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Feb 27th, 2009, 09:55 AM
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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:
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=m7ry42&s=5

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!
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Feb 27th, 2009, 09:56 AM
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PS: It's not a travel-guide book; it's fiction and this is for background.
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Feb 27th, 2009, 10:19 AM
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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.
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Feb 27th, 2009, 10:53 AM
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Oh, I forgot about the Watch Hill Inn in RI
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Feb 27th, 2009, 10:58 AM
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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.

http://www.blockislandhotels.com/

Outside of New England, The Greenbrier in West Virginia and The Homestead in Virginia (although I'm not sure The Homestead is white).
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Feb 27th, 2009, 11:49 AM
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The Equinox in Vermont is beautiful.

http://www.equinoxresort.com/
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Feb 27th, 2009, 12:18 PM
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Feb 27th, 2009, 12:58 PM
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Ocean's Edge in Brewster Cape Cod..built in 1890

www.oceanedge.com
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Feb 27th, 2009, 03:35 PM
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I think the Balsams, in Dixville Notch NH, is exactly that sort of place. http://www.thebalsams.com/

Also: Eagle Mountain House, Jackson NH, http://www.eaglemt.com/

and Mountain View in Whitefield. http://www.mountainviewgrand.com/

What a great question - brings back memories, and these would be great to visit.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 05:51 AM
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The Claremont Hotel http://www.theclaremonthotel.com/ 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 http://www.asticou.com/ 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.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 08:17 AM
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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.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 11:18 AM
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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.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 03:42 PM
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This is an incredibly beautiful restored 1874 grand hotel in southern New Hampshire. Check it out.

http://www.wentworth.com/
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Feb 28th, 2009, 04:10 PM
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In addition to the great ones above, we stayed last Oct at the Wentworth in NH.

http://www.wentworth.com/
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Feb 28th, 2009, 04:10 PM
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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!
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Feb 28th, 2009, 07:03 PM
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Chatham Bars-Chatham, Cape Cod
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Feb 28th, 2009, 09:18 PM
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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.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 09:22 PM
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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.
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Mar 1st, 2009, 09:16 AM
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I dont know how old it is, but the Wauwinet in Nantucket looks the part

http://www.wauwinet.com/
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