North Conway and the Mount Washington Valley are filled with fun for the entire family. In addition to great skiing and on snow events, the area offers a variety of fun winter activities and events. If you need a break from the slopes, check out these fun North Conway winter events.
Mt. Washington Valley Chocolate Festival
Combine your love for chocolate and skiing for the “sweetest day on the trails” at the 27th Annual Inn to Inn Chocolate Festival. On February 28th, snowshoe or cross country ski between several trailside stops and area businesses to enjoy a variety of chocolate treats. Enjoy goodies like homemade hot chocolate, brownie sundaes, chocolate fondue, handmade chocolate confections, dipped pretzels and much more!
For more information: http://www.mwvskitouring.org/Chocolate-Festival.html
Shopping Events at Settler’s Green
Shop until you drop this winter at Settler’s Green Outlets. Take advantage of the Friday Night Lights and shop 4-7pm each Friday evening for exclusive offers. Enjoy special savings and a free hot drink. In addition to the Friday Night Lights shopping events, Settler’s Green will also feature a Winter Carnival and President’s Day weekend sales.
For more information: http://settlersgreen.com/events
Chilly Chili Cookoff
Beat the winter chill at the 13th Annual Chili Cookoff on February 27th. From sweet and mild to hot and spicy, there will be over 40 varieties of chili to sample. Did we mention there will be cornbread too? You won’t want to miss the Chili Cookoff!
For more information: http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org/events/events-all-list.cfm?eventID=9930
Enjoy a variety of fun filled family events each Saturday during Cranapalooza at Cranmore Mountain. In addition to the zip line, swing and mountain coaster, you’ll find family entertainment, s’mores at the outdoor fire pit, parades, dancing, face painting and more. Gather the family for this fun!
For more information: http://www.cranmore.com/winter/cranapalooza?_ga=1.160017661.1367422148.1442599301
New Hampshire is filled with breweries as unique as the state itself. From breweries to microbrews and brew pubs, there is sure to be the perfect spot for any person, mood or appetite. Check out our favorite spots in the area.
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
Established in 2000, Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. brews 19 unique ales and lagers. Their flagship varieties include the Czech Pilsner, Iron Mike Pale Ale and Miss V’s Blueberry. Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. beers can be found in many area restaurants and are distributed throughout Maine and New Hampshire.
Tuckerman Brewing Company
Since 1998, Tuckerman Brewing Company has been devoted to creating a family of award winning beers. They brew 6 varieties of beer, but are most known for their American Style Pale Ale and the Headwall Alt. After fermentation, their beers are cold conditioned and dry-hopped in lagering tanks for maximum taste and quality. The Headwall Alt was rated among the Top 6 Brews in New England by Boston Globe in 2009 and was also featured on the Beer Advocate’s list of top altbiers. Tuckerman Brewing Company is open for tours and tastings daily.
The Portsmouth Brewery
New England’s original brewpub, The Portsmouth Brewery, has been serving great food and outstanding handcrafted beers since 1991. They brew close to 100 lagers and ales seasonally, producing 300,000 pints yearly. When stopping in for a cold pint, be sure to try the “food as good as the beer”. The Brew House and Jimmy LaPanza Lounge offer a lively atmosphere in the heart of downtown Portsmouth.
Smutty Nose Brewing Company
Named after Smuttynose Island off the New Hampshire Coast, the small brewer is filled with character and regional flavor. Smutty Nose Brewing Company produces 8 classic varieties, including the popular Bouncy House IPA, along with a hand full of seasonal selections. Stop in at their Hampton headquarters for a beer tasting and free tour.
After a fun afternoon of exploring area breweries, our hotel makes the perfect place to rest and recharge for another day of adventure in the White Mountains.
Just because Santa is back at the North Pole and the presents have all been unwrapped, doesn’t mean the holiday fun has to come to an end. North Conway and the Mt. Washington Valley is filled with an array of activities sure to keep your spirits merry and bright.
Here are a few of our favorite holiday week events in the area.
