Great place for a peaceful getaway
My hubby and I recently stayed at the Franconia Notch Motel during a 24-hour getaway. We enjoyed our stay very much. We are not fancy people and our only expectations are for cleanliness and comfort in a peaceful setting at a reasonable price. We found all of these things and more at the Franconia Notch Motel. Another plus is that this is a no-smoking motel, so there is no stale smoke to deal with.
The place was full. We chatted with some of the other guests and found that several of them stay here every summer. There were a number of other older couples, but we saw at least one young family, also. I can see this being a nice place for a family to use as a base for day trips in the White Mountains.
The on-site management team is very friendly and helpful, with free coffee available in the office for several hours each morning. When we went in for coffee, the pot was just being emptied by another guest. Another pot was cheerfully made while we waited. We asked some questions concerning hiking trails and were directed to just the resources we needed to find the necessary information.
We stayed in one of the seasonal cabins adjacent to the motel and found it very comfortable and adequate. There was a large bathroom, a decent size bedroom with closet and a built-in dresser/desk combination, and a nice size living room with a sofa, two chairs, round table by the picture window and even a small fridge and microwave. The TV didn't appear to have a VCR or any means of playing movies, but that was no problem for us as we were happy watching a Red Sox game. (Possibly the motel rooms do have this amenity.) Our favorite feature of the cabin was probably the cute little screened porch, where a small table and chairs are perfect for relaxing with coffee in the morning, or sitting with a newspaper, magazine or needlework project at any time of the day.
The Pemigewasset River (or a branch thereof) babbles over rocks just behind the motel. There are stairs leading down to the waterside where picnic tables and lawn chairs await. This area was a lovely spot to relax and just decompress.
The Franconia Notch Motel brings back memories of the days when the roads through the White Mountains were lined with little cabin colonies. Many of these are now defunct, but this motel is still thriving. Although it is located next to busy Route 3, it is set back from the road among trees and we noticed no road noise at all during our stay except for the vehicles of other guests. We found it a great spot for a quiet getaway and will definitely plan to stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Franconia Notch Hotel Lincoln
- Franconia Notch Motel Lincoln, New Hampshire - White Mountains