Snow conditions at the Highland Center were perfect last weekend for kids to sled and play in the fort outside the lodge, and perfect for parents and older children to snowshoe Mount Willard and cross-country ski at nearby Bretton Woods. But the icing on the cake for me was a 50-minute massage (on a heated massage table, no less) at the lodge Saturday afternoon.
We brought our daughter’s trusty purple sled from home, but I noticed a toboggan in the entryway of the lodge, ready to be borrowed. I was also grateful for the snow fort right across from the entrance. We stumbled upon it by chance while exploring the mountains of snow left by plows that clear the path, and our 2-year-old loved peeking through the window slots at people walking by. On the final morning of our visit, she also enjoyed a hike around the lake behind the lodge, mostly being carried in the backpack, but hiking some on her own, checking out tracks. (Child carriers, hiking poles, and snowshoes are among the items available for guests to borrow for free from the lodge’s L.L. Bean gear room.)
On this visit, we stayed in the Balsam Fir room, the name of which was a bit of a mouthful for our daughter. I suggested we call it the Christmas tree room. The name was fitting, for it gave us a great gift: the perfect mix of introducing our daughter to the pleasures of the natural world in winter and giving ourselves a treat at the same time.
If you’re dreaming of a getaway, check conditions at AMC’s lodges.
Great Kids, Great Outdoors is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Kristen Laine and Heather Stephenson. Heather wrote this post.