Bretton Woods Lodging and Accommodations
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
He wants fun interesting ski runs, she wants perfectly groomed snow, lunch with a view followed by a spa treatment. He's a shutterbug and longs to capture amazing alpine photos, she wants elegant lodging and afternoon wine tasting with the sommelier in the Princess Lounge. They both want an après ski soak in a steamy outdoor pool and spa, drinks with a view of alpenglow over the highest mountain in the East, then dancing to live music after dinner in a prohibition style speakeasy.
May we recommend the Omni Mount Washington Resort! The Hotel Mount Washington is a grand and gorgeous century-old palace with an extravagant Presidential spa, and the resort offerings include alpine and Nordic skiing at Bretton Woods – NH’s largest ski area, Canopy Tour Ziplining, snowshoeing, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, dog sledding, skating on a year round synthetic rooftop ice rink, spa-ing, even cooking classes with the Chef and historic hotel tours. This is one of our editors' favorite New England resorts for scenic skiing and regal lodging all in one sophisticated resort, at the base of Mount Washington - the highest peak in the Northeast at 6,288.'
Ski among Bretton Woods 464-acres of perfectly groomed runs and beautiful glades with a view of Mount Washington by day, then retreat to your snow castle for après ski with alpine glow and cocktails in the Conservatory. The Omni Mount Washington Resort has it. This grand 1902 Hotel, site of the International Monetary Conference of 1944 where the Gold standard was established, is a marvel of Italianate craftsmanship and architecture. Every detail to this grand dame is to be admired, from the Tiffany stained glass windows to the granite fireplaces. Recent renovations ($80 million goes a long way) include the new 25,000-square-foot Spa, 20,000-square-foot Conference Center, outdoor pool complex, and rooftop ice rink on the Jeweled terrace, and upgrades to the guestrooms, the historic Grand Hall, The Cave and Stickney's Pub for casual dining and drinks.
Built in 1902 by New Hampshire native Joseph Stickney, who made his fortune in coal mining and the Pennsylvania Railroad, this hotel exudes the class and craftsmanship of its day - while offering every modern amenity imaginable - WiFi, Fitness Room, indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, and four diamond dining. Stickney's widow (he died the year after his grand hotel opened), Princess Carolyn is known to haunt the 200-room Hotel, Suite 314 where her original canopy bed remains. History buffs will love the hotel tour and the century of folklore from big celebs to bankruptcy, the first indoor pool, and private baths, to politics and princesses - these grand walls have witnessed it all.
Name another ski resort with fine dining and a dress code every evening in the Grand Dining Room with orchestral music? If you still have steam after your four-course feast, head to The Cave for a nightcap - this is an authentic 1920's speakeasy in the brick and granite cellar of the Hotel.
The property of Mount Washington Resort, now owned by Omni Resorts, truly offers something for everyone - spa treatments and daily activities in the hotel for the non-skiing spouse, or for the young family - Children's Après Ski Parties, Kids Evening Programs, Milk & Cookie turn down service, and daily ski and snowboard camps plus mini snowmobile rentals on the mountain.
Whether it's for a romantic winter getaway, or a family ski weekend or holiday - the Omni Mount Washington Resort is ideal - a perfect blend of past elegance and modern mountain fun. Ask about the Stay Here Ski Free lodging packages.