Live Music in Mt. Washington Valley

Looking for some entertainment to cap off an awesome day exploring the White Mountains? Live music in Mt. Washington Valley has you covered. Talent is over-spilling in taverns, theaters, breweries and more! Take your pick of musical stylings and the kind of artistic adventure you’re looking for. The musicians and entertainers of the Mt. Washington Valley won’t disappoint.

Below is just a sampling of the Valley’s live music offerings to help get you started on your tour of live music in the Mt. Washington Valley! Click here for a list of valley events!

Tuckerman Brewing Company: A five time winner of  the “Best Beer” award at the Attitash Mountain Oktoberfest event and recipient of the Best Brewery Tour in the Best of NH awards, Tuckerman Brewing Company does not disappoint.

And we’re not just talking about its beers! Tuckerman Brewing Company also hosts a Live Music Series. We’re not even in the 2020 season yet and its concert calendar already features some amazing acts, such as Jesse Dee and Tricky Britches. Be sure to add these events into your calendar and make a point to feature them in your weekend or vacation!

Tuckerman Brewing Company also hosts an Open Mic Night, every Tuesday from 6-9pm. Hosted by local band Chimera, you’ll be entertained all night long.

Red Parka Steakhouse and Pub: Always living up to its motto “Good

Live Music at Red Parka Pub

Food and Good Times,” Red Parka is always featuring live entertainment in its pub. You’ll find a solid line-up of bands and singers ready to jam the night away. An open dance floor exists in the pub for a reason. The bands are so lively, you’ll be on your feet in no time.

Red Parka Pub also hosts annual events such as a Halloween Party, Adult Prom, Kentucky Derby, Skiers Appreciation Night and more.

A staple of the apres-ski scene Red Parka Steakhouse and Pub is an expert in live music and a must stop for a drink, a steak and a good time during your Mt. Washington Valley vacation!

Stone Mountain Arts Center: Is a truly unique experience for live

Live Concerts at Stone Mountain Arts Center

music. Instead of traditional tavern surroundings and a casual listening experience, Stone Mountain Arts Center is a timber frame hall tucked in the mountains. It hosts national acts like Robert Cray, Los Lobos and Madeleine Peyroux and more. With a year-round calendar of robust musical and comedy acts, Stone Mountain Arts Center is a cultural epicenter in the White Mountains. Purchasing tickets in advance to shows is highly recommended and you can choose to enjoy dinner prior to the show at the Arts Center as well. (Trust us – go for the dinner. It’s just as much a work of art as the performers featured on the stage!)

Wildcat Hoot Night:  Hoot Night is an integral part of the valley’s history! A 30 year veteran of the Valley’s music scene, Hoot Night is the longest running open mic night in the area! This weekly open mic night is not to be missed if you’re new to the Mt. Washington Valley!

Hoot Night is hosted by accomplished musician, Jonathan Sarty from 7pm to 10pm at Wildcat Tavern in Jackson, NH. Jonathan helps to create an incredible blend of music as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night. Come as a performer or as a spectator. Either way, just come! You’re guaranteed a great show.

Thompson House Eatery: Every Wednesday local musicians, bands

Live music at Thompson House Eatery

and soloists perform in the Thompson House Eatery’s bar. Enjoy anything from indie-funk music, to acoustic and rag-time country blues music, to 80’s themed songs and pop.

Thompson House Eatery is a homestead restaurant, made up of a restaurant, barn and farm. Steeped in history, fine craftsmanship and phenomenal cuisine; eating and drinking at Thompson House Eatery is an experience all its own. Owner, (along with owner and wife, Kate Fournier), Chef Jeffrey Fournier sources the finest and freshest ingredients, to offer the utmost in quality, making nearly everything on the menu from scratch. From pasta, to bread, to ice cream and pastries we strive to provide an outstanding culinary experience steeped in tradition and integrity. Stop by for a drink, an app and some great live entertainment.

