Imagine a crackling fire, a fine glass of wine, a decadent meal, and no need to call for a taxi or grab your car keys. Your room is right upstairs. Who wants to go out in that raging blizzard or ferocious thunderstorm, anyway?
The weather inside’s delightful at the following ten hotels, inns and B&B’s renowned for stylish accommodations, excellent staff, and exceptional, innovative chefs who will see to it that you are fed — body and soul.
Inn @ Montchanin Village/ Krazy Kats
Once housing the laborers who worked at the Hagley Powder Mills nearby, you can’t help but feel a sense of irony as you meander down “Privy Lane” – original latrines line the street where upscale guest cottages now stand. The Inn at Montchanin Village maintains its historic value while providing seasoned travelers with the highest degree of service, amenities – and whimsy. Rooms are scattered throughout the property, so you might have to step outside for a few seconds, but it will be worth it for a meal at on-site Krazy Kats, the perfect example of clubby luxury that doesn’t take itself too seriously (portraits of aristocratic cats and dogs line the walls). Known for wild game (e.g. Smoked Rabbit Chowder) and marvelous Crab Bisque, the chef does an expert job with Lamb Porterhouse, perfectly coated Caesar Salad, and flash-fried caramelized Brussels sprouts to die for. Afterwards, make a beeline to the main building and stunning “gathering room” where guests are free to read, enjoy a glass of wine (honor bar) or play board games in front of a huge fireplace. Rooms and suites at Inn at Montchanin Village from $192-$399 include free parking, wi-fi, coffee/tea and all the Hershey’s Kisses you’ll ever want.
Hanover Inn/Pine Restaurant
Hanover, New Hampshire
A $43 million redo, completed in 2012, has updated The Hanover Inn to 21st century standards and style – a long way from its origins as a 1790 stagecoach stop. Rooms are now high-end, bright, and clad in local Pompanoosuc Mills furniture and down-the-road-neighbor Simon Pearce blown glass. Bathroom floors are composed of speckled grey polished granite and grey-veined marble. Hannover Inn’s restaurant, Pine, has also been lightened up and modernized – and that includes a brand new Small and Big Plates menu expertly executed by Chef Justin Dain. Walls are covered in namesake planks of pinewood, reclaimed from a decayed campus barn, lending rustic flare to the cozy dining space. You can make a complete meal out of terrific starters like Homemade Sour Cream Potato Chips with Truffle and Onion Dip, Gnocci, and phenomenal Deviled Eggs, or dive into main dishes like Cauliflower “Steak,” Slow Roasted Salmon, and Grilled Filet Mignon.
Wentworth By the Sea/Salt Kitchen and Bar
New Castle, NH
One of New Hampshire’s last grand hotels, the 1874 Wentworth- a landmark in Victorian-era travel- was rebuilt as a flagship Marriott Hotel in 2003. As a full-service resort, rooms are…