Enjoy the Sweetest Month at the 100-Acre Sugar Shack!

Contact Michele Wright
Michele@BelieveInBooks.org

The 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack is now open for sugaring season!  Stop by the Intervale sugar shack to celebrate Maple Month!

INTERVALE, NH – The 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack is excited to be open and welcome visitors on weekends during the month of March to celebrate Maple Month.  Next week, the sap should be running and sugar makers in the 100-Acre Wood are hopeful for a great season.

Visitors to the 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack will get to enjoy a sample of warm 100-Acre Wood Pure NH-Made Maple Syrup, a variety of maple products available for purchase and a sneak peek of the behind the scenes operation.  Families interested in learning the process of making maple syrup can enjoy a self-guided tour through a Maple Storybook Trail right next to the sugar shack.  

Due to safety protocols, the sugar shack will welcome one group at time all visitors must wear a facemask.  The 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm every weekend throughout sugaring season. No reservations are accepted.  Groups will be admitted in on a first come, first serve basis.  If visitors are unable to make it on the weekend, 100-Acre Wood Maple Syrup may be purchased at the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s office, Mondays through Thursdays.  Visitors to the office must call ahead at 603-356-9980.

All net proceeds from the 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack directly support Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s literacy programs.  The mission of Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to advance healthy development of young minds through literacy programs that encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.

Valentine’s Day in Mt. Washington Valley


Photo c/o The Local Grocer

Regardless of your “Love Language” type, you’ll find plenty of ways to say and show someone that you love them in the Mt. Washington Valley. And now more than ever, is it a perfect time to bask in the meaning of Valentine’s Day.

Whether you’re focusing on self-care this February and getting back to some self-love basics; or sharing in the love with a friend, partner or family member, spending Valentine’s Day Mt. Washington Valley is the perfect gift to get and give.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW!
If you’re a couple who always visits the Mt. Washington Valley to ski, snowmobile, hike or shop, then why not try the OPPOSITE of that! If all you’ve ever experienced are the slopes of the valley, why not book a snowmobile tour in Mt. Washington Valley for you and your partner? Our friends at Northern Extremes and Northeast Snowmobile have put together some amazing tours that cover over 250+ miles of trails through Maine and New Hampshire.

Conversely, if all you’ve ever done when visiting the Mt. Washington Valley is snowmobile, why not take a lesson at a local slope? February has been dubbed the “Learn to Ski” month and local mountains have programs, lessons and rates that make it super easy to take your first run.

REALLY GET IN THE SPIRIT
Why not give in to the ooeey-gooey romantic aspect of the holiday and book a romance package at any of the Mt. Washington Valley inns?

You’ll be inundated with chocolates, roses, fine dining, couple’s spa treatments, couple’s snowshoeing tours, truffle and champagne tastings, and more – similar to the one that Snowvillage Inn in Snowville, NH is offering!

The concierge at each of the Mt. Washington Valley inns is so helpful and ready with creative ways to help you and your partner celebrate the holiday. Bask in all the romantic details and experience Valentine’s Day in the Mt. Washington Valley.

SHARE THE LOVE FOR THE MOUNTAINS
Whether you have a partner or not, Valentine’s Day can be for celebrating the things that YOU love – even if it isn’t another person. Do you have an affinity for the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire?

Everyone who lives in the valley does, and the Mt. Washington Valley is home to some of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable outdoor guides. As a Valentine’s Day present to yourself, book yourself a guided trip in the Mt. Washington Valley. Take on new terrain you’ve been wanting to try, hike an alternate route up Mount Washington, take an intro to ice climbing course, learn how to read a compass – the courses and guiding trips available to you are endless. And when you book them with a guide, you’ll be privy to Mt. Washington Valley insider tips and entertaining stories, all from a local’s perspective. Visit our friends at Redline Guiding, the AMC, International Mountain Climbing School, and REI.

TREAT YO’ SELF!
That M.Miller winter coat you’ve been eyeing at Spruce Hurricane; or the pair of Frye Boots you keep circling back to at Assets Jean Co.; or finally decking your bathroom out with artisan skin care products and scents from Fields of Ambrosia? Whatever your indulgence may be, the boutiques and stores of the Mt. Washington Valley have it. And go ahead, you have our full permission to splurge on yourself.

Our friends at White Mountain Independents, a pool of 25+ independently owned stores that make up our main streets in Conway, North Conway, Jackson, and beyond, all have a curated inventory of one-of-a-kind treasures.

Settlers’ Green is also a shopping destination not to be missed with 60+ outlet stores, restaurants and even a foot soaking spa!

