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Location:
Main Street in North Conway, Carroll County, New Hampshire

Architectural Design:
Colonial Revival style hotel

Year Built:
1926 by H.E. Mason, became the Eastern Slope Inn Resort in 1937 when purchased by Harvey Gibson

National Register of Historic Places: 1982

Owner Operator:
Attitash Mountain Service Company, North Conway N.H.

Tag line:
Because where you stay should be just as memorable as where you visit


The Eastern Slope Inn Resort is an elegant, four-season resort located on the National Register of Historic Places in the center of New Hampshire’s North Conway Village. Situated on 40 acres, within walking distance of quaint shops, restaurants, cafes, and popular attractions, the Resort features 250 rooms bridging the charm of yesteryear with modern day comforts and conveniences. The main inn offers a variety of elegantly furnished guest rooms with many units featuring kitchenettes. Also on site, guests can choose from studios, townhouses and deluxe suites with gas fireplaces, spa tubs, full kitchens and living rooms. Resort amenities include the Eastern Slope Playhouse, indoor heated pool, outdoor hot-tub, Flatbread Restaurant & Pub, tennis courts, fitness facility, playground, retail shops and walking trails to the Saco River.

For more than 87 years, the historic elegance and awarded history of the Resort is reflected in Eastern Slope Inn’s unyielding commitment to guest satisfaction. Since the Resort’s origins in 1926, the Resort has experienced tremendous growth, spanning such capital enhancements as the construction of additional accommodations and most recently a new fitness facility and renovations to the main lobby - restoring it back to its historic elegance.

Decades may have passed since the Resort’s inception, however the unwavering pursuit to ensure guests arrive with enthusiasm and return home with fond memories has never been more evident than it is today.

Eastern Slope Inn Resort’s historic elegance is greatly influenced by the resort’s prominent location and richly embedded history in North Conway Village.


HISTORY

In the summer of 1937, Harvey Dow Gibson, a Conway, New Hampshire native, purchased the Eastern Slope Inn, which had been known as the Randall Hotel. Gibson was born and raised in North Conway, educated locally at nearby Fryeburg Academy, and later Bowdoin College in Maine. He enjoyed a successful career in New York’s financial community and was the president of Manufacturers Trust Company in New York when he and his wife returned to North Conway for the 1937 New Year’s holiday.

Watching his daughter take ski lessons in nearby Jackson brought back memories of the rivalry between North Conway and Jackson, a rivalry that continues today. Harvey Gibson determined, at that time, to make North Conway the ski center of the Eastern Slope Region, now known as the Mt. Washington Valley.

Shortly after purchasing the Inn and a large part of Mt. Cranmore, Gibson consulted with his friend and fellow ski area developer, Averell Harriman. Harriman was busily transforming Sun Valley, Idaho into a world-class ski resort, and he suggested that Gibson build the most modern tramway (ski lift) then possible. Thus, the Cranmore Skimobile was constructed, and an original car from the Skimobile sits at the front of The Inn today.

With the purchase of Mt. Cranmore, the Eastern Slope Inn, and the installation of the Skimobile, Gibson moved closer to making North Conway the epicenter of skiing in the northeast. However, he was far from finished. Gibson purchased the Eastern Slope Ski School and headquartered it at the Inn. At this time he learned of a man so talented at ski instruction that his style of skiing lives on today, Hannes Schneider. Unfortunately, Schneider was interned in a Nazi prison camp in Austria, but Gibson was not deterred. Through his international banking connections, Harvey Gibson arranged for the release of Hannes Schneider and his family and brought them to North Conway.

The arrival of Hannes Schneider seemed to tie everything together, and Mt. Cranmore and North Conway began to boom. Schneider led the development of Cranmore and the development of his revolutionary skiing style, while he continued to provide ski instruction. Soon Mt. Cranmore, with the modern facilities and the engaging personality of Hannes Schneider, became one of the most popular Ski Mountains in the United States. Harvey Gibson continued to develop the Eastern Slope Inn, realizing his vision of North Conway as a sports mecca. The Inn was opened year-round, and Carroll Reed’s Ski Shop was located in the Inn alongside the Eastern Slope Ski School. To further the Eastern Slope Inn’s cause, Gibson set out to provide the Inn with a stunning array of winter and summer sporting activities.

