For the 4th of July, we took a little trip north to experience more of what the beautiful state of New Hampshire has to offer. A couple of weeks before, we found a great deal on Groupon for a one-night stay at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth. It was the perfect place for a quick getaway–only 1.5 hours away, close to the lakes and White Mountains, and most importantly, dog-friendly.
After grabbing some lattes and pastries at one of my favorite local coffee spots, Bonhoeffers, we started the drive from Nashua to our first stop in Meredith, New Hampshire. Lake Winnipesaukee has been on our list of places to visit since we moved up here. Because we couldn’t check in at the Inn until later in the afternoon, it worked out perfectly to make a detour, take a peek at the lake, and stroll through the town of Meredith. It was a busy, charming little town. Sculptures were scattered throughout the area, and Buddy was welcomed into the shops. He wasn’t too keen to get his feet wet when we walked down to the water, but he did enjoy watching the geese. If he was younger, he would have tried to chase them!
After our short stop in Meredith, we drove around and explored some more. We were looking for the perfect spot to picnic with the lunch I packed that morning, but that search didn’t turn out very well, so we ate in the car before heading up to Plymouth. I was so excited when we got to the Common Man Inn. It was a unique, cozy, and welcoming. Our room was perfect for Buddy. It was on the first floor, so he wouldn’t have to wait in an elevator or use stairs. There was also a lovely little deck area, a fireplace (which we didn’t use, too warm), and a nice big dog bed. He even got a special bone with his name on it! I love the little touches and small details that personalize the experience and make it memorable.
We enjoyed walking around the Inn and taking photos of the rustic decor and beautiful flowers before dinner at the on-site restaurant, Foster’s Boiler Room. The restaurant has three floors, including the lower boiler room and a rooftop patio. The food was delicious, especially the duck sandwich I ordered. I’d go back just for that! TJ got a flatbread that had pesto instead of tomato sauce, and it was really good, too. We finished the evening with ice cream for both ourselves and Buddy at the little ice cream stand right outside the Inn. Buddy went bonkers when he realized we got ice cream just for him. He loved it!
Because it was a short trip and Buddy was with us, we couldn’t go off the beaten path and do any long or rigorous hikes. We asked for recommendations the next morning while we ate a yummy breakfast in the cafe. The cooks recommended we take a drive up the Kancamangus Highway, and off we went. I’m so glad we took their advice. The highway runs from Lincoln to Conway, offering beautiful views of the White Mountains. We stopped at several overlooks to take photos and soak it all in. It was amazing and I would love to go back to hike and camp in the wilderness. I imagine it looks even more incredible in the fall when the leaves are changing! I can’t wait to go back.
Once we finished our drive through the White Mountains, it was time to head home. I am so grateful that we had such lovely weather, safe traveling, and nice accommodations for our little getaway. I am also grateful for the area that we live in. It amazes me that we can hop in the car and take a short drive to see everything from mountains and lakes to beaches and big cities. God has been so good to bring us up here and let us experience the beauty and history that New England has to offer. We really do love our new home!