Cranapalooza at Cranmore Mountain
Keep the holiday fun going with the first Cranapalooza of the season! Enjoy a variety of fun events geared for the entire family in addition to skiing, snow tubing, mountain coaster, giant swing and soaring eagle zip line. There’s s’mores at the outdoor fire pit, a parade led by C-More, face painting and more.
Jingle Jam at Attitash Mountain
Skiers and riders won’t want to miss the fun of Jingle Jam. Competitors will do their best to impress the judges on a variety of different rail and jib elements throughout the freestyle park. Participants will compete in their respective discipline and age divisions. Put your skills to the test!
Holiday Week Trains at Conway Scenic Railroad
Take a trip through time on the Holiday Week Trains at Conway Scenic Railroad. Old fashioned train rides are a family favorite!
Guided Snowshoe Tours at Jackson XC
Experience places along the trails and off the trail system that most people would never get to find. This fun and interesting tour is led by snowshoeing experts who will also give techniques along the way. Hit the trails and see the beauty of the White Mountains
Ski with a Naturalist at Great Glen Trails
Learn about Pinkham Notch and the flora and fauna that make the area so unique. Scout for tracks in the snow, learn about different trees, listen for distinct bird calls and understand the ecosystem of Pinkham Notch.
New Year’s Eve Partybration at Santa’s Village
Ring in the New Year at the New Year’s Eve Partybration! Father time turns time ahead 4 hours so the younger guests can celebrate in style. Visit with Father Time, enjoy the rides and witness the fireworks one last time this year. There are activities for the entire family.
If you are like Bing Crosby and dreaming of a white Christmas, look no further than a holiday escape to North Conway. Nestled in the White Mountain of New Hampshire, Green Granite Inn is the perfect snow covered Christmas setting. In addition to the beautiful scenery of the area, there are several activities the entire family will enjoy this Christmas season.
If you are looking for outdoor adventure this holiday season, North Conway is your ticket to Christmas cheer. Commonly ranked among the top 25 ski towns, there is no shortage of on snow events. Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, ice staking, tubing, snowmobiling or ice climbing, the White Mountains are filled with winter activities.
What Christmas celebration would be complete without a few presents? Find gifts for everyone on your list when you shop in North Conway. From specialty stores to brand name outlets, you are sure to find the perfect gift for even the hardest to shop for. Cross off your Christmas list and enjoy incredible tax free shopping.
Share in all the Christmas cheer and enjoy the themed train rides at Conway Scenic Railroad. Ride along with Santa and his elves while singing Christmas carols and enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. Both Santa’s Holiday Express and the Journey to the North Pole are ideal trips for families.
Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year at Santa’s Village. Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus for a fun filled Christmas celebration. See the beautiful lights, enjoy warm wassail, ride the holiday themed rides and don’t miss all the Christmas shows. Santa’s Village is filled with Yuletide Festivities!
Celebrate the season with the ones you love this Christmas at the Green Granite Inn in North Conway.
Bring the family and celebrate Thanksgiving in the White Mountains of New England. With activities for every member of the family, North Conway makes the perfect Thanksgiving destination. Nestled in the scenic White Mountains, our quaint town is conveniently located just a short drive from many large cities. North Conway balances the small town feel, with the vacation amenities you’ve come to love.
Here are a few things to enjoy on your Thanksgiving escape to the White Mountains.
Shopping at Settler’s Green
No Thanksgiving weekend would be complete without shopping. Get a jump on your Christmas shopping and enjoy the tax free savings at Settler’s Green Outlet Village. With select stores opening on Thanksgiving Day and many opening early on Black Friday, you can truly shop until you drop. In addition to the deep discounts, Settler’s Green will also host a variety of events to get you in the holiday spirit.
Holiday Events at Conway Scenic Railroad
Christmas is coming early at Conway Scenic Railroad! Enjoy a ride on Santa’s Holiday Express with Santa himself. Laugh at the mischievous elves, take photos with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Conway Scenic Railroad will also be hosting the Journey to the North Pole. Travel to the North Pole via the White Mountains of New England. Visit Santa’s headquarters, join in Christmas carols, visit with Santa and enjoy the magic experience of the North Pole.
