HALE’S LOCATION — The White Mountain Hotel & Resort recently announced plans for an expansion of the property that will include 40 new guest rooms and suites; a new ballroom featuring over 3,000 square feet of meeting and function space; and a new clubhouse and pro shop for the Hale’s Location Golf Course.
According to the Sullivan family, owners of the resort, the new ballroom will accommodate weddings and meeting for up to 220 guests and be the largest ballroom with an unobstructed view in the area.
The hotel plans to break ground for the expansion next spring, with a targeted opening date of June 1, 2021.
Partners in the project include the interior design firm TruexCullins from Burlington, Vt.; Archetype PA Architects from Portland, Maine, who designed the existing hotel, the new building and the new pro shop and clubhouse; and Gary Chicoine Construction Corp. of Weare, as the construction management firm.
In a press release issued by the hotel, Kim Deetjen, ASID, principal of TruexCullins, lauded the vision for the new design, noting, “The White Mountain Hotel is located in one of the most inspirational regions of New England, offering guests a place of quiet rest and relaxation as a counter point to the dynamic terrain and bustling town.
“The interior design goal of the new spaces is to create a warm and inviting residential feel that will provide a true sense-of-place that acknowledges the natural surroundings in a playful and unexpected ways.”
According to Carol Sullivan, director of sales and marketing for the hotel, and wife of general manager Gary Sullivan, speaking for the Sullivan family, owners of the resort, “The Sullivan family is very excited about this expansion and the outstanding team that we have working on the project. We will begin this project as we celebrate our 30th anniversary and are so proud do be members of this great community of the Mount Washington Valley.”
Because the hotel lies in the unincorporated town of Hale’s Location, the expansion project does not fall under the purview of the Conway Planning Board, but at the board’s Oct. 24 meeting, Conway Planning Director Tom Irving told members that the hotel’s access is off West Side Road, which required that the board take a look at whether its access was adequate via 87 Fairview Drive.
The board granted unanimous approval at their meeting, basing that approval on the findings of a traffic study that was required by the town of Conway.
At that Oct. 24 meeting, attorney Chris Meier of Cooper Cargill Chant of North Conway represented the resort, accompanied by traffic consultant Jason Plourde of VHB Civil Engineers of Bedford.
Plourde said he had supplied his trafrfic study results to Town Engineer Paul DegliAngeli, who determined the access was adequate based on traffic counts.
In the audience were the resort’s Gary Sullivan and his son, Trevor, the resort’s revenue and human resources manager.
Gary Sullivan said that the Hale’s Location Homeowners Association had given their approval to the project.
First opened on July 1, 1990, the White Mountain Hotel & Resort is located off West Side Road at Hale’s Location and minutes from North Conway Village.
The resort offers deluxe accommodations, panoramic dining in Ledges Restaurant, Tullamore Tavern, Hales Location Golf Course on property, and a variety of outdoor and indoor recreational activities and amenities including an outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, Finnish saunas, workout facilities and game room.
For reservations and more information about the White Mountain Hotel & Resort, go to whitemountainhotel.com or call (800) 533-6301.