Maple Syrup in the Mt. Washington Valley

The great debate over real or imitation maple syrup is happening at breakfast tables around the world. And while this argument of preference may endure for years to come, when it comes to Maple Syrup, the folks of Mt. Washington Valley will enthusiastically agree, we only want the real thing.

Maple Sugaring in the Mt. Washington Valley is a point of pride in our part of New England. Maple Trees are one of the main architects of our fall foliage season in Mt. Washington Valley, gifting us with crimson red leaves. They also provide a free flow of sap in spring, which is then turned into the coveted Maple Syrup we have pledged our allegiance to. We have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to these deciduous trees.

And thankful we are. To show our gratitude, the Mt. Washington Valley offers maple themed activities, events, dining experiences and more to share the authenticity of this New England staple as well as educate the public on what it takes to cultivate Maple Syrup.

Below is a small sampling of maple themed ideas to plan around a getaway in Mt. Washington Valley this March.

Take a self-guided tour the Maple Storybook Trail which begins near the Sugar Shack in the 100 Acre Wood. Located in Intervale, NH, the Sugar Shack opens up to a trail network where you can snow-shoe, walk your dog, go for a peaceful walk or cross-country ski. As you explore the 100 Acre Wood, you’ll see a network of tubes that run between the Maple Trees. The sap that flows from each tree runs back to the sugar shack where it is boiled and processed into Maple Syrup.

Once you make your way back to the entrance of the wood, if there is steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, step inside for a firsthand look of the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup. You’ll get to talk to the makers of the syrup and learn anecdotal facts about the love and care that goes into making this liquid gold. Group Educational Tours for all ages during Maple Season are available during mid-week. With a suggested donation of $25 per class/group, proceeds benefit the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation. Reservations for group tours are suggested. Please call 603-356-9980 to schedule.

Learn how to tap your own trees with Remick Farm in its Maple Syrup DIY class! Start out in its Sugarhouse where you will spend the day as a syrup maker’s apprentice. At the end of the day, you will leave with hands-on knowledge of how to produce your own maple syrup and a sample of the syrup you helped produce. In addition, participants will create maple treats while waiting for the sap to boil down. Tree identification, sap collection and storage, boiling and filtering and grading and regulations are all topics that are covered during this workshop. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the process of making Maple Syrup.

Remick Farm also offers a NH Maple Weekend on March 21st and 22nd. The farm has also introduced a new series called “Young Farmers” which helps you and your child explore the seasons on the Remick farmstead through themed activities. Most lessons include time outside, a craft, and a story. On March 7th, the theme of the “Young Farmers” program is Maple Syrup. Participants will learn about the trees necessary for good maple syrup, learn how it is collected and made by completing a maze and enjoying a craft and story about the sugaring process.

Lodging in the Mt. Washington Valley also goes beyond just providing a comfortable bed to sleep in! They also offer Maple Syrup themed vacation packages! Each lodging property adds its own unique spin on its Maple themed getaways, but one thing is for sure, you’ll get an inside look at how maple syrup is made, a sampling of sweet treats, a special dining experience and more. Click here for a link to Maple Syrup themed vacation packages.

Also be sure to check out the Bed and Breakfasts Inn Mt. Washington, for a complete list of lodging properties participating in March Maple Madness getaways.

A trip to Mt. Washington Valley during maple season isn’t complete without taking some home with you! True New England made maple syrup is such a gift and a unique way to share your trip with loved ones. (But we won’t tell if you decide to keep the goodies all for yourself, either!)

A stop at Zeb’s General Store in North Conway offers the best array of New England made products, including maple syrup, maple candies, beverages, sauces and more! Soyfire Candle offers clean burning candles made with organic ingredients, including a maple scented line! Bavarian Chocolate Haus offers maple sweet treats and you can even watch the chocolatier hand-dip candies when you stop in the store! White Mountain Cupcakeryhas its own take on a maple themed cupcake and be sure to stop by the Mt. Washington Valley’s cafe’s for a take on a Maple Latte!

