Resort History

Many great stories come from humble beginnings, and our story is no different. The doors of what would become a world-famous resort were opened to two weary travelers taken in for the night. They were on their way from Montreal to Boston and their stagecoach overturned. The driver directed them to a nearby farmhouse in the small township of Whitefield, New Hampshire.

A Place of Hospitality from the Start

Despite the late hour, the owners of the farmhouse—William and Mary Jane Dodge—welcomed the travelers graciously and took them in. Though the travelers originally planned on a single night's stay, their desire to reach Boston quickly waned thanks to two fortuitous occurrences.

Upon waking up and taking in the breathtaking view of the White Mountains (and a delicious home-cooked breakfast), the travelers were so captivated they decided to stay an entire week. The rest is history.

Our History

  • 1865—First lodgers
  • 1866—Official opening as an Inn and first addition to the home is made
  • 1872—New three-story building replaces farmhouse
  • 1880—Another addition doubles the size of the Mountain View House
  • 1884-1919—Dodges oversee management and expand hotel into a substantial resort complex
  • 1900-1905—Nine-hole golf course, steam heat and electric lighting added
  • 1911-1912—Erect Italian Revival style tower—focal point of resort visible from miles away
  • 1919-1948—World-class resort with fourth floor, east wing expansion, clubhouse and swimming pool
  • 1965—Century Hall, a modern and functional entertainment hall, is added
  • 1979—Sold to Mountain View Associates
  • 1986—Hotel closes
  • 1999—Golf course, clubhouse, heated pool, tennis courts, lawn games and wine cellar renovated
  • 2001—$20 million renovation including interior demolition, exterior construction and landscaping begin
  • 2002—Mountain View Grand celebrates Grand re-opening
  • 2005—Property joins unique collection of historical hotels, including The Biltmore and Le Pavillion
  • 2009—Commissioned Northern Power Systems to build a 121-foot wind turbine behind the resort

History Video Series

The short history series below will take you back to the day when Mr. and Mrs. Dodge took in their first weary travelers and how such an act of kindness would transform their home into a world-class resort and spa where thousands of guests visit every year to make their own family histories.

Historical Photos

Water Tower Removal

On June 2, 2015, the water towers that had stood behind the hotel for over 50 years were taken down by the expert professionals at Iseler Demolition. The water towers had been used primarily to irrigate the golf course and the resort grounds. However, in the past decade they had become significantly corroded and in 2015 reached the end of their lives.

Tower Spa

The Tower Spa offers a wide range of services for any occasion. Whether you want to look your best for your wedding, or you want to unwind with something just for you...

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Local Attractions

While Mountain View Grand is a destination unto itself, we are very close to wonderful attractions sure to offer some fantastic fun and diversions for the whole family...

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Resort Dining

Enjoy a delicious farm-to-table meal right on site. With both formal and casual dining options, enjoy exquisite dining whether poolside, deck-side or inside...

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Hotel Exterior


Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

101 Mountain View Road
Whitefield, New Hampshire 03598

Phone: 855.837.2100