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Snowvillage Inn
Karen & Bern Galat, Innkeepers

Snowvillage Inn
P.O. BOX 180
North Conway, NH03860

(603) 447-2818 - phone
(800) 447-4345 - toll free
(603) 447-5268 - fax

Snowvillage Inn is located in the tiny village of Snowville (named for a person,
not the weather) just 6 miles south of Conway, in the Mt. Washington Valley
region of New Hampshire.  Karen and Bern Galat purchased the inn in May of
2005 after looking at over 50 inns over a period of almost 18 months.  Since
then, the couple has  invested heavily in renovations -- rebuilding the
foundations under two of the buildings, replacing heating and hot water
systems, fully renovating 6 of the 18 guest rooms and redecorating another two
as well as the living rooms in Main Inn and the Chimney House and installing a
brand new, state of the art commercial kitchen where they offer classes as part
of our very popular White Mountain Cooking School.

Guests are welcome year round.  In the summer there is hiking, canoeing,
swimming, blueberry picking or lounging in the hammock.  In autumn, guests
can gaze at the fall foliage right from our front porch (which overlooks Mt.
Washington) and pick apples in our own orchard without ever leaving the inn.  
In winter there is snow shoeing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, sleigh
riding, dog sledding, ice climbing and (of course) snoozing in front of a roaring
fire.

Editor's Note: My daughter and I stayed at the Snowvillage Inn during the annual
Inn-to-Inn cookie tour...and it was absolutely delightful!  Karen and Bern made us feel
right at home...breakfasts were first rate...and the views of the Presidential Mountain
range in the morning were stunning.

Interview with Innkeeper Karen Galat:

Can you tell us a little bit of the history
of the Snowvillage Inn?

The Main Inn was originally the home of Frank
Simonds -- a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.  
The inn was acquired by Greta and Maxx Pluss
in 1948 and turned into a country inn.  It has been
in operation as an inn ever since.  Greta and Maxx a
dded the Carriage House which consists of eight
guest rooms and a two story common area, as well
as the wing of the Main Inn that encompasses the
dining room and two view king guest rooms over it.  In the 1970's Ginger and
Pat Blymyer took over -- adding their personal flair to the property.  In the
1980's the inn was purchased by the Cutrone family who built the very popular
Chimney House (four guest rooms and common area - each with its own
fireplace) and enhanced the cross country skiing trails that remain available
right from the inn's front door.  In the 1990's, Kevin Flynn began his
stewardship, bringing in a professional chef, starting the White Mountain
Cooking School and putting Snowvillage on the map as a dining destination.

What made you interested in innkeeping?

We toyed with the idea of innkeeping for at least 5 years before beginning the
18 month process of market research and looking and looking and looking at
inns until we find just the right spot.  Formerly, Karen was a lawyer and Bern
was the vice president of a pharmaceutical contract research organization.

What kind of shape was it in when you purchased it and
what kind of renovation work was required?

The inn needed a great deal of work when we
purchased it -- both structural and cosmetic.  
The state required us to replace the septic system.  
Structural work was needed to reinforce the
foundations under both the Main Inn and the
Carriage House.  The Main Inn needed (and got)
a new electric service, new heat and hot water
system, new public bathrooms and a new
commercial kitchen.  All of the guest rooms got
a complete scrubbing, new mattresses, box springs
and linen.  New furniture was purchased for seven
of the guest rooms (six also got brand new baths) as well as for the living rooms
in both the Main Inn and the Chimney House.  There are two owners' quarters
on the property and both were fully renovated.

What is it like living at the Snowvillage Inn?  

Life at Snowvillage changes dramatically with the seasons.  We are the busiest
from June 1st through the end of December.  We do a lot of weddings and
family reunions during the late spring and summer and enjoy high occupancy
rates during fall foliage and the holiday season.  In winter, things slow down.  
Guests flock to the inn on weekends for skiing or cooking classes, but we often
have time during the week to enjoy a day of skiing ourselves!

And what is your favorite spot or room?

Our favorite spot in the inn has to be our front porch.  From May through
October, we dine out there, watch the sunset behind the mountains and marvel
at the beauty of this location.  The view is at least half the reason we selected
Snowvillage to begin with!

What makes a stay at the Snowvillage Inn unique?

Our guests say that we do! We had a visit this past weekend from a couple
from Massachusetts who said:  "Home is where the heart is and your hearts are
warm."

But we also think the ability to 'get away from it all' is a big part of it.  
Snowvillage enjoys a very unique location - beautiful views in a spot where
you can hear the loons calling in the summer and the snow falling in the
winter.  yet all this is only 6 miles from all N. Conway has to offer - skiing,
hiking, shopping and so on.

What kind of specials do you have for your guests throughout the year?

Our packages and specials are geared to each season.  We offer dine and stay
packages for those who just want to get away and relax.  We have skiing and
snow shoeing packages in the winter, maple sugaring in the early spring and
summer vacation packages in July and August.  But we are always flexible and
happy to make whatever arrangements our guests request.  Oh yes - we are
also kid friendly and dog friendly.  Children of all ages are welcome at
Snowvillage and our Carriage House is a pet friendly building.

When is the best time of year to stay at your B&B/Inn?

The answer depends upon what each guest is looking for.  Some enjoy the long
summer days, our award winning perennial gardens in full bloom and relaxing
evenings on the front porch as the sun sinks behind the mountains and fireflies
dot the front lawn.  Others prefer the autumn leaves rustling under foot and the
glory of the fall scenery.  Our favorite time of year is winter - the air is cold and
crisp, snow blankets the mountains and decorates the pines.  The inn smells of
Chef Matt's exquisite cuisine and a fire crackles in the Main Inn living room...

Please tell us a little about this area of New Hampshire.

Snowville is a village of fewer than 100 people.  It is situated on the north side
of Foss Mountain only 6 miles from Conway (the Mt. Washington Valley region
of the state).  The views are breathtaking, the air is clear and it is peaceful and
quiet.  But a ten minute drive puts our guests at the foot of Mt. Cranmore for
skiing in the winter or at Diana's bath for hiking in the summer... And of course,
there's all that tax free, outlet shopping!

What is a “can’t miss” attraction in your area?

A short hike from the inn brings guests to the top
of Foss Mountain for a 360 view of the entire
Mt. Washington Valley.  On a clear day, it will
take your breath away!

Click here for the Snowvillage Inn's Famous
"Chef Matt's Baked Eggs" Recipe
Karen and Bern Galat, Innkeepers, Snowvillage Inn
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