Great Glen Craft Fair
Support the Great Glen Bill Koch League Ski Club at the annual craft fair. There will be baked goods, woodworking, photography, knitting, specialty soaps and lotions, jewelry, wreaths and much more including live demonstrations. The Great Glen Craft Fair is the perfect time to pick up unique Christmas gifts.
It's not too late to book your Thanksgiving weekend with us! Call 1-800-468-3666 to book your stay today.
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year in the White Mountains. The air is crisp, the foliage is at its prime and the area is a buzz with seasonal activities. Don’t miss these fun fall activities the entire family will enjoy this fall.
Conway Scenic Railroad:
See the beautiful colors of the season as you enjoy a train ride with Conway Scenic Railroad. During the autumn season the railroad features two seasonal specials, the Pumpkin Patch Express and the Autumn Express. The Pumpkin Patch Express Train departs the station and journeys to the White Mountain Cider Company in Glen, New Hampshire where each child can visit the “Pumpkin Patch” and select their own pumpkin. The Autumn Express is an excursion through Crawford Notch to benefit local children’s charities. The train departs from the North Conway Station and stops a Crawford Station and Saco Lake.
The Fryeburg Fair is a fall tradition in New England. Located on the western Maine boarder in Fryeburg, the fair combines agriculture and fun. The 8 day celebration features 3,000 animals along with an array of food, entertainment, rides and people watching.
This year, Attitash will host its 18th Annual Oktoberfest at Bear Peak. The event will feature traditional, live Bavarian music from the King Ludwig’s Band, dancing, Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting and Keg Toss competition for adults, kid’s activities, authentic German food and the Biergarten tent with local and regional brewers.
The Ghoullog at Cranmore Mountain:
The Ghoullog is an hour long haunt through a 15,000 square foot indoor space that leads you through dark rooms, scary mazes and unknown places. There is also a haunted playground filled with spooky family fun. The Haunted Playground features a Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zip Line. All the rides offer a unique night-time experience with special lighting, effects and the occasional ghost or ghoul.
In addition to great tax free shopping, Settler’s Green Outlet Village offers an array of fun activities. Celebrate the arrival of autumn in the White Mountains with a day of family friendly activities. Take advantage of the Columbus Day Sidewalk Sale or the Haunted Happenings.
The memories of last year’s cold and snowy winter don’t seem too distant. The 2014- 2015 winter saw some of the coldest and snowiest weather ever recorded in the Northeast. With El Nino impacting weather conditions this year, it is difficult to predict exactly how the winter will turn out.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac made their predictions for the 2015-2016 winter season and it looks like he are in store for another cold and snow filled winter in New England. New Hampshire should expect above normal snowfall and below normal temperatures. A southern jet stream and a few Nor’easters should make for a nice ski season the reports say.
With leaves beginning to change, fall is making an early appearance in the White Mountains. As you set out on your leaf peeping adventures this autumn, there are a few things to remember. Here are some helpful tips for staying safe and making the most of the colors of New England.
- Be sure to carry a detailed map with you. While it is fun to get lost in the beauty of the scenery, it isn’t as fun when you can’t find your way back to the hotel.
- Remember that you are not the only person on the road. Many area residents use the beautiful back roads to get around so be sure to use foliage etiquette. Pull to the side and allow faster cars to pass you. Also, be sure to ask permission before exploring private land.
- Don’t just see the beauty from your car. Take in the sweet smells of fires and orchards and explore everything the area has to offer.
- When you start your trek through the White Mountains National Forest, be sure to pick up a parking pass to avoid getting a ticket. Passes are only $3 and can be obtained by calling 603-466-2713. The money collected goes to protecting the forest habitat.
- Don’t rush from place to place just to see as many places as possible before dark. Take time to enjoy the location.
- Peak season isn’t a day, the season is a continuum. Colors and stages vary due to elevation and tree types.
