Granite, fir, and fieldstone furnishings crafted by local artisans accent Mountain Edge Resort & Spa. The decorative details echo the lodge’s setting in the woods and mountains of New Hampshire. Located fewer than two hours from Boston and about a mile from Mount Sunapee, a ski resort, Mountain Edge offers a rustic yet comfortable respite from the city. Feel free to relax in the onsite spa or bubbling hot tubs, and enjoy 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 dead-sea-mud wrap.
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.
Rosewood trimmings and fireplaces warm up the 800-square-foot one-bedroom den suites. You can make a meal in the kitchenette or admire the view from the patio or balcony here.
Newbury, New Hampshire: Quiet Hamlet Amid Mountains and Lakes
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 leading to a picturesque lakeside beach. In winter, the Mount Sunapee ski area is popular; it’s crisscrossed with 11 chairlifts and dozens of trails for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.
Nearby New London has quaint New England charm—its 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. Sign up for a guided walking tour and you’ll 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.