WHAT GREATER LOVE IS THERE, THAN FOOD?
Create your own foodie tour in the Mt. Washington Valley!

The restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley work tirelessly to create an epic food scene in the White Mountains, and you’ll find everything from fine dining to truly creative culinary experiences, to pub food that’s locked and loaded; all paired with cocktails that will blow you away and award-winning craft brews.

First, decide on the type of foodie experience you’re looking to have? Fine Dining? Casual? Just drinks? What about a drink and dessert pairing?

If you’re going for Fine Dining, then buckle up! The Fine Dining restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley are in a league of their own. Book a table at the Oxford House Inn, just over the border in Maine. They offer a formal dining room with views of the White Mountains, as well as a more casual speak-easy in its basement. Both dining rooms offer a menu thought-up by Culinary Institute of the Arts graduate, chef AND owner, Jonathan Spak.

White Mountain Cider Co. is another fine dining restaurant for the books. The White Mountain Cider Co. is owned by Culinary Institute of America graduate Teresa Stearns. The year-round charming New England property includes an award-winning restaurant, gourmet market, deli serving breakfast and lunch, and cider mill.

Take a drive to Jackson and the historic Eagle Mountain House for 3 course pre-fixed dinner menu for the weekend of Valentine’s Day 2/12, 2/13, 2/14.  $55 per couple, reservations required. 800-966-5779

Recommended by Bon Appetit, Gourmet, NY Times, New Hampshire Magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and more, Wild Rose at Stonehurst Manor creates a dining experience to be remembered. Enjoy the atmosphere of its classic “Library Lounge” with deep wood fixtures, a roaring fireplace, stained glass, and shelves filled with books. The Wild Rose at Stonehurst Manor also boasts an extensive martini menu and knows how to shake – or stir – a great cocktail.

It would be impossible to name each of our favorite fine dining locales in the valley. But trust us when we say, they are all worthy of a reservation. Take in all of our fine dining partners, here!

If you’re looking for Something a bit more casual, may we suggest a tasting tour? Start in Conway at Tuckerman Brewing Co. for homemade craft beer that has been brewing strong for twenty-five years! Be sure to dress warm and enjoy its flagship Pale Ale in its outdoor beer garden.

Make your way north to Cathedral Ledge Distillery, and enjoy a tasting flight of its organically distilled vodka’s and gin. Revel in the craftsmanship of the post and beam barn and the views behind it of Cathedral Ledge.

Right next door lives The Local Grocer, a perfect stop to refuel. Either make a meal out of it and enjoy a lunch menu created from home-grown ingredients from its farm just a few miles down the road. Enjoy sandwiches, smoothies, salads and more; or indulge in its homemade dark chocolate creations to set the Valentine’s Day mood.

Without having to go very far, next on your tasting list is Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery. Living right next door to The Local Grocer, this valley staple has been brewing for decades and it shows in its fleet of beer on tap. A fun environment and incredibly creative menu, you’ll want to spend some time here!

Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t share one of the best kept (not-so) secrets of the Mt. Washington Valley; Cold River Vodka. Vodka distilled from Maine potatoes grown right in Fryeburg, Maine, the fleet of vodka and gin featured from this distillery is undeniable. While it doesn’t have a tasting room in the valley, many restaurants feature its vodka and gin on their shelves.

TAKE IN A SHOW!
Celebrate love with M&D Playhouse and a virtual, one night only performance on Saturday, February 13 at 7:30 pm of Standing on Ceremony, The Gay Marriage Plays. This is a witty, warm, occasionally wacky production offering unique takes on the moments before, during, and after “I do.” Two little words, and suddenly your whole world changes. 

Order take-out from any of the valley’s amazing restaurants, and cuddle up on the couch for this charming production!

This collection of short plays, performed by a fabulous cast, is a vow to the universal challenges of relationships, the blessings of equality, and the often-hilarious power of love.”

This is a fundraiser for M&D Playhouse and White Mountains Pride. Please support these wonderful organizations with the purchase of a ticket for each member of your household who’ll enjoy along with you. Just $19.99 Includes all fees for streaming access of this entertaining production. Cheers to love! For info and to purchase tickets, click here!

Cranmore Announces Winter Operating Procedures for the 20-21 Ski Season


Media Contact: Becca Deschenes,
Marketing Director, Cranmore Mountain Resort
603-356-1106, media@cranmore.com

North Conway, NH – Cranmore Mountain has been closely following guidelines set by the State of New Hampshire in preparation for the start of its 83rd season.  Guests can expect to see changes in procedures and policies for the resort’s winter operation, with an emphasis on face coverings, physical distancing, and reservation system for food and beverage outlets.

