I recently returned from my first covid trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Since 2020 is the year of so many cancelled trips, I decided to treat myself and stay at a hotel that I’ve always dreamed of staying at, The Omni Mount Washington Resort.
This historic hotel located in the shadow of Mt Washington is on the US National Register of Historic Places and is a US National Historic Landmark.
The hotel opened in July of 1902 and in 1944 it was the location of the Bretton Woods Monetary Conference, where the World Bank and International Monetary Fund were established.
For decades, the hotel would close in late fall and reopen in the spring. But in 1999, it became a year round hotel when it opened for it’s first winter season.
The hotel definitely has that vibe that it looks like it’s straight out of a Stephen King movie, so it’s not surprising it’s been featured in a couple of episodes of the TV show Ghost Hunters.
The interior of the hotel definitely had that old school charm with the usual modern amenities. They also did a wonderful job with their covid protocols. The Omni website listed all of the protocols down to the extra cleaning they would do. They had the sitting areas in the lobby roped off and had signs to encourage social distancing. There was also ample hand sanitizer available in common areas and two masks and hand wipes available in the hotel room. They also had items such as the tv remote and do not disturb sign in a sealed bag in the room. All of these items made me feel extremely safe and happy with my choice of lodging.
My favorite feature of the hotel was the beautiful wraparound porch. It’s a great place to sit in the mornings enjoying your coffee and in the evening it comes alive with people taking in the mountain views while enjoying drinks and small plates. I could sit there every morning and night and it would never get old.
The grounds around the hotel are beautiful. There is a golf course as well as hiking trails. But be mindful that you are in the mountains, so watch out for bears. I actually saw a bear cross the path as I was running one morning. I really wish I had gotten a picture of the bear, it was so adorable! Although I was glad I was at the end of my room so I wouldn’t be spending too much time on the lookout for more bears!
I highly recommend this hotel if you are heading to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In next week’s blog, I’ll talk more about Mount Washington and all the ways you can see the highest mountain in the northeastern US.