Pics & Praise
Tina and Deane Haskell have been the proud owners of Hillwinds Lodge since 2006. During that time, we have been hosts to more than 30,000 guests who have arrived at our doorstep from every state in the U.S., from each of the ten Provinces and one Territory in Canada, and from more than 40 countries around the world, including far flung locales such as Iceland, New Zealand, Australia, Poland, Finland, Turkey, Brazil, Israel, Belarus, South Africa, Russia, China, Japan and even New Caledonia and Mauritius.
It has been an incredible experience to not only share our New England roots and heritage with our visitors, but also to learn about customs and traditions from folks from every conceivable ethnic background. We thank all of our wonderful guests for the opportunity to share our home with you.
Below are some of the comments gleaned from our half dozen guest books. Visitors are welcome to visit Hillwinds Lodge to browse through the many comments in our guestbooks in languages such as Hebrew, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and English, and to see the Australian flag and kangaroo stamp in one of the books. Visitors to our lodge enjoy viewing our maps (to see where our guests are from) and then adding their own “home” pin.
On this page, we’ve included some of our favorite pictures of the lodge, the lovely Franconia area and the surrounding White Mountains. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed compiling these memories over the years. There is also a section for Hillwinds Lodge Trivia, a place for odd or unknown information about our lodge.
Tina & Deane Haskell
HILLWINDS LODGE TRIVIA
Johnny Marks is said to have written the famous Christmas tune “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” at Hillwinds Lodge during the late forties. The tune was written specifically for Gene Autry to record. Marks also wrote “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”.
QUOTES FROM OUR GUESTBOOKS
Shraga S.Shraga S. Lakewood, NJ - August 2011
The Hillwinds Lodge was a comfortable friendly place to stay, the grounds are beautiful with a beautiful brook and most of all the people in charge are the nicest people to deal with.
The Grams FamilyEindhoven, The Netherlands - August 2010
Just planned to be here for just one night, we liked it so much we stayed another day. Especially to make nice pictures of a bear!!!! Nice hospitality. Thanks, Helmut, the guy with the big camera who didn’t found (sic) a bear at night (but dreamed about it, however).
Kathy & Marge S.Erie, PA - July 2010
Great place, beautiful scenery, lots to do and see, too much maybe! Stayed extra day, friendly, personable, will recommend to all.
Segal FamilyMaalc Adumiim, Israel - September 2009
Part of this quote was in Hebrew. The rest read “Thank you for a wonderful time. This was a perfect stop. You really made us feel at home."
ElizabethSeattle, WA - May 2008
What an awesome place. So peaceful and Beautiful. I hope to bring my family back here.
Babette Trabeu-TrarbachFrance - May 2008
We enjoyed so much staying with you. We felt so much at home. Thank you.
The Conrad – Hortaridis FamilyMarblehead, MA & Coconut Creek, FL - June 2007
This has been the first family vacation in years. Everyone had such a wonderful time. This is such a beautiful place. Thank you for such a great stay.
Dorothee & FrankBrussels, Belgium - August 2006
We’ve been to a couple of inns on our round trip through the New England States but none of them has been so personal and welcoming! Thank you!
Lou and NathanAmsterdam, The Netherlands - May 2006
After a long and lovely journey from Kennebunk on the Coast, up to the White Mountains, we found this friendly motel. We had a good sleep in this huge King Size and enjoyed our breakfast beside the creek. Thanks for the hospitality and you’re always welcome in Amsterdam.
Wood FamilyFerndown England - September 2012
Great setting, peaceful atmosphere. Sorry we didn’t see the bear. We’ll have to come back! Thanks for the pleasant stay.
Arat FamilyGuzecyali, Turkey - July 2013
Lovely place, Friendly Service, Perfect Experience. Love from Turkey.
LennyMiami FL - March 2014
Spectacular!! Super clean & comfortable. Friendly & relaxing environment. Will be back for sure. ‘Till then.
Nadiyah & JeremyBoston, MA - February 2014
Wonder Stay. Peaceful & very warm, friendly service.