What We Love
- A lakeside retreat where New England meets New Orleans, with a suite optionEnjoying a hearty, Louisiana-style breakfast each day, perhaps with a lobster omelet or beignets
- Taking a kayak or sailboat out on the lake
- Getting hands-on with local history at a Canterbury Shaker Village craft workshop
- Taking the three-mile walk around the lake and admiring the beautiful scenery
What To Know
- Stop by the Vernondale Country Store (just a short walk away) for old-fashioned eats and wares
- Some rooms don't have air conditioning, check ahead if that's on your must-list
- WiFi can be hit or miss
If you’re looking for a little New Orleans with your New Hampshire, look no further than Follansbee Inn. North and South collide at this Dartmouth-area escape, managed by Cajun Country export Denis Swords, where each morning brings a breakfast that unites the two worlds. Perhaps it will include a lobster omelet with tasso-hollandaise, or New Orleans-style beignets – either way, it’ll start your day off with southern efficiency and northern charm in equal measure.
But once you’re outside the inn, you couldn’t be anywhere but the Granite State. The hotel sits on expansive Kezar Lake and is just minutes from Mount Sunapee, an iconic local peak with a beloved adventure park. You can tour plenty of area breweries and National Historic Landmarks, or learn about the Shakers, but it goes without saying that outdoor activities will be a highlight of your stay here. Lucky for you, bikes, kayaks, canoes and sailboats are all complimentary to guests – so pick your pastime, and laissez les bons temps rouler.
Rooms and suites
Each of the 18 accommodations here is individually decorated and named after one of the members in the founders’ family. Beds are plush, topped with quilts and cushy pillows. Choose between a cozy room with a queen-sized bed, or one of the larger suites.
You’re on Kezar Lake, a lovely place to boat in the warmer months, and just minutes from two peaks, Mount Sunapee and Ragged Mountain (the former of which is home to a beloved adventure park). For a peek into New Hampshire history, Canterbury Shaker Village has special events and craft shops, and the Musterfield Farm Museum hosts Civil War reenactments. Other sights worth a stop include the former home of American Renaissance legend Augustus Saint-Gaudens and the headquarters of several distinguished brewing companies.
How to Get There
My company put me up at the Follansbee Inn. It has been under new managment since 2012 and it has been renovated over the last 7 years. The inn is exactly like the photos, clean with rooms of various sizes. The breakfast here is amazing, Denis really knows how to cook. I look forward to bringing my wife back here on a non-work trip and taking the canoe out on the lake for a romantic sunset trip. This is not a chain hotel, so if you are expecting a chain feel you might be dissapointed, this is more of a B&B feel.
Thank you Denis for the wonderful stay, great conversations, and your hospitality.
I just spent two wonderful nights at the Follansbee Inn. I arrived just after 10:30 p.m. after a punishing drive from NYC. Dennis was very welcoming and my partner and I enjoyed a late dinner on the deck. The next day we had an amazing breakfast that was beautifully served in his dining room. We enjoyed the beautiful beach across the road. The lake is pristine and although we did not take advantage of them, he provides kayaks and a canoe. His guest book is informative, the wifi is reliable and the rooms are all unique. Many have vies of the lake. We did not have one of these but did look out on a beautiful church and cemetery. We would be very happy to return to the inn when in NH.
Just a mile or so off of 89, the Inn is on the edge of a nice, small lake in the center of Sutton, NH with a classical church, and general store. Worth a night, or longer! And Denis - the owner/chefs makes amazing breakfasts! Rooms are a throw back to the 60's as is the setting - we felt as if we'd gone through a time warp to our youth - no computers. The Inn is well kept, a great way to remove oneself from todays sometimes chaotic and crazy pace. Thank you! We will be back and are already recommending it to friends and family.
Our group of 24 bicycling friends had a wonderful weekend at the Inn. Everyone was happy with their rooms and enjoyed the amazingly delicious breakfasts. The lake for relaxing and swimming was an added bonus. We were able to do several bike loops right from the Inn. The Inn Keeper was helpful in providing ideas for restaurants in the area to feed our large group as well as providing space for our group to socialize in the common area of the Inn.
While this inn is older I must say that it was verrrry clean and that is something that is very important to us. Our accommodations were comfortable, the food was excellent, love all the antiques and old pictures, great location and having Angel the dog spending time with you is just so relaxing! Thanks so much, Denis & Staff
Roger & Carol Parent