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
This 1840 inn is full of character, beautiful views, and a passion by its owner. Denis (and Nancy) were very accommodating, and breakfast was excellent. The fall colors were amazing as a backdrop to the beautiful lake. Our room had an old, clawed bathtub with a surrounding curtain and shower. All of the rooms have differences and tell a different story. We met a couple that stayed in most of them, which is really the best testimonial of this wonderful property.
A warm and inviting Inn filled with antiques, fireplaces and one very friendly, non-intrusive dog to meet you on arrival. Dennis and Nancy, the owners are friendly, excellent hosts who insure you have a memorable stay. I was a guest in their very clean home with privacy and good accommodations. Beautiful area with lots of history. Outstanding breakfast, all local produce, excellent meal served in a beautiful dining area.
Wonderful place to stay!
Denis welcomed us very warmly.
The location is perfect, our room was clean and cosy.
His property is very comfortable.
Denis served us excellent breakfast meals, different surprises every morning.
We love Angel - the sweetest dog of U.S.A.!
Can't wait to visit Follansbee Inn again, therefore we can recommend Follansbee very much.
Birgit & Torsten - Germany