First, let me be clear that Joe Dodge Lodge is more like a hostel than a hotel, with shared (very clean) bathrooms down the hall. If you're not comfortable with that sort of arrangement, then this place is not for you. However, if you are OK with that, this place is near perfect. I stayed with my husband and 2 kids (ages 4 and 6) and we loved it. The rooms are clean and well-appointed, beds are comfortable (if a little on the hard side), linens and towels are provided, and several large common rooms are really lovely and comfortable, plus there's a little nature discovery center for kids. Our family room had 2 bunk beds, with one bottom bunk being a double bed. The food at the communal meals (breakfast and dinner) was surprisingly good (delicious, really), with lots of options and no problems accommodating the kids. The staff was amazingly friendly and helpful, as well as knowledgeable about the area. Last but not least, the location is spectacular, right at the foot of Mt. Washington, with wonderful hiking trails right out the front door, free tubing and cross-country skiing available up the road (with a pass from Joe Dodge), and Wildcat ski area even closer. We're already planning a return trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pinkham Notch has been a hub for hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, and skiing on the Presidential Range of the White Mountains since the 1920s. With access to Tuckerman Ravine and the Wildcat Range just outside your door, Joe Dodge Lodge provides the perfect opportunity to tackle more challenging terrain while offering beginner hikers, climbers, and skiers a chance to practice their skills. The Lodge is located on the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountain National Forest. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Joe Dodge Hotel Gorham