Follansbee Inn on Kezar Lake
Stressful move? We don’t feel no stress. 3 Mar 2013, 3:22 pm
From hot humid Louisiana to very cold, crisp New Hampshire. From corporate lawyer to innkeeper (a/k/a cook, janitor, painter, plumber, electrician, yardman. . .); obviously a major life change. While preparing for the move more than one person weary of their position in life queried as to how one makes such a change. I plan to discuss that process, from decision to move to adjustment, in this blog. In hindsight the decision to move toward the new goal was relatively easy. The harder part was actually bringing the decision to fruition and upon accomplishing that, making the adjustment (although the physical move itself should not be overlooked as a source of stress and exhaustion). So here we are, running a beautiful inn in a magnificent part of the country, and like everything in life there is the good points and there are the negatives. For me at least the positives far outweigh the negatives. I’m loving New Hampshire and running Follansbee Inn!
A Clean Inn 19 Feb 2013, 12:38 pm
How do we keep 18 bedrooms, an entrance-way, a dining room, a bar room, a game room, a kitchen. . . . so wonderfully clean? A big part of the answer is pictured above, our wonderful housekeeper Nung. Tireless, conscientious, always smiling and always able and willing to help, we have been blessed to have Nung with us year round at Follansbee. Another part of the answer is Rose, who joins us on busy weekends and who will help us this summer prior to heading off to college. Be sure to say hello to Nung and Rose when you visit us next.
Snow Paths 9 Feb 2013, 9:20 am
Our long anticipated big snow has arrived with a bang. As a Southern expat I learned the true meaning of shoveling/blowing snow. The 2″ storms are a breeze, the 18″ storms require a bit of sweat equity. But it’s beautiful, and will make the great skiing at Mount Sunapee even better. The next several weeks will be skiing paradise, and with a Follansbee Ski and Stay Package guests might discover nirvana.
Touring the Craft Beer Country 2 Feb 2013, 6:47 pm
Pictured is Hill Farmstead’s “Edward,” one of New England’s World Class Beers. America is undergoing a beer brewing Renaissance and New England is one of the focus areas. On a recent trek my son Collins, my brother David, and myself journeyed to some of the top ranked brewers in Vermont. If you want the beer the journey is required because these craft brewers only distribute locally. And be aware, the local sellers run out typically within 24 hours of delivery. But don’t worry, we know where to go and when to be there to taste Heady Topper, brewed by the Alchemist, Edward and others brewed by Hill Farmstead, the great beers brewed by Lawson’s Finest Liquids, etc, . . . . So come stay at Follansbee for your first class tour of the “beer country.”
Cutting Ice for Muster Field Farm 30 Jan 2013, 1:12 pm
January 27, 2013 Ice Cutting. Muster Field Farm’s annual ice cutting was canceled last year because the ice on Kezar Lake was too thin. No problem this year. With a couple of weeks of near zero temperatures the ice is about 16″ thick. Cutting took place early Sunday morning, January 27, 2013 on a beautiful, sunny day with temperatures hovering around 10. Skiers note, along with the ice we also have snow (in spite of a couple days of warming weather) in North Sutton and the snow at the resorts is fabulous! So come to Follansbee to walk across Kezar Lake (borrow our snowshoes) or to ski with discounted lift tickets available for Mount Sunapee through the inn.
Your Summer Reservation 22 Mar 2012, 5:55 am
Right now, we’re busy sprucing up the inn for our upcoming season. This is also about the time when we like to give you a gentle reminder to make your summer reservations. So go online, pick your dates and room–and we’ll be seeing you in no time! And you’ll be hiking, biking, boating or just plain relaxing for your summer vacation. The lake is calling to you…
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A Breath of Spring 14 Mar 2012, 8:34 am
We’re noting very springlike tendencies, with the clocks “springing ahead”. We’re making special use of the mild weather–doing some outdoor projects like new stairs leading to our porch. Still a work in progress, they should be finished soon. Here’s hoping this will help you “spring” into action and make those summer reservations!
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Winter White 27 Feb 2012, 8:14 am
We haven’t seen a whole lot of the white stuff as of late. But with a fresh coat of winter white this weekend, and with more of it expected later this week, we’re going to report that the groundhog was correct when he predicted 6 more weeks of winter. That’s fine with us–we love to ski, snowshoe or sit by a cozy fire with a book. All of them are great winter activities.
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Hanover Winter Carnivale 8 Feb 2012, 9:17 am
Visit us and also take a trip to Hanover, NH, to enjoy Winter Festivities. We especially think a visit to Molly’s Restaurant is in order. This is what they have to say:
Join us for an EXTREME winter chill at
Molly’s in Hanover!!
The Green Room kicks off Winter Carnival Weekend
with a live show in the bar from
10pm-midnight on Thursday, February 9th.
Outside, your favorite Molly’s bartenders
will be serving up drinks on an
eight foot bar made entirely of ICE
and chilling them using two ice luges built into the bar.
Our fire-pit will be blazing
and the patio heaters will be on, so grab a drink
(featuring Skyy Vodka inspired list of cocktails) while
you’re taking in all the
Hanover Winter Carnival festivities.
Molly’s ICE BAR event (a cash only event)
6pm – 12am Thursday, February 9th.
5pm – 12am Friday, February 10th.
12pm – 12am Saturday, February 11th.
12pm- 5pm Sunday, February 12th.
Groundhog Day 2012 2 Feb 2012, 7:56 am
The groundhog did, indeed, see his shadow. That means 6 more weeks of winter. Perhaps that winter could include a bit more snow! We don’t hesitate to remind you, however, that the winter hikes are terrific right now. With 6 more weeks of winter, you know you’ll want a weekend getaway with us!
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