2018 is a very special year for our New Hampshire B&B as we are celebrating our 150th anniversary as an Inn! While the original farm dates back to 1789 and the founding of New London as a town, it was in 1868 that Major William Messer envisioned a growing resort economy coming to central New Hampshire and converted the property into an establishment of hospitality. To celebrate our anniversary and share our excitement with the community, we will be offering activities and recognition events throughout the year. Each month we’ll be offering something new and fun, so stay tuned! Return to this blog or check our calendar of events throughout the year for updates on upcoming events.
March – Winterfest
April (Month Long) – IPL Trivia Contest
May 27th – Tree Planting and Garden Party
On May 27th we will be asking the community to join us for a party while we dedicate one of our fine gardens to our loyal guests. In addition to some lovely new plantings, our 150th Anniversary Garden will celebrate our guests by showcasing river rocks engraved with the names of guests who have stayed with us 10 or more times, reminding us all that they are a part of the IPL family. We invite you to join us for the dedication of this garden and enjoy a day of festivities focused on spring, food, beverages, and warm company.
June (Month Long) – Historic Scavenger Hunt
Put your sleuthing skills to the test and dig deep into your historical knowledge to try and solve Messer’s Marvelous Mishap! This scavenger hunt traces the history of New London around the time William Messer Founded the Red Gables Inn. The winner will receive a gift certificate to Oak & Grain for dinner for two!
July 11th – Outdoor BBQ Cooking Class
Is it art, science, or deeply guarded family secrets? In any case, you are sure to add to your grilling prowess by sharing an afternoon with Chef Leary. This class is staged outdoors (weather permitting), because where else would you hold a grilling class? Makes a great Father’s Day gift!
August 10th – Historic Barn Dance
When was the last time you attended an authentic a barn dance? Come down to our historic venue and experience a night of dancing, food, and beverages. We’ll have a real “caller” and structural evening of activities.
September 1st – 2nd Annual Artfest
If you’re an art, food, outdoors, or beverage lover, our Second Annual Artfest is your cup of tea! Walk through our art market featuring work from local artists while sipping a cocktail and enjoying food from our Cocktails and Nosh menu. Check out our new micro gallery at the Inn.
October 24th- 31st – Ponderous Pumpkin Promenade
We’re celebrating fall in a fun way! Enter our Pumpkin carving contest, wander the gardens with the Ponderous Pumpkin People, and join in on the celebration.
November 17th – Pie-a-Palooza
Compete in our pie baking contest! Put Grandma’s recipe to the test. After the contest, sit down to a bountiful harvest dinner at Oak & Grain. Bonus- pie for dessert!
December 26th-31st – Gallery of Trees
Come see the Gallery of Trees! Vote for your favorite tree to be entered into a drawing for dinner for two at Oak & Grain. All proceeds to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank.
Enter our 150th Anniversary Photo Contest
Photos could be historical, fun, or just simply a great picture. We will be drawing one winner from all the submissions on November 1 (just in time for the holidays!). The winner will receive a gift certificate for dinner for two at Oak & Grain. To enter, submit your favorite photos of our New Hampshire B&B via email at email@example.com or in person at the front desk of the Inn. Why not bring your photos along while visiting one of our great events? Good Luck!
Excerpt from our Past… Red Gables 26th Season
Perfect Sanitation, Vegetables from Hotel Farm, Best of Milk and Cream.
“No town in the central lakes region of New Hampshire is more favorably known as a delightful Summer Resort than is New London, which is situated on an elevation commanding a most beautiful view of lakes, hills and mountains in large numbers. Among the most prominent mountains and within driving distance are Croyden, Sunapee, Ragged, and Kearsarge. Among the most prominent lakes in this vicinity are Big and Little Sunapee, Keysar and Pleasant Lakes. ‘Red Gables’ with its homelike airy rooms and having accommodations for 35 guests, is situated on the shore of Pleasant Lake with Mt. Kearsarge beyond. ‘Red Gables’ is connected by telephone with New London long distance exchange, which in turn reaches every corner of the country. The house is one and one-half miles from the church, post office, apothecary, stores, etc. Mail connections with Boston, daily. The house has perfect sanitary arrangements with bath room.
Pleasant Lake has long been famous as one of the most beautiful sheets of water in the State. It is fed by clear, cold mountain springs, and presents a crystal sheet nearly two miles in length, one mile wide and twenty to ninety feet deep. The boating and bathing facilities are unexcelled, and boats are provided to guests free of charge, also boats for hire by the day or week.
This modern house with its location and high elevation cannot be excelled in New Hampshire. The house is supplied with water from a never failing spring. The grounds have an abundance of shade and are fitted for croquet, tennis, etc. The table is supplied with vegetables, milk, fresh eggs and butter from the farm and every effort is made to please the guests.
Board $6 to $10 per week, according to location of rooms. Transient guests $1.50 per day. No reduction for children.
Parties from Boston leave North Union Station for Potter Place, at 6:30, 9:00, 11:30 A. M., 1 or 5 P. M., daily. Guests of the house will be met at the station upon notification either by letter or by wire.
Horses are kept at the house, and parties will be carried to all points of interest at reasonable rates.
Address, Maj. WM. A. Messer & Son, New London, N. H.”