Why go: Ensconced in the scenic White Mountains, this resort has on-site recreation (much of which is free), eateries and choice digs.
What to do: Mountain-oriented options include hiking, of course, but also an extensive zip-line network, a ski lift to the resort’s namesake peak followed by a free guided tour, and mountaintop ATV rental ($35, guests $32). Horseback riding ($70, guests $60), tennis ($18, guests free with $5 racket rental) and swimming in a pool that’s heated year-round will vie for your time as well. You can also ride the historic Cog Railway (end of Bay Station Rd; 800-922-8825, thecog.com; $68, seniors $63, children $39) up Bretton Woods, where a majestic view of the Presidential Range and a small natural-history museum await.
Local favorite: For a traditional country-inn splurge, book a table at the Bretton Arms Dining Room (Omni Bretton Arms Inn, 173 Mt. Washington Hotel Rd; 603-278-3000, omnihotels.com). Its refined American menu rotates with the seasons, but keep an eye out for Maine lobster and Long Island duck.
Where to stay: We like the stately, 1900-built (1902 opened) Omni Mt. Washington Resort Hotel (310 Mt. Washington Hotel Rd; 603-278-1000, omnihotels.com; from $199). It’s been extensively refurbished and offers an outdoor heated pool.