New Hampshire is a great place for a family vacation. There is something for everybody due to variety in landscape and attractions. The Lakes Region is centrally located and 1 hour north of the lakes you can reach the fresh mountain air of the White Mountain range. A few years ago New Hampshire lost its iconic 'Old Man of the Mountain" rock face when it unexpectedly crashed to the ground. However, in the White Mountains you can still see Indian Head Rock. The Indian Head formation is visible from the road, but it can be best seen from the tower at the Indian Head Resort.
We recently stayed for a night at the Indian Head Resort which is located in Lincoln, New Hampshire, in the southern regions of the mountain area. We were pleased with our accommodations. We have been going to the White Mountains for many years and have driven by the resort many times always wondering what it would be like to stay there. We had a great time.
When we checked in we were warmly greeted by a very busy staff and a bustling lobby. There were people coming and going all appearing to be very comfortable and happy. The clerk advised us that we should plan on having an early dinner so that we could eat without having to wait and still have time for the 'kids program'.
There are several types of accommodations at the Indian Head resort. Across Route 3 there are hotel and cottage-type rooms. In the main building are motel type accommodations accessible from the parking lot. Our room was on the second floor off the parking lot. The room had a queen and a king bed, slider to a deck overlooking Mirror Lake, a refrigerator, large bath, WI-FI, table and chairs and a pull out couch. We definitely had enough sleeping area for our family of 5. Much to my children’s delight it also had a brand new 50 inch plasma HDTV. This was a big perk for them because we still own a small television at home. We had to coax them out of the room to head down to dinner.
The Indian Head Resort has a meal plan where breakfast and dinner are included at the on-site restaurant. The price is $30.00 per day. While on the meal plan you can order an appetizer, a choice of entrees and dessert off the adult and children’s menu respectively. There is a myriad of choices and I would venture to say that every person should be able to find something to their liking and not leave hungry. The children also had a buffet to choose from which of course mine did. The buffet was decorated in a beach motif and was very inviting to the kids. The choices included pasta, chicken nuggets, pasta salad, fries, vegetable salad, crudités and tasty looking desserts. It was apparent that they were trying to add healthy choices.
We quickly finished our meals so we could check out the kids program and the pool before it was time for bed. The kids program begins at 6:30 with an ice cream social followed by bingo. We missed the first 2 parts of the program and I must stress that this is not advertised as a drop off program. Rather (most) parents stayed with their children and enjoyed some family time. After bingo there is a kid’s show. On the night we stayed it was Sally Sherrard a balloon artist. She made sure everyone got their balloon and then the kids were off battling each other with their swords etc. The kids had a great time running around and getting to know the other kids which came in handy for the last part of the program which was karaoke.
My kids had never done Karaoke before. However the attendant Sophie and the other children who had made them feel right at home. Before I knew it even my 9 year old son was singing duets and solos. It seemed like every kid in the room was auditioning for American Idol. Other parents that we met in the room come every year for a week and their kids really look forward to the Karaoke. The Karaoke party ended at 10pm with enough time for us to go to the pool which closed at 11pm. Both the indoor and the outdoor pool are heated and upon request the outdoor pool can be heated in the winter which is bonus as Indian Head has its own cross country trails and downhill resorts nearby. The indoor pool is located right inside from the outdoor pool and both have hot tubs. Towels are available inside.
The next morning we requested a late check out and after the included breakfast we went to the pool and also tried out the paddle-boats. At breakfast we could have ordered again from an extensive menu, but this time the buffet was open to adults and children. As we were in a hurry we all got the buffet. We had the regular choosing of eggs, bacon, sausage, but also fruit salad, apple crepes and yogurt with granola. The pool was already active by 9:30am. We enjoyed the outdoor pool and also the boats on the lake. Life vests are located at the boat dock and the boats are first come first served. My older daughter spent her morning feeding the duck families on property and enjoyed naming them all. You can also buy an adult fishing license at the gift shop so your kids can fish. However, fishing poles are not available for rent so you must bring your own. The lake is stocked.
Of course our late check-out time of noon came around too soon for the kids. They really want to go back and spend more time!!!!
Indian Head runs specials for a stay and play with a local water park, the Whales tale. They have an Olde New England Thanksgiving from Wednesday through Friday of Thanksgiving week that includes breakfast and dinner, time with Santa, and a trip to a Christmas tree farm to get your tree. It can be shipped to your house for a fee.
This review is based on a complimentary stay at the Indian head Resort. I received no other compensation besides the hotel stay and meal plan. The hotels did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view.