For several years we’ve chosen the Snowvillage Inn as our base for ski trips to the White Mountains. In a part of the town of Eaton called Snowvillage, it’s run by Kevin and Jen, an engaging couple that quickly make guests feel like this is a second home.
Snowvillage Inn sits on a mountainside with spectacular views of the White Mountains; from our favorite room you can wake up looking at Mount Washington and the rest of the Presidential Range. While the guest rooms are beautifully furnished and comfortable enough to spend lots of time in, the real spirit of the inn lies in its hospitality, centering in the living room around a great inviting fireplace.
The big and well-stocked bar is Kevin’s special roost, where he can deliver just about any concoction that you set your mind on. Opening onto the guest living room, the convivial bar is handy for a drink with friends in the afternoon, or for pre- or after-dinner conversation.
The dining room at Snowvillage Inn, Max’s Pub, is another reason to stay there, although it’s open to the public and one of the Mount Washington Valley’s favorite dining spots. The current menu includes grilled breast of duck, potato gnocchi, Maine scallops and rack of lamb. We’ve never had a dish there that wasn’t perfectly prepared. Duck and lamb are my tests of any chef, and I have never been disappointed at Max’s.
One of the reasons for heading up to Snowvillage Inn now is a special they’re offering on rooms in the Chimney House, adjacent to the restaurant and main inn. The rate of $149 per night is a 20% reduction from the normal rates. They also have package rates that include activities in the surrounding area.
Some of the ways to fill your weekend might be the Tuckerman Brewery in Conway (66 Hobbs Street) where they offer tastings, and tours of the brewery operations daily at 2 and 4 PM. In nearby Tamworth, go to the Tamworth Distillery. It is open Fridays through Sundays from noon until 5:30. It is at 15 Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth and visitors taste five of their products for $8. Just over the border in Maine, only a short trip from Snowvillage, the Stone Mountain Arts Center always has a program on its busy schedule. On April 1 is a Hilarious Wine Dinner, a night of music and film clips on the theme of love, all performed during a bountiful five-course dinner accompanied by a flight of five wines ($80.00 per person).
Getting to Eaton: From Keene, take Route 9 to Chichester and follow Route 28 North through Wolfeboro (watch for the right turn in town) and on to Route 16 at Ossipee. Take Route 16 north to Route 25 east and at Effingham Falls take Route 153 North to Eaton. Watch for the sign for the inn at the north end of the lake, where you’ll bear right.