NORTH CONWAY NAMED AMONG THE BEST IN THE U.S. 2015 BY LONELY PLANET GUIDEBOOKS

00North Conway, NH – Each year, Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel media company that has published over130 million guidebooks since 1973, gathers their expert authors and US-based editorial team to determine their Best in the US list. This year, North Conway, NH was named to the Best of the US 2015 list.  The Best in the US 2015 destinations are ten places in the US that Lonely Planet authors and travel experts think travelers should add to their wish lists for the coming year. Each year travelers await this important list to plan their bucket list vacations. According to Lonely Planet, some of these destinations are emerging or up-and-coming, others are perennial favorites but have a new or timely angle that makes them prime for visitors in 2015.

“We chose North Conway for our Best in the US 2015 list as it offers up some of the best year-round activities in New England for all ages and skill-levels – from skiing and rock-climbing to hiking and leaf peeping,” says Rana Freedman, Director of Marketing-US for Lonely Planet. “This year also marks the 250th birthday of the town of Conway’s charter, making it a fantastic time to go and celebrate this quintessential New England village.”

Lonely Planet had this to say about North Conway in describing destinations on its Best of the US 2015 list.  All recommendations for places to visit or enjoy came directly from Lonely Planet authors’ recommendations:

If you find yourself in New England, and two roads diverge in a yellow wood, take the one that leads to North Conway, the picturesque village celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2015 along with several neighboring villages. North Conway is quintessential New England, with covered bridges, quaint B&Bs, and lazy canoe rides. In autumn, when the town is ablaze with color, visitors can take in the dramatic foliage either on the famed Kancamagus Highway or rail fans can hop aboard the Conway Scenic Railway.

Once you’ve had your fill of apple cider donuts and maple syrup, North Conway will help you work it off: it also has New England’s best skiing, miles of hiking trails, and premier climbing destinations in the White Mountains. Never rock climbed before? No worries – North Conway is the perfect place to learn the ropes. Pros scramble for the cliff face of Cathedral Ledge, but local outfitter International Mountain Equipment (www.ime-usa.com) welcomes newcomers with instruction and popular summer climbing camps for kids.

North Conway came in in the #5 spot for top destinations in the US, according to Lonely Planet, and the only New England destination. Here’s the list of their 2015 picks:

1.       Queens, NY

2.       Western South Dakota

3.       New Orleans, LA

4.       Colorado River

5.       North Conway, NH

6.       Indianapolis, IN

7.       Greenville, SC

8.       Oakland, CA

9.       Duluth, MN

10.   Mount Shasta, CA

“We could not be more honored that Lonely Planet chose North Conway for their Best of the US 2015 list knowing how travelers await this prestigious list each year,” said Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  “As we spend the year celebrating the Town of Conway’s 250th Anniversary, we will welcome Lonely Planet visitors with open arms to Mt Washington Valley, NH with events, scenic beauty and a wide range of attractions, ski resorts and XC Centers, golf courses, tax-free shopping, lodging and dining options and so much more,” added Crawford.

To learn more about visiting North Conway and the 27 towns and villages that make up Mt Washington Valley, NH visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org.  Here you’ll find links to the many recreational offerings referred to in Lonely Planet’s description, plus a full calendar of Conway’s 250th Anniversary events, and plenty more info about planning your bucket list trip to Mt Washington Valley.  To talk with a vacation planning concierge, simply call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH or 800-367-3364.  To learn more about planning a vacation to New Hampshire, visit www.VistNH.gov.

About Lonely Planet:

Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel media company. Started in 1973, the company enables curious travelers to experience the world and get to the heart of a place via guidebooks to almost every destination on the planet, an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet has number one market share for guidebook sales in both the US and globally; Lonely Planet has published over 130 million guidebooks in its history. LonelyPlanet.com is the second most-visited English language travel media website in the world; Lonely Planet has over 1.2m fans on Facebook (facebook.com/lonelyplanet), over 1.8m on Twitter followers (@lonelyplanet) and almost 200,000 Instagram followers (Instagram/lonelyplanet). More information can be found at www.lonelyplanet.com.

