We were very excited this past fall by the arrival of Duncan Peltason, the Hancock Inn’s new Resident Innkeeper and the new person in charge of our front of house. He and his wife, Sue, had just arrived from Port Alfred in South Africa where Duncan, an American citizen, had spent years in the hospitality business.
There was one thing in particular we wanted to be very clear on with Duncan during the interviewing process – winter. It’s a beguiling idea for some to run a New England inn. But the beguiling, quintessential New England inn experience can only, truly, be had in winter. Case in point, our popular pot roast. We serve pot roast all year long, but in deep summer, the rich, fragrant braise of pot roast on the table accompanied by creamy potatoes or polenta harkens to only one thing – winter…and cozy fires, and hot toddys and wool sweaters and socks.
You can travel to just about anywhere and get summer depending on the time year. You can’t say the same about winter. And you have to love it.