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
Very quaint, relaxing and friendly atmosphere. If you're looking to go back in time and enjoy time with your family this is the place. A great country location across from a lake makes it even more picturesque.
We stayed here tonight for the third time and love it. The rooms are clean, there is plenty of hot shower water, the beds that we have slept on were great, the breakfast is always delicious and Denis the innkeeper is a great and very friendly person. I highly recommend this place.
Quiet, relaxing, great deals, common areas, service and atmosphere were excellent. Pet dog Angel is adorable and very laid back. Beat all reasonable expectations, like a home away from home. Grab a beer from the fridge and read a book by the fire.
We recently attended a surprise party where owner Denis provided tasty hors d'oeuvres. The setting was lovely, surrounded by interesting antiques, holiday decorations, and roaring wood fires. Breakfast was the BEST I've ever had at a B&B/inn - an interesting frittata, pecan bacon, and incredibly light biscuits. While I'd happily return for an overnight, I'd go every day for breakfast.
My wife & I recently had our 2nd visit here. It's a great location, I'm grateful for an older inn in good condition. The breakfast is awesome! Denis is a skilled host, if this kind of inn is right for you, you will not be disappointed. As a child and young adult I spent a lot of time in this area, I'm very happy to have a place I feel comfortable staying at when I visit.