Sea Dog Brewing Company: Enjoy dinner, great beer and entertainment! Located in downtown North Conway, Sea Dog Brewing Company hosts local bands and a karaoke night! Be sure to check out its always happening events schedule to see who is playing next! Featuring post and beam décor with a fireplace and multi-level dining, its large, horse-shoe shaped bar serves 14 beers on tap, including special cask conditioned ales brewed on the premises in its nano-brewery. Sea Dog is a great stop on your musical tour of the valley.

Common Auto Insurance Terms   

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Auto insurance can be confusing at times. Policies often contain a variety of terms that can be difficult to understand, especially for someone without a background in insurance.

The following is a list of common auto insurance terms to keep in mind the next time you meet with your insurance agent:

Accident report form: Sometimes referred to as a police report, this form contains important information about an auto accident, such as circumstances that led to an accident, the parties involved and details regarding the citations given.

  • At fault: This term refers to the degree to which a party caused or contributed to an accident. This term is often used to determine whose auto insurance company pays for specific portions of damages incurred as the result of an accident.
  • Automobile liability insurance: This refers to a type of insurance that provides coverage when a party causes an accident and either physical or property damage occurs.
  • Bodily injury liability coverage: This type of insurance provides coverage for injuries or deaths to people involved in the accident other than the insured driver. This coverage kicks in if an insured person is legally liable for an accident and also provides coverage for defense costs if the insured is sued.
  • Claims adjuster: A claims adjuster is a representative from an insurance company who investigates and settles claims. This person’s job is to ensure that all parties involved in an accident receive fair compensation.
  • Collision coverage: A form of auto insurance that provides for reimbursement for loss to a covered vehicle due to its colliding with another vehicle, object or the overturn of the automobile.
  • Comprehensive coverage: This coverage pays for any repairs not directly related to a collision. This includes damages from fires, thefts, windstorms, floods and vandalism.
  • Covered loss: A covered loss is any damage to yourself, your vehicle, other people or property covered by your insurance policy.
  • Declarations page: Sometimes referred to as an auto insurance coverage summary, this is a document provided by an insurance company. These documents list the following for policyholders:

o             The types of coverage elected

o             Specific limits for each coverage

o             The cost of each coverage

o             Specific vehicles covered by the policy

o             Types of coverage for each vehicle covered by the policy

  • Deductible: A deductible is the portion of a covered loss that a policyholder agrees to pay out of pocket.
  • Endorsement: Any change, addition or optional coverage added to an insurance policy. An endorsement may require additional premium.
  • Garaging location: A garaging location refers to the primary location you park your car when it’s not in use.
  • Limits: Limits refer to the maximum dollar amount of protection purchased by the policyholder for specific coverages. State laws often require drivers to have a minimum level of coverage.
  • Loss: Refers to direct and accidental damages to a person or property.
  • Medical payments coverage: Coverage that pays for reasonable medical expenses and death benefits to a policyholder and any passengers injured in the event of an auto accident, regardless of fault.
  • Motor vehicle report (MVR): MVRs are official records held by states that detail a driver’s licensing status, violations, suspensions and other infractions incurred over the last several years. These forms are often used to determine premiums.
  • Named insured: The primary person the insurance policy is issued to.
  • No-fault automobile insurance: This type of coverage is used to compensate victims of accidents without having to prove who caused the accident.
  • Non-owners policy: This policy provides liability and add-on coverage for someone who does not own a vehicle.
  • Personal injury protection coverage: Sometimes referred to as PIP, this coverage pays for medical expenses, and, in some states, lost wages and other damages, if a person is injured in an auto accident, regardless of who is at fault. This coverage often covers pedestrians struck by vehicles as well.
  • Premium: A premium is the amount a policyholder pays to an insurance company for coverage.
  • Primary use: Primary use refers to how a policyholder mainly uses his or her vehicle. Primary use options often include work, business, pleasure or farm use.
  • Principal driver: The principal driver is the person who drives the insured vehicle the most.
  • Property damage liability coverage (PD): If an insured person is legally liable for an accident, PD coverage pays for damage to others’ property resulting from the accident. PD also pays for legal defense costs if you are sued.
  • Rental reimbursement coverage: This coverage reimburses you (up to a set daily amount) for a rental car if your car is being repaired due to damage covered by your auto insurance policy.
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM): This coverage helps pay for medical bills, pain and suffering related to bodily injuries caused by a driver who is uninsured or underinsured.
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN): This is a unique 17-character sequence containing both letters and numbers that identifies a vehicle.

