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

Media Contact: Becca Deschenes,
Marketing Director, Cranmore Mountain Resort

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  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 or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.


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 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 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!


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

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 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 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

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 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.

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.

Great Views, Great Value at Eagle Mountain Golf Club

It’s hard to think of a course with better views and a more forgiving course layout than the Eagle Mountain Golf Club, the historic 9-hole course in Jackson, NH. Don’t let its relatively small footprint fool you – this USGA-rated, par 32 golf course is no par-3 “executive” course. You’ll need your full bag of clubs to fully enjoy all nine holes on this lovely course.

Not only is the course a delight for the eyes, it is a pleasure for the wallet as well. As of this writing, greens fees for 9 holes walking is just $20 Mon. – Thurs. and $25 weekends. Add a cart for a mere $15, although there is no lovelier mountain course to walk than the Eagle, as we locals call it.

The Eagle is a course that you can play long and leisurely or as quickly as you need to play to fit into all your other family activities you may be planning. A friend once confided in me that she once bought an annual membership and powered through a 90-minute round before work each morning. Now that’s a dedicated duffer! It sounds grueling but between the mountain views, the river and the ever-interesting course layout, it would make for an awesome start to the work day.

About that course layout. The Eagle meanders along the Wildcat River. Every hole features elevated tees with spectacular mountain views. While not for regulation play, a small fly rod in your golf bag might serve a purpose at the end of a twilight round.

The course and its adjacent hotel, The Eagle Mountain House, opened in 1879, when Cyrus and Marcia Gale of Eagle Mountain Farm began offering accommodations for 12 guests at their home. By 1890, the property had expanded to Eagle Hall and Eagle Mountain House with lodging for 125 guests.

Fast forward to 1931 when golf was quickly increasing in popularity. The Eagle Mountain House ownership at the time converted a portion of the property’s farmland and pasture into a nine-hole golf course.

Today, the Eagle Mountain House Golf Club leases the course from local ownership and is responsible for maintenance and operation during the golf season. In the winter, the course serves as a vital section of the nationally acclaimed Jackson Ski Touring Foundation’s extensive cross-country trail network.

The golf course secured a spot in the Mount Washington Valley’s rich downhill skiing history in 1936 when the first organized group ski was held on the course’s ninth fairway under the direction of Beno Rybizka of the famous Hannes Schneider Ski School in Austria as part of Carrol Reed’s Eastern Slope Ski School. How many golf courses are storied for both summer and winter operations?

The Eagle is family-friendly and offers very far forward gold tees for kids, or seniors for that matter. When you come to Mt. Washington Valley this autumn, squeeze in a round for great views at a great value. For more information, visit The Eagle’s website!

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To learn more about all the ways to golf in the Mt. Washington Valley, visit our golf page featuring ten prestigious golf courses throughout our region!

Cycling in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH!

Are you a road bike enthusiast? Maybe you’re someone who wants to be a road bike enthusiast? Or you’d love to try mountain biking, but only have a bike suited for pavement and aren’t quite ready to purchase a new bike? Whatever your reason for loving the open ride on your bike, we have you covered with some great cycling routes in the Mt. Washington Valley!

First be sure to have the appropriate gear. Whether you are looking to rent a bike or try out a high-end demo, the valley has an array of rental businesses with cycling enthusiasts working there. They’ll outfit you with the right equipment and make suggestions on protective clothing and gently remind you to wear sunscreen! Also, be sure to grab a coffee and a proper breakfast before heading out and make sure you know where your lunch is coming from.

Mapping out a route in a new town and vacation spot isn’t always the most intuitive thing to plan. The best routes – meaning a wide enough shoulder to provide a safe distance from you and cars and a route that’s not already saturated with cyclists in the know – are always the hardest to find.

We’ll give you a few hints on some of the best routes in the valley to hop onto and from there you can discover backroads to personalize your own cycling experience through the valley!

Fryeburg, Maine: Park at the visitor center, located on your left just as you pass over the state line from New Hampshire into Maine. The visitor center parking lot gives you access to eight miles of paved riding on the Mountain Division Trail. With undulating hills, this is a great option for beginner and intermediate riders as well as small children. It also acts as a gateway to riding into Fryeburg Village as there are multiple stop and exit points on the trail. Plan an evening ride and sync your ride up with a stop at the Oxford House Inn for an apres-ride drink or casual fine dining experience!

The Visitor Center in Fryeburg also gives you access to Haley Town Road. A six mile paved town road that brings you into Brownfield. From here you options are endless. Haley Town is a great option because it’s not as busy as main roads, making it much safer to ride on.

Once you reach the end of Haley Town Road, you can take a right and travel for eight miles into Snowville, NH and stop at Snowvillage Inn for an early evening bevvy. Haley Town has rolling hills and the route from Brownfield into Snowville provides the opportunity for some pretty rugged uphills to really put you to work – especially the last hill leading up to Snowvillage Inn! While any experience level could take Haley Town Rd., adding on the miles to Snowvillage Inn is definitely for a more conditioned rider.

