Activities


Lakefront

  • Follansbee Inn Lakefront, Boats and Bikes
    Kayak, canoe, row, swim or sail to the island or inlet to view wildlife.  Bicycle around Kezar Lake.  Try our tandem bike! In the winter, use our snowshoes to explore.  Use of our boats, bikes, helmets, snowshoes, etc. is always complimentary.

Area Sightseeing

  • The Musterfield Farm Museum
    Located 1 mile and an easy walk from the inn, this 18th Century Homestead and restored buildings still has a working bicentennial farm. Civil War reenactments and Old Fashioned Farm Days in the summer, Ice Cutting on Kezar Lake in the winter are just a few of the charming activities at this historic spot.
     
  • The Fells (aka John Hay Estate)
    Unique and historic estate where you can tour the gardens, hike through the beautiful estate, attend summer concerts or guided gardening, hiking or art events.
     
  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
    This National Historic Site has 150 acres including the home, garden and studios of famous sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
     
  • Canterbury Shaker Village
    Tour the Shaker Village, eat at their outstanding restaurant, or attend one of their many craft workshops or old time events. Closed for part of the winter, so visit their website for dates of operation.
     
  • Craft Beer Breweries
    Visit our nearby craft beer breweries that produce some of the best tasting beers in the world. In fact The Alchemist Brewery brews Heady Topper, a double IPA that has earned the distinction of best tasting beer in the world according to Beer Advocate magazine. Also nearby are Lawson's Finest Liquids and Hill Farmstead Brewery, brewers of many award winning beers.
     
  • Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
     
  • Enfield Shaker Museum
    This Museum holds arts & crafts classes, concerts and more
     
  • Sunapee Boat Cruises
    Take a dinner cruise around Lake Sunapee

Outdoor Activities
Our location is an outdoorsman's mecca, with many hiking trails, biking, golf, and boating activities available. Here is a list to get you started. Other hiking/biking trail information is available at the inn.

Canopy Zip-Line Tours

The Canopy Zip-Line Tour features a series of zip-lines, rope bridges and rappelling as you descend from the top of South Peak. There are eight zip-lines highlighted by the final 1,000’ dual zip-lines to a platform behind the Learning Center, from which you will rappel back down to earth. From the first tree platform to the last platform you will travel a distance of almost ¾ of a mile above the forest floor.

Treetop Obstacle Course
Adventurers age six and up negotiate obstacles that stretch from tree to tree. From a central platform in the woods there is a beginner loop and an intermediate loop with obstacles that vary in height and difficulty. Obstacles include zip-lines, net traverse, rickety bridge, monkey vines, log crossing, plank bridge, rope bridges and more.
 
Off-Road Segway® PT Excursions
These excursions wind through the base area and lower slopes of Mount Sunapee on a Segway® PT equipped with special off-road tires. Ninety minute excursions are guided by Mount Sunapee staff and include an orientation. Come discover why Segways are even more fun when you take them off-road.
Miniature Golf
Disc Golf

A 75-mile loop of hiking trails, surrounding Lake Sunapee, crossing Sunapee, Ragged, and Kearsarge Mountains, and maintained by Greenway volunteers. The Greenway Coalition's seven winter hikes planned for 2013 begin January 19th. All hikes are free to the p

Bicycling

Bike New Hampshire's Northern Rail Trail

New Hampshire's Northern Rail Trail begins 5 miles from Follansbee Inn. The trail was built by the hard and loving labor of hundreds of volunteers and is now the longest rail-trail in New Hampshire, spanning 52 miles. For those interested in nature, the trail does not disappoint. Nearly 89 percent of New Hampshire is forested, including the area through which the trail runs. If you're looking to see moose south of Alaska, Tewksbury Pond and the surrounding marshlands between Canaan and Grafton is a place they frequent. The occasional bear can be found here, too, as well as eagles, herons, and a flock of wild turkeys in Canaan.

Bike the Northern Rail Trail. For a fabulous adventure make plans to bike inn-to-inn. Follansbee is part of a collaborative effort among several inns to set up the opportunity for groups or individuals to bike from one inn to the next, along the Northern Rail Trail and many other fabulous routes we have mapped. Packages include breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with the riding experience and the opportunity to stay in the area's best inns. Check out the details by clicking on the logo.

  • Mt. Kearsarge Hiking
    A summer day hike to the summit with great vistas.
     
  • Mt. Sunapee Hiking
    Hike to the summit and then to Lake Solitude, a glacial lake.
     
  • The Fells
    Unique and historic estate where you can tour the gardens, hike through the beautiful estate, attend summer concerts or guided gardening, hiking or art events.
     