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Eat Locally in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH

Plan your holidays with the valley’s finest restaurants or inns with open houses, beer and wine tastings
and more.
Are you a skier?
We have a lot of apres fun going on in the valley! Click here for a list of apres-ski events at restaurants, music halls and ski-pubs.

Consider donating to local food banks this year. Many businesses are accepting donations:

Sap House Meadery
Vaughan Community Services
Snowvillage Inn

Feb. 28, 11-4pm
Stroll N. Conway Village and taste over 30 chilis, cornbread recipes and enjoy beer and wine pairings as well. Shopping specials and entertainment will also be going on throughout the valley.
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Christmas in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH

Plan Your Christmas in the Mt. Washington Valley, with these helpful hints!

Events

Dining

  • December 18 from 5:30-9pm.  Locals Holiday Party Snowvillage Inn  Four course dinner for $30.  Reservations requested at 603-447-2818
  • December 24 Snowvillage Inn Christmas Eve Dinner.  See the menu here!
  • December 25 Mountain View Grand Hotel will be having a Christmas Breakfast Buffet from 7am to 12pm. Ages 13 and older will be $15, ages 6 – 12 will be $8 and children 5 and under dine free.
  • Stonehurst Manor – Plan your Christmas Party for 6 or more at $23 pp for 3-course dinner including tax and gratuity.
  • December 25 - Stonehurst Manor Christmas Day Holiday Dinner Menu will be served from 4 – 8 pm.
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Science of Snowmaking in Mt. Washington Valley

The Mt. Washington Valley is the gateway to New Hampshire’s North Country and is famous for being home to “the world’s worst weather”. The weather here is drastically different than anywhere else in the southern part of New England, which means when your backyard is green, there is a good chance that our backyard is a white winter wonderland of snow.

Home to the highest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington, we see snow atop this grand dame of the Whites ten months out of the year. As we gain altitude on any of the mountains in the Whites, we pass into a different climate, meaning that sometimes there’s snow at the top of the mountains and not necessarily at the bottom. To date the Valley has measured up to 31” of natural snow, which might come as a huge surprise. A snow-storm passed through Mt. Washington Valley on Thanksgiving, leaving behind sixteen inches of snow, and since then we have only gone a few days at a time without more snow falling, especially at the higher elevations of our ski resorts. .

Yet what happens when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate and also early in the season as the ski resorts and XC GGT-Snowmaking-12.2.14Centers are working on building their base? The valley’s ski resorts and some of the XC Centers have some of the best snow making operations in the state and as they have employed their snow-making arsenal alongside with mother nature, a nice base has been built

We are very thankful to our snow-makers who operate the machines that make the 100’s of trails skiable in the Mt. Washington Valley when Mother Nature isn’t feeling up to making snow. Have you ever wondered what goes into making sure your favorite mountains and trails are skiable?

Snow-making is a very technical process, which includes temperature, pressure and water. The snow-making equipment breaks down the water into small particles, which makes it easier to cool. The water is cooled by a moving system that transports the water particles through cold air and transforms them into man-made snowflakes.

WGC-Attitash-7608An interesting fact about this process is that water has a high heat of fusion, meaning that it takes a large amount of heat removal – 144 BTU’s to be exact – to bring water to a freezing point. Water also has the unique ability to still remain in a liquid state well after hitting the 32-degree point, unless it is nucleated.

Nucleating water is what happens when water vapor forms water drops or ice crystals. This is why the temperature is such an important aspect of snow-making. If the outside air is too warm, the man-made snow will melt. This process of nucleating the water is referred to as super-cooling. From start to finish, a snow machine breaks over 5,000 gallons of water per minute into small particles, cools it to 32 degrees and removes the heat of fusion and nucleates it.

