Warm-weather funhogs know western Maine for its hiking and mountain biking. Northwest of Bethel, the Appalachian Trail crosses the Mahoosuc Mountains, a stretch hikers describe as the most grueling segment of the entire 2,000-mile route.
Neither flashy nor fusty, Attitash is a plugger. Boston-area families flock to this mid-size resort just outside of North Conway, N.H., drawn by its children's programs, snow quality and service-oriented employees.
Built in 1877, this Waterville Valley landmark has averaged a new owner only every three decades. The current owner completely restored the home. Unlike most Victorians, its nine rooms are surprisingly large.
Loon Mountain embodies the three L's of good real estate: location, location, location. The two-hour straight-shot from Boston won Loon a Gold Medal for accessibility. But don't think Loon rests on its easy-commute status.