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.

September’s Live Music Lineup in the Valley!

Photo by PQ Productions
Looking for live entertainment in North Conway, NH? There’s plenty to be found! The Mt. Washington Valley is a mecca of musical talent. People who love to play, people who love to perform, people who love to host and definitely people who love to listen. Choose from any of the events and venues below and add a night out in the Mt. Washington Valley to expand your musical repertoire! For more vacation inspiration, subscribe to the Chamber’s monthly newsletter!

Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is hosting Carlos Olmeda on September 6th and 19th. Carlos Olmeda is a singer, songwriter performing acoustic Rock, Latin, Old Timey and his own originals in the panoramic Mountain View Room!

Sea Dog Brewing Co. presents Sheehan & Holden on Saturday, September 12th from 9 PM-12 AM. Maine-based singers/guitarists Bobby Sheehan and Jeremy Holden perform a high-energy selection of acoustic rock and folk music. Sheehan and Holden, both members of the band Junco, combine acoustic versions of the band’s original music with classic covers by artists including Tom Petty, Dave Matthews, Led Zeppelin, and more

Sea Dog Brewing Co. brews a full line of award-winning handcrafted ales brewed in a traditional English style using only the highest quality ingredients like English two-row malted barley and British top-fermenting Ringwood yeast. Their English brewing style results in brews with a distinctive, refreshing taste and crisp finish. Sea Dog is serving up its handcrafted beers and full menu in an 18th century barn, perfect for enjoying good music with good friends.

Stone Mountain Arts Center is presenting socially distanced live entertainment for up to 50 people. This venue is one-of-a-kind with acts ranging from musical artists to stand-up comics. Its line-up is diverse and promises a completely unique experience in the Mt. Washington Valley. Any event is sure to delight, so pick one or all from Stone Mountain’s line-up to attend! And be sure to reserve for dinner before the show. The menu is just as entertaining as the acts that follow. A meal at Stone Mountain is a must!

Tuckerman Brewing Company is serving up local beer, lots of space and live entertainment. The crew at Tuckerman’s is excited to see you at their outdoor beer garden this September, featuring regular musical performances weekly. Music plays from 3:00 to 6:00pm. For a complete listing of bands, click here.

M&D Theater is featuring five, two person plays through September. The theater’s mission celebrates and enhances personal understanding through the shared experience of live theatre. Our ultimate goal is to produce plays which inspire, nurture, challenge, amaze, educate, and empower artists and audiences, in order to foster a more conscious and compassionate community.

The line-up of shows M&D is showing promises for a great night out full of laughs, entertainment and through-provoking theater!

Wildcat Tavern is killing the game when it comes to outdoor dining in the valley. (It also offers indoor dining as well.) The restaurant has set-up dining in its outdoor garden and are hosting regular musical guests. On September 12th Wildcat Tavern is hosting the Cold River Radio Mini Concert featuring “Micromasse” on September 12th.

Micromassé is a trio of accomplished musicians offering a fresh new sound that is nostalgically analog, worldly and explosively modern. Combining the classic sound of the Hammond Organ with dynamic electric guitar and infectious drums; Micromassé strives to bring instrumental music to new frontiers while maintaining a positive groove and a fun vibe.

Wildcat Tavern is also hosting Hoot Night, regularly on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 as well as Igloo Sessions on Wednesdays, from 6:00-8:30pm.

Castle in the Clouds hosts weekly dinner and live music as you watch the sunset over Lake Winnipesaukee from its beautiful outdoor terrace! Come with your dinner partners and an appetite for classic American fare with unique twists. Awarded “Best Music Nights in NH” in 2018 by NH Magazine! UPDATE: Music nights are sold out throughout September, but continue to check with the historic lodge as openings may become available.

Music Nights are by reservation only and require a $10 per-person cover charge paid online in advance. Your reservation guarantees your table for the whole evening, so you can mingle on the terrace, peruse the exhibit gallery, or admire the historic horse stables and always have your seat to come back to. Castle in the Cloud recommends making your reservation at least 1-2 weeks in advance, as Music Nights tend to sell out quickly!

Best Places to Bring Your Dog!

We get it, no family vacation is complete without your furry, four-legged family members. The Mt. Washington Valley is a dog-lover’s paradise and a dog’s dream vacation spot. There is plenty of space to roam, run, hike and play fetch! Whether you have a big adventure planned or are looking for something a little more low-key and you want to include your pup, the valley has you covered!