In the summer of 1938, the Inn inaugurated the Eastern Slope Horseshow, which brought nationally famous horses and riders from New York. The event was considered the finest attraction in the White Mountains and continued until the 1950s. 1939 saw two more major events: the national radio broadcast delivered by Lowell Thomas featuring an interview with Hannes Schneider and the establishment of the Eastern Slope Gold Racket Tennis Championship. The tennis tournament drew the best players in the United States and was reported to be “the strongest field that had competed in a singles tournament in New England in years.”

The Inn continued to be successful for many years after Harvey Gibson’s death in 1950. However, the Inn fell on hard times in the 1970s when the country was stuck in a deep recession fueled by the now infamous Oil Crisis of the late 70s. Sadly, in 1976 the Inn closed its doors. The following year, Eastern Mountain Sports acquired the property and opened a retail outdoor sporting goods store on the ground floor of the Inn, and continued to operate the Inn’s restaurant. 1980 saw a dramatic turn in the Inn’s fate: a limited partnership group, Eastern Slope Inn Associates, purchased the property from EMS with the purpose of restoring the Inn to its former glory.

The restoration began with the Inn’s lobby and the second and third floor guestrooms. No expense was spared in the restoration process; the walls were gutted; new wiring and plumbing installed; insulation, soundproofing, and the addition of thermopane windows rounded out the extensive project. Modern fire-safety systems and a computer-controlled climate control system, which monitors the energy of the building, were installed.

On Friday, July 17, 1981, the Eastern Slope Inn resumed hotel operations 55 years to the day after its first opening. The following summer the Eastern Slope Inn was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn’s transformation into the modern era continued with the introduction of a vacation ownership program. Vacationers could now stay at the Inn in traditional fashion, by the night, the weekend, or longer. However, vacation ownership allowed for a fourth option: the purchase of a specific time-period each year where an owner prepays his or her vacation lodging costs at today’s prices.

Development continues today with the addition of cottages and other buildings adjacent to the main inn such as the Savard House, the Norcross Building, and the Randall House. In 1999, the Inn became a property of the Mount Washington Valley Accommodations & Conference Center, an entity owned by Eastern Slope Inn Associates. The Inn is now part of the second largest lodging and conference facility in New Hampshire...and continues to evolve into the 21st century.

ROOM TYPES

Signature Rooms
Eastern Slope Inn Resort offers deluxe, signature appointed studios, suites, and 2-4 bedroom units that were specifically designed to offer guests modern convenience and New England charm. Many of these deluxe units feature a gas fireplace, 2-person spa tub, full kitchen, living room and balcony or deck.

Carriage and Whitaker House Suites
Carriage House and Whitaker House suites overlook a tranquil duck pond and blossoming apple orchard in the spring with views of the golf course and towering cliffs of Cathedral Ledge. The suite buildings offer modern amenities, combining upscale accommodations with studios and one-bedroom units. Accommodations in these multi-level buildings feature king or queen beds, spa tubs, gas fireplaces and large screen televisions. Additionally, studio and one-bedroom accommodations are equipped with kitchens, dining area, washer and dryer.

Norcross and Plaza Suites
The Norcross and Plaza suites offer modern accommodations in a New England Village setting, convenient to all of the resort’s facilities, and just minutes from some of the most unique shops in North Conway.

Cottages
Named after local mountains, and located in a quiet corner of the resort, the cottages offer one and two bedroom accommodations. Named after local mountains in the area, each cottage offers modern amenities in a comfortable relaxing setting. Most have kitchens, gas fireplace, and a washer and dryer. Cottages all share a common lawn and barbecue area.

On property amenities include:
• Winding paths to the banks of the scenic Saco River through blossoming apple orchards
• Fishing, swimming, tubing, kayaking and canoeing
• Glass-enclosed, heated swimming pool with outdoor spa tub
• Clay tennis courts
• Fitness center
• Onsite restaurant
• Stocked fishpond
• Game room
• Playgrounds
• Iceskating

* Package and promotional programs to local attractions and retail shopping (outlets, boutiques and shops)