Gale River Motel

Kevin Johnson poses Monday outside of the Gale River Motel and Cottages in Franconia, which he has owned since 2001, and which recently offered free rooms to local residents who needed a place to quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

FRANCONIA – Although still closed to paying customers, the Gale River Motel and Cottages is open to local residents who need a place to quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, Kevin Johnson approached the boards of selectmen in Franconia and Sugar Hill, telling them his business would offer free room, but no board, to their residents, as well as those from Easton, who tested positive for COVID-19 or who lived with someone who had the respiratory disease and could not self-distance.