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December 16, 2010

T Is For The Tourist Cabin Weekends
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 01:31 PM * 8 comments

If anyone ever wanted to become the owner of some tourist cabins, Columbia Cabins in Columbia, NH, (Miss Teresa knows the place) are for sale. As I understand it they’re being sold by the town for back taxes. If you want to live your Newhart/Baby Boom fantasies, this is it.

Bids start at $25K.

More detail:

You can see this with Google Street Views; it’s at the intersection of US Rt. 3 and South Jordan Hill Rd. in Columbia, NH. (You have to scroll south to find the correct end of Jordan Hill Road. It’s on the next screen.) Google Street Views labels US Rt 3 as Daniel Webster Highway even though it’s the Trooper Scott E. Phillips Memorial Highway, and labels South Jordan Hill Rd. “Jordan Hill Rd” even though it’s South Jordan Hill Rd. The town (for some reason) is labeled Groveton, NH, even though Groveton is really two towns south of there. The property is across the street from the sand-and-gravel pit on Tri-County Drive. (That’s Columbia Sand and Gravel, and isn’t visible from the cabins.)

The story: The owner died. The folks who followed him weren’t interested in running tourist cabins. Eventually the copper was stripped from the buildings (six cabins plus the caretaker’s house so whoever buys it will have to re-wire and re-plumb), and abandoned the property. Which is how the town came to own it.

It’s right on the snowmobile trails. It was always full during snowmobile season, leaf-peeping season, hunting season, on Motorcycle Weekend … you get the idea. Hunters, fishermen, hikers, snowmobilers, skiers who didn’t want to pay Balsams’ prices for a place to stay.

I figure that the purchase price would be just the down payment on getting a going business, but it’s a bargain anyway.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll go out there and get photos. It’s quite pretty.

Comments on T Is For The Tourist Cabin Weekends:
#1 ::: Dave Weingart ::: (view all by) ::: December 16, 2010, 04:33 PM:

It'd be tempting if they weren't so far out of the way of the rest of my life. That's a beautiful area.

#2 ::: Jon Baker ::: (view all by) ::: December 16, 2010, 04:48 PM:

The one review at the link above tells me that the cabins will need a LOT of work to make them an attractive hostelry.

-100 stars, filthy, power comes from a generator which works badly, etc.

The Grand Hotel it's not, but then, odds are it won't have children writing REDRUM on the walls either.

#3 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: December 16, 2010, 08:36 PM:

I see those reviews were from October 2009 and February 2010. Yeah. That was during the period after the owner (who Teresa met) died, when the place was in free-fall before landing in the town's lap.

#4 ::: David Harmon ::: (view all by) ::: December 16, 2010, 08:45 PM:

It sounds like Google really doesn't know its way around those parts....

#5 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: December 16, 2010, 09:16 PM:

They really don't. Nor do the GPS navigator makers.

#6 ::: Jeremy Leader ::: (view all by) ::: December 17, 2010, 01:37 PM:

I was going to comment that it seems like a bad idea to invest in a vacation destination that's so hard to find on any modern technical navigation aid, but then I read how popular the cabins were, and I realized that such obscurity is probably going to become a stronger and stronger selling point for vacation destinations.

"Come stay at the South Pole Resort! It's off the edge of Google Maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=90.0S+0W&mrt=loc&sll=-85.05114,-174.538872&sspn=0.000197,0.003235&ie=UTF8&ll=-89.189685,0&spn=11.036716,63.984375&t=h&z=2)".

#7 ::: David Harmon ::: (view all by) ::: December 17, 2010, 01:49 PM:

Jeremy Leader #6: "... Enjoy our world-famous collection of frozen desserts! Also frozen salads, frozen soups, and frozen entrees!"

#8 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: December 17, 2010, 02:20 PM:

Jeremy Leader and David Harmon @6 and 7: and you can visit 24 time zones in seconds!

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