Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.




Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Mount Washington Hotel





This is the Mount Washington Hotel located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Nice, huh?

To see more Mount Washington Hotel photos and read about our Thanksgiving stay click here.

From their website:
It was built by New Hampshire native Joseph Stickney, who made his fortune in coal mining and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Stickney spared no expense in building the imposing hotel. The latest design and construction methods were used.

Ground was broken in 1900 and construction was completed in 1902. Two hundred and fifty Italian craftsmen, skilled in masonry and woodworking, were brought to Bretton Woods and housed on the grounds.  Imported china, hand-colored postcards and playing cards and a 1917 travel guide -- genteel mementos of an elegant legacy. On July 28, 1902, the front doors of this Grand Hotel opened to the public with a staff of no less than 350.

The Hotel has been host to countless celebrities, including Thomas Edison, Babe Ruth and three U.S. Presidents.

The Mount Washington Hotel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places and 6,400 acres of beautiful woodlands were sold to the United States government for inclusion in the White Mountain National Forest.

In 1986, the United States Department of the Interior recognized the historical and architectural significance of The Mount Washington Hotel with a National Historic Landmark designation.

In 1991, a new chapter in the Hotel's history began as a group of New Hampshire businessmen joined forces to purchase it and the surrounding property to ensure its place in the 21st Century. Subsequent purchases of the Resort's two golf courses, surrounding development land and New Hampshire's largest ski area, Bretton Woods, successfully reunited all original Resort properties.

Making history once again, The Mount Washington Hotel opened for its "First Winter" season ever, beginning Thanksgiving Day, 1999!


Now, in 2010, for the first time ever, the Peters family will be staying here for Thanksgiving. Cool, huh? Don't worry, I'm bringing my camera.

This month has been a very difficult one for all of us. Weston struggled with a potential new diagnosis and middle school transition difficulties. Nicholas had several physical issues including an increase to his growth hormone therapy. I am overwhelmed with caring for my children and my mother. And as for Pete, it has been nothing but work, work, work.

It is time for a mini family vacation.

Weston, my nature boy, loves New Hampshire, sine there is so much to see and do there.

Nicholas is excited because.............you guessed it..........there will be no shortage of fireplaces!!! There are several in the dining areas and lobby. And even one in our room!

There will be lots of games and activities planned at the hotel for the family to enjoy. The boys were both excited to learn that Santa Claus will also be making a visit here. (Although Weston is still keeping the secret for Nicholas)

For me, I am just happy I do not have to shop, clean, prepare, cook, and wash dishes. For the first time in a long time, I can just relax.

This is the Great Hall where Thanksgiving dinner will be served. I can taste the turkey already.

The forecast for New Hampshire on Thursday........snow!

Not a lot, just enough to make it a festive holiday. Needless to say, I am really looking forward to our visit. I plan on taking lots of photos for all of you to see.

I think mostly, I am looking forward to just walking the grounds and having some quiet time.


A very happy and safe Thanksgiving wish to all!