Hotel at a Glance: Town Square Condominiums
These spacious condos in the mountainous Waterville Valley can accommodate up to eight guests. Each has a full kitchen stocked with pans, mixing bowls, wine glasses, silverware, a dishwasher, and everything else you’ll need to make a home-cooked meal. If you’d rather let someone else do the work, visit one of the onsite restaurants, which include a sandwich shop, a café, and a casual restaurant.
- Condo amenities: fully equipped kitchen, cable TV, DVD player
- Satisfy your cravings: Dine on fresh-caught haddock and burgers made with grass-fed beef at Coyote Grill, or shop for speciality beers and groceries at the nearby Jugtown Store.
- Find your zen with massage, yoga, or a hot tub soak at the White Mountain Athletic Club.
- Outdoor activities: hiking, tennis, biking, and golfing
- Walking time to shops and restaurants: 1 to 5 minutes
Waterville Valley Resort
It can be hard to tell where Waterville Valley Resort ends and the untamed wilderness begins. Built in 1966, the 500-acre resort is a comfortable, civilized outpost within the White Mountain National Forest. The resort calls to mind the rustic charms of a traditional New England mountain town, with clapboard buildings and green-gabled roofs peeking out from between the trees.
The resort sits at the foot of Mount Tecumseh, a 4,000-foot peak that sports 50 trails and 220 acres of space for skiers and snowboarders alike. Eleven lifts ferry guests up to each run, and snowmaking machines ensure complete coverage even when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. The resort also features four terrain parks for snowboarding, as well as a handful of on-mountain dining spots with stunning views. It has been voted No. 1 in New Hampshire for kids’ activities, off-hill activities, terrain parks, and dining by SKI magazine.
Come spring, the ski runs turn into mountain-biking trails. You can rent a bike just down the road from Town Square Condominiums. The Waterville Valley Golf Course opens for the season in late May; at 117 years old, it’s one of the oldest courses in New Hampshire. Open year round is the White Mountain Athletic Club which houses a game room, an indoor pool and whirlpool spas, as well as tennis and racquetball courts. In summer, rent kayaks, paddleboats, canoes, and standup paddleboards that you can take out on the resort’s pond, which has a small beach for soaking up the sun and the surrounding mountain scenery.