Chocorua, NH, Riverbend Inn B&B
"Drive up to the Riverbend Inn, and immediately a sense of “ahhhhhh” settles over you. Rest in the parking lot an extra moment listening to the sound of the river, and the hassles of the world melt. The inn gives fresh meaning to “a world apart”. Step into the Riverbend, and you step into the intrigue of bold, deep colors and Asian art and decor. The large overstuffed couches and the carved mahogany beds beckon those who usually tread with trepidation at the suggestion of a B&B. The Riverbend Inn provides the perfect spot for a romantic weekend away from the kids or a simple retreat from the everyday rush. Set in two buildings connected by the breakfast room-with an entire wall overlooking a deck and the river beyond-a wonderful sense of privacy is unmistakable here. Rooms are spacious, and common areas are abundant both inside the inn and out. Surrounded by forest with hammocks and Adirondack chairs for quiet tete-a-tetes, guests settle into the inn’s calming comforts, completely in tune with the natural surroundings. In the evening, sit on the deck sipping your favorite Chardonnay, and hear the quiet sounds of the rippling river and birds bedding down for the night. Since “quiet” is a foreign word in most households, the fabulous setting and anticipation of a relaxing weekend can be positively ambrosial. The rooms, where bold colors combine with Asian accents, offer profoundly romantic settings. Warm, homemade cookies served bedside complement the mix of Asian romanticism and modern amenities: the perfect balance of creature comfort and ambiance. One guest, describing herself as a neurotic New Yorker said “From the warm glow of the B&B when we first pulled up to our ending few minutes--every detail imagined - even the eclectic mix of music that permeates the sitting areas - somehow flows beautifully in rhythm with the river outside...".
- Classic Country Life magazine, Fall 2006
"Lushly decorated rooms don't overwhelm guests; instead they cosset them in comfortable elegance at Riverbend Inn in Chocorua. Downstairs, window seats overlook the river and deep sofas invite curling up by the fireplace to read from the inn's exceptional library. Linger over a multi-course breakfast on the terrace to watch the river meander through the woods."
- New Hampshire Magazine, July 2005, Best of NH 2005 Awards
"Yankee plain on the outside, the Riverbend's interior is wonderful to behold. Hosts Craig Cox and Jerry Weiss have traveled widely in Asia, collecting sizable souvenirs such as a statue of the South Indian god of doorways that graces a living room with persimmon-colored walls. We settle into comfortable armchairs by the crackling fire and eventually make our way to a soothing, forest green guest room with a king-size bed. We are lulled to sleep by the gentle murmur of flowing water. The morning sun reveals the Chocorua River, partially frozen in the snow. Sun fills the breakfast room, an enclosed patio with white-linen-dressed tables and massive candelabra, overlooking the river. Breakfast begins with gingered melon and apple coffee cake, followed by blueberry pancakes with locally made syrup. Our hosts are full of suggestions about antiques shops nearby, peaceful places to snowshoe, and cross-country trails. Actually we wouldn't mind spending the better part of the day in this hospitable inn, but today we really do have to be in North Conway. We plan to return though…"
- Christine Tree, Boston Globe