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Outdoor Spaces

Whitaker Woods. This network of trails in North Conway, is a great place to run, walk, mountain bike and cross-country ski with your dog. This trail system comes complete with a map and signage throughout the woods to keep you on track. Choose your mileage and turn this into a short walk or add miles for a longer run or walk.

The trail system at Theater in the Wood is a haven for dogs, offering a trail network that is sure to entertain your pups!

Mountain Division Trail. This eight mile paved trail is located in Fryeburg, Maine. It’s a great option to bring your pup for a run or walk. Stroller and bike friendly this trail network provides controlled terrain for those looking to get mileage in for the day. The MWV Trails Association provides information on this trail system as well as others throughout the Mt. Washington Valley.

Schouler Park. Right in the heart of North Conway, across from the Conway Scenic Railroad, (which is also a pet friendly photo attraction!) this park is a perfect spot for dogs and their families. Grab a coffee at The Met or Frontside Grind, right next door and spend the morning playing fetch and taking in the local buzz of the town.

Lodging

Adventure Suites. Rest your legs and your paws at this adventure themed and pet-friendly hotel. Choose your adventure, whether it’s through staying in the  Deserted Island Suite,  Motorcycle Madness Suite, Sky Captain’s Lounge Suite, Wine Cellar Suite or any of its other pet friendly suites. Each suite includes a two person Jacuzzi or larger, free movies from its extensive DVD library, breakfast in the 1950‘s Diner, free WI FI, in room coffee, billiards, outdoor brick fire pit overlooking the mountains and evening “munchies” including popcorn and fresh baked cookies.

Admiral Peary Inn, The White Mountain Hotel, Oxen Yoke Inn, Cranmore Inn. These are just a small sampling of lodging properties that welcome pets. The valley has many, many other hotels, inns, B&B’s, and motels that would be so excited to welcome your furry family member! For a list of other pet-friendly accommodations, click here.

Shopping

Four Your Paws Only. Also known as the “local canine hangout, this award winning, pet-friendly store caters to pets and their owners by providing the best customer service, the best quality supplies, locally made pet products and all natural pet foods. They also offer the most unique pet themed gifts, a pet bakery and an exceptional shopping experience for you and your pet. Also unique to Four Your Paws Only, is its in-store Puppy Playroom where they host walk-in Doggie Playgroups every Saturday and Sundays,  at no charge.

Other local pet hang-outs include Pet Rendezvous, Aunt Cindy’s Pet Care, and Percy Paws!

Pet Rendezvous is a spacious, state-of-the art pet care facility that radiates cleanliness and comfort.  You can choose from a range of pet experiences including the Premier Gold VIP experience, where your pet will have 24 hour human attention, playing all day and cuddling up to a doting caregiver at night. Two large outdoor play yards and trail hikes ensure that each pet experiences plenty of freedom in non-restrictive surroundings.
And while professional grooming is available, a self-serve pet washing room complete with two waist level tubs, hypo-allergenic shampoo, warming blow dryers, brushes, combs, towels, and botanical colognes, is also a pet grooming option. A retail shop is also on the premise to pick up food and supplies.

Aunt Cindy’s Albany Pet Care is another fantastic option for pet care. “The Next Best Place to Being Home”, Aunt Cindy’s offers dog training, walks, 5 large fenced indoor/outdoor play yards and more!

Percy Paws, located in Settlers’ Green, carries your four-legged friends favorite made-in-the-USA brands! Pet friendly treats, including a CBD treat line, desserts and more are all available. Percy Paws is also committed to supporting local non-profits who support animal welfare.

Dining

Black Cap Grille, Chef’s Bistro, The Met, Frontside Coffee Roasters, 302 West, Cheese Louise food truck, Beef and Ski all offer outdoor seating options that welcome pets! For a complete list of valley restaurants, click here.

For those planning a stay for winter – make sure to bookmark these pet-friendly spots!

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. Located in Jackson Village, this cross-country ski area is dog-friendly. Featuring an expanse of 150 km of trails, covering 60 miles, your dog will be in pup-heaven as it follows you along pristine trails.

Bear Notch Ski Touring Center. Another phenomenal choice to bring your dog for fun, is this cross-country center. You and your pup have over 65 km of trails throughout Bartlett to play on. Bear Notch also offers a warming hut with soup, snacks, homemade bread and beverages to take a rest at.