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cfc Feb 27th, 2009 09:55 AM

In search of old, grand-dame style New England hotels
In doing research for a book, I'm looking for examples of the old, grand-dame New England hotels that are still up and running. A perfect example is the Mt. Washington Hotel in New Hampshire, and here's a picture to get an idea of the style and type I'm after:

I know there are several others in northern New England, but I haven't been able to come up with the names and locations. There are others outside New England, too, and I'd appreciate knowing about them BUT I'm specifically looking for the white-painted clapboard style (not, for example, rustic or craftsman style like Mohonk or Grove Park Inn).

Would appreciate any help with this. Thanks!

cfc Feb 27th, 2009 09:56 AM

PS: It's not a travel-guide book; it's fiction and this is for background.

emalloy Feb 27th, 2009 10:19 AM

Check out the Poland Spring Inn or Hotel or House in Maine. I was there years ago and it was a bit tattered but I think it has been refreshed and is now a resort destination.

emalloy Feb 27th, 2009 10:53 AM

Oh, I forgot about the Watch Hill Inn in RI

sharona Feb 27th, 2009 10:58 AM

The National Hotel might not be what you're looking for since it's a little small but it's an old-style hotel still operational on Block Island, Rhode Island.

Outside of New England, The Greenbrier in West Virginia and The Homestead in Virginia (although I'm not sure The Homestead is white).

mms Feb 27th, 2009 11:49 AM

The Equinox in Vermont is beautiful.

gyppielou Feb 27th, 2009 12:18 PM

redrum redrum

gyppielou Feb 27th, 2009 12:41 PM

ksucat Feb 27th, 2009 12:58 PM

Ocean's Edge in Brewster Cape Cod..built in 1890

HKP Feb 27th, 2009 03:35 PM

I think the Balsams, in Dixville Notch NH, is exactly that sort of place.

Also: Eagle Mountain House, Jackson NH,

and Mountain View in Whitefield.

What a great question - brings back memories, and these would be great to visit.

bassharborbaby Feb 28th, 2009 05:51 AM

The Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor, Maine, on Mt. Desert Island, close to Acadia National Park and as painted by Fitz Hugh Lane (1850?). Please note that the clapboards are yellow. Also on Mount Desert, in Northeast Harbor, the Asticou Inn with cedar shingles. Since this is fiction, you can repaint/reside at your leisure : ) The National Register of Historic Places might give you more info. Hope this helps.

Michael58 Feb 28th, 2009 08:17 AM

The Balsams in Dixville Notch, NH, and The Mount Washington Hotel are excellent examples of old time New England resorts. Mountain View Grand is another example although recently entirely renovated.

Another example is The Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine. It sits on the point looking towards the Atlantic. It was reportedly used for the filming of "The Shining" with Jack Nicholson. It also was used as the "island resort" for the HBO film adaptation of "Empire Falls" with Ed Harris.

sharona Feb 28th, 2009 11:18 AM

I thought of another one: The Samoset in Camden/Rockport, Maine.

And one in New York State: The Sagamore on the shores of Lake George.

Of course Mt. Washington Hotel is the first one that springs to mind given your criteria.

Juldie Feb 28th, 2009 03:42 PM

This is an incredibly beautiful restored 1874 grand hotel in southern New Hampshire. Check it out.

MBnancy Feb 28th, 2009 04:10 PM

In addition to the great ones above, we stayed last Oct at the Wentworth in NH.

gyppielou Feb 28th, 2009 04:10 PM

So many wonderful places that have been mentioned! I think I need an off season spring getaway! But which one? I think I will start with hound friendly!

sobster Feb 28th, 2009 07:03 PM

Chatham Bars-Chatham, Cape Cod

djkbooks Feb 28th, 2009 09:18 PM

You might want to do some research on the Grande Dames in general. There are few left as most were lost to fire. Many, such as the Mountain View Grand and Wentworth by the Sea were left vacant to decay for years before being restored in recent years.

But, quite a few remain. And, others include The Colonial Inn (Ogunquit), Black Point Inn (Scarborough), Cliff House (Ogunquit), Equinox (Manchester, VT), and so on.

