Visiting my mom in her little cabin in NH is always an experience – one that usually revolves around home-cooked meals, refreshing swims, glorious sunsets and fairly rustic living.  On my short visit this time though, we decided to “escape over the wall” and have an overnight vacation…from our vacation.

How spoiled are we?!

Our goal was to explore a bit of New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, but instead of strapping on hiking boots and day packs, we hopped in the car and headed towards Bretton Woods and the Omni Mount Washington Resort. 

A few hours later, as we pulled into the driveway of the resort, I displayed rather un-resort-like behavior by jumping out of the car to snap this picture.

Mount Washington Hotel

(We weren’t the only guests checking in, but the old-world charm made us feel like royalty anyway!)

Painting of Mount Washington Hotel

The entry lobby was grand yet inviting…

Lobby of the Mount Washington Hotel


And the wrap-around, white-washed porch and wicker settees seemed to beg for us to spend the afternoon lounging. 

Wrap around terrace at Mount Washington Hotel

Looking towards Mount Washingon

But we decided to go exploring first and took the hotel shuttle to the Bretton Woods ski area for a  ride on the (free) scenic chair lift.

Riding the ski lift at Bretton Woods

The views of Mount Washington in the distance didn’t disappoint (and I’m happy to report that I didn’t lose my sandals or drop my camera!)

View of Mount Washington from the ski lift at Bretton Woods


After our strenuous workout riding the chair lift, it was back to the hotel for some quiet time…

Photo of my mom knitting and admiring the view at Mount Washington Hotel

And cocktails followed by dinner.

Champagne drinks overlooking Mount Washington

(If you’ve enjoyed this post, I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for “Part II” where I’ll post pictures from our trek to the top of Mount Washington.)





  1. Tina says:

    Sigh…..lovely photos, Joana dear! Thanks for letting us live vicariously! Can’t wait to hear more about it.

    • Joana says:

      Hi Tina Dearie,

      Thanks so much for your comment and for your phone message yesterday. I’ll try calling you today or getting in touch tomorrow when I’m on the bus back to NYC. I’m off to post more photos on my blooooog now.

      Love you lots! Joana

      On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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