Driving Time from White Plains: 5 hours
Weekend Rates: from $219 per night;
Nestled into New Hampshire’s Presidential Mountain Range, the OMNI Mount Washington is one of the area’s few remaining grand, turn-of-the-century hotels. Built as a summer retreat for coal-mining magnate Joseph Stickney, the hotel was a state-of-the-art marvel upon its completion in 1902, featuring modern electricity and plumbing in every room.
Today, much of its original character remains: Italian masonry; the grand hall, with its roaring fire and hand-crank elevator; and the antique grandfather clock (the launch pad of the daily hotel tours, which include a stop in the Gold Room, where the Bretton Woods Conference was held in 1944). But there are also modern amenities among the old-world charm—renovated bathrooms, property-wide WiFi, flat-screen TVs—that maintain the property’s original sense of comfort and luxury.
You could easily fill a weekend with 18 holes of golf, drinks in the Prohibition-era speakeasy, a hot-stone massage at the spa (featuring products using local plants from the surrounding mountains), dinner by one of the oversize panoramic windows, and cozying up to a bonfire. But, make sure to leave a few hours to laze, drink in hand, on the veranda that wraps the entire resort, and gaze at the mountains as the sun slowly sinks behind the peaks. —Samantha Garbarini
|Hiking trails abound in the surrounding area, but the resort also has several kid-friendly walking paths with plenty of fall color.|
|Test your mettle on the 40-minute drive up the harrowing Mount Washington Auto Road (you can also book a shuttle or ride the Cog Railway) to the top of New England’s highest peak.|
Ride the lift to the top of the Bretton Woods Adventure Center and snap a pic from the terrace of Latitude 44.
The Bretton Woods Adventure Center offers everything from mountain biking and guided hikes to rock climbing and archery. Sign up for a three-hour, zip-line canopy tour to view the fall colors from above, or ride the ski lift to the top for a commanding view of the Presidential Range.