Celebrate Earth Day with the Lorax!

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michele Wright, Michele@believeinbooks.org
Phone: 603-356-9980

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will be celebrating Earth Day at the 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack this year with fun activities and special appearances by the Lorax himself!

INTERVALE, NH – Beginning on April 16th, families can celebrate Earth Day with the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation staff and the Lorax in the 100-Acre Wood! Families who visit the 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack will have the opportunity to participate in fun activities and even possibly meet the one and only Lorax!

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will be hosting a special Earth Day Scavenger Hunt.  Participants can pick up their activity book between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on April 16th through April 18th and April 22nd through April 25th.  An Earth Day goodie bag will be given to participants who complete the scavenger hunt.  Families will also be able to enjoy a short hike and the story of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax on a ¾ mile trail in the 100-Acre Wood. 

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will also be giving out free books to all visitors at the 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack!  And of course, it wouldn’t be a true Earth Day celebration without special appearances by the Lorax himself!  The Lorax will be visiting the 100-Acre Wood on Saturday, April 17th, Thursday, April 22nd (Earth Day), and Saturday, April 24th!  Safety protocols will be in place and masks will be required. 

The mission of Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to advance healthy development of young minds through literacy programs that encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.

Outdoor Dining in Mt. Washington Valley, NH

In a year that was completely turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be hard to find the silver linings that 2020 brought us.

Hard – not impossible! Because one positive outcome of a year that forced us to get creative on how to safely spend time with those we love in places we love, is the sudden abundance of options for outdoor dining in the Mt. Washington Valley.

Restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley acted swiftly to expand seating, with tables spilling out on their front lawns. We began to see fire pits and Adirondack chairs popping up outside the front doors of valley restaurants; and many restaurant owners built additions in the form of open porches and more to welcome their customers in a safe, but fun way.

As we look to summer of 2021, outdoor dining in the Mt. Washington Valley looks as though it’s here to stay through the season. And we couldn’t be happier, because there are few things as glorious as sharing a cold beverage with friends at your favorite spot, with the sun shining on you, and the nice summer breeze wrapping itself around you.

Here is a SMALL sampling of restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley offering outdoor dining. There are many others that are serving up delicious food in awesome outdoor spaces. For a complete list of restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley, click here.

Fire by Wicked lives within Settlers Green in North Conway, and it has created such an exceptional outdoor dining experience. Complete with fire pits, beautiful landscaping and comfortable Adirondack chairs, diners can enjoy Fire’s brick oven pizza, crispy wings, Wicked Fresh burgers, local beer and wine, and more!

J-Town Deli is an adorable deli and general store, located right in Jackson Village. It’s a perfect pit-stop for anyone heading into Pinkham Notch for outdoor adventure, and in response to dining room mandates, the crew of J-Town Deli has put a fun twist on picnic dining. Serving right outside its store it is now offering fun adult drinks that you can enjoy inside or outside, in addition to the different beers to go and wines, they keep in stock regularly.

The Red Parka Pub’s patio is ready for outside dining again with new outdoor heaters, and solo entertainment playing on Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Known for “Good Food and Good Times” the Red Parka Pub has been a valley staple! How could it not be after serving high-quality hand-cut steaks for 48 years!?

Sweet Maple Cafe is a full service coffee house that serves breakfast and lunch. Its chefs are always baking up something sweet that is always “served with love.” Sweet Maple is located in Conway Village with a deck where customers can enjoy their meals and people watch along Main Street.

Black Cap Grille’s motto is to “Come Hungry. Bring a Friend!” You’re in for a great meal and a good time, here. One of the best parts? Black Cap offers patio seating where you can bring your dog! Be sure to visit its sister restaurants in Settlers Streetside, Barley and Salt, that also offers outdoor dining in summer months.

White Mountain Cider Company is an award winning restaurant and market, that is bringing its incredible menu, outside! Cider Co. – as locals lovingly call it – has an outdoor patio built with beautiful wooden beams and gorgeous landscaping. Enjoy dinner Thursday through Monday, and be sure to include a stop during breakfast and lunch hours at the Cider Co.’s Market.

Featuring to-go frozen meals, a rotisserie and made-to order breakfast and lunch sandwiches. The market is open Thursday through Monday, at 8:00am.