Snow-making isn’t just for Alpine ski areas though. Many of the Mt. Washington Valley’s Nordic ski areas make their WGC-Cranmore-7604own snow and groom their trails. Jackson Ski Touring Foundation and Great Glen Trails have both been blowing snow over the last few weeks in preparation for opening. Bretton Woods Nordic also has been making snow and they have built up a 12”base depth on one of their Nordic loops.

Many of the Mt. Washington Valley’s premier ski areas have invested in top-notch snow-making equipment and made major upgrades to their fleet of snow guns and water pumps. The new systems in place also operate using less energy and water and are able to produce some of the highest quality snow in the Northeast. While we will never turn down a snowstorm from Mother Nature, these mountain’s new snow-making systems are the next best thing.

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Holiday Open House at It’s My Girlfriend’s Consignment Boutique

You’re Invited to…

   It’s My Girlfriend’s

Consignment Boutique

 

Holiday Open House and Ribbon Cutting!

When: Friday, December 19th, 5-8 pm


2760 White Mountain Highway, North Conway
Inside Eastern Slope Inn
(603) 733-5144

Come and enjoy…   

Refreshments will be served

10% off your purchases from 5-8pm
Mini chair massages by Awesome Massage

 

As of September 2014, It’s My Girlfriend’s Consignment Boutique was purchased by Carol Bailey and Lisa Spadaccini.  After a 12 year friendship, they decided to work together and the timing was right! The consignment shop was being sold and Carol and Lisa knew they needed to purchase it!

Both  have an eye for design and style and have created a fun and exciting atmosphere at It’s My Girlfriend’s Consignment Boutique. The Boutique is primarily consignment, but the girls couldn’t resist bringing in local vendors for jewelry and accessories!

The shop also has great gift ideas and Carol and Lisa look forward to helping you find the right present  for the right occasion! Things are always changing at the boutique, so shop often!

It’s My Girlfriend’s Consignment Boutique is open 7 days a week, 10-5. The contract for consignors runs for 60 days and consignors should call to make an appointment to bring in their clothing!

 

 

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Apres-Ski in the Mt. Washington Valley!

A day on the slopes and an evening of apres-ski pairs as well as a fine wine and cheese in Mt Washington Valley. With the holidays coming up, shops and restaurants and music halls are preparing some great evening apres-ski events. Enjoy artisan fairs in bars, live music in event halls and special dining offers to fill your holiday evening with fun after a day on the slopes!

Plan ahead and peruse our Christmas page to help you plan your holiday get-away in the Mt. Washington Valley.

Local’s Night
Dine like a local and bookmark some of the Valley’s “Local’s Night” deals. Each restaurant has it’s own spin on Local’s Night with some featuring a two-for-one special, while others create discounted menu items or special featured entrees just for locals (and by the way, everyone is a local!). Plan to be a “local” for the night and enjoy a great meal at a great price at some of these fun restaurants perfect for apres-ski and apres adventure.

White Mountain Cider Company features “Street Food Night” every Monday, which highlights tapas style food and international delights. They are also known for their craft cocktails and rustic atmosphere.

Enjoy Pint & a Pound at Oxford House Inn in Fryeburg and every Thursday night enjoy a pint of local beer or glass of 1477415_10152568214309833_7447121666446096324_nwine with a pound of steamed mussels or clams prepared one of 5 different ways and a basket of fresh focaccia & sourdough multi-grain bread. Oxford House also features a Taco Trio Night every Tuesday, which includes a sampling of three tacos prepared with individual seasonings and spices paired with margarita specials.

Christmas Farm Inn in Jackson has weekly specials from their famous Friday Fish N’ Chips to their Italian Night special which offers a 3-course dinner and wine for only $29.00.

Max’s Tavern at Snowvillage Inn holds a “Local’s Night” every Monday night, with reduced prices on special menu items. Entrees include anything from homemade gnocchi to spaghetti and meatballs. All of the cuisine at Max’s Tavern if fresh, local and produced from scratch. Max’s Tavern also features a Thursday night Flatbread and Oysters, plus a Burger and Beer Night on Sundays, which lets you enjoy $3 Moat or Tuckerman pints and their “Famous Max’s Tavern Burger.”

