Embraced by 800,000 acres in the White Mountain National Forest, this grand white-faced, red-roofed hotel, opened in 1902, rises from the evergreens like a great ocean liner moored in the wilderness. In the wake of a major renovation and expansion, the resort is better now than when it attracted the likes of Winston Churchill, Bobby Jones, and three U.S. presidents. Reopened five years ago, the walker-friendly main course, originally laid out by Donald Ross in 1915, is an updated classic that sprawls across the valley floor below the treeless summit of 6,288-foot Mt. Washington, the highest peak north of the Carolinas and east of the Rockies.
Bretton Woods, N.H.