Sure, the preppy vibe runs strong in the guestrooms, too, with plaid cushions and cable-knit throws that bring old college cardigans to mind, but furnishings (Simon Pearce-style lamps and Tivoli clocks) and amenities (large flat-screen televisions, free WiFi, and walk-in showers) successfully toe the line between classic and modern.
The Hanover Inn recently underwent a $41 million, six-month-long renovation that added 14 new guest rooms and suites (bringing the total to 108) and increased the property's size from 3,000 square-feet to close to 11,000. Two of our favorite things about the new look are that the hotel is now connected to the Hood Museum, a contemporary art center where interning Dartmouth students help to curate the frequently changing exhibits, and is home to a farm-to-table restaurant named PINE, created by celebrity Boston chef, (and James Beard award winner) Michael Schlow and run by executive chef Justin Dain.
We were impressed with PINE's New American/Mediterranean-style menu (must try items: the house made gnocchi and slow roasted salmon), and smitten with their retro cocktail list, the creation of a smart in-house mixologist.
We had a peek at the newly outfitted fitness center, but having not actually broken a sweat in there, can only confirm that the small selection of treadmills, ellipticals , bikes, and weights look up to scratch.
Rates at the Hanover Inn start at $199 for a classic room to $369 for a suite.
Karen was a guest of Hanover Inn but all opinions are her own.
[Photos: Karen Gardiner Dion]