It has been a crazy couple of weeks at the SLI. The exterior of the kitchen addition has been completed. Drywall is being installed, as I type! Our new guest room, the Eagles Nest is looking great! Cindy has selected a great color palette for the decor. One of our favorite past guests just booked the room for 5 nights in August. I think they are going to love it! We should have some photos of a few finished projects in the next week. Guests arrive for for lodging on April 10th! We are in crunch time…wish us luck!
There have been a series of construction delays, but if all goes well tomorrow the slab to the cottage and kitchen will finally be poured! Then we should be off to the races. We are excited to share the progress of the construction, there just hasn’t been much to report…
The name of our “New Room” and 9th guest room at the inn has been revealed…the Eagles Nest. (Thanks-Monique!) This room will feature a few exclusive amenities. We are in the midst of putting this room together now. The Eagles Nest is currently available to be booked for reservations after, May 7th. Be one of our first guests to stay in the Eagles Nest!
Each off season at the Squam Lake Inn has brought many enhancements and changes. Last year the screen porch addition was the project that captured most of our attention. We also installed a POS system in our restaurant and upgraded to a full liquor license. This off season we are pushing forward with a bunch of projects all while enduring one of the snowiest winters on record! We will attempt to chronicle the progress of all phases of the expansion in this blog! We are in the midst of 4 projects: Kitchen Expansion, Barn Renovation, the 9th Guest Room and a cottage is being built. We certainly will have some challenges ahead of us, but we are very excited for all these projects. We will keep you posted on the details of the expansion!
We sit and wait for our first winter storm. The prediction is 8-12″ of the white stuff, with wind gusts to 60MPH and blizzard conditions. The snow blower is gassed up and ready to go, shovels and roof rakes are on stand by…will post pictures tomorrow!
Send us your special story today and we will award the winning mom with a Mother’s Day Weekend Get-away at the Squam Lake Inn. All moms are extra special and we want to hear about yours.
- Submit your entry to the Squam Lake Inn via email to: email@example.com or mail it to: Squam Lake Inn, PO Box 695, Holderness, NH 03245
- Tell us about your mom in approximately 250 words or less.
- Submit your entry to us by Monday, April 26, 2010, noon.
- Winner will be announced on Saturday, May 1st.
- Two Nights Accommodations (for two) at the Squam Lake Inn for Mothers Day weekend. Checking in on May 7th and staying through May 9th!
- Flowers & Chocolate, Wow Package, with a bottle of wine, in-room upon arrival!
- Welcome basket of special gifts from the Red Barn Shop at the Squam Lake Inn, featuring Shannon Martin, and more!
- Breakfast on Saturday morning at the SLI.
- 2 trail admission tickets at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
- Afternoon dessert and tea
- $50 Gift certificate to local Walter’s Basin restaurant for dinner on Saturday.
- Sunday morning brunch with complimentary mimosa!
- All SLI amenities included. Visit our website at www.squamlakeinn.com
- Includes taxes and gratuity.
- Does not include travel to and from the Squam Lake Inn
- Accommodations are valid for Mother’s Day Weekend only.
- All policies of the Squam Lake Inn apply.
Squam Lake Inn is nestled in the village of Holderness, within walking distance to the lake made famous by the movie On Golden Pond. There is so much to see and do in the New Hampshire Lake and White Mountain regions that surround us. Our guests have rated us #1 on tripadvisor.com and your mom will too!
The Squam Lake Inn is honoring Mother’s in May!
We completed our first YouTube video last night, Squam Lake Inn’s Perfect Day! It is a collection of photographs we have taken on and around Squam Lake over the past 8 years. Making the video was a blast, it was so much fun reliving the days. Of course, summer can’t get here quick enough now! Look for more video installments on our SquamLakeInn YouTube Channel. YouTube is not just for kids anymore, YouTube is now the #2 search engine behind google.
