MainStreet in North Conway, Carroll County, New Hampshire
ColonialRevival style hotel
1926by H.E. Mason, became the Eastern Slope Inn Resort in 1937 when purchased byHarvey Gibson
National Register of Historic Places: 1982
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TheEastern Slope Inn Resort is an elegant, four-season resort located on theNational Register of Historic Places in the center of New Hampshire’s NorthConway Village. Situated on 40 acres,within walking distance of quaint shops, restaurants, cafes, and popularattractions, the Resort features 250 rooms bridging the charm of yesteryearwith modern day comforts and conveniences. The main inn offers a variety of elegantly furnished guest rooms withmany units featuring kitchenettes. Alsoon site, guests can choose from studios, townhouses and deluxe suites with gasfireplaces, spa tubs, full kitchens and living rooms. Resort amenities includethe Eastern Slope Playhouse, indoor heated pool, outdoor hot-tub, FlatbreadRestaurant & Pub, tennis courts, fitness facility, playground, retail shopsand walking trails to the Saco River.
Formore than 87 years, the historic elegance and awarded history of the Resort isreflected in Eastern Slope Inn’s unyielding commitment to guestsatisfaction. Since the Resort’s originsin 1926, the Resort has experienced tremendous growth, spanning such capitalenhancements as the construction of additional accommodations and most recentlya new fitness facility and renovations to the main lobby – restoring it back toits historic elegance.
Decadesmay have passed since the Resort’s inception, however the unwavering pursuit toensure guests arrive with enthusiasm and return home with fond memories hasnever been more evident than it is today.
EasternSlope Inn Resort’s historic elegance is greatly influenced by the resort’sprominent location and richly embedded history in North Conway Village.
Inthe 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 FryeburgAcademy, and later Bowdoin College in Maine. He enjoyed a successful career inNew York’s financial community and was the president of Manufacturers TrustCompany in New York when he and his wife returned to North Conway for the 1937New Year’s holiday.
Watchinghis daughter take ski lessons in nearby Jackson brought back memories of therivalry between North Conway and Jackson, a rivalry that continues today.Harvey Gibson determined, at that time, to make North Conway the ski center ofthe Eastern Slope Region, now known as the Mt. Washington Valley.
Shortlyafter purchasing the Inn and a large part of Mt. Cranmore, Gibson consultedwith his friend and fellow ski area developer, Averell Harriman. Harriman wasbusily transforming Sun Valley, Idaho into a world-class ski resort, and hesuggested that Gibson build the most modern tramway (ski lift) then possible.Thus, the Cranmore Skimobile was constructed, and an original car from theSkimobile sits at the front of The Inn today.
Withthe purchase of Mt. Cranmore, the Eastern Slope Inn, and the installation ofthe Skimobile, Gibson moved closer to making North Conway the epicenter ofskiing in the northeast. However, he was far from finished. Gibson purchasedthe Eastern Slope Ski School and headquartered it at the Inn. At this time helearned of a man so talented at ski instruction that his style of skiing liveson today, Hannes Schneider. Unfortunately,Schneider was interned in a Nazi prison camp in Austria, but Gibson was notdeterred. Through his international banking connections, Harvey Gibson arrangedfor the release of Hannes Schneider and his family and brought them to NorthConway.
Thearrival of Hannes Schneider seemed to tie everything together, and Mt. Cranmoreand North Conway began to boom. Schneiderled the development of Cranmore and the development of his revolutionary skiingstyle, while he continued to provide ski instruction. Soon Mt. Cranmore, with the modern facilitiesand the engaging personality of Hannes Schneider, became one of the mostpopular Ski Mountains in the United States. Harvey Gibson continued to develop the EasternSlope Inn, realizing his vision of North Conway as a sports mecca. The Inn wasopened year-round, and Carroll Reed’s Ski Shop was located in the Inn alongsidethe Eastern Slope Ski School. To further the Eastern Slope Inn’s cause, Gibsonset out to provide the Inn with a stunning array of winter and summer sportingactivities.
Inthe summer of 1938, the Inn inaugurated the Eastern Slope Horseshow, whichbrought nationally famous horses and riders from New York. The event wasconsidered the finest attraction in the White Mountains and continued until the1950s. 1939 saw two more major events:the national radio broadcast delivered by Lowell Thomas featuring an interviewwith Hannes Schneider and the establishment of the Eastern Slope Gold RacketTennis Championship. The tennistournament 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 Englandin years.”
TheInn continued to be successful for many years after Harvey Gibson’s death in1950. However, the Inn fell on hardtimes in the 1970s when the country was stuck in a de
ep recession fueled by thenow infamous Oil Crisis of the late 70s. Sadly, in 1976 the Inn closed its doors. The following year, Eastern Mountain Sportsacquired the property and opened a retail outdoor sporting goods store on theground floor of the Inn, and continued to operate the Inn’s restaurant. 1980 saw a dramatic turn in the Inn’s fate: alimited partnership group, Eastern Slope Inn Associates, purchased the propertyfrom EMS with the purpose of restoring the Inn to its former glory.
Therestoration began with the Inn’s lobby and the second and third floorguestrooms. No expense was spared in therestoration process; the walls were gutted; new wiring and plumbing installed;insulation, soundproofing, and the addition of thermopane windows rounded outthe extensive project. Modern fire-safety systems and a computer-controlledclimate control system, which monitors the energy of the building, wereinstalled.
OnFriday, July 17, 1981, the Eastern Slope Inn resumed hotel operations 55 yearsto the day after its first opening. Thefollowing summer the Eastern Slope Inn was officially listed on the NationalRegister of Historic Places. TheInn’s transformation into the modern era continued with the introduction of avacation ownership program. Vacationers could now stay at the Inn intraditional fashion, by the night, the weekend, or longer. However, vacation ownership allowed for afourth option: the purchase of a specific time-period each year where an ownerprepays his or her vacation lodging costs at today’s prices.
Developmentcontinues today with the addition of cottages and other buildings adjacent tothe main inn such as the Savard House, the Norcross Building, and the RandallHouse. In 1999, the Inn became a property of the Mount Washington ValleyAccommodations & Conference Center, an entity owned by Eastern Slope InnAssociates. The Inn is now part of the second largest lodging and conferencefacility in New Hampshire…and continues to evolve into the 21st century.
Eastern Slope Inn Resort offers deluxe, signatureappointed studios, suites, and 2-4 bedroom units that were specificallydesigned to offer guests modern convenience and New England charm. Many ofthese 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 atranquil duck pond and blossoming apple orchard in the spring with views of thegolf course and towering cliffs of Cathedral Ledge. The suite buildings offermodern amenities, combining upscale accommodations with studios and one-bedroomunits. Accommodations in these multi-level buildings feature king or queenbeds, 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 modernaccommodations in a New England Village setting, convenient to all of theresort’s facilities, and just minutes from some of the most unique shops inNorth Conway.
Named after local mountains, and located in a quietcorner of the resort, the cottages offer one and two bedroomaccommodations. Named after localmountains in the area, each cottage offers modern amenities in a comfortablerelaxing 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 Riverthrough blossoming apple orchards
• Fishing, swimming, tubing, kayaking and canoeing
• Glass-enclosed, heated swimming pool with outdoor spatub
• Clay tennis courts
• Fitness center
• Onsite restaurant
• Stocked fishpond
• Game room
* Package and promotional programs to local attractionsand retail shopping (outlets, boutiques and shops)