New Hampshire, self-proclaimed as the state that “makes you want to wake up early and stay up late,” is rich with natural splendor. Lush forests, remote islands, deep river valleys and pristine lakes dot the landscape. Just north of the White Mountains is the infamous New Hampshire lake where late-night legend Jimmy Fallon proposed to his wife; the Fallons admired the spot so much they even named their daughter, Winnie, after it. However, Lake Winnipesaukee isn’t just the site of the television host’s romantic escapes; it’s also one of many beautiful, natural wonders New Hampshire has to offer.
The White Mountains themselves are part of the northern Appalachian Mountains and are among the most rugged in the Northeast. The chain also includes the Sandwich Range, the Carter-Moriah Range, and the Kinsman Range. Its most famous mountain, Mount Washington, is 6,288 feet tall. The White Mountains encompass a majestic national forest and numerous other state parks, ski resorts, and private mountain retreats.
Deep in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains is South Mountain, a secluded Bluegreen retreat surrounded by the majestic beauty of the mountainous landscape. At once both exciting and relaxing, South Mountain is the perfect retreat for cozying up against a backdrop of beautiful, snow-tipped mountain ranges.
Soak Up the Scenic Beauty
The White Mountains are renowned for their abundance of natural beauty. From the White Mountains Trail, a National Scenic Byway of over 100 miles that winds through the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest, to the numerous state parks in the White Mountains such as the Franconia Notch State Park and the Mount Washington State Park, there are plenty of natural wonders to experience near South Mountain private resort.
On the White Mountains Trail, there are two driving loops available to cruise through. The White Mountains Southern Driving Loop and the White Mountains Northern Loop Drive explore different areas of the mountains and also weave through other interesting landmarks, such as Weirs Beach, the rural area of Franconia-Sugar Hill-Easton, and Frost Place, the mountain farm that once belonged to New Hampshire poet Robert Frost. The Kancamagus Scenic Byway is another option for those who wish to experience the landscape; this byway is a sweeping road that allows for a perfect view of the national forests.
Cannon Mountain, where the infamous “Old Man of the Mountain” cliff feature looked out upon the Granite State, is just up the road from the resort. Only a smudged profile remains of the Old Man’s steely gaze after the formation’s fall in 2003. However, the site still represents New Hampshire’s resilience and strength, as well as the state’s unfailing respect for its natural surroundings.
During the winter months, there are multiple areas around Loon Mountain and Cannon Mountain that are ideal for skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and sledding. Moose-spotting tours, given by local guides in the area, are also available.
For days when inclement weather doesn’t pose a problem, there are numerous trails for those who love hiking. Sabbaday Falls, Lincoln Woods Trail, and Riverwalk Trails offer hiking trails of different difficulty levels. Many of them also offer fantastic views of the mountainous landscape. The Lost River Gorge also offers the opportunity to explore deep caverns and search for gemstones.
Spend a Day in Town
Adjacent to South Mountain private resort are the Village Shops, where visitors can find souvenirs and other trinkets. The state boasts tax-free shopping, an advantage for those who want to pick up plenty of souvenirs to bring back home or for those who need to pick up outdoor gear for mountain adventures. Other shopping options including antiquing at local emporiums like Calico Cottage and purchasing hidden treasures from upscale boutiques like Bella Funk. Guests can also stop by the Fadden’s Sugar House to try some local maple syrup, an operation that has been going on at the Fadden’s Sugar House for five generations.
Though the White Mountains are known for their majestic scenery, the area also offers a variety of theatre and performances. For example, the Papermill Theatre holds not-for-profit summer stage shows. Other theatre programs include The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, which has been operating for over 75 years and is actually the longest-running summer stock theatre in the country. At the Weathervane Theatre, located at the northernmost top of the White Mountains, you can view classic productions from Broadway and breathtaking natural beauty all at once.
Cozy Up with Resort Amenities
After long days experiencing the outdoor beauty the White Mountains have to offer, South Mountain private resort has numerous amenities to relieve all the tension after a long day exploring the surrounding area. Attached to the resort is a fitness center equipped with all the essentials, an indoor pool that is open year-round, and an outdoor pool that is available during the warmer months. South Mountain also has a hot tub with a marvelous view of the mountains, so you can relax and enjoy the sights.
Each resort villa is equipped with a full-size kitchen, so guests can cook meals in the privacy of their own rooms. A television, DVD player, and WiFi are also included, so you can curl up at night and relax after a spirited day of activity and fun.