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Doubles cost $200, including breakfast and dinner. 603-643-3529, www.moosemountainlodge.com
Etna, New Hampshire
Moose Mountain Lodge
Though students from neighboring Dartmouth College don't careen down the meadows of Moose Mountain on rickety wooden skis like they used to, Moose Mountain Lodgewith its corduroy-cushioned sofas, stone fireplaces, and spruce-log bedsstill retains the flavor of a 1930s ski cabin. The rope tow has been dismantled, but trails threading through 350 acres of mixed hardwood-and-pine forest are paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers. After a daylong excursion, veteran innkeepers Kay and Peter Shumway welcome tuckered guests to their cabin on the hill, where sunsets flood the hundred-mile view of the Upper Connecticut River Valley and Vermont's Green Mountains beyond.
ROOM & BOARD: The lodge has a comfortable, family feel: Bathrooms are shared, and guests in the 12 rustic rooms sit down to Kay's robust mealshandmade spinach pasta with straight-from-the-garden pesto sauce, fresh-baked bread, and organic salad greensat a 22-foot red oak table in the dining room.
OUT THE BACK DOOR: Hop on your road bike for a 25-mile loop along the lush and meandering Connecticut River, north to Lyme and back. Or hike south 6.5 miles along Moose Mountain's Ridge Trail to rocky overlooks where you might see all the way to 6,288-foot Mount Washington. For water play, drive eight miles down the mountain to the river and rent a canoe or kayak from Dartmouth's Ledyard Canoe Club.