The Big Spender




If you’ve got some cash to flash as you tour the state, doors tend to open for you. And it matters not if your money came over with the family on the Mayflower or if it came from a lottery ticket at the village general store. For you, the sky is the limit, so it’s also a good place to start.

Luxury, fine dining, great activities and historic and award-winning golf can be found at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, one of New Hampshire's grand hotels.

Lakes Region Seaplane Tours in Laconia will give you a new perspective on some of the state’s most desirable views as you take off and land on Lake Winnipesaukee to fly a 35-mile loop or custom design your own flight.

Relax, dine and sleep in the lap of luxury at the state’s gorgeous and historic grand hotels, including the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, the Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle or the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa in Whitefield. They all boast fine dining and excellent spas, not to mention each one is in a prime location for accessing outdoor fun.

At the Mount Washington you can tee off on the award-winning 18-hole championship golf course, the Mount Washington, that was designed by Donald Ross and restored by Brian Silva. This year marks the course's 100th birthday and it's been voted Golfweek magazine's "Best Course You Can Play in New Hampshire" from 2009 – 2015. There's also the 9-hole Mount Pleasant Course first opened in 1895. In addition to historic golf, you can also check out the Bretton Woods Adventure Center that offers archery, a canopy tour, cross-country and downhill mountain biking, disc golf, fly-fishing, horseback riding, hiking and more.

Find more great golf at the Mountain View Grand on the course that's been named one of the best 25 courses in New England by Links magazine. You can also swim in the outdoor or indoor pools, visit the working farm or go mountain biking.

Gorgeous ocean views enhance the experience as you play 18 holes of championship golf on the “Scottish links” style course at the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club. The hotel's concierge can also arrange tee times at the nearby Ledges or Breakfast Hill Golf Clubs. If you prefer to arrive by sea, the hotel's private marina has 170 slips, a fuel dock other amenities and can accommodate vessels up to 200 feet long. The Wentworth also has tennis courts and both indoor and outdoor pools.

The beautiful and peaceful Star Island, one of the nine Isles of Shoals, is home to the historic Oceanic Hotel where, during the summer, you’ll find a series of conferences and retreats that range from an intensive watercolor workshop to the restorative Meditation Retreat (August 27-September 3).

Feel like a glamorous Old Hollywood star at the outstanding Sugar Hill Inn, which was frequented by Bette Davis. In fact, you can choose the Bette Davis Luxury Suite, where the actress actually stayed. In the summer you can rent a Sugar Hill Cottage for the season, where cooking, cleaning and maintenance are all handled for you.

If relaxing by the lake in style is for you, then there are plenty of luxury rentals (as in north of $1,000 per night) to be had on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. How does a staying in a multi-million dollar home sound? Check out vrbo.com, preferredrentals.com or homeaway.com for starters.

More things to do this summer

Art museums, music and theatre

Here are our favorite summer events and places for music and arts enthusiasts from top-notch summer theater and literary sites to a classical music festival and information on Medal Day at the MacDowell Colony.

Museums and historic places to visit this summer

Historical summer events, sites and things to do including presidential history, a working farm, a Revolutionary War-era museum, two Shaker museums and much more.

Summer at the seacoast

Our coast may be small, but we've packed a ton of things to do into those short miles. From events and people watching at Hampton Beach to surfing lessons, here are our suggestions for the ocean lovers.

Shopping, antiques and craft fairs

Whether you're looking for high fashion bargains at the outlets or want to spend a weekend driving down Antique Alley, there's some kind of retail therapy that we know you'll love.
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