- Two-night stay for up to two adults in a one-bedroom den suite
- $100 resort credit
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Mountain Retreat near Bucolic Lake Sunapee
Granite, reclaimed fir, and fieldstone furnishings crafted by local artisans accent the timber-topped Mountain Edge Resort & Spa, its decorative details thus echoing the abundance of natural New Hampshire beauty surrounding its idyllic mountain setting. Within walking distance lie the cool waters of expansive Lake Sunapee, bustling with swimmers, boaters, and lakeside loungers. Located less than two hours from Boston, the peaceful lodge offers a rustic yet comfortable retreat from urban bustle.
Guests can relax or practice synchronized watercolor painting in the 800-square-foot one-bedroom den suite outfitted with a balcony or a patio, a kitchenette, and a cozy fireplace. A welcome basket filled with comestibles, such as cheese, crackers, and smoked meat, and two drink tokens awaits overnighters. In the master bedroom, a king-size bed enfolds weary boarders in its expansive embrace, and, throughout the suite, tasteful trimmings in rosewood, marble, and leather give the spacious cubbyhole a relaxed, homey feel.
Within The Mountain Spirits Tavern, visitors lounge on leather couches in front of a fieldstone fireplace or admire the sunset on an open-air deck with a brew in hand as they steadily work through their $100 resort credit. The casual eatery crafts pub appetizers, sandwiches, and eclectic American entrees such as roast chicken breast and four-cheese ravioli. Guests can also deplete the resort credit at a full-service spa, where aestheticians pamper visitors with rejuvenating facials and classic manicures. The resort’s sauna and hot tubs do their part to loosen stress-tightened muscles. With visitor comfort and well-being in mind, Mountain Edge Resort & Spa’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools feature saltwater technology, which is less drying than standard chlorine treatments on the skin, hair, and dorsal fin.
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire: Skiing and Hiking near Charming New England Villages
Mount Sunapee State Park is actually comprised of three mountains, forming a trio of forested peaks that towers over the surrounding verdant valleys and beckons outdoor enthusiasts to the slopes year-round. The 2,900-acre park plays host to Lake Solitude and a smattering of brooks as well as abundant wildlife including deer, red foxes, coyotes, wild turkeys, and the occasional black bear, moose, and bobcat. In the warmer months, amblers trek up Summit Trail to reach Mount Sunapee’s apex 2,743 feet above sea level. Winter sees snowboarders and skiers flocking to the powder-topped slopes to traverse dozens of trails and snowboarding playgrounds.
A 20-minute drive away, New London presents a picture of quaint New England charm, with its picturesque Main Street lined with shops, a farm stand, historic buildings, and cafés. Visitors can catch a play or musical in a historical barn-turned-theater, which has showcased summer-stock offerings for more than 75 years, during which time such notables as Taye Diggs, Laura Linney, and equine wunderkind Mr. Ed have trod the boards.
Across from Lake Sunapee sits The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, a preserved early 20th-century estate with 84 sprawling acres of manicured grounds, blooming flowers, and woodland trails. Guided walking tours take history buffs through the 22-room Colonial Revival home, which served as a bucolic summer retreat for John Milton Hay, the secretary of state under Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
Rates for weekday stays at Mountain Edge Resort & Spa are less expensive than rates for weekend stays.
Mount Sunapee Ski Area In the winter, snow bunnies flock to Mount Sunapee, which is crisscrossed with 11 chairlifts and dozens of trails for skiers all skill levels.
Summit Trail When the mountain is sans snow, trekkers tackle Summit Trail to reach the peak at 2,743 feet above sea level.
New London Barn Playhouse A historical barn-turned-theater showcases plays and musicals cast with a mix of professional and amateur performers.
The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens A preserved estate hosts 84 acres of manicured gardens and a 22-room Colonial Revival home.
Lake Sunapee This aquatic playground is ideal for boating, waterskiing, swimming, and lounging beachside.
Muster Field Farm Museum & The Matthew Harvey Homestead An idyllic 18th-century historical homestead boasts restored farm buildings and 250 acres of woods as well as vegetable and flower gardens.