North Conway is synonymous with New England ski history. In reality, it’s synonymous with the broader history of New England outdoor adventure. Which is why the Cranmore Inn, just a few steps from Main Street/Route 16, is such a wonderful throwback, a continuous thread that runs through generations, connecting past and present.
“We’ve always liked to highlight the inn as a boutique hotel that is family friendly,” said innkeeper Christopher Bellis. “We pride ourselves on helping people to feel comfortable, like they’re visiting family in an environment where they can say this is their home away from home.”
Mission accomplished. The gleaming white, three-story inn, with its expansive front porch, is a self-contained refuge, offering an unmistakable sense of another time, but providing the modern amenities that any modern traveler justifiably expects. Like so much of the village of North Conway, the property simply bleeds history and authenticity.
The original owner, J.A. Whitaker, first invited travelers to his new Echo Inn on Kearsarge Street in 1863, two years after the Carriage Road on Mount Washington had opened in 1861. After the Whitakers sold the property to the Robertson family in the late 1800s, the name was promptly changed to the Robertson Inn.