We at VisitNewEngland.com got a slightly delayed Christmas gift this year with a weekend as guest of the new mountainside lodging, Riverwalk Resort at Loon in Lincoln, NH, next to Loon Mountain, one of New England’s favorite ski areas. Map.
Ski country in New England is freshly blanketed in white now, and hopping with enthusiasts of the snow sports. Riverwalk Resort welcomes skiers and will shuttle you and your gear to Loon, just next door.
But if someone in the family (your editor) is an indoors person, not to worry. Within the building is the Seven Birches Winery, where owner and winemaker Mark LeClair (pictured here, at right) and assistant winemaker Nathan Maser (in checked shirt) guide visitors on informative tours. We got to taste a new blueberry wine, (which I dearly wished I had had to sprinkle on my blueberry pancakes that morning at our favorite NH road eatery, the Common Man Restaurants).
Charming wine gifts and accessories are packed into Mark’s tasting room, along with a fun assortment of bottle-cork artwork.
Also for indoors sportswomen: a spa with all the sensuous treatments (massage, facials, hot stones, nice products for the skin); a fitness center (where you can watch the outdoor swimmers and ice skaters as you job or lift); a game room (I liked the pool table, but video games will take you on adventurous safaris); ice skating (rentals available).
From the fitness center you can get access to a heated outdoor pool. You enter the pool from the indoors by first stepping into a little indoor cutout of the big pool and then swimming toward the outdoors.
Our room itself was so cozy it was tempting to linger here. My favorite feature was the bathtub, deep enough to submerge, which I might have done when I fell asleep in it.
Our dinner was at La Vista, with Italian cuisine and a stuffed haddock andn mashed potatoes entrée that was delicious. (the bread before dinner is very tasty – don’t overload!)
During the cold season, the Ice Castles, on the property of the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, is a unique work of art that you shouldn’t miss. Hard to describe – it’s like a village of ice formations with shifted colored lights and music through which you can walk. Very chill (the newer formulation for “cool!”). Kids are enthralled! Map.