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The Best Things to do in the White Mountains This Winter

Select Registry - November 11, 2021

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When it comes to winter getaways, it’s pretty hard to beat the majestic beauty and variety of things to do in the White Mountains. The White Mountains are not only home to some of the best New Hampshire ski resorts, but they are the perfect place to curl up, get cozy, and enjoy some romantic downtime with the one you love. When you do want to venture outside, there are plenty of things to do in the White Mountains, even in the cold depths of winter!

The area known as the White Mountains is just over two hours outside of cities like Portland, Maine and Boston, and just over 3 hours from Albany, Hartford, and more.  In other words, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are an easily accessible escape from the city. Not only are there plenty of fun things to do in the White Mountains this winter, but the breathtaking scenery will make it well worth your while. 

Though they are a four-season destination filled with hiking, biking, and countless outdoor adventures, the White Mountains are extraordinary when the snow begins to blanket the ground for the winter. With towering peaks like Mount Washington, stunning scenery, and quaint towns to explore, it’s a great place to enjoy a quintessential New England getaway. 

Add to your getaway the romantic ambiance of our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts, and you’ll soon see why the area is so fabled. There are so many beautiful things to do in the White Mountains this winter. Cozy guest rooms, warming fireplaces, romantic snow-capped mountains outside your window. This destination has it all, and we’d love nothing more than to share it with you this winter.  

Whether you’re ready for an adrenaline-packed getaway or a cozy winter retreat, our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts in the White Mountains are the perfect place to call home for a few days.  Book your getaway today, and enjoy the best things to do in the White Mountains with us this winter!

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7 Things to do in the White Mountains

Pick a season, and there is a lot to love about vacationing in New Hampshire.  From summer hiking, leaf peeping in the fall and snow sports come winter there are so many great things to do in the White Mountains throughout the year. However, if you haven’t yet experienced the magic of a winter getaway, you’re in for a real treat this year. 

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are the perfect place to get away from the busy stress of modern life – especially during the upcoming holiday season!  Not only is it beautiful up here, but it’s exceedingly romantic, filled with a vareity of incredible things to do in the White Mountains.

From getting cozy and unplugging to getting outside for some adventure, there is never a shortage of fun things to do in the White Mountains! While skiing is undoubtedly one of our favorite things to do in the White Mountains during the winter – and something we’ll talk about in more detail later – it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things to do in the White Mountains this winter. Here are a few more suggested activities to enjoy during your next getaway: 

  1. If you’d rather not race downhill but still want to play in the snow, strap on a pair of snowshoes and head outside to experience hiking through our winter wonderland.  This is one of the most tranquil and magical things to do in the White Mountains in winter – there is nothing quite like it. 
  2. Alternatively, you can enjoy a bit of cross-country skiing. There are plenty of great places to choose from in the White Mountains, including Franconia Village X-C Ski & Outdoor Recreation Center, Bretton Woods Nordic Center, and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.
  3. Want to take in some of the stunning winter views without all the work or outdoor snow sports? Then the snow coach up Mount Washington Auto Road is for you! Breathtaking views await you at the top. 
  4. If you’re like to enjoy some old-fashioned winter fun, we recommend an afternoon of ice skating at the Waterville Valley Ice Arena.
  5. Take a romantic and old-fashioned sleigh ride through your very own winter wonderland at The Mount Washington Hotel. It’s one of the most romantic things to do in the White Mountains this winter. 
  6. If you’re looking for unique things to do in the White Mountains this winter, we have just the thing! Strap on to a sled and enjoy some dog sledding!
  7. The White Mountains are also a great place to enjoy some snowmobiling!  There are several trails in the Twin Mountain/Bethlehem area, among other sites. Rentals are available too if you don’t want to bring your own. 
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The Best New Hampshire Ski Resorts

Like we mentioned above, one of our favorite things to do in the White Mountains in the winter is downhill skiing and/or snowboarding. With impressive peaks covering this part of New Hampshire, there’s certainly no shortage of great New Hampshire ski resorts at which to ski, either. Winters in New Hampshire, after all, are defined by snow and skiing. 

There are three amazing New Hampshire ski resorts within a short drive of our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts, too, making the White Mountains a veritable winter playground! The three most popular New Hampshire ski resorts in the White Mountains are Cannon MountainBretton Woodsand Loon Mountain. Other nearby ski resorts include Wildcat Mountain and Attitash Mountain Resort.