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Master Glass Blower will visit Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton

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Master Glass Blower Gerard Treacy will visit Waterford Wedgewood Royal Doulton, located at 2 Common Ct. Settlers Green North Conway NH, on November 28 from 12 – 4 pm.
Waterford Artisan Events offer a rare opportunity for Waterford Crystal devotees to meet and greet the men behind the magic, direct from Ireland’s House of Waterford Crystal. These are the artisans and craftsmen who create, design, cut, polish and engrave the world’s most beautiful crystal. Each Waterford artisan has a unique story to tell about their background and history at Waterford, crafting specialties and personal favorites – stories they are eager to share during each Artisan Event visit.
The Artisan signings are a highlight of each event. Using a special crystal engraving pen, the Waterford Artisan adds his unique signature to your Waterford piece, free of charge, creating a one-of-a-kind keepsake or a very special gift.
GERARD TREACY –
Gerard began his career with Waterford Crystal as an apprentice glass blower in 1979. Within a year he moved on to ball glass blower. The skill of the Master Glass Blower combines tremendous dexterity and coordination of hands, breath, and strength, especially with the larger items. In 1984, Gerard qualified as a glass blower and, three years later, became a Master Glass Blower. He has worked on the entire range of Waterford Crystal stemware.
Stop in now to reserve your piece for Gerard to sign. Signed crystal makes an already beautiful gift even more unique! Can’t make it into the store? Call us and we will help you choose that perfect piece and we will ship it right to your door, and in time for the holidays!
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STREETSIDE AT SETTLERS GREEN CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING WITH DANCING IN THE STREET, OCTOBER 9-15, 2017

Streetside, Settlers Green’s newest ten-store-and-restaurant addition, is poised to celebrate a grand opening that’ll get visitors dancing in the street.  Starting on Tuesday, October 10, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and concluding on Sunday, October 15th, the Settlers Green Streetside Grand Opening festivities will include a full line-up of musical themed events, community celebrations, shopping specials, art unveilings, giveaways, fundraisers and a gala fireworks display, plus more.  Dancing in the Street is the theme for the Grand Opening events, and that’s just what visitors will be doing throughout the celebration.

Kennett High School Dance Team – Photo courtesy of Holly Fougere


Photo Kennett High School Dance Team – Jay Philbrick


Get ready for a brand-new beat on the North Conway shopping scene
While retail is the primary focus at Settlers Green, the commitment to “shoptainment” here is evident in the mall’s many playscapes, photo opportunities, and the new Streetside Art Project featuring works of public art by local and regional artists. In addition to Streetside’s ten new stores and locally owned restaurant, shoppers will savor a sense of excitement and commitment to the community, taking shopping to the next level here.
An important part of Streetside’s Grand opening will include a unique fundraising partnership with Mountain Top Music, intended to put the music education and performance non-profit organization closer to their fundraising goal to create a community-oriented performing arts center and gathering place. Settlers Green has pledged a $15,000 match for any donations made to Mountain Top Music between September 15-October 15th, and the Streetside Grand Opening will create multiple opportunities for community giving to be matched. Look for a display in center court focused on this project.
Throughout the Grand Opening festivities, take time to view the Streetside Art Project, with works from Northern New England artists.  Dancing in the Street offers up the following schedule of events and entertainment:
 Tuesday, October 10, 12:30pm: Celebrate with a Ribbon-Cutting Event: Official ribbon cutting followed by light refreshments.  Chamber members, politicians, media and interested public welcome to attend and meet the developers, artists and more.
 Wednesday, October 11: Discover The Art:  Learn more about White Mountains art history and culinary art from local experts.   All programs are free and open to the public. Events take place at the Pedestrian Walkway by Francesca’s and Skechers at Settlers Green Streetside.

  • 10:30am: Special presentation by local artists, Erik Koeppel & Lauren Sansaricq  – a 45-minute presentation by two local artists from Jackson, NH. The art talk includes review of their recent “Recovering the American Sublime” exhibit plus other works and techniques by these traditional landscape artists.
  • 11:30am:  Bob Cotrell from Conway Historical Society – Local historian, Bob Cotrell, will discuss the history of art in the White Mountain during a 30-minute presentation, highlighting 19th century and early 20th century artists.
  • 1:00pm: Culinary art demo by Kathy Iannuzzi from White Mountain Cupcakery –  Kathy Iannuzzi, co-owner of the White Mountain Cupcakery, and winner of the 2011 Cupcake Wars, will demonstrate cake decorating at the White Mountain Cupcakery at Settlers Green Outlet Village Suite D52.

