Innkeepers Jen Kovach and Kevin Flynn, owners of the Snowvillage Inn just outside of Conway, New Hampshire, don’t need a crystal ball to predict 2022 travel trends. They’re already seeing advanced bookings that tell the tale of what the upcoming snowy season will bring. This spacious yet cozy historic Inn is serving up what travelers crave … a more authentic experience, with room to roam, and not too far from home.
Jen and Kevin recently shared their predictions on what travelers will be craving this winter.
Winter Travel Trend #1 - Get Off the Beaten Track
With a name made for winter, the Snowvillage Inn is located in the village of Snowville, named for the Snow family who started a sawmill there in1825.
As guests drive to the Inn, down the long dirt road that winds its way through the woods, Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” comes to mind. In fact, the best room in the Inn is called the Frost Suite!
The Inn greets visitors with a warm welcome, with common areas off the lobby with a fireplace, dining room with a woodstove and mountain views to die for. Unlike the hustle and bustle of popular ski resort town North Conway (about 5 miles to the north), Snowville is off the beaten track, and the Inn’s guests like it that way.
Winter Travel Trend #2 - Try Something New
This winter, travelers want to try something new. One of the many experiences the Inn offers is a Beginner Snowshoeing package, which lets newbies to the sport get out there with confidence with a guided tour. The Inn maintains a Snowshoe Center with trails on the property and rents snowshoes to guests.
Guests can enjoy Prosecco and cheese board in their room after their excursion, followed by a 3-course romantic dinner at the Inn’s casual fine dining restaurant, Max’s Pub. Prefer hiking? Guided winter hikes are also available. What better way to burn off calories than adventuring in the snow.
Winter Travel Trend #3 - Smaller Spaces
With COVID-19 still with us, avoiding crowds is definitely still “in” for 2022. Smaller vacation destinations, like the Snowvillage Inn, places visitors far from the madding crowd. The Inn is designed so that each building and guest area is separate. There are only 5 rooms in the main inn and 4 rooms with fireplaces in the Chimney House and 8 in the Carriage House. Even when the Inn is sold out, total head count is small, unlike mega-resorts and chain hotels. Small is big for winter 2022 travelers.
Travel Trend #4 - Try Authentic Experiences
Viewing original artwork, playing board games with friends, enjoying a glass of wine in front of the fireplace - any activity that doesn’t involve a computer screen or Zoom log-in is in big demand for vacationers. After so much time online over the last 18 months, travelers are seeking authentic in-person experiences.
Each month, Jen and Kevin display new artists’ work throughout the Inn and dining room, giving guests a visual delight during breakfast or dinner. Board games like Cribbage, Chess and Rummikub fill the bookshelves in the common area, beckoning fellow travelers to sit down for a challenge. “You can be yourself here,” added Jen, explaining how their casual elegance brings out the best in people.
Travel Trend #5 - Longer Stays
With remote work here to stay for many, vacationers are booking longer stays. With high-speed internet throughout the Inn, digital nomads are able to log in to work, when they’re not snowshoeing, skiing, or winter hiking. Snowvillage Inn offers 15% off of 5 days or longer as an added bonus.
Winter Packages at Snowvillage Inn
Jen and Kevin invite travelers to discover these trends personally by booking a stay this winter at the Inn. From Romantic Weekend to Guided Adventure Tours to Seasonal Packages for holidays like Valentine’s Day, the Inn offers guests special package deals, including a full breakfast and a 3-course dinner at their on-site restaurant.
For more information, go to www.snowvillageinn.com.