Regular readers of the Inn Credible New England section in this site know that the Wentworth by the Sea resort in New Castle, NH is a favored destination of your purposeful touron. This literally grand hotel satisfies every criteria on the checklist for inn credible experiences.
As a starting point, the Wentworth is a destination hotel that offers the level of luxury and comfort that supports the Inn Credible theory that spending your travel budget to fly to and stay at a mediocre property (and enduring the aggravation and incidental time and costs of flying) is better dedicated to enjoying a high-end property within a few hours of home. One advantage is being able to fit much more physical (and much less emotional) baggage in your car than is feasible regarding air travel.
A recent two-night rejuvenation journey after a winter of bomb cyclones, extended subzero weather, and a battery in a three-year-old Honda CRV EX struggling to stay alive was just what the armchair psychiatrist ordered. The added appeal of doing this at the Wentworth for a second year in a row (and already looking forward to returning next April) is a a strong "you can go home" vibe of this special place.
A large motivation for choosing the Wentworth for this badly needed period of calm and serenity was a sense of the angel that you know being better than the devil that you do not know, Most seasoned travelers have experienced enough shabby broom closets or equivalent spooky hell nightmares to have some trepidation regarding venturing to a new destination. Further, even the best of virgin territory to you often has a settling-in period that can lead to a restless night in even the most special places.
Both knowing that the Wentworth does everything right and being booked in the same water-view suite that has been my home away from home at least once a year that past three years provided valued pre-trip peace of mind.
The photos below are of the aforementioned accommodation. These images each are worth 10,000 words regarding the Inn Credible philosophy that an aspect of close-to-home travel is treating yoself with an upgrade that greatly enhances the experience.
The welcoming sense literally began before entering the hotel. I stubbornly overloaded myself with my clothes and my tech. (including an awesome HP 360 hybrid laptop/tablet that was a perfect Christmas gift) rather than make two trips. One guest kindly opened the door for me, and two others offered to help ease my load.
Equally stubborn (and foolish) male pride precluded accepting the latter offer. Folks who choose to accept a little help from their friends can utilize the services of the congenial and strong bellmen.
The check-in was very smooth and friendly; arriving at the same suite that I have called home on five prior occasions did feel like a homecoming.
As a New Year's Day 2019 Inn Credible article indicates the Salt Restaurant in the hotel lobby offers a terrific "fun, local, lively" experience. The treats this time included a perfectly mixed Mojito while savoring a brick-over sausage-and-pepperoni flatbread.
The sense that the percentage of guests who bring dogs to the hotel increases every year further adds to the homeyness of the hotel; these furbabies looking as happy as their pawrents is a great endorsement of the hotel.
A related perspective is often teasing the highly significant other of your not-so-humble reviewer about merely sitting around on visiting family in Phoenix and that clan largely doing nothing on annual trips here. The NH seacoast area is wonderful, but a day at the Wentworth is a treat in itself. Sleeping in, taking a swim, relaxing in the room, and meeting someone for dinner nicely filled one day of the trip,
All of this amounts to confidence in stating that virgins and "sluts" alike have no cause to dread staying at the Wentworth and are almost guaranteed to feel like friends and family.