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
Well here's a hidden gem. If you are looking for a quiet respite, with lots of outdoor activities around, here is the plentiful super hot H2O, feet up BYOB place you are looking for. It's maximum relax-a-mum. Fresh air, beautiful lake view, mtn surroundings, 5 mile or so from entrance to Northern Rail Trail. I was comfortable right away anywhere in the Inn. Next time will remember my slippers. And did I mention it was quiet. Bliss, really. See the other reviews for particulars.
We have been back to the Follansbee three years in a row and enjoy it every time. The breakfasts are the best and there any plenty of restaurants and markets close by for lunch and dinner. Excellent hiking in the area, a convenient 3-mile loop around the lake for a morning jog and of course the lake is perfect for swimming, floating on a tube (my favorite!) or kayaking. SO relaxing. And the New London Barn Playhouse always has great summer performances. Such a great summer trip while avoiding the traffic and crowds of the coastal beaches.
Picturesque and delightful! Amazing flowers, lake and historic inn serving a delicious breakfast. Great access to tremendous road biking on quite rural roads and exciting downhill mountain biking at Mount Sunapee!