Mount Washington Valley, home to the highest peak in the north east USA, is New Hampshire’s adventure playground. Hikers flock to its forest trails in summer, while in fall, its forests are decorated with world-famous golden foliage and skiers love the winter slopes. Explore Mount Washington from one of these top hotels – be it a ski resort, family-run B&B or historic inn.
Jackson Village, in the Mount Washington Valley, has always been a mecca for artists and writers bewitched by the mountains. Stay at this Jackson inn from the 1800s, which offers lavish suites with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and icing-sugar-peak views. Try the White Mountain package at the spa, with its warm stone massage, and dine at the atmospheric Forty Below tavern, which is loved for its extensive wine cellar.
Top Notch Inn, set in the downtown area of Gorham, is one of the closest hotels to Mount Washington. The mountains lie tantalisingly close and are visible from the inn’s heated pool and steaming hot tub. When you’re not exploring the peaks, enjoy a BBQ in the gardens or star-gaze around the firepit. As well as a range of chic guest rooms, the inn hosts two self-contained vacation properties that sleep up to 10 guests, including the Pinkham, a 100-year-old farmhouse.
This restored inn, in the shadow of the White Mountains’ Presidential Range, is the perfect place for a ski break. You’ll have access to alpine and Nordic snowsports in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area. The on-site spa beckons after a day on the slopes, while you can dine on farm-to-table cuisine, such as Millbrook Farm venison, at the Bretton Arms. The wooden-clad property is surrounded by a porch and perennial gardens, offering large rooms and suites.
Fancy staying at Mount Washington’s most impressive resort and brushing shoulders with presidents, writers and celebrities? Its expansive grounds boast golf courses, tennis courts and access to the coveted ski slopes of Bretton Woods. Luxury seeps into every corner of the resort, from the indoor pool and hot tub to the New England spa botanicals and award-winning gourmet dining. Spring for the fanciest rooms in the presidential wing for mountain-view balconies.
New England style reigns supreme at Glen House, with its wooden clapboards, chimneys and Shaker-inspired guest rooms. This 1850s Gorham farmhouse was originally converted into a hotel to accommodate passengers on the Grand Trunk Railway – but has been given a full makeover. In fact, the property is now nearly carbon neutral thanks to a geothermal heat system and hydro generator. Half of the rooms have mountain-facing balconies and there’s even a heated saltwater pool.
Come to this cute, adults-only B&B, in the heart of White Mountain National Forest, if you’re after some peace and quiet. The European-style inn dates back to the 1800s and retains an old-worldly ambience with its fireplace rooms and cooked-to-order country breakfasts. There’s an intimate vibe with just 12 rooms and friendly staff that will point you towards the best walking trails.
This modern inn, near Jericho Mountain State Park in the White Mountains, has been entirely refurbished since its days as a farm and posh country club. The 160 rooms are basic but fresh and the contemporary wellness suite with pool, sauna and steam rooms is more than welcome after a long day of mountain sports. The evening entertainment here is popular with guests and locals.
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