- Reviews: 2520
Mount Washington Hotel and Resort: The Ultimate Experience in New Hampshire
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
- Reviews: 2520
Personal Impressions: Mount Washington Hotel: Mount Washington II
I personally do not feel that other resorts can even compete with Mt. Washington as far as being grand and in delivering pomp on such an immense scale.
When Joseph Stickney (railroad tycoon) conceived the idea of this hotel, he set a new standard for luxury. There were electric lights, an indoor pool, private baths for each room, Tiffany lamps, and elegant chandeliers--this was all unique and extravagant for the times. How sad to know that Joseph Stickney died just one year after his creation opened to the public. Stickney's widow remarried to a prince--Prince Carolyn Aymon de Faucigny-Lucinge. Sadly, he died soon after the marriage! But, the widow continued to run the hotel.
Currently, a consortium of investors owns The Mount Washington Hotel resort. They have certainly updated and renovated the place, making it even more splendid. They brought in the live orchestra for dinner and the authentic prohibition speak-easy lounge called The Cave.
All along the Public Spaces, you are able to read about the history of this great, old hotel and how the Italian Craftsmen were imported (about 1000 +) to build and complete all the work here. It's fascinating.
A personal experience that our family had will give you an idea of the staff and guests at the Mount Washington Hotel.
When we were there, Allan and I wanted to play golf, but our daughter Jill was too young to leave alone for four hours. Thus, we talked to a staff member who suggested leaving her with one of their most loyal and long-time guests--an 80 year-old-woman who had been coming here each year since she was six years old! The woman was quite the swimmer, so she volunteered to take Jill swimming in the indoor pool. They spent several hours enjoying the pool, playing pool volleyball, etc. After the swim and clean up, the two of them enjoyed afternoon tea together!
It's a memory for our family that lingers...Kindness, thoughtfulness, and loyalty. These attributes describe the staff and the guests.
- Reviews: 5956
Dry River Campground, Crawford Notch State Park: camping even in the cold can be great....
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.
- Reviews: 5956
Greenleaf Hut: check out a hut if you can....
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.
- Reviews: 3284
The Seasons, Bartlett
We found this rental apartment with help of our Boston friends. Their neighbours own this large apartment there and we rented from them. Highly recommended! Nicely furnished, equipped with everything you need it has a large bedroom w/bathroom, balcony, another bathroom, huge living room with sofa(bed) + sitting area, dining area, perfect kitchen and a gallery upstairs with even another sitting area and some more beds. It sleeps up to 8 persons. The owners also provide a lot of information/brochures as well as games for entertainment. Our only disappointment was that we didn't see a bear during our stay:(
About 100 m away was the clubhouse. They offer internet access there for a small fee; use of indoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna was free, towels were available for a deposit. They also had billard tables and some one-armed bandits :-) Oh, not to forget a large TV in front of which folks gathered to see the Red Sox or the Yankees.
- Reviews: 233
Hampton Falls Inn: So So Accommodations
Well....if I am being perfectly honest, I have to say the hotel was mediocre, at best. The room was not cleaned on a daily basis (dirty towels left in floor, trash left in trash can, etc.). However, while this is somewhat bothersome, I can look past all of that. The thing that bothered me the most and made me give this accommodation a poor rating was the service. We walked into the lobby, and neither person at the reservations desk acknowledged us. It wasn't like this on just one occasion. It happened at least 5 times....never were we spoken to (unless we asked a question or walked up to the desk.) How rude!
Close to the beach without having to pay astronomical prices...
- Reviews: 1128
Days Inn: They Have an Indoor Pool
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,
- Reviews: 1128
The Mary Keene House B & B: Right on Lake Mascoma
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.
- Reviews: 483
White Mountain National Forest Campgrounds: White Mountain National Forest Campgrounds
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.
- Reviews: 3412
TOP NOTCH INN: INN In GORHAM NH
Friday September 14, 2012
After checking out a few motels in Gorham, we decided on the TOP NOTCH INN. Hans liked it and it had high-speed internet. The Inn has a swimming pool & Hot Tub, cable TV, mini-fridge and coffee-maker with supplies. Continental breakfast was not offered.
- Reviews: 3788
LAKES OF THE CLOUDS AMC HUT: TOP OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
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.
- Reviews: 483
The Dunes Motor Inn: Convenient Beach Motel
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.
- Reviews: 442
Lovett's Inn: Bed & Breakfast, hotels, motels & campgrounds
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.
- Reviews: 2612
The Wilderness Inn: Cosy Bed & Breakfast
We had a great stay in this cosy B&B. It is located on the west side of the White Mountains near Franconia Notch State Park and the Kancamagus Highway. So it is close to hiking and skiing opportunities.
The owners are nice people and very helpful in giving advice on things to do and on places to eat . They make a delicious breakfast, every morning fresh fruit salad, homebaked muffins, and a choice of eggs, omelets, pancakes, crepes and French toast. There is also homemade apple, cranberry and my favorite, maple syrup.
Our room "Indian room" was rather small but clean and lovely decorated with Indian ornaments. There was a small TV, airco and a small bathroom. It was perfect for a couple of nights.
Make sure you bring cash money, they don't accept creditcards.
- Reviews: 1
Bay Top Motel: Weirs Beach Romance Weekend
Very close to the beach and boardwalk. Very convenient, quiet and inexpensive. We stayed the first night in a regular room, which was okay, it is not a room you would rather stay in than go out, but it was good and kept us more active. The second night we stayed in the jacuzzi room, and let me tell you it was great. For the extra $20 bucks or so for that room, we will keep going back.
The jacuzzi was nice because it is not "in" the room with you inlike other hotels and such that have jacuzzi rooms. It had a fake little gas fireplace and had candles out, an upgrade from the television in the previous one as well as a DVD player.
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