Thursday, October 12: Beauty Stroll in the Street
Today is the day to shop for a cause! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to celebrate, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation will have volunteers on-site with information about the nonprofit and how it serves the Mt. Washington Valley. Receive one of only 100 commemorative canvas bags with free goodies and coupons with your minimum $10 donation. Proceeds go directly to Jen’s Friends, and Settlers Green will match it! Plus, enter to win a $500 raffle prize to the stores at Settlers Green Streetside. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds also benefitting Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation.
Friday, October 13: #ShopStreetside Part I, throughout the day:  “It’s all about the shopping” New brands featuring Grand Opening special deals.  Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more.  Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.
Saturday, October 14: Dancing in the Street: Throughout the day enjoy plenty of reasons to dance in the street at Streetside.

  • 10:00am – 3:00pm: Enjoy a full day of festivities including the Streetside Art Festival.
  • 4:00pm-until 6 pm: American Bandstand-style festival!  It’s a dance party and you’re invited!  Dozens of dancers from regional and student led dance groups will take you through the best dance years of the century.  Grand final featuring Sarah-Katarina “SkooJ CorE-O” Jerome and director of the Boston Community Dance Project.  As seen on MTV, ESPN, Sarah-Katarina will dazzle with her dance troupe for a grand finale event.
  • 6:45 pm/Dusk:  A gala fireworks display over Streetside fills the sky with celebration.

Sunday, October 15: #ShopStreetside Pt. 2:  Close out the Grand Opening celebration with shopping specials and raffles throughout the day.  Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more.  Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.
More than 500,000 square feet of North Conway retail centers, including Settlers Green, Settlers Crossing and Settlers Corner, are developed and managed by OVP Management, Inc. a Newton, Massachusetts based company with management offices in North Conway.  For more information please contact General Manager, Dot Seybold at dot@ovpmanagement.com or for leasing information please contact Robert M. Barsamian at RMB@ovpmanagement.com.  Additional details about the shopping centers located in North Conway, NH is available at Settlersgreen.com or OVPManagement.com.
Photos:  Members of the Kennett High School Dance team will perform at Settlers Green during the Dancing in the Street celebration.  Please note photo credits in file name.

Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale at Settlers Green

settlers green memorial dayMemorial Day Weekend is quickly approaching, and in the Mt. Washington Valley, that means outdoor fun, yard sales, and the Settlers Green annual Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale! Visit Settlers Green May 27th-29th for their annual Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale. Shop at the many tax-free outlets that Settlers Green has to offer and visit Customer Service C13 for a complimentary American flag while supplies last.
Participating stores include:

  • Adidas
  • Bass Factory Store
  • Brooks Brothers Factory Store
  • Brookstone
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Claire’s
  • Corningware, Corelle & More
  • Crabtree & Evelyn
  • Crocs
  • Fragrance Outlet
  • Jockey
  • Justice
  • Talbots
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Travelpro
  • Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton
  • Wilsons Leather

For more information, visit Settlers Green on the web at www.settlersgreen.com or contact Settlers Green at (603) 356-7031.

Arts, Antiques, and Treasures Event to Benefit MWV Arts Association

Treasure seekers, come find your treasure! Browse arts, antiques, and treasures galore at the Conway Market Place on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association. Discover fabulous art pieces, antiques, and treasures while supporting a local non-profit centered on building a strong arts community in the Valley!
The event will take place Friday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm at the Conway Market Place #50 White Mountain Highway in Unit 7 near Bea’s Café. For more information on the event, call 603-356-2787. For more information about the MWV Arts Association, visit their website at www.mwvarts.org.
mwv arts association.jpgThe MWV Arts Association Mission Statement & Vision
The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association desires to collaborate with other arts and non-profit organizations to help build the arts community in the Mt. Washington Valley.
The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association is a community focused non-profit organization which exists to promote the study, appreciation, and display of the visual arts, particularly the art of the Mt. Washington Valley.

