After Pittsburgh, the next stop on our wedding tour was in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Neither Adam nor I had been to New Hampshire before, so we were excited to spend time in the mountains together and celebrate our friends' nuptials which were taking place on Loon Mountain.
After a four-hour drive through windy roads of Vermont and New Hampshire, we arrived in Lincoln, a quaint ski town with a lot character and charm that boasted beautiful views of the mountains as its backdrop.
The resort we stayed in was just as beautiful. Riverwalk Resort at Loon Mountain, located about a mile from Loon Mountain, may have been the tallest building in the town, but it was also the most charming. Driving through the town, you cannot miss the resort; the bright-red roof and clean, white façade makes the resort impossible to miss.
Before we got to the resort, we were a little skeptical; the price to stay was not cheap (weekend rates start at $300/night) and, because the hotel operates independently, we could not redeem nor earn points. We payed for the stay using our Chase Sapphire Reserve card to earn 3 Ultimate Reward points per dollar. But, once we arrived, we were not disappointed.
The exterior was clean, inviting, and modern, and it was clear that the resort had recently been through a renovation. The lobby was just as beautiful with a sleek, modern design. The front desk personnel was friendly and accommodating. They saw to it we got into our room almost two hours before check-in so we could get ready for the night's wedding festivities.
Upon entering the suite, we were pleasantly surprised by both the suite and the view. As soon as we entered, we walked into an open layout kitchen and living room. The kitchen was equipped with marble countertops, brand-new appliances, and all the utensils necessary for cooking. The living room had a sofa, armchairs, and a fireplace. Although it was 75 degrees and we were in June, Adam and I were tempted to turn on the fireplace because it was that beautiful. The fireplace wasn't the only source of charm; the view from the living room was incredible. With the curtains opened, we looked directly at the mountains.
In the bedroom, we had a king-sized bed, a beautiful view of the mountains, and access to a balcony. We also had a large claw foot bathtub (yes, a bathtub IN the bedroom!) that I used as soon as I possibly could. The bathroom, which was connected to both the bedroom and the living room, was incredibly clean with a stand-up shower and a lot of storage space.
What we loved about Riverwalk Resort, besides the view and the gorgeous suite, was that guests could visit the on-premise winery, Seven Birches, restaurant, La Vista, or the spa, Solstice North. We visited the winery and realized quickly that New Hampshire is not known for their wines. The Malbec, which was the resort's "best-seller," tasted of aluminum. While the wines were not spectacular, the atmosphere and view was. There was also a walking trail next to the river not far from the hotel that could be easily accessed.
THE PROF'S GRADE: A
Although the price of the resort was higher than we expected for the area, the large comfortable suites were a great value and we loved everything about our stay at Riverwalk. The resort is clean and modern with friendly staff and a great location. If you visit Lincoln, NH, we highly recommend staying at the Riverwalk Resort. Just maybe skip the Malbec.