The Glen House, base camp for adventures in the White Mountains
The Glen House, a new 68-room hotel at the foot of Mt. Washington that opens next fall, will serve as the ideal base camp for adventures in the White Mountains. It’s adjacent to the Mt. Washington Auto Road, which offers the most majestic views in New England. Across from the hotel is the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, a mecca for adventure travelers.
Mt. Washington is one of the most dramatic mountain peaks in the country, the highest point in the Northeast, with views of more than 100 miles to the Atlantic Ocean and into neighboring Canada. While hikers have long sought out its summit, the easiest way to ascend the 6,288 foot peak is on the Mt. Washington Auto Road, the most famous mountain drive east of the Rockies. Considered America’s oldest man-made attraction, the road opened in 1861 and has welcomed tourists in stagecoaches and later automobiles. It has also played host to one of the oldest car races in the country, the Mt. Washington Hillclimb, “Climb to the Clouds” (held on-and-off since 1904). Today the Auto Road welcomes more than 45,000 cars a year. Apart from self-drive excursions, there are guided driving tours that stop at scenic spots on the way up the mountain and others that include short hikes. The family-owned Mt. Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC), which owns The Glen House, has operated the Auto Road since 1906.
The Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center offers walking and hiking trails, trail biking, guided wilderness kayaking and white water kayaking trips. Owned by MWSRC, Great Glen Trails opened in 1994 and is located a short stroll from The Glen House. There are 40 kilometers of trails that are ideal for light hiking or walking. The terrain is easy to moderate, and great for family trail riding on hybrids, mountain bikes and fat bikes, which can all be rented on site. Half-day guided wildlife kayak tours offer an opportunity to spot bald eagles, osprey, kingfishers and even moose and black bear while paddling flat water on the nearby Androscoggin River. More adventurous travelers can go on a guided whitewater kayaking excursion and encounter Class II rapids under the tutelage of ACA certified guides. Overnight kayaking and camping trips can also be arranged on a customized basis. Weekly afternoon events can include trail running, walking, and mountain biking from June through October.
Located 30 minutes from North Conway, The Glen House is expected to open in mid-September 2018 and is currently accepting reservations.
The Glen House is a new hotel at the base of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The 68-room property will have a restaurant, bar and lounge, gym, indoor swimming pool and meeting space. A roster of outdoor activities is available through the adjacent Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The hotel is managed by Olympia Hotel Management (OHM), a division of The Olympia Companies, an innovative leader in high profile real estate development, equity investment and hospitality management projects in the U.S. For more information, visit The Glen House.