Lamie’s Inn

Front Entrance at Lamie's Inn

Above, the entrance to Lamie’s Inn on an afternoon in May

Lamie’s is a traditional, family-owned, New England-style inn, housed in a historic building that dates back to the 1700s.  Lamie’s (pronounced la MAY’S) is located at the very crossroads of Hampton, an easy, eight- to ten-minute, three-and-a-half-mile commute to and from Hampton Beach, the Hampton Beach Casino and the Hampton Beach Boardwalk attractions.  The inn’s 32 rooms are spacious and notably comfortable and decorated in a colonial, bed-and-breakfast style unique to the Seacoast region.  All of the guestrooms have private bathrooms as well as refrigerators and microwave ovens, 27-inch LCD televisions, upgraded bath products and free Wi-Fi.   President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his family stayed at the inn in late 1963,  having signed the register, General Eisenhower, and curiously not, President Eisenhower.  (Note the $33 rate that he and Mrs. Eisenhower paid for a double room, enough for about two hours 60 years later.)

The inn’s popular, on-site restaurant, The Old Salt an “Old Sailor” in New England parlance), a widely known, year-round dining destination for residents and regular visitors for its Sunday brunch, and its regular menu of classic New England comfort food including seafood dishes like clam chowder, baked haddock, and lobster rolls.  President Eisenhower had Thanksgiving dinner at the Old Salt, and a framed placemat autographed by Eleanor Roosevelt, who dined here in the late 1940s, hangs in the lobby.

If the inn (and the restaurant) were good enough for President Eisenhower and two First Ladies, they qualify for Visit New Hampshire’s highest recommendation.