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.

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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Weddings at Snowvillage Inn


Written by Snowvillage Inn

The concept of minimalism has officially hit the wedding style scene. With so much going on in the world now, this trend towards simplification couldn’t be more refreshing. Couples are hopping on the “less is more” train by clearing away the clutter, eliminating the frills, and being very intentional about what they choose to be part of their big day. In essence, minimalist weddings only include the things that—in the words of Marie Kondo—spark joy.

At Snowvillage Inn, they could not agree more. While we have always embraced small intimate weddings, we are already seeing an uptick in requests for elopements and micro-weddings

Foliage Weddings

And here’s a new development to share. With changing travel patterns, including cancellations of local fall events, fairs, and festivals, we are now able to accommodate foliage weddings for fall 2020. Fall is truly a magical time in the White Mountains. Your elopement, small wedding, or honeymoon can be magical too, right here at the Snowvillage Inn. Book as soon as possible as these dates will not last long!

Weddings Two Ways

As an intimate wedding location, we can give you options other places cannot. We offer weddings in two ways:

  1. Wedding Buy Out – Are you the DIY kind of couple?  Perfect.  Take the whole place for your destination wedding.  10 acres, 17 guest rooms, 3 buildings, all the common spaces…the options are endless and completely up to you! For 72 hours, the place is yours. 
  2. All Inclusive – Prefer to have their team show you the way?  their onsite wedding planner, chef, and innkeepers will help you plan your simply elegant wedding. This is a great option for small weddings too!

Non-Traditional Celebrations Welcome

Snowvillage Inn is known for welcoming celebrations of all kinds! 

  • Second weddings are great for its smaller space. Invite those special loved ones and family members and enjoy a getaway together with no fuss. 
  • LGBTQ weddings are extra special here and we’ve been the site of many happy celebrations over the years. 
  • Elopements might just include the bride and groom, but they can receive the same attention to detail, romance, and joy (without the planning and expense). Snowvillage recently welcomed a pair of local honeymooners who decided on an intimate ceremony on top of nearby Foss Mountain, followed by dinner and an overnight at the Inn.

Whether they are close to home or hours away, Snowvillage Inn will make your day amazing.  Contact their wedding planner to learn more. 

Elope in the Mt. Washington Valley!

Wedding season has a different feel this summer. Normally, every weekend is buzzing with the sound of wedding bells, families gathering, music playing with dancing late into the night and bridal parties making the most of a wedding celebration in the White Mountain National Forest.

The Mt. Washington Valley is a wedding destination, perfect for the couple looking for a mountain chic wedding. This year though, weddings are smaller taking into account social distancing mandates, and large celebrations have turned into private elopements.

Eloping in the Mt. Washington Valley offers so many ways to make a small wedding ceremony special. Romantic inns, bed and breakfasts and hotels are well-versed in hosting small ceremonies and wedding parties. A smaller wedding party means ample opportunity for unique wedding photos – like the couple pictured above, a more creative culinary experience that can be designed for smaller parties, taking more time to spend on pampering yourself at a valley salon and more.

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

Grab Lunch Before You Hike!

Where do the hikers go? Beyond picking the perfect hiking trail – measuring it for elevation gain, mileage and a view worth the work, the next; most important part of the plan is where you’re going to grab lunch before you head out!

You want to make sure your sandwich is layered with veggies, fresh meats, homemade spreads and local cheeses, and hits “peak” flavor. You want to measure it for optimal energy output, taste and how well it will hold up in your backpack as you put in the miles!

We have you covered with some of the best lunch spots who specialize in lunch to go for those looking to spend a day in the great outdoors!

Bagels Plus: Using only the best ingredients, these guys make their bagels fresh every morning! Featuring over 20 different bagel flavors, PLUS, the infamous “Boissant” – a cross between a bagel and croissant, as well as gluten-free options. Grab a breakfast or lunch sandwich depending on what you’re craving, along with a coffee to go to start the hike and an ice cold beverage to end your hike with.

