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When it comes to cultural, historic, beautiful and romantic weekend getaways, New England is the perfect destination. While this corner of the U.S. is composed of six different states, our geography is tight-knit, making it all too easy to take weekend trips that really feel like hearty vacations.
Year-round, every kind of weekend getaway imaginable can be found right in the state of New Hampshire. From the majesty of the White Mountains, to the cultural, urban locales and cute small towns, to lakes and romantic seaside towns, the Granite State is an incredible place to spend the weekend.
We’ve gone ahead and hand-selected the most beautiful, historical, and luxurious resorts and inns in New Hampshire. It doesn’t matter if you’re a solo traveler, a family, or a couple looking for a romantic or adventurous getaway – there is something for everyone here! So get to planning your weekend getaway. You deserve some R&R! Here are 7 great weekend getaways in New Hampshire.
Omni Mount Washington Resort
Located in Bretton Woods, at the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, is NH’s most iconic, grand and luxurious hotel: the Omni Mount Washington Resort. This sweeping superstructure, with its extensive white wings and bold red roofs, is almost as impressive as its history. Opening its doors in 1902, it was the most luxurious hotel of its day. The wealthy and famous of Boston, New York, and Philly would frequent it, including big names like Thomas Edison and multiple U.S. presidents.
Today, you can stay at this historical hotel and feel totally pampered. There are so many amenities: An award-winning ski area, indoor and outdoor pools, a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, golf courses, horse stables, restaurants and a speakeasy, an arcade, a playground for kids…shall I go on? There’s no way you can be bored or stressed at this resort. Not to mention, the backdrop to your stay is a majestic mountain range.
Mountain Edge Resort & Spa
Stay at the Mountain Edge Resort & Spa in Newbury, and you might just fall in love with Lake Sunapee. This region of New Hampshire, nestled at the midway point between Southern NH and Dartmouth College, has long been overshadowed by the likes of Lake Winnipesaukee. But there’s a reason Steven Tyler – yes, the main singer of Aerosmith – has chosen to make Sunapee his home. With that summer camp nostalgia, the peaceful mountains, and a clean lake in a serene setting, you’ll understand when you visit.
The Mountain Edge Resort will put you front and center to what makes the Sunapee Region so special. You’ll have easy access to Lake Sunapee (naturally) and great mountains like Mt. Sunapee and Mt. Kearsarge, where you can hike, kayak, ski, zipline, swim, or fish. The resort itself – with its gorgeous Adirondack-style architecture – offers more than just easy access to Sunapee. Aside from being within walking distance of Mount Sunapee State Park Beach, you can enjoy an on-site rustic tavern, indoor and outdoor pools, a full service spa, and a fitness center.
Wentworth By the Sea
At Wentworth By the Sea, a Marriott hotel, you’ll be on island time. This luxurious, beachy resort is located in a really unique spot: the small island of New Castle, one of New Hampshire’s oldest settlements. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – NH may have the shortest coastline in the U.S., but we sure know how to make the most of our humble gifts!
When you stay at Wentworth, you can enjoy a luxury hotel experience without the astronomical price point. This 10,000-square-foot hotel has plenty of space for functions, business conferences, and weddings. Many of the rooms and villas have amazing ocean views too. Aside from that, they have a fitness center, full service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and restaurants that highlight New England cuisine.
Wentworth will also place you right by the Atlantic Ocean, with easy access to other amazing coastal gems like Portsmouth and Odiorne Point State Park. It’s insanely easy to pop over to downtown Portsmouth, where you can take advantage of their nightlife scene, biking or walking tours, boating, and quality shopping opportunities.
Loon Mountain Resort
It’s no mistake that we mention the White Mountains region over and over. This neck of the woods (no pun intended) is truly bursting with adventure and beauty! Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, smack dab in the middle of White Mountain National Forest, comes to life in wintertime. Beginner and advanced skiers and snowboarders alike will have the time of their lives here. The ski area – located on 300 acres of land – consists of 4 peaks, 7 lifts, and 47 different trails. You can rent gear on-site, or take lessons if you’re just starting out.
