The Bretton Arms Country Inn Bretton Woods, N.H. (Near Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, Attitash)
The monstrous and formal Mt. Washington Hotel can be intimidating. It's nice to wander through its showy and historic public rooms and admire its beauty and the natural beauty that surrounds it, but nearby on the same grounds is a more intimate, less-expensive alternative. The 34-room Bretton Arms, a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1896 and first opened to guests in 1907, a few years after the 200-room Mt. Washington was constructed.
It's not as glitzy as next-door Squaw Valley. Nor does it have all the amenities of its more famous neighbor. And you won't find many ski-and-snowboard rock stars hanging out at the base here. But you won't find many posers, either.