We are a family of five with three teens. I had originally booked a two night stay, but then added a 3rd night. The resort didn't have the same room type for the 3rd night (which wouldn't fit a rollaway), but we'd make do.
As soon as we arrived, there was a bellman to take our luggage. There are stairs leading up to the main porch, so this helped. We were able to check-in right away (about 2:00pm). Our room (and the other room we had for the 2 other nights) was on the 3rd floor, so be prepared for a lot of stairs. You could also take the elevator, but it needs one of the bellmen to operate it.
The rooms were clean and I found the the beds to be very comfortable. Both rooms had a walk in closet which made storing luggage for 5 very easy and kept the room less cluttered. The first room we had faced west (front of the hotel) which offered a nice view of the golf course and mountains in the distance. Our 2nd room was on the east side of the hotel and offered a view of the parking lot and farm. To me, the room is there to "hang your hat" and you should get out of the room to enjoy the views.
It was a bit rainy when we arrived, so we set about exploring the hotel. We came upon the game parlor on the lobby floor. My son and I proceeded to play chess. There were also checkers, backgammon, and other board games. Then the wine tasting began (4pm). They offered a red and a white and a cheese platter. It was a nice way to start the evening.
That night, we ate at the Tavern. In my opinion, the food was average. Not bad, but nothing special either. After, the kids went to the room and we had a cocktail at the bar in the Tavern. We went in the 3 nights we were there and it was a quiet place to have a drink before going back to the room.
The next day, we headed off campus to go zip lining at Bretton Woods. We got back in time to play some backgammon on the front porch and attend the wine tasting again. We went exploring the grounds, found the tennis courts (looked to be clay? or synthetic clay?) hit the ball for a bit.
We participated in the axe throwing the next morning. Ms. Baker (the instructor) was engaging and funny. We were allowed a practice throw prior to the competition beginning. I was able to hit the target twice and came in 2nd place, earning a medal. I did not earn the right to be called Axe Man, but it was fun never the less. Tip: aim over the target, at the lights on the tennis court behind the targets.
We header over to the clay bocce courts for the 11am clinic. The instructor was late, but he was very helpful in explaining the game as it is supposed to be played on clay (as opposed to grass). We did that for an hour before heading next door to the outdoor pool. We had 4 lounges and the waitress (Jana) was pretty good about checking in with us for drinks, food. At 2:30pm, they started playing Bingo by the pool. We all had fun that day.
Other items of interest: the outdoor chess/checker set, the farm with alpacas and goats, the lily pond/river in the back.
My wife and I would love to go back, this time bringing the golf clubs. The course looked immaculate and not crowded.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Founded in 1865 and set on 1,700 acres with sweeping views of the White Mountains, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa is New England's premier historic mountain resort. It was the only resort or hotel in the state to earn AAA Four Diamond awards in both Lodging and Dining for since 2008. With stellar dining choices from the gourmet selections in the wine cellar to casual meals in the Tavern or spectacular views at the seasonal Club House and Veranda, guests find a style and price to fit their mood. With a full-time Activities Department and complimentary children's programs, guests enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, indoor and outdoor pools, a health and wellness center, golf on the resort's historic course, and four Classic Clay tennis courts. In winter, it's time for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and dog sled adventures. Mountain View also provides the opportunity to choose from over 500 movie selections in the in-house movie theater. Mountain View Farm features friendly animals at the Big Red Barn. Evening activities include marshmallow toasting over an open campfire. Conde Nast Traveler named Mountain View one of North America's top five resort spas for 2008. There are great views high in the landmark Tower Spa, with an infinity-edge Sok tub and side-by-side massages a specialty. The Presidential Suite has spectacular vistas, a private wet bar, fireplace, flat-screen TVs, hand-painted furniture, and a lovely dining area with French doors. The elegant master bedroom has a king-size bed and cozy window nook while the master bath features a luxury whirlpool. Business meetings are served in 20,000 square feet of flexible conference space with built-in AV equipment and reliable internet and cell phone service. Mountain View specializes in storybook weddings in the domed Crystal Ballroom with its famed hand-painted ceiling or the century-old gazebo on Grand Fountain Terrace. Mountain View Grand is 100% wind-powered and has been recognized as an Environmental Champion by the NH Lodging & Restaurant Association. The resort is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Mountain View Grand Hotel Whitefield
- Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa Whitefield, White Mountains, New Hampshire