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Every winter New Hampshire becomes a snow-dusted rugged wilderness where you can experience a wide variety of winter sports. In fact, the ski resorts here are some of the oldest and best in the country. Whether you are traveling with your family and need lessons for the little ones or you’re already an expert, New Hampshire has it all. Need some help deciding where to stay? We can show you where to lay your head down after a day on the piste.
Best Overall: The Wolfeboro Inn
The sprawling Wolfeboro Inn is just a seven-minute drive from the historic Abenaki ski resort, which is the oldest community-run ski area in the country.
The communal areas have the grandeur of a traditional hunting lodge with buck trophies displayed prominently. This is the only full-service hotel in the area and offers spacious, well-appointed rooms with thoughtful personal touches, such as the nightly turndown service including housemade fudge. Relax in your room at the end of the day wearing the robe and slippers provided while you run yourself a bubble bath with Gilchrist and Soames luxury products. Expect complimentary wireless Internet access, morning coffee and tea service, as well as daily afternoon snacks. For your evening meal reserve a table at the “Wolfe's Tavern” restaurant, which offers over 100 different types of beer.
Best Budget: Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club
This hotel is practically a ski-in/ski-out option located just five minutes from Black Mountain Resort, which has both novice slopes and black diamond runs, but at an affordable price point. An iconic large mountain house in bright white and green, the 96 simple, clean and rustic rooms here provide an ideal venue with panoramic mountain views. Expect complimentary Wi-Fi and a TV in your classically decorated room or suite. You’ll find casual dining options at Highfield's restaurant, The Veranda cafe, and you can enjoy a pint of beer apres ski at the Eagle Landing Tavern.
Best Boutique: Hanover Inn Dartmouth
As soon as you arrive at the historic boutique Hanover Inn, the aroma of freshly baked cookies will make you realize it is one of a kind. In fact, it is the only hotel on the Dartmouth College campus and the longest continually operating inn in New Hampshire. The rooms here are decorated in classic New England style with modern touches such as flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Dartmouth skiway is located just 24 minutes away and features a 968-foot vertical drop.
Enjoy the convenience of in-room dining or wander down to PINE the hotel’s restaurant to try their farm to fork creations.
Best for Families: RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain
This resort allows you to be on the ski lift to Loon mountain within five minutes, with a variety of tubing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails available.
The incredibly spacious suites, apartments and studios give families all the space they need to stretch out with large living and dining areas. If the kids get bored back at the hotel, visit the indoor games room and arcade or take a dip in the all season outdoor swimming pool. Once everyone is warmed up again, head back outside for a twirl around the ice skating rink.
Expect all the convenience of preparing meals and snacks in your full family kitchen with KitchenAid appliances and granite counter tops. But if you fancy a night off of cooking there are plenty of casual dining options available nearby. Once the children are asleep, wrap up and enjoy the splendor of the White mountains that can be viewed from your private balcony.
Best Romance: Bernerhof Inn Bed and Breakfast
The Bernerhof Inn is just up the street from the Attitash Mountain Resort in Mount Washington Valley, a popular year-round vacation destination in New Hampshire.
Choose the “Romantic Winter Package” with customizable options, including hand-crafted bavarian chocolates, a chilled bottle of champagne and a dozen beautiful long-stem roses in your room for an unforgettable trip. You can elevate the experience and the romance by choosing to add on a couples massage from the on-site Serenity Wellness spa.
Choose from 12 rooms and suites, each decorated with a backstory and an appreciation of the history of the region. Every room features a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV. A hearty breakfast is included each day, and on Fridays and Saturdays, you can enjoy a casual dinner for two at the Black Bear Pub.
Best Luxury: The Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa
The inn occupies an enviable position, located only five minutes from Black Mountain ski hill and within 20 minutes of all these other ski resorts: Wildcat Mountain, Attitash Ski Area, Cranmore Ski Area and Sunday River Ski Area. You can choose from a selection of rooms or private cottages with amenities such as fireplaces, two-person Jacuzzi with a separate shower and flat-screen TVs. Breakfast is included daily with the option of adding a dinner package to be enjoyed in the restaurant. The day spa on-site offers a range of luxurious and pampering services, including facials, massages and body treatments.
Best Apres Ski/Nightlife: Best Western Plus Keene Hotel
Located in downtown Keene, surrounded by restaurants, pubs and bars, the Best Western is ideally situated just a nine-minute drive from the Granite Gorge, a small, but fun ski area. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but a little dated in their decor and appearance. The King-sized rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, a coffee maker, microwave and mini fridge. Hotel amenities include an indoor heated pool, free Wi-Fi throughout the property and a cocktail lounge. Granite Gorge organizes evening entertainment, but you will be spoiled for choice in Keene with a large selection of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and taverns. Check out nearby Koto Japanese steakhouse for dinner and grab a drink at Lab 'n’ Lager.
Best Ski in/Ski Out: Mountain Club On Loon
This resort is the only ski-in/ski-out property on Loon mountain, and with a large selection of amenities, the location won't be the only reason you choose the Mountain Club. Expect to find an on-site restaurant, a pub, an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center and game room.
Rooms and suites here are not modern in design, but do have everything you could need for a winter vacation. Right on the mountain and with the convenience of a full kitchen provided in suite, you’ll have enough space to share with friends or family. They also include complimentary wireless Internet access and cable TV with movie channels. If you decide not to cook in your suite or you have chosen a smaller room without a kitchen, dine at the on-site Black Diamond pub or Seasons restaurant.
Best B&B: Nutmeg Inn
Take a step back in time at the Nutmeg Inn, which was built as a homestead in 1763. It's located just five minutes from downtown Meredith and is a 20-minute drive to the Gunstock mountain resort.
Amenities at the inn include an exercise room, a billiard room and a tv/game parlor. Expect a delicious homemade breakfast each morning, including waffles, hash brown casserole or chorizo quiche, with homemade bread and granola. The rooms are decorated in a charming country style and feature a private bathroom and cozy bedding. You’ll certainly get a good night's sleep here as TVs are not provided, but Wi-Fi is available, so take your tablet if you would like to watch a movie. For a little added privacy, choose the Sugar Shack room located behind the inn, which is a two-floor accommodation joined by a spiral metal staircase.
Meredith has a large variety of fine restaurants including “Lago” where you can enjoy rustic Italian inspired dishes, perfect after a day of energetic skiing.