Driving up to the Purity Spring Resort felt like a wonderful step back in time. The well maintained buildings are clustered together between hills and overlook a lovely lake which is fed by the Purity Spring. The Resort has been family owned and operated for just over 100 years. They have hospitality down to an art form!
We chose to stay in The Mill building which is adjacent to the calm, tree lined lake and a small waterfall. Each morning as we sipped coffee from the comfort of our porch chairs, we spotted a beaver out on the lake. The kids enjoyed watching him as he went about moving branches in the water. We also saw a group of ladybugs on the windowsill and tried to catch them before they flew away. Since the resort neighbors an Audubon Sanctuary, nature flourishes here. We were fortunate to see a lot of wildlife even in the winter. There are several walking, moderate hiking, and mountain biking trails around the resort. We spotted loons and saw a few deer in the distance through the trees but could not get a good photo of them. In the summer, the resort has kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and life jackets for the guests to use at their leisure. The lake was icy during our stay but we could picture the summertime lobster bakes and cookouts.
The Mill building also houses the indoor pool and hot tub, gift shop, fitness room, and massage therapy outbuilding. The hot tub felt great after a day skiing but the pool was a bit too chilly for me. The kids were not fazed by the 78 degree water temperature and splashed about with glee. I liked seeing the variety of locally made arts and souvenirs in the gift shop. My husband enjoyed the wifi access and historical displays in the common areas. Our room was very spacious and included a small kitchen area with a sink, fridge, microwave, and some dishware. The beds were comfortable and the linens were extra soft. We had lots of room to tuck away our suitcases which helped unwind right away.
The Mill hosts some local fitness classes and group meetings in the building which made it possible for us to interact with some friendly folks. They told us stories about the Resort and activities we could enjoy during our visit. The playground and tennis courts might have been covered with snow but the King Pine area had plenty of snow tubing, skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating options. Please read more about our King Pine mountain adventures here: http://www.trekaroo.com/activities/king-pine-ski-area-at-purity-spring-resort-madison-new-hampshire
Just across the street from the Mill is Traditions, the buffet style restaurant. We opted for the dining package with our room which means we could eat all of our meals onsite. They offer a wide variety of tasty menu selections which kept everyone in the family well fed and happy. Please read more about my experiences at Traditions here: http://www.trekaroo.com/restaurants/traditions-restaurant-at-purity-spring-resort-madison-new-hampshire
Special thanks to the Purity Spring Resort for hosting a portion of my winter adventure. As always, the views expressed are my own.