The Omni Mount Washington Resort
Poshbrood was lucky enough to have three wonderful days at this incredible old school American mountain resort. It was just mom and one child, 8 year old Lucy, and what a treat it is to have just one!
We flew from DC to Manchester, NH, picked up a rental car and enjoyed the breathtaking 2 hour drive to Bretton Woods. Pulling into the property, we were stunned by the setting and by the beauty of Omni Mount Washington Resort -- one of the remaining Grand Hotels of the White Mountains.
In the late 19th century, there was a greater concentration of grand resort hotels in New Hampshire's White Mountains than anywhere else in America. Between 1885 and 1910, at the height of the era, more than 12,000 people could be accommodated in the region's 200 hotels, inns and boarding houses.
In the early 1900's there were 19 of these grand hotels, including The Balsams and The Mount Washington Resort. Now there are only three including the Omni Mount Washington Resort, which is the crown jewel of these incredible properties.
Originally opened in 1902, Omni Mount Washington had a $50 million facelift in 2007 and 2008. The resort was spectacularly restored to it's former glory, when it was the most luxurious hotel of its day. The resort catered to wealthy guests from Boston, New York and Philadelphia. As many as fifty trains a day stopped at Bretton Woods' three railroad stations. One of these stations, Fabyan's, is now one of the Resort's dining establishments.
When we arrived, we were whisked up the manually operated original elevator (Lucy was fascinated by this and received a lesson) to our Premiere King Room on the 2nd floor. Wow! These spacious, 1,000-square-feet rooms feature private bath, sitting area, gas fireplace, flat-screen TV and desk, plus four large windows offering majestic mountain views. We loved what Lucy called "our mountain apartment" and in the evenings we would get in our PJs and watch the Olympics on the mirror/flat screen TV above the fireplace. Lovely!
There was a little kitchenette in our suite that is so helpful with children -- to store snacks, juiceboxes, a bottle of wine I didn't finish our first night at dinner!
Our first evening, we went down to the Concierge desk in the magnificent lobby to do the "Bear Hunt." The hotel has an incredible amount of free family-friendly activities year round and it's published in a daily schedule. The bear hunt is where the Omni staff hide 30 or so stuffed black bears on the lobby and lower level of the property. Kids in teams of two or more hunt for them and bring them back for "points" and whoever has the most points gets a prize. It was so much fun to have Lucy meet a friend to do the game with and to help look around the hotel post office, under the piano, on the terrace, etc.
We then decided to eat our dinner on the gigantic wrap around porch. There are plenty of dining options for guests -- The Rosebrook Bar is where guests can enjoy an evening beverage and light fare while enjoying the spectacular New Hampshire mountain views. The lounge menu is great for kids -- it includes house-made gourmet pizzas, classic mini cheeseburgers, perfect as an entrée for kids or shared plates. I enjoyed a delicious blueberry signature cocktail and we had a wonderful time watching the sunset over the mountain range while discussing our activities for the next day.
The following day after a wonderful sleep -- oh the quiet of the country -- we decided to eat our welcome cookies for breakfast.
Then we headed down to the lobby to get the historic tour of the resort. Lucy was so fascinated that a real Princess owned and ran the hotel. The details of the resort are spectacular and we enjoyed seeing the original phone system that Alexander Bell designed for the hotel, the room that the IMF was created in 1944 and other incredible details like original doors and furniture.
Above is the original Mt. Washington china decorating a hallway. Then we headed to the stables for our horseback ride!
Lucy was a little nervous and the guides were so amazing. The horses are all very calm and obedient and the scenery was again, just amazing. We loved seeing the gigantic draft horses that they use for sleigh rides too. I kind of fell in love with Dick, a 6,000 pound horse that was as affectionate and cuddly as a puppy.
After riding, we took a shuttle to The Grille at the Golf Center for a quick bite before our tennis lesson with Tom, the pro. We sat outside enjoying the setting and Lucy declared her chicken wings and fries were "the best she's ever had in her whole life." My Bloody Mary and club sandwich hit the spot too. After a quick change, we headed to the courts.
Lucy is a beginner and I am former avid player that doesn't even own a racquet. We took turns hitting with Tom until the last 15 minutes when Lucy and Tom were hitting with me. Lucy wanted a longer lesson and fell in love with the game. Tom is excellent and there are group clinics for both kids and adults too.
That evening before our "fancy dinner" in The Dining Room, we took a dip in the resort pool that has a snack bar and a playground right next to it. A great place for summer family fun!
Coat for men, prettiness for girls. Lucy and I had a lovely table by the windows and enjoyed mocktails/cocktails, lobster salad and Lucy had a special pasta with just butter and cheese.
For dessert we headed to the s'more pit and licked our fingers in our finest dresses before staggering to bed.
The following day, Lucy went to Kid's Club and was very excited about it. They were going to spend the morning at the stables! I went on a long hike around the grounds (there are endless options for hikers of all levels) and admired the beauty of the White Mountains.
I picked up Lucy from Kids' Club, we quickly changed and headed to The Dining Room for our Afternoon Tea. I opted for the Royal Tea with champagne to start and Lucy had the children's tea. The teas were excellent, many made from local blackberries and herbs. The teas sandwiches and scones delicious.
Lucy and I loved playing "proper lady" taking tea and talking about our next activity -- The Spa!
Lucy was booked for the "Princess Package" -- a child's manicure and pedicure where each princess picks the color & style of her royal tiara. I got a pedicure next to her and we were brought a "mocktail" and a glass of champagne. So fun!
After my pedicure, the resort arranged for Lucy to be taken back to kids' club so I could get a massage. The massage was amazing and the 25,000 square foot spa so gorgeous and tranquil.
I wish I had more time to relax in the relaxation lounge and outdoor garden lounge with pool. (BTW the spa has an entire line of skin/beauty products made from the indigenous plants in the White Mountains.)
That evening, we were going to head to Fabyans Station Restaurant, a former rail station converted into a casual family-friendly restaurant and lounge, but Lucy begged to have room service and a "PJ party." So we did. I had the lobster bisque and a glass of wine and Lucy had chicken nuggets, fries and a sundae.
We had a lovely last evening in our beautiful mountain suite watching the Olympics in front of the fire!
Our final morning we slept late and enjoy a large, delicious breakfast buffet in The Dining Room. We were headed to Maine to meet up with the rest of the family that driving from DC. We reluctantly said goodbye to The Omni Mount Washington Resort, stopping in the stables to give our favorite horses an apple.
We loved The Omni Mount Washington Resort and cannot wait to return -- in any season -- with the rest of the brood.
Rates can start as low as $150 a night, be sure to check the website for seasonal and last minute specials.