by Mary Porcher
New Haven, Connecticut
July 3, 2004
I was surprised to drive up and find that The Angel is on the main street in Bethlehem. The pictures on the website made me think that it was on the top of a hill in the rolling countryside.
When entering the home, the first thing I noticed was all of the beautiful wood. Ben (the owner) led us away from the peaceful music that was playing and up to our spotless queen room with a private bath on the third floor. The ceiling slanted a bit, so it felt cramped in certain areas of the room, but the length of the room made up for that. The private bath looked brand new, with bright white trim and a walk-in shower. There are no televisions in the rooms, but there is a TV room downstairs with cable for guests. We went down both evenings to watch a bit, and no one else was there.
We decided to leave our window open on our first night. This was a mistake, because there were trucks barreling by during the night (just enough of them to disturb sleep). The next two nights, we closed the window and had no problems with noise. There was an air-conditioning unit in our other window, but it was not needed in the last weekend of June, due to the cool summer evenings.
Breakfast at the Angel includes several courses. Each morning begins with a freshly baked muffin and coffee, then a fruit dish with fresh orange juice, and finally the main course. Our first morning included a tall parfait with fresh strawberries and melons, followed by eggs cooked with salsa and spinach. I don't normally like spicy dishes in the morning, but it was much better than I expected. On the second morning, everyone at the table agreed that the simmered plums with cream were delicious. These were followed by a scrumptious fritata (which is just like quiche, Ben explained, but without the unhealthy crust) with bacon and mushrooms.
In conversing with guests at the table, we were told that the carriage house is very spacious, clean, and well worth the extra cost. It consists of a living room (with TV), kitchen, bedroom, private deck, and a bonus room.
Ben and Sally happily provide maps and explain the most common daytrips in the area. When we mentioned we needed bug spray, Sally brought out several bottles and insisted that we take some with us. There is also a library of books in the TV room that guests can use to plan trips.
If you happen to return to the inn in the early evening before dinner, complimentary wine and cheese are provided at 5:30pm. We were only able to take advantage of this little luxury on the first evening. The cheese was delicious - there were cubes of herbal cheddar, slices of smoked cheddar, and slices of sausage. We enjoyed sipping on the porch and discussing our weekend plans.
From journal Summer Weekend in the White Mountains