Inn at a Glance: The Notchland Inn
Situated in the midst of the White Mountain National Forest, The Notchland Inn is surrounded by untarnished views of mountains, forests, and the Saco River. The 19th-century mansion has served as an inn since the 1920s, and current innkeepers Ed Butler and Les Schoof maintain the longstanding tradition of hospitality. Each morning, they offer a housemade breakfast in the dining room with a choice of pancakes, French toast, or eggs served every-which-way. In the evenings, you can choose to enjoy a five-course dinner, explore local night-time activities, stroll the property under a canopy of stars, or retire to your room; while the decor and layout vary, each room has a fireplace and large windows that look out onto the surrounding mountains.
- Fine dining: Reserve a spot at one of the inn’s five-course dinners, which includes a soup, appetizer, entree, salad, dessert, and selection of wines, beers, and spirits. All of the options come with a $20 credit towards prix-fixe meal (served Wednesday–Sunday, extra fees apply).
- Outdoor fun: depending on the season, there are multiple outdoor activities, including hiking and biking, and, when the snow falls, cross-country skiing and horse-drawn sleigh rides. You can also rent snowshoes right from the front desk.
- Recent award: Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the year 2018 and included in the January 2018 Yankee article on Romantic Inns.
Hart’s Location, New Hampshire: Scenic Town Surrounded by the White Mountains
The New Hampshire town of Hart’s Location, in the Mount Washington Valley, might be best known as one of only two locations in the country that cast the first votes of the presidential election—polls here open at midnight on Election Day. But to visitors, the town’s most remarkable asset is its scenery. Hart’s Location is surrounded on all sides by the White Mountain National Forest, an expansive tract of land set with towering mountain peaks, miles of hiking trails, and scenic drives. Take a spin on the 100-mile-long White Mountain Trail, which passes directly through the town, and you’ll wend past sweeping mountain vistas and historical towns with white-steeple churches and country cottages.