Local: 603-447-2181 Reservations: 800-426-4147 Fax: 603-447-5726
185 Chase Hill, Albany, NH 03818 email: marc@darbyfield.com

Marc & Maria Celebrate Their 22nd Anniversary of Innkeeping!

May of 2002 marks Innkeepers Marc & Maria Donaldson’s 22nd year of welcoming guests to the Darby Field Country Inn & Restaurant. After graduating Syracuse University in 1970, Marc apprenticed under Japanese Master Chef Hiroshi Hayashi, who was himself trained in a Japanese inn. It was he who planted the seed in Marc’s mind to someday to own an inn.

Marc spent several years in the restaurant business, helping to open a restaurant in Colorado, working in a Boston Japanese-stlye natural food restaurant, and managing a restaurant in Caracas, Venezuela. It was in Caracas where he met and married Maria Lastra, a native of Spain, who was working as a journalist for radio, television and magazines. After extensive travel, Marc and Maria settled in Jamaica, Vermont where Marc was head chef at the Three Mountain Inn.

“It was my long time dream to own an inn,” Marc said. But buying the Inn was like standing at the top of a high diving board. Once you decide to go, you just jump.” And jump they did. The first place he and Maria looked at was the Darby Field Inn; one month later, May 2, 1979, they owned the Inn. He and Maria, two year old Jeremiah and six month old Heather moved in, and after one month of renovations, opened the Darby Field Inn. It is here they have made a country home for their children, Jeremiah, Heather, Damien and Tess, and have made visitors to the Mount Washington Valley feel at home.

The Darby Field Country Inn and Restaurant Announces Horse Drawn Sleigh and Carriage Rides

Beginning the day after Christmas, The Darby Field Inn started offering the old fashioned fun of horse drawn sleigh rides to houseguests and public alike! The operation has been initiated by Innkeepers Marc and Maria Donaldson and neighbors, Malcolm and Beth Thomas, who own and drive the horses. Carriage rides are available in a surrey in warm weather and low snow periods.

Romantic rides for two in carriages and open sleighs are pulled by beautiful Welsh Cob and Belgian horses. Rides depart from The Darby Field Inn’s door step, travel over the valley and through the woods to a beautiful meadow. Then back through the woods to return to the Inn. Lap robes are provided in winter to keep riders cozy and complimentary hot chocolate is offered before or after your ride in the Inn’s tavern or by the Living Room fireplace.

Nighttime rides feature lantern lit paths, romantic moonbeams and a stunning star filled sky. Carriages and sleighs are fitted with carriage lamps, adding to the ambiance. Daytime rides feature a most spectacular view of the Mt. Washington valley from a high mountain meadow.

The rides are one half hour in length and are offered alone or packaged with a romantic candlelight dinner. The hours of operation will be:

Wed., Thurs., Fri. - 4-8:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday - 2:00 PM-8:00 PM
Hours may be extended during vacation weeks ad holiday times.

Cost: $75 per couple


Call the Darby Field Inn for reservations at 447-2181 in New Hampshire and 800-426-4147 US and Canada.


• Soak in the outdoor hot tub.
• Our heated outdoor swimming pool should be open the week prior to Memorial Day.
• Take a horse drawn carriage ride.
• Canoeing will be good starting mid-May.
• Ice skate in the Olympic sized skating arena in Conway.
• Treat yourself to a great massage by Maria!
• Relax by the fireplace with a good book.
• Watch for moose and our wild turkeys.
• There’s always shopping!
Why not beat the crowds? It’s easier to get around and get what you want!

Check out or Links Page to find out opening times for local attractions.

Check out or Links Page to find out opening times for local attractions.

A hot tub with a view!
Coming soon: A cozy enclosure with large picture windows!!

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