Sunset Hill House

231 Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire 03585
Innkeeper(s): Lon and Nancy Henderson
  • Introduction

    Sunset Hill House Inn is New Hampshire’s premier mountain resort inn, family-owned and operated by the World’s Happiest Innkeepers. Located in Franconia Notch, with top-rated lodging, award-winning dining, myriad resort activities and dramatic views of the White Mountains, historic Sunset Hill House is truly “your grand inn” in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

    Enjoy White Mountains Lodging

    As a top-rated inn in New Hampshire's White Mountains, we'll give you: The best views in New England. Forty named peaks, seven mountain ranges, and a 360-degree panorama. Views of New Hampshire’s serene wilderness can be seen from every room of our bed and breakfast. See the famed cog railway up Mount Washington, venture up Cannon Mountain, travel on the Aerial Tram, and explore Franconia Notch State Park. On site, you can golf at NH’s oldest 9 hole course and swim in our heated pool on the mountainside.  Hang out in our hammock or Adirondack chairs, explore our perennial and kitchen gardens, or stroll our nature trails and 70 acres of conservation land. In winter, skiers can take advantage of our Ski-and-Stay packages for discounted downhill skiing, or cross country ski and snowshoe right from the front yard.

    Beautiful Rooms with Mountain Views

    Each of Sunset Hill House Inn's 30 guest rooms is unique. Some rooms have a romantic fireplace, deck or Jacuzzi. All rooms at our New Hampshire inn have private baths, most have cable TV’s, and all our rooms have great views of the Green or White Mountains.

    Eco-Friendly Lodging and Dining

    As one of New Hampshire's green inns, Sunset Hill House is pleased to be an audited “Environmental Champion,” the top award in NH. The inn is committed to providing green and sustainable lodging and dining.

    Weddings & Group Events

    We provide a beautiful wedding venue for weddings from 2–200. These timeless ceremonies are done all year; set perfectly in Sunset Hill’s natural mountainside beauty. We also cater to reunions, corporate meetings and other group events for all occasions.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Lon and Nancy Henderson for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Escaping to the White Mountains. Internationally recognized chef and wine cellar. And the best views in New England (over 40 named peaks in 360-degree arc!)
    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our views – sunrise over the white mountains, sunset over the green mountains. Our staff – they really care and are always noted for being the most accommodating and caring that folks have met
    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Clean air, great views. It is the best place to reconnect to each other and to the earth.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The fact that so many of our guests come back again and again and again.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The swimmin’ hole under the covered bridge at Swiftwater. Sit on the rocks and let the river pour down on your shoulders, then dive in. Don’t forget a picnic from the nations oldest general store (the brick store in Bath – just up the road)

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Our back roads tour of covered bridges/hikes/views (plus a local award winning cheese maker). Then our Franconia Notch/Littleton Tours (nations oldest aerial tram, world’s longest candy counter, and lots of hidden treasures). Then the loop over route 302 to North Conway (outlet shopping tax free) and back on the national scenic byway the Kancamagus Highway (through the White Mountain National Forest, lots of places to hike, historic sites, and to swim). One day going up the Cog Railway at Mt Washington. One more day exploring Vermont (ben and jerrys, Cabot creamery, Rock of ages granite quarry). And another day at lake winnepesaukee (keepsake quilts – world’s largest quilt store), the NH Wildlife Center (fantastic native wildlife including bobcats and bears), and a boatride on the lake! Ohhh, I could keep folks busy for a month. Don’t forget Canterbury shaker village.
    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    On site golf (NH’s oldest 9 hole course built in 1897) and 60 acre wildlife preserve. The village of sugar hill (population 500 on a good day) with Harmons Cheese Shop and the Sugar Hill Sampler. And several walks through the woods which are lovely. 

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Mine. The restaurant at Sunset Hill. 8 Wine Spectator Awards. Internationally acclaimed chef. I like a glass of wine on the deck in the evening. If I’m going off property, it has to be to Pollys Pancake Parlor, open seasonally, just down the road. Good people. Great food.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    All of them highlight franconia notch nh as ‘the place’ to visit. With reason!
    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?

    Indeed we do.


  • Activities

    In the warm season:

    • New Hampshire’s oldest 9 hole golf course
    • A mountainside, heated swimming pool
    • Vegetable and flower gardens, lawn games, trails and wildlife on our 70 acres of conservation land

    In the snowy months:

    • Full Nordic ski and snowshoe center with rentals
    • Fantastic hills for sledding, with hot cocoa at the desk

    Year round:

    • Astronomy -- Dark skies and a huge telescope
    • Game room with puzzles and board games
    • Two parlors, complete with fireplaces
    • Award winning fine dining at the Restaurant at Sunset Hill and casual New Hampshire tavern
  • Directions

    From I-93:

    1. Take I-93 to exit 38
    2. Take exit 38 toward NH-18/NH-116/Franconia/Sugar Hill
    3. Turn left at Wallace Hill Rd
    4. Turn right at NH-116/Franconia Rd/Main St and go about half a mile
    5. Take your first left onto NH-117 W/Sugar Hill Rd
    6.  Turn left at Sunset Hill Road
    7.  The inn is about a half-mile down, on your left

    From I-91:

    1. Take exit 17 from I-91 (vicinity Wells River)
    2. Turn onto 302 East, go to stoplight (several miles)
    3. Turn right onto Main Street, Wells River, then shortly thereafter left across the bridge (you are still on route 302 heading East)
    4. Continue past the McDonalds to the stoplight where the road ends.  Turn Left (still on route 302 east)
    5. Drive through the towns of Bath and Lisbon
    6. Turn right at the intersection of Route 117
    7. Go to the top of the hill (about 7 miles)
    8. Turn right onto Sunset Hill Road
    9. The inn is about a half mile down on your left