With the purchase of the Mt. Liberty in May 2018, Mike and Susan both entered a third career. Susan taught elementary education prior to a 14 year Director position with a national education testing company located in Dover, NH. Mike worked as food service manager in schools and colleges prior to working 17 years for a regional planning commission in Meredith, NH.
We enjoyed our first season in our new jobs. "It was like being on a cruise ship, we seldom left Lincoln and dedicated all our energies towards our guests and maintaining the property." In the off-time after closing down and recuperating, we enjoy traveling, motorcycling, hiking, fishing, scuba diving and skiing.
We are both project oriented and have renovated several homes in our spare time during our 30 years in NH. In 2018, we focused on energy savings for the motel. Improvements made include an electrical service upgrade, underground power to the motel, installation of heat pumps (individual heat and air conditioning units) for each motel room, and application to the USDA for a grant to install a 16 kilowatt solar array on the motel roof.
We've enjoyed hiking all our lives, and this interest was a factor in our decision to locate to Lincoln, NH. While we don't consider ourselves to be backpackers, we did hike the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 1995/96. Mike (aka Without One) spent 4 1/2 months hiking from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Old Blue Mountain, Maine. Susan (aka Better Half) joined the trek in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. We returned to the AT the following summer to finish the journey to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. The once in a lifetime trip confirmed our interest is more about hiking than backpacking! Today we enjoy catering to the AT backpackers and sharing with all guests the incredible hikes available in the White Mountains.
the view South From Harvard Falls
Less than a mile from the Mt. Liberty is the Georgiana/Harvard Falls Trail. It's an easy hike up to Georgian Falls, it's a bit steeper the last 400' rise to Harvard Falls, but well worth the effort.
A standing tradition for Thru Hikers on the Appalachian Trail is to establish a trail name. Often these are assigned by fellow hikers. "Crispy" shared how his trail name came to be...
I passed a rice crispy treat to another hiker in a group sitting around the campfire. He said, "Thanks Crispy!" The hikers all looked at one another and said in unison "Crispy!" And so it was, a trail name was born.
THRU Hikers Class of 2018
A Few of the Dozens of Hikers that Stayed at THe Mt. Liberty
Some of the hikers we met in 2018 - Micah, Sealegs, Rabbit, Tumble Foot, Easy Walker, Snow, Panda, Two Step, 'Just' Nick, Linneas, Chazmataz, Sir Juice, Lil' Bear, Cornbread, Mr. Jones, Me, Achillies, Hannibal, Dad?, Nutella, Workhorse, Hills, Bear, Sassy, Rabbit Tracks, Easily Forgotten, Terminator, Road Runner, Slippy No Soles, Story, Fable, Yellow, Invisible Man, White Bread, Spicy Shane, Ashley, Poppa J, Huck, Boilover, Ray, Heart Eyes, Crockett, Noodle, O.P., Puddles, River, Pirate, Stripper, Animal, Chili, Clipper, Pacer, Shelter Shaker, Pinky, Cap Cap, Picaso, Mandar, Textbook, 44, Stitches, Two Socks, Two Shoes, Spork, Time Zone, Chalulo, Smores, Three Sox, Rosie Red, Steady, Roomy, Ringo, Coal Cracker, Grumpy, Steady, Full of Bull, Much Obliged, Chief, and Doc! Sorry to those we missed on this list.
WHAT OUR AT HIKER GUESTS SAID
We do our best to meet our guest's needs. Whether it's a hairdryer to borrow, extra towels, assistance starting a campfire, a hiker shuttle, or games to keep the young ones busy - it's our goal to make your stay a great one. Your comments and suggestions are highly valuable to us. Here are few comments that made us especially proud in our first season as new owners of the Mt. Liberty...
“This is a must stop for Thru Hikers. The owners are former thru hikers and are very accommodating. They will do your laundry and offer a shuttle to the grocery.”
“Absolutely loved my stay here! Spent the day off enjoying the river right behind my cabin! I was able to bike 1.5 miles into town for resupply. Mike and Susan went above and beyond to help me with all my needs.”
- Yellow Jacket
"Highly recommend, 5 star... Borrow a bicycle, go for a swim, play with Ellie the bearded lady dog. Rooms are clean and comfy."
- Invisible Man