Jul 22nd, 2009 by CtCameraEye
The Buttonwood Inn, of course.
OK, time to back-track a little to fill in the rest of the story. Recently, I had a chance to burn up some time owed to me at work. It was a last minute thing, so I had to think fast to see what I could do, or where I could go on so short notice. Come in The Buttonwood Inn, in North Conway, New Hampshire.
Why North Conway you ask? It is the closest town to Mt. Washington. One of my favorite places to visit.
After doing a quick search on Google for places to stay in North Conway, New Hampshire, and searching for places to stay I came a across this very affordable Bed & Breakfast close to town called the Buttonwood Inn.
Currently rated as one of the top 4 Bed & Breakfasts in New Hampshire, and they had “room at the inn” for when I was going to go up there, this looked like a pretty good prospect until I read about the owners Bill and Paula. Oh boy, I knew I was in trouble after reading about all the culinary delights that were served for breakfast, and all of the knowledge that the two of them had of the area. What sealed the whole thing was Bill had an interest in ASTRONOMY!
Let’s see. Dark skies of upstate New Hampshire, great food, a wonderful looking Inn, and a host whose intersted in astronomy. It was a done deal and within 24 hours Deb and I were enroute up there.
After a 5 hour drive, and a full day of activities on Mt Washington, (more about in my next blog) we found the Buttonwood Inn without any problem due to well placed street signs and great directions. Bill and Paula met us at the door and quickly oriented us to the amenities of the Inn. Because Bill and I had a few e-mails back and forth before I arrived, Bill knew about our joint interest in astronomy. Soon, astronomy was the talk of the Inn, and we made some loose plans to meet outside after dark if the weather was good.
To make a long story short, a dinner place was recommended and was certainly welcomed after a long day. we ate a great meal at a place called The Lobster Trap. Recommended by Bill.
Arriving back at the Inn I didn’t see Bill around, but then I didn’t see any stars either. It looked like the bad weather that we are having around here had followed me up north. I went back out about 10pm and noticed a few sucker holes which just lasted a few minutes each. Not worth pulling out the scope for. So, it was off to bed for the night.
OK, CtCameraEye. No astronomy, so where do the squirrels, and hummingbirds come in?
Very good my observant animal reader. Here’s your answer.
Breakfast at the Inn is served in a wonderful dining area overlooking the front yard, adorned with bird feeders on the porches, fully visable from your dining table. Not only do you have a gourmet breakfast by Paula, you get the best natural animal show just feet away.
Next was one of the few Red Squirrels that I have ever seen, stealing from the bird feeders. Say “Free food!”
Finally here’s a picture of our hosts Bill and Paula with the other member of the family a Meade 10″ reflector telescope all set for viewing.
Even though we didn’t get to do any viewing the two nights that we were there because of the weather, Bill and Paula are extremly receptive to have any astronomers, “come up to the dark skies of New Hampshire, stay at The Buttonwood Inn, and you can have access to our backyard, and open an field to some really dark skies!”
CtCameraEye fully endorses “The Buttonwood Inn” in North Conway, and after staying at the first rate accomodations, eating gourmet breakfasts, and enjoying the knowledge of the Bill and Paula, I will be back when the weather turns better, to do some great dark sky astronomy!