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Taking Selfies My Way — Part 39; ‘Gunstock Inn’, Gilford, NH — Christmas Eve, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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No post-processing whatsoever!


We stopped at the ‘Inn’, which used to be a regular stomping ground when we lived in Gilford, for a quick bite before heading to a candlelight Christmas Eve service. Saw a mirror and could not resist.


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Kudos To Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford (N.H.) For Their FREE Ski Binding Adjustment For Non-Rental Skis

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.gunstocklogo

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P1090427Devanee has been skiing on a regular basis for the last few years. I think I got her started at Gunstock many years ago, but of late she goes with the school — and weather permitting, in April, I will take her with me for the day (given that in my old age I really have become a confirmed warm weather skier).

She likes her skiing, which is good, though she still hasn’t got to the point of skiing like a ‘Guruge‘.

I used to get her to rent her stuff. But, with her skiing more and more the economics of this was getting debatable. So in early December we went to a ski sale in Wolfeboro, at the Kingswood School, and bought her skis, boots and a helmet. Since I am anxious that she starts skiing like a ‘Guruge‘ as soon as possible I got her a pair of rather aggressive, heavily-waisted Völkl racing skis with decent Marker bindings. She, being the young lady she is, chose the boots — more for the looks and comfort rather than performance.

That is me in the Green, at Loon, last March.

She had her first ski outing, with the school, yesterday. So on Tuesday I realized that I had to get the bindings taken care of. I didn’t want to mess with them because if she broke her ankle Deanna would be convinced that it was because I hadn’t adjusted the bindings right. Plus despite my obsession, in years past, with skiing, I never used to do my own bindings. So, we needed to find a place to get the bindings done.

I thought that we would start with Gunstock, given that they do have a ski shop. I was, of course, willing to pay for the service.

But, it was FREE. That was pretty cool. I was impressed. Bravo, Gunstock.

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Gunstock Inn, Gilford (N.H.) Reopens Under New Owners — The Same Folks Who Own Lazy E Motor Inn & Bear Tree Lodge. Hurrah!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Gunstock Inn has closed — Jan. 29, 2013.
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Gunstock Inn … To Close Soon …‘The Laconia Daily Sun’
>> – Jan. 15, 2013.

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Maybe Gunstock Inn Is Still For Sale … Nov. 8, 2012.
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 Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH — Sold Again … –  Nov. 1, 2012.


Click to access 'Union Leader' coverage.

Click to access ‘Union Leader’ coverage.


Wedding 103We happened to drive by there this afternoon and saw the sign that they were open — and that the restaurant and fitness center would be opening soon.

There were even some cars.

When we got home I Googled and found the above in the ‘Union Leader’.

That the new owners are the same as those that own the Lazy E makes us very happy. They, Les and Linda Shuster, are very nice people — as I have already said in this post and this.

Les and Linda Shuster, in 2007, gave us a fantastic suite, with Wi-Fi, when we were homeless. For that we will always be grateful and sing their praises. What is ironic is that the previous owners of the Gunstock Inn, though we frequented their restaurant, refused to help us out. So the worm has turned.

That Les and Linda Shuster were looking at the Inn was well known and previously reported.

This is great.

As most of my posts on the Inn will mention the Inn is special for us. That is where we got married, at 3 pm, on January 1, 2003.

Now that we know that Les and Linda own it, we will stop by. I see that they want to promote the Inn for weddings. They can use all of our pictures (even if they have to Photoshop me and put somebody else’s head on my exotic tux). Deanna looked great.


Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH, Has Closed, Per The ‘Union Leader’.

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>> Gunstock Inn … To Close Soon …‘The Laconia Daily Sun’
>>Jan. 15, 2013.

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Maybe Gunstock Inn Is Still For Sale … Nov. 8, 2012.
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Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH — Sold Again … –  Nov. 1, 2012.


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Click to read ‘Union Leader’ article.


So it has finally happened. I must say that I feel a sense of relief. That poor Inn had to be put out of its misery. The last owners did it no favors. From what I know this was an UPS (yes, United Parcel Service) IPO folly in the 1990s; a guy, from MA, who had worked for UPS for a long time and made a killing on the IPO bought it. His wife ran it while he continued to work for UPS.

In my last post I mentioned the ‘Lazy E Motor Inn’ as a well run Inn with great owners — what Gunstock needs. In the Union Leader article I read that the Lazy E owners are trying to buy Gunstock! Is that a coincidence? Should I get a piece of the commission.

What cracks me and and distresses me at the same time is how these reporters never ask the right questions or find the relevant facts! So, they bought it for $1.1 million. Bully for them, BUT how much did they borrow? That is THE question. If they borrowed 80%, i.e., $880,000, which I suspect they probably did, and just put in $220,000 of their own money into it, the ONLY VICTIM is the poor (but greedy) bank. As I said before, it is the bank that I feel sorry for, and I am glad the bank is being more cautious the second time around. If and when the Inn is sold these folks, most likely, will get back some of what they put in. It is the bank, and its investors, that will suffer the loss.

