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Historic Inn offers views of days gone by

After a busy holiday season, heading north to The Eagle Mountain House in Jackson Village, New Hampshire, for a weekend of skiing seemed ideal. Freezing temperatures forced us to spend a bit more time inside to enjoy our historic accommodations for two days. The Eagle Mountain is located in Carter Notch, with views of the Wild Cat River. The inn has been hosting travelers visiting the White Mountains since 1879 and has been designated a Historic Hotel. With 96 guest rooms, the inn offers numerous amenities for both families and couples. Of course my passion was to walk the inn and take in the traditional décor and history of these fine period interior features.


On arrival, one will notice the long row of antique rocking chairs placed on the front grand verandah enticing visitors to stop and admire the spectacular mountain views. In the main lobby, a large, detailed Victorian-style iron filigree ceiling light with green glass shade is amazing to see, as are the old telephone booth and vintage road signs directing the way to the mountain house. So many details of time gone by promote the inn’s historic feel. The lobby’s antique carpet is a broadloom with a pattern of jewel tone colors that runs up the main stairway and into the guest room hallways. The nostalgic feel of the old elevator really takes you back in time and is still functional. Fireplaces in the main lobby and the library have leather seating for one to enjoy the comfort of the fire and the inn. The library was my favorite place. The linen wallcovering drew me right in to this space. All the books in the bookcases had bindings that were color-coordinated with the antique carpeting. So many decorative techniques and details from the past are still followed in today’s decorating trends. Our guest room brought me back of my decorating years in the late 1990s. Noticing the swag and jabot window treatment style, in the Jacobean floral fabric pattern of Waverly Greenfield made me smile. This pattern was so popular in traditional homes at that time. Waverly was an F. Schumacher company known for its traditional decorating fabrics and wallpapers. Another feature not only in the guest room but throughout all the doors in the hotel were the glass crystal and brass plate doorknobs. This feature was the icing on the cake for me. What a sight, walking down the long hallway and notice all those glass doorknobs. The Eagle Mountain House offers many amenities, including two restaurants, a pub, heated swimming pool, golf course, tennis courts and, of course, The Carriage House, a separate barn on the grounds and an amazing space to have a wedding, party or business conference. There are so many nostalgic features to enjoy. No matter what decorating style, it’s always nice to enjoy the period style of days gone by. Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs and RAW Furnishings, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at blogs.lowellsun.com/daleydecor. She also blogs at debbedaleydesignsllc.blogspot.com. Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/lifestyles/ci_27288519/historic-inn-offers-views-days-gone-by#ixzz3Ov4L0ggh