I would think knowing the area and being familiar with the people and so forth much more valuable that a specific fascade.

Since it's fiction, you may as well make one up and describe it however you like.

Gosh, but you never know what you're looking at in a movie.

Many fiction writers use such locales, but generally have lived in the area so the "experiences" described are much more authentic.

djkbooks Feb 28th, 2009 09:22 PM

This reminds me of the inn used in the opening scenes of the sitcom "Newhart". Of course, that was filmed before the series aired in picture perfect weather conditions. Years later, everyone wanted to know the name of the inn. A highly regarded local guide author wrote that it was so run down that even Larry, Darryl, and Darryl, wouldn't stay there.

sheri_lp Mar 1st, 2009 09:16 AM

I dont know how old it is, but the Wauwinet in Nantucket looks the part

cfc Mar 1st, 2009 09:28 AM

Thank you all - this is a GREAT collection!!! I've actually come across one in NC that's unmistakably the same style, too.

The book is fiction but it's based on a real hotel near Lake Sunapee where I worked 45 summers ago. I have pictures of it, remember it quite clearly; but it was razed a little while after that summer, the same year many others were. Fire did claimed some, but the advent of Holiday-Inn-style motels actually claimed more. Families quit spending weeks at the big resort "arks" (think "Dirty Dancing") and instead went on car tours, staying at roadside motels.

I'd begun to wonder how many "grand-dames" were left, was considering coming up with a kind of mixture-hybrid of several to provide illustrations/sketches in the book. Also thought it would be interesting to see which ones had histories I could use for background. And of course, kind of like the idea of a tax write-off for a go-see research trip BUT if you haven't had any writer's income for several years, you can't really write stuff off. :-(

gyppielou Mar 1st, 2009 09:51 AM

redrum redrum.........

good luck with your writing. I admit thinking about half of the places posted here, and the other half were an 'of course' moment. I think it's time to invest some of my hard earned after taxes cash on a grand dame visit......thankfully, here in NE there are many great ones to choose from!

I adore the one in WatchHill. It was closed. Have they reopened? Renovated. It had some definate ghosts and whispers of the past - in a good way!

cfc Mar 2nd, 2009 07:47 AM

OK gyppielou, what is "redrum" reference.

colbeck Mar 3rd, 2009 10:13 AM

My favorite "Grand Dame" hotel is The Balsams in Dixville Notch NH -- a wonderful place.

djkbooks, the inn used for the opening scene of The Newhart Show was the Waybury Inn (no longer painbtd white), an old stagecoach inn in East Middlebury VT. It did go through a period of being somewhat rundown many years ago. Today it is a lovely, charming inn with an excellent restaurant.

gyppielou Mar 3rd, 2009 10:50 AM

cfc, put the computer down and go watch the movie "The Shining" which location is exactly the type of place you seem to be scouting.

without giving too much away, Redrum when seen in the reflection of a mirror on this horror story staring Jack Nicholson reads Murder

Redrum redrum


You really should watch the movie to get the idea of an isolated grande dame hotel, regarless of the horror story.

Good luck with you writing!!!

cfc Mar 4th, 2009 06:45 AM

OK, thanks, gyppielou!

agajohnson, thank you SO much for topping my thread for me, but this letter brought the whole forum "some trouble and unhappy." We aren't here to read advertising, and much as some people like shoes or bags, they don't like shoes or bags as much as we hate people who break the rules by advertising.

You are welcome to come back, tell us about what to see in your own country, and bring the forum no trouble and more happy. But I'm afraid you probably have gone on to post your ad on a chatroom for hamster trainers or former chauffers.

cfc Mar 4th, 2009 06:46 AM

Woops, a second too late - the eds got rid of agajohnson's post. Oh well, for those who have NO idea what I was talking about - he plastered an ad all over the forums this morning.

Back to the hotel business.... ;-)

SMILE! (And thanks, all, again)

ILUVPARIS Mar 4th, 2009 08:03 AM

How about The Manor on Golden Pond?

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