This 116-year-old luxury resort may look like a European castle, but it's actually tucked away in the mountains of New Hampshire

Shutterstock/travelviewThe hotel was finished in 1902.
  • It may resemble a European castle, but this luxury resort is tucked away in the woods of New Hampshire.
  • Omni Mount Washington Resort was ranked the best hotel in New Hampshire by the US News and World Report.
  • At the resort, guests can fly through treetops on zip line, play tennis, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the winter, and get massages, anti-ageing manicures, facials, and many other treatments at a 25,000-square-foot spa.
  • Rates are $US350 to $US500 a night on average but can range up to $US700 for family suites.
  • The hotel is rumoured to be haunted by a well-mannered ghost.

The Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire is a “favourite New England retreat of presidents, poets and celebrities,” according to their website.

Along with its 200 luxury guest rooms and suites, the resort offers a 25,000-square-foot, full-service spa and salon, fine dining, 27 holes of golf, and activities that include skiing, hiking fishing, and sleigh rides.

Industrialist Joseph Stickney had the hotel built between 1900 and 1902 – and it’s rumoured that his wife, Carolyn, who died in 1936, still haunts the hotel. Forbes included Omni Mount Washington Resort in a 2017 list of America’s 25 most haunted hotels. But not to worry: Carolyn is a well-mannered ghost, according to Town and Country magazine.

Take a look at the hotel and grounds below.


Omni Mount Washington Resort is nestled in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire, near Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern US.

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White Mountain National Forest is a landscape of mountain lakes and streams, hardwood forests, and alpine peaks.

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The 200-room resort is more than 100 years old, built between 1900 and 1902 by 250 master craftsmen and originally called the Mount Washington Hotel.

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It was built by Joseph Stickney, a New Hampshire native who made his fortune in the coal mining and railroad industries.

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The resort offers sweeping panoramas of the surrounding woodlands.

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The colourful fall foliage is a quintessential New England view.

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The elegant great hall welcomes guests to the resort.

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Guests have several options for accommodations, from charming one-bed traditional rooms and deluxe two-beds …

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… to more spacious rooms with sitting areas, a gas fireplace and a desk.

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Rumour has it that Carolyn Stickney, the wife of the hotel’s creator, still haunts the hotel, tapping on doors and borrowing — but then returning — guests’ belongings.

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Source: Town and Country Magazine


A representative for the resort declined to comment on the supernatural rumours.

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The aptly-named Cave bar is a Prohibition-era speakeasy with stone walls and live entertainment in the evenings.

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Stickney’s Restaurant, which serves dinner dishes that include mussels, marinated salmon, and filet mignon, allows guests to dine out on the patio in nice weather.

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Guests can take a swim in the indoor pool or the heated outdoor pool with cabana complex.

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The resort’s 25,000-square-foot spa offers services ranging from hot stone massages and mud body wraps to anti-inflammatory facials and anti-ageing manicures.

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Source: Omni Mount Washington Resort


The resort is happy to double as a wedding venue, offering a package that includes a complete dinner, cake, selected reception food, and complimentary accommodations on your wedding night.

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On the grounds of the resort are two golf courses, one 18-hole and one 9-hole.

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Source: Omni Mount Washington Resort


Guests can also play tennis on the red-clay courts, which were put on the map in 1973 when they hosted the Volvo International Tennis Tournament.

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Although it’s stunning in the fall, the resort is also worth a visit in the wintertime.

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The snowy season brings the opportunity for new activities at the resort, including sledding …

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… and skiing at New Hampshire’s largest ski area, Bretton Woods, with its 464 acres of skiing and snowboarding trails.

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The resort even offers wintertime horse-drawn sleigh and carriage rides ranging from $US50 to $US105 per couple.

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