Fun and Fresh, Francesca's Outlet Coming to Settlers Green Streetside

Press Release by Laura Tuveson, OVP Management, Inc.
Marketing & Administrative Assistant
April 5, 2017 (North Conway, NH) – Francesca’s Outlet, a boutique shop that specializes in jewelry, dresses and shoes, is the latest store to be announced for Settlers Green Streetside, the 50,000 square foot expansion project at Settlers Green that is currently under construction.
Francesca’s brand offers an eclectic mix of carefully-curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts. Established in 1999, in Houston, Texas, the company now has 670+ boutiques in 48 states.
“Francesca’s popularity continues to grow and it will be a perfect addition to our mix of jewelry, accessories and fashion stores,” said Laura Tuveson, assistant director of marketing and events at Settlers Green. “It’s fun and fresh, and we think our customers are going to love it.”

Settlers Green Streetside, Aerial View


Francesca’s joins Columbia Sportswear Outlet and Polo Ralph Lauren as new stores opening at Settlers Green Streetside. Settlers Green Outlet Village has its fair share of new stores coming in including Express Factory Store and Corningware, Corelle & More expected to open this spring.
In addition, Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton has relocated within Settlers Green Outlet Village to Suite C22 and Brooks Brothers Factory Store will soon be relocated to Suite C8. There is also a new restaurant opening on April 20 at Settlers Corner. Wicked Fresh Burgers will serve up fresh ingredients on its original menu of burgers, hand cut fries, and shakes.
The addition of Settlers Green Streetside will increase Settlers Green to 300,000 square feet of commercial retail development. Settlers Green Streetside is expected to open this summer. It will have a total of 10 brands including a new concept restaurant featuring an extensive list of craft beers from around New England and the world.
About OVP Management, Inc. 
OVP Management, Inc., a Newton, Massachusetts based real estate development company, has developed over 500,000 square feet of commercial properties in North Conway, including Settlers Crossing and Settlers Corner.

Public Art Proposal Deadline Nearing for Settlers Green and the New Streetside Expansion

North Conway, NH:  In early February, Settlers Green announced a Request for Proposals for Art/Craftwork (RFP) for new or existing artworks to grace both the existing shopping center and the new Streetside expansion.  The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017 and General Manager, Dot Seybold, encourages local, state and regional artists to enter existing works of art as well as proposals for commissioned pieces.  “We have received inquiries from fabulous artists working in all kinds of media from metal and stone for sculptors to muralists working with digitally printed images.  It’s been so interesting talk with and meet these accomplished artists. “stated Seybold. 
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The RFP can be downloaded from the Settlers Green Streetside Art RFP website at http://www.settlersgreen.com/settlers-green-streetside-art-rfp.  Artists will find the actual application, along with the original press release and additional information within this page.  As construction on Streetside continues, Settlers Green is planning the grand opening celebration to include arts related activities and celebrations including music, dance and original art on display.  “We are really excited about this project and look forward to sharing it with the community.” Seybold added.   
Interested artists can contact Dot Seybold at dot@ovpmanagement.com with any additional questions.  Please limit correspondence to email. 

2017 Chili Cook-Off and Feelin' Good 5K Race

Saturday, April 8th is the time to shake off the winter chills and join us for a fabulous foodie event to kick off our Spring season here in Mt Washington Valley! There will be plenty of chili and cornbread to keep you fueled for a day of fun, festivity, and a 5K race, plus North Conway Village shopping and the event’s  Red Hot Stops where you can find treats and shopping deals.

chili-5k-logoThis is the first year of the Feelin’ Good 5k Race through the White Mountain Milers. Burn some calories before indulging in chili and cornbread samples at the Cook-Off and explore beautiful North Conway Village by running or walking in the race! The race kicks off at Schouler Park in North Conway at 9:30am, where participants will race around the village and near Cranmore Mountain, finishing back at the park. Awards will be given to the top three overall runners and walkers.

