Relax and Enjoy the Valley Villages of Londonderry and Weston

By Bette Reynolds

The Gazebo on the green in Weston

Nestled between the West River and three major ski resort mountains, in what is affectionately nicknamed “the Golden Triangle”, are Londonderry (established 1780) and Weston (established 1799), plus a half dozen other quaint towns and villages.

The three “great escape to the mountains” ski resorts are Stratton, Magic, and Bromley, only minutes away from the towns of Londonderry and Weston.

For a change of pace, a visit can be made to the nearby Weston Priory, a Benedictine monastery, three miles north of Weston. The brothers are noted for their beautiful music and daily prayer in a pristine location.

A most beautiful accommodation in South Londonderry on Route 100 in the village is the 1826 former Melendy Dairy Farm, which is now the Londonderry Inn. The homestead was turned into a country inn during WWII in 1942. The 25 room inn sits majestically on a knoll overlooking the sparkling West River and Glefe Mountain. Your hosts are Chrisman and Maya Kearn. In addition to her innkeeping duties, Maya Sarada Kearn is an expressionist painter and has her work on display and on sale at the inn’s gallery. She offers acrylic on canvas, watercolor on paper, murals and furniture art in addition to textile creatures.

In nearby Londonderry is the Magic View Motel, hosted by Lee Hafke, and the Frog’s Leap Inn, also in Londonderry, with hosts Kraig and Dorenna Hart. In the town of Landgrove is the Landgrove Inn, operated by Maureen Checchia.

For your choice of exquisite lodging in Weston, there is available for your pleasure, The Inn at Weston. The innkeepers are Bob and Linda Aldrich with Scott Hendricks, innkeeper/wedding officiant and Max Turner as the executive chef.

The inn is situated on six manicured acres near the West River and includes two buildings, the Main Inn, the Coleman House and a barn that are reminiscent of the mid 1800’s. The original building, which includes the dining area, was build in 1948 as a working farmhouse with connecting stable and barn. Speaking of stables, the Pfister Farm in Landgrove owned by Carl Pfister offers year round activities with his Belgian and Pencheron horse teams to delight you in spring, summer and autumn with carriage and wagon rides and whisk you away in a sleigh in the winter.

Now if you are really serious about putting down roots in one of these serene areas, then I suggest you contact Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate for available rentals or to purchase property. Hilary and Alan Chalmers or Claudia Harris will meet you and your needs with local real estate and are located in the village of Weston.

Finally, don’t forget to stop by the Weston Marketplace for all of your daily supplies and gasoline for your vehicle.

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