The Abenaki ‘cottage’ was fully refurbished in 2016 to capture the essence of the room. Located on the third floor, it faces west with incredible sunsets and sweeping views of the historic downtown and the bandstand in front of the Inn. With its vaulted ceiling, original hand hewn oak beam rafters, and wide plank wooden floors, reflecting the origins of the 1809 home, the ‘cottage’ now boasts distressed barn board walls, custom designed cabinets with a lovely granite counter and copper sink. The queen size bed with custom made bedspread reminding one of an American Indian tapestry, is strategically placed and blends into the distressed barn boards. Of note is the original fireplace juxtaposed by very modern bedside lighting and dimmer spots highlighting the beams and wonderful statues in the ‘cottage’. With its private bath with custom cabinets and a continuation of the American Indian theme, the ‘cottage’ is the perfect for long term stays.
To better reflect local history, we renamed this room after the Native American tribe and First Nation, the Abenaki who are one of the Algonquian-speaking peoples of northeastern North America. The Abenaki live in Quebec and the Maritimes of Canada and in the New England region of the United States. They are one of the five members of the Wabanaki Confederacy. The word Abenaki means “People of the Dawn Land”.