Traditions Restaurant at Purity Spring Resort in Madison, offers a two for $25 special, featuring a prefix three course menu. It includes a choice of soup or salad, entree, and one dessert of the evening at one base price. Traditions also features a “Buy One, Get One Half Off” special every Wednesday night. This Wednesday night offer lets diners order off Tradition’s regular menu, including specials and enjoy two entrees for the price of one and a half!

Apres Events!

Stone Mountain Arts Center LIVE show in Brownfield will be presenting dinner and a live show on December 19 and 20. There is simply no better place to celebrate the holidays than at Stone Mountain Arts Center! With the lights all strung and garlands galore, and the music….Stone Mountain LIVE at Christmas is the whole “Experience”….it takes all the best aspects of this special place on the hill and packs it into one fun festive show! All the shows feature Carol Noonan and her band the Stone Mountain in Boys with special guests:

December 19,and 20: the Rockabily sounds of Roy Sludge and soul singer Jesse Dee.

Welcome Winter with Fields of Ambrosia’s 7th Annual Winter Solstice Open House from 3pm until 7pm in North Conway Village. Hors Deuvres, Spirits and Music – along with sales and giveaways.

The Good Beer Store is hosting a holiday open house on December 20, complete with beer and wine tastings, raffles, appetizers, fun and holiday cheer. Food author Kate Krukowski Gooding will also be attending to share samples of her venison recipes.

Ski Pub Specials

Live music will be featured at Zip’s Pub at the base of Cranmore Mountain. Enjoy the apres scene after a day of10830715_10152627293299833_6031673765412097425_o skiing on this North Conway mountain with different bands featured weekly.

Enjoy Den Sessions at Bear Peak where you will enjoy weekly acoustic performances in The Den every Saturday from 2 – 4:30pm. During vacation and holiday weeks as well, special performances will be made.

Attitash Mountain features bands scheduled scheduled every Saturday afternoon (and extra dates during holiday periods) from 3-6 p.m. in the Ptarmigan’s Pub. Enjoy two full bars and full-serviced dining, with live music. Ptarmigan’s Pub is located on the third floor of the Attitash Main Base Lodge.

Matty B’s offers Apres events and beer and dining specials throughout the ski season.

Apres Events

The Good Beer Store in Fryeburg is excited to welcome you to their Holiday Open House and Beer Tasting on December 20th from 5-7pm.

Wildcat Tavern features a Hoot Night, every Tuesday night, beginning at 8pm. Local and ledgendary New England musician, Jonathan Sarty leads the Hoot Night Band. Beginning from 8-9:00pm, local ski legend and guitar picker extraordinaire Tom Perkins usually plays the early set. A little after 9:00pm a wide range of special guest musicians come to play and by 10:30 the Tavern is packed and rocking. While there are a lot of great bands in the Valley, most don’t get a chance to jam together. Hoot Night brings some of the best local musicians together to jam on one stage.

Red Parka Pub in Glen, one of the most established ski pubs in the Mt. Washington Valley, has a regular schedule of live music from local bands including Shark Martin, Recklis and more. Every Monday night is also Open Mic, and with a little dose of courage from the specialty drinks here, you may even find yourself performing on stage! The Red Parka Pub is also featuring “Skiers Appreciation Night” on December 5th, which includes giveaways, live music and a Tuckerman Brewing Company beer promotion, plus the ski resorts and XC Centers will all be on hand to tell skiers about what’s new this year.

The Margarita Grill in Glen is partnering with Moat Mountain Brewing Co. for a “Moat Tap Takeover” on December 18th. Join Margarita Grill in welcoming the Moat to its fleet of draft beers served with pride. There will be beer specials, giveaways and Moat beer and food pairings too.

Trivia Night and Live Music and Events
Hobbs Tavern in Ossipee, just a short drive from King Pine Ski Area and other valley ski resorts, features Tuesday Night Trivia, where five extra points will be awarded to your team if you reserve a table early. Trivia is every Tuesday night from 7-9pm and features food and beer specials as well as awesome prizes.

