This past December, Ryan and I were invited to the White Mountains to attend the Inn to Inn Cookie Tour sponsored by the Country Inns in the White Mountains consortium. That’s right, a cookie tour through bed and breakfasts in the mountains, what could be better?!
For 19 years, travelers have been planning winter vacations to go on this hotly anticipated, self-guided jaunt through the beautiful scenery of New Hampshire to sample baked goods, view some fantastic holiday decorations, and get a peek inside some of the premier Inns in the area.
We were excited to pack up not only ourselves, but also our rescue pup Reisey and head to our host Inn, the uber-dog friendly Admiral Peary Inn in Fryeburg, ME. Our hosts Donna (human) and Maya (canine) made Reisey and us feel comfortable right a way with a tour of the historic inn….we even got a little back story on one of the resident ghosts.
Donna and Maya were probably the best hosts we have ever experienced at a B&B. From making sure breakfast was dairy free for me, to taking Reisey out while we were at dinner, they seemed to love every piece of the innkeeper business, and it showed! Donna is also an incredibly interesting person, who retired from long and honorable military career. In honor of her veteran brothers and sisters, Donna offers great specials for veterans, including a free nights lodging during Veteran’s Day weekend for active and retired veterans and their furry friend! However, we couldn’t spend all of our time at the Admiral Peary, we had cookies to taste! To be honest, the real story of the Inn to Inn Cookie Tour was not actually the cookies (which were delicious). It was more about seeing these beautiful inns and meetings some great people along the way…many of whom this has been an annual tradition for years! Here are the inns that won us over during the tour:
The view from the 1785 Inn is worth its weight in gold, and cookies! As a matter of fact, Frommer’s Travel Guide Newsletter called it “one of the top 15 views in the world from a hotel or inn!” The upside down Christmas Tree was pretty cool too.
If the 1785 Inn didn’t have such a great view, the Darby Field Inn would have owned the best view award. You can see 3 different peaks from the dining room on a clear day. We enjoy an old school Catskills-esque dinner in the dining room and drinks by the fireplace. I could spend A LOT of time by that fireplace!
The grandest of the inns, when you visit the Notchland Inn you almost feel like you are in a movie. This mid-1800’s mansion which seems to be carved into the side of the mountain, has kept its original charm with reading nooks and quiet corners to play games with your family by the wood burning fireplaces. It is the perfect location for a romantic weekend, or a family getaway.
There were 7 other amazing inns on the tour as well, including the Cranmore Inn which was the freshest and newest feeling of the inns, and the Inn at Ellis River with one of the most friendly staffs we have ever encountered.
This cookie tour was such an amazing New England experience, and 2016’s tour (Dec 10 – 11, 2016) is sure to bring even more holiday cheer since it is the 20th anniversary of the tour. Make sure to book your stay now, because these inns will all sell out to the annual cookie tourers who join the event every year.
If you would like to check all of the White Mountain greatness out before next December, make sure to check out March Maple Maddness, I am definitely planning to!
We are heading back to the White Mountains in a couple of weeks for some winter fun! What are your favorite places to visit in the area?