Our Staff

Our Staff is Dedicated to Making Your Visit Memorable

Owner, Steve Allen

Originally from Caldwell, New Jersey Steve has many passions most of which consist of drinking espresso, shopping for wine, and traveling to places that also make wine. When he isn’t shopping for, or traveling to wine, he is watching a DVD about the wine making process.  After a 9 day adventure across Kentucky to tour as many distilleries as possible Steve’s newest interest is bourbon.

He is a gourmet and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Steve is also a graduate of the University of Denver, William and Mary, and he holds a certificate in financial planning, and a computer programing certificate circa the Nixon administration.

Steve loves and is a true geek for business books. He has read every single book about hotel management on the shelf at Barnes & Nobles. In the 5th grade, Steve delivered a book report on Conrad Hilton and his future became a little bit clearer.  Steve can tell you the complete history of the Ritz Carlton, the Four Seasons, Marriot, and Hilton.

In 2006, Steve purchased the Sugar Hill Inn even though it had holes in the walls, no air conditioning, and his family was slightly concerned. Moving from New Jersey to New Hampshire is no small change.  It is his vision that is seen in the refurbished guest suites, public areas, and the restaurant.   The Sugar Hill Inn is Steve’s  slice of paradise even when that means shoveling snow in a blizzard or getting up at the crack of dawn to make fresh muffins. 

Owner, Steve Allen, has written a book about his experiences at the Sugar Hill Inn  and it is now available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  This is a fun read for anyone who enjoys staying at Country Inns, Bed and Breakfasts or Boutique Hotels.

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Steve Allen, Owner
Sara Beth Allen

Sara Beth Allen

Sara is a native of Glen Rock, New Jersey and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Sara moved back in when her father was diagnosed with cancer. She enjoys innkeeping for all of its creative outlets. Interior design, gardening, and marketing are just some of her many passions. She began her hospitality career as a Cast Member at World Disney World.

In Washington, D.C. she worked for two United States Senators. In New York City, she worked on the startup of Gary Vaynerchuk's VaynerMedia. Living in concrete jungles gave her a big appreciation for New Hampshire.

Sara loves cooking because she's the daughter of a chef. She has practiced making breakfast into the early hours of the morning. Her favorite memories include eating paella with her grandparents and travelling all the way to Morocco for tajine.
Val Fortin

Val Fortin

Executive Chef
We are proud to have Chef Val working at the Sugar Hill Inn. He has thirty years of culinary experience. Val Fortin worked at the Sugar Hill for thirteen years and then took over Littleton's Tim-Bir Alley restaurant. He joins us again to run the inn's culinary program. Both restaurants remain in successful operation. Chef Val won the Distinguished Restaurant Award of North America as Executive Chef at the Sugar Hill Inn. Val has been featured across the national media.
Katie Ricker

Katie Ricker

Biography on the way!
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