Stone Mountain Arts Center is typically known as a music hall that serves dinner. But now, during present-pandemic time, it’s dinner has taken center stage. The owners and staff at Stone Mountain Arts Center (also known as SMAC) have taken their performing arts barn and turned it into the Tree House Cafe! With no detail left undone, SMAC’s indoor dining space features private dining spaces that are only seated once per night. It’s screened-in porch is also open for “Tree House” dining, where you can order larger-than-life portions of paired with the deep flavors and hospitality of New England!

Other Maine-based restaurants that offer outdoor dining, and are a stone’s throw from SMAC include Oxford House Inn and 302 West.

Red Fox Bar and Grill prepares its food in a wood-fired Josper Oven – the only one found in all of the restaurants in New Hampshire. Jopser Ovens reach phenomenal levels of heat, with the authentic taste of charcoal grilling using wood. Red Fox has an amazing menu that can be enjoyed on its outdoor patio.

Max’s Restaurant and Pub at Snowvillage Inn will be opening its screened-in porch for dining in May. With direct views of Mount Washington from the porch, and yard of Snowvillage Inn, guests can enjoy high-quality casual fine dining, cocktails and live music.

Photo c/o Black Cap Grille

Pet Friendly Places in Mt. Washington Valley, NH

There’s no shame in admitting that your dog is the most important member of your family. We get it, we love our furry friends just as much as you do. Which is why we have compiled a sampling of pet friendly activities in the Mt. Washington Valley.

Here, you’ll find pet friendly dining and pet friendly lodging in the Mt. Washington Valley that will treat your pet with as much comfort and service as it does your human travel partners! We have also outlined some great trails to take your dog on in the Mt. Washington Valley. There are even pet friendly shops in Mt. Washington Valley as well!

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TAKE YOUR DOG FOR A WALK!

  • Let your dog run free in North Conway, in Schouler Park! Located right in North Conway Village, spend your morning taking your pup for a walk up and down Main Street, while you window shop and sip on a coffee from The Met or Frontside Coffee Roasters.

    After grab a sandwich from Beef and Ski and make your way across the street to Schouler Park. Play fetch in front of the iconic Conway Scenic Railroad and stretch out in this local park, open to dogs and their owners
  • The Mountain Division Trail in Fryeburg, Maine is an eight mile paved path. It’s a great option to bring your pup for a run or walk, and it’s 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.
  • Theater in the Wood offers miles of trails to bring your dog on. It is walk-able and bike-able in spring, summer, and fall; and XC-ski-able, snowshoe-able and walk-able as well in the winter. This trail system is a real gem for pet friendly fun in the Mt. Washington Valley. Theater in the Wood also features the “Storybook Trail,” which is an initiative supported by the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation that shares the space at Theater in the Wood. Families can walk this trail and read a story on plaques that mark the trail.

TAKE YOUR DOG SHOPPING!

  • Four Your Paws Only is 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.
  • 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.
  • You can also feel comfortable to walk right into The Rugged Mill in North Conway – they welcome your pet with open arms! An outdoor specialty oasis, The Rugged Mill is family owned and operated offering brands such as Patagonia, Pendleton, Arborwear, Outback Trading, Royal Robbins, Toad & Co., Kavu & Kuhl.
  • Settlers Green offers open space to roam from store to store with your pet! While individual shops within the outlet village have different pet protocols, the courtyard in Settlers Green is still a great place to hang with your pup while the rest of your crew shops!

    And you won’t want to miss its regular Pup and Pints series. On the last Friday from April through October, bring your Pup to Settlers Green to listen to live music on the Patio of the Month. Your dog will receive a free dog treat from Percy Paws and a you will receive a wooden token for a free pint of ice cream at Trails End Ice Cream. A wooden token may also be used for a discounted beer at the restaurant during the event.

DOGGIE DAY CARE IN MT. WASHINGTON VALLEY!

  • Pet Rendezvous is a great option for you to take your dog if you’re looking for a way to expend his/her’s extra energy, increase its socialization with other animals or enjoy a day off from pet duty yourself! Pet Rednezvous is a valley institution that has been offering professional pet care for well over 20 years.  You can choose from a range of pet experiences where pets will have access to two large outdoor play yards loving handlers and more! Pet Rednezvous also offers an array of services from grooming to a retail shop in addition to its doggie daycare options.
  • 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!

PET FRIENDLY LODGING IN MT. WASHINGTON VALLEY!

  • Admiral Peary House B&B is located in Fryeburg, Maine; minutes from Weston’s Beach and the Mountain Division Trail! It prides itself on being a pet friendly inn through and through with two dogs and a cat that will greet you – along with the inn-keeper – upon your arrival!
  • The White Mountain HotelOxen Yoke InnCranmore Inn are also 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.

