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By Nathan Tavares | The Improper Bostonian

“Do you ski or snowboard?” asks nearly every New Englander, with the tone that an answer of “neither, thanks” will be met with horror. Whatever your reason for saying nope to the slopes—the cost, the cold, a general fondness for your ACL—you can still loop over to Loon Mountain in New Hampshire for a quiet escape, all without hurling yourself down a mountain.

A two-hour drive from Boston and tucked a hair over two miles from the Loon Mountain ski resort, Lincoln’s RiverWalk Resort is an ideal base camp for a quick getaway, with reduced rates on midweek stays through the rest of the winter. The resort opened in 2016 at the site of an abandoned paper mill, but it’s hard to imagine the spot as anything other than a sprawling Swiss castle once you see its red roof peaks surrounded by the snow-capped White Mountains. Each of the 138 units—from studios to penthouse suites—exude a condo-like feel, with kitchens, balconies and fireplaces in living rooms. Wood and stone add cozy appeal to the traditional decor, with suites boasting soaking tubs meant for long lounges with a glass of wine.

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