History of the Sugar Hill Inn in the White Mountains
The Sugar Hill Inn started as a small farmhouse built by the Oakes family in 1789. As one of the early settling families in the Sugar Hill area, they are counted among the score of hearty and independent folks who came into the White Mountains of New Hampshire in search of a better life. This traditional New England house was built of post and beam construction and relied on handsome fireplaces in the principal rooms for heat.
In 1924, when a large addition to the original house was added, it began operation as the Caramat Inn. In the 1950’s three two-room cottages were built in a cluster on a knoll just west of the main building. Some of the area’s most breathtaking views can be seen from these guest rooms and porches. In 1972, the Inn was renamed the Sugar Hill Inn.
In May 2006, entrepreneur Steve Allen purchased the inn. The inn was run down but had serious potential. Steve met Karen in 2008 and together they renovated the inn. Along the way they have earned numerous awards for their hospitality.
Owner, Steve Allen, has been writing a book about his experiences at the Sugar Hill Inn and has been posting the chapters as they become available. In these chapters we invite you to journey behind the scenes.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Becoming an Innkeeper
Chapter 3 Buying the Sugar Hill Inn
Chapter 4 Sugar Hill Inn Design 101
Chapter 5 The Ten Reasons I Love What I Do
Chapter 6 The Money Pit
Chapter 7 Building the Team
Chapter 8 Checking into the Dream
Chapter 9 Core Values of the Sugar Hill Inn
Chapter 10 Becoming a Restaurateur
Chapter 11 Restaurant Startup – May 2006
Chapter 12 Executive Chef Val Fortin
Chapter 13 The Dining Room
Chapter 14 Breakfast
Chapter 15 Being Famous – Living in a fish bowl
Chapter 16 Original Art
Chapter 17 The Tavern
Chapter 18 Karen’s Story
Chapter 19 Wine
Chapter 20 Going Local
Chapter 21 Business and the Community