We enjoyed our stay at the Greenfield Inn, a classic old mansion in the historic center of this small New England town in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire. The Inn is shielded from a neighboring house on one side by tall shrubbery, while on the other side there are two acres of lawn sloping down to the picturesque public library. The view on this side is reveals houses and other small buildings resembling a Currier & Ives print, which makes sense since this is the iconic region of New Hampshire captured by the artists.
There is a very good small restaurant and bar, the Riverside Café, just a block down the hill opposite the classic Greenfield Town Meeting House that soars skyward from a hill across the street. According to the historic marker: “The frame, built from local timber by resident Hugh Gregg, was raised by one hundred volunteers from the village and surrounding towns on September 16, 1795.” Bring a camera. This is the oldest original Meeting House in New Hampshire.
The Inn has been run for more than 20 years by the hosts, now in their 80s, who are assisted by family members. Yes, this is an Inn with lots of curios and knick-knacks and family photos and ubiquitous hand-lettered signs; but give it a chance and help keep this institution a functioning part of small-town America. It was good enough for Bob Hope—a frequent guest—and it is a warm and delightful retreat from your To-Do list.
We will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Greenfield Inn is an historic Southern New Hampshire mountain view mansion offering many amenities and a great getaway. Our new owners are committed to providing the best experience possible at reasonable rates. Our goal is to provide our guests with the best customer service possible. Our inn is located about a mile from Greenfield state forest which offers 350 acres of hiking trails. Also close by is a ski area and a golf course. Please check our activities page for more information. ... more less
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