PET FRIENDLY DINING IN MT. WASHINGTON VALLEY!
The foodie scene is thriving in the Mt. Washington Valley, and there is no shortage of places to find where you can get an awesome meal. From casual pub food to fine dining to food trucks, the chefs of Mt. Washington Valley are crushing their craft and serving up delicious food! The best part? Many of them welcome your dog to join them for dinner!

  • Beef and Ski has been around for awhile and the folks there have perfected their craft! They’re serving up fresh house-roasted beef sandwiches, BBQ baby back pork ribs, home made onion rings, and more, which you can enjoy for its comfortable outdoor patio with your pet!
  •  Chef’s Bistro offers intimate patio seating on the front walkway of its restaurant where you can enjoy one of our personal favorites – the Turkey Avocado Club and a martini – while you people-watch with your pet in North Conway Village.
  • Cathedral Ledge Distillery is located in North Conway. It distills organic vodka, gin and aquavit on-site and pours it out with a huge smile and a boat-load of passion. Serving up tastings in a beautiful post-and-beam barn with views of Cathedral Ledge in the background, this distillery is truly one-of-a-kind in the Mt. Washington Valley. Dogs are welcome inside and may even be greeted by the distillery’s own dog, Belle! Tastings are available through online bookings or walk-ins if space allows! Tastings of its spirits, bottle sales, and merchandise are also available for purchase.
  •  302 West, Cheese Louise food truck, and Black Cap are just a few other pet friendly restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley that also offer outdoor seating options that welcome pets! For a complete list of valley restaurants, click here.

New Day! New Venue! Same Great Fun Run!

Registration is now open for Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s Kids’ Fun Run presented by Memorial Hospital and Story Land which will be held this June!

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michele Wright
Phone: 603-356-9980
Email: Michele@believeinbooks.org

INTERVALE, NH – After taking a year off, the classic fundraiser for Believe in Books Literacy Foundation, The Kid’s Fun Run presented by Memorial Hospital and Story Land, is back on for 2021 with a few new adjustments!

The event will take place on Sunday, June 13th, 2021 and instead of racers running through Story Land, they will be racing right down the road in Intervale in the 100-Acre Wood.  The change in venue will ensure safety for all racers and families while encouraging social distancing.  There will be three separate race courses for the three different age divisions, each with their own start and finish areas to diminish gathering sizes.

The Kids’ Fun Run is for children 13 and younger and registration prior to June 1st is required as there will be no day-of registration available.  Racers and families can arrive anytime between 9:00 am and 10:30 am and will be directed to their designated start areas.  Small groups will be sent out at a time to ensure social distancing is available for all participants and once racers cross the finish line, they will receive their race medal, a t-shirt, and a free pass into Story Land for that same day.  Families with racers in multiple age divisions will have plenty of time to make it to each race course.  Believe in Books Literacy Foundation, Memorial Hospital, and Story Land are all excited to be able to offer this event to the community for 2021.  Scholarships are available for residents of SAU 9, 13, 20, 3 and MSAD 72 school districts. Sponsored by the Memorial Hospital’s Childhood Health & Wellness Fund, parents of children from local areas can use code: MHSCHOLAR to register.

Additional information and registration is open now through June 1st at www.believeinbooks.org and parents are advised to also reserve any additional Story Land tickets in advance for June 13th as only race participants will receive a free pass for admission.  All net proceeds from the Kids’ Fun Run support Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s Summer Bookmobile Program! The mission of Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to advance healthy development of young minds through literacy programs that encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.

Take an Art Tour in Mt. Washington Valley!

April 15th marks World Art Day!

To celebrate this day, and the vibrant art scene of Mt. Washington Valley, put together your own art tour taking cues from this list of Mt. Washington Valley artisans, and put together your own in-person art tour in the Mt. Washington Valley by visiting some or all of these galleries, music halls, statues, shops and more!

An art walk in the Mt. Washington Valley is a family-friendly event, and perfect for all ages! Break it up by village, visiting individual towns or make it an all-day tour by starting in Conway, NH and ending north, in Gorham, NH. Be sure to pair it with lunch and a coffee stop at any of the various restaurants and coffee shops in North Conway and beyond!

