Stayed there for a weekend with my young son. While it may not be geared for tourists this place is great for those who want to do some serious hiking. My son has been hiking with me since he could walk so really enjoyed hiking (and making it to the top of) Tuckerman's Ravine.
The Joe Dodge Lodge is amazingly clean, especially when you consider the high volume of hikers coming in muddy and dirty from the trails. The rooms are comfortable and quiet hours seemed to be followed by the hikers. Everyone just wants to crash after a day on the trails.
The food is excellent and there is plenty of it. Dinner is either buffet or family style depending what night it is. Breakfast is buffet style and is hot and plentiful. Be sure to order a trail lunch the night before for your hike. I recommend the wraps with either turkey or ham. Here again the portions are plentiful.
If you want to kick back after a hike but don't want to stick in your room, the lodge has a very relaxing library. I found plenty of books on history of the local area.
The Joe Dodge Lodge is not for everybody. You have to really love hiking and be looking for a place to just eat and sleep after a long day on the trails. This is not a spa and not a hotel. My only suggestion would be to add a few more showers. Although getting one was never a problem for us.
Overall Joe Dodge Lodge is a great deal.
- 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