The Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in Whitefield, New Hampshire, only a 3 hour drive from Boston, is a destination for food and wine lovers.
While we were visiting, we were able to see their beautiful new wine cellar which holds up to 9,000 bottles.
We enjoyed a delicious food and wine dinner at the Mountain View Grand on Saturday night. My favorite wine was the 2007 Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Very Good. It was paired with the Yellowfin Tuna Martini, Jicama & Papaya. My second favorite wine was the 2006 Eroica Cheateau Ste. Michelle Riesling from Washington - Very Good. It was paired with the Goat Cheesecake with Plum Rhubarb Sauce. The Goat Cheesecake was a picture. The presentation of all the food was nothing short of beautiful.
We also enjoyed a yummy lunch at The Tavern. I had the Baby Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken ($16.00). My salad included candied walnuts, Great Hill bleu cheese, and grilled pear, with an aged Balsamic glaze. I loved my salad. Ken tried a few menu options and gave me a taste of each. He had the Root Beer Bourbon BBQ Glazed Wings ($8.00). "Messy to eat, but delicious," were Ken's comments. He also tried a side salad, Leaves of Young Romaine Caesar Salad with Asiago cheese, garlic herb croutons, and the house Caesar dressing ($6.00). Ken said the lettuce was fresh and crisp, and the dressing was creamy and tasty. Ken also enjoyed a cup of the Mountain View Grand Crab and Corn Chowder ($4.00). He described it as very thick, slightly smokey, and hearty, with potatoes, corn, and crab. We really liked The Tavern menu.
We also enjoyed our breakfasts in the attractive main dining room with great views of the mountains. The buffet ($18.99) was amazing, and it included: made to order omelets, made to order waffles, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, mini blueberry muffins, croissants, yogurt, sticky buns, cereal, coffee, and orange juice. I had a made to order omelet with ham, mushroom, onion, tomato and cheese. It was fabulous. Ken had the same and loved it. He also loved the mini blueberry muffins, and the maple flavored sausages. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it again.
The resort has majestic 360-degree views of the mountains. For literally a couple of peaceful hours in the afternoon, Ken and I sat out on the beautiful front porch sipping our wine, nibbling on cheese and crackers, and enjoying the magnificent mountain views. I also enjoyed reading about the history of the resort and how it evolved into the exciting resort and spa that it is today.
The resort's history began on a dark and stormy spring night in 1865 when a stage-coach traveling from Boston to Montreal hit a mud hole and tipped onto its side. As the two passengers crawled out, the driver recommended they walk a half mile up the then dirt road where he was sure there was a farm house. Perhaps the farmers would take them in for the night... The rest is history... Fast forward to 2008, and you will find a friendly, updated, historic resort and spa with the same spectacular 360-degree view of the New Hampshire White Mountains that the original guests enjoyed, almost 150 years ago.
Many former U.S. presidents and Hollywood celebrities have enjoyed the beauty and hospitality of this historic resort. We are not famous, but we loved it too!
The Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa was recently awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating in two categories, lodging and dining. It is the only resort or hotel in New Hampshire to be recognized in both categories. The resort offers many activities including: bicycling, board games, boating, children's playground, children's recreation program, croquet, cross country skiing, entertainment, equestrian services, fly-casting clinics, geo-caching adventure, golf, health & wellness center, hiking, ice skating, moose tours, picnics, shuffleboard, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, spa, tennis, theater, and yoga. Of course, you can always just go for a walk, and enjoy the beautiful mountain views.
The service was terrific and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
-- Theresa and Ken