One of the biggest changes the resort has made this season is moving all ticket and product purchases online to cranmore.com.  To minimize crowding at the resort, a limited number of lift tickets will be available each day.  Guests are encouraged to plan ahead for best availability when it comes to when they want to ski, as weekends and holiday/vacation periods will be in high demand.  Lift ticket prices will fluctuate based on day of arrival and will be valid from lift opening until 4pm.  Twilight Tickets will be available from 4pm – 8pm on Saturdays and daily during holiday/vacation periods, with night skiing on up to 5 trails off the South Quad chairlift.

Though there will be restrictions on the amount of day tickets available, season pass holders will be able to use their pass, direct to lift, whenever their pass is valid.  To ensure that the resort will not have to implement restrictions on season pass use, season pass sales were shut off on November 1, apart from the NH College Pass and new Midweek Pass.

The Happy Trails Season Pass Assurance Program will give current passholders the option to transfer their pass to the 2021/22 season for any reason, if done prior to December 1, 2020. 

“Fortunately, skiing is a very conducive sport during COVID because it’s outdoors.  The environment of skiing is something we feel we can safely deliver to our guests, especially with the new procedures and policies we have put into place for the season,” said Cranmore President and GM, Ben Wilcox. 

“Safety is truly our top priority at the resort.  We want to ensure our guests that they are coming to a safe environment when they’re visiting the resort, and we want our staff to feel the same way when coming to work,” he continued.

While lodges will be open this winter, capacity for all buildings will be limited.  Guests should arrive to the resort ready to hit the snow by booting up in their car and leaving all personal items behind.  Bag check and storing personal items in the lodges will not be allowed this season.  Indoor traffic patterns have also been modified to manage guests flow in more congested areas.  

90-minute private learn to ski and snowboard lessons will be available for kids ages 6 to 12 and adults ages 13+, with the option to add up to 3 people of a similar ability, for a small group lesson.   60-minute one-on-one “I Wanna Ski or Snowboard” lessons will be available for children ages 4 and 5.  Physical distancing will be practiced throughout all lessons, with no physical assistance from the instructors to the student.  All guests taking a lesson will be required to undergo an online health screening and temperature check prior to arrival.  Same day reservations for lessons will not be available. 

Equipment rentals will be available, but must be reserved online, at least 48 hours prior to arrival.  Equipment will be fully sanitized and pre-teched for the guests to pick up, during their designated pick-up time. 

The Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park will be open Friday – Sunday, and daily during holiday and vacation periods, operating with limited capacity.  Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park rides will be sold separately in 2-hour time blocks.  The Mountain Adventure Park includes rides on the Mountain Coaster, Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, and Giant Swing. 

While guests do not have to wear a face covering while skiing or snowboarding or while seated in a designated dining area, they will be required in many areas at the resort, including:  at all times in all indoor facilities, in lift and attraction lines, while riding and unloading chairlifts, on all Mountain Adventure Park attractions and outdoors at the resort when physical distancing of six feet or greater cannot be attained. 

All dining options have been modified for the season as well to adhere to state guidelines. Reservations will be required for all indoor resort restaurants, and access will be based on availability.  Guests are encouraged to pack food, incase facility capacity has been reached.    Seated, full-service dining will be available in Zip’s Pub and Grill, and grab and go options will be available in Legends Grill in the Main Base Lodge, the Summit Meister Hut, and Sliders at the Artist Falls Lodge.

A new takeout window on Zip’s Deck, and Chili Mac Express in Schneider Square will be available for guests looking to grab something to go.  A new addition to winter dining options, Food Truck Alley, located off the back side of the Main Base Lodge will feature local food trucks, Cheese Louise, and Tin Can Co.  Food Truck Alley will be open on weekends and during holiday and vacation periods. 

For more information on resort hours of operations, projected opening day, conditions, and policies, visit cranmore.com or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.

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Cranmore Mountain, located in North Conway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire just 2.5 hours from the Boston area, is a 4-season family resort known for its ski school, sunny, south-facing slopes, and a festive atmosphere geared for skiers and non-skiers alike. In addition to terrain for all levels, the resort features activities such as NH’s #1 Snow Tubing Park, a year-round Mountain Adventure Park, and new down-hill mountain bike park.

Cranmore is engaged in a $50 million base area redevelopment plan that includes many improvements, including Kearsarge Brook Condominiums, offering 2 and 3-bedroom units as well as many amenities that are transforming Cranmore into a leading, full-service resort. For more information on Cranmore Mountain, Kearsarge Brook Condominiums, and more, visit www.cranmore.com or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.

