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 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.
We had such a great time. The Inn is so cozy and comfortable. All of the rooms are great, it is diffictult to choose which one to stay in. Loved the breakfast's!!! Loved having Angel Dog meet me each morning, fresh brewed coffee and a fire in the fire places. Thank you to my hubby for making it happen and for my sister and her husband for joining us. We will be back :) Oh and the hiking was also great as well as the cute little shops near by. Loved visiting the nearby covered bridges
Thank you Dennis for being such a cordial host. This is an excellent stay for anyone. Talk about a beautiful lake and a laid back atmosphere!! Can you say "Mayberry"?? You will after you stay here. Leave your worries behind and book a stay in NH.
Rooms are cute and comfortable without being cutesy. Kezar Lake is one of the nicest in central NH, and the inn provides kayaks and canoes. Satellite and shooting star watching from the dock is awesome, as are sunsets. The breakfasts are outstanding - a touch Louisiana cajun style melded with New England. For hanging out you can choose between the cozy paneled study with the woodstove or the more formal sitting room with the fireplace, or take a three mile walk around the lake, or bring your bike because a lot of good routes start here, or bring your skis because Mt Sunapee is 8 miles away. Dennis is a low-key gracious host.