BACKSTORY: A candidate for New Hampshire’s state symbol ever since the Old Man of the Mountain collapsed in 2003, this Spanish Renaissance hotel in the White Mountains has itself flirted with ruin in its 111-year history. It was famously rescued from financial downfall in 1944, when it was given the high-profile honor of hosting the conference that created the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
DESIGN NOTES: Resembling a cross between the White House and a hunting lodge, the vaguely Federal-style lobby is generously accented with yawning fireplaces and cozy alpine motifs.
AMAZING AMENITY: The 25,000-square-foot full-service spa allows guests to select herbs from the grounds for “farm-to-facial” treatments; the Mountain Mist product line used here is derived from candytuft, nettle and other local flora.
HOT PLATE: While chops of all kinds are a claim to fame for steakhouse Stickneys, the nearby Omni Bretton Arms Inn offers a rib-eye to climb mountains for.
SIGNATURE COCKTAIL: The Cave, set in a former Prohibition-era speakeasy, mixes a high-octane Prohibition Punch, served in a dainty teacup and limited to one per customer.