"For a Quintessential New England Experience"
The Colby Hill Inn is one of the twelve Passport to New England Inns, each a proud member of Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America and an active participant in the Quintessential New England Experience. Located in New England's most popular destinations, these exceptional New England bed and breakfast accommodations are warmed by Yankee hospitality and dedicated to a uniquely New England Experience.
South Central New Hampshire abounds with tranquil beauty: covered bridges, mountains, lakes, rivers, museums, and historic sites. We invite you to come to the "only Henniker on Earth" and enjoy a quintessential New England B&B experience!
Canterbury Shaker Village
A true step back in time to a quiet pace, a simple lifestyle with hand-crafted oval boxes, clean lines of Shaker furniture, and delectable gardens of fresh produce and flowers. Steeped in Shaker history, this village sits atop a majestic hill with beautiful plantings and gardens. Tours begin in the Visitors Center and take you through the inner workings of the village. Lovely grounds, gardens, restaurant, and museum shop. Quintessential New England!
A historic estate and gardens on Lake Sunapee, The Fells is one of New England's finest examples of an early 20th-century summer estate, with outstanding gardens. Stroll the length of a 100-foot perennial border, and admire the view of Lake Sunapee from the formal Rose Terrace. A brook trickles to a Japanese water lily pool in the hillside rock garden, which includes a nationally significant collection of alpine and native plants. Hidden behind masses of rhododendron, a walled "secret" garden awaits discovery.
The 164-acre estate includes Colonial Revival buildings, and the Main House, which is open for historic tours Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Hiking trails that border Lake Sunapee are open year-round.
Located in Newbury, New Hampshire, on the shores of Lake Sunapee, The Fells was the summer retreat for three generations of the Hay family: Secretary of State John M. Hay, who also served as private secretary to Abraham Lincoln; Clarence Hay, a noted archaeologist, who developed the gardens with his wife, Alice Appleton Hay; and nature writer John Hay. Now the estate is open to the public and protected as a wildlife refuge with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The Fells is a short drive from the Colby Hill Inn in Henniker, New Hampshire.
COVERED BRIDGE EXPERIENCE
Covered bridges are a unique feature of the New England landscape. Originally built out of necessity rather than quaint structures, they transport you back to the days of horse and buggy. New England's covered bridges span time and progress, linking more than just the opposite banks of a river.
There are more covered bridges per square mile in Vermont and Hew Hampshire than any other place in the world, with 166 authentic covered bridges located throughout these two states.
Start your Covered Bridge Experience with any of the three participating Passport Inns. Each will be able to help you optimize your travel routes to see our exceptional scenery and as many of our beloved bridges as your time and interest allows.
Our suggested drives from one inn to the other will also introduce more covered bridges as they carry you on your way.
A single night with each inn will acquaint you with a minimum of 10 - 20 bridges. Spend a second night with all of us and you can be guaranteed the opportunity to double that fun with twice the number of bridges! Obviously the choice of how to invest your time is yours; collect more bridge sightings or concentrate your excitement by spending quality time with fewer structures.
- Lodging at the Colby Hill Inn, in the one and only Henniker, New Hampshire
- A candlelight breakfast overlooking perennial gardens and antique barns
- Welcome gift
- Customized map to area bridges
- Lodging at the Three Mountain Inn, in unspoiled Jamaica, Vermont
- Admission to the Bennington Covered Bridge Museum
- An incredible three-course Vermont breakfast
- Book and map about Vermont covered bridges
- Lodging at the Notchland Inn, in the White Mountains, New Hampshire
- A Bountiful country breakfast
- A copy of New Hampshire Covered Bridges
- Customized map to area bridges
Price for two people, based on double occupancy:
- Stay one night in each inn or create your own three-night experience
- Linger longer - add additional nights
Prices exclude taxes and gratuities; minimum night stay requirements may apply. Call for Holiday and Foliage rates.
Spend at least one night in each of the host inns and receive a copy of New England's Covered Bridges, by Benjamin & June Evans. A beautiful color book highlighting the construction and history of some of the most important bridges throughout New England.