About the Innkeepers

We acquired Colby Hill Inn in September 2000 after nearly a year-long search for the ‘perfect inn.’ A 10-year dream turned into a plan in 1998 when we attended a seminar on becoming innkeepers.

An inn in South Carolina seemed to fit our plan, and we resigned from our positions, sold our home, and prepared for our new careers as innkeepers. An 11th hour snafu with structural issues at the inn caused us to back out of the deal. We found ourselves ‘homeless and jobless’ without an inn!

We regrouped and began our search for an inn again, staying with family and friends in the interim. We traveled many miles up and down the Eastern seaboard which finally led us to the Colby Hill Inn. We knew it was the right place for us as soon as we turned the corner. Quintessential New England in every way. White clapboard siding, green shutters, antique barns….it was perfect! As we celebrate every anniversary as innkeepers we are reminded of the wonderful opportunity being innkeepers affords us to meet our wonderful guests.

Mason hails from suburban Washington, DC. He spent nearly 18 years as a professional musician and in his mid-thirties returned to school where he received a degree in Computer Science. He spent the next 9 years at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT in various management and systems roles as well as teaching as an adjunct professor. Mason has a great love of books, is an avid tennis player, and enjoys woodworking projects.

Originally from suburban Detroit, Cyndi began her career in sales and marketing at a small Gannett newspaper. She later spent several years in Saudi Arabia working in international recruiting. Returning to the US, Cyndi lived in New York City working in corporate sales and marketing in the food, beverage and cruise industry. Cyndi enjoys writing fiction and combining her love of food and wine with travel.

Lisa and Jesse

The couple have two children, Lisa and Jesse. Both Lisa and Jesse have worked at the inn during school breaks. Each has worked at the front desk, served breakfast and bartended. Jesse also has been very helpful in assisting with marketing. Lisa returned to New Hampshire after graduating from Guilford College in North Carolina and works as a caseworker for challenged adults. She is married and has a daughter Ava Ellen who you may see scampering around the inn on occasion (usually with cookie or Shirley Temple in hand) as we begin the ‘next generation’ of inn keeping with the family.

Jesse attended James Madison University in Virginia and now lives in Philadelphia working in the travel industry in marketing.

We all look forward to meeting you and welcoming you and your family to the inn!

IN THE NEWS

Best Lodging in New Hampshire, Yankee Magazine Editors’ Choice 2015 (Best B&B Escape)

Best Lodging in New Hampshire, Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice 2012 (Best Gourmet Getaway)

In The Kitchen with Chef James Bicknell Hippo Press

Learn to Cook Like the Pros Hippo Press

Colby Hill Inn Adds Tesla Charging Stations Concord Monitor

The Quiet Elegance of the Colby Hill Inn Celebrate NH

Henniker’s Colby Hill Inn Hosts Weekend Murder Mystery Concord Monitor

National Pancake Contest Finalistvideo

Boston Globe

Trading Places: Dream Job Vacations More Magazine

Bread and Board Southern NH Ski Magazine

Colby Hill Inn wins a “Best of New Hampshire” award for “Best Adult Dessert – read the full article (pdf)

Foodies Magazine Article: Feb 2013

Red Chair Travels Blog: Red Chair Visits Henniker

“Great staff, great breakfasts. Enjoyed watching the birds, walking the grounds and relaxing in the gazebo.” G&M