We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the 18th Annual Valley Pride day! We live in a beautiful place, and it’s a shame when it’s defaced with litter so we especially appreciate the many volunteers who helped clean up our roadways and make the Valley even more beautiful. They absolutely deserved the party afterward. Kudos to the organizers for keeping this fantastic event going for 18 years. The Valley thanks you!
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We were heading to Portland, so we stopped at Big Dave’s Bagels & Deli for, what else, bagels! And, we’re so glad we did! We enjoyed a tasty bagel with lox and cream cheese. We’d love to go back, maybe even for lunch! We do love lunch (possibly burritos) at Big Dave’s.
Whether you live here or are just visiting, North Conway and the Valley is home to great dining!
What a treat to see Mountainfilm on Tour at the Fryeburg PAC. Films almost too fantastical to be real – but too gripping to be anything but. We viewed striking visions of Alaska, a skier rushes through icy crevices and tunnels and a crippled man climbing a rock formation.
Mountainfilm on Tour travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of short documentary films from the most recent, annual festival in Telluride. See this tour, if you can.
“Like dessert for dinner and dessert for dessert!”
That’s our thoughts on dinner at the Red Fox Bar & Grille in Jackson! When we went to this cozy, family-friendly, incredibly New England-y restaurant, we helped ourselves to a maple sausage pizza and then a cookie sundae.
And, we loved every bite of it!
We love Bradley Backstage at Fryeburg Academy’s PAC! They recently hosted Mr. Gus’ team-up with Blue Bus in a genre-blending jam session.
Bradley Backstage is presented onstage so you are seated up close to the performers making it a very intimate and personal experience with the music!
Bradley Backstage is performed at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg. Check out their schedule and come enjoy the music!
Need a good place to exercise now that ski season is winding down? Do you need great fitness classes? Then stop in and visit the staff at Cranmore Fitness. They offer an expansive gym with every machine you could want, and a wide variety of classes. If you want to get in shape, this is a great place to start!
We love the Snowvillage Inn and the food they serve at Max’s
Restaurant & Pub. When we visited recently and asked for their help to prepare a seder, they couldn’t Passover the request. Their talented kitchen staff rose to the occasion – they even made gefilte fish that had taste, that’s how good they are!
The North Conway Public Library hosted a wonderful series of lectures through the winter. The last one featured local residents, Ed and Kathy Bergeron, who shared their experiences and photographs from a safari through Kenya and Tanzania, Africa.
By Kathy Bennett
I packed my spring weight ski gloves, sunglasses and shell jacket in my ski bag and left them there, as today, April 7, was not a warm day on the slopes of Wildcat Mountain. Instead I was greeted by temps in the high 30s, gusty winds and 4+ inches of freshies. Not spring conditions, but I’ll take it.
Wildcat was in fine shape, close to 100% open, and we were able to hit groomers, glades and bumps. The trees held deep pockets of snow and were not bony at all, especially given the late date. Bumps were not of the exploding spring variety. Rather they were firm powder covered Volkswagens. True spring conditions will have to wait for another day.
The Valley does not give up on skiing easily. Attitash’s bullwheel quits turning on April 8. Wildcat is shooting for May. Bretton Woods also remains open. Skinny skiers will be delighted at Bear Notch Ski Touring which is still grooming its Western Trail Network.
Let others start dusting off their golf clubs and running shoes. I won’t be putting my skis away until the last trail closes in Mount Washington Valley!
Looks like the snow gods decided to save the best for last this winter, as storm after storm has hit Mount Washington Valley and its many ski areas. With the snow comes the best time of year to go tree skiing, hitting the glades last weekend with friends.
I got warmed up at Bretton Woods on Saturday. They have been measuring new snowfall with a yardstick lately and their woods were still full of powder, some untracked, several days after the last storm. We headed over to West Mountain and took the Wambek trail down to the double black diamond Maple Woods. Last time I skied it a year ago, conditions were a bit bony, but not this time. It was steep and deep and there were no wrong turns in the Woods. Other favs on West Mountain included Wild West Glade – an wider glade than others at BW; Cherry Mountain Slide; and Peppersass. Those last two are also on the easier side, although both ranked as black diamonds. Cliff’s Cliff glade was a little too cliffy for me so I skipped that and we headed over to Mount Rosebrook Glades.
My husband has been avoiding bumps and trees after some recent back issues, but we took a gentle run together down the blue square Black Forest Glade. It was fun and no one got hurt.