  • Cannon Mountain is located near Franconia Notch State Park. It’s one of the most popular New Hampshire ski resorts, as it features 11 total lifts, including one 70-passenger Aerial Tramway.  Cannon Mountain features the tallest ski summit in New Hampshire and offers skiers an incredible 2,180-foot vertical drop.  It’s the longest in the state.
  • Bretton Woods has been rated one of the top New Hampshire ski resorts for several years running. It’s the largest of the New Hampshire ski resorts, featuring a variety of trails for all skill levels. There are also two fantastic freestyle terrain parks for snowboarders to enjoy.
  • Loon Mountain is great for skiers of all levels and is known to have one of the best terrain parks in the region (there are six terrain parks here total).  Loon Mountain is also home to the only superpipe of all New Hampshire ski resorts, making it popular with snowboarders. 
  • Wildcat Mountain is one of the most beautiful New Hampshire ski resorts and consistently ranks as #1 in the east for mountain scenery. There are 2,100 feet of vertical drop here and a quad chair that will get you to the top and skiing within minutes!
  • Attitash Mountain Resort features two peaks, Attitash and Bear Peak. Combined, they offer 68 trails and nine lifts. The runs provide the perfect combination of traditional New England runs and challenging terrain with modern, wide-open cruisers.

After a day skiing at these New Hampshire ski resorts, or enjoying some of the other great things to do in the White Mountains this winter, we have no doubt you’ll be ready to relax, unwind, and put your feet up. Thankfully, the cozy and romantic accommodations at our Select Registry properties allow you to do just that. Moreover, you’ll enjoy personalized hospitality that you just can’t find at larger hotel chains and resorts.  It does make a difference when you Select your lodging. 

This winter, give yourself a break and enjoy all of the beautiful things to do in the White Mountains.  Book a room at a Select Registry Bed and Breakfast in the White Mountains today!

White Mountains Bed and Breakfasts

Sugar Hill Inn

The good life is waiting for you at the romantic Sugar Hill Inn in New Hampshire. Couples only, no children. Surround yourself with amazing views, beautiful art, stylish rooms, and the best dining in the White Mountains. The Sugar Hill Inn is the place to unwind after hiking Franconia Ridge, zipping across Breton Woods, climbing Mount Washington, or photographing New Hampshire’s numerous waterfalls and covered bridges.

Each guest room is individually decorated with a focus on comfort, romance, luxury, and style. All rooms have Nespresso Espresso makers, robes, and slippers. Many rooms have gas fireplaces, mini-refrigerators, and whirlpool tubs. Get refreshed with a hot stone massage, a dip in the pool, or a cocktail on the front porch.

Adair Country Inn & Restaurant

Down a long winding drive surrounded by rock walls, ponds, gardens, and 200 acres, sits the Adair estate, a New England country bed and breakfast. Relax in elegance at this White Mountain retreat. The Bethlehem, NH bed and breakfast offers spacious public rooms with fireplaces, comfortably appointed guest rooms, many with fireplaces, and all with air conditioning.

The restaurant features a diverse menu with exciting food in a casually elegant atmosphere. Enjoy wonderful views of the Presidential Mountain Range, stroll through perennial gardens, or curl up with a good book from the extensive library. Personal attention, cleanliness, flavorful food, and proximity to White Mountain activities are hallmarks of Adair. Recipient of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013, 2014, & 2015.

The Notchland Inn

Get away from it all, relax and rejuvenate at our comfortable granite manor house, completed in 1862, on a 100-acre estate within the White Mountain National Forest. Settle into one of eight spacious, romantic guest rooms, five luxurious suites or two pet-friendly cottages which offer couples or families a bit more independence. 

Here in Crawford Notch, where outdoor activities abound in every season, we are spared both television and cell phone signals; however, you are only a click away from complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the main inn building. A wonderful five-course dinner and full country breakfast are served in the fireplaced dining room overlooking the pond and gardens located on the grounds of our New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast.

The Buttonwood Inn on Mt. Surprise

The Buttonwood Inn is situated on more than five acres of field and forest on Mt. Surprise just minutes from the villages of North Conway, historic Jackson, Mt. Washington, and area White Mountain attractions. Nationally recognized for our quality of innkeeping, providing the best in service, hospitality, and attention to detail, the Inn offers 10 individually decorated guestrooms with a homemade gourmet breakfast.

Relax at the Inn with your favorite book. You can watch outside for the appearance of deer, wild turkeys, moose, hawks, or hummingbirds. You can also enjoy the outdoor recreation and area activities available in Mt. Washington Valley. You will find a listing of just some of your choices in our Area Activities section. Unwind in front of one of our traditional wood-burning fireplaces in either our large living room or the Mt. Surprise Room when days are cool. 

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