It begins to look a lot like Christmas earlier than you'd expect at this charming inn.
For those who love the festive feel of Christmastime, there's a charming inn in New Hampshire where that spirit is alive 365 days a year.
The Christmas Farm Inn and Spa has been everything from a jail to a church to a farmhouse, and today it’s a quaint family-owned inn with a clear appreciation for Christmas cheer.
Despite its name, the property isn’t distinctly a Christmas-themed hotel, but guests will find familiar holiday touches from wreaths and garlands to festive art and statues throughout the year.
Meanwhile, all of the inn's suites and rooms have playful Christmas-related names.
In the property's historic Main Inn, which was built back in 1786, there are nine uniquely designed guest rooms.
There's the Mr. and Mrs. Clause, two rooms joined by a connecting door, or rooms named after Santa’s reindeer: Vixen, Donner, and Dasher.
Next to the Main Inn is the Saltbox, a portion of the building that is believed to have been built in 1778 and that holds nine rooms with names like Mistletoe, Holly, Elves, Rudolph, and Sugar and Spice.
The carriage house suites are located on a hillside above the Main Inn and are named after the “12 Days of Christmas”: think 1 Partridge in a Pear Tree and 11 Pipers Piping.
There are also seven Medieval-inspired cottages, including the Sleigh House and the Sugar House, which line the path of the appropriately named “Dancer Way.”
Finally, the Christmas Farm Inn Barn has haylofts that have been converted into four two-story condo spaces, where guests will be surrounded by antique beams and original barn board paneling from trees dating back to the Revolutionary War.
The inn is conveniently located near Santa’s Village, a Christmas-themed park where families can ride a yule log flume or visit a school for elves.
It also sponsors the annual Journey to the North Pole program, which makes it possible for Christmas-caroling holiday enthusiasts to take a train ride with Santa and the elves every November and December. And when the holiday season arrives, keep your eyes peeled for the 15-foot Christmas tree in the inn’s barn.
Guests staying at the inn around Christmas can look forward to a tray of “naughty and nice” treats that include everything from cookies and chocolate to clementines and candy canes. Rates start at $169 a night for around Christmas, and $99 a night other times of the year.