BUSINESS: Former Jack Daniels Motor Inn is now Riverhouse by Weekender


Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Published: 02-13-2023 9:46 AM

It has been the Robbins Motel, the Heart O’ Monadnock Lodge, the King of the Road Motor Inn and most recently, the Jack Daniels Motor Inn.

But as of last week, the hotel nestled along the Contoocook River at 80 Concord St. in Peterborough is now called Riverhouse by Weekender.

“We wanted this property to reflect the Weekender brand, which is all about adventure, new experiences and explorations, highlighting the best parts of the local area, combined with a comfortable, luxurious, design-forward and tech-enabled stay,” Weekender Hotels founder Keir Weimer said. “Riverhouse has an old-fashioned, old-world charm, but we have modernized it to provide the perfect place for new memories to be made.”

The inn was founded in 1948 by Elizabeth and Walter Robbins, and named, aptly, the Robbins Inn. It underwent many ownership and name changes over the decades, with several opting to highlight the inn’s proximity to the pair of Monadnock mountains, Grand and Pack. 

The inn’s Contoocook River adjacency became an issue in 1986, when a flood pushed the building off its foundation and forced a reconfiguration of the location’s footprint. But now safely pushed back away from the high-water mark, Riverhouse by Weekender can lean into its new name.

“With the property located right on the Contoocook River the new name felt right -- approachable, elevated, a true home away from home,” Weimer said.