Enjoy! Squam Lake Inn, Perfect Day
Visit our website Squam Lake Inn or call us @800-839-6205. See you soon!
A busy week at the Squam Lake Inn comes to a close! Rick and Dave of Granite Shores Builders have been on site this week constructing a screened porch on the deck. We are very excited about the new porch area and think this is a welcomed enhancement to the inn. The actual number of seats have not changed, we will just have a more functional and versatile place to enjoy dining! The framing, roofing and electrical are completed. Finish work begins tomorrow. We have been actively involved in the construction project…painting! Stay in touch to see our progress.
My affections for donuts began at an early age. I have many memories of watching bakery ladies through a large window decorate cakes at Rossmoor Pastries, then entering the bakery for the prized raspberry jelly sugar donut. I have not eaten a jelly donut to date that can compare with my memory of the that donut!
I have been wanting to incorporate donuts into our guests experience since we bought the inn 8 years ago. Donuts made to date…ZERO. Each fall comes as goes without a single apple cider donut made in our kitchen. Well, that is about to change. We made the quick trip to King Arthur Flour in Norwich, VT for a class in donut making.The class was a bunch of fun and took the mystery out of donut making. We made three types of donuts: churros, baked cinnamon sugar donuts and a German Berliner. The Berliner was a raspberry filled gem that rivaled my childhood memory of the “best” donut ever.
This season we will be serving Sunday Brunch to our inn guests as well as our local customers. I know that some of you are smiling right now. In addition to our scratch made pastries, we thought donuts would be a fun addition to a Sunday. Definitely be on the look out for the Berliner as well as few other delights. Don’t be surprised if I work our bacon into a scrumptious donut. Our bacon is already EPIC and donuts are pretty high on the list of irresistible sweets. So to merry these ingredients up seems, um, natural, right?
Make plans to join us on Sundays this summer. We will be open for Mother’s Day Brunch, May 9th from 9-2 . Our official opening day for the cafe is Friday, May 28th.
To learn more about the classes at King Arthur:
There was a writer in our class you can view her article here:
We were fortunate to attend a screening of the documentary, Fresh, this week in Plymouth, NH. D’Acres Organic Farm sponsored the event. The movie, Food, Inc was a “wake up call” and Fresh is an inspiring film to enlist a grass roots movement of change. If you have not seen either of these films yet–try to fit it in to your schedule. They are bound to change the way you think about food!
I mention these films because they serve as inspiration and reminders that eating local can be a reality–with some effort. At the Squam Lake Inn, we are committed to serving local food in our cafe. Each year we have included more local ingredients to our menu. This year is no different. We are very passionate are using local sources, but first you have to find them! It can be a bit frustrating and very time consuming trying to source our food locally. We are small enough that we can’t consume what a local farm would commit to plant for us yet to too large to purchase consistently from local farm stands. We are actively forming partnerships with local farms and we can tell you that it is a rewarding feeling to support them!
Please stay posted as we are planning some exciting enhancements to our menus.
We have not updated our blog since July, we vow to get better at communicating more frequently! I will try to bring this blog up to date…The most common question we hear throughout our season is, “so what do you do in the off season?” We are now in the thick of the off season and crunch time will be here before we know it! The biggest project we have been working on is a new website. We are not actually doing the design work, we have enlisted White Stone Marketing to do the design. We have worked with White Stone for about 6 years and they finally convinced us that a new site was imperative! About 18% of web content is actually read, so Jumping Rocks Photography was here in November to shoot the interior of the inn. I must mention that 1 room was repainted and 4 rooms were redecorated in the 72 hours prior to their arrival! Mark and Matthew from Jumping rocks were awesome to have here and the shots they took of the place made the the Squam Lake Inn shine! They will be back in June to photograph the barn, the deck, more food and the exterior of the inn. We are looking forward to their return. Here is a link a link to their notes from visiting the Squam Lake Inn: http://jumpingrocks.blogspot.com/2009/11/unique-photo-driven-themes-for-websites.html