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Bretton Woods is an area within the town of Carrollmarker, New Hampshiremarker, USAmarker, whose principal points of interest are three leisure and recreation facilities. Being virtually surrounded by the White Mountain National Forestmarker, its vista toward Mount Washingtonmarker and most of the rest of the Presidential Rangemarker includes no significant artificial structures other than the Mount Washington Cog Railwaymarker and the Mount Washington Hotelmarker.

Bretton Woods was the site of the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference in 1944 which has given its name to the Bretton Woods systemmarker and led to the establishment of both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fundmarker in 1945. The Bretton Woods system collapsed in 1971.

Bretton Woods is located along U.S. Route 302, east of the village of Twin Mountainmarker and through scenic Crawford Notchmarker northwest of the town of Bartlettmarker.

"Bretton" etymology is coming from Breton, Brittany, the people at the west of France and one of the six Celtic nations.

Points of interest

Mount Washington Hotel, 1905.
The Mount Washington Hotelmarker and Resort is one in the last surviving handful of New Hampshiremarker grand hotels, and includes two golf courses, alpine and nordic skiing, a 25,000 square foot spa, sled rides, dog sled rides, tennis, horseback riding and much more in its facilities.

The Bretton Woods Mountain Resortmarker ski area serves both downhill and cross-country skiing, primarily in the Rosebrook Mountains, located in Bethlehemmarker to the south.

The tracks of the "Cog", and its associated buildings, lie up the slope of Mount Washington, in nearby Thompson and Meserves Purchasemarker. The "Base Road" from Bretton Woods and Fabyan's is the preferred route to the low-altitude end of those tracks (the Base Station of the Cog), except in those winters when the Mount Clinton Road is instead the only plow road to their intersection. (The closing of the lower end of the Base Road had been traditional into 2004.) The Cog was operated during the winter seasons of 2004-2006 to take wilderness skiers partway up the mountain.


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