Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.
- John Muir
the first sight of the Mt. Washington Hotel from a viewing area across the highway. It's October when this is shot so foliage is starting to appear.
A view from the driveway of the golf course on the front lawn of the hotel
NH is the granite state - so I wanted to include this nice granite boulder into the scene...
..the scene as you drive up to the parking lots on the side of the hotel.
The straight-on shot of the front of this grand structure...
one of many towers and balconies for rooms that are probably the most expensive... 360 degree views!
Even if you aren't staying there you can walk around on the giant veranda/porch and see scenes like this as you rock the hours away...
This scene looks set up, but it was just as you see it. Wicker looks great and timeless on this veranda.
I was happy to see the chairs casting shadows here at the right front end of the veranda. See the beautiful semicircular porch design at the rightmost end of the hotel...
the only way to get all of this in was to shoot at 15mm - just a gorgeous scene - and NO PEOPLE at the time I shot this - perfect!
relaxing wicker chairs for foliage viewing...
that semi-circular porch affords a wide view of the mountains all around..
another 15mm wide angle shot as I continue to shoot around the back side of the hotel. The sky was cooperating on this day with beautiful light, formations
behind the hotel there is an open air area where weddings and other special events can take place. No skimping on design details here. This railing provides a great anchor to this foliage scene.
the back porch, just like any other back porch? This one stretches quite far.
a scene looking out across the white mountains from the back porch...
Comfortable seats everywhere to enjoy the scenery.
Another beautiful curved porch on the back of the hotel. There is a ballroom to the left of this scene. Check out the old paint layers, which say so much about the preservation of this hotel.
the doorhandle to the ballroom - beautiful brass that has aged so well
while I shot this image with a wide angle lens, that staircase is still very wide and grand! Think about the crummy end of the hallway staircase at the last Holiday Inn you stayed at... this was designed when people fretted over these kinds of design details..