But, all said, I am glad for the Inn. It needs a break. Somebody that will run it as it should. That said, I wouldn’t rave about its architecture. What they did to the dinning room, albeit 25 or 30 years ago, was beyond amazing. It would have, especially then had a great view of the lake. So you could have had ultra romantic lake view dining, especially at night with the lights twinkling across the lake. That would have been an asset. So what did they do; they built the swimming pool next to the dinning room and blocked the lake views. Yes, of course, if this was Arizona, Nevada or California, it might be fun to have a view of a pool while you ate. But, this is NH! There are times that what you see by the pool convinces you to stop eating, at once, and go on a diet. I have always said, that if I bought the Inn, I would knock the pool down and relocate it. My days of being able to afford the Inn are long gone — because unlike some, I would never borrow money to buy an investment. I would feel terrible if I could not pay it back. I am used to losing my own money and over the years I have lost a lot. But, judging from my credit score and reports I have hardly ever stiffed anyone.

Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH, Likely To Close Soon According To ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’.

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>> Maybe Gunstock Inn Is Still For Sale … Nov. 8, 2012.
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Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH — Sold Again … –  Nov. 1, 2012.


Breaking News: Gunstock Inn is shuttered, at least as of
January 26, 2013, per the ‘Union Leader’

— check this January 29, 2013 post.

Click to read the whole story at the 'Laconia Daily Sun'.

Click to read the whole story at the ‘Laconia Daily Sun’.


That a bank holds a mortgage on this really bothers and bugs me. So the only REAL loser in this is going to be the bank — and if it is a public bank, its poor shareholders.

Yes, anytime anybody walks away from a mortgage it bothers me. Actually happens on this road — even the house across the road. Some of the neighbors, not savvy in matters fiscal, talked about ‘the misfortune’ of the family that walked away. Heck NO. With all of the Home Equity Loans they had piled on that property in the last 4 years before they bid adieu, they walked away with $180,000. To add insult to injury they sold all the appliances and even some of the light fittings. That is not right. I find it hard to appreciate why folks can’t see this for what it is.

I was surprised when these folks bought the Inn. Every once in awhile we watch ‘Hotel Impossible‘ on the Travel Channel and used to be big fans of the BBCHotel Inspector‘. Anthony of ‘Hotel Impossible‘ would say that this was a crazy proposition. They had no experience or background in the hospitality industry. Yes, I know what they did previously and I won’t bring it up. Well, obviously that didn’t help them much either. Yes, it is also true that they were very churlish to me in 2007, when we were homeless — and as such I have no sympathy for them. Yes, I called them up and asked them about getting a suite to tide us over until we could find a place to live. They knew us because we had frequented the Inn — the place that we had got married in 2003. They said that they will call us back. They never did! So, much for their hospitality.

We lucked out. Deanna drove around and found ‘Lazy E Motor Inn‘ at Weirs. Family run. Nicest people in the world. It was Winter and off-season. They gave us this big suite above the main building. It worked out great. We were there for about 2 or 3 weeks until we managed to buy this house. No, we were not totally destitute, just homeless because we had sold our waterfront place in Gilford, prior to being able to find another house. Nothing but the nicest and best words for the ‘Lazy E’. Great place. Great people. That is what an Inn should be. As it happened, we ended back there for a night just a few months later. We lost power in an April storm that washed down much of Prospect Mountain Road. We had only been there 2 months and had not realized that this was ‘Power Out Central‘. Teischan was still a baby, 16 months. No power, no heating. This was prior to us getting our two generators. So we went back to the same room at the ‘Lazy E’. Yet, again the owners were delightful. Got the room ready for us as soon as we called. That is how you win and retain customer loyalty.

Maybe Gunstock Inn, Gilford Is Still For Sale. We Were Told It Was Sold. Transfer In November.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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To be fair we heard about it in a roundabout, but still perfectly valid, way. Deanna and the kids were supposed to be attending yet another pool party birthday celebration there this month. Then Deanna got an e-mail saying that it had to be rescheduled because the Inn had been sold and the closing date for the sale corresponded with the day for the party — and that the Inn was going to be closed that day. That was what we heard. I noticed today that there appears to be a lot of ‘interest’ in the Inn. So I too did a search this morning and found this. Yes, the price appears to have been lowered. I thought I had seen it around the $725K mark. I don’t know. My interest is cursory at best.

Click to ENLARGE. I won’t say where I found it or provide a link because I am not sure whether the realtors would want me to give them any free publicity.

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