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Host the happily ever after of your dreams at Blue Bear Inn, a hotel wedding venue located in Francestown, New Hampshire, near Crotched Mountain ski resorts and other outdoor recreational areas. The Inn's story begins with its previous owners, John and Rose Perry, who acquired the property in 1976 and maintained it for 49 years, breaking the record as the nation's longest-running innkeepers. After many makeovers by its new owner, Lorrie Deyelle Mailhot, Blue Bear Inn welcomes couples across the country hoping to get hitched in the heart of New England.
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Surrounded by nothing but the snowcapped summits and running creeks of Piscataquog Valley, Blue Bear Inn is a breath of fresh air. With various event spaces for up to 65 guests, you and your partner are in for a meaningful, memorable celebration. Host an open-air ceremony at the venue's inner event lawn, where forest-covered hills watch from above as you declare your "I dos." Adjacent to the yard is a rectangular turquoise pool that creates an ideal setting for cocktail parties and celebratory drinks. Once it's time for dinner and dancing, you and your dearest can retreat to the Inn's two restaurants, the Oak Hill Dining Room and the Winslow Tavern, for your wedding reception. Heated by a roaring, red-brick fireplace, these beautiful banquet halls allow guests to get comfy and cozy as they feast to their hearts' content. Homey ensuite accommodation is available for wedding-night stays and loved ones from out of town.
Exceptional hospitality is what Blue Bear Inn is all about, and Lorrie works hard to make every wedding a wonderful experience. From furniture rentals to in-house catering, she has a range of services for you and your sweetheart to enjoy. If you'd like to know more about this country-style venue, feel free to reach out today.
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Chef Kenn started cooking professionally after an initial career as a furniture designer and fine woodworker. A life-long foodie, he decided to change careers and pursue his passion for cooking. He attended the August Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado, which focused on classical French technique with a farm-to-table ethos. As a culinary student he worked jobs in catering and fine dining. After graduating from Escoffier, he oversaw the contemporary American kitchen at Restaurant 415 in Fort Collins, CO. Since moving to New Hampshire, Kenn has worked as a private chef and teaching in-home cooking classes. In 2016 he started a small organic farm, Hedera Farm, in Francestown, where he hopes to expand his cooking classes and create a line of unique culinary products. Kenn’s classical French training and use of fresh, seasonal ingredients combine to create flavorful and well-executed dishes that are both refined and accessible. Some of his specialties include using wild-foraged ingredients, fresh pasta, game, and decadent crème brûlée.
Lorrie Deyelle Mailhot purchased the property in September of 2021 and immediately began the renovations and reopened the Inn. Renovations include refreshed furniture, interior wall, and floor restorations, as well as other important updates.Lorrie's long-time dream has been to run an inn. She visited the site of the Blue Bear Inn in July of 2021 and knew it was a perfect fit for her. As a New England resident for over 30 years, Lorrie's philanthropy and love for the people here precedes her. It was only natural she continues to make a difference in New England, a place she has long called home.
When she's not running the inn, Lorrie's biggest hobby is sewing. Lorrie is not only a master at her craft, but she has been able to use her craft to make a difference in her community. As the founder of the Twirls for Girls program in Billerica, Lorrie and other sewists in the area were able to provide young girls at Toys for Tots and Shriners Hospital in Boston with an 18" doll with ten coordinating, custom sewn doll outfits. Lorrie shares, "I need to have a charitable aspect at the inn," and plans to make philanthropy a part of what she does as an innkeeper.
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