In a year that was completely turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be hard to find the silver linings that 2020 brought us.
Hard – not impossible! Because one positive outcome of a year that forced us to get creative on how to safely spend time with those we love in places we love, is the sudden abundance of options for outdoor dining in the Mt. Washington Valley.
Restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley acted swiftly to expand seating, with tables spilling out on their front lawns. We began to see fire pits and Adirondack chairs popping up outside the front doors of valley restaurants; and many restaurant owners built additions in the form of open porches and more to welcome their customers in a safe, but fun way.
As we look to summer of 2021, outdoor dining in the Mt. Washington Valley looks as though it’s here to stay through the season. And we couldn’t be happier, because there are few things as glorious as sharing a cold beverage with friends at your favorite spot, with the sun shining on you, and the nice summer breeze wrapping itself around you.
Here is a SMALL sampling of restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley offering outdoor dining. There are many others that are serving up delicious food in awesome outdoor spaces. For a complete list of restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley, click here.
Fire by Wicked lives within Settlers Green in North Conway, and it has created such an exceptional outdoor dining experience. Complete with fire pits, beautiful landscaping and comfortable Adirondack chairs, diners can enjoy Fire’s brick oven pizza, crispy wings, Wicked Fresh burgers, local beer and wine, and more!
J-Town Deli is an adorable deli and general store, located right in Jackson Village. It’s a perfect pit-stop for anyone heading into Pinkham Notch for outdoor adventure, and in response to dining room mandates, the crew of J-Town Deli has put a fun twist on picnic dining. Serving right outside its store it is now offering fun adult drinks that you can enjoy inside or outside, in addition to the different beers to go and wines, they keep in stock regularly.
The Red Parka Pub’s patio is ready for outside dining again with new outdoor heaters, and solo entertainment playing on Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Known for “Good Food and Good Times” the Red Parka Pub has been a valley staple! How could it not be after serving high-quality hand-cut steaks for 48 years!?
Sweet Maple Cafe is a full service coffee house that serves breakfast and lunch. Its chefs are always baking up something sweet that is always “served with love.” Sweet Maple is located in Conway Village with a deck where customers can enjoy their meals and people watch along Main Street.
Black Cap Grille’s motto is to “Come Hungry. Bring a Friend!” You’re in for a great meal and a good time, here. One of the best parts? Black Cap offers patio seating where you can bring your dog! Be sure to visit its sister restaurants in Settlers Streetside, Barley and Salt, that also offers outdoor dining in summer months.
White Mountain Cider Company is an award winning restaurant and market, that is bringing its incredible menu, outside! Cider Co. – as locals lovingly call it – has an outdoor patio built with beautiful wooden beams and gorgeous landscaping. Enjoy dinner Thursday through Monday, and be sure to include a stop during breakfast and lunch hours at the Cider Co.’s Market.
Featuring to-go frozen meals, a rotisserie and made-to order breakfast and lunch sandwiches. The market is open Thursday through Monday, at 8:00am.
Stone Mountain Arts Center is typically known as a music hall that serves dinner. But now, during present-pandemic time, it’s dinner has taken center stage. The owners and staff at Stone Mountain Arts Center (also known as SMAC) have taken their performing arts barn and turned it into the Tree House Cafe! With no detail left undone, SMAC’s indoor dining space features private dining spaces that are only seated once per night. It’s screened-in porch is also open for “Tree House” dining, where you can order larger-than-life portions of paired with the deep flavors and hospitality of New England!
Other Maine-based restaurants that offer outdoor dining, and are a stone’s throw from SMAC include Oxford House Inn and 302 West.
Red Fox Bar and Grill prepares its food in a wood-fired Josper Oven – the only one found in all of the restaurants in New Hampshire. Jopser Ovens reach phenomenal levels of heat, with the authentic taste of charcoal grilling using wood. Red Fox has an amazing menu that can be enjoyed on its outdoor patio.
Max’s Restaurant and Pub at Snowvillage Inn will be opening its screened-in porch for dining in May. With direct views of Mount Washington from the porch, and yard of Snowvillage Inn, guests can enjoy high-quality casual fine dining, cocktails and live music.
Photo c/o Black Cap Grille