03755 Travel Guide
If ever there was a town that the much-overused words "quaint" and "charming" seem made for, it's Hanover, New Hampshire.
Located in the state's Upper Valley, along the Appalachian Trail, and separated from Vermont by the Connecticut River, Hanover is most famously home to Dartmouth College, an elite Ivy League university -- and all of the fortunes that brings.
That being said, quaint and charming (not to mention the phrase "elite Ivy League ...") can rub some of us the wrong way, and so we approached the Hanover Inn, a storied hotel that occupies a building dating from 1780 and overlooks Dartmouth Green (scene of Conan O'Brien's epic 2011 commencement speech) with some trepidation.
The feeling was not initially assuaged by our first glimpse of the hotel lobby, which felt a little stuffy with its fireplace, leather armchairs, black and white photographs of alumni, rocking chairs on the patio, and a lot of deep green (Dartmouth College colors). Closer inspection, however, revealed modernist touches such contemporary works of art and a centerpiece table created from big slab of granite; an homage to New Hampshire's "granite state" moniker.