rentals.
Canterbury Shaker Village
Tours, demonstrations, and learning opportunities.
See amazing sights from caves, canyons, and overlooks.
Castle in the Clouds
See the castle, hike, and attend informative lectures or classes.
The Loon Center
Walk the trails along Lake Winnipesaukee and learn about loons and their habitat in the center.
Cardigan Mountain State Park
Hiking and great views to be had.