Lincoln, New Hampshire, features great lodges and shops.
During ski season, visitors to Lincoln, New Hampshire, all have their favorite lodging and gear shops. Ask around and explore, but I’ll share a few of my favorites.
In 1913, 10 campsites were built at Indian Head Estate. A tower was constructed to see the rock-face profile that viewers thought resembled a Native American warrior.
A motel was built there in the 1950s, and the resort, owned by the Spanos family since the 1960s, has grown to 98 rooms, including the motel, 40 cabins and four bungalows. The dining room can seat more than 300 and looks out over the outdoor pool, hot tub and a pond that freezes into an ice rink. There’s also an indoor pool and hot tub, a fitness room, a game room, a large gift shop and, in the Thunderbird Lounge, a pool table. Tennis courts are available in the summer, too. Activities for kids include bingo, ice-cream socials, clown shows and karaoke sing-alongs.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with large plasma TV’s, mini-fridges and coffee pots. Prices are reasonable, usually from $100 to $200 depending on the season. For $45, the meal plan allows you to fuel up with a hearty breakfast and then, at the end of your ski day, attack a three-course dinner. The a la carte burgers and salads also are generous.
Indian Head has a slightly eccentric side. For years, there were regular UFO conferences harking back to a nearby 1961 alien abduction. (Don’t believe me? It must be true because there’s a plaque in the lobby!) These conferences have since morphed into psychic gatherings, Elvis-impersonator competitions and other diversions.
Most of all, though, the Indian Head staff is the friendliest you can imagine. They’ll help you decide which mountain will have the best skiing that day and sell you discounted ski passes. When I check out each year, I book my reservation for the next. You should, too, because in peak season, it fills up fast.