Mountain Retreat near Bucolic Lake Sunapee
Granite, fir, and fieldstone furnishings crafted by local artisans accent the Mountain Edge Resort, a timber-topped lodge whose decorative details echo its idyllic New Hampshire setting. Located fewer than two hours from Boston, the peaceful retreat offers a rustic yet comfortable winter respite from urban bustle complete with nearby ice-skating ponds, tree-trimmed snowmobile trails, and powder-topped sledding hills.
More than 60 trails crisscross the face of Mount Sunapee, a ski and snowboarding resort situated 6 miles from the hotel. A preponderance of moderate and easy runs makes the mountain decidedly family friendly. Offerings include wide trails, a trio of starter slopes, and a beginner terrain park strewn with elementary jumps and repurposed bowling-lane bumpers. Summit Glades, one of Sunapee's few black-diamond trails, weaves through a grove of tightly packed trees.
Back at the Mountain Edge Resort, visitors lounge on leather couches at The Mountain Spirits Tavern as they sample casual American fare such as roast chicken breast and four-cheese ravioli. From an adjacent hillside, The Rosewood Barn General Store purveys pantry staples and supplies. Nearby, aestheticians pamper visitors with rejuvenating facials and classic manicures, and the resort's sauna and hot tubs do their part to loosen tightened muscles.
At the end of the day, guests retreat to their 800-square-foot one-bedroom den suite outfitted with a balcony or a patio as well as a kitchenette and a cozy fireplace. Tasteful trimmings in rosewood, marble, and leather give the spacious hideaway a relaxed, homey feel.
Newbury, New Hampshire: Skiing and Hiking near Charming New England Villages
About a 20-minute drive from the resort, New London presents a picture of quaint New England charm, with its picturesque Main Street lined with shops, a farm stand, historical buildings, and cafés. Across from Lake Sunapee sits The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, a preserved early 20th-century estate set on 84 sprawling acres of manicured grounds and woodland trails. Guided walking tours pass through the 22-room Colonial Revival home, which served as a summer retreat for John Milton Hay, the secretary of state and party planner pro tempore under Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.