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 for unlimited gondola rides, hiking, and mountain biking—all without leaving the property. Ski season kicks off in mid-November.
- 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: Each unit feature a full kitchen, two bathrooms, and a living room with two sleeper sofas.
- 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.
- Extra perks: Each option includes a $25 credit toward any 50-minute service at Viaggio Spa as well as a $25 credit toward dinner with the purchase of two entrees at the Black Diamond Pub.
- Pool-side relaxation: The resort has both an indoor and outdoor pool.
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 the trails as well as some glacial caves. In the summer, Loon Mountain makes a scenic setting for ziplining, mountain biking, and hiking.
Just northeast of town lies Franconia Notch State Park, home to Flume Gorge and 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.