You know you’ve been around the block when you find yourself re-photographing the same room, sometimes even 2 or 3 times! A lot has happened with fashion and style in 8 years and the savvy innkeepers are keeping up with the trends. We just returned from a New England trip (one of several this year) and wanted to share some highlights…and particularity Sugar Hill Inn’s latest redo. By the way, all three of these inns are Select Registry members.
Sugar Hill Inn, Sugar Hill NH
|Bickford Bath, before|
|Bickford Bedroom, before|
This room was brought from the past into the present with a bold new color on the walls, cheery new bedding and some new furniture, focusing on style and comfort. Its amazing what a few new components can do for a room! This was not an extravagant high-budget redo, but results are dramatic. Great job guys!
|Sugar Hill Inn’s Bickford Suite, after|
|Sugar Hill Inn’s Bickford Suite Bath, after|
More contemporary styling and camera angles helps convey the new decor approach at Sugar Hill.
Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, VT
We’ve had the pleasure of shooting Rabbit Hill–what we consider THE classic American country inn–many times. Leslie and Brian, aside from being good friends, are an inspiration in every aspect of the hospitality business–from their smart marketing to their commitment to guest comfort to their justly famous hospitality. This time we focused primarily on food, and capturing “the life of the inn”–from the guests to the staff to the action in the kitchen. Here are a few highlights:
|Some of the great fresh food products the chefs have to work with at Rabbit Hill Inn|
|Making ravioli in the Rabbit Hill kitchen|
|Supreme Innkeeper Leslie helping guests plan their activities|
|Innkeeper snapping a shot of guests trying their hand at one of the addictive Stave puzzles|
|Pastry chef putting finishing touches on dessert|
Inn at Weston, Weston VT
This was our first visit to The Inn at Weston, a charming Vermont country inn located in Weston, famous for (other than the Inn) The Vermont Country Store and The Weston Playhouse. What struck us (as former innkeepers) was how well the rooms were appointed and designed. We usually shoot a few bathrooms at an inn like this, but every one was pretty stellar so we had to shoot them all! Most of the rooms are fully-loaded: fireplaces, fancy tiled showers or jetted tubs, and spacious, comfortable sitting areas.
Although the dining room was closed during our visit, we shot food and it was pretty stunning as well. One of our favorite places was the pub, which was loaded with atmosphere. Hoping to get some great snow shots, we were instead faced with freakish 70 degree days and endless Vermont mud. We will be returning in the summer to get shots of their lush and beautiful gardens.
|Many of the guest suites feature a peek-through, from the spacious tub to the fireplace…a recipe for romance, right?|
|Mark as fire-tender, the pub at The Inn at Weston|
|Arctic Char Over Spinach and Rice Cake|
|Cauliflower soup sound dull? Not with Chef Michael’s treatment and delicate garnish|