If you need clarification on any terms or conditions when meeting with your insurance broker, don’t hesitate to ask. Doing so ensures that you fully understand your policy and get the coverage you need.

To discuss your auto insurance needs, contact Chalmers Insurance Group today.


Shopping Events in Mt. Washington Valley

Holiday shopping in North Conway, NH has commenced! Mt.

Shopping in North Conway Village, NH

Washington Valley is home to an extensive collection of locally owned shops. Combined with the variety of boutiques, focused on anything from clothing to jewelry to gifts to candles and more,  along with NH’s tax-free shopping; shopping in North Conway, NH has an endless amount of opportunity for you to find just what you’re looking for. (And maybe even something you weren’t!)

November kicks off a frenzy of holiday shopping with events and specials that invites you and your friends to make a weekend out of bonding, fun events, great finds, special deals, delicious foods and more! This year is no different with the “Shift Your Shopping” campaign being hosted by the Mt. Washington Valley’s White Mountain Independents.  

“Shift Your Shopping” festivities include:

Plaid Friday: is the more relaxed and laid-back cousin to “Black

White Birch Books, located in North Conway Village

Friday!”  Local stores will be offering special “Plaid Friday” promotions. When you shop at participating White Mountain Independents stores, you’ll receive a locally made plaid scarf from Ragged Mountain!

Small Business Saturday: White Mountain Independents will also be on the American Express “Shop Small” map! Once again participating in the Small Business Saturday event put on every year by this major credit card. Happening on November 30th, show your love for small businesses and keep your dollars local by visiting the independently owned shops throughout the Mt. Washington Valley!

Small Business Saturday also leads right into the Shop Small and Win Big game, going on November 28th through December 1st, where you could win one of ten Gift Certificates to WMI retail shops or the Grand Prize Gift Basket! ($500 value)

Assets Jean Co. located in North Conway Village

Shop Small and Win Big Game: Win big during Thanksgiving Weekend, November 28th – December 1st, where one Shop Small and Win Big winner will win a grand prize gift basket worth $500! Several other winners will take home gift certificates to participating stores.

Shoppers can pick up a game board at any one of the 27 White Mountain Independent stores. From there, shoppers will receive a stamp from each White Mountain Independent they shop at, following a purchase.  Those who get five stamps will be entered into the prize drawing.

Shoppers who get more than five stamps will be entered again for each additional stamp.

When completed, the WMI Shop Small and Win Big Board Game can be turned in to any of the WMI retail shops. Winners will be announced on Saturday, November 30th.

Made up of locally owned and operated retail businesses in North

RavenWood Curio Shoppe, located in Jackson Village

Conway, Jackson, Bartlett and Intervale, NH, the White Mountain Independents encourage individuals and businesses to “shift” more of their holiday shopping, entertaining and dining to locally owned and independent businesses.  They welcome shoppers to enjoy the unique ambiance of each locally owned store as well as the selection and customer service you won’t find anywhere else.


A Culture of Skiing

The 2018 ESSC Ski Swap

By Kathy Bennett

When I moved to the Valley in 2002, I was drawn to this region’s love of skiing. I remember visiting the playground at Conway Elementary School, looking north towards Cranmore and Mount Washington, looking over at the ski racks outside of the school, and thinking to myself, “What an amazing place to live and raise a family!”

17 years later, I still feel drawn to this aspect of our community and so impressed by the culture of skiing that has been part of our fabric for generations.

No organization more purely embodies this than the Eastern Slope Ski Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of skiing. Those ski racks were outside of that elementary school for a reason. One afternoon a week all winter long, every school kid in the Valley (over 1500 at last count) has the opportunity to ski or ride for free with their classmates and volunteer community members (400 volunteers total). Every ski mountain in the area donates lift tickets to these children and legions of volunteers. Midweek afternoons, you’ll find trucks and trailers carting ski gear from schools to ski areas and back again. Parents send kids to school that morning with their ski bag packed, knowing the children will come home rosy cheeked and excited after a day of skiing with friends. ESSC, as it is known locally by its acronym, understands that not every family can afford lift tickets and ski gear, so they raise money and amass volunteers to ensure that our culture of skiing endures.