Start your tour in the southern end of Mt. Washington Valley, in Conway, NH:

  • The Cassidy Gallery is a fine art and craft gallery and features theA peek inside Cassidy Gallery’s front door, in Conway, NH.work of over thirty fine artists and artisans from the Mount Washington Valley and New England. Offering high-quality framed original art by professional artists, many pieces depict local scenes.
  • Macomber Glass Studio is a glass blowing and metal working studio, open to guests, by chance or by appointment. You can see Nathan blow glass, check out the small gallery, or see some of the works in progress.
  • Valley Artisans and Vintage Market features antiques, restored furniture, and home decor barn, located in Conway. The artisans there create custom furniture and bring your favorite furniture back to life. When you enter, you never know what you’re going to find, but you will fall in love with something there, that’s for sure!

Head north to North Conway:

  • Settlers Green features a walkable art exhibit. Each work in Settlers Green Public Art initiative reflects themes such as dance, community, the whimsical, mountains, granite and fashion. The outlet village has invested deeply into the art community, and is proud to feature artists from around New England, including three local artists.
  • MWV Arts Association hosts a gallery at Norcross Circle in North Conway Village that art enthusiasts can visit. This non-profit also hosts the annual event “Art in the Park,” happening on Saturday, August 1, 2020 and Sunday, August 2, 2020 in Schouler Park right in North Conway Village. MWVAA members also showcase their art at The Met Coffeehouse in North Conway Village and Settlers Green.
  • Zeb’s General Store is the epitome of old New England charm. With the state’s longest candy-counter and two floors of New England made gifts and crafts, you’ll immediately be transported to the time of yesteryear. Not only does Zeb’s General Store radiate an old-time feel, it features a 1929 Model A Truck, parked outside the store. A must-stop on your art tour of Mt. Washington Valley!
  • League of NH Craftsmen is a historical gallery, which features contemporary and traditional fine crafts by over 200 of NH’s finest artists and craftsmen. You can also take an array of classes there including pottery classes!
  • North Country Fair Jewelers and Jewelry by Timothy Psaledakis and Friends two local jewelry shops whose owners are still on the premise and who create custom works of wearable art and purvey jewelry from other artists and vintage finds from estates.
  • Located right across from Jewelry by Timothy Psaledakis and Friends, in Norcross Circle in North Conway, is Vintage Frameworks. It showcases a variety of decorative and local art prints and cards, White Mountain maps, antique engravings, and postcards, as well as ready-to-hang artwork. Vintage Frameworks actively seeks out hard to find historic artwork.

Keep going to Jackson and beyond!

  • The Wentworth – An Elegant Country Inn pays homage to its rich history of origin, where it was built as a wedding gift In 1869, by Joshua Trickey for his daughter Georgia Trickey’s marriage to her husband-to-be, General Marshall Wentworth. Historical books, documents, and scrapbooks are maintained in the inn. Something that makes the Wentworth even more special is that its home to paintings by traditional landscape painter, Erik Koeppel.
  • Heading even further north, you’ll find yourself in Gorham, NH where Medallion Opera House lives. This newly renovated theater located in the historic Gorham Town Hall features a robust line-up of performers. While the opera house is currently holding off on live shows, stay tuned for its late 2021 and 2022 schedule where performers are slated to return to the stage!

Loop back into Maine!

There are two treasures within a stones throw of the North Conway area that feature arts and culture; and are two total gems in the rolling fields and dense forests of Western Maine. Those two treasures are Stone Mountain Arts Center and Denmark Arts Center.

  • Stone Mountain Arts Center may (proudly) be in the middle of nowhere in Brownfield, Maine, but it’s enough on the map that it hosts national acts in its intimate timber frame hall. Acts Like Lyle Lovett, Brandi Carlile, Aaron Neville, and more have graced its stage. Dinner is served before most shows by reservation.

    Currently smaller shows of 50 or less are being performed in accordance with Covid-19 precautions, but SMAC was undaunted by the pandemic and found unique and creative ways to keep feeding and entertaining its constituents. Reserving dinner, purchasing tickets to its more compact version of a show and then coming back for the full-monty experience when mandates are lifted are a must!
  • Denmark Arts Center is a cultural organization that is building a creative community with year-round events and workshops in contemporary dance, theater, music and visual art. DAC has been incredibly original during the pandemic and found new ways to bring cultural events to its followers by partnering with local businesses to bring outdoor and streamed events.

Enjoy the Sweetest Month at the 100-Acre Sugar Shack!