Holiday Fairs in the Valley

Are you looking for ways to keep the holiday spirit alive this year?

While social distancing mandates have changed the landscape of celebrating this season, valley businesses are forging ahead to bring a creative spin to holiday fairs, holiday dinners and holiday lodging specials in New Hampshire!

Below are just a sampling of what is being offered to celebrate the holidays in the Mt. Washington Valley. Be sure to check back often for updates!

“Holidays at The Cog” features holiday decorations at Waumbek Station, homemake chocolate chip cookies made by Santa’s elves and more!

Do-it-Yourself  Program Wreath Making Kits from Tin Mountain Conservation Center! While Tin Mountain is unable to offer its usual winter greens wreath making program this year, it is excited to offer wreath making kits!  The kits will include a wreath ring, wire, balsam greens, bow, accessories and – of course – instructions in the form of an instructional video! Kits are available starting Tuesday, December 1.

Supplies are limited so reserve yours today online at www.tinmountain.org or by calling 603-447-6991. Cost: $30 for Tin Mountain members, $35 for non-members

Enjoy a good ‘ol fashioned Christmas at Snowvillage Inn with a two-night stay featuring everything you need to get in the Yuletide spirit! Going on from December 4th – 6th and 11th – 13th 2020, each stay features a cozy guest room, fireside cocktails, breakfast with homemade muffins, local coffee and more. Holiday wreath making and the opportunity to cut your own Christmas Tree round out the festive weekend. Enjoy great dining at Max’s Pub in the inn, shop locally and tax-free for loved ones this season and find a moment to get the perfect holiday card photo.

Tuckerman Brewing Company is hosting a Local Artisan Fair & Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 28th, from 1-4pm.
Talented creators in the Mount Washington Valley will transform Tuckerman’s outdoor beer garden into a cheerful, safe, and socially distant venue for local artisans and the perfect place for you to do a little holiday shopping. Have a beer and pick unique gifts for loved ones this holiday season while supporting these local businesses. A festive tree lighting at dusk will top off the whole afternoon.
Brewery Open: 12-6pm
Artisan Fair Open: 1-4pm
Tree Lighting: 4pm
Live Music with the Riley Parkhurst Duo: 2-5pm

Shannon Door Pub is hosting a smaller version of its regular artisan fair. More details to come!

Christmas Dinner Dine-In or Take-Out options are available as well!

Mountain View Grand – 877-685-9121
Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub – 
Open Christmas Eve til 8 pm, 603-383-4344
Max’s Restaurant at Snowvillage Inn – 
Open Christmas Eve 4:30-8:30
Cigar Shenanigans – Open Christmas day for beverages & cigars
Eagle Mountain House – Open Christmas Eve 5:00-8:00 pm and Christmas Day 4:00-8:00 pm. Reservations required 800-966-5779

Thanksgiving Dinner in the Mt. Washington Valley


Veno’s Specialty Foods & Meats: Is offering heritage-breed turkeys from Misty Knoll Farm. raised in New Haven, Vermont. Free to roam in a stress free environment with a healthy diet allows these birds to be naturally tender and full of flavor.

Veno’s also has a Thanksgiving menu for pre-order featuring sides, desserts, appetizers and charcuterie. Call the store at 603-662-0615 or stop by to preorder.

Snowvillage Inn
Serving Thanksgiving Dinner, including take-out from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Reservations required.

White Mountain Hotel: Join them to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this year with a two-night stay package. Kick off the holiday season with your family and friends in a traditional New England setting.

All packages include its very popular Thanksgiving Dinner, featuring traditional roasted turkey, several entree specials and homemade dessert specialties.

White Mountain Cider Company
Offering a Thanksgiving menu to-go. Have your orders placed by November 22nd at 5:00pm.

Thompson House Eatery: Offering a Thanksgiving To-Go menu, and even offering to so sterilize and reuse all pint and quart containers & lids!All you have to do is, please wash your used containers and lids and return them to T.H.E, Wednesdays-Saturdays during its Farm Stand/Dinner hours. Have a delicious and eco-friendly Thanksgiving!

Mountain View Grand
Is offering a plated four-course meal with five delicious entrée options. as well as a special children’s menu for guests aged 12 and under. Reservations are required and run from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Crystal Ballroom. Mountain View Grand is also offering a Thanksgiving dinner special in the Harvest Tavern for those looking for a less formal affaire.