- Observe the “Moose Crossing” signs located throughout Northern New England. Collisions with these 1,000 pound giants can cause significant damage.
- The colors are most vivid in the morning light and dew. Rise and shine early to take in the best views. Late afternoon light can also produce deep shadows that are perfect for highlighting the colors.
- Mid to late September, thousands of broad- winged hawks begin to migrate south. Don’t forget to look up and check out the raptor migration.
- Don’t let the rain keep you inside. Some of the most beautiful colors appear in the wetter weather.
- Head off the beaten path. There is an abundance of color and sights off the main roads and interstates.
- Book your hotel before arriving. Fall foliage season in New Hampshire is a busy season and many travelers flock to the area.
New England produces some of the best foliage in the country. With high elevations, fall events and beautiful natural surroundings, there is always something to see in the White Mountains. Let us help you plan your leaf peeping adventure today!
Located just west of North Conway, the Saco River is a hidden gem of the New England countryside and a mecca of outdoor recreation. Named by Native American settlers, the Saco River flows south east for 125 miles. Originating on Mount Washington, the water flows into Saco Lake in Crawford Notch and continues to flow until it empties into the Atlantic Ocean near Biddeford, Maine.
The crystal clear waters and sand lined banks make the perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. With sandy beaches, rope swings and average 3 foot deep waters, the Saco is perfect for an afternoon of river floating or canoeing. The river offers public access or you can rent equipment from several area river outfitters.
There are several camping areas on the river banks and sandbars or campgrounds located near the river for longer trips and overnight camping. If you prefer fishing, the area will not disappoint. Throughout the river you can find landlocked salmon, brook trout, and smallmouth bass. There are several tackle shops throughout the area that carry all the supplies for a summer fishing trip.
The prime season for visiting the Saco River is May to October. Since the river is fed by Mount Washington and dependent on rainfall, conditions and water levels will vary based on weather. Dry periods during the summer can make for shallow patches of water.
Not only is the river the source of water recreation, but a beautiful, calm and winding jewel located between the mountains and dense forest landscapes of New Hampshire and Maine. Whether you are an avid kayaker or just looking to relax and see the beauty of the area from the water, we invite you to float down the Saco River.
From paved paths to mountain routes the North Conway area offers trails for all ages and ability levels. Mountain bikers will rejoice with over 200 miles of trails and downhill terrain in the Mount Washington Valley. Whether you are an experienced rider or just looking for a little outdoor adventure, the area offers something for everyone.
Here are some great trails to take advantage of when planning your next mountain biking trip in North Conway:
Located off Kearsarge Road in North Conway, this ride is ideal for families with older children. There are no maps or signs needed for this in and out 2 mile ride. Located on an undeveloped section of land, the area is filled with cross country ski trails that are ideal for off road riding.
Rob Brook Road:
This gated road provides access to a beautiful forest landscape. The packed dirt and gravel road makes for a long, but easy ride through the scenery of the White Mountains. This 15.8 mile trek passes around Birch Hill and travels along the Kancamagus Highway and Bear Notch Road. Overall the terrain is easy, but there a few places where the trails reach intermediate and challenging levels.
Pudding Pond Area:
Located in North Conway off Artisan Falls Road, this area is home to the well-known Sticks and Stones Trail. The 20 miles of single track trails offer incredible scenery and rides. There are a variety of trails varying from fast to flat to climbs to downhill rides.
Sawyer River Road:
The Sawyer River Road Trail is a 7.5 mile ride through the valley along the former railroad logging line. This challenging trail system is popular among cross country skiers and snowmobilers during winter months. Old railroad ties and bridge supports still lie as a reminder of the roads’ past uses.
With over 29 trails, the Attitash trail system is design for advanced riders. The downhill trails make for fast and technical rides. The large boulders and buried tree stumps can make navigation challenging. If you are looking for an easier ride, there is an 8 mile trail by the river.
With a variety of trails and difficulty levels, the Mount Washington Valley is ideal for your biking adventures.