Boston Traveler: The White Mountains
Whether you prefer to drink in the season's snowy scenery atop a mountain or by a roaring fire, this winter wonderland has you covered.
The fastest route is a three-hour drive up I-93, but if you’re in the mood for a road trip, hop on I-89 and meander through some of New Hampshire’s most scenic country towns.
The Glen House hotel in Gorham, which opened its doors this past fall, features classic New England design. But its best adornments are the stunning views of the Presidential Range, visible from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby and on the deck, where the blaze from the outdoor fire pit will keep you cozy for sunsets over the rugged peaks.
The Glen House’s Notch Grille opens at 7 a.m., giving you plenty of time to tuck into avocado-and-smoked-salmon toast before you head out on your winter adventure. Those looking to hit the slopes can choose between nearby Bretton Woods, which offers trails for all abilities, and the steeper Wildcat Mountain, beloved by black-diamond thrill seekers. But you don’t have to strap on a pair of skis to get an adrenaline rush: Take the SnowCoach two-thirds of the way up Mount Washington Auto Road and snowshoe your way back down. Prefer to stay on level ground? Let the huskies and hounds of the Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in nearby Jefferson pull you along a 5-mile trail that takes about 45 minutes, belly rubs not included.
Sometimes the best part of a day playing in the snow is when you come inside, sink into an overstuffed armchair, and order up a stiff drink. Cozy up at Jackson’s Inn at Thorn Hill, which boasts two fireplaces and local beer on tap in the lounge. Dinner awaits down the road at the charming Thompson House Eatery, run by former Boston chef Jeff Fournier: Although rooted in New England cuisine, the menu showcases global influences (see: “North Country”–style fried rice with roasted pumpkin and confit portobello mushrooms). In the mood for a nightcap? Swing by the speakeasy-esque Cave bar at the Omni Mount Washington for live entertainment under the vaulted brick ceilings, and keep the weekend’s cool vibes going well into the crisp mountain night.