Five Out-of-The-Box Lodging Options in Mt Washington Valley, NH
News from Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce – June 21, 2018
CONTACT: Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331, PR@mtwashingtonvalley.org
THEMED LODGING OPTIONS CREATE OUT-OF-THE-BOX TRAVEL EXPERIENCES IN MT WASHINGTON VALLEY, NH
North Conway, NH – Known for it’s “Live free or die” attitude, Mt Washington Valley is filled with more than 150 different lodging options for travelers to choose from. From campgrounds to smaller inns and B&Bs to larger hotels, cottages and efficiencies, or condos/vacation rentals, visitors to Mt Washington Valley have many choices that fit any budget for where to stay. Whether it’s luxurious townhomes with jetted tubs or hot tubs or a remote cabin or hut in the woods, you’ll find at least one if not more options in Mt Washington Valley. Best of all, each lodging option offers a unique price point, amenities and setting too.
Today’s traveler is seeking unique experiences, and while every lodging option offers a special setting, here are six ideas for those seeking out-of-the-box travel experiences.
Named among the Top Ten Themed Hotels in the Country, you’ll find impeccably themed rooms here like no other. Sleep in a treehouse, a cave or a retro love shack, complete with disco ball. The newest addition to their themed rooms is the Haunted Castle, which involved a $1 million make-over in 2017. This five-level room leaves absolutely no details behind and is the first and only simulated overnight haunted hotel experience in the world. It’s Disney level and a breakthrough in hotel technology. The special effects experienced by those who stay in the Haunted Castle are like no other. Beds shake, ghosts appear and disappear, cupboards open and close, to say nothing of the audio effects designed for this experience. Adventure Suites has implemented a sophisticated computerized system involving motion sensors, time delays, video, projection pneumatics, lights, audio and more to scare the heck out of guests. No expense has been spared on this project. Features include a gangway bar overlooking the living room, outdoor hot tub on the balcony, the king’s “bone throne”, two fireplaces, three bathrooms, a draw bridge leading to the three bedrooms (including a 3-tiered “dormatorium” sleeping 12) and hundreds of features, skeletons, gargoyles and beyond-your-imagination statues. The room sleeps up to 18 people. Guests can expect to be haunted, expect to have fun, but better not expect to get much sleep. Special effects will last throughout the night. Effects can be programed for preferences from family-friendly to bachelorette, wedding, and scare-your-pants off. Info: http://adventuresuites.com/.
Huttopia White Mountains, Albany, NH
This is glamping at its best! It’s camping with plenty of glamour and comforts of home, yet in a beautiful lakeside and pet-friendly location. Choose between swimming in the heated pool or canoeing or exploring the lake via a stand-up paddleboard! Enjoy delicious homemade pizzas on the terrace and take part in a range of activities like basketball, volleyball, ping pong or try Mölkky, a game that is popular right now in Europe! Accommodations vary from The Trappers Tents accommodating up to five people with al bathroom with shower, washbasin, and toilet. You’ll sleep under a canvas roof on comfortable mattresses. To prepare meals, there is a small fridge, kitchenware, crockery, and a sink to do the dishes. Another more basic option is the Canadian Tent. Camp without having to bring your own camping equipment, towels, or sheets. Enjoy comfortable mattresses and all the equipment you need to prepare your meals: a small fridge, crockery, and kitchenware. Washroom facilities with good free hot showers are not in the tent, but nearby. For those seeking the ultimate glamping experience, choose The Chalet. This solid wood cabin is ideal for large or extended families and is bright and spacious with its mezzanine, equipped kitchen, bathroom, and gas heater. It has two bedrooms and a fully equipped wooden bathroom and can sleep up to 6 people. All of this is less than 10-15 minutes from downtown North Conway.
World Fellowship Center, Albany, NH
Vacation this summer at the White Mountain’s signature peace and social justice camp and conference center. Each summer since 1941, the World Fellowship Center has brought cutting-edge speakers, activists, film makers, performers, teachers, yoga and other body movement experts to this 455-acre wilderness center to engage and entertain guests of all ages from all walks of life. This is a secular, inclusive, forward thinking nonprofit dedicated to making a better world and life for everyone. Daily guided recreational hiking and cycling outings; canoe, row, kayak or swim in pristine Whitton Pond are just the beginning. Accommodations include campsites, bunkrooms and family rooms in a variety of lodges. In addition, for larger groups, cabins accommodating up to six people are available. A full schedule of yoga, dance, music, and meditation speakers are available through fall, 2018. The entire facility can also be rented for family reunions, weddings and conferences. Info: http://worldfellowship.org/.
Work and Travel Lodge, North Conway, NH
Renovations are presently underway to convert the old Maple Leaf Motel in North Conway to the new Work and Travel Lodge, geared exclusively for J1 Visa International Workers. Designed to fulfill the conundrum of where to house the 250 international students coming to work during busy months, Work and Travel Lodge offers affordable bunk-style accommodations for short term housing, right in the center of the Valley. Rooms are designed with bunkbeds and amenities include free wi-fi, comfortable lounge areas, outdoor recreational equipment, a fully equipped community kitchen, outdoor grilling area and cable TV. Sheets, towels, pillows and blankets can be rented too, and laundry facilities make it easy for these students too. To keep it affordable, Work and Travel Lodge is a participation lodging community. Guests are required to maintain a clean environment. This includes cleaning up after themselves in their own rooms and in community areas too. Also, each guest is required to help maintain the community space. Once a month, guests are assigned a duty such as sweeping, mopping or maintenance on community space. The Work and Travel Lodge is designed to help make J-1 Visa students’ experience in the White Mountains as easy, affordable and enjoyable as possible. The facility is slated to open soon.
For adventure seekers and outdoor-lovers, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) offers a range of fabulous lodging opportunities. Hikers can enjoy White Mountain hut accommodations trailside throughout the White Mountains including bunks and hot meals. Each a day's hike apart along the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire's White Mountains, AMC Huts offer mountain hospitality in spectacular locations above treeline or near mountain lakes or waterfalls. Enjoy the rewards of a backcountry trek without the worry of carrying all your food and gear on your back. In addition, two larger lodges also offer trailside options. The Highland Lodge at Crawford Notch is the Appalachian Mountain Club's newest four-season lodge and outdoor education center, offers a broad range of accommodations from bunkrooms to private family suites, and walk-on programs, along with backdoor access to a variety of outdoor activities. The Highland Center is an ideal starting point for day hikes, paddling, snowshoe treks, and longer backcountry trips in the White Mountains. Lodge rates include breakfast, dinner, free participation in naturalist-led guided hikes and programs, and free use of LL Bean gear and clothing in the fully-stocked Gear Room. Finally, With access to Tuckerman Ravine and the Wildcat Range just outside your door, Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch provides the perfect opportunity to tackle more challenging terrain while offering beginner hikers, climbers, and skiers a chance to practice their skills. The Lodge is located on the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountain National Forest, just a short drive from North Conway, Jackson, and Gorham, NH, and Bethel, ME and offers bunkrooms, bathrooms and showers and hot meals to hikers and campers looking for an affordable trailside option.
To plan your vacation to Mt Washington Valley, including a complete description of all the lodging options available throughout the region, visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH). For additional information about a New Hampshire vacation, go to www.VisitNH.gov.
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