Strong majority against new hotel on Mount Washington - 212 participants

Dec 08, 2016

Developer Wayne Presby is interested in building a 35-room hotel about a mile below the summit of Mount Washington. Although there is no formal application, the Coos Planning Board recently held a meeting for Presby to discuss the proposal with the board. Read more about this issue. On December 8, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Do you support a new hotel on Mount Washington?”

“Do you support a new hotel on Mount Washington?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Hotel on Mount Washington NH Citizen Voices Chart


A total of 84% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 16% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, 212 individuals made a total of 363 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 83%, were against a new hotel on Mount Washington.

  • “Our mountains should be left with no more buildings than already exist.”
  • “Do we have to turn everything beautiful and special into a way to make money?”
  • “No, leave the mountain alone to be enjoyed for many years to come."

Yes: A minority, at 17% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported a new hotel on Mount Washington.

  • “It will add jobs and help the economy.”
  • “As long as the managers take care of waste disposal, I have no problem with this hotel…Not everyone has the fortitude to climb this mountain and the hotel will enable everyone to partake of a wilderness experience.”
  • “I would love to spend a weekend on the mountain.”

Other: As noted above, 16% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Related attractions: “The Cog Railway is an historical landmark. It isn’t going anywhere and it shouldn't.”
  • Expressing uncertainty: “I would need to see the plans first to give my opinion.”
  • Other recreational activities: “New Hampshire is not the live free or die state anymore. They have a 45 mph speed limit on like Winnipesauke [and] on snowmobile trails, [and] you cannot change the stock exhaust on your snowmobile.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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