New Hampshire Resort Spa near Mount Sunapee Ski Area
Granite, fir, and fieldstone furnishings crafted by local artisans accent the Mountain Edge Resort & Spa, a timber-topped lodge with decorative details that echo its New Hampshire setting. Located fewer than two hours from Boston and about a mile from the skiing and snowboarding at Mount Sunapee, Mountain Edge Resort offers a rustic yet comfortable respite from urban bustle. To that end, there are a slew of soothing amenities, including an onsite spa, bubbling hot tubs, and comfort food served at a welcoming tavern.
The resort's pools stay open year-round and feature saltwater technology designed to go easy on hair, skin, eyes, and fins. Head to the The Spa at Mountain Edge Resort for a Marvelous Maple facial or a deep-sea mud wrap.
Rosewood trimmings and fireplaces warm up the 800-square-foot one-bedroom den suites, where you make a meal at the kitchenette or admire the view from the patio or balcony. In The Mountain Spirits Tavern, you’ll find leather sofas and a range of casual pub fare. Dishes such as roasted chicken breast and stuffed New England crab are served in the dining room’s rustic confines.
Newbury, New Hampshire: Quiet Hamlet in Scenic New England Landscape
About an hour's drive north of Manchester, the small town of Newbury lies amid rolling hills and untouched forests. At neighboring Mount Sunapee State Park, hiking trails crisscross the terrain, ultimately bringing you to a picturesque lakeside beach. In winter, the Mount Sunapee ski area is crisscrossed with 11 chairlifts and dozens of trails for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.
Nearby New London has quaint New England charm—Main Street is lined with shops, a farm stand, historical buildings, and cafés. Across from Lake Sunapee stretches The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, a preserved early-20th-century mansion 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 chief party planner under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt.