The White Mountains of New Hampshire are one of our favorite family travel destinations, especially in the summer. The flaw is that almost all of the attractions are outdoors and a day or two of bad weather can really put a crimp on your vacation. The Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, NH, aims to ensure you have a great time with a built-in water park and two in-house restaurants. If the weather gets ugly, you never have to leave the hotel. If you do leave the hotel, of course, there are plenty of things to see and do in the White Mountains area, including some great free family vacation options.
Accommodations at the Mountain View Resort vary, so you’re bound to find something that suits your family size and travel style. We stayed in a Mountain View room with two double beds, but for families there are also family lofts, bunk rooms, and two-bedroom townhouses. They all provide a little more separation from the kids and adults. Do note that these rooms have double beds, not queen-size. There are also pet-friendly rooms if you have a four-legged family member. The room was spotless, but we found the beds to be only fair in terms of comfort and the walls of our room seemed extremely thin. On the other hand, the free Internet access and in-room refrigerator were big bonuses for us. We also enjoyed a private balcony with views of the mountains.
Dining at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort was a treat for our food-allergy family. We had dinner at Palmer’s Red Ridge Grille and the children’s menu was entirely nut-free. My son was thrilled to be able to order whatever he wanted without having to ask first. For those with other food allergies, the staff was knowledgeable and accommodating. They take pride in their ability to work with special dietary needs. If your allergies are more unusual or you have a difficult combination of allergens, do be sure to call ahead to make sure they can accommodate you. For breakfast the next morning, we enjoyed the Sunday brunch at Champney’s. It was delicious and bountiful, with all of the usual favorites, plus other treats. The buffet was a bit trickier from a food allergy standpoint, but once again the staff was more than willing to answer questions and provide assistance.
The resort has a spa, outdoor pool, and playground area. While we were there, they also had a movie night, and marshmallow roast at the outdoor fire pit. The big attraction for families, though, is Kahuna Laguna, a 40,000 square foot indoor water park. There’s a wave pool, water tubes, hot tub, play tower, water basketball hoops, and even a small area for your youngest kids to splash and play. When you get tired of the water, you can relax in a lounge chair, grab something to eat in the snack bar or play around in the arcade. The water park is open all day and into the night, so you can combine it with other activities. The water park is open to resort guests at the Mountain View and their sister hotel, Fox Ridge, and the best value is generally to purchase a “Stay and Splash” package.
My family enjoyed our stay at the Mountain View Resort, although we didn’t have the chance to try out Kahuna Laguna. We hope to return again one day and try out the water park and check out one of the other family-friendly room options.
Disclosure: We received a complimentary one night stay at the resort for review purposes.