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
We made a last minute reservation for one night, and were so pleased with everything! The Inn was inviting and comfortable and the setting couldn't be more charming. The Inn keeper, Denis, was very accommodating and warm. He is also a fantastic cook, breakfast was absolutely stellar! We were sorry we had to leave and will definitely be back!
The decor is cozy and inviting, we had a very comfortable room on the second floor. Fun to peek into the unused rooms. Delicious breakfast followed by a lovely walk around Kezar lake. Wished I had known about the snowshoes, would have asked about a different walking experience.
We made a last minute trip to this B&B and stayed for New Year's Eve and were very impressed with this historic Inn. We were extremely impressed with the accommodations, and the breakfast alone was a 5-star experience. It is about 15-20 minutes from Mount Sunapee where we skied on New Year's. We will definitely be back!
My wife and I stayed at the Follansbee Inn for two nights while visiting nearby friends. The inn was charming and warm, where the first floor had two lit fireplaces. We met Angel, a sweet dog that live there and came to visit us in our room one morning. She came in and laid on the floor, it was really sweet. We had breakfast, made by Dennis. The food was amazing! Fresh, delicious, and different from what we were used to! Plenty of coffee, fresh squeeze OJ & Cider, and tea with local honey and syrup! The room was super clean and comfortable! We plan to stay here again the next time we visit our friends!
We wanted to explore the Sunapee area of New Hampshire. I used Trip Advisor to look for a B&B or Inn in that area. The Follansbee was exactly what I was looking for. It was sparkling clean. My husband commented that he had never seen such clean windows. Brian's breakfasts were the best we've had at a B&B. The sitting areas were comfortable and the open fireplace on a snowy day made our day. We highly recommend this Inn.