Luxury resort in the White Mountains features a spa, regional dining, and easy access to mountain recreation
Hotel at a Glance: The Mountain Club on Loon
Perched on a scenic bluff in White Mountain National Forest, The Mountain Club on Loon overlooks forested slopes and the rushing waters of the Pemigewasset River. The expansive resort feels quiet and secluded, but there’s no shortage of activities here. Guests can get massages at the three-story Viaggio Spa or walk to Loon Mountain for hiking and skiing as the season progresses.
- Awards and accolades: Thanks in part to a $9 million renovation, the Mountain Club earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. Fodor’s commended its “clean and modern update,” which included the addition of a large stone fireplace.
- Spacious suites: Each unit features a full kitchen, two bathrooms, a king bed in the bedroom, plus a queen and full Murphy bed in the living room.
- Room with a view: Large picture windows in king club rooms look out onto the rolling landscape. All suites and some king club rooms have private balconies as well.
- Dinner and drinks at The Black Diamond Pub, serving locally sourced burgers, steaks, and seafood plus a selection of fine whiskeys.
- Included with your stay: one $50 credit per stay toward any 50-minute service at Viaggio Spa and one $25 credit per stay toward dinner with the purchase of two entrees at The Black Diamond Pub.
Lincoln, New Hampshire: New England Town amid White Mountains and Forests
Formerly a mill town, Lincoln is now home to a modest collection of roadside diners and antique shops. But many visitors are drawn to Lincoln for its proximity to the White Mountains. Loon Mountain, the closest peak, looms 3,050 feet above town. The mountain is best known for its ski slopes—there are 61 trails on 370 skiable acres.
Just northeast of town lies Franconia Notch State Park, home to the former site of the Old Man of the Mountain, a rock formation that remains New Hampshire’s state emblem despite having collapsed in 2003. Photogenic nature scenes can be found at almost every turn here. Birch trees jut out of cliffs and thick mats of moss sprawl over giant boulders.