Gildshire Magazines’ Travel and Nature arm conclude our hotel project today with an examination of the northeastern United States. Some of our favorite travel destinations are up there. So, it stands to reason that our favorite hotels will have a place as well. These are lodging establishments offering more than a bed and a packaged breakfast muffin. These are hotels worth being called a destination unto themselves. Better yet, they come at a price that the Conde Nast‘s of the world find in the cushions of their couch. Are you ready to visit the northeastern United States with us? Well, why aren’t you packed yet? Come on!
Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa, 101 Mountain View Road, Whitefield New Hampshire. In a world where people travel 20 miles out of their way for designer coffee, the remoteness of Mountain View Resort and Spa is part of the charm. The views of Mt. Washington are so amazing that you can almost see the cog railroad from your room. There are tons of things to do on site, and ski resorts are less than 15 miles away. Would you like to go to a bonfire? There’s one in the snow right outside. Would you like to shoot some pool or see a movie? Both are available without leaving the hotel. All in all, this is the kind of place we picture when the words “destination hotel” come up. Reservations on the website or by calling 888-462-1902.
Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Good Book says that iron sharpens iron. Gildshire has always taken that to mean that competition is a good thing. Such is the case in the world of Atlantic City hotel/casinos. The Borgata is our favorite. Excellent food, friendly atmosphere, and luxury accommodations, The Borgata has it all, along with a reasonable price point. Did I mention excellent food? While your mileage may vary, our research indicated half the folks we interview say this place has the best buffet in A.C. As it turned out, half of the people were right. Food to satisfy every palate from carnivore to vegan. Then, followed by an amazing show. Do your research, but come back to Gildshire and Borgata Hotel and Spa. On second thought, we did the research for you. Reservations on the website or by calling (609) 317-1000.
Skytop Lodge, One Skytop, Barrett Township, Pennsylvania. The term “skytop” can mean many things. Sometimes, it is simply a function of altitude. Sometimes, it describes much more. Such is the case with Skytop Lodge. To get a vintage room, complete with included charm is one thing. To have a gourmet meal is another. Frankly, we can find those things at 100 lodging establishments across the country. However, Skytop Lodge adds value to the experience with guided theme tours, as well as top-notch customer service. How top-notch? We found ourselves doing the math and wondering “How can they remember our names?” Be warned, this place is a little throwback. Don’t even think about coming to dinner in the Lakeview Dining Room while wearing torn jeans. To us, though, that isn’t an inconvenience. Rather, it is a touch of class too often overlooked. Reservations on the website or by calling (855) 345-7759.
The Inn at Thorn Hill and Spa, 40 Thorn Hill Road, Jackson, New Hampshire. I guess this makes New Hampshire the winner. A state the size and shape of our thumb gets two destination hotels. Well, that’s only because the two lodging establishments muscled their way in with style and substance. The Inn at Thorn Hill and Spa builds on its gorgeous views and serves world-class breakfasts, but that’s just the beginning of the day. Your room will be well appointed with a gas fireplace and a whirlpool tub, but that’s for the evening. During the day find outdoor activities plentiful and warm chocolate chip cookies just out of the oven upon your return. The Inn sees so many return guests the whole place starts to feel like a family reunion. Your family will want to come back again, as well. Reservations on the website or by calling (201) 740-5848.
That completes our hotel project, and it has been such fun sharing our travels and recommendations. We hope you enjoyed reading, but moreover, we hope you accept some of our suggestions and add them to your plans. Safe travels, friends!