Next we went to Mount Stickney and its wonderful dedicated t-bar lift and rustic warming cabin at the top. Multiple choices await you for glades, numbered 1 through 4. It’s a great way to get in multiple lift-serviced tree runs with snack breaks in between.
Sunday I took my game up a notch and did a car drop at the end of Carter Notch Road in Jackson, and then headed with a friend to Wildcat Mountain to hit the beloved Wildcat Valley Trail. This trail has some of the longest vertical of any ski trail in North America, but you have to come prepared. Step 1, do the car drop unless you want to hitchhike back from the Carter Notch. Step 2, bring backcountry gear including some form of free heel skis and bindings. There is enough uphill on this trail to make you regret dropping in on regular alpine gear.
The opening cornice is just daunting enough to scare away curious alpine skiers who might not understand this is truly a backcountry experience. If that doesn’t scare you off, the signage stating the facts will. This trail does not return to the ski area.
It was buried in snow and other skiers had already done the harder work of packing it down for us, although powder was abundant if your pole or ski wandered off a bit. If you love S curves, single track and birch glades, this trail is for you.
Two hours from the summit, we made it to the groomed nordic trails of Jackson, and after a long slog of flat and sometimes ascending terrain, we were back at our car where we had a late lunch and finished our hot coco.
Back to Wildcat and being gluttons for punishment, we ran laps on the high speed quad until our legs burnt out and we called it a day. It was a weary ride home and an early bed time but it was worth it.
They say the trick to skiing glades is to look at the spaces between the trees and not to look at the obstacles. I’d say that’s good advice for all aspects of life.
Skiers and riders also need great food, and with 75 or so restaurants in Mt Washington Valley, you’re sure to find something to feed every palate and every age. As we move into spring skiing season, be sure to feed your appetite for some fabulous sunny days on the slopes and trails. Best of all, many of Mt Washington Valley’s great restaurants offer deals for skiers and visitors alike.
And we’ve even added some deals on lift tickets and demo equipment to this blog this week, so be sure to read all the way through.
Meals Deals Throughout the winter
At Wild Rose Restaurant, Stonehurst Manor, North Conway, NH
- Thursday night Candlelight Dinner for Two for $35 – Any two entrees on the menu for $35. This includes their ultimate Prime Rib, Rack of Lamb, Oven Roasted Salmon and more along with any of their Fresh Pasta Offerings served with fresh Manor-made pasta. A fun way to “sample” some of the Manor offerings is to select the “Pick any two Appetizers as an Entree” option.
- Friday Night is Pizza Night – Special 3-course dinner is $25 per person and includes salad, a wood-fired signature pizza, tiramisu for dessert and choice of a bottle of domestic beer or glass of house wine. Diners can choose from one of the Manor pizzas, or they can create their own with up to four toppings.
- Afternoon Fondue – every Saturday and Sunday, holidays through the end of March and daily during Feb. vacation week – A nice to relax by the over-sized wood-burning fireplace and choose from a classic cheese fondue or one of the other “small bites” which aren’t always so small.
- Complimentary hors d’oeuvres – served most afternoons in Library Martini Lounge from 5 – 6 pm.
At Max’s Tavern, Snowvillage Inn, Snowville, NH
On Tuesdays: The local flavor comes out every Tuesday 5:30-9:00 PM at Snowvillage Inn: In addition to the daily menu, the locals’ menu is served, offering made from scratch comfort food, priced just right for our local friends. And on Tuesdays, no matter where you’re from, everyone’s a local at Max’s Tavern.
On Thursdays: Max’s In The Raw & the Famous Oyster Orgy! Oysters, Littlenecks, Ceviche and Crudo: Snowvillage Inn innkeepers, Jen and Kevin, have traveled up and down the coast of Maine in search of the sweetest and largest oysters. The goldmine is the Damariscotta River….briny, strong shell, plump meat, meaty texture with the true taste of the sea and Snowvillage Inn gets them fresh almost daily! Click here for the menu of the day.
At Christmas Farm Inn, Jackson
- Mondays are 2-for-1 night: Buy one entrée, get second entrée free
- Tuesdays: Succulent Turkey Dinner, including salad, entrée, dessert – $19
- Wednesday is German Night!
