Relaxing at the Mount Washington Hotel
Traveling throughout New England presents an on-going opportunity for surprise. One of our favorite stops on our visit to the White Mountains was a brief couple of hours at the Mt. Washington Hotel. Not to sound like I’m pursuing a job writing their brochures, the back of the Hotel really does offer some of the most stunning views of the Presidential Range. Depending on where you sit and your willingness to get out of the chair and try a different vista, you can easily get a 180 degree view. It was a chilly, overcast day when we visited, making for a spectacular mood.
The Hotel is steeped in history, a history that the proprietors try to keep alive through a sensitivity to space and interior and exterior design. Love it or hate it, this is where the Bretton Woods Conference took place establishing our current economic order, the World Bank and the IMF. The documents were signed just to the left of where I was standing when I took this image.
The service fits the decor. This is time travel indeed. If we only all treated each other the way the staff treats the guests… We did ask permission to put down tripods, and were given friendly access to the first two floors. The quid pro quo: we all had brunch there, which was to die for. Bad deal? I don’t think so….
Technical note: Both images are high dynamic range (HDR) photographs, utilizing Photomatix pro (above) and HDR Efex Pro (below).