My girlfriend and I stayed here in the fall. I found it online and checked out the Web site--it looked adorable and, yes, rustic. Nice photos, very peaceful-looking.
Well! Turns out the cabins are lined up in a row about 12 feet back from Sugar Hill Road, a fairly busy highway also, and more evocatively, known as Route 117. If you look at the Web site, top photo, you'll see a line of low trees just in front of a cute little log cabin. Those trees are valiantly trying to shield the cabin from the traffic speeding over their roots and down 117. And that's the office cabin--the guest cabins, on the other side, are with one exception (see below) actually closer to the road.
In back of the cabins is a really lovely brook. There's one cabin on the other side of the brook, as the proprietor had described to me on the phone. She'd warned me that that cabin could only be reached by crossing a footbridge over the brook, which she said was a little dicey after dark. Haunted by the memory of having gotten lost in the dark behind a Vermont B&B, and of the argument that had ensued, I opted for another cabin. But that brookfront cabin turned out to be far enough from the road that I suspect its residents spent the weekend listening not to traffic but to babbling, as of a brook. And as it turned out, there was little danger of falling in the water: at night, all night as far as we could tell, the cabin (and, peripherally, the footbridge) appeared to be under interrogation in the light of an unusually powerful floodlamp.
I could actually say a few more negative things, and a few more positive ones, but mostly what I want to say is that I wish the people who own this place were more upfront on their site about the location. Up against the road was not what I was looking for. The log cabins right on the road like that are pretty kitschy, and I can see that I would've probably gotten a kick out of them, and likely would've tried staying in them, if I had randomly passed them on the road. But I wasn't expecting road based on what I saw on the Web site, and the feeling of having been taken, as I had been, dinged my sense of perspective. I should've Googled them and zoomed right in. Should've looked here. Should've spent more of my childhood touring around NH.
Last note: Sign out front says "housekeeping." Info book in room says, and I paraphrase only slightly: "Since these are housekeeping cabins, no maid service will be provided."
Sugar Hill itself, just a short trip down Sugar Hill Road, is gorgeous, and home to Patty's Pancake Parlor. Thinking about it now makes me want to start planning for next time. There have to be other places to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The original Rustic Log Cabins in Lisbon NH. Hand hewn log cabins by Real Goulet. Come relax and unplug by the Salmon Hole Brook, a 35 foot wide waterway that weaves through the property. Each log cabin is unique and individual and has its' own style. Wood burning fireplaces, full equipped kitchens and romance will await your visit. Open year round. The Rustic Log Cabins are nestled along the Salmon Hole Brook between 80 to 100 feet apart. Come to listen to the soothing brook and take a step back in time. Read that book you haven't had a chance to finish. We have a supply of books, games and cards in the office for your pleasure as well as lawn games. If you need to get connected there is free WIFI at the office.We are about 10 minutes from Franconia Notch State Park which supplies the visitor with hiking, biking, swimming, snowmobiling, and skiing. Wether it be a lake, stream, river or pond all within 10 minutes of the cabins, fishing is at its' best. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rustic Log Cabins Hotel Lisbon