Although the busy ski season in New Hampshire is nearing an end, that doesn’t mean the hotels will temporarily shut itself down to tourism. Indeed, spring offers a completely different experience for new and returning visitors, with clearer and warmer weather. To make it a complete New Hampshire experience, why not stay at one of the remaining few grand hotels?
Omni Mount Washington
310 Mount Washington Hotel Road
Bretton Woods, NH 03575
Nestled within the breathtaking White Mountains, the Omni Mount Washington is easily among the most distinctive hotels in New England. One of the last remaining grand resort hotels of the Gilded Age from the late 19th to early 20th century, this magnificent structure was completed in 1902 as The Mount Washington by coal broker Joseph Stickney. Over its illustrious history, The Mount Washington has hosted a wealth of notable people, including three U.S. presidents and in 1944, was the setting for the landmark Bretton Woods Conference, which helped establish the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Today, the Omni Mount Washington is a member of both the Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. It also features both AAA Four Diamond lodging and dining, among the best spas in New England and its renowned skiing at Bretton Woods. Omni Mount Washington features 200 luxury guest rooms and suites, dining and expansive spa and salon. Additionally are the 9-hole Mount Pleasant Course and 18-hole Mount Washington Course designed by Donald Ross.
Mountain View Grand Hotel
101 Mountain View Road
Whitefield, NH 03598
Another distinguished member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Mountain View Grand Hotel is just as breathtaking as the more famous Omni Mount Washington. Also situated in the White Mountains region, lodging on this historic property dates back to 1865, when owners William and Mary Dodge hosted their first overnight guests in their farmhouse.
Today, the Mountain View Grand Hotel has been a AAA Diamond lodging and dining property since 2008 and the recipient a growing list of travel awards, including TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame since 2015.
In addition to its more than 140 wonderfully appointed rooms and suites, the hotel also offers an award-winning Tower Spa, an indoor and outdoor pool, the Mountain View Golf Course and superb dining options, like Harvest Tavern and signature 1865 Wine Cellar.
Wentworth By The Sea
588 Wentworth Road
New Castle, NH 03854
Located in New Castle, Wentworth by the Sea is the last of New Hampshire’s Gilded Age grand hotels that resides along the coastline. Completed in 1874 by Massachusetts distiller Daniel Chase, the lavish hotel was the largest wooden structure in the state when it opened and like other historic luxury hotels, has had a rich history of hosting dignitaries and monumental events.
Now under the ownership of Marriott Wentworth by the Sea features 161 exceptionally appointed guest rooms and suites with many offering sweeping ocean views. In addition are luxury spa services, fine dining particularly at SALT Kitchen & Bar, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, indoor and outdoor pools and access to the 18-hole championship golf course at the private Wentworth by the Sea Country Club.
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