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According to the BVI people, I have never been here before. But I distinctly remember being here in 2012. Someone needs a computer.

The computer believes you did not exist in previous times.

The computer believes you did not exist in previous times.

Room 7 is gussied up in the standard BVI fashion. Heavy on the flower prints. The building is solid and nice. But the decorator needs to be replaced.

Room 7: Bedford Village Inn

Room 7: Bedford Village Inn

The desk with no outlets, designed before laptops, tablets, and the net.

The desk with no outlets, designed before laptops, tablets, and the net.

The grounds outside are lush and green with lots of actual real flowers

The grounds outside are lush and green with lots of actual real flowers

Marble clad bathroom

Marble clad bathroom

Big giant hot tub thing but it has a shoer curtain (wah wah waaaaah)

Big giant hot tub thing but it has a shoer curtain (wah wah waaaaah)

The sound track in the morning at the restaurant is Frank Sinatra. Somehow fitting. Oh, and there is a presidential candidate staying here on my floor. Who knows, probably some jackass from Texas.

The sound track the evening before after dinner at the Copper Door (right next door) was some live music on the patio. A spontaneous appearance by Where’s Aubrey. And real Liberals with a new bottle of Amer Picon. The evening was delightful and candlelit.

Where's Aubrey's new CD

Where’s Aubrey’s new CD

At least it’s not a massive chain of hamster cages! Three showerheads and some flowery print for the BVI. As far as we can tell, there is nowhere better to stay in Manchester, NH.

Maple Hill Farm Inn is tasteful, and the owner is gracious. There is even a local art collection on hand. We’re in room 1.

Maple Hill Farm Inn

Maple Hill Farm Inn

Maple Hill is also a certified green B&B. Using solar and wind, they generate 50% of their power consumption. That is super cool.

Fireplace in room 1

Fireplace in room 1

Room one giant quilt

Room one giant quilt

The shower is not plastic, well, actually, the shower is plastic, but it is one of those 1970s showers like your parents used to have made of one contiguous piece of plastic with a wobbly glass door. It earns only a shrug as showers go.

Shower cubicle

Shower cubicle

It also has the “hackable” dispenser. Beware.

Anyone who would use a liquid dispensed by this thing would be crazy. Or trusting.  Possibly both.

Anyone who would use a liquid dispensed by this thing would be crazy. Or trusting. Possibly both.

Giant hot tub

Giant hot tub

Downstairs is plenty of open common space, including a bar with a decent wine selection and a room full of local art (60 mile radius).

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We liked this painting so much, that we added it to our collection.

We liked this painting so much, that we added it to our collection.

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A high three showerheads for the Maple Hill Farm Inn. If you’re coming to Maine, give it a try.

Colleges on this run included Colby and Bates.

Colby college: yes, that's snow in April

Colby college: yes, that’s snow in April

Bates College: Slightly more thawed, but not much

Bates College: Slightly more thawed, but not much

When it came to college and the arts, Colby wins hands down. A world class art museum right on campus—the biggest in Maine.