Highland Lodge at Crawford Notch

New Hampshire

Heading into the White Mountains from Highland Lodge     Photo: Photo by Herb Swanson

TAGS: MOUNT WASHINGTON, GREEN BUILDING, SNOWSHOES
This 34-room eco-friendly lodge—it's built of recycled steel and heated with a biomass-burning boiler—is less about exclusive luxury than good vibes. Guests sleep in simple, comfortable rooms, share stories in front of a gaping fireplace, refine map-and-compass skills at group sessions, and eat family-style meals like roast turkey with chocolate cream pie. Then they leave—after all, the White Mountain National Forest lies just out the back door, and Mount Washington, the baddest peak in the northeast, looms overhead. Go on a group snowshoe outing, take a day hike up one of four nearby 4,000-foot Presidential peaks, or use the lodge as a departure point for a hut-to-hut trek. From $92 per person per night; outdoors.org/highland

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