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Newly Renovated Isaac Merrill House Inn Offers Modern Amenities with Rustic Charm

By Pamela Sosnowski

It may be nearly 250 years old, but the Isaac Merrill House Inn still delivers all of the conveniences of the modern age, thanks to an extensive renovation last year by the inn's current owner, Joe Trabulsie. The North Conway B&B now features new furniture, a stone gas fireplace, fire pit, complimentary continental breakfast, and more.

"Being an 18th century inn, we made sure to keep the traditional feel of the older inns, without sacrificing modern amenities," Trabulsie said. "People love the idea of staying in an inn built in 1773, but it's also nice to enjoy the more modern things. Each room has a brand new HDTV and DVD player, and we offer a small libraries of movies to rent, free of charge."

Born and raised south of Boston, Trabulsie grew up with a love for the scenic White Mountains Region, fondly remembering day trips as a kid to nearby Storyland and other attractions. He and his father purchased the inn after becoming fascinated by its history and an opportunity to relocate to North Conway. Renovations began in 2016, most notably on the inn's wrap-around porch, which was crumbling. The building reopened for business in February 2017, providing comfortable, clean rooms year-round. Pine and ledgestone and earthy tones have helped preserve the building's rustic feel.

The inn itself was actually originally built as a farmhouse for Isaac Merrill and his family in 1773. Merrill would allow guests to stay for free in his home in exchange for helping out on the farm. After the Russell family purchased the home in 1850, they turned it into a B&B and by the early 1900s has constructed four more buildings on the premises that could house up to 200 guests at a time.

Located just one mile from North Conway's center, the Isaac Merrill House Inn is in the heart of tourist-heavy Mount Washington Valley, which offers an extensive list of attractions and things to do, including scenic mountain activities, shopping, music, and more.

"With restaurants and shopping that goes on for miles, and an endless amount of hikes, trails and outdoor activities to choose from, it's a wonderful place for people to spend time with family and loved ones," Trabulsie said. "For many people, North Conway is a tradition of sorts: families come here with their children, who return years later with their own children."

There are several rooms to choose from, ranging from a double-double (which accommodates up to four guests) to a two room suite with large screen TVs and hardwood floors. One of the most popular areas of the inn is its dining room, which features cozy seating, a fireplace, and a breakfast bar. Guests also love relaxing on the trademark porch, or toasting marshmallows in the fire pit in the inn's backyard.

No matter their reason for visiting the beautiful White Mountains or the time of year, Trabulsie says guests will feel relaxed and comfortable during their stay at the inn.

"The goal was to create a home that felt warm and welcoming, where people would have a great place to return to after a day of exploring the White Mountains," he said. "Here at the Isaac Merrill House Inn, you truly are family, and we strive to be your home away from home."

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