Big Dave’s Bagels: They’re not kidding with the word “big,” here. They’re sandwiches are unapologetically large and the flavor is in charge! Their mission is to provide the most consistently excellent breakfast, lunch and catering experience in the Mount Washington Valley. Period. They aren’t messing around. Whatever can be homemade in their buidling, is. From their bagels to their cream cheeses to their sandwiches – which you can watch them prepare in their open concept kitchen – to their MUST-HAVE “kweenies.”

These are a non-negotiable for your hike. Big Dave’s “kweenie’s” are like a croissant on steroids. Kouign-amann (“kween a-mahn”), is a Breton cake, described in the New York Times as “the fattiest pastry in all of Europe.” The name comes from the Breton language words for cake and butter, a word and ingredient that are both sacred at Big Dave’s.

Local Grocer: Leaders in everything local, all natural and organic and Local Grocer has a delicious and awesome take-out menu. Featuring options for the carnivore, the vegetarian and the vegan your entire hiking crew will be smiling with satisfied stomach after grabbing lunch here. Local Grocer offers local, organic and naturally raised meats, eggs, milk, cheese and produce, and you can grab an organic beer or wine to celebrate reaching the peak on your hike with!

Sweet Maple Cafe: Perfect for when you’re making an early start in the White Mountains and are coming in from the south! Located right in Conway, swing into Sweet Maple for breakfast and then grab a sandwich to go! Everything they make, they do so with love, and you can totally taste it! From their Pulled Pork Sandwich to their Italian Sub on Homemade Focaccia to their Hot Panini’s and homemade cookies, everything has Sweet Maple’s signature on it.

J-Town Deli: The crew at J-Town are pro’s at lunch to go. A valley favorite is the endearingly called the “# 2” and it’s made with roasted turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato and a chipotle mayo. You don’t have to take our word for it, you should definitely order one for yourself – or any of J-Town’s other sandwiches. None will disappoint.

And for good measure, make sure you grab a bag of chips from J-Town’s grocery section and a few homemade cupcakes from their bakery! You’ll deserve them after your hike!

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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.

Winning Ways at the Wentworth Golf Club

By Kathy Bennett

Wentworth is a winning course in so many ways. Here are six reasons why you should put the Wentworth on your “must golf” courses for the season:

  1. It’s the only golf course in New England with its own covered bridge – As you move from the fourth hole to the fifth, golfers get to enjoy the unusual experience of driving their cart through this unique covered bridge. Bridging the Wildcat River, it also shuttles cross country skiers in winter.
  2. The front nine and the back nine play like two different courses. While both are challenging, the front nine winds along the river and offers scenic niceties (like the covered bridge – see above). It’s also broken into three distinct areas of play which makes for an interesting layout. The back nine are longer, straighter, narrower, hilly and seemingly more difficult (at least to this duffer). If you are only playing nine holes and have a choice, consider your mood and energy level. Both are imminently playable but offer very different playing experiences.
    Wentworth Golf Club
  3. People are dying to play here. Speaking of the back 9, the Wentworth features an unusual backdrop in the form of a small cemetery. The 17th tee box borders the cemetery on its southwest corner.
  4. Water, water everywhere. The course is home to the Wildcat River. Also known as the Wildcat Brook, it is home to one of New England’s best fly fishing. Don’t bring your rod to the course – but pack it in your car for a few casts after a round down the road a ways (Timmy’s Bridge just south of the course is known for its trout). The back nine also features several small ponds as water hazards just to keep things interesting.
  5. A golf course that attracts skiers? The Wentworth Golf Club converts its club house into a ski lodge every winter as it shares space with Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. JSTF is the largest cross country ski area in the east. Look for the tell-tale ski prints hanging on the walls. The Wentworth course is just part of their extensive trail network come winter. 
  6. Two Snack Shacks – Golfers have two opportunities to snag a snack while golfing. Start your round and pick up a cold beer to go at the clubhouse when you check in. Then on the 18th hole, keep an eye out for Madeline’s, offering sandwiches, drinks and snacks. A great way to start and end a round!

The Wentworth Golf Club offers memberships and daily rounds at its lovely location in scenic Jackson, NH. Visit them online at https://www.wentworthgolf.com/