Lodging in New England’s ski country runs the gamut, from historic grand hotels and sprawling apartment-style condo complexes to secluded bed and breakfasts. In short, you can truly find whatever kind of accommodation you and your brood are looking for. If my travels take me to northern New Hampshire, on the western edge of the Granite State, I love checking in to Thayers Inn in Littleton.
Whether I’m with a couple of ski buddies, my wife, or I have the whole clan in tow, Thayers Inn can accommodate us. The hulking, historic Greek Revival structure with its grand columns is not a “party house” for a raucous boys weekend (consider a stand-along condo or cabin for those escapades). But for almost any other getaway, it nicely fits the bill. As a bonus, the inn offers discounted lift tickets to both Cannon and Bretton Woods with its room packages.
This stately inn boasts 35 total rooms and suites, with the ability to sleep a total of almost 100 visitors. The décor is somewhat dated, but that speaks to its rich history (more on that later). I enjoy the old lamps and furniture (owners have upgraded the mattresses, so all is good on that score), high ceilings, the period bathroom fixtures, antique wallpaper from before my grandparents’ time with an eclectic collection of artwork, the old spiraling staircase, and the wide-planked, warped hallways. The place, much like the town itself, bleeds character.
Several years ago, the owners of the Christmas Farm Inn in Jackson — Sandra and Gary Ploude — took over management of the inn, and last year purchased the property outright. That’s good news for fans of Thayers Inn, given the success of the couple’s Jackson property. Unlike the Christmas Farm Inn, which sits on the outskirts of Jackson, on the access road to Black Mountain, Thayers Inn is right in the middle of the action. And Littleton, despite its location above Franconia Notch, is a bustling community of roughly 6,000 residents.