NH Travel Guide
If ever there was a town that the much-overused words "quaint" and "charming" seem made for, it's Hanover, New Hampshire.
Located in the state's Upper Valley, along the Appalachian Trail, and separated from Vermont by the Connecticut River, Hanover is most famously home to Dartmouth College, an elite Ivy League university -- and all of the fortunes that brings.
That being said, quaint and charming (not to mention the phrase "elite Ivy League ...") can rub some of us the wrong way, and so we approached the Hanover Inn, a storied hotel that occupies a building dating from 1780 and overlooks Dartmouth Green (scene of Conan O'Brien's epic 2011 commencement speech) with some trepidation.
The feeling was not initially assuaged by our first glimpse of the hotel lobby, which felt a little stuffy with its fireplace, leather armchairs, black and white photographs of alumni, rocking chairs on the patio, and a lot of deep green (Dartmouth College colors). Closer inspection, however, revealed modernist touches such contemporary works of art and a centerpiece table created from big slab of granite; an homage to New Hampshire's "granite state" moniker.
We’ve heard of some desperate moves to get out of paying a bar tab, but this is one takes the cake. Last Saturday, a 30-year old (word is he’s named Jason Pace) allegedly attempted to skip out on a bill he racked up at a Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The man, reported by the Manchester Union-Leader newspaper to be from North Carolina, tried to make a break for it and ran out the hotel and jumped its fence. But an Olympic high jumper the dude is not, and he became impaled on 18 inches of said fence after a failed scaling attempt.
The Manchester Fire Department found him balancing precariously on one leg with a spike pierced through the other. Reports say it took a team of eight firefighters to free Pace, using saws, hydraulic cutting tools, and a cutting wheel to cut away the fence stuck to his leg. He was then transported to Elliot Hospital Trauma Center where he underwent a successful surgery.
So far, no word on whether he’ll face charges for his antics, but our guess is he hasn't got a leg to stand on in court. Heh.
[Photo: Jeffrey Hastings/The Daily Mail]
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Not being accustomed to buying antique barber chairs, we can't say for sure whether $1,600 (about the cost of 50 haircuts) is actually a deal or not. But at an auction, which took place on Saturday at Balsams Grand Resort in New Hampshire, the century-and-a-half-old hotel certainly succeeded in cleaning itself out to make way for a major renovation project.
Set to re-open in mid-2013, the new Balsams first had to get rid of its ties to the past. Plates, towels, sheets, a ski lift—pretty much the entire contents of guest rooms and other public spaces—were put on the block. And the buyers didn't disappoint!
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Considering a family outing before the thaw? Omni Mount Washington Resort, which apparently has the longest zip line in all of New England (who knew?), might be a good place to consider.
Set amid the snowy peaks of White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, the 200-room historic resort has a whole slew of "winter wonderland" activities that you just can't do in your own backyard. Ideal for adventurous families, the list includes Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, canopy tours, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice skating and, yes, historic sleigh rides through the woods.
One of the country’s oldest, most historic hotels will soon change hands. As of Sept. 1, the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, will add Omni to the front of its moniker.
The luxe 365-room New England resort opened in 1902 at the base of Mount Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak, and has notably hosted Thomas Edison, Babe Ruth, and three U.S. presidents. Recently the resort finished a multi-million-dollar restoration and renovation project, which includes a new spa, conference center, and outdoor pool complex.
A few months ago, The Study at Yale opened on campus at the Ivy League school in October and back then, we were chomping at the bit for some real photos rather than renderings. And now that the hotel has officially opened today we finally got 'em.
A ribbon-cutting is being held today at 4pm to celebrate the opening. Not sure if it will be a kegger because kids are either wrapping up their last exams or they have already headed home for the holidays.
Here's what you can expect:
At 4 pm, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano will join [Hospitality 3's developer Paul] McGowan to cut a ceremonial ribbon at the entrance of the 124-room hotel at 1157 Chapel Street. A reception featuring the Yale Whiffenpoofs*, America's first and oldest collegiate a cappella group, will be held immediately after at The Study at Yale’s restaurant, Heirloom.
The a capella group! Andy Bernard is probably jealous.
The rooms at The Study do sound extremely inviting for an on-campus visit. Each guest room has a leather reading chair and ottoman, an expanded desk area, marble and glass showers and wireless internet. But what really stirs the preppy inside of us is the bath robe. Each room also comes with a custom designed seersucker bathrobe, stitched with the hotel’s logo which is a pair of reading glasses.
More photos after the jump. Thanks Susie!
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
There's only one thing better than a snow-covered mountain view out of a hotel room, and that's this killer view: a framed snow-covered mountain view out of a hotel room, and said hotel room is in the Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire.
Who needs the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore when you can partake in a chili challenge in New Hampshire?
The Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire is totally ready for summer. On May 25, the 10th Annual Chili Challenge pits all the area's restaurants in a cookoff, and luckily, all the area hotels are nearby. (Though, honestly, we sorta think of chili as a winter food.)
Rooms at Waterville's lodges and condos start at $43 per person (with quad occupancy) and you have five properties to choose from. If you book a Memorial Day package, you also get $50 worth of "Town Square Bucks," which you can spend at select businesses after the Chili Challenge.
It might be worth it to get to Waterville a day early, too. On May 24, a penny carnival for the kids leads into an evening at the town's planetarium. After an indoor presentation, astronomers will then set up telescopes outside and help you scout the sky for cool stuff.
[Photo: Global Reaction]
Could this be WASP-heaven? The Inn at Thorn Hill in Jackson, New Hampshire ranks at number 44 in Conde Nast Traveler's list of the best hotels in the world -- yes, the world.
With a 94.2 rating, the resort remembers every indulgence we didn't even know we wanted. Fireplaces, Jacuzzis, wet bars, and steam showers keep guests hot and sweaty. After a hydro-massage -- with more water and even more rubbing -- head down to dinner. Order from the 3,000-bottle wine list, and dine on authentic New England cuisine while admiring the view of the white mountain range, perfect for every WASP aesthetic.
Said mountains offer a range of winter activities, including tobogganing, skiing, sleigh rides, and ice skating. Rooms start at $269.
[Photo: Mt. Washington Valley]
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When it starts getting cold usually the last place we feel like heading is north. But lately we've been hearing a lot about fall peepers--those crazy folks who pile into the family car and head out on the open road in search of the perfect tree or the most dazzling foliage.
It turns out this is one--if not the only--reason to head to New Hampshire as the mercury drops. And we've figured out the best way to do it: The Grape Escape Package at The Rosewood Country Inn.
This sweet New Hampshire bed and breakfast features 11 early Victorian-style rooms, whirlpool tubs, sunlit porches and cozy fireplaces. It's perfect New England. Peeper packages start at $149 and include two nights lodging, as well as self-guided trips to Jenness Farm, Flag Hill Winery, DeMeritt Hill Farm and other fall foliage hot spots. And the Inn's chef packs guests off with a gourmet picnic lunch for the road. It's the perfect place to stay for fall foliage fanatics.
[Note: We can't seem to find any pictures of the place that aren't swathed in a dreamy pink-rose border courtesy of the hotel website. If you've been and got some normal snaps of the place, send 'em our way.]
There seems to be a new spin on eco-tourism, and they're calling it "geotourism"; National Geographic says that geotourism looks like this:
Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place--its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.
Riding on the geotourism wave, the Rosewood Country Inn is offering a couple of geotourism packages. The Rosewood is an 11-room inn built in 1850, found in a quaint and historic rural area, so we're talking maximum charm.
The first of their new geotourism packages is called "Beat the Heat", and at $148 per person (based on a double, two nights) you get tickets for the Kearsarge Indian Museum, the Mt Sunapee State Park Beach and the John Hay Estate. Try the New Hampshire Countryside Estate geotourism package and you'll get to visit a winery and have a guided tour of the stone and covered bridges of the area. So that's what geotourism means, apparently.
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However, thanks to a recent commenter, it is not a perfect place for a wedding.