The Sophisticated Traveler
The Grand Dames of Hotels and Other Attractions
From haute cuisine to lavish grand hotels to intimate and exclusive inns and B&Bs, Mt. Washington Valley has a number of options for the sophisticated traveler seeking an upscale experience. Fine service and exclusive adventure are the hallmark of those businesses that cater to this important crowd.
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Mt. Washington Valley has a long tradition of greeting upscale travelers to New Hampshire. One of the earliest skiing and vacation destinations in the United States, a number of grand hotels attracted the most elite winter enthusiasts from throughout the world. Today, four of the original Grand Dames of New Hampshire’s hotels have been restored to their original splendor, offering opulent environments for those seeking aristocratic surroundings. The Mount Washington Hotel and Resort has undergone more than $20 million in renovations, and offers literally everything anyone could look for in a vacation. In the summer, the Mt. Washington Hotel offers 27 holes of scenic golf, set on a Donald Ross-designed course, along with tennis, swimming, downhill skiing and x-c skiing in the winter, and so much more. In the winter, The Bretton Woods Ski Area – recently expanded with 23 new trails – and the Bretton Woods Cross Country Center with it’s new spectacular lodge, serve as the hotel’s facilities for skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking. Ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a full schedule of exciting events, demonstrations and packages around this winter – the first winter the hotel has been in operation in 97 years! Steeped in history, The Mount Washington Hotel maintains its legacy as the location for the signing of the Bretton Arms Agreement, and reminders of this important event are captured throughout the hotel.
Once a haven for presidents, dignitaries and notables, the Mountain View Grand Hotel once again opened its doors as one of Mt. Washington Valley’s premier resorts in May, 2002. The 1865 Colonial Revival style resort, located in the heart of the White Mountains, was restored to its former grandeur, and infused with contemporary aesthetics and sensibilities for today's discriminating traveler. The extensive $20 million restoration, completed in May 2002, includes among its extensive offerings a complete spa, conference & function facilities, tennis, golf, lawn games, a hidden speakeasy, and much more. The Wentworth, An Intimate Country Inn, while smaller in size and feel offers no less sophistication and opulence than the other larger Grand Hotels in the area. After a multi-million renovation, this small hotel offers some of the most luxurious rooms and amenities in Mt. Washington Valley. A four-diamond rated restaurant compliments the upscale ambiance. Guests may retire to their own private-balcony hot tub and in-room DVD players, unique artwork and plenty of extras.
The Eagle Mountain House in Jackson rounds out the offerings for those seeking to re-live yesteryear in a Grand Hotel of the White Mountains. This historic Inn offers rooms and suites that are perfect for families or couples seeking extra room. The hotel offers guests a 9-hole golf course in the summer and out-the-door x-c trails in the winter. Conference and function space provide groups with ample space for special occasions and conferences.
For lodging information in Mt. Washington Valley, simply contact the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, at 1-800-367-3364 (1-800-DO-SEE-NH), or 1-800-521-2137, ext. 0, or log onto www.mtwashingtonvalley.org for a full listing of every lodging and dining member of the chamber.
Looking for something a little more intimate? There are two inn associations that offer central reservations for over 30 of the exquisite inns in the area. The Country Inns In The White Mountains, representing 11 upscale member inns, and The Open Door, representing more than 15 members, both offer central reservations for upscale travelers. In all, Mt. Washington Valley plays host to more than 50 B&Bs and inns, all offering a romantic and unique setting.
There are grand resort complexes with everything from exclusive B&Bs to lavish Victorian Condominiums at Luxury Mountain Getaways, Attitash Mountain Village, Top Notch Vacations, or Valley Vacations. The Mt. Washington Valley is renowned for its fine dining options. Many an AAA rated restaurant have been discovered by Gourmet, Bon Appetite, Wine Spectator, and travel writers from throughout the country. Among those cited for recognition are The 1785 Inn, recognized by Wine Spectator 5 years and running for having the area’s most extensive and exclusive wine lists, the newly rebuilt Inn at Thorn Hill – featuring a spa, extensive wine cellar and premium rooms, The Notchland Inn – recently recognized by Yankee Magazine for its spectacular views., and the Snowvillage Inn, renowned for its beautiful gardens and cuisine, and The Notchland Inn, recently recognized by National Geographic Traveler as one of the 54 best hotels in the country, and by bedandbreakfast.com as one of the 12 most romantic inns in the country. Those with sophisticated tastes will be dazzled by the haute cuisine of these fine restaurants and inns. And throughout the Valley, martini bars cater to the cosmopolitan traveler.