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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Where We Celebrated

THANKS to everyone for the birthday well wishes last Friday. All were MUCH appreciated.
We celebrated, not with gifts, but a road trip. Our first stop was at the peach-colored restaurant, Peaches in Conway, N, which serves the best berry-berry pancakes (ask Grenville). After sharing that this was a birthday trip, I was treated to a complimentary chocolate chip muffin with a candle on top! (Yes, it was shared with Grenville.)

Our destination was Stonehurst Manor in North Conway, NH. Grenville treated me us to a biurthday getaway celebration. 



This (very) grand turn-of-the-century mansion is located in the White Mountains. It was originally built as the summer estate for American industrialist Erastus Bigelow. Considered among the foremost of U.S. inventors, Bigelow invented the power loom and, with his brother (Horatio), started the Bigelow Carpet Company, once the largest carpet manufacturing company in the world. In 1861, he was part of a 21-member committee that founded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 
Mountain views from Stonehurst Manor
Bigelow bought the land for Stonehurst in 1870. Construction began in 1871 and was completed by May 1872, when the Bigelows took up residence. The original house burned down in 1875, but was rebuilt in 1877 in the same design.
Stonehurst Manor lounge
In its heyday, the Bigelow estate was a working farm of nearly 500 acres which included a gatekeeper's cottage, stables, and a separate house for servants. The manor still provides physical evidence of upper-class summer architecture and life in late-Victorian America.
Lots of holiday decorations were still displayed
The current 23-room manor interior includes English oak woodwork largely thanks to Bigelow's daughter, who refurbished and enlarged the manor in 1895. Since 1946, Stonehurst Manor has been an upscale country inn. Today, it includes the manor house, a connected motel, privately owned condos, and recreational facilities. Manor guest rooms are on the second and third floors, in keeping with tradition, there's no elevator. The first two nights of our stay, we were complimentary upgraded to a 2nd floor room with Jacuzzi and fireplace. (Hint: always play the birthday card, you can only do it once a year!)
Website photo showing our room for first two nights

We relocated to a 3rd floor room on the last night of our stay as the previous room was already booked and the manor was full. While this room lacked the spaciousness and amenities of our former accommodations, it was cozy.
Third floor bedroom for our final night stay

That also means if was much smaller, but the view was MUCH better.
View from 3rd floor bedroom
There was enough snow cover on the trails so that we could go snow shoeing on Thursday and Friday mornings.
Groomed trails and the grooming unit

The trails are maintained by local inns in the area. Guests can obtain a daily pass to go hiking, snow shoeing or cross country skiing at no additional charge.

Since we left on our trip before my birthday, there were cards to open and read when we returned home. And, so, the celebration continued!


There was also a special surprise package with this wall hanging from talented and creative blog friend Kathleen. Stop in and visit her blog, Eggs in My Pocket, a Needle in My Hand.
There was also a text message from our youngest and newest grandchild, Lilliana Jean.

My birthday was a wonderful celebration thanks to Grenville's planning and well wishes from friends and fellow bloggers.  The celebration continues as I'm celebrating my birthday year! 

10 comments:

Sandra said...

it looks to me like Liliana is singing the birthday song. so sweet. the view from the 3rd floor is beautiful and I prefer that room over the first one. my taste is OCD and clean and clutter free. the other room is big and beautiful though and I see a very large TV along with the Jacuzzi. a big plus . I like the stone wall hanger a lot.

Anvilcloud said...

That's a heckuva fine way to celebrate.

Emma Springfield said...

What a lovely get-away. And the hotel is soooooo elegant. A very nice gift. Good for you, Grenville.

William Kendall said...

It sounds like you enjoyed it! Great views from there!

Mildred said...

You are so blessed to be able to travel and see and stay in beautiful B&B's and try the diff. restaurants. Wonderful photos you have shared of all the fun and well wishes from family and friends.

Denise inVA said...

I would say the best birthday card is in the last two shots, such a cutie. Looks like a great birthday :)

baili said...

WOW!!!
i can imagine how wonderful and exciting was this celebrations!
i loved the photos specially your last night stay hotel with calm colors.
mountain views are magical .
thank you so much for this lovely virtual tour friend!

Doris said...

A beautiful Inn and WOW surroundings. Love your selfie! And the pictures of the baby too of course :)
Enjoy the continued celebration, Dorothy!

Jenny Woolf said...

What a fine birthday treat! I like staying in historic houses too.

Connie said...

I'm late visiting here. Happy belated birthday! Looks like you had a wonderful day. :)

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