A food lover’s resort in a postcard-worthy setting, Owl’s Nest Resort in the White Mountains is easy to get to but hard to leave. After a contactless check-in into my cottage, I spent a weekend exploring its food, lodging, and activities. While there’s so much I loved, here’s a guide to three of its best features.
Whether you need a one bedroom for a romantic getaway or a house for a family gathering, Owl’s Nest Resort offers a variety of modern rental homes. For this trip, I stayed in a “Nano” unit, which, despite its name, felt anything but small. The basics? It’s a private one bedroom cottage with a king bed, an efficient kitchen, and an open living area. Once I opened the door though, I found so much more, including beautiful cathedral ceilings that made the space feel spacious, thoughtful touches like local coffee, and breathtaking mountain views from each window in the cabin.
I loved how the modern-yet-minimalist interior let the area’s natural beauty shine through. My favorite feature was the deck facing the mountains. In the morning, it was so refreshing to walk out onto the private deck with a cup of coffee to revel in the fresh air and mountains view. Vacation mornings don’t get more relaxing than that.
El Nido del Barrio (The Neighborhood Nest) – Owl’s Nest Resort’s ghost kitchen. Food is prepared in their pre-existing commercial kitchen at Panorama Six82 and served to customers via takeout.
Like most of us, I’ve had a lot of takeout this year. Because of this, I would never expect ordering takeout to be one of the most memorable experiences of my trip. But between the vibrant flavors of the food and the cozy cabin setting, my takeout meal from El Nido del Barrio was the unexpected highlight of my stay.
As with all great Mexican food, the dishes were fresh in ingredients and rich in flavors. Earlier in the day, I spoke with Owl’s Nest Executive Chef Juan Olivares about the heart and soul that went into crafting El Nido’s menu.
Inspired by the authentic Mexican food he grew up eating, Chef Olivares described it best when he said the taste of the dishes is something “you would really only get if you went to somebody’s home.” And that’s exactly how it felt as I unplugged by the fire with a bottle of wine and my Sopes with barbacoa and Ceviche con Totopos.
To deliver a takeout experience that rivals dining inside of a restaurant, with food that looks as beautiful in a container as it does on a plate and flavors that survive traveling, is no small feat. But the team at El Nido del Barrio have managed to deliver just that. For any foodie looking to experience the trend of a ghost kitchen done right or a local or guest looking for a delicious meal, don’t miss ordering from El Nido del Barrio before it closes for the season this March. (Keep an eye out for potential pop-ups this summer though!)
Must Try Items: Costillas de Cerdo. Chef Olivares’ favorite childhood dish and inspired from his Mom’s own recipe.
For a more traditional dine-in restaurant experience, I found myself lounging in Panorama Six82, savoring seasonal creations and panoramic mountain views. The standout dishes included a crispy fried haddock reuben sandwich on rye with coleslaw, lettuce, gruyere, and tartar sauce. Plus, a grilled cheese on buttered sourdough with layers of gruyere and cheddar, bacon-shallot jam, Granny Smith Apples, and spinach.
Must try item: The smoked smoked scallop and saffron chowder. The best chowder I’ve ever had.
While the resort feels secluded, Owl’s Nest Resort’s location in Thornton makes it a convenient base camp to explore the wonders of the White Mountains. Some of the state’s best skiing, hiking, leaf-peeping, and attractions are only a short drive away.
But the resort itself is also brimming with enough activities that you never have to step foot off the grounds. You’ll find all of the classic amenities, including a fitness center, pool, and outdoor jacuzzi. What really sets Owl’s Nest Resort apart though, is its one-of-a-kind athletic facilities. It’s home to New Hampshire’s only Nicklaus designed golf course and the first public platform tennis facility in NH. One of the best parts of my stay was actually an activity that requires no skill! Sledding down one of the resort’s many hills after a beautiful morning walk around the grounds.
Plan Your Next Trip or Dinner Reservation to Owl’s Nest Resort
If you’re imagining yourself waking up to the mountains from your private home or cottage, or can’t wait to try delicious seasonal dishes surrounded by panoramic views, visit http://owlsnestresort.com to make your plans today!