A hotel adventure in the White Mountains

A hotel adventure in the White Mountains
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The facade of Adventure Suites in North Conway.

NORTH CONWAY — There is a moment in your life, perhaps when gray hair starts sprouting from your scalp and snaking up the sides of your head like on a latter-day Bride of Frankenstein, when it’s time to act in a manner befitting your years. As an example, let’s say you drive more than three hours in rush-hour traffic from Boston to the White Mountains. The grown-up thing to do is arrive at your hotel, peel the desert-dry contact lenses out of your eyes, and burrow under a duvet.

When I arrived late at the Adventure Suites in North Conway, I was covered in Cheeto dust from my rest area dinner, and my only luggage was the bags under my eyes. I was prepared to act my age and sleep. But something magical happened when I opened the door to my room. (Cue the Disney soundtrack!) Burrowing under a duvet needed to wait.

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The taxi turns into Cliff Road in Burton Bradstock and drops us at the Seaside Boarding House. Up to this point the chatter has been about Spurs’ fading top-four hopes and the demise of Portsmouth Football Club, but now there’s a pause.

“Wow! It’s the view you’re paying for, isn’t it?” says the driver. You know you’re off to a good start when a man whose regular beat includes Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is impressed.

Stand outside the simple, unimposing house and its cliff-top location offers views of Chesil Beach, Portland and Weymouth to the east; look west and there is Lyme Regis and, a little closer to home, West Bay, where the TV crime drama Broadchurch was filmed. You could, of course, just gaze out at the sea or walk down the path to the beach – which takes less than a minute. Relaxing and downshifting are essential for making the best of a break in this most glorious of settings.

Snooze or sea view? The boarding house’s room 302

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