We traveled a very long way to get to the Lantern Campground. I wanted to take the kids to Santa's Village because I had been there as a kid. Thirty years later I remembered we stayed across the road at a campground. That campground was bought by a couple and named the Lantern. It was amazing. We hauled our hard-top with us, so I cannot speak about the motel. But the lot we had could not have been more perfect. That's where I will start. When I booked I asked for a lot as close to the bathrooms as possible. We have three little kids. When we got there our wish was granted. Site 19 was directly across the road. Check-in was fast and we were unpacking in no time. The first stop was to the pool. To the right of the washrooms (the building also houses the laundry, arcade, and handicapped/family bathroom) was one of two pools. It played music under water and the kids loved it. It was nice and big and very clean. There were plenty of deck chairs and lounge chairs; some with tables and umbrellas. There was also a hot tub. There was also a lot of time spent under the large pavilion. All weekend long there were activities and crafts for the kids. It was "Easter in August" while we were there so the kids made Easter eggs for one craft. The pavilion allows activities to carry on in any weather. One staff member played with my kids for two hours one rainy night. Charades was hilarious. There is a small petting zoo with two calves in it. There was a playground, community campfire area, and hayrides. There is also a service where Ms. Sleeytime ( I think that was her name) will come tell your kids a bedtime story. We didn't get a chance to do that.
The sites are not private and treed, some may not like that as much, but we didn't mind it at all. Our site was easy to pull into and out of. Also, for those who need a place to do dishes, there is one bathroom area with a deep outdoor sink for scrubbing up the dishes. Not all campgrounds provide this. The showers are free and the bathrooms were clean. The staff was very friendly, even pulling out pictures of what it looked like a long time ago so I could relive when I was there with my family years ago. This campground was a nice size, too. Not too big. And it is across the street, diagonally, from Santa's Village. Most people walked.The White Mountains were beautiful. We got a couple of displays of Nature's wild side when a huge thunder and lightning storm rolled in. I have NEVER heard thunder that loud. It must echo off the mountains. But what a story we have. And a rooster could be heard not too far away...just loud enough we could hear it once we woke up. That was just neat. We will definitely go back.
It didn't look like there were any inconvenient sites.
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