The Upper Valley is a special place. It straddles the New Hampshire and Vermont border, has a tri-city center of Hanover and Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Hartford, Vermont, and comprises many charming New England towns, each with a unique character and a variety of activities, shopping, and dining options.
We, of course, love our small town of Lyme, New Hampshire, which is just a hop, skip, and jump from the center. Lyme is typical of Upper Valley towns, supporting residents, sharing information and resources, and representing the quintessential small-town spirit for which New England is known.
One shining example of our special part of New England made national news recently. Norwich, Vermont, is long-time home to the much beloved Dan & Whit’s General Store. Like many other business establishments in the Upper Valley, Covid-related staff shortages put Dan & Whit’s on the brink. When word got out that the store was close to closing for lack of employees, nearly two dozen local residents and regular customers applied for and took on positions. Dan Fraser, third generation owner of the establishment, is beloved, both for his store and his generous spirit. Virtually all of his new hires donated their hourly wage to some of Dan’s favorite charities.
The support for Dan & Whit’s exemplifies how many of us feel about our general stores. We love our own Lyme Country Store, which, in response to current events and typical New England winter weather, routinely stocks hand sanitizer, hot soup, and congeniality.
Come enjoy our special part of New England and stay at the Lyme Inn!