Summer Resorts 2002-Northeast: Bretton Woods, N.H.

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Bretton Woods, N.H.

Exactly 100 years ago, renowned hotelier Joseph Stickney opened the Mount Washington Hotel at the base of what is now Bretton Woods Ski Resort with a simple, elegant goal: provide mountain lovers with a spectacularly grand vacation experience. Come 2002, that notion has improved. While the hub of winter activity is Bretton Woods, summer action shifts to the hotel, where beyond the expansive veranda, championship golf, clay-court tennis programs and spectacular hikes beckon.

The golf course, heralded as one of America's prettiest, offers 27 holes at the base of fabled 6,288-foot Mt. Washington, the East's highest peak. The tennis courts, red clay á la Roland Garros, have hosted the world's top players. Lesson programs anchor both fairways and courts.

Inside, the hotel is a destination within itself. So big it has its own zip code, it offers the same feel it had in 1902¿white-glove elegance coupled with a happy-family feel emanating from the indoor pool (the original to the resort), an outdoor pool, activities on the rolling lawn and world-class food.

Summer here proves it: Aging well is everything. ¿Moira McCarthy

DON'T MISS The Mount Washington Hotel's 100th Birthday Celebration, July 28-Aug. 4, featuring music, historic tours of the hotel, culinary events, contests and parties.

best deal One night at the Mount Washington, 18 holes of golf or a tennis lesson, plus three gourmet meals runs $349-$389 per person. 603-278-1000; www.mtwashington.com.