Holiday Cheer at Snowvillage Inn

Plan for Simple Holiday Cheer 
Written by Kathy Bennett
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EATON, NH — Remember the years where the holidays seemed so much simpler? Days spent playing in freshly fallen snow, followed by warm fires in the fireplace shared with dear friends and family were the norm. Now, we seem to find ourselves consumed by finding the latest tech gadget, often rushing through the holidays, and missing out on the quality time spent in the company of our loved ones. 

While the holidays may look a bit different this year, there is plenty of good old fashioned memory-making fun to be had, right here in New Hampshire. Consider a visit in December for a classic New England gathering experience to slow down, hit reset, and prepare for Christmas. 

Bright Spots To Look Forward To

Quiet Time In A Serene Setting – Spend a morning exploring our quiet private trail system on snowshoes, and be greeted with the inn’s holiday decorations and cheer upon your return. Soothe your soul this season as you snuggle into one of our cozy guest rooms complete with your own fireplace or mountain view and luxurious amenities.  

Fine Dining – Leave the cooking to us. Whether it’s fresh muffins and aromatic local coffee in the morning or the gourmet food expertly prepared for you in Max’s Restaurant and Pub for dinner, you can relax and treat yourself to nourishing meals amidst a stunning backdrop of nature. 

Quintessential Local Holiday Shopping – If ever there was a year to ditch the trips to the big box stores, this would be it. If you’re looking to fill those stockings and space under the tree with high quality and meaningful gifts, the small independently owned shops in North Conway are the perfect places to visit. Whether you visit Zeb’s General Store, The Penguin Gallery, or The League of NH Craftsmen, you’re supporting locally owned businesses while gifting meaningful items. Local artisans are aplenty in these parts, so plan some time exploring the roads less traveled to explore galleries and shops off the beaten path.

Nostalgic Memories – What are the activities that get you into the holiday spirit? Is it sledding with your kids, exploring villages adorned with Christmas lights, or cutting down your very own Christmas tree? With opportunities to make your own wreath the Mt. Washington Valley is the perfect place to get in some Christmas Cheer. 

The Smells and Tastes of the Holidays – Who can resist the smell of fresh-baked cookies? Giving or receiving, a festive tin of cookies are always an appreciated gift. Guests at the Snowvillage Inn will be treated to some of our favorite recipes to savor during your stay or bake when you get home.

This holiday season, we hope you let us help in making some lasting memories for your family. After all, it’s the time spent with others that matters the most. We’ve created a special package for you to help get you back to the basics. 

While the Country Inns of the White Mountains have canceled their annual Inn to Inn Cookie Tour, Snowvillage Inn is pleased to offer guests a pre-holiday retreat to recreate some of what makes that event so special (complete with our favorite holiday cookies). 

Get Ready for the Holidays ~ Two Night Stay

December 4th – 6th and 11th – 13th 2020

Tis the season to get in the Yuletide spirit!  Join us for a classic New England Christmas gathering experience.  Upon check-in, you are welcomed to our decked out holiday decorations and cheer.  Snuggle into your cozy guest room with breathtaking mountain views or a warm bedside fireplace while you snack on our favorite holiday cookies.  Wake to the smell of homemade muffins and our fresh local coffees.  

Next up, join us at Sunshine Daydreams Farm where you will decorate your own holiday wreath with a bounty collected from nature!  Cross some names off your shopping list in North Conway by checking out locally-owned shops including Zeb’s General Store, the Penguin Gallery, League of NH Craftsmen (as well as Settlers Green Outlets, like LL Bean) and refuel at one of the Valley Original Restaurants including Delaney’s Hole in the Wall, Black Cap Grille, or Horsefeathers.  

Come back to the inn, put your feet up, and then relax over a cocktail and dinner at Max’s Restaurant and Pub.  Before you head home on Sunday, stop at Chamberlain Tree Farm to choose and cut down your holiday tree. 

You can take a moment to get the perfect holiday card photo, warm up after hunting for the ideal tree, visit the bonfire, and enjoy some hot cocoa or warm apple cider.  Don’t forget the cookies! When you are ready to head out, the folks at the Farm will help load your tree and tie it securely to your vehicle.  As you head home you will be filled with memories and a car full of Christmas cheer.


  • Two-night accommodation for two people in one of our cozy guest rooms
  • Wreath making on Saturday at Sunshine Daydreams Farm
  • Two Tins of Holiday Cookies with the recipes
  • Pick your own Tree from Chamberlain Tree Farm22
  • Three-course dinner for two either night of your stay at Max’s Restaurant and Pub.
  • Access to our secluded and private hiking/ snowshoe trails
  • Amazing View of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range of New Hampshire
  • Breakfast each morning of your stay with freshly baked muffins and hot entrée choices.

2-night packages starting at: $629 for 2 

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy

  GORHAM, N.H. (Oct. 6, 2020) –Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the Town of Gorham, New Hampshire, and the Appalachian Mountain Club to celebrate the official designation of Gorham as the 48th Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community™ on October 15, 2020 at 6 p.m. The ceremony will be held virtually and is free and open for all to attend.

“It is an honor to be engaged in the partnership of managing the Appalachian Trail and this celebration of designating Gorham as an Appalachian Trail Community,” said Derek Ibarguen, forest supervisor for the White Mountain National Forest. “Gorham truly is an outdoor recreation destination and we’re pleased the Androscoggin Ranger District is part of the community.”

As part of the celebration, the Town of Gorham will hold a raffle for all attendees for a chance to win a Hydro Flask backpack and a $50 gift certificate to the White Mountain Cafe & Bookstore.

The ATC’s A.T. Community™ program proudly recognizes communities along the 2,193 miles of the Trail. The program encourages residents and visitors to learn more about the fantastic outdoor recreation and volunteer opportunities available in the surrounding area, including on the A.T. and throughout the White Mountain National Forest.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is thrilled to celebrate Gorham as a community partner that promotes and protects the Appalachian Trail,” said Julie Judkins, Director of Education and Outreach for the ATC. “Gorham has been a long-time partner supporting place-based service learning in schools, growing outdoor recreation and conservation planning, and encouraging healthy lifestyles for its community members.”

Those interested in participating in the ceremony can register to attend by visiting

Event Program:

  • 6 p.m. – Music from Paul Cormier & Fleur de Lis and Proclamation Signing 
  • 6:10 p.m. – Remarks from honored guests: 
    • Denise Vallee, Town Manager (emcee)
    • Mike Waddell, Board of Selectmen Chair
    • Hawk Metheny, ATC Regional Director
    • Chuck Henderson, Representative for Senator Shaheen
    • Jeff Schall, Planning Board
    • David Govatski, Author and former USFS staff
    • Derek J.S. Ibarguen, Forest Supervisor, US Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest
    • Wendy Janssen, Superintendent, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, National Park Service
  • Keynote Speaker: 
    • Community Connections of People and Place, by Author Jeff Ryan

The A.T. Community™ program was created by the ATC to recognize communities that promote and care for the Trail. Working with a growing network of Trailside community partners, the program supports communities that play a role in advocating the A.T. as a significant local and national asset and as an international icon. The program assists communities by generating awareness and stimulating outdoor recreation while preserving and protecting the A.T. For more information about the A.T. Community™ program, visit

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is 2,193 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. For more information, visit



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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.

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.


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.


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.


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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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!

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.