Contact Michele Wright
Michele@BelieveInBooks.org

The 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack is now open for sugaring season!  Stop by the Intervale sugar shack to celebrate Maple Month!

INTERVALE, NH – The 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack is excited to be open and welcome visitors on weekends during the month of March to celebrate Maple Month.  Next week, the sap should be running and sugar makers in the 100-Acre Wood are hopeful for a great season.

Visitors to the 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack will get to enjoy a sample of warm 100-Acre Wood Pure NH-Made Maple Syrup, a variety of maple products available for purchase and a sneak peek of the behind the scenes operation.  Families interested in learning the process of making maple syrup can enjoy a self-guided tour through a Maple Storybook Trail right next to the sugar shack.  

Due to safety protocols, the sugar shack will welcome one group at time all visitors must wear a facemask.  The 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm every weekend throughout sugaring season. No reservations are accepted.  Groups will be admitted in on a first come, first serve basis.  If visitors are unable to make it on the weekend, 100-Acre Wood Maple Syrup may be purchased at the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s office, Mondays through Thursdays.  Visitors to the office must call ahead at 603-356-9980.

All net proceeds from the 100-Acre Wood Sugar Shack directly support Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s literacy programs.  The mission of Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to advance healthy development of young minds through literacy programs that encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.

Valentine’s Day in Mt. Washington Valley


Photo c/o The Local Grocer

Regardless of your “Love Language” type, you’ll find plenty of ways to say and show someone that you love them in the Mt. Washington Valley. And now more than ever, is it a perfect time to bask in the meaning of Valentine’s Day.

Whether you’re focusing on self-care this February and getting back to some self-love basics; or sharing in the love with a friend, partner or family member, spending Valentine’s Day Mt. Washington Valley is the perfect gift to get and give.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW!
If you’re a couple who always visits the Mt. Washington Valley to ski, snowmobile, hike or shop, then why not try the OPPOSITE of that! If all you’ve ever experienced are the slopes of the valley, why not book a snowmobile tour in Mt. Washington Valley for you and your partner? Our friends at Northern Extremes and Northeast Snowmobile have put together some amazing tours that cover over 250+ miles of trails through Maine and New Hampshire.

Conversely, if all you’ve ever done when visiting the Mt. Washington Valley is snowmobile, why not take a lesson at a local slope? February has been dubbed the “Learn to Ski” month and local mountains have programs, lessons and rates that make it super easy to take your first run.

REALLY GET IN THE SPIRIT
Why not give in to the ooeey-gooey romantic aspect of the holiday and book a romance package at any of the Mt. Washington Valley inns?

You’ll be inundated with chocolates, roses, fine dining, couple’s spa treatments, couple’s snowshoeing tours, truffle and champagne tastings, and more – similar to the one that Snowvillage Inn in Snowville, NH is offering!

The concierge at each of the Mt. Washington Valley inns is so helpful and ready with creative ways to help you and your partner celebrate the holiday. Bask in all the romantic details and experience Valentine’s Day in the Mt. Washington Valley.

SHARE THE LOVE FOR THE MOUNTAINS
Whether you have a partner or not, Valentine’s Day can be for celebrating the things that YOU love – even if it isn’t another person. Do you have an affinity for the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire?

Everyone who lives in the valley does, and the Mt. Washington Valley is home to some of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable outdoor guides. As a Valentine’s Day present to yourself, book yourself a guided trip in the Mt. Washington Valley. Take on new terrain you’ve been wanting to try, hike an alternate route up Mount Washington, take an intro to ice climbing course, learn how to read a compass – the courses and guiding trips available to you are endless. And when you book them with a guide, you’ll be privy to Mt. Washington Valley insider tips and entertaining stories, all from a local’s perspective. Visit our friends at Redline Guiding, the AMC, International Mountain Climbing School, and REI.

TREAT YO’ SELF!
That M.Miller winter coat you’ve been eyeing at Spruce Hurricane; or the pair of Frye Boots you keep circling back to at Assets Jean Co.; or finally decking your bathroom out with artisan skin care products and scents from Fields of Ambrosia? Whatever your indulgence may be, the boutiques and stores of the Mt. Washington Valley have it. And go ahead, you have our full permission to splurge on yourself.

Our friends at White Mountain Independents, a pool of 25+ independently owned stores that make up our main streets in Conway, North Conway, Jackson, and beyond, all have a curated inventory of one-of-a-kind treasures.

Settlers’ Green is also a shopping destination not to be missed with 60+ outlet stores, restaurants and even a foot soaking spa!

