New Hampshire, United States

Bluebird Sunapee

Price per night from$122.40

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD122.40), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Summer-camp tweet-ness

Setting

Serene Lake Sunapee

Get ready for adventure, Bluebird Sunapee is the action-packed boutique stay on Merrimack County’s postcard-perfect lake. Roaring fires and cosy, Seventies-inspired design give things a nostalgic, summer-camp feel, but you won’t find any dusty old bunk-beds here. Instead, there are super-soft kings and queens, covered with retro throws, on which to lay your weary head, just what the doctor ordered after a day spent navigating the slopes of Mount Sunapee, water-skiing across the lake or zip-lining your way through the neighbouring parks. And with the promise of fire pit s’mores, convivial games room and a cosy lobby complete with a wood-burning fireplace, you’ll find there’s no better place to recharge.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

55.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in is from 4pm to 10pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £104.93 ($133), including tax at 8.5 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t include breakfast.

Also

The hotel has a range of lawn games, with corn hole and badminton sets.

At the hotel

Heated pool, games room, ski lockers, lounge, and outdoor fire pit. In rooms: fridge, microwave, luggage bench, Lather bath products, and free WiFi.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms look alike with white and olive-green wood panelled walls, statement textiles and kilim rugs; but water-babies looking for easy pool access should opt for the Deluxe King Pool Level.

Poolside

Get your laps in at the heated indoor pool, where the colorful skis mounting the wall will whet your appetite for adventure.

Packing tips

Hiking boots, ski-suits, swimming costumes and waterproofs, but the ground-floor boutique can fill in any gaps in your athlete’s inventory.

Also

Guests with mobility issues should opt for the Deluxe King Accessible or the Deluxe Double Queen Accessible rooms which come with ADA bathroom features and a hearing aid smoke detector.

Pet‐friendly

There are nine pet-friendly rooms, which can accommodate up to two small pooches (weighing less than 70lbs) for $35 a night each. See more pet-friendly hotels in New Hampshire.

Children

Welcome. There are no rollaway beds, but cribs can be provided for infants, on request.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Spin your favourite record then get cosy with a spot in front of the lobby’s wood-burning fire.

Dress Code

Come as you are – even if you’ve spent eight hours zip-lining.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant onsite, but guests can get coffee and breakfast bites from the hotel’s vending machine room.

Hotel bar

You’re in luck – while Bluebird Sunapee is a true bed and breakfast, Salt Hill Irish Pub is a hop, skip and jump away for a post-lunch pint of Guinness.

Location

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Address
Bluebird Sunapee
1403 New Hampshire Route 103
Newbury
03255
United States

The hotel is just outside the New Hampshire town of Newbury, at the doorstep of Mount Sunapee State Park and just a short stroll away from Lake Sunapee.

Planes

Portsmouth International Airport is the closest hub, 90 minutes away by car. From here, a taxi will set you back around $125.

Trains

Claremont station is just under 30 kilometres away and is serviced by Amtrak’s Vermonter train which runs between St Albans, Vermont and Washington, DC via New York City.

Automobiles

Wheels will come in handy for exploring New Hampshire’s natural bounty. There’s off-site parking nearby, free for guests, and a park and ride 15 minutes away for guests arriving by coach.

Worth getting out of bed for

Guests flock to this part of New Hampshire for its bounty of outdoor pursuits, not least for Lake Sunapee, the town’s (quite literally) biggest draw. A must-visit destination for nature lovers, the lake makes a picture-perfect spot for canoeing, swimming and kayaking. Goodhue Boat Company have a range of different cruising vessels to rent, and offer lessons in wakeboarding, waterskiing, kneeboarding, wakesurfing and wakeskating. Keep an eye out for Herrick Cove Lighthouse, a picturesque 19th-century structure also known as Ginger's Light. Dry off at Sunapee State Beach, which has a picnic area, snack bar and playground for the little ones. Hikers should lace up for the rocky peaks of Mount Sunapee, just east of the hotel, with trails that range from painless two-milers – the Sunset Hill and the Stony Brook Trail, to be precise – to more rigorous climbs like the White Cliff Overlook and the Mount Sunapee Summit Trail. And, when those slopes turn icy come winter, grab your skis or head straight for the après at summit-straddling Goosefeathers Pub. And if vertigo-inducing slopes don’t cut it, adrenaline junkies can find their fix at Mount Sunapee Adventure Park which offers everything from zip-lining and downhill mountain biking to an aerial challenge course. In the surrounding Merrimack County you’ll find charming Georgian, Victorian and Federal architecture and plenty of independent and antique shops. One of the best is Prospect Hill Antique Barn, a three-storey horse barn chock-full of unique finds. A 10-minute drive away, New London is one of the state’s highest towns at an elevation of 1,000-plus feet, but it’s also one of the state’s prettiest and a great place to spend a day during the summer, with parades, fairs and live music on the common.

Local restaurants

Newport’s the Old Courthouse is a family-owned restaurant housed in a 19th-century building in the town’s Historic District. As the name suggests, this Federalist-era fabrication was once the town’s courthouse, but the only thing visitors will be sentenced to these days is an elegant dining experience assisted by a creative menu of elevated American classics like rhubarb fritters or NY strip steak seasoned with rosemary, thyme, garlic and brown butter. Another historic dining spot can be found at the Anchorage, a lakeside eatery at the heart of Sunapee harbor. Head here for fresh seafood (deep-fried Maine clams, lightly-battered haddock fillets, citrus-grilled salmon) and stunning views from the deck. And, if it’s casual comfort bites you’re after, look no further than Bubba's Bar and Grille, a fun, no-frills joint that will satisfy your carb-iest of cravings. 

Local cafés

Head to Stacy’s Smoothies for colorful sippers that pack your five-a-day into one supremely slurpable punch. Overachievers can make that six-a-day by adding on an açai bowl, freshly-baked banana bread and green Greek salad wraps. There’s George Howell coffee for the grown-ups, and little ones will love the backyard playground where they can expand their clean, green energy playing mini golf, corn hole, checkers, or chess. Sweet Beet Café, meanwhile, makes a great spot for lunch, with locally sourced, seasonally inspired dishes like their farm-fresh BLT (applewood-smoked bacon, seasonal greens, salted red tomatoes and mayo on toasted, multigrain bread). Nab a seat on the porch for a spot of wholesome, Gilmore Girls cosplay. 

Local bars

Flying Goose Brew Pub is New Hampshire’s only solar-powered brewery where you’ll find a noteworthy roster of 20 to 30 sustainably-sound craft beers (we love the dangerously drinkable Long Brothers American IPA), and weekly live music from some of New England’s greatest string-wielders.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this adventure-seekers hotel in Newbury and unpacked their well-worn hiking boots and cycling gear, a full account of their action-packed break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Bluebird Sunapee in New Hampshire …

‘Live free or die’ is New Hampshire’s official motto, and while the consequence is admittedly a tad harsh, living free is exactly what Bluebird Sunapee – an action-packed stay sandwiched between the rugged cliffs of Mount Sunapee and its namesake lake – is all about. Inside, you’ll find common areas that have a rustic, retro feel with cosy log-burners, blanket-strewn sofas and hefty coffee-table books to flick through; olive green, wood-panelled rooms peppered with statement textiles and kilim rugs. Kids will love the games room, and there’s a fully-heated indoor pool to splash around in, too. Outside, guests can toast s’mores around the fire pit, or pop into the neighbouring shanty bar to warm up with a pint of the black stuff… though with so much adventure on your doorstep – from hiking and skiing to wakeboarding and zip-lining – we doubt you’ll need to.  

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Price per night from $122.40