Hotel at Glance: Mountain Edge Resort & Spa
Overlooking a hillside, Mountain Edge Resort & Spa’s timber and field stone exterior perfectly echoes the woods and mountains of its New Hampshire surroundings. This rustic theme continues inside, where granite, fur, and fieldstone defines furnishings crafted by local artisans. And while guests can spend days canoeing and hiking, they’ll hardly be roughing it with amenities such as a full-service spa and indoor sauna.
- When you’re hungry: Chefs at The Mountain Spirits Tavern cook seasonally-changing meals such as meatloaf or veal picatta.
- Watch the sunset from the tavern’s back deck.
- Saltwater pools: Swim here and it’ll feel like you’re in the ocean; it’s also easier on the hair, skin, and eyes.
- Massage therapy complements other treatments, such as mud wraps.
- Walk to Mount Sunapee State Park Beach to fish, swim, and picnic near the shore of a 4,085-acre lake.
- Area attractions include The Fort at No. 4, an open-air museum with historical re-enactments, as well as Mount Sunapee’s Adventure Park, which offers activities such as a canopy zip-line tour, a bike park with trails and bike rentals, miniature golf, and disc golf.
Newbury, New Hampshire: Quiet Hamlet Amid Mountains and Lakes
Rolling hills and thickets of untouched forest mark the landscape around Newbury, a tiny town about an hour north of Manchester. The centerpiece of the area is arguably Mount Sunapee, one of the tallest peaks in the state. Hiking trails crisscross the terrain at Mount Sunapee State Park, leading to a picturesque lakefront popular for kayaking and fishing. In winter, you can hit the slopes at Mount Sunapee Ski Area, which features 11 lifts and dozens of trails good for both beginning and advanced skiers.
The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens once served as a summer retreat for John Milton Hay, the secretary of state and chief party planner under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt. It spans 84 acres of manicured grounds and woodland trails on the other side of Lake Sunapee. Sign up for a guided walking tour of the 22-room Colonial Revival home, or stop in for one of its featured exhibits, such as an open-air painting demonstration. Historical buildings, family-owned cafés, and farm stands line the Main Street of New London, located about 20 minutes north of Newbury by car, making it a worthwhile day trip.