UNH Speakers Bureau

Marriotts of the Mountains-The Crawford Family of Crawford Notch. New Hampshire's First Family of Innkeeping

 

Program Description:

The Crawford family moved “South” from Colebrook and Guildhall Vermont to what is now Bretton Woods. They acquired their first parcel of land for free. From there they expanded their holdings as farmers and hosts. We can safely say they were the inventors of modern Innkeeping. Charging for food, lodging and recreation to supplement farm income. Then in a fire lost everything but their mortgage. A New Hampshire story of family enterprise, entrepreneurship, success and tragedy.


Speaker:

Carl E. Lindblade

Carl began his hotel career at the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch and for the past 40+ years has operated 3 and 4 diamond hotels and resorts. In addition to years of hands on experience he brings a commitment to community and industry service. Among his assignments he was a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Travel and Tourism, Interim Director of the NH office of Travel and Tourism Development, Innkeeper of the Year, Travel Person of the Year, Past President of the NH Lodging and Restaurant Association and American Hotel and Lodging Association Volunteer of the Year. He is currently a lecturer in the hospitality management department at the University of New Hampshire where he enjoys teaching as it affords him the opportunity to share experiences with students. In 2009, as a volunteer , Carl coached the Conway New Hampshire Kennett High School's Lodging Class to a national championship in a competition sponsored by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

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