Nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa is a gem of a hotel.  Built in 1865, the Grand Resort operated as a hotel for 122 years, but had fallen into disrepair in the 1980s.  In 1998 it was purchased out of bankruptcy and completely remodeled by 2002 as a 4 star destination hotel and spa.  We spent 4 glorious days at the Mountain View Grand Resort and our only disappointment was that we were unable to stay longer.  It’s a very special place.  


 The Resort is situated on a rise in the middle of a valley near the town of Whitefield, NH, with unobstructed views of the White Mountains, including Mt. Washington.  The grounds are gorgeous!

 The resort offers plush, spacious rooms, with modern appointments and excellent room service.  Our family of 5 comfortably fit in the Vista Studio Two-Queen Room and we had a beautiful view of the resort.

Mountain View Grand Resort


The Spa is a top-tier spa offering massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, hydrotherapy and makeup services.  Rich and I indulged in massages and pedicures while the boys were watching a movie in the resort’s theater.  The theater was our boys’ favorite thing about the resort.   You can pick out a movie from their extensive library, and they will play it for you at a time of your choosing.  They’ll also deliver popcorn for you and your guests, which was also popular with our group.  The staff was amazing with our boys and had them feeling very pampered.  

 Dining options are excellent, including a casual farm-to-table restaurant, an elegant wine cellar restaurant, drinks and snacks on the veranda or classic summer favorites at the poolside Club House.  You can also order food for in-room dining.  We loved the food and the service was amazing.  It’s the kind of place where the staff remembers your name and your favorite drink.  

 In the afternoon, the resort offers refreshments and wine tastings.  They also have an impressive wine cellar that you can tour.  On one night our stay they offered a local beer tasting in the Harvest Tavern.  Our oldest enjoyed a locally made soda while Rich and I enjoyed the beer.

 The Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa has a working farm that you can take tours of every morning, as well as a children’s program and a plethora of outdoor activities to sign up for, including hiking, biking, tennis, golf, swimming and more.  They also offer Axe Throwing daily, where you get to hurl large heavy axes at blocks of wood, and compete against your fellow hotel guests.  (Rich lost, but he got a couple solid hits!) The boys loved the giant chess board, the pool and fire pit with nightly s’mores.  The hotel also features a game room with games like ping pong and foosball, a gym and a business center.

 During the winter, they offer dogsledding, rig rides, snowmobiling, snowshoes, snow tubes and cross country skies.  They are close to Cannon Mountain for downhill skiing, Santa’s Village for holiday fun and several quaint New Hampshire towns for dining and shopping.  Our boys our begging to return in the winter to experience the cold weather fun!  

We had a great time at Grand Mountain during our summer road trip.  The people were warm and friendly, the food was delicious, and it was a peaceful retreat in a beautiful setting.  We definitely hope to return sometime soon.

Mountain View Grand Resort

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  1. Looks like you had absolutely perfect weather while you were there! I’d love to go in the summer, but I’ll admit, dogsledding does sound fun for a winter activity 🙂

  2. What a lovely property! I love the range of activities and amenities they offered– you can never go wrong with a wine cellar on site! Sounds like the perfect location for a great family holiday!

  3. This resort certainly has it ALL! Massages and pedicures while the kids watched a movie… ah that is bliss! 👏

  4. This place looks really special with activities for all the family. I love buildings that have a sense of time and history. Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a cool hotel! I think I’d want to be here in the winter to fully enjoy it. …and maybe without kids. Love all the amenities though and we all would have a great time!

  6. Such a beautiful and relaxing place! I guess you just wanted to stay there and enjoy all the activities instead of going around. They definitely know which services make the difference!

    • You’re right, We never made if off the resort grounds! It was too perfect!

  7. I want to throw that axe! I’d love to do the winter activities as well. What a hotel! what a destination!

  8. This place looks gorgeous! I love that there was so much to do – and that you managed to escape to the spa while the boys watched a movie! Amazing!

  9. Wow, this place looks really neat! My kids would probably like the theater too. I love that they offer local beer and a local menu. We usually look for that when choosing accommodations.

    • We do too. We loved the beer tasting and the boys still talk about the movie theater.

  10. Kevin Wagar Reply

    Looks like a great place! I love that they have a farm and activities for the kids to help keep them active and learning through their time there!

  11. Ever since I read John Irving’s ‘The Hotel New Hampshire’ I’ve wanted to visit – and this place looks like the hotel in the book after a facelift! Looks amazing – maybe I’ll get there one day!!

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