If you wanted to add even more miles to your Fryeburg based ride, continue on from Snowville, into Eaton Center. Take a right onto route 153, as you pass the picturesque Crystal Lake and head into Conway Village. You can either have someone pick you up in Conway, or you can circle back from Conway to Fryeburg via route 16. That would be a monster of a ride, totaling close to thirty miles. Being properly hydrated and fueled is a must for this ride.

North Conway: If you’re looking for a quick “in-and-out” bike ride to get your day started, consider West Side Road to River Road! Start from North Conway Village (maybe even ride out from your hotel!) and connect to West Side Road. In a mile and a half, you’ll come to River Road, with strawberry fields on your left and a picturesque farm stand selling fresh jam and freshly picked strawberries.

River Road will take you into Conway, where you can do a quick turn-around and head back to North Conway, via River Road again, or can keep going straight at the light at the light where River Road and Washington Street meet and connect onto 153. This will take you into Eaton and depending on how you plan your route into Brownfield – as mentioned above – or into Freedom.

Cycling West Side Road to Conway and back is suitable for any competent rider. Round trip it equals just over 10 miles. If you begin to add miles on by going down route 153, you begin to tack on miles and hills. Be sure to take honest stock of where you are at in your endurance, hydration and nutrition for these longer rides.

Headed North: If your vacation plants you on the Northern side of the valley, there is plenty of miles to ride! A particular favorite would be the Bear Notch Loop in Bartlett! Start out in Bartlett, headed north, and just after the Josiah Bartlett Elementary School, you’ll see a left-hand turn taking you to Bear Notch Road. This particular road will connect you to the Kancamagus Highway in three miles.

A left hand turn will take you into Conway in about twelve-ish miles. From there your options are endless. You could connect back onto West Side Road in four miles and head back into North Conway and ride all the way back to Bartlett. That would be equal out to be a 40+ mile ride, so be sure you’re ready to take on a long ride such as that one. This particular ride also features narrow shoulders in some part to biker safety is key here. Be extra alert on this ride!

Time spent in Bartlett on a bike can also take you into Crawford Notch, where you can take a leisurely ride and make stops at Arethusa Falls and Sawyer River. If a challenge is what you seek, keep putting the miles in and make your way to Crawford Notch. Either plan to have someone pick you up as you make your way to the AMC Highland Center.

Or go for gold and do the entire Crawford Notch to Pinkham Notch loop, via route 2 through Randolph. This ride is over 40 miles on rugged terrain. It requires mental and physical stamina and plenty of time to complete. While it’s not recommended for a leisurely rider, it can be a great option for those looking to for an extreme competition.

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Photo c/o Wiseguy Photography

Iced Coffee and Ice Cream in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH!

Are you in search of the coldest cone, or refreshing iced coffee? In the midst of the hottest days of summer there’s nothing like a sweet treat to cap off a day spent in the outdoors. 

Start making a list of your favorite flavors, because we have a preview of some of the best spots to grab an ice cream cone or iced coffee in the Mt. Washington Valley. Maybe you could combine the two and have coffee ice cream? 

Trails End Ice Cream: You won’t believe the size of these cones! The crew at Trails End don’t mess around – a small cone is the size of your head. We dare you to order a large cone and see if you can finish it! With two locations, one in Intervale and one in Settlers Crossing, plus a traveling ice cream truck, you have easy access to summer’s flagship treat anywhere in the Mt. Washington Valley.  

J-Town Deli: If you find yourself on the Northern end of Mt. Washington Valley, swing by J-Town Deli. They’re serving up iced coffee that pairs perfectly with their homemade cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats.

Ben and Jerry’s: Located right in North Conway Village and locally owned this spot is a fan favorite. With all the flavor classics from Cherry Garcia to Funky Monkey and more you’ll find a fun and tasty way to cool off after a hike or day on the river!

The Met: Can you say cold-brew?! This place has it on lock-down with its Nitro Cold Brew infused with tiny nitrogen bubbles and poured from the tap! The bubbles give the coffee a foamy texture, like beer, and as it pours from the tap it cascades into the cup, separating into a darker and lighter brew, with a thick, foamy top.  The Met has a flagship location in North Conway Village and a satellite shop in Settlers’ Green. 

Frontside Coffee Roasters: The only thing more chill than the vibe of this coffee shop is their iced coffee! Featuring coffee that is roasted on the daily by the owner enjoy a cold brew poured straight from that tap. And if you’re feeling crazy, try an Iced Chai-Fu, a chai with a shot of espresso or an iced Bee’s Knees, a latte made with real honey. An iced coffee from Frontside will give you the jolt and second wind you need after a day spent playing outside! 

White Mountain Cupcakery: Located in Settlers’ Green, the White Mountain Cupcakery is pouring cold iced coffee to pair with over serving over 500 freshly baked cupcakes daily! They create cupcakes fresh every morning with care and love, piled high with delicious buttercream in an assortment of unique flavors.

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Photo c/o Ben and Jerry’s.

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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