We are very excited to introduce the Inn Kitchen + Bar. The Squam Lake Inn cafe has been very popular dining spot for the past seven years–but we felt it was time to shake it up! I am sure that this is not a surprise to our customers who have been with us from the start! We have made a few changes around here in the nine years that we have called the Squam Lake Inn home. Here is a peek of what we have going on in the dining room this month:
- New Name Branding
- New Menu Concept and Format (All your favorites are still available!)
- Cool Community Table (We brought some CA back to NH with us!)
- New Hours–Ask your server for a postcard that details the restaurant hours!
- Updated Decor + Lighting
- Central Air Conditioning in the Dining Room (This was for you Beth!)
- Comfortable Bench Seating
We are looking forward to the season and are very excited to implement and execute our vision. The Inn Kitchen + Bar will open for the 2012 season on, Wednesday, May 9. We will be open for Lunch & Dinner. Sunday, May 13 is Mother’s Day–make reservations today for Mom’s Special Day! Looking forward to seeing you soon….Rae
Six rooms are receiving bathroom upgrades this month. We have completed stripping the bathrooms of the sinks, toilets, showers and light fixtures. It has been a group effort, Diane & I are the designated shower demolition team, Nick does the heavy lifting, Molly and Cindy prepare the rooms for painting! We were hoping to find some relics behind the walls–no luck!
The bathrooms will be upgraded with Kohler fixtures including our favorite comfort height toilet! We are excited to see the finished bathrooms , the project will be completed by April 1st. For those of you that are familiar with the inn you may be asking yourself, “Why only the upstairs rooms, what about those lovely downstairs rooms with the big bathrooms?” Well, we got plans for those rooms slated for next off season. That will be a project to keep your on eye on! You may even want to advance book the room-it will be special! Rae
Are you like us and wonder where the time flies too? We are a month into 2012 and I have barely declared my resolutions! During the summer and fall I get asked daily, “what do you do when the Inn is closed?”. I always answer that we do improvements, planning, marketing and, of course, take a vacation.
So far in 2012, I can check off vacation! We have had a wonderful stay in sunny Southern California visiting our friends and family. For those of you who don’t know, we moved to NH from Orange County, California 9 years ago. It has been great to be back. We have spent our time well scouring stores and restaurants for ideas! We pour over menus and wine lists looking for sparks of inspiration. I know, its a tough job but…
We also have set our 10 goals for the Inn this year. Each of them will improve the Squam Lake Inn and enhance your stay! The details and lists are long. What we want you to know is that we spend this valuable off season planning for a better than ever upcoming season at the S.L.I.! Cindy
Cucina! Great gifts for the chef in the house!
The number of shopping days are dwindling! Stop into the Red Barn and select from some really great gifts. Cindy has hand selected all the items and we are sure to have a special gift for someone on your list! This is the first season that the Red Barn has been open for Holiday Shopping and the barn is beautiful! So much to choose from: Cucina for the kitchen, Dogearred jewelry, Shannon Martin , Stonewall Kitchen, Bella Cucina & unique wine, accessories & more. Let us help you put together a truly unique gift! If you cannot make it into shop–give us a call and we can ship to you or directly to the lucky recipient!
The Red Barn at the Squam Lake Inn will opening on Saturday, May 7th. We kick off our 6th season tomorrow just in time to grab a great Mother’s Day gift! A Big Thank You to Debi, Molly, Megan and Lindsay for helping us to get the barn ready for the big day!
Weekend Hours, May 7 & 8:
Red Barn Sat & Sun 11-5
SLI Cafe Sunday Brunch 9-3
New Kitchen Space!
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!
Eagle Pair on Little Loon Island
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!