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How to Do a Weekend in the White Mountains, New Hampshire

Nestled on the banks of beautiful Iona Lake in New Hampshire, Huttopia White Mountains has it all—a beach, forest, nearby mountains, and easy access to North Conway or Boston.

How to Do a Weekend in the White Mountains, New Hampshire

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Hotels:
Huttopia White Mountains, the ultimate glamping destination, opened in 2017. The seasonal property is open from May to October, and offers four levels of accommodations, ranging from basic tents to the Chalets (wood cabins with two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a wood stove). I stayed in a Trapper’s Tent, a large tent that sleeps up to five people. The Trapper’s Tents have two separate sleeping areas (one with a double bed and one with a double bed and lofted single bed), a kitchen, and a real bathroom with a shower.

The campgrounds feature a heated pool, playground, and a private beach. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and firepit.

Friday:
After checking in to Huttopia, head directly to the property’s retro Airstream trailer, which is equipped with a real pizza oven, churning out delicious pizzas with every topping imaginable. Pair it with beer or wine from the bar, and relax on the terrace while you dine. Treat yourself to ice cream at the end of the meal before heading back to your tent for the night.

Saturday:
Huttopia is a French-Canadian founded company, and it shows—the Airstream also serves up authentic French crepes, which make for a great breakfast in the morning. Their coffee is sourced from a local roaster, and is miles above and beyond what you’d expect to find at campground—don’t miss out on the espresso!

Once you’re adequately nourished and caffeinated, it’s time to explore the White Mountains. Mount Whiteface and Passaconaway are a short drive down the road. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can tackle both summits in one 11-mile loop.

After, head back to Huttopia to soak your tired muscles in the heated pool.

Cook dinner over your private firepit—if you’ve forgotten your s’mores supplies, Huttopia has a general store with everything you need.

Sunday:
Rent a canoe or SUP from Huttopia’s private beach and head out to explore the pristine lake. If you’re visiting in the fall, it may not be swimming weather, but the foliage around the lake is unbeatable.

Dining:
Huttopia’s Airstream trailer
Hobbs Tavern
Batter Up Bakery

Attractions:
Mount Whiteface
Mount Passaconaway
White Mountain National Forest

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Caroline was hosted by Huttopia White Mountains. Follow Caroline’s adventures around New England and the world on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline .

By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Boston.com, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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