We hosted our wedding at Purity Spring Resort, and found a hidden jewel of the White Mountains. The staff were attentive to our every request (Laurie Campbell especially was a whirlwind of coordination and planning) and the scenery was amazing.
The deluxe suite we stayed in (in the Mountainside Condos) was wonderfully maintained, with a hot tub, a king sized bed, and a kitchen. In previewing the site for our guests, we also stayed in the Lakeside Cottage once, which was also well appointed, and aptly named. We toured mid-price housing in King Pine and the economy housing in the lodges, to get a feel for what we were getting our guests into. It all looked quite nice and well maintained, and we heard only praise from our guests. The wide range of housing options available made it easy to accommodate guests with different needs -- families, groups of friends who wanted to stay together, guests on a budget, people with pets, etc.
Our guests enjoyed many of the resort facilities. The Mill housed a very nice pool and hot tub. We were lucky to have perfect weather, so lots of people spent time in the lake or relaxing on the shore. The resort has a floating "iceberg" climbing wall that challenged all but the most athletic of our guests. Many people took out canoes and kayaks. The children enjoyed all the playground equipment and toys.
The food was fantastic. Breakfast from the Traditions restaurant was included with everyone’s room. On the busy days, they put out a buffet breakfast, while on other days they made breakfast to order. We worked with their chef to produce a delicious wedding banquet buffet. Chef Trevor was also very helpful in making sure that all of our guests with special dietary needs had plenty to eat. Purity Spring provided a reasonably-priced sandwich buffet for one of our lunches and a delicious barbecue on the island in the middle of the lake for the other.
As the event organizers, one thing we particularly liked was that King Pine lodge has several different spaces we could use for different activities at the same time. Purity Spring also had no problem with us deciding to simply place a large order from a local pizza place for Friday night dinner (rather than trying to gouge us for every last nickel, like some other wedding venues we talked to). The only issues we had were a) the buildings are pretty far apart, so some of our guests had to either walk a fair way or get in a car to get where they wanted to be, b) there is almost no cell signal at the resort (which is either a positive or a negative, depending on your viewpoint) and c) while all of the buildings had wireless Internet, it was sometimes a little flaky (particularly in King Pine Lodge).
Every person we interacted with at Purity Spring, from the event coordinator to the waitstaff to the housekeeping staff, was friendly and helpful. Every time we asked them for something (and we had a lot of unusual requests), they found some way to accommodate it. When we showed up Friday morning totally stressed out, we knew after 5 minutes of talking with Laurie that everything would be fine -- and it was! We had exactly the wedding weekend we wanted, and we have Purity Spring Resort and its staff to thank for that.
We and all of our guests had a fantastic weekend together with fun activities, tasty food, and beautiful scenery. We had so much fun that our guests keep suggesting we do it again next year -- and we just might!
- 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