The Feelin’ Good 5K is open for registration through White Mountain Milers and the RunReg website. The Race Fee is $35 per person and includes your entry to the Chili Cook-Off, access to the After Party at Abenaki Trail Restaurant, and store discounts at the Red Hot Stops.

Event Schedule:
  • 8:00AM – 5K Registration/Bib pick up
  • 9:15AM – 5K Registration tent is closed
  • 9:30AM- 5K Race begins
  • 10:45AM – Race Award Ceremony
  • 11:00AM – Chili Cook-Off Doors open 
  • 3:00 PM – Chili Cook-Off Ends
  • 4:00PM – Chili Cook-Off After Party & Award Ceremony

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About the Annual Chili Cookoff
Hosted by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, the annual Chili Cook-off has featured the culinary creations of professional chefs, individuals, local organizations, and nonprofits for many years. What started with just a few vendors has now grown to more than 40 vendors. Hundreds of hungry chili fans will fill The Village of North Conway tasting the best of the Valley’s chili recipes.
The Many Ways to Enjoy the Day
chili-cookoffThere are so many ways to participate in the fun at the Annual Chili Cook-Off! Professional and non-professional chefs are welcome to register their team for their chance to win fabulous prizes and bragging rights. Chef registration is open and filling up fast! For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Chef Guidelines.
There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for businesses to promote their brand. Sponsorship packages vary in cost and exposure and there are packages available for nonprofits. For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Sponsorship Packages document or contact the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.
chili-cookoff2In this event, ticket holders are judges, too! In purchasing tickets and sampling many delicious chili and cornbread recipes, ticket holders are in control of the “People’s Choice” vote. Ticket holders will receive three different colored tickets for use as ballots – one for Best Chili, one for Best Cornbread, and one for Best Display of Theme.
Event Tickets and More Information
Tickets for the Chili Cook-Off are $15 for adults and $7 for children, with free admission for children under 3. Interested parties may purchase Early Bird tickets by contacting the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, and tickets will be available on the day of the event for the same prices at the ticket booth.
There are lodging package agreements available for interested lodging properties in the area as well. Contact the Chamber for more information.
For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, visit http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org, call the Chamber at (877) 948-6867 or (603) 356-5701 or email Visitor Services at visitor@mtwashingtonvalley.org.
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Fall Festival at Settlers Green Kicks Off String of Fall Events at the Outlets

Settlers Green’s annual Fall Festival is slated for Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “on the green” by Timberland Factory Store. Kid-friendly activities include pumpkin painting, free horse-drawn hay rides, live music, complimentary apple cider and apples and a nonprofit bake sale.
“September is a great time of the year to visit North Conway and our Fall Festival provides plenty of added activities for our shoppers to enjoy,” said Assistant Director of Marketing and Events, Laura Tuveson.
New this year, artist William Janelle of Bridgton, Maine, will be doing a series of pumpkin carvings throughout the event. The pumpkins will be auctioned off at the end of the day and the money raised will go to a local charity.
The always popular free horse-drawn hay rides, provided by Carousel Horse Farm, begin and end at the Timberland Factory Store and follow a route throughout Settlers Green. Free pumpkin painting with the purchase of a small pumpkin for $2 will include paints and some guidance from local artist, Carol Hanson.
To add to the day’s autumn atmosphere, local vocalist and guitarist Julia Velie will play at the Gazebo from 12-2 p.m., with lounge chairs available for listeners.
Fall Festival marks the start of a busy fall event schedule at Settlers Green Outlet Village, including its 3rd Annual Pumpkin People Challenge, which is set for October 1 and coincides with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Return of the Pumpkin People event. For information about all events at Settlers Green Outlet Village, see settlersgreen.com/events.
 

Settlers Green offers special shopping event with “Friday Night Lights”

January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Shop on Friday evenings for exclusive offers available by download. Plus, visit Customer Service for a voucher for a free hot drink at Brandli’s Pizza Grille or White Mountain Cupcakery.

888-667-9636
settlersgreen.com/events