Follansbee Inn on Kezar Lake
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Welcome to the Follansbee Inn, An American Classic
Historic, family-friendly, sublime, Follansbee Inn is located on beautiful Kezar Lake. Follansbee offers 17 individually decorated guest rooms, each with an en suite bathroom. As our guest you'll enjoy complimentary use of our kayaks, canoes, rowboat, sailboat, and bicycles. Enjoy your stay while connecting with yourself, with family, with nature.
The Follansbee Inn is an authentic 1840 New England bed & breakfast, with eighteen individually furnished guest rooms, all with private bath, at a uniquely beautiful location on the south shore of Kezar Lake, one of New Hampshire's small lakes. Our inn is located in the country, in a natural, unspoiled setting. We cater to adults and older children who wish to have an active, natural and environmentally friendly vacation.
You will have a great day with our lovely lake and comfortable rooms. A host of nearby activities will beckon you just outside our doors, but not until you enjoy breakfast in our spacious dining area. Use one of our bikes (we even have a tandem), boats, or snowshoes to explore the area, or just tie on your shoes for a great hike. Relax at our lakefront, and walk to the general store for a snack or afternoon sandwich.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Cat and Denis Swords for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Location, location, location. Our inn is on the beautiful Kezar Lake in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee area - a region that is overflowing with activities.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
The warm, “homey” experience we offer guests. We offer a New England escape with a New Orleans touch, having brought the sense of joie de vivre New Orleans is known for to North Sutton.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
We are located in one of the most naturally beautiful areas in America.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
A 14-year-old girl wrote us a thank you letter stating that staying here was the best vacation of her life.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
World class micro-breweries abound.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Take at least one day to play on Kezar: hike around the lake, swim in the lake, and boat in the lake. Go to one of the Shaker Villages, bike the Northern Rail Trail, play golf, downhill ski at Sunapee or Ragged Mountain, cross-country ski, snow shoe, snowmobile, shop New London, visit one of the many museums, go to the craft festival in August, try the zip lines or other summer activities at Mount Sunapee, take a dinner cruise on Lake Sunapee, visit Simon Pearce to watch the glass blowing and to eat a fabulous meal overlooking the Quechee River.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Plenty. Musterfield Farm - an 18th Century Farm. Vernondale country Store - the oldest continually operating business in New Hampshire is across the street (They have great sandwiches, pizza, ice cream, etc). Snowmobile trails are just outside our door as are walking and biking trails.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
La Meridiana. It's a delicious Italian restaurant owned and run by a great chef who prepares everything himself, upon placement of the order..
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
Sorry, no pets.
Amenities at The Follansbee Inn
Our Lakefront Dock is a favorite not just for paddling a canoe, a kayak, or using the rowboat to tour the lake where wildlife abounds. The dock is the beginning of adventure. It's where timeouts can mean devouring your favorite book, dreaming in a hammock, or sharing a conversation while relaxing by the lake.
At evening's end, sweet dreams and peaceful sleep await you in one of our guestrooms. Overhead fans and windows opening to lake breezes allow you to fully relax. In winter, cozy up with one of our down comforters or beautiful quilts.
Awake to the smells of a hearty country breakfast served in our dining room overlooking the lake. Dine at a cozy table for two, or join others, your choice! Start with homemade granola, a choice of juices and fresh coffee or tea. Then, in the style of classic bed & breakfasts, enjoy being served the breakfast of the day, like Creme Brule French toast or perhaps classic eggs benedict. If you are a vegetarian, please let us know and we will happily accommodate you!
Our lake frontage offers a pier with kayaks, canoe, row boat and a paddle boat. There's a floater within a short swim of the pier. Tall pine trees shade the shore line, and there are open spaces for sunbathing and lounging. A picnic bench and a hammock make comfortable places to enjoy the tranquility of the lake. Kezar Lake is a perfect size for quiet boating and fishing, too. If you would like a little privacy, row out to the secluded island for a picnic. The three mile walk around the lake is a perfect distance for easy exercise or for a quick jog, any season of the year.
A Four Season Destination Location
Within a few miles of the Follansbee--historical and natural sites abound, as well as repertory theatre, museums, art, and concert events in the nearby towns of New London, Sunapee, Hanover, Newport and Concord. Summer or spring adventure is waiting for you. Bike, boat or hike, then sip a cool drink, and watch a beautiful sunset. Fall is the time to bring your camera and take some spectacular pictures of fall foliage. The panoramic view is superb.
Winter could mean snuggling up to a flickering, log fire in one of our cozy dens, with beer or wine from our service bar--or you can schedule time for downhill or cross-country skiing. Snowshoe right from our front door. Mt. Sunapee is a short drive. Ski & Stay packages are available for our winter guests.
The Sunapee/New London area is just 95 miles from the bustle of downtown Boston.