In February, the Inn at Sunset Hill hosted two Plein Air workshops for artists Stapleton Kearns and David Drinon.
Plein Air painting is the act of painting outdoors in the open orpainting objects that the eye sees. The Inns property provides several majestic views that attract artists from all over New England and Canada. Both classes were set up in the Inn’s Function room and connecting porch which provides a panoramic view of Cannon Mountain and the Presidential range whilst providing some protection from the elements.
Stapleton Kearns and David Drinon are two accomplished artists and teachers. Both primarily work with oils or watercolors and prefer Plein Painting to anything else. Although some of the pieces are finished in their studios, the artist’s work long days while at the Inn, to create their landscapes and learn together. It was a special treat for the staff to see the progress at the end of each day. As the views inspired the artists, their work and enthusiasm inspired all of us.
Stapleton Kearns is a professional Landscape painter who has been creating amazing detailed work for more than thirty years. For nearly ten years his studio and home have been based in New Hampshire. Stapleton travels all over the country teaching workshops in Landscape painting. He has written multiple essays on painting and art. He has a successful Blog and online tutorial that many artists benefit from. Stapleton calls his workshop here at the Inn the “Dreaded” Snow camp where artists come to be “worked like a borrowed mule”. He starts the session with a detailed demonstration where he will share several painting skill building exercises. Class numbers are capped off at a dozen artists so that Stapleton can walk from canvas to canvas and work individually with each artist. The group ends each day with a slide show and dinner. Everyone does indeed work hard with this workshop however, they seem to always have an incredible time and many will be booking again next year. Stapleton Kearns Fine Art can be found at
David Drinon is a “Scape Painter” of land, sea and cityscapes and takes on a more expressionist style. His use of color is amazing. David was born and raised a New Englander with his roots in Maine, he has lived all over New England and currently has a studio in Lowell Massachusetts. In 2013 David transitioned out of his financial career to become a full-time artist and follow his passion. In 2015 he was selected to be the Artist-in-Residence at the Whistler House Museum of Art. David has most recently been juried-in to the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester as an artist member. David also starts his session with a demonstration of techniques followed by one on one work within a small group of students. Mr. Drinon workshops focus a bit more on the emotional journey taken with each new painting. He puts an emphasis on working in nature and artists absorbing the locations they are in as they are painting. It would be difficult not to absorb the nature surrounding these artists as it was quite windy during their outdoors sessions. A bonus to this workshop was learning the best ways to keep your canvas from blowing away. The ongoing joke was this group was “suffering for their art”. However, the changing weather did not dampen their spirits, in fact it seemed to add to the excitement of the experience. This group of hardy folks would gather each night in our “Snug” to enjoy food, drink and grand stories. David Drinon site and blog boasts “Have easel will travel” we all look forward to his group traveling back our way next year. David Drinon’s work can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Inn at Sunset Hill has a history of Inspiring artists. Daniel Francois Santry (1858- 1915) was Artist in Residence at the historic Sunset Hill House for twenty-three years; some of his most popular views include Mount Lafayette in Spring and Old Farmhouse, Franconia. Prints are still sought after today. Whether you join an existing workshop or wish to book one of your own The Inn at Sunset Hill has a natural beauty and a historic culture that will prove to entice and inspire. If you would like to learn more, please contact us at email@example.com or call 603-823-7244. Please note course bookings are done directly with the featured artist.
After several wild winter storms in the last two weeks we have an insane amount of gorgeous white snow to play with. Dick, Dudley and crew have been very busy moving, clearing and piling snow all week. After what seemed to be a lack luster winter we are all excited to see some of the best snow conditions we have had in years. The locals may be tired of shoveling but, smiles are on faces everywhere. This is the kind of weather the New England natives grew up with and it brings a bit of nostalgia to the stories told in our pub at night.
All the mountains are running at full speed with trails in amazing condition. The Inn at Sunset Hill provides discount tickets and vouchers to all the major ski areas. Cannon, Bretton woods, and Loon are all located within 30 minutes of the property; you really can’t have a more convenient location to stay for skiing.
Ground cover is providing us with everything wonderful winter can offer; snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, tubing and snowmobiling are better than ever. Ski Hearth Farm is just minutes down the road with cross country trails from beginner to expert; we also have our own 60+ acres of golf course and woodlands to explore on snow shoes or on XC skis. The area also provides multiple snow mobile rental opportunities and the views are absolutely breath taking whether you want to speed past them or meander the day away.
Après ski options are everywhere this week. For February vacation week, there are so many food and music choices in the area that one may have a hard time deciding what to do. Not to fret…. our front desk staff are on hand to assist and help you make your plans. If you’re tired from a day of play in the winter wonderland you can stay in and have dinner with us. Our restaurant will be open Thursday – Sunday starting at 5pm. And there is always a cup of tea/coffee and a fire waiting for you in our front room.
We are all looking forward to the last few weeks of Classic New England Winter. You really don’t want to miss it! Book online www.innatsunsethill.com or give us a call 603-823-7244. We look forward to welcoming you.
It’s been an incredible year – and an incredible journey. We thank everybody who has joined us on the adventure so far: whether it was as an Inn guest, a diner in the pub or restaurant or playing on the golf course. We counted 4 weddings, several family re-unions including a 100th birthday party and numerous birthday & anniversary celebrations.
We finish the year with the traditional round of holiday parties and we are particularly proud of our downstairs function room. We look forward to hosting many more events here in the months to come.
We wish all of you Happy Holidays and look forward to welcoming you back in 2016.
Sally, Dick and all the Staff at the Inn at Sunset Hill
Just a week to go before opening day & lots of exciting things have been happening.
* Top of Dick’s list has been the installation of the kegerator and the first delivery of beer!
* We are proud to be offering a selection of 4 New Hampshire draft beers, which will be rotated on a regular basis.
* New carpets have been laid in the reception, main dining room and pub and new drapes are going up today.
* Chef Rob Bullek has been tantalizing the team with small samples of his menu – we will be publishing the full menu very shortly.
The Golf Course and the Inn will be opening May 14th, Pub and Restaurant on May 30th. We hope you will be able to join us soon.
Don’t you wish you could wake up to this view? When we first moved here we had no idea that sunrise would be as stunning as sunset. We look forward to seeing many more of these views and hopefully share a few with our guests.
We will be opening the doors to guests in May, call us for more details: 603 823 7244.
It sure is cold and windy in New Hampshire at the moment, but as I naturally have a very thick warm coat, I LOVE the snow! For a quick break in-between the painting and decorating, Sally took me for a snow shoe hike to the Flume Gorge. We couldn’t climb into the Gorge itself (although I wanted to try) but it was a nice walk anyway.
The good news is, I’ve been promised we can go back whenever we have to do a bank run at Lincoln. I don’t know what that means, but suddenly I like going to the bank!
It’s hard to capture on camera how fantastic the sunsets are here. Although photographers may concentrate on the sun setting itself, here we also have the double whammy of what is known as the Alpine Glow – the effect of the sun set reflecting on the opposite mountains.
Welcome to the Inn at Sunset Hill. We have spent the last few months cleaning, painting and generally refurbishing the properties previously known as the Sunset Hill House and the Hill House.
Our goal is to keep the character of these fabulous historic properties, whilst adding the ameneties today’s modern traveler expects.
We will be serving country style breakfasts to our guests every morning and offering casual dining to all in the main Restaurant, Tavern and ‘the Snug’ (the Snug is an English term for a pub room which is typically warm and cozy) in the evenings.
Dudley, our Old English Sheepdog will also be around to greet you, along with ourselves: Sally & Dick. We look forward to meeting you soon.