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Just up the street from Hobbs, also in Ossipee, you’ll find Sap House Meadery, a craft honey wine brewery. This special meadery offers tours and tastings from 1:00-5:00pm. Enjoy a day on the slopes and unwind with great conversation and a taste-test of Sap House’s entire fleet of hand-brewed honey wine. Other breweries offering tastings include Tuckerman Brewing Company in Conway, with tours featured every Monday through Friday at 4:00pm and Saturday’s 3:00 and 4:00pm.

302 West, in Fryeburg also hosts a Tuesday Trivia night. No need to sign up in advance, come with your friends for an evening of fun and drink specials. Open Mic night is every Thursday and includes the musical stylings of local, home-grown bands who know how to get a crowd dancing.

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Cranmore Mountain and Memorial Hospital Team Up for Safe Skier Initiative

Memorial Hospital

Program distributing more than 250 free helmets to local school children

For more than 15 years, Memorial Hospital has been leading a unique initiative to ensure that local school children have appropriate helmets for their participation in the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s (ESSC) Junior Ski Program. Once again, Cranmore Mountain Resort is donating more than 250 free helmets through the program to students in eight elementary schools, and Bob & Terry’s Sports Outlet is making additional helmets available. This represents a 25% increase in need for the free and discounted helmets over last year.

“We are so pleased that Cranmore has once again stepped up to donate these helmets to the children in our community,” said Kathy Bennett, the hospital’s Vice President of Community Relations. “This is an incredibly generous act on their part.  They are making sure all kids will have the helmets they need to participate in the ESSC program.”

Karen Dolan, director of Cranmore’s snow sports school and chairperson of ESSC’s junior ski program committee, said Cranmore is very excited about partnering with the hospital. “We’re really happy to be part of this initiative,” Dolan said. “We always say that safety is number one, and we recommend that everyone use helmets.”

She pointed out that the schools now require students who participate in the junior ski program to wear helmets. “That’s another reason why Cranmore is so happy to be able to donate the helmets for the hospital program.”

The National Ski Areas Association “Lids on Kids” organization is working hard to get out the message that helmets can significantly reduce head injuries. The group reports that wearing helmets can  decrease the risk of head injury by 20 to 50 percent. It can also mean the difference between a major head injury and a minor head injury, or between a minor head injury and no injury at all.

Schools participating in the Safe Skier Initiative include Bartlett Elementary, K.A. Brett School in Tamworth, Conway Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Jackson Grammar School, John Fuller, Madison Elementary and Pine Tree School. To qualify for a free helmet, students must be enrolled in the school’s free/reduced rate meals program while others have the opportunity to purchase helmets at a significant discount.

Many families face difficult financial situations at home which can make it hard for them to find the funds for equipment. As families struggle to pay for basic necessities, things like skiing equipment may not be a part of their budget. That’s what makes this program so important for students who may not be able to afford it on their own.

To help ensure the future of the program, the Memorial Hospital Foundation created the Roger C. Clapp Memorial Ski Helmet Fund. Clapp, who passed away in 2013,  was a hospital trustee for many years and a passionate lifelong skier. Family and friends made memorial donations to the fund and continue to encourage contributions to it. Others are welcome to donate to the fund and may find more information at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org/foundation.

Helmet were distributed to schools starting in early December, just in time for the winter skiing and boarding season. The ESSC junior ski season kicks off on the first Monday in January. For more information, contact Joan Phillips at Memorial Hospital at 603-356-5461.  Memorial Hospital can be found online at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org.

About Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care and hyperbaric medicine center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.

Photo Caption: Saralyn Smith, ESSC Coordinator for Conway Elementary School, and Karen Dolan, Snowsports Director for Cranmore Mountain, shown here with two of the 257 helmets that Cranmore donated to Memorial Hospital’s skier safety helmet program.

Photo Credit: Kathy Bennett

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