Having grown up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, our family was looking for a place that could re-create that unique atmosphere and lifestyle for our reunion earlier this month.
We found it at Purity Spring.
The accommodations were excellent. It was something of a cross between "rustic" and "too fancy." (Hey - when you're going to the lake, you want it to feel like "the lake"... but then again, some places take the nostalgia schtick too far.) At Purity Spring the suites were modern, spacious and clean, and there were the requisite books and board games in the common areas and comfy couches where we could spend rainy afternoons.
The outdoor facilities allowed a huge variety of activities. There were swim beaches, kayaks, canoes, rowboats, shuffleboard and a playground for the kids. Most importantly, when it came to the outdoors activities, there was a laid back, family-friendly attitude towards the facilities. That's rare these days. There wasn't a burdensome process of "signing out" canoes, kayaks, or even the horseshoes for the horseshoe pit. And frankly, as someone who grew up on the lake and played a lot of tippy-canoe as a kid, it was refreshing to be able to grab a canoe, paddle it out to the raft and, yes, flip over my sister's kayak without fearing that I was breaking some sort of nanny rules. As I said: That's rare these days.
Couple of other things (while I ramble on)...
My family all agreed that we really liked the all-inclusive setup. The restaurant itself was great. You'd almost expect a cafeteria-style "rustic" experience in a place like this, but Purity Spring has a fairly high-end menu for breakfast and dinner. The meals were a pleasant surprise.
The staff was wonderful. You could tell the place is family-owned, and at no point did our 20 (swelling to 30 at one point) person group ever feel like we were "unwelcome." (If you've got little kids, you know what I mean... A lot of places that bill themselves as "family resorts" recoil in shock when your kids are running around at dusk making a lot of noise playing tag. It helps that at Purity Spring the different lodging options are very separated from each other, but in the end, the attitude comes back to having a great staff.)
We really didn't have any complaints, and we've already reserved our time next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Celebrating over 100 years of hospitality and outdoor recreation, family-owned Purity Spring Resort has long catered to families, groups and guests looking for traditional country lodging in a setting of forests, lakes and mountains. The resort property surrounds pristine Purity Lake, which offers unblemished shorelines, sandy beaches, bogs and heaths, and is adjacent to a NH Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition to an indoor pool and fitness center, guests can enjoy kayaking, waterskiing, hiking and biking during the warmer months plus alpine/xc skiing, snowshoeing, snowtubing, skating and sleigh rides during the winter season. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Purity Spring Hotel Madison