Wildcat Inn and Tavern
Offering table-side dining with reservations on Thanksgiving Day from 12:30pm through 3:30pm. You can also order from a to-go Thanksgiving menu featuring a full dinner or an a-la carte menu.

Wentworth Inn
Is offering two Thanksgiving packages for guests staying at the Inn.
1) Thanksgiving to-go package includes overnight accommodations on Tuesday and/or Wednesday evening, November 24th and 25th, dinner in the evening and breakfast before you depart and your Thanksgiving dinner packed up and ready for your own kitchen. This will allow those of you less comfortable with our current environment to enjoy The Wentworth at a slower time before the holiday. 

2) The Ultimate Thanksgiving Package: Your two, three or four night package will include your accommodations, a four course dinner each evening with a festive Thanksgiving Dinner served between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Chef Brian Gazda and his team have created a local, fresh and festive menu for Thanksgiving with all of the turkeys raised at a local farm in Jackson. A specially printed menu featuring a painting from local landscape artist Erik Koeppel will be yours to keep. A full country breakfast is included each morning of your stay. 

For those that can’t join the Wentworth and local clientele, a Thanksgiving Dinner to-go menu is available. Your made to order meal will be ready to pop in the oven for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. In addition we will be providing you with a link to reheating instructions just to make sure that this will be a fun and stress free evening for you and you can enjoy your Wentworth quality food in the comfort of your own home. 

Omni Mount Washington Resort
Kick off the holiday season with a delectable Thanksgiving Dinner in the all-new Main Dining Room, prepared by our award-winning chefs and served a la carte. Thanksgiving Day 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Reservations required, call 603.278.8864. 

Please visit our website for updated information on dining for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays!

Holiday Cheer at Snowvillage Inn

Plan for Simple Holiday Cheer 
Written by Kathy Bennett
Contact Snowvillage Inn, www.snowvillageinn.com

EATON, NH — Remember the years where the holidays seemed so much simpler? Days spent playing in freshly fallen snow, followed by warm fires in the fireplace shared with dear friends and family were the norm. Now, we seem to find ourselves consumed by finding the latest tech gadget, often rushing through the holidays, and missing out on the quality time spent in the company of our loved ones. 

While the holidays may look a bit different this year, there is plenty of good old fashioned memory-making fun to be had, right here in New Hampshire. Consider a visit in December for a classic New England gathering experience to slow down, hit reset, and prepare for Christmas. 

Bright Spots To Look Forward To

Quiet Time In A Serene Setting – Spend a morning exploring our quiet private trail system on snowshoes, and be greeted with the inn’s holiday decorations and cheer upon your return. Soothe your soul this season as you snuggle into one of our cozy guest rooms complete with your own fireplace or mountain view and luxurious amenities.  

Fine Dining – Leave the cooking to us. Whether it’s fresh muffins and aromatic local coffee in the morning or the gourmet food expertly prepared for you in Max’s Restaurant and Pub for dinner, you can relax and treat yourself to nourishing meals amidst a stunning backdrop of nature. 

Quintessential Local Holiday Shopping – If ever there was a year to ditch the trips to the big box stores, this would be it. If you’re looking to fill those stockings and space under the tree with high quality and meaningful gifts, the small independently owned shops in North Conway are the perfect places to visit. Whether you visit Zeb’s General Store, The Penguin Gallery, or The League of NH Craftsmen, you’re supporting locally owned businesses while gifting meaningful items. Local artisans are aplenty in these parts, so plan some time exploring the roads less traveled to explore galleries and shops off the beaten path.

Nostalgic Memories – What are the activities that get you into the holiday spirit? Is it sledding with your kids, exploring villages adorned with Christmas lights, or cutting down your very own Christmas tree? With opportunities to make your own wreath the Mt. Washington Valley is the perfect place to get in some Christmas Cheer. 

The Smells and Tastes of the Holidays – Who can resist the smell of fresh-baked cookies? Giving or receiving, a festive tin of cookies are always an appreciated gift. Guests at the Snowvillage Inn will be treated to some of our favorite recipes to savor during your stay or bake when you get home.

This holiday season, we hope you let us help in making some lasting memories for your family. After all, it’s the time spent with others that matters the most. We’ve created a special package for you to help get you back to the basics. 

While the Country Inns of the White Mountains have canceled their annual Inn to Inn Cookie Tour, Snowvillage Inn is pleased to offer guests a pre-holiday retreat to recreate some of what makes that event so special (complete with our favorite holiday cookies). 