WHAT GREATER LOVE IS THERE, THAN FOOD?
Create your own foodie tour in the Mt. Washington Valley!

The restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley work tirelessly to create an epic food scene in the White Mountains, and you’ll find everything from fine dining to truly creative culinary experiences, to pub food that’s locked and loaded; all paired with cocktails that will blow you away and award-winning craft brews.

First, decide on the type of foodie experience you’re looking to have? Fine Dining? Casual? Just drinks? What about a drink and dessert pairing?

If you’re going for Fine Dining, then buckle up! The Fine Dining restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley are in a league of their own. Book a table at the Oxford House Inn, just over the border in Maine. They offer a formal dining room with views of the White Mountains, as well as a more casual speak-easy in its basement. Both dining rooms offer a menu thought-up by Culinary Institute of the Arts graduate, chef AND owner, Jonathan Spak.

White Mountain Cider Co. is another fine dining restaurant for the books. The White Mountain Cider Co. is owned by Culinary Institute of America graduate Teresa Stearns. The year-round charming New England property includes an award-winning restaurant, gourmet market, deli serving breakfast and lunch, and cider mill.

Take a drive to Jackson and the historic Eagle Mountain House for 3 course pre-fixed dinner menu for the weekend of Valentine’s Day 2/12, 2/13, 2/14.  $55 per couple, reservations required. 800-966-5779

Recommended by Bon Appetit, Gourmet, NY Times, New Hampshire Magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and more, Wild Rose at Stonehurst Manor creates a dining experience to be remembered. Enjoy the atmosphere of its classic “Library Lounge” with deep wood fixtures, a roaring fireplace, stained glass, and shelves filled with books. The Wild Rose at Stonehurst Manor also boasts an extensive martini menu and knows how to shake – or stir – a great cocktail.

It would be impossible to name each of our favorite fine dining locales in the valley. But trust us when we say, they are all worthy of a reservation. Take in all of our fine dining partners, here!

If you’re looking for Something a bit more casual, may we suggest a tasting tour? Start in Conway at Tuckerman Brewing Co. for homemade craft beer that has been brewing strong for twenty-five years! Be sure to dress warm and enjoy its flagship Pale Ale in its outdoor beer garden.

Make your way north to Cathedral Ledge Distillery, and enjoy a tasting flight of its organically distilled vodka’s and gin. Revel in the craftsmanship of the post and beam barn and the views behind it of Cathedral Ledge.

Right next door lives The Local Grocer, a perfect stop to refuel. Either make a meal out of it and enjoy a lunch menu created from home-grown ingredients from its farm just a few miles down the road. Enjoy sandwiches, smoothies, salads and more; or indulge in its homemade dark chocolate creations to set the Valentine’s Day mood.

Without having to go very far, next on your tasting list is Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery. Living right next door to The Local Grocer, this valley staple has been brewing for decades and it shows in its fleet of beer on tap. A fun environment and incredibly creative menu, you’ll want to spend some time here!

Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t share one of the best kept (not-so) secrets of the Mt. Washington Valley; Cold River Vodka. Vodka distilled from Maine potatoes grown right in Fryeburg, Maine, the fleet of vodka and gin featured from this distillery is undeniable. While it doesn’t have a tasting room in the valley, many restaurants feature its vodka and gin on their shelves.

TAKE IN A SHOW!
Celebrate love with M&D Playhouse and a virtual, one night only performance on Saturday, February 13 at 7:30 pm of Standing on Ceremony, The Gay Marriage Plays. This is a witty, warm, occasionally wacky production offering unique takes on the moments before, during, and after “I do.” Two little words, and suddenly your whole world changes. 

Order take-out from any of the valley’s amazing restaurants, and cuddle up on the couch for this charming production!

This collection of short plays, performed by a fabulous cast, is a vow to the universal challenges of relationships, the blessings of equality, and the often-hilarious power of love.”

This is a fundraiser for M&D Playhouse and White Mountains Pride. Please support these wonderful organizations with the purchase of a ticket for each member of your household who’ll enjoy along with you. Just $19.99 Includes all fees for streaming access of this entertaining production. Cheers to love! For info and to purchase tickets, click here!

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


Media Contact: Becca Deschenes,
Marketing Director, Cranmore Mountain Resort
603-356-1106, media@cranmore.com

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 cranmore.com.  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 cranmore.com or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.

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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 www.cranmore.com 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 www.tinmountain.org 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!