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Murder Mystery Weekend

May 20-22

Imagine a dream rustic wedding…until one of the guests ends up missing. Packages starting at $498 per couple for two nights. Call for details.

 Welcome to Colby Hill Inn!

A quintessential award-winning bed and breakfast in Henniker, New Hampshire, our country inn boasts 14 individually decorated guest rooms, acclaimed dining at The Grazing Room, and warm hospitality. We cater to romantic couples, private meetings or events, foodies who are seeking an innovative meal crafted from foods within our region. Bruce Barnes is a celebrated chef who has led all culinary operations at the World Bank in Washington, DC and owned two successful East Village restaurants.

We sit on the scenic and historic Currier and Ives Byway as it winds its way through this part of New Hampshire. Since we are located in nearly the geographical center of New England, we are the perfect location for exploring New England. Join us for a romantic getaway or vacation to the New England area. Nearby activities include hiking, biking, skiing, adventure courses and fly fishing. Unique shops are close by including antique, quilt and yarn, used and rare books and the Henniker Brewery, allowing you to bring something special back from our area. New England College, St. Paul’s School and Osram Sylvania are all nearby. A short drive away visit Lake Sunapee, The Fells, Canterbury Shaker Village and many state parks.

As you plan your vacation or getaway, consider making Colby Hill Inn your vacation headquarters. Located right in the middle of Southern NH, Henniker is just 90 minutes N. of Boston and 20 minutes W. of Concord, New Hampshire’s state capital. We are just an hour from the New Hampshire/Maine seashore and minutes to New Hampshire’s mountains and lakes.

A Message from Your Innkeepers

Dear Friends:

As New Hampshire is counting down the days until the First in the Nation primary, now celebrating 100 years as first in the nation, we have been moving in to Colby Hill Inn as its new owners (effective February 1). This is a turn-key transiton, the restaurant and inn remain open and solidly booked! We are delighted to become residents of Henniker along with our daughter Elza (15) who has enrolled as a sophomore at John Stark Family shotRegional High School. We are coming directly from Washington, D.C. We met in 2007 and married in 2009 in Provincetown; so, we are New Englanders at heart! We could not be happier with the warm welcome we have received from the community, the staff, and long-term guests at the Inn and its restaurant. Our first weekend running the restaurant also received an incredibly enthusiastic response from guests.

We immediately fell in love with this historic property first built in 1797 with its five acres and barns dating back to the 1840s. It’s idyllic and ideal for special events and building the Inn’s image as a country retreat – and, yes, the barn will soon be open for events! In brief, we look to creating a strong synergy between Colby Hill’s appeal as a country inn and becoming a popular dining destination. Any foodie would agree that good local foods are a draw to any place, and we are fortunate that New Hampshire has an abundance of great foods. It’s been truly exciting to start reaching out to local farmers, fishermen and other food producers over the last month. Our focus on local foods and beverages is a key pillar in our overall commitment to evolving into an eco-operated inn and restaurant (we like to say a “re-treat”).

Our restaurant has been renamed The Grazing Room due to our new focus. We will feature small plates and entrees with Chef Barnes’ eclectic Global Cuisine predominantly crafted from organic New Hampshire foods. The Grazing Room will also feature New Hampshire wines, spirits, and beers. Special offerings will include 3 and 5-course Tasting Experiences, Sunday Suppers for $17.99, and eventually romantic Secret Garden dining spaces on the grounds. We are planning a full re-launching celebration for Earth Day (April 22), when we will also introduce our baby goats!

While we are dedicated to maintaining the historic charm of the inn, you will soon notice many enhancements to the 14 guest rooms and guest services (like new mattresses and pillows, daily treats, organic local coffee, glass shower cabins) as well as across the inn and its grounds. We also look forward to creating a broad range of itineraries, services, and partnerships to allow guests to fully enjoy the fact that Henniker is perhaps one of the most centrally located towns to the best of New England, all within two hours or less from the Inn.

From the number of phone calls we have received, it is clear that this second week of ownership is going to be focused on preparation for Valentine’s Day (The Grazing Room is already nearly fully booked for four days). We are preparing to make it very special for all the sweethearts coming to the Inn and The Grazing Room. We are very pleased that so many people will get a taste of the excitement to come. Reservations are still available Thursday and Friday as well as at 8:00 and 8:30 pm on Saturday an Sunday. Join us for a wonderful celebration including our Tavern à la carte menu plus a special Four-Course Chef’s Tasting Dinner available Thursday through Sunday 2/14.  Be sure to check out our special  Valentine’s Day Escape.  

Thank you so much for your support! While change can be an uncomfortable topic for people who have long loved Colby Hill Inn, we encourage you to embrace the excitement and we promise to give you our very best.

A warm welcome to you all,

Bruce Barnes, Chef Proprietor
Jefferson Brechbuhl, Chief INNovation Officer