ESSC started in 1935 – a time that predates the earliest lift-served ski areas in the Valley such as Cranmore and Black Mountain. It was clear that ensuring that every kid in town learned to ski would be an important part of the long term success of what would become a booming ski business in an otherwise agriculturally driven area. How brilliant a concept that was and how well has it worked, as anyone who comes here realizes; this is a town that LOVES to ski.

One of ESSC’s largest fundraisers of the year is its annual Ski Swap. If you have a family of skiers and are looking for a more economical way to trade up your children’s ski gear each year, this is the way to go. But adults can score deals too as equipment being sold is for all ages, some of it brand new. Last year I bought a brand new pair of ski boots for $129, and had a knowledgeable boot fitter from a local ski shop there, because he was volunteering for the program. Score! If you are looking to offload unused (modern) ski gear, this is a way for you to sell off ski clothes, skis, snowboards, helmets, etc. and have a portion of the proceeds support ESSC, and the rest lands in your wallet. You don’t have to swap equipment to participate – feel free to just visit to buy gear for yourself like I did last year!

The 49th Annual Eastern Slope Ski Club Ski Sale will take place at the North Conway Community Center on Friday, November 8th (3pm-8pm, with a special member only entry at 2pm) and Saturday, November 9th (9am-1pm).

Plan on dropping off your clean Alpine, Cross Country and Snowboard gear you’d like to sell at the North Conway Community Center on the evenings of Wednesday, November 6th and Thursday, November 7th between 6pm-8pm. Each item requires a tag ($1 each), which will be available for purchase when you are dropping items off. That $1 also goes towards ESSC’s fundraising!

All unsold items (and proceeds from your sales) must be picked up at the Community Center on Saturday, November 9th between 4pm-6pm. Anything NOT picked up will be considered a donation, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit the ESSC.

Is cross country skiing more your style? No worries because Jackson Ski Touring, a non-profit in its own right, holds its annual ski swap on Nov. 9 from 9-2pm. Right-size your ski fleet: buy and/or sell used xc ski equipment and meet up with ski friends old and new. 

The Best Places to Bring Your Dog in the Mt. Washington Valley!

We get it, no family vacation is complete without your furry, four-legged family members. The Mt. Washington Valley is a dog-lover’s paradise and a dog’s dream vacation spot. There is plenty of space to roam, run, hike and play fetch! Whether you have a big adventure planned or are looking for something a little more low-key and you want to include your pup, the valley has you covered!

  1. Whitaker Woods. This network of trails in North Conway, is a great place to run, walk, mountain bike and cross-country ski with your dog. This trail system comes complete with a map and signage throughout the woods to keep you on track. Choose your mileage and turn this into a short walk or add miles for a longer run or walk.
  2. Karla’s Pet Rendezvous. Drop your pet off for a day of fun at this pet center focused on grooming, overnight care, play groups and more. Whether it’s just for an afternoon or an overnight, your beloved pup will get attentive care, at this full-service pet resort.

    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!

  3. Schouler Park. Right in the heart of North Conway, across from the Conway Scenic Railroad, (which is also a pet friendly
    photo c/o of Conway Scenic Railroad

    attraction!) this park is a perfect spot for dogs and their families. Grab a coffee at The Met or Frontside Grind, right next door and spend the morning playing fetch and taking in the local buzz of the town.

  4. Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. Located in Jackson Village, this cross-country ski area is dog-friendly. Featuring an expanse of 150 km of trails, covering 60 miles, your dog will be in pup-heaven as it follows you along pristine trails.
  5. Bear Notch Ski Touring Center. Another phenomenal choice to bring your dog for fun, is this cross-country center. You and your pup have over 65 km of trails throughout Bartlett to play on. Bear Notch also offers a warming hut with soup, snacks, homemade bread and beverages to take a rest at.
  6. Adventure Suites. Rest your legs and your paws at this adventure themed and pet-friendly hotel. Choose your adventure, whether it’s through