Hotel at a Glance: Snowvillage Inn
Perched on Foss Mountain, the 4-star Snowvillage Inn is a peaceful alpine retreat. There are no TVs here to distract from the scenery; guests are instead invited to sip cocktails on the patio facing the Presidential Range mountains or explore the hillside skiing and hiking trails.
- Welcome perk: beers for two on the house
- Adventure for two: This getaway includes one-day snowshoe rental for two.
- Free housemade breakfast with freshly baked goods, hot entrees, and coffee
- Country chic: The inn’s 17 guest rooms are spread across three buildings. Amenities vary, but each has a private bathroom and free WiFi.
- Fresh seafood including Maine oysters and scallops is served at the on-site Max’s Restaurant and Pub.
White Mountains, New Hampshire: Soaring Peaks Surrounded by Historical New England Towns
There are 48 peaks that rise more than 4,000 feet in the White Mountains National Forest, making them New England’s tallest mountains. The 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington is the tallest in the entire Northeast; from the top, you can get amazing views of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, and, on especially clear days, Canada. To get to the top, you can either attempt the challenging hike up or take a scenic drive along the Mount Washington Auto Road. For a less daunting climb, there’s Crawford Notch State Park, where you can hike the Mount Willard trail. It climbs 3.9 miles to a summit with gorgeous vistas. Some ski resorts also make their home in the park, including the popular Wildcat Mountain near Mount Washington.
A handful of small historical towns dot the surrounding lowlands, and they all serve as excellent gateways to rugged adventure in the national forest. Many became popular vacation spots during the railroad era, when Bostonians and New Yorkers flocked here to exchange stifling city streets for mountain air.