New Hampshire should be at the top of your list for a winter getaway
The perfect winter destination, this part of America not only offers breathtaking scenery and lots of snow, but an array of activities to ensure you’ll never feel the cold.
Meredith is a great place to start and is less than a two hour drive away from Boston-Logan Airport.
In Meredith you’ll find Lake Winnipesaukee and situated there is the sprawling Mill Falls at the Lake, a luxury premier resort.
Guests can choose from one of four inviting Inns: Bay Point and Church Landing located right on the water, and Mill Falls and Chase House just across the street.
All are accessible from a lakefront boardwalk and share many of the same spectacular views of the lake and surrounding mountains, ensuring plenty of Instagram-worthy holiday snaps.
Mill Falls at the Lake is a luxury premier resort in Meredith and includes four inviting inns
If you want to stay in the original part of the resort then opt for the Inn at Mill Falls, which is a restored nineteenth-century linen mill and features a tumbling 40-foot waterfall.
This 54-room inn has two pet-friendly guest rooms and is ideal for families, with its indoor pool and ideal location adjacent to the Marketplace shops, restaurants, and main street activities.
Mill Falls at the Lake is also home to the Cascade Spa, a full-service day spa for both men and women, meaning you can sit back and relax after a day of activities. Rooms at Church Landing at Mill Falls stars from $269 for a midweek (Sun-Thurs) stay.
Speaking of activities, Alpine Adventures is a 45 minute drive from Mill Falls in Lincoln and offers tons of fun things to do from tree top canopy tours to aquatic adventures. But it’s the off road tour you should try if you’re a thrill seeker.
Available any time of the year, a ride in one of their six-wheel drive Swiss army transport vehicles called Pinzgauers is sure to get you going.
Registered with Historic Hotels of America, the Mountain View Grand Resort offers 141 luxurious gues
Pretty much like a low-speed roller coaster ride, the Off-Road Adventure Tour will take you to the top of Barron Mountain and provide some unforgettable views and lasts sweeten 60 and 90 minutes.
However, if zip lining is more your thing then a visit to Loon Mountain Resort is an absolute must.
At Loon you can soar more than 700 feet across the Pemigewasset River, and then back across to the Adventure Centre, and you’re sure to want to do it again and again.
A year round adventure destination, the resort also offers plenty of other activities such as cross-country skiing, snow tubing and ice skating so there really is something for everyone.
Just a 40 minute drive away from Loon sits the Mountain View Grand Resort – a beautiful hotel that has been operating since 1856.
You’re guaranteed Instagram-worthy views when you go skiing in New Hampshire
Registered with Historic Hotels of America, the Mountain View Grand Resort offers 141 luxurious guest rooms and suites. Views range from simple property views to panoramic White Mountain views, romantic garden vistas, or views of the hotel’s historic golf course.
The property offers several dining options including the Harvest Tavern restaurant, the Club House and the 1865 wine cellar – where you can enjoy your food whilst surrounded by 6,000 gleaming wine bottles.
Activities at the Mountain View Grand Resort include snowshoeing, cross country skiing ice skating and tubing. But for those that really want to try something different, then axe throwing should be on your list. The hotel holds axe throwing competitions regularly and definitely take this unusual past time seriously.
Rooms at the Mountain View Grand Resort start from $189 for a midweek (Sun-Thurs) two night stay in a classic room, or from $216.50 for a Fri-Sun two night stay.
Staying at Mountain View Grand Resort feels like you’re in your own little snowy bubble and there’s plenty to do, but if you want to venture out then Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center is a 30 minute drive away and provides excellent guided nature walks.
Race to the top of Mount Washington with a snow mobile ride thanks to Northern Extreme snowmobiling
From quiet strolls around a mountain lake to full on hikes, there’s something for everyone at Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center, and they even offer lodges and a hearty, home-cooked dinner if you’d prefer to crash out after your activity.
However, if walking isn’t your thing then perhaps you’d like to try a spot of snowmobiling. Northern Extreme snowmobiling offers group trips that take in some of the most breathtaking views of the White Mountains.
Fun for all the family, you can race to the top of Mount Washington in no time with a two hour rental for two double snowmobiles costing $190. For those not feeling confident enough to get behind the wheel, just enjoy being a passenger taking in the picturesque views.
And if you’re still up for more fun, Attitash Mountain Resort is not far away so you can indulge in some more skiing. Attitash boasts 68 trails covering over 23 miles — and the tallest mountain has a vertical drop of 1,750ft.
Many people who ski at Attitash Mountain Resort choose to stay at the family friendly Christmas Farm Inn which is a 20 minute drive away in Jackson.
Owners Gary and Sandra Plourde will give you the warmest of welcomes when you arrive at this quaint inn, where it really is festive all year round.
The Christmas Farm Inn celebrates the festive period all year round and is located in Jackson
The Christmas Farm Inn offers 41 spacious rooms, all with private baths, which are perfect for family vacations or even a romantic getaway.
The restaurant is situated in the main inn and here you’ll find seasonal cuisine that reflects the best of New England. The Christmas Farm Inn’s Pub will also make you feel right at home with the martini and cocktail menu changing seasonally. There’s also a spa situated on the 15 acre estate which offers signature treatments by Aveda.
Based on a family of four (two adults and two children under 13), a Carriage House Suite with a queen pull-out sofa bed ranges from $169 to $249 per night including a full American breakfast.
Barn loft conversion studios can sleep families of 6-8 people and range from $159 to $219 per night including a full American breakfast.
So if you fancy Christmas after December, this really is the place to stay and with Norwegian low-cost flights from London to Boston, a New Year holiday is certainly possible. There’s a ticket to suit any budget and, regardless of your choice, you’ll get a very comfy seat and a screen packed with the latest movies and TV shows to make the seven-hour flight literally fly by.
What are you waiting for? Head to New Hampshire now, hit the slopes and see what New England has to offer.
GO: NEW HAMPSHIRE www.visitnh.gov
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From $269 for a midweek (Sun-Thurs) per night stay at Church Landing at Mill Falls
From $189 for a midweek (Sun-Thurs) 2 night stay in a classic room with 1 king bed
From $216.50 for a Fri-Sun 2 night stay in a classic room with 1 king bed
Traditional Inn rooms with a King bed range from $99 to $169 per night including a full American breakfast;
Carriage House Suites range from $169 to $249 per night including a full American breakfast;
A family of 4 (based on 2 adults and 2 children under 13):
Carriage House Suites with a queen pull-out sofa bed range from $169 to $249 per night including a full American breakfast;
Barn loft conversion studios can sleep families of 6-8 people and range from $159 to $219 per night including a full American breakfast;