Sunset Hill House Inn traces its history to the Grand Resort Hotels of the New Hampshire White Mountains. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, residents of Boston, New York and other East Coast cities traveled by train and horse-drawn coach to stay for the season at the old resort hotels. These resorts were referred to as "houses" despite their huge scale. There, the wealthy and influential exchanged the humidity, heat and pollution of coal-age America for the cool mountain air of New Hampshire.
Sunset Hill House in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, was particularly well-situated as a House. Its location, high atop Sunset Hill Ridge, has been long-recognized as having the best accessible mountain views in New England. Construction of the inn began in 1880 after the railroad came to neighboring Lisbon Village (Sugar Hill Station), and by about 1910, the Sunset Hill House Grand Hotel - with its restaurants, pool and golf course - could accommodate over 350 guests, 300 staff and all the animals needed to transport and feed a small town.