Bike, Hike, and Kayak in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Drive the Historic Mt. Washington Auto Road


The Glen House, a boutique hotel within the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest, is the ideal summer getaway for outdoor adventures. Situated at the base of majestic Mt. Washington, it offers inspiring views of the peaks in the Presidential Range and easy access to summer activities.

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The Glen House. Photo The Glen House.

Relax with White Mountain Views & Microbrews

After a day of mountain adventures, it’s time to gather around the fire pit on the outdoor patio at The Glen House, which offers panoramic views of the Whites and the perfect setting for sipping local brews like  Autoroad Ale from Tuckerman Brewing Company or Green’s Grant IPA from Moat Mountain Brewing. The bar was named “The Most Beautiful Bar in New Hampshire” by Architectural Digest and offers a wall of windows with breathtaking mountain views. When it’s time for dinner,  The Notch Grille restaurant has indoor and outdoor deck seating and a menu of comfort food. The daily Brunch menu includes Root Veggie & Apple Hash, The Notch French Toast, and Lobster Rolls.

Dog-Friendly Rooms

Dogs are always welcome at The Glen House. Just ask for a dog-friendly guest room and bring a loyal four-legged companion. A nightly pet fee of $30, which includes treats for the pup, will be charged.

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Courtesy Great Glen Trails.

Hike, Bike & Kayak the Whites

The Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, conveniently located across the road from The Glen House, has 28 miles of trails for walking, hiking, and trail biking. The terrain, ranging from easy to moderate, caters to all skill levels. Families can enjoy a leisurely ride on hybrids, mountain bikes, or fat bikes, all available for rent on-site. For a more immersive experience, embark on full or half-day guided wildlife kayak tours, where there’s a chance to spot bald eagles, osprey, kingfishers, moose, and black bears. Thrill-seekers can opt for guided whitewater kayaking excursions, navigating Class II rapids with the guidance of ACA-certified guides.

Mt Washington Auto Road. Credit Great Glen Trails.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road

The Glen House is adjacent to the legendary Mt. Washington Auto Road, which leads to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast. At 6,288 feet, Mt. Washington offers views of close to 100 miles to the Atlantic Ocean and into neighboring Canada. It’s the most famous mountain drive east of the Rockies and America’s oldest man-made attraction. The eight-mile road opened in 1861, and there is a self-drive option and guided van tours that stop at scenic spots along the way. Contact Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center for reservations.