Adair Country Inn's 200 stately acres, hospitably maintained by innkeepers Ilja and Brad Chapman, grant city-escapees an elegant taste of a simpler, more moose-adjacent life. Built in 1927 as a father's wedding gift to his daughter, the inn's rustic fireplace rooms hearken to the bucolic days before phones and televisions, yet accurately maintain the era's then-untapped wireless network (up to a $245 value). Lounge in front of a cast-iron stove fireplace with a close companion, indulging in the included homemade truffles and champagne (a $35 combined value) before heading down to the dining room where, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday through Monday, Chef Orlo prepares a two-course meal to your specifications (a $66 value).
Surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest on all sides, the sleepy town of Jackson presents an idyllic respite from workaday bustle. The meadows, lakes, and mountain peaks dotting the landscape also make it a haven for hikers, paddlers, and feral hobbits. Seasonal activities such as downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling are readily accessible either at the inn or within a 20-minute drive.A drive along White Mountain Scenic Byway gives an up-close view of the area’s natural splendor as well as its covered bridges, white-steeple churches, and quaint country cottages. Once the snow starts to fall, cross-country skiers can traverse nearly 100 miles of groomed trails leading in every direction. Neighboring ski resorts lure downhill skiers and snowboarders to their powdery slopes.
Lost Valley Ski Area founder Otto Wallingford was known for creating innovative solutions to everyday problems. Winter came around each year and left him with nothing to do on the family orchard, so he turned the surrounding area into a ski center in 1961. With that problem solved, Wallingford moved on to tackle a few other issues. He put together the state's first snowmaking system, introduced the locals to night skiing, and developed a powder maker by towing a cylindrical steel grate behind his tractor.
Skiers and snowboarders can reap the benefits of Wallingford’s efforts at Lost Valley Ski Area, which encompasses 15 trails and a terrain park. The ski area also hosts lessons and a shop offering gear tuneups and yeti decoys.
Belly dancers in traditional Arabic dress dance gracefully through the middle of the dining room to the sounds of violins, drums, and strummed ouds. Amid exposed-brick walls and the soft light cascading in from high ceilings, Naral’s transports diners to another world of rich spices, elegance, and warmth. The menu serves as a tour guide, inviting culinary explorers to indulge in roasted quail or lamb and grilled fish in tomato sauce accompanied by fragrant basmati rice. A selection of beer, wine, and signature cocktails can be paired with the fine fare, dancing, live music, and Saturday-evening karaoke.
Over the tops of the apple trees, clouds gather in the distance above the hazy, rolling mountains. Thirteen types of apples thrive here, and have for nearly a century. Row upon row of golden delicious, macintosh, and honeycrisp apples blossom and grow throughout the summer, before droves of folks come to pluck the ripe fruit from the heavy branches. In the summertime, strawberries and peaches multiply beneath the sun, and in the fall, the staff bottle pressed, unpasteurized cider to toast hands faced with the mission of finding the perfect pumpkin that will hopefully transform into a carriage this time.