Thursday Doors

Last week when we headed north, we needed an overnight stop in Littleton, NH. We usually stay at the Hampton, but it is ‘in season‘ and the rates are $200+. When we pull off the interstate for one night and only want a clean bed and shower, that seemed a little over priced.

So, I did some shopping, and found the Littleton Motel, which is heralded as ‘the oldest motel in NH’ – built in 1948. At first I chuckled, and then in looking at the reviews we decided it might be fun to take a trip down memory lane.

When we pulled up and saw this cute little porch with two doors, my husband and I had to smile and think of years ago when this was the definition of a motel.

When we walked inside, we again smiled at the knotty pine paneling, checkout time notice, and the door key, all of which we haven’t seen in many years. But, what was most important was the fact that it was immaculate. I don’t know when I’ve stayed in a room that was cleaner.

There were two additional doors – the closet on the left and the bathroom on the right.

Clean room, nostalgic decorating, Dunkin Donuts next door, Littleton Diner across the street, and we could walk to Schilling Beer Company for a beer, salad and some pretzel bread. Nice.

After getting home, I took the time to do two reviews.

This is one cute motel, centrally located, and with tax was a little under $100 a night.

Clean, good deal, craft beer, Riverwalk Covered Bridge, and a trip down memory lane – can’t beat that combination. 🍺


Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, June 21, 2018

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39 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. No, can’t beat that combination. Cute and rustic too!

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  2. Claudette says:

    You appreciate the simple, quite good things if life. Love your posts.

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  3. What a great find! So much more fun than a chain motel.

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  4. Vintage! Love it. The linens look fresh and modern. Glad to see others writing travel “reviews” along with their doors! I think it is so important to take the “road less traveled” sometimes and stay in quaint places. Love the porch and the screen doors. Seems to me they are meant to provide a little fresh air in the evening after your venture to the beer company!

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  5. Joyce says:

    Since the Littleton Motel and I were born the same year, I can’t help but be on its side even before you opened the door! Perfectly charming! I like the simple sense of being happy with a short walk to a donut, lunch, a good beer and an historic bridge. You bring us nostalgic Americana here, and this week’s adventure is no exception! Glad you two had so much fun again!

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    • I was truly amazed that a motel built in 1948 was still standing, and I wanted to see it. Once we got inside, besides all the novelty issues, whoever owns it works darn hard to keep it clean. There were little white lacy curtains on the windows that had been washed and starched just like past years. The entire experience just made me smile, and I’m glad you liked it too. πŸ™‚


  6. joyroses13 says:

    This brought back great memories for me! We traveled South a lot when I was young because of my relatives living down in Florida. I remember stopping at motels like this. The little front porch and the key, not the electronic cards that they give out now. I remember my sister and I going out and getting ice from the big ice machine that they would have outside too.
    Glad that you and your husband found this place and thanks for sharing it!

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  7. Murphy's Law says:

    This little place is a treasure. I hope you and Dennis take another trip there “just because” and spend the night again. Everything looks pristine, yet it says, “C’mon, kick your shoes off, get comfy and relax.” Love everything about this place Judy, especially the covered bridge !!
    πŸ”Ή Ginger πŸ”Ή

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  8. Ally Bean says:

    I’m feeling nostalgic seeing these photos, reading about your overnight stay. What a wonderful adventure you had, for a reasonable price I might add. How fun!

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  9. Laurie Graves says:

    You bet! Great find is right. And to my way of thinking, the bonus was that you could walk to get food and drink. It really doesn’t get much better than that.

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  10. Great find! I love the two doors with the Eagle between guarding them. Love the white with red trim too.

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  11. Dan Antion says:

    “Clean, good deal, craft beer, Riverwalk Covered Bridge…” Wow – how can you beat that? The room key brought back so many memories from my heavy traveling days. I haven’t seen one in years. I t looks very well maintained from the outside as well.

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  12. Almost Iowa says:

    When we pulled up and saw this cute little porch with two doors, my husband and I had to smile and think of years ago when this was the definition of a motel.

    The reason that chains have been so successful is that you know the level of quality you will be getting – but there are other, much better, ways of saying it.

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  13. Junieper says:

    Jesh StG here, writing from my other (newer) blog)
    YES, one pre-requiste for me too – it needs to be clean and smoke free (which the one you stayed at, probably was). Such a cute entrance, although I love the color of the Shilling building (am looking at colors of buildings now, since we want to change the paint on our house)

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  14. Norm 2.0 says:

    Hey, when all you need is a clean comfortable bed and a hot shower this is more than enough. I do like the nostalgic feeling I get looking at these shots.
    Sounds like it was a fun time πŸ™‚

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  15. I love those vintage motels! They have so much more character and charm than the cookie cutter franchises. What a great find!

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  16. My guess is you’ll be staying there next time you’re in the area too. It looks lovely.

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  17. Joanne Sisco says:

    Ditto to everything that has been said, but you caught my attention at pretzel bread. Ooooh – now I have a craving!

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  18. Oddment says:

    Sometimes we see something that yanks up memories we didn’t even know we had, and that sure happened to me when I saw the outside of this nostalgic place. What a find! Looks as though you got away from the 21st century for a little while. Very nice indeed.

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  19. Eliza Waters says:

    Glad to see places like this still exist!

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  20. joey says:

    Sounds fantastic!
    That was a smart decision, not just for the budget — this one was good for the soul πŸ™‚

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  21. Marilyn Maxwell says:

    Fun to find off the road treasures. This looks like one of them.

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  22. germac4 says:

    I read this while we were looking for simple good old fashioned accommodation (usually one night) on our travels…… very hard to find! …Littleton Motel ticks all the boxes…and some..

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  23. KerryCan says:

    I’m always pleased to see that some of these motels manage to survive. We see derelict ones all over upstate New York and Vermont–they thrived (throve?) until the interstates were built and passed them by. Good to know this one is in Littleton–not too far away!

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  24. Annie says:

    Fabulous! Flashback to my childhood. On our family summer vacations, staying at roadside motels as we explored the mountains of Virginia, we’d play outside after supper catching lightning bugs and meeting kids from other families. Sometimes there’d be a slide or swings. No pool… So different today! πŸ˜•

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  25. slfinnell says:

    Score! Good to know those places are hangin in there!

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  26. Nice find! Can’t go wrong with the brewery in walking distance!

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  27. I have that identical cover for my comforter. Actually, I have two of them in light blue and dark blue. I’m not sure if this is meaningful, but that’s what I kept thinking: “Hey, that’s MY cover.” It’s very distracting.

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