Sue and I were looking for a girl’s weekend away in March so I set out to see what there was to do In New England at that time of the year.
I found a Murder Mystery weekend at the Bernerhof Inn in North Conway, NH.
I will Blog about the Murder mystery tomorrow but the Bernerhof was so great in itself that I want to write about them separately.
Sue and I got to the Inn about 3:00 on Friday afternoon. It was about a two and a half hour drive from my house and we easily found our way to the Inn. It’s right on route 302, although set back a bit, and was very easy to locate.
The Innkeeper, Steve, greeted us a soon as we walked in the door and he immediately made us feel like old friends. He was so warm and engaging, perfect for his job as an Innkeeper. He gave us the lowdown of the weekend and gave us a tour of the Inn and its history.
The Inn has a walking trail right behind it so we decided to do a small loop with Holly, the owner’s dog leading. It was a nice way to stretch our legs after the drive.
We loved the fact that the Inn has a bar and a restaurant right there. After driving all day and needing to be back for 8:00 to meet the other players we opted to just stay right there and have a drink and dinner.
Warren manned the bar and took our dinner orders. He was calm and quiet, although playful and fun. The perfect host between leaving you your space but engaging when invited to do so.
Sue and I weren’t starving so we ordered the cheese plate and asked if we could split the Shrimp Scampi. Some places don’t like plate sharing but Warren said that wasn’t an issue.
The cheese platter was dinner in itself with an assorted array of cheese, crackers, meats and olives. All of my favorites!
The scampi was simple but homemade and delish. They even put it on two plates for us!
We relaxed in the dining room until it was time to meet and greet the other guests.
At 8:00 everyone gathered in the living area near the fireplace and one by one we met with Beth, who organized the Murder Mystery. She filled us in on our parts and what to expect.
When I came back in about 10 of the guests were playing Cards Against Humanity. I have never played but had heard tons about the game and have always wanted to.
OMG, if you want to meet people fast and break the ice you need to play this game. However, you can’t be shy to play this game!! It can be crude, rude and a little bit naughty (all in good fun, of course)
Many of the guests were repeat guests and knew Steve well so their hair was down! Steve played right along with us and we were up until about 1:00 AM playing cards. No one was pressured to play at all and some folks hit the hay earlier, but for the rest of us we were cracking up and having a hell of a time till the wee hours.
The room Sue and I had was a suite. It was two rooms connected by a French door. One had a queen size bed and the other a pull out couch. It was clean and decorated beautifully. The radio was playing 50’s music when we walked in and had little treasures that was the theme of our Mystery weekend. It was homey and cozy.
The bathroom has a HUGE Jacuzzi tub with a fabulous huge shower head. There was stain glass windows surrounding the tub and if I had time I could totally see spending some time in that tub soaking away your troubles. You could even invite a few friends if you really wanted to!
Some Inns can be noisy but the Bernerhof was not at all. We slept well and got up to a 4 choice breakfast. Most Inns have one item they serve all the guests for breakfast, but not Steve! You had your choice and he went with the flow if you had any substitutes or changes you wanted made.
There were also cider donuts that were the best from the local bakery next door. To die for!
Although Steve had a girl working breakfast he was right there greeting guests and making sure everyone was served and happy. Since he was up late playing cards with us he must not have had a ton of sleep but he was cheerful and didn’t skip a beat.
Sue and I had plans already for the day Saturday. Steve made sure we were all set for the day and didn’t need anything before we headed out on a Maple Madness Inn to Inn tour.
After a day out we returned to the inn and got ready for the evening’s fun. The tables were pushed together to make two long seatings.
The meal started with a Cesar salad, a soup and a pork loin with asparagus and mashed potatoes.
It was simple but a delicious home cooked meal with good friends.
Sunday morning we got up, had another yummy breakfast and Steve raffled off gift certificates for future stays for best characters in the Murder Mystery.
The weekend was exactly what I needed! A great place to get away and relax with no pressure and a host that is funny, witty and warm.
If you want to stay at a place that feels like a home away from home, the Bernerhof is the place for you!