For discerning travelers, the Monadnock Region boasts an assortment of truly charming places to stay. Though you’ll find all the amenities you’d typically look for, you’ll also come across endearing attributes you never even considered. From baby farm animals to beautiful gardens and river views—the area’s inn and B&B options are as equally varied as they are delightful. Here’s a sweet little tour to get your imagination going.
Branching out east of Keene toward a few of the region’s most popular lakes, you’ll find the picturesque town of Harrisville. It was once a mill town and is now noted as one of the most photographed villages in New England. These days, it also plays home to a bevy of artists who live and work in appreciation of its beauty and solitude.
In Harrisville, you’ll also find the majestic Aldworth Manor, a fairytale-like estate listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in Massachusetts in the 1800s and relocated to Harrisville in 1908, it sits regally on 170 acres. Surrounding the estate are views of Mt. Monadnock, wooded trails, gorgeous landscaped grounds, and gardens. With four lodging options for large parties to small, the manor plays host to amazing weddings, as well as intimate gatherings. It also features the rave-worthy Hilltop Kitchen, which serves up a seasonal, homemade menu and craft cocktails.
Nearer the historic village of Harrisville, The Harrisville Inn is an antique cape from 1842. Reborn as an inn, its owners proudly describe it as “an idyllic country getaway full of romance and charm.” Patio gardens, a warming fireplace, and five guest rooms with antique décor, lush linens, and private baths welcome relaxation. The adjacent barn can accommodate a variety of events and serves afternoon tea (and bliss) by reservation, for time spent slow and easy.
Not too far northeast, the small town of Hancock sits nestled along the Contoocook River in Hillsborough County, home to the historic Hancock Inn. It’s the oldest continuously operating inn in New Hampshire, offering lodging since 1789. Its 14 unique rooms showcase period-appropriate furnishings and lovely private baths with modern amenities. The Fox Tavern serves seasonal fare by reservation, and the inn also offers one of the area’s only electric vehicle charging stations in a town where every building on Main Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Moving south, the town of Peterborough touts a vibrant downtown cultural scene with delightful shops, riverside parks, museums, and eateries of every kind, from handmade chocolates and macarons to fine dining. Within walking distance, the Jack Daniels Motor Inn stands alongside the Contoocook River, with 17 spacious guest rooms on two floors. The inn, an ADA property, includes eight accessible guest rooms, as well as four pet-friendly rooms. And they provide complimentary continental breakfast, as well as special travel packages full of fun adventures. Comfort and amenities are top priority for the owners, who call their level of service “hospitality from the heart of New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region.”
Renovated to include modern amenities, Peterborough’s Little River Bed and Breakfast is an 1870s farmhouse on the Nubanusit River. This cozy B&B offers four guest rooms with rustic decor, a common dining area and living room with a wood-burning fireplace, as well as a sunroom and Adirondack chairs for relaxing in the yard overlooking the river. The B&B has also achieved “Gold Level” in the New Hampshire Green Hospitality Program for its sustainability efforts. Note that Little River B&B is temporarily closed and will reopen June 1, 2021.
If you’re travelling to the area with a group of family or friends for a wedding, celebration or business event, Stepping Stones Farm and Event Center in Temple is the perfect destination. Simply look around, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by 28 acres of peaceful rolling hills, pastures, and lovely flower gardens. The property offers two unique stays to choose from. One is The Homestead, appropriate for up to 14 guests and adorned with antiques and furnishings from the days of yore. The other is The Lodge, an expansive log cabin with room for 24 guests, a fieldstone fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, and a firepit for roasting nightly s’mores and blanket-wrapped ghost stories.
Circle toward the region’s namesake, Mt. Monadnock, into the town of Jaffrey, where you’ll find the Benjamin Prescott Inn, an historic farmhouse built in 1853. Accommodations here include 10 guest rooms and suites with private baths, modern amenities and unique décor. But its finest selling point is indubitably the magnificent, close-up view of the mountain. Open year-round, it beckons guests to relax on one of its three porches after hiking the mountain trails or taking a slow, peaceful walk through the fields.
Still in view of the mighty mountain, Troy’s Inn at East Hill Farm is a destination resort, offering an “authentic New Hampshire farm vacation.” A total of 65 rooms, from basic to deluxe, are available in a main building (built in 1834) or in several cottages and houses on the property. Family-style meals are served, featuring eggs that visitors can collect themselves from the farm’s chickens. Quality family time is key on this working farm, where guests can enjoy many children’s activities, outdoor recreation aplenty, and swimming indoors or out.
On the other side of Troy, in the town of Swanzey is the Bridges Inn at Whitcomb House, which was built in 1792. It sits atop a hill a stone’s throw from the powerful Ashuelot River and the Thompson Bridge, a covered bridge built in 1832 near the Homestead Mills. Five guest rooms, all on the second floor, offer private baths and Victorian touches, with a tin ceiling and antiques surrounding guests in the common areas. Enjoy a scrumptious, hot, bountiful breakfast each morning along with warm hospitality, and the cleanliness of this charming, well-maintained inn. But best of all, let the innkeepers treat you to a memorable stay at their B&B.
The Courtyard Marriott in downtown Keene is the first of its brand and the only LEED certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) hotel in the Monadnock Region. The hotel features 100 guest rooms, offering guests a unique blend of comfort and convenience. The hotel features an inventive lobby, spacious guest rooms, an indoor pool and fitness center and is located in downtown Keene within walking distance to many local shops, restaurants and Keene State College. The Marriott Courtyard also features conference and event facilities able to accommodate social and corporate events ranging from 10-250 guests.
The town of Chesterfield lies farthest west in the region, along the Connecticut River border between New Hampshire and Vermont. Here the Chesterfield Inn promises a memorable stay in its renovated farmhouse, where high-end amenities like jetted tubs and fireplaces set the mood in its elegant guest rooms. Fine country dining in the on-site restaurant keeps guests satisfied with gourmet dishes featuring seasonal ingredients. And in summer, a meadow of wildflowers and the perfect mix of outdoor recreation and relaxation captivate guests.
Stonewall Farm Bed & Breakfast, located in Hillsborough, is available for vacations, reunions, country weddings, business functions, auctions, or a little R&R. Constructed in 1785, the Inn is furnished with beamed rooms, private baths and open kitchen area. Gourmet breakfast is served daily on the patio, in the dining area, or the kitchen. In addition to the premier accommodations and homey feel, Stonewall Farm is an official Alzheimer’s caregivers respite retreat.
Ready for a getaway you’ll never forget? Come, get comfy, and stay awhile. With so many cultural and recreational highlights, the Monadnock Region has lots to explore and plenty of soft places to land. When it’s time to go, you’ll already be planning your return stay.