Get Ready for the Holidays ~ Two Night Stay

December 4th – 6th and 11th – 13th 2020

Tis the season to get in the Yuletide spirit!  Join us for a classic New England Christmas gathering experience.  Upon check-in, you are welcomed to our decked out holiday decorations and cheer.  Snuggle into your cozy guest room with breathtaking mountain views or a warm bedside fireplace while you snack on our favorite holiday cookies.  Wake to the smell of homemade muffins and our fresh local coffees.  

Next up, join us at Sunshine Daydreams Farm where you will decorate your own holiday wreath with a bounty collected from nature!  Cross some names off your shopping list in North Conway by checking out locally-owned shops including Zeb’s General Store, the Penguin Gallery, League of NH Craftsmen (as well as Settlers Green Outlets, like LL Bean) and refuel at one of the Valley Original Restaurants including Delaney’s Hole in the Wall, Black Cap Grille, or Horsefeathers.  

Come back to the inn, put your feet up, and then relax over a cocktail and dinner at Max’s Restaurant and Pub.  Before you head home on Sunday, stop at Chamberlain Tree Farm to choose and cut down your holiday tree. 

You can take a moment to get the perfect holiday card photo, warm up after hunting for the ideal tree, visit the bonfire, and enjoy some hot cocoa or warm apple cider.  Don’t forget the cookies! When you are ready to head out, the folks at the Farm will help load your tree and tie it securely to your vehicle.  As you head home you will be filled with memories and a car full of Christmas cheer.

  PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

  • Two-night accommodation for two people in one of our cozy guest rooms
  • Wreath making on Saturday at Sunshine Daydreams Farm
  • Two Tins of Holiday Cookies with the recipes
  • Pick your own Tree from Chamberlain Tree Farm22
  • Three-course dinner for two either night of your stay at Max’s Restaurant and Pub.
  • Access to our secluded and private hiking/ snowshoe trails
  • Amazing View of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range of New Hampshire
  • Breakfast each morning of your stay with freshly baked muffins and hot entrée choices.

2-night packages starting at: $629 for 2 

For more information on the Snowvillage Inn, go to www.snowvillageinn.com

GORHAM DESIGNATED AN OFFICIAL APPALACHIAN TRAIL COMMUNITY™

Media Contact: Julie Judkins                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: jjudkins@appalachiantrail.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ATHike
Web: www.appalachiantrail.org

  GORHAM, N.H. (Oct. 6, 2020) –Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the Town of Gorham, New Hampshire, and the Appalachian Mountain Club to celebrate the official designation of Gorham as the 48th Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community™ on October 15, 2020 at 6 p.m. The ceremony will be held virtually and is free and open for all to attend.

“It is an honor to be engaged in the partnership of managing the Appalachian Trail and this celebration of designating Gorham as an Appalachian Trail Community,” said Derek Ibarguen, forest supervisor for the White Mountain National Forest. “Gorham truly is an outdoor recreation destination and we’re pleased the Androscoggin Ranger District is part of the community.”

As part of the celebration, the Town of Gorham will hold a raffle for all attendees for a chance to win a Hydro Flask backpack and a $50 gift certificate to the White Mountain Cafe & Bookstore.

The ATC’s A.T. Community™ program proudly recognizes communities along the 2,193 miles of the Trail. The program encourages residents and visitors to learn more about the fantastic outdoor recreation and volunteer opportunities available in the surrounding area, including on the A.T. and throughout the White Mountain National Forest.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is thrilled to celebrate Gorham as a community partner that promotes and protects the Appalachian Trail,” said Julie Judkins, Director of Education and Outreach for the ATC. “Gorham has been a long-time partner supporting place-based service learning in schools, growing outdoor recreation and conservation planning, and encouraging healthy lifestyles for its community members.”

Those interested in participating in the ceremony can register to attend by visiting www.appalachiantrail.org/gorham-designation.

Event Program:

  • 6 p.m. – Music from Paul Cormier & Fleur de Lis and Proclamation Signing 
  • 6:10 p.m. – Remarks from honored guests: 
    • Denise Vallee, Town Manager (emcee)
    • Mike Waddell, Board of Selectmen Chair
    • Hawk Metheny, ATC Regional Director
    • Chuck Henderson, Representative for Senator Shaheen
    • Jeff Schall, Planning Board
    • David Govatski, Author and former USFS staff
    • Derek J.S. Ibarguen, Forest Supervisor, US Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest
    • Wendy Janssen, Superintendent, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, National Park Service
  • Keynote Speaker: 
    • Community Connections of People and Place, by Author Jeff Ryan