  • Country Club of New Hampshire Golf
     
  • Eastman Country Club Golf
     
  • John Cain Golf Club
     
  • Twin Lakes Villa Golf
    21 Twin Lake Villa Rd, New London (603) 526-6460 9 holes
     
  • Duston Golf Club

Arts & Entertainment

  • The Fells Music/Arts/Lecture Series
    About 10 minutes from the inn, there is hiking, summer outdoor concerts, art & activities at this historic New Hampshire point.
  • Sutton Strings
    Sutton Strings is a small acoustic music shop offeri a wide variety of quality guitar and mandolin instruments.


Winter Activities
Our Guests are welcome to borrow some snowshoes and hike right from our door. Both Wadleigh State Park and Musterfield Farm provide for great outdoor exercise. Or choose to go to one of the local ski areas listed below.


Area Restaurants
A partial list of some of our guests favorite eating spots.

  • La Meridiana
    Less than 10 minutes from Follansbee. Northern Italian Cuisine; reservations a must for this local favorite - (603) 526-2033
     
  • Four Corners Grille & Flying Goose Brew Pub
    3 minutes from Follansbee! Burgers, Salads, barbecue, seafood, brew pub (603) 526-6899
     
  • Graze
    Less than 10 minutes from Follansbee. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Menus, and Coffee Bar.
    207 Main St., New London. (603) 526-2488.
     
  • 74 Main (formerly The Millstone)
    10 minutes from Follansbee. Great wine, seafood, continental American cuisine. Reservations appreciated. (603) 526-4201.
     
  • Traditions
    At Lake Sunapee Country Club. 5 minutes from the inn. Seafood and traditional favorites. For reservations call (603) 526-6040.
     
  • King Hill Kitchen
    Just 5 minutes from Follansbee, this intimate restaurant provides an ideal setting for special occasions. Sourcing the freshest ingredients’ including fish directly from the piers in Boston, and making everything hands on, the owners create a menu that will change with the seasons and needs of the clientele. The restaurant is small and intimate; the menu is dynamic and efficient in its diversity and freshness. 499 Andover Road, New London. Reservations required: (603) 877-0063.
     
  • Pizza Chef
    Less than 10 minutes from the inn. Take out or eat in Pizza, Subs, in New London. (603) 526-9201.
     
  • McKenna's Family Restaurant
    10 minutes from the inn. TCBY Yogurt and family dining located in the New London Shopping Center. No reservations. (603) 526-9511.
     
  • Peter Christian's Tavern
    10 minutes from Follansbee. English style pub, casual atmosphere.  Open for Lunch and Dinner.  No reservations.  Located next to Graze on Main Street New London. (603) 526-4042.
     
  • Pleasant Lake Inn Restaurant
    10 minutes from Follasnbee. 5 course, 2 entree, prix fixe gourmet. Reservations required. (603) 526-6271.
     
  • The Coach House Restaurant at New London Inn
    10 minutes from Follansbee. Continental, contemporary fare. (603) 526-2791.
     
  • China City
    Traditional Chinese take-out or eat-in. 10 minutes from Follansbee. (603) 526-2868.
     
  • Bradford Junction
    Eat luncheon specials or old fashioned diner delights at this breakfast and luncheon spot in a converted train car. Do not miss their pies for dessert. No reservations. 15 minutes from Follansbee. (603) 938-2424.
     
  • The Anchorage
    20 minutes from Follansbee. Summer waterfront eatery on Lake Sunapee, plus live weekend entertainment. (603) 763-3334.
     
  • Bubba's
    15 minutes from Follansbee. Casual eatery and a seasonal outdoor ice cream place, just across from Newbury Harbor. No reservations. (603) 763-9620.
     
  • Appleseed Restaurant
    15 minutes from Follansbee. Home cooking in a country restaurant. - (603)938-2100.
     
  • Daniel's
    20 minutes from Follansbee. Overlooking the Contoocook River, this country restaurant has a varied menu of sandwiches and entrees sure to please anyone. (603) 428-7621.
     
  • Country Spirit Restaurant and Tavern
    20 minutes from Follansbee. American country fare in a comfortable, friendly setting. (603) 428-7007.
     
  • Thai Orchid Restaurant
    30 minutes from Follansbee. Authentic Thai Cuisine
    and an authentic Thai experience. (603) 643-0300.
     
  • Salt Hill Pub
    30 minutes from Follansbee. Traditional Irish pub food, a family friendly setting, a fun atmosphere with live music on the weekends. (603) 863-7774.
     
  • The Market Table
    30 minutes from Follansbee. A retail store selling their own high quality and freshly prepared foods, and a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant's  focus is farm to table using local & seasonal ingredients. (603)-676-7996.
     
  • Murphy's
    30 minutes from Follansbee. A classic Yankee college town tavern, lively and inviting with quality food especially if you're looking for their famous Murph burger!
  • Simon Pearce 45 minutes from Follansbee. A rustic yet elegant restaurant with a view over looking an old Mill dam and waterfall. Its part of the simon pearce glass store and factory where you also watch glass being made. The food is fresh and cooked to perfection, a true taste of Vermont.