At Loon, you’ll have a choice between various inns, lodges, and condos for your weekend getaway. B&B’s, nordic-style chalets, modern condos, or affordable motels – the choice is yours. The resort offers shuttles to and from Loon Mountain, so you’ll never have to worry about getting around either. And saving the best for last, Loon Mountain is home to NH’s longest gondola sky-ride! Take the 1.3-mile ascent to Loon Peak and be inspired by breathtaking White Mountains views.
Hanover Inn Dartmouth
Let’s talk about an underrated region of NH for a minute: the Upper Valley. This collection of small towns by the Connecticut River, along the border of NH and VT, is little-known, and very special. Perhaps the fact that it is so little-known is what creates its magic; regardless, it’s got a lot going for it. The heart and soul of the Upper Valley is in the town of Hanover, the charming home of Dartmouth College.
For a weekend getaway in Hanover, and the surrounding goldmine of the Upper Valley, the Hanover Inn is second to none. Located downtown next to the Dartmouth campus, the Hanover Inn is a gorgeous, historical hotel that has been operating since 1813. It’s designed to be a stylish, boutique hotel that still manages to provide a cozy, right-at-home feeling (get excited for their complimentary freshly baked cookies!).
When you stay at the Inn, you’ll be next door to the Hood Museum of Art and right on South Main Street, which is lined with multiple restaurants, cafes, and name-brand clothing stores. You can walk to everything, explore the Dartmouth campus, and lounge on the large grassy quad right outside your front door. And a stay at the Hanover Inn isn’t complete without a dinner at its attached fine dining restaurant, Pine. The food is so fresh and locally sourced, keeping in line with Hanover Inn’s commitment to being an eco-friendly hotel.
Eastern Slope Inn Resort
Mountaineers, outdoor adventurers, and seekers of quaint New England towns: rejoice! The Eastern Slope Inn Resort at the heart of North Conway Village is your dream come true. This four-season resort sits on 40 acres of land, and has that historical New England charm while also offering modern conveniences. Its architecture is reminiscent of an old presidential estate, but a closer look reveals a modern fitness center, inground swimming pools, room kitchenettes, a spa, outdoor grills, a playground, and even an ice rink with beautiful lights strung overhead.
Since this resort sits at the center of North Conway, you will be within walking distance of the most charming locally-owned shops, restaurants, cafes, and parks in the village. Not to mention, North Conway is the perfect basecamp for all the best outdoor adventures in the White Mountains. Go hiking along the Presidential Range, zipline with Alpine Adventures in Lincoln, or take a scenic drive down the Kancamagus Highway in the fall.
Waterville Valley Resort
Can’t get enough of skiing in the White Mountains? I don’t blame you. We’ve got some great peaks to shred, not to mention the White Mountain National Forest is a serene escape from the daily grind of city living. Waterville Valley Resort in Waterville is a fantastic spot for boarding and skiing. You can choose from a wide variety of lodgings, such as the Silver Fox Inn, Black Bear Lodge, or the Valley Inn, each with their own unique benefits.
Waterville Valley is its own planet. Right in Town Square, there are a variety of restaurants, nightlife opportunities, and shopping for anything from toys and books, to art and outdoor gear. And let’s not forget the skiing and snowboarding opportunities on Mount Tecumseh. This mountain is one of NH’s 4,000-footers, and is also really fun to hike in the summer! The resort also offers gear rentals and lessons in the winter, so whether you’re advanced or just starting out, Waterville Valley has what you need.
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Jessica Vaillancourt is a New Hampshire-based travel writer and freelance editor. An avid traveler, she is the founder of The Simple Nomad, a travel & lifestyle website where she blogs about solo travel, trip planning guides, minimalist living, and more. When Jess is not blogging and wrangling her classroom of high schoolers, she’s likely planning her next global adventure, exploring the States in her little blue Volvo, or guzzling coffee in a cafe near you