“Advertiser’s Spotlight” on The Town & Country Inn and Resort

The Town & Country Inn in Shelburne has been owned by the Labnon family since 1956. (COURTESY PHOTO)

SHELBURNE — The family owned and operated T&C Inn and Resort is the oldest continuously operating full-service hotel in Coos County. 

The family owned and operated Town & Country Inn and Resort in Shelburne has welcomed many famous guests over the years, but everyone who visits the inn, famous or not, receives the same “Tender Labnon Care.”

In 1956, Ralph “Navy” Labnon purchased the Androscoggin Valley Country Club House from the Brown Company. This property had formerly been known as the Hitchcock Farm. The clubhouse for the golf course at that time consisted of seven rooms, three baths, and six dining tables.

In December of 1956, the small facility would begin operations under the name of the Country Club Inn with 11 hotel rooms, only one of which had a private bath, and an expanded dining room as well as a minuscule lounge. As the law at that time stated a hotel needed 12 rooms in order to be granted a liquor license, one room was added to meet the state requirements.

Several years later, the name was changed to the Country Inn, and finally became incorporated as the Town & Country Inn and Resort. Today, the inn boasts 160 rooms, a dining room seating 180 guests, four banquet rooms that can accommodate over 500 people, a lounge featuring live entertainment on weekends, an indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and a full health club facility.

The family experienced a major setback in 1973. A devastating fire occurred on Dec. 30 of that year totally destroying the main building housing the kitchen, dining room, banquet rooms, lounge and 12 motel units. The family faced the New Year with a tremendous loss, but with firm determination to rebuild the inn. Within 30 days, all the debris had been removed and construction of the new building was underway. Late in June, the major rebuilding project was complete and the Town & Country reopened.

The T & C of today underwent numerous periods of expansion between 1964 and 1968, only partially destroyed by the fire. After the T&C was rebuilt, expansions continued, and in 1977, a 16-unit motel was built offering deluxe rooms and suites. In 1979, 24 rooms and an indoor heated pool were added to the property. Between 1980 and 1983, another 72 units were added. To appeal the new health-conscious guests, a full health club was completed in 1988. The hotel was now taking shape as the well-known Town & Country Inn and Resort.

Throughout its history, the hotel has had many famous guests who have all enjoyed the hospitality know as “TLC”, Tender Labnon Care. Political guests have included President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, President and Mrs. Richard Nixon, Sen.Robert Dole, Mrs. Elizabeth Dole, Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., Pierre Salinger and Sen. Ted Kennedy, to name a few.

Each political campaign brings a new wave of politicians seeking the support of New Hampshire voters. The list of presidential hopefuls includes every president since Richard Nixon. Among the many other celebrities who have enjoyed the fine amenities offered at the Town & Country are Kurt Russell, Derek Sanderson, Bobby Orr, Leonard Nimoy, Melvin Belli and Julia Child.

Whether your visit is for golfing, hiking, skiing, sightseeing in the White Mountains or merely relaxing, you will be treated with great hospitality by the Labnon family and the superb staff of the Town & Country Inn and Resort.

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