The A.T. Community™ program was created by the ATC to recognize communities that promote and care for the Trail. Working with a growing network of Trailside community partners, the program supports communities that play a role in advocating the A.T. as a significant local and national asset and as an international icon. The program assists communities by generating awareness and stimulating outdoor recreation while preserving and protecting the A.T. For more information about the A.T. Community™ program, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/explore/communities.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is 2,193 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. For more information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

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MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY SUPPORTS THE NATION’S VIRTUAL CLASSROOMS BY PROVIDING FREE DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS

Contact: Krissy Fraser, Brand Manager
(603) 356-2137, ext. 231
KFraser@mountwashington.org

Hear from the scientists living and working on the summit of Mount Washington 

North Conway, NH – September 29, 2020 –  The non-profit Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) will offer free distance learning programs each week to support educators in their vital need for virtual classroom programs.  Students and weather enthusiasts can connect live to the highest peak in the Northeastern US, Mount Washington, New Hampshire, as Weather Observers and Education Specialists at MWO present via Zoom in sessions called “Home of the World’s Worst Weather Live.”

“The pandemic has upended so much of the way teachers have been able to keep engaged with their students, so we are pleased that we can be a part of the solution in providing flexible, accessible and relevant science content,” said Director of Science and Education Brian Fitzgerald. “We are bringing our scientist directly into homes and classrooms and giving students first-hand knowledge and experiences about our work in weather and climate.”

Programs will be offered every Monday at 11:15 AM Eastern from October 2020 – May 2021. The programs are targeted for grades 6-8 and expand on MWO’s well-established distance learning program that connects students across the country to the excitement and science taking place on the summit of Mount Washington.

Program content will cover topics including weather, climate and climate change through the context of Mount Washington and the Mount Washington Observatory. Programs will be approximately 30 minutes in length including time for a Q&A session. There will also be an opportunity for viewers and educators to suggest topics for discussion.

Live programs will be uploaded to MWO’s website at mountwashington.org/classroom for use outside the regularly scheduled time. Additionally, the site will provide resources and activities related to the science of weather. 

For more information about this program visit mountwashington.org or to be kept up-to-date on the latest program topics.

About Mount Washington Observatory:

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.

Fall in the White Mountains is Made for Golf

Follow our golfing adventures, as we make our way to the valley’s ten premier golf courses! Catch up, here, and be sure to sign up for our monthly Vacation Inspiration newsletter for a jolt of creativity when it comes to planning your Mt. Washington Valley vacation.

By Kathy Bennett

The calendar still said summer but blustery skies one recent Sunday previewed the fall golf season in Mount Washington Valley. Hale’s Location Golf Course is located at the base of Cathedral Ledge, which loomed large as dramatic towering clouds battled for golfers’ attention. Just over the border in Maine, Bridgton Highlands also offered striking views (see what I did there) of Shawnee Peak (nee Pleasant Mountain) from its first tee on the last official day of summer. Both courses offered a preview of fall, the ultimate season to golf .. free of black flies, mosquitos and the best greens conditions of the season.

Golf at Hales Location Golf Course. Photo by Kathy Bennett.

Hale’s Location Golf Course is located in, well, Hale’s Location, which shares a zip code with North Conway but is in fact its own township in Carroll County. It is adjacent to both the stately White Mountain Hotel and its eponymous housing development, home to luxury homes whose association rights include access to the course (a selling point for sure). 

Check into the Pro Shop in the hotel lobby to grab your cart keys and pick up any necessaries for your round, including golf balls, clothing, tees and gloves. Swing back through at the end of your round for lunch or dinner in their Ledges Restaurant (now taking reservations through OpenTable.com). While the course is scheduled to remain open through October 25, they are reporting the course is selling out daily so securing a tee time may be difficult even at this point of the season. Call ahead or risk missing out. https://www.whitemountainhotel.com/

Bridgton Highlands saw back to back foursomes late into the afternoon on the last day of summer, but the pro shop cheerfully accommodated our last minute request and got us swinging by 2pm. Their clubhouse features a large outdoor screened porch with widely spaced tables – a welcome sight during these pandemic days. Its featured lunch special of the day? Lobster Roll – a welcome Maine delicacy from this Maine golf course.

Golf at the Bridgton Highlands Country Club. Photo by Kathy Bennett

We played the front nine, which features a delightfully varied course layout. Rolling greens, grass bunkers, dog legs and many elevated tee boxes made the round fun and not punishing for this pair of duffers out for the day. However the foursome ahead of us – four youngish guys spending the weekend golfing in Maine – were chatty and friendly and obviously out for as much golf as possible on this spectacular sunny day. Their previous day at the Sugarloaf Golf Course – known for its length and mountainous layout – was a stark contrast to Bridgton’s.

