Grab a Table in the Great Outdoors of the Mt. Washington Valley
During the summer season, the holy grail of dining can be found in outdoor seating. Being able to enjoy a summer beverage and meal where you can feel the breeze, people watch and in some cases let your dog lay by your side is a real treat. It’s the epitome of what summer is all about - totally relaxing and basking in the best that this season has to offer.
These hidden gems in the dining world can be found throughout the Mt. Washington Valley. From fine dining to casual bites, you can grab a table outside and enjoy the view with a drink in hand.
Start out in the Southern end of North Conway and enjoy a pitcher of margaritas from Fiesta Jalisco’s Mexican Restaurant. With bottomless chips and salsa to keep you tied over until your favorite Mexican dishes make their way to your table, you’ll be entertained for hours on its patio.
Black Cap, located in Settlers’ Crossing, has a metropolitan feel - as if it’s straight out of a neighborhood dwelling in the city and landed among the mountains of New Hampshire. It offers patio dining where you can enjoy eclectic entrees that expand your expectations of casual dining, a solid burger and one of the best “Skinny Margaritas” in the valley.
Go even more south, and take a scenic drive over Route 153, which brings you to the charming and iconic town of Snowville, NH. Make some noise at the Max's Restaurant and Pub at the Snowvillage Inn. Have a signature cocktail on their porch that has direct views of Mount Washington. Stop by on a Thursday in the summer and take part in its “Oyster Orgy” where you can enjoy great drinks, great company and oysters for two bucks a shuck!
Have you been shopping all day in North Conway Village and arelooking for a place to rest your tired feet? Chef’s Bistro, right on the Main Street has coveted outdoor seating. Sit right out on an elevated terrace on the sidewalk and people watch as you enjoy craft cocktails and a menu that focuses on local ingredients.
White Mountain Cider Company, in Glen, offers an extensive bar menu that brings meaning to the term “mixology.” Their drinks are eclectic and bring a fresh perspective to enjoying a cocktail. The “Cider Co.” as locals affectionately call it, is led by a Culinary Institute of America graduate who creates visually stunning dishes that are a true culinary delight. It’s a casual fine dining atmosphere, where you’ll enjoy an out of this valley epicurean experience and still feel comfortable wearing jeans in the establishment.
On the other side of Glen, about fifteen minutes away, The Thompson House Eatery offers guests a truly exclusive experience with its food and drink. Another casual fine dining experience, guests enjoy dishes that are prepared with ingredients grown on Thompson House’s farm. They offer deck seating which pairs perfectly with one of their summer cocktails featuring recipes such as “The Stag,” with bourbon, amaro nonino, szechuan simple syrup, pine resin, and a dash black walnut bitters.
This article could go on and on with locally owned restaurants that offer phenomenal dining experiences with outdoor seating. This is just a sampling of what the valley has to offer. Create your own food itinerary and hop from place to place trying new drinks and dishes all while enjoying the summer weather. Click here for a complete list of dining options!