North America is big. Like, really big. Like, seemingly infinitely, extraordinarily big; and it took one British family a late summers road trip along the Eastern Seaboard to realise this otherwise obvious fact. Distance is relative.
After spending a wonderful and much needed week exploring both Saint John, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (adventures that can be read here), it was time for the inevitable journey home. I find that for me, this is usually the longest stretch. Once you’ve accepted your fate, you just want to get home – and fast. However, having to drive over 20 hours before reaching residence complicates things a little. Being in unfamiliar territory with faulty directions and cramped conditions exacerbates the situation further. And soon, what was to be the grand finale – a lazy two day return trip through New England – faltered under pressing time restrictions and general inexperience.
This seemed to be the direction that our first road trip was uncontrollably taking but thankfully, we were saved. Saved by the warming embrace of the Three Chimneys Inn in Durham, New Hampshire.
It was dark when we arrived (several hours behind schedule) but the light of Three Chimneys radiated from the windows, beckoning, promising all that we desired most – comfort, food and good quality rest. Despite our late admittance, the kitchen of the adjoining ffrost Sawyer Tavern remained open and provided us with what was quite simply one of the most exquisite meals I’ve ever had the fortune to eat. Now there’s good food and there’s good food. From the first to the last bite, it was evident that the tavern chefs invested great pride and effort into their edible creations; a similar vibe was felt with each of the staff members we encountered, regardless of job description. This aided in building an overwhelming sense of genuine hospitality and premium care.
The Inn itself is one of the oldest buildings in New Hampshire, built in the 1600s to house the towns then most prominent entrepreneur. History lies heavy within the walls and each individual style bedroom exhibits original period furniture that establishes a sense of grandeur and luxurious comfort.
…but no sooner had we settled in than we had to leave for the home stretch of our journey. Yet through our short but sweet experience at the Three Chimneys Inn, not only did we restore our wavering spirits but learnt about an otherwise overlooked town, its history and its pleasant inhabitants.