My family and I just returned from a weekend-long family reunion at Purity Spring. This resort was a perfect choice for our very large family converging from many varied locations. We hiked trails, swam in the lake, played ping pong, snoozed on the porch while reading, rode out on canoes, fell out of kayaks (and laughed), talked around a bonfire, watched small tykes on the beach, and ate way too much great food. We were very well taken care of by the proprietors and staff who truly bent over backwards with sincere smiles and cheerful attitudes to accommodate throngs of hungry, tired families exhausted by the excitement and activities of the weekend.
My family arrived for check in as dinner was ending, but our front-desk hostess called ahead to the dining room to make sure the restaurant waited for us stragglers to mosey over. Indeed, the staff waited so patiently for us to make our way to the buffet, while we were being greeted by dozens of extended family members who already had finished their dinners, although clearly dinner time was over. Every small request I made to a server over the weekend was met with enthusiasm and a positive attitude, even when the dining room was packed. At Saturday's dinner a waiter was serving various hot, delicious appetizers to tables as a gracious courtesy, even before orders were taken. They must know that folks who arrive hungry are cranky. Indeed these appetizers were much appreciated by families. Kids who couldn't wait for dinner helped themselves to make-your-own ice cream sundaes, and no adult minded one bit.
Now about food. Abundant, fresh and satisfying. Two soup choices at lunch and dinner. Very popular salad bar. Help yourself desserts. I understand the restaurant made the carrot cake used for our birthday celebration, and I swear, it was the best carrot cake I've ever had. I loved the veggie paninis, omelets, salmon and fried ravioli.
My only criticism (and really very minor given the many wonderful attributes of the inn) was that my room smelled dank, however I understand from prior TA reviews that some rooms are being updated, so hopefully this will be remedied.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Celebrating over 100 years of hospitality and outdoor recreation, family-owned Purity Spring Resort has long catered to families, groups and guests looking for traditional country lodging in a setting of forests, lakes and mountains. The resort property surrounds pristine Purity Lake, which offers unblemished shorelines, sandy beaches, bogs and heaths, and is adjacent to a NH Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition to an indoor pool and fitness center, guests can enjoy kayaking, waterskiing, hiking and biking during the warmer months plus alpine/xc skiing, snowshoeing, snowtubing, skating and sleigh rides during the winter season. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Purity Spring Hotel Madison