Most people would probably say the best part of my job is getting to travel. On a sliding scale of, definitely agree, somewhat agree or completely disagree — I suppose I’m neutral. 40 Million people in the world suffer from some form of anxiety. 18% of the population in the U.S suffers specifically from travel anxiety – and I am a part of that statistic.
For those who don’t experience travel anxiety it’s difficult to understand, and the attacks can be brought on by any one thing, as big or as little as you can imagine. The packing, finding accommodations for the dog, coordinating outfits for weeks at a time, finances and costs — there’s a lot to deal with. But just being away from home, sometimes alone, in a place that’s unfamiliar is enough to make traveling difficult.
Luckily, I assimilate quickly! Once i’m settled, I love taking in new sights, exploring places i’ve never been before, and meeting new people! So when I know i’ll be traveling, I make sure to not only have a strategic plan and itinerary but I look for places to stay that make me feel safe and at home. Good vibes, Good energy and Good people – that’s exactly what I found during my complimentary overnight at Lake Opechee Inn & Spa in Laconia New Hampshire.
What a beautiful place Laconia New Hampshire is. The mountains and the lakes come together to form the most breathtaking landscape. Pine trees grow tall and sturdy, their needles still the perfect shades of emerald green. The trees which had just begun to turn, were still holding onto summer — like us — not ready for winter.
Immediately you will notice the architecture of the building. It boasts an appealing symmetry on each side of the grand entrance, which faces out towards the lake. Greeted by a friendly staff of humans, as well as a pair of adorable golden retrievers.
I instantly felt ‘at home’. Keegan, the 8yr old golden pictured above on the right was happy to sit faithfully by my side as I checked in, admit-fully I fell in love, and phoned my mother to tell her about Keegan since he reminded me so much of our beloved family dog Chowder.
The Inn which is pet-friendly, has rooms that feature hardwood floors instead of carpet. They understand the importance of being able to travel with your furry loved ones and go out of their way to accommodate guests with pets.
Of the many rooms, you can choose from the Lakeview Queen or King as well as partial lake view and suites. The Sylvan Pet friendly rooms start at $179 and come with either two queens or a king bed and feature hard floors instead of carpets.
My guest room (starting at $199) offered a beautiful view of the lake from a private balcony, and a cozy sitting area with a warm gas fireplace. The bathroom which was immaculate featured a comfortable stand up shower and a huge jetted whirlpool bath — which was perfect after a long day of hiking around.
Along with a great selection of suites, the Inn also features a full day spa complete with massage, facials and body treatments, a gift shop, an indoor pool and a truly phenomenal restaurant called O Steaks and Seafood – which has an additional location in Concord, NH. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to eat at O restaurant because I had other plans (which you can read about here) but heard from the staff and other guests that it was three thumbs up. (yes, three)
If you live in New Hampshire, this is a great place to check out for food & spa. Traveling? Definitely a spot to stay over night + with pets. We aren’t here to drop ratings, but if you can imagine a sliding scale of one – to – hit the bed and passed out then mission completed.
We hope this article will inspire you to visit Laconia –while you’re there check out the U.S Sophie C, Mail Boat, Moulton Farms, and Hermit Woods Winery! Let us know if you stay at Lake Opechee Inn & Spa! Don’t forget to tell them New England Weekender sent you! and pssssst, if you’re like me and suffer from travel anxiety, i’m here to tell you it’s ok — check out this amazing article from our friend Nomadic Matt, onhow not to let anxiety stop you from traveling. and just take baby steps, there’s a lot of New England to see, so let’s do this together!
62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia, New Hampshire 03246
Phone: 603-524-0111, Fax: 603-524-1114