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 book a massage at the three-story Viaggio Spa or head to Loon Mountain— ranked among the top 10 eastern ski resorts by Ski Magazine—all without leaving the property.
- Awards and accolades: Thanks in part to a $9 million renovation, The Mountain Club earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014. Fodor’s commended its “clean and modern update,” which included the addition of a large stone fireplace.
- Spacious suites can easily accommodate a whole family—each unit has a full kitchen, two bathrooms, and a living room with two sleeper sofas.
- A room with a view: Large picture windows look out onto the rolling landscape from King Club rooms. All suites and some king club rooms have private balconies as well.
- Extra perks: Each room will get one $25 credit toward any 50-minute massage service at Viaggio Spa as well as one $25 credit towards dinner with the purchase of two entrees (alcohol not included) at The Black Diamond Pub.
- Pool-side relaxation: The resort has both an indoor and outdoor pool (the latter is open seasonally).
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—and one of New Hampshire’s longest gondola rides, which leads to glacial caves and the trails. In the summer, Loon Mountain is a scenic setting for ziplining, mountain biking, and hiking.
Just northeast of town, Franconia Notch State Park boasts the Flume Gorge as well as 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 the cliffs and thick mats of moss sprawl over giant boulders. In winter, blankets of snow add to the air of tranquility.