Now this hotel is, indeed, a grand masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture. It took two years and 250 master craftsmen to complete The Mount Washington Hotel.
The idea was conceived by industrialist Joseph Stickney and was opened in 1902. Since that opening day, it immediately became a favorite summer haunt for poets, princes, presidents, and just everyday people. It's now a National HIstoric Landmark, and today (as throughout its history), the hotel has been renowned for luxurious extras, natural beauty, and unbelievable service.
The decor of the rooms and public spaces reflect the elegance and sophistication of yesteryear. The indoor pools, health spa, and fireplaces are a few of the reasons Mount Washington Hotel remains a place where people return for years and years.
The resort has 27 challenging holes of golf on a course with spectacular views. In addition, there are 12 tennis courts, indoor, outdoor, and river swimming pools, bridle paths for horseback riding, Mountain biking, and hiking on miles of National Forest trails, and, best of all, leisurely carriage rides across the property.
There's also a 4-Diamond Main Dining Room that is opened for dinner with even a serenading orchestra! (There's even a dancefloor!) There's also the Cave Lounge where you can listen to jazz and comtemporary music.
We were absolutely amazed at the genuine kindness and attentiveness of the staff. Our room was beyond beautiful and well equipped yet of another era. Words cannot express how much we loved and remember fondly the wonderful Mount Washington Hotel
Originally built in 1915 near the foot of Mt Monroe, this hut is the main mountain hut of the AMC - room for 90 guests. Facilities at Pinkham Notch along NH16 are more extensive, but this is the biggest walk-in hut. It is open from mid-June through mid-September. At 5050 feet, this is also the AMC's highest hut in the Presidentials. It is a very popular hut and is reachable only by trail. Reservations are highly recommended for an overnight stay - (603) 466-2727.
This is the highest of the Appalachian Mountain Huts and is among the most popular. The views are spectacular and the atmosphere is as alpine as you can get in the eastern US.
The Pilgrim Inn was our "saviour" on night. Technically they were closed for the evening and officially "full" but room was found for us.
Clean, comfortable and very friendly. They stayed open long after closing until we were able to arrive
The Inn has a geat location. Just off of Hwy 93 in Plymouth, NH, it's very centrally located for day trips to most all of NH's attractions most any season of the year.
In the summer it's less than 30 minutes from Lost River, The Flume, Clark's Trained Bears, Newfound Lake, and only 5 minutes from Polar Caves
In the winter skiing is again less than 30 minutes. Bretton Woods, Cannon Mt., Gunstock, Watterville, Valley, Loon, and only 5-10 minutes from Tenney Mt.
The Appalachian Mountain Club has set up a great system of huts throughout the White Mountains and they are deservedly popular. With great mountain settings and homey rustic atmospheres they are the perfect solution for those wanting to spend more time in the mountains. We did not have time to spend the night in one on this trip but would surely look into it for the next time.
The Greenleaf Hut is in a perfect location for doing the Franconia Ridge Trail. It is a very busy hut and not one to choose if you want solitude. That said, it was very comfy looking and the food smelled great. The prices for food were surprising not bad either. It is not cheap to stay in the nicer huts but meals are included and tough to argue with the location and views. Oh, but you must hike to get to the best of them, like the Greenleaf Hut.
Dry River is a great little campground with only 36 spots so it's best to reserve this if coming on the weekend. The spots are very roomy so you do not feel as if you are on top of your neighbor. We got there kind of late but it was very handy the next day as the rangers office is just up the road and great hikes too. We woke up and saw agreat sunrise on the Frankenstein Cliff that sits right next to the campground.
The spots are well-spaced and there are small pit toilets throughout as well as the very modern toilet/shower facility at the main entrance. It is a very nice campground and a bargain for only $15 a night per tent.
The setting for this hotel is as impressive as the hotel itself. I didn't stay here, but I'm sure it must be at least 4 stars.
Well, it isn't The Ritz, but it'll do if you just don't want to drive home from the beach. I've stayed at the Dunes a few times under such conditions.
It's relatively inexpensive, with rooms ranging from $65 to $100 per night. It's directly across the street from Jeness State Beach in Rye and just a few minutes north of Hampton and a few minutes south of Portsmouth on Route 1A. They have a pool and there's a convenience store right next door.
Beautiful resort located in Weirs Beach. All the comforts of home.
Nestled in the trees near the lake.
The views of the trees and terrain were best enjoyed from your own private patio.
The Mary Keene House is a large home that has been converted into some interesting bedroom arrangements. It has quite a history about Mary Keene who once lived there and the new proprieter loves to tell you the stories connected to the house.
The house sits on a rolling lawn that takes you to the lake with a sandy beach. The lake is lovely and especially so with it surrounded by the autumn colors.
The Days Inn is downtown Dover, but wasn't particularly noisy. There is also a good seafood restaurant next door. They have a modest continental breakfast included with the price of the room. It was clean and comfortable.
They have an indoor pool that was inviting - bring a bathing suit,
The Kancamagus Highway (NH Route 112) meanders through the White Mountain National Forest between Interstate Rt 93 and NH Rt 16. Along the way there are several National Forest campgrounds. My favorites are Jigger Johnson and Covered Bridge campgrounds, but nearly all offer great family camping.
Keep in mind the conditions are VERY rustic. Most campgrounds do not have hot showers or flushing toilets, however, Jigger Johnson does have these amenities. Without showers, most folks bathe in the nearby Swift River using biodegradable soap, but even in summer, the water is mighty chilly! Even so, the scenery and available outdoor activities make it all worthwhile.
See the website below for a complete listing of campgrounds and their amenities. Most campgrounds cost about $16 per night.
After checking the Net for least expensive lodging we settled for the Econolodge near the airport. It was okay, but not my favorite lodging. The first night I could hear all the traffic from the freeway, and the no smoking room reeked of cigarette smoke.
There's a variety of places to stay, altho my personal favorites are Bed & Breakfasts. Just a word or warning ... book your room early if you'll be here during the Fall. Many things are happening then besides the "leaf peepers" being here. Such as the Highland Games and Louden races.
I have found them all to be great. But if you're going to be in the Old Man of the Mountain region, I found Lovett's Inn in Franconia to be lovely. They also have a Restaurant in the Main Building that is absolutely Fantastic. Maybe a little pricey, but worth the meal honestly!
I have a pictures somewhere .... I'll find it!
I'll include a website below with a list of Bed & Breakfasts throughout NH.
Camping in the White Mountains.
generally clean, easy to use, find and explore from, all of the campgrounds work extremely well, except in peak summertime season when they're way overcrowded and annoying. In the summer, backcountry. Or try somewhere else.
We stayed at the Golden Gables Inn.
USD69,- ex tax. USD10,- additional on Saturday nights.
Price: USD69,- ex USD10 additional on Saturday nights.
Very nice and clean rooms. The rooms looks out onto the White Mountains. Swimming pool and jacuzzi.
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