Best Hotels in the White Mountains for Winter: A Guide for Athletes, Boozers, and Historians

Best Hotels in the White Mountains for Winter

When you only have a limited time for vacation, why spend the majority of it driving to your activity of choice? The White Mountains of New Hampshire are a winter junky’s paradise, but there are certain hotels situated at the foot of adventure. Here are the best hotels in the White Mountains for skiers, snowboarders, and cross-country riders. (Plus two bonus accommodations for the less nimble: historians and beer drinkers.)

 

The Best Hotels in the White Mountains for Skiers and Snowboarders

If you’re looking to go downhill, you might as well sleep at the bottom. One of the best hills in the White Mountains, Loon Mountain, has a ski-in, ski-out hotel–appropriately called the Mountain Club at Loon. Accommodations look out onto incredible terrain and allows riders to nix the car from the equation. Not only do slope-side rooms have great views of the mountain, so does the outdoor jacuzzi. The Mountain Club at Loon, which is in Lincoln, is also close to my favorite mountain in the region, Cannon, which does not have nearby accommodations, as the slopes are part of the state park.

 

Snowboarding the White Mountains

 

Nordic Skiers

Driving around the White Mountains in winter caused me to realize that my greatest mistake was not bringing my cross-country skis. Many of the hiking trails along the Kancamagus and in Franconia Notch double as cross country (or snowshoe) trails. But if you’re looking for thousands of acres right outside your hotel doors, the Omni’s Mount Washington Resort makes rising from bed and strapping on skis easy. Down the hill from the property sits acres of open land perfect for beginners, while more advanced skiers can duck into the nearby woods. With views of Mount Washington along with the other peaks of the Presidential Range in one direction and the Spanish-Renaissance-influenced resort in the other, you’ll find yourself stopping often to take in the views.

 

After a morning on skies, the Omni also offers the region’s best massages. Not only is the spa equipped with saunas and steam rooms, and features a lounge area that serves up hot tea and comfortable recliners, (all of which guests have access to for the entire day), but the austere treatment rooms conjure up a feel of the trail: the scent of oak furniture mingles with the oils, many of which come from native flora.

 

After the spa, enjoy a delicious meal at Stickney’s Pub.

 

Boozers

If you love a bar scene and find something inherently wrong with drinking at a hotel, you can stay at the Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery. This former train station serves up a choice selection of brews, good pub food, and has bed-and-breakfast-inspired rooms upstairs. They offer decent midweek stay and ski packages, inclusive of breakfast.

 

Historians

For historians who love quaint (but also cluttered), consider a stay at the Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast, which has incredible history. Walls are covered with photographs, newspaper articles–one being a front page piece in the Boston Globe that shows the innkeeper’s grandmother and great aunt walking their pets through town–and century-old wallpaper, (some of which is ironic for the home’s theme as it features a Caribbean residence and palm trees).

 

The property has belonged to one family since King George III granted 1,215 acres to the innkeeper’s ancestors back in 1771 on the condition that they would allow the crown to use their trees for shipbuilding and keep the road open. (The other commitments of the land grant are outlined on one of the bedroom doors, stating that the property owners would “yield the rent of one ear of Indian corn by the 25th day of March, 1774, only if lawfully demanded” and fork over one shilling for every one hundred acres owned.)

 

This one-time dairy farm, turned boarding house, transformed into a bed and breakfast also offers sleigh rides across its remaining 70 acres. While some of the rooms could use a few touch ups, they are comfortable and the best one–refer to the upstairs corner room–includes a rocking chair, fireplace, jacuzzi, and views of the stables.

 

If, however, you’re looking for opulence with your history, once again, the Omni Mount Washington Resort is your best bet. They offer 10:00 am and 3:00 pm tours for the public, introducing you to the history that surrounds the wife of the hotel’s visionary owner Joseph Stickney. After Stickney died, wife Carolyn married British royalty and became a princess. Soon after, she became a widow for a second time, and returned to the hotel where she remained an occupant of the majestic building and added to the storied past. Everything from her china to her table of choice in the dining area is on display.

 

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Posted on by Noah Lederman in Somewhere, United States

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