Their site offers online tee time reservation. It’s always a good idea to check ahead.

Fall foliage was just beginning to show its face on several of the swamp maples adjacent to the course. Book a tee time now at either course and enjoy the best time of year on the greens.

Follow along with our valley golfing gal, Kathy Bennett, as she makes her way from course to course:

Eagle Mountain House Golf Club
The Wentworth Golf Club
North Conway Country Club

Coffee in the Mt. Washington Valley!

Coffee  – when you travel one of the it’s one of the biggest needs to fill. Where do you go to get the best cup? Do they serve food? What about milk alternatives – do they offer almond milk? What’s their atmosphere – are they artsy, more sensible, rustic?

We have you covered. We’ll take you through the Mt. Washington Valley’s coffee shops so you’re completely prepared the next time you spend the night with us in the valley. For a complete list of cafe’s in the valley, click here

Frontside Coffee Roasters: Chill is the only way to describe the vibe of this coffee shop. Run by an energetic husband and wife team, you’ll find large-scale pieces of art hanging, custom skateboards bolted to the walls, an outdoor and dog-friendly patio, and a tv that displays a rotation of extreme skiing and mountain biking montages. Most importantly, you’ll find coffee that is roasted by the owners.

Featuring a fleet of classic coffee drinks from a latte to a cortado to a chai-fu (chai with a shot of espresso) to drip coffee, your caffeine fix will be met here. Non-coffee options include tea, kombucha, and craft sodas. Fresh, handmade donuts, muffins and cakes are delivered from local bakeries daily; and if you’re lucky you might be able to snag a “Mr. Pretzel” giant soft pretzel on delivery day. Bagel sandwiches, oatmeal, gluten-free treats, and smoothies are also on the food menu.

Frontside Coffee Roasters also serves up beer and wine. It’s a perfect stop before a hike to grab a bagel for the ascent and perfect place to end a hike for a cold beer.

White Mountain Cider Company: This culinary institute features casual fine dining with a menu created by Culinary Institute Trained Chef, Theresa Stearns. While the Cider Co. – so lovingly called by locals – has a phenomenal dinner that should be enjoyed by all while on vacation, it also features a market.

The Cider Co.’s market features prepared meals to go, snacks, coffee and a breakfast and lunch menu to made to order. What stands out the most are its cider doughnuts and fresh pressed cider that makes a grand entrance every fall. It’s the perfect stop to grab lunch on the way to your hike and the perfect way to celebrate making it to the top of the peak with a fresh pressed cider and piping hot cider doughnut on your way home.

The Metropolitan Coffee House: Featuring two locations, one in North Conway Village and one in Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, you’ll have your every coffee need met here. Specialty coffee drinks cover all the bases from drip coffee to cappuccino’s to frappe’s. They also highlight their Nitro Coffee which is their specialty cold brewed coffee on tap that’s infused with tiny nitrogen bubbles. The bubbles give the coffee a foamy texture, like beer. Nitro coffee pours out of a tap. As the nitro pours out, it cascades into the cup, separating into a darker and lighter brew, with a thick, foamy top. It looks and has a similar texture to a Guinness beer.

The Met brews with Good Vibes Coffee Roasters coffee, roasted right in Conway, NH.

The Met also has an extensive menu of bagel sandwiches appropriately named after Mt. Washington Valley landmarks, such as “The Saco” made up of a cheesy egg, avocado, tomato and bacon topped with a dab of sriracha sauce. Every morning six varieties of muffins and croissants are baked and freshly baked bagels, made right in North Conway are delivered.

Lunch at The Met offers hot panini’s, cold sandwiches and salads. Gluten-free options for bagels, treats and breads are also offered.

J-Town Deli and Country Store: This is your classic stop for packing all the essentials for your outdoor adventure. Serving up larger than life breakfast and lunch sandwiches and hot coffee drinks from drip to lattes, J-Town also offers the amenities of a country store. Stop in for small grocery items, camping needs, already made dinners and a selection of over 30 beers and 100 wines. They’re a necessary stop for all of your Mt. Washington Valley adventure. 

Dunkin Donuts:

Dunkin Donuts is worldwide, but with 5 locations in the Mt. Washington Valley, you don’t have to travel far to find their coffee near you!

WalMart, North Conway Shaw’s, North Conway
Route 16, Glen
Stateline Store – Center Conway
Route 16, North Conway

They have everything from donuts, bagles, and other baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and a variety of iced and hot beverages.

There are lots of perks for loyal customers so check out what they offer at your local shop.