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East Hill Farm

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East Hill Farm

Jeremy Osner | Mar 31, 2002 04:30 PM

Warning: DO NOT GO HERE WITHOUT CHILDREN UNDER 5. You won't have a good time and may (?) be ostracized by the families with children, i.e. every other guest. That said... this is a really nice place to go with your kids, and the food is way, way better than I expected.

What it is, is a farm and inn in Troy, NH (Rte. 12 north of Rte. 119) where you stay for the weekend and the kids can partake in farm activities like helping milk the cows, taking freshly laid eggs from the chicken coop, riding horses and generally playing with animals. All meals and snacks are included in the room rate, which is around $75 a night for adults, $60 for children and $35 for under-5-year-olds. Children under 2 are free.

The food is not ambitious; it is what would be called "comfort food" if it were served in a more expensive context. It is *NOT*, and this is what was really surprising to me, institutional. Everything I ate had been cooked by a human. Highlights were baked goods, including homemade bread at all meals and chocolate chip cookies available for snacks all afternoon; good fried fish at one of the dinners; jaw-droppingly excellent homemade vanilla ice cream (the non-vanilla flavors were good but not stellar); and if you were fortunate enough to score one of the above-mentioned freshly laid eggs, great eggs for breakfast. The only bad food I had all weekend was overcooked roast chicken.

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