- Thursday is Steak Night: Build your own steak entrée
- Friday is Seafood Night
- Saturday is Wild Game Night: Venison, Elk, Duck & more
- Sunday: Taste of Italy with Italian specialties
Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway
- Twofer Tuesdays: 2 people, 2 entrees, 1 price: $24.95 (Dine in Only)
- Wednesday Happy Hour: 4:00-6:00pm, $2 Tacos (steak, pork, chicken, fish)
- Thursdays: Buck-A-Beer: Order any burger, get a beer for a buck
- Fridays: Happy Hour, 4:00-6:00pm
At Lobster Trap, Seafood, Steaks & Italian, West Side Road, North Conway
Early bird specials start at $10.95 and are served daily from 11:30am until 6:00pm. Early bird dishes are served with homemade rolls, and French fries, onion rings or cole slaw.
At White Mountain Hotel, West Side Road, North Conway
Every Friday: Friday Night Seafood Fest in Ledges Restaurant: New England seafood specialties served directly at your table. Offerings include your choice of salad or soup, appetizers including mini raw bar, gulf shrimp cocktail and poached salmon. Entrees include orange ginger diver scallops, cod and lobster duo, smoked sugar and chile grilled salmon, shrimp scampi and classic broiled seafood platter. Dessert is also included in this 4-Course menu. Seafood Fest menu changes often. Regular menu also available. Click here for sample menu.
Sundays: Grand Sunday Brunch: A White Mountain Hotel tradition since 1990. Includes chef-attended omelet station, bacon, maple sausage, homemade corned beef hash, home fries, Belgian waffles with a variety of fresh fruit toppings, whipped cream and homemade maple butter, chef-attended carving station with two carved roasts of the day, weekly entrée specials, fresh vegetables of the day, homemade soups, pancakes and Eggs Benedict from the kitchen, a delectable dessert table and much more.
At Traditions Restaurant at Purity Spring Resort, East Madison, NH
$10 Sunday And Monday Menu Items: Enjoy a night out to start your week with special $10 menu items every Sunday and Monday. Order one for yourself or order a few dishes and share with the table.
Tap N’ A Flat Tuesdays: Every Tuesday, head to the pub for a “Tap N’ A Flat” beer and a pizza special. Enjoy your choice of cheese, pepperoni or grilled vegetable flatbread and craft draft pint from one of the taps for only $12.
All-You-Can-Eat Ribs Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, tuck in to all-you-can-eat Carolina Pork Ribs served with traditional cole slaw and french fries for $20 per person.
And at King Pine, $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets.
At Wildcat Inn & Tavern, Jackson, NH
Tuesdays: Two One-Pound Lobsters for $26.95 from 5:00-9:00pm
Wednesday Dinner for Two Menu: Make Wednesday your date night and choose from a special two-for-$26.95 menu. While the menu changes weekly, look for popular entrees from the menu plus a few specials too. Two entrees from the special menu are only $26.95 (plus tax & gratuity) for both. Click here for sample menu.
Every Thursday in February: Free Pasta Feed & Music by Kevin Dolan: Back again by popular demand the Thursday Night Free Pasta Feed starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 with music and fun by Kevin Dolan. FREE for employees of Valley Snow Sports and Ski Shops, AMC and NH Forest Service. (proof of employment required), $5.95 for skiers (bring your lift or trail ticket for that day), $8.95 if you don’t ski but just want to chow down!
Every Friday Night: Fish Fry / Oyster Lover Special: Enjoy a special fish fry along with an oyster special Every Friday Night from 5:00-9:00pm.
At Oxford House Inn, Fryeburg, ME:
Thursday Night Pint & a Pound- $14.95: Includes one pound of Steamed Maine Mussels or Little Neck Clams, prepared in your choice of 5 different flavors from around the world and a Pint of local craft Beer (or glass of wine if preferred) and a basket of Artisan Focaccia & Multigrain Bread.
Taco Trio Tuesdays- $12 for Three: Includes three different authentic and creative tacos
Themed Food Events throughout Mt Washington Valley!
$25 Powder & Pasta at Bretton Woods – Ski or ride from 4 – 8 p.m. and replenish with a pasta dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Available Dec. 29 – March 10, as well as during the holiday periods of Jan. 14; and Feb. 18 – 22, 2018.
March 17, 24, 31: Character Breakfasts at Theater in the Wood: Believe in Books Literacy Foundation presents Character Breakfasts. Starting Saturday, March 3rd and running every Saturday until April 21st, visit the Theater in the Wood at 9:30 am each Saturday to meet some of your favorite Storybook Characters. Each week combine a tasty pancake breakfast with a new group of friends enjoying their own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup. Plus you have use of the 100 Acre Wood Trail System for the entire day!
Schedule of Characters:
March 17th: Snow White
March 24th: TBD
March 31st: Rabbit & Friends
April 7th: Alice in Wonderland
April 14th: The Little Mermaid
April 21st: Earth Day with Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax
March 25: Dine to Donate: Tuckerman Brewing Company is the place to be when a variety of events presented by Leadership MWV raise money to aid career-minded students with the tools to reach their goals for success in the Mt. Washington Valley. The fun begins at 4:00 and there will be awesome raffle prizes, and a percentage of all food & beverage sales go to the program THRIVE MWV, which will provide financial stipends and career mentorship to youth seeking alternative paths to college. Info here.
Mark the Calendar for April 7th: 15th Annual Chili Cookoff and Feel Good 5K: North Conway Community Center will be abuzz with activity of professional and home chefs enticing you with the delightful aromas of their best chili and cornbread recipes. Hourglass Adventures will join this year’s Chili Cookoff offering attendees an opportunity to participate in an escape game designed specifically for the event. Be one of the first to check it out. Plus, North Conway Village will feature the Red Hot Stops route with many of the shops offering discounts and tastings.
Start the day on the move with the 2nd Annual Feelin’ Good 5K Race sponsored by the White Mountain Milers. Then, move on to a day of tasting chili, cornbread and more. Judged awards for professional chefs are given for Best Chili with first, second and third places acknowledged. Non-profit and home chefs are awarded People’s Choice Award for Best Chili selected by all tasters who attend the tour. Both categories vie for Best Cornbread and Best Display prizes! Come and vote. After the competition the fun continues with the Chili Cookoff Awards Ceremony at Abenaki Trail Restaurant & Pub. Tickets available at the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Complete info here.
Other Deals at ski resorts and restaurants!
$10 Tuesday Night Skiing and Snowboarding at King Pine! From 4:00-9:00pm, $10 Tuesday night lift tickets, PLUS $10 rentals, $10 terrain park lessons (available starting 1/9), $10 tubing (5-7 p.m.) AND $10 Burger and Beer* at the Trail’s End Tavern are all offered with valid lift ticket. Offer valid on non-holiday Tuesdays and applies to 4-9 p.m. lift tickets. *Must be 21 years of age with valid photo id. Some restrictions apply. Limit one per person.
Every Wednesday throughout March at Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub: Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all the great ski areas. All you must do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.
March 16: College Night #5 at Shawnee Peak: Grab your classmates, or your professor if you dare, and Sneak to the Peak from 3:00-9:00pm. Lift Tickets are JUST $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are JUST $15, a savings of $12! Plus, Open Mic in Blizzard’s Pub for the 21+ crowd afterward.
March 16: Pre St Paddy Day ticket sale at Attitash and Wildcat: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with $17 Lift Tickets for any age and get in the spirit by dressing in green and enjoying green beer and Irish snacks in the Pub. Please note: this deal is valid for Friday, March 16, 2018 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance online only. Click here to buy tickets online.
March 17: St Paddy’s Day ticket special at Cranmore: On St. Patrick’s Day, the resort will offer a $17 twilight lift ticket, valid for skiing from 5pm to 8pm or a $17 Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park ticket, during the hours of 5pm to 8pm.
March 17-18: St. Patrick’s Day Ticket Special at Bretton Woods: Save some green and get a two-day adult lift ticket for just $117, valid March 17-18, 2018.
March 25: Youth Day #2 at Attitash and Wildcat: All kids 7 to 17 pay just $17 for a lift ticket.
Valley Originals Gift Certificate Sale
There are still a few discounted gift certificates left from selected Valley Originals restaurants. Click here to get them while you can. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!
White Mountain Hotel Frequent Diner Program
Enjoy a free entrée for every ten times you dine at White Mountain Hotel. Please inquire at the Front Desk with any questions.
Horsefeathers Preferred Diner Program
Earn points for every dollar you spend at Horsefeathers toward a $50.00 Gift Certificate. And on your birthday, receive a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée. Click here to sign up.
Traditions at Purity Spring Resort Loyalty Card Program
With your Traditions Loyalty Card in-hand, you will earn one point for each dollar you spend at Traditions. When you reach 500 points, you will earn a Traditions gift card with a value of $25! To receive your Traditions Loyalty Card, please ask your server the next time you visit, and begin earning points right away! Click here for program guidelines.
For a complete list of restaurants and dining opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, click here.