By: New Hampshire Business Review
The Glen House, the new 68-room hotel being built at the base of Mt. Washington, is on track to open in mid-September.
The hotel – the fifth Glen House hotel built in the location since 1952 – is owned by the Mt. Washington Summit Road Company and located near the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, which the family-owned company has operated since 1906.
The Glen House was designed and is being built primarily by New Hampshire firms, including contractor Martini Northern of Portsmouth, BMA Architects & Planners of Amherst, interior design firm Stibler Associates of Bedford, Ray's Electric of Berlin, Granite State Plumbing and Heating of Weare, Yeaton Associates Inc. of Littleton and GB Carrier Corp of North Conway.
To come up with the new hotel’s design, “we looked at the backdrop of Mt. Washington, Mt. Madison and Mt. Jefferson and wanted the hotel to look like it had been there for 100 years,” said Rolf Biggers of BMA Architects & Planners, who designed the hotel and said he wanted to pay homage to the New England resorts of the 1850s. “Then we looked at the architecture of the earlier versions of The Glen House and sought a common thread. Those hotels were all relatively simple, understated and very functional so we picked up on subtleties and nuances, such as the period detailing on the porches and the public spaces.”
BMA used clapboards and shakes on the exterior – Lap Siding and HardiePlank Shakes, made of fiber cement, with white trim in a style similar to its predecessors.
By: Max Sullivan, Seacoast Online
Smuttynose Brewing Company’s experimental branch Smuttlabs is making its return this week with its first new release since the creative line stopped production last year.
Lady Stardust, a New England style IPA named for one of Smuttlabs head brewer Charlie Ireland’s favorite David Bowie songs, will be introduced Saturday at 11 a.m. at the company’s campus at 105 Towle Farm Road for a brewery-exclusive release, sold in four packs of 16-ounce cans. It will be the first of what Smuttlabs hopes will be a monthly series of experimental beers sold at the facility as well as in some exclusive locations, according to Mariah Scanlon, brand manager of Smuttlabs.
Ireland, who has headed Smuttlabs since it launched in 2014, said he was always confident the experimental operation would start making beer again. The company began curtailing new releases in recent years due to financial struggles that led to the sale of Smuttynose, founder Peter Egelston said this year. New CEO Richard Lindsay has said new products would come as part of the brand’s revitalization.
Ireland said he is a music lover and has always equated the creativity that goes into brewing with that of music. He said “Lady Stardust” is one of his favorite songs from the Bowie album “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.”
By: Beth LaMontagne Hall, New Hampshire Business Review
If you haven’t been to downtown Portsmouth in a decade or more, you might notice the waterfront city has a different look these days — taller buildings, new high-end shops and more choices if you want to spend the night.
A development boom that includes a number of large hotel projects has changed the face of downtown and promises further expansion into what were once sleepy commercial and residential areas. While the city has enjoyed the tourism revenue and tax dollars the projects have brought to Portsmouth, residents’ concerns over the amount of new development have grown louder, with many wondering how many more hotels Portsmouth needs and what the locals are getting out of the deal.
Portsmouth has 21 hotels currently in operation, including three inns/bed and breakfasts, and four more approved hotel projects either under construction or yet to begin construction. For decades, visitors to Portsmouth had only a few choices if they wanted to stay downtown near the city’s working waterfront, but since 2006, a new hotel has opened in Portsmouth’s downtown every four years, adding nearly 500 new hotel rooms during that time, according to Lodging Econometrics, a Portsmouth-based company that analyzes hotel markets around the world.
By: Bea Lewis, Union Leader
Laconia is rolling out the red carpet to host the 95th annual Motorcycle Week Saturday through June 17.
State and city leaders gathered Thursday morning at Gunstock Recreation Area in Gilford to announce the newest offerings at the event, coupled with the theme of urging participants to ride safe.
Laconia Police Chief Matt Canfield said safety is the department’s top priority and strongly urged attendees not to drink and drive.
“Our goal is to have zero traffic fatalities during this year’s event,” he said.
Maj. Matthew Shapiro, operations bureau commander of the New Hampshire State Police, said the agency’s motorcycle unit will be escorting four different charity rides during the week.
Cynthia Makris, president of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, said the event has earned the AMA designation of being the oldest rally in the world because of a loyal following of riders who return year after year.