My boyfriend and I were planning to spend the long Canadian May weekend (Queen's b-day) in the Mount Washington area. It was a bit too early for camping, B&B's weren't what we were looking for and renting a condo and having to cook wasn't in our plans! So we opted for the Joe Dodge Lodge in PInkham Notch. It was our second stay at this lodge and it was great. Our plans for the weekend: play outside and relax! The area is beautiful. It's a perfect starting point for cycling, regardless of the direction or the distance (mind you, there are hills) and more than perfect for hiking. No need to take the car...except of course for some shopping at the factory outlets in North Conway. We had reserved a double bunk with a shared bath. When we got there, our assigned room gave off a very strong scent of paint. We were quickly relocated to another room, located on the second floor. This new room had a double bunk and two single beds so the room was quite a bit bigger offering more wiggle room. The beds are comfortable, linens clean! All of the staff was extremely friendly and very helpful . The meals (breakfast and dinner) were plentiful, tasty and suited for the activities we had lined up. In addition, they allow bringing alchool into the cafeteria. The only downside was that the food was not quite as hot as we would have liked. The room was clean and comfortable as was the bathroom. The free showers had plenty of hot water. Friday night and saturday night short movies were presented in the cafeteria. On our last night it was raining so we took advantage of the library where we curled up in front of the fireplace with a book, while sipping a glass of wine. Of course, we weren't in the busy tourist season. However, the last time we stayed at the lodge, it was in August. Our evaluation of that stay was just as positive as this time around. If you are looking for a party place, this is not for you. But if you want to spend sometime in a relaxing environment, Joe Dodge is the place to be. Our plan was to kick back and enjoy! Mission accomplished!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pinkham Notch has been a hub for hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, and skiing on the Presidential Range of the White Mountains since the 1920s. With access to Tuckerman Ravine and the Wildcat Range just outside your door, Joe Dodge Lodge provides the perfect opportunity to tackle more challenging terrain while offering beginner hikers, climbers, and skiers a chance to practice their skills. The Lodge is located on the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountain National Forest. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Joe Dodge Hotel Gorham