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The coolest idea: Winter Adventure Camp for Adults

Purity Spring Resort in East Madison, New Hampshire, is a warm and inviting place where families have gathered together for generations. This year they have come up with a wonderful plan: an Adventure Camp for Adults filled with an entire range of activities, both indoors and out. It’s a chance to really kick back and forget the mundane of life and be a kid again.

Snowshoe and cross country ski trails at Purity Spring Resort are inviting.   Adult only winter Adventure Camp at Purity Spring Resort in Madison, NH.
Snowshoe and cross country ski trails at Purity Spring Resort are inviting. Adult only winter Adventure Camp at Purity Spring Resort in Madison, NH.
©Stillman Rogers Photography 2011
There is lots of room at the top at King Pine at Purity Spring Resort in E. Madison NH
There is lots of room at the top at King Pine at Purity Spring Resort in E. Madison NH
©Stillman Rogers Photography 2011

About Purity Springs Resort

In the mid twentieth century families used to gather for summer vacations in places like this, to relax and enjoy one another, to laugh, play and strengthen bonds. These family resorts were traditional, probably with knotty pine on the walls and family-style dining on hearty comfort food. It also had lots of things to do outdoors, and inside were nooks and crannies to snuggle up in with a good book. Purity Springs Resort was one of these, and today it retains all the qualities that made them so popular.

Back in the nineteenth century a prolific natural spring on the property produced spring water that was transported all the way to Boston for sale. More than a century ago the Hoyt family opened the doors of the family farm to visitors and it has grown and prospered since then, never losing its charm, hospitality and connection to nature. Forget high fashion and think low-key, kick-back and relaxed fun.

What is there to do in rural New Hampshire in winter

Winter in the city is more of a trial than something to enjoy, but in a country village like Madison, New Hampshire, winter has many charms. One does not have to be a skier/boarder to enjoy this place, but skiers will like it or its own ski mountain, King Pine. This is a great place to try the sport without having to face a big mountain. Trails run from easy green to one of the steepest trails in the state, so there are options for the whole family.

Beyond the alpine ski trails, and perhaps a good way for non-skiers to start is Nordic (cross-country) skiing or snowshoeing, which allow you to get out in the fresh air and get a bit of exercise without the challenge of a hill. Purity Spring also has a nicely maintained skating rink and big indoor pool – or finish off the day with a few runs on the tubing hill or a horse drawn sleigh ride along snow covered trails. As a finishing touch, be sure to make an appointment for a relaxing massage at the Spring House Spa (not included in the special rate).

Dates and cost for the Adventure Camp for Adults

Adventure Camp for Adults is a two day affair and is being offered on two different weekends, but keep in mind that this is an age 21 and over adventure. Really, no kids except those over 21. The first date is January 26-28, and the second is March 2-4. The cost of the camp, which includes room and meals is $279.50 per person, double occupancy. This includes all activity fees except for ski/board rentals if you don’t bring your own. Click here to see a sample schedule of activities for the Adult Adventure Camp.

How to Reserve and how to get there

Reserve a place at this adventure by calling Purity Spring Resort at (603) 367-8896. The resort is at 1251 Eaton Road, Route 153, East Madison, NH 03849. From the greater Boston area take I-95 to Portsmouth and then follow Route 16 (the Spaulding Highway) north. In the village of Chocorua (about 4 miles north of where Route 25 takes off to the left) turn right onto the road to Chocorua Lake (Route 113) through the village of Silver Lake and the village of Madison. At the T turn right and follow the road to Route 153. Turn left for the resort or right for King Pine ski area.