History of The Inn

In the 1830’s the property was a Pemi Valley subsistence homestead in a rural community surrounded by logging, hunting, trapping and trading, river commerce and eventually railroads. It has a long history as a guest house dating to the early 1900s when travelers came by train to the White Mountains for the summer. At one point the local telephone exchange operated out of this building. When Mount Tecumseh (Waterville Valley Ski Area) was developed into a major eastern ski Area in 1960, the Thompson family renovated the attached barn into guest rooms and a dining room and proceeded to run a full service Lodge to skiers passing by on the Old Waterville Road.

Our secondary structure, The Carriage House (The Barn), was an old barn that was renovated beginning in 1989. With its three spacious guest rooms and warm, inviting game room it is a favorite gathering venue for groups of friends or families during ski season, weddings, graduations or for summer hiking trips.

Bordering the White Mountains and Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Mountain Fare Inn offers easy access to many local attractions and recreation including Franconia Notch, The Science Center of NH, Lost River, Owl’s Nest golf, boating on Squam and Newfound Lakes, alpine and cross country skiing, hiking the Whites, bouldering in Rumney, mountain and road biking, tubing on the Pemi, tennis at Waterville Valley Resort, Alpine Adventure zip lines, and a soccer field on the premises. We are conveniently located near Plymouth State University, Holderness School, New Hampton School, Plymouth area summer camps and Waterville Valley Academy. Music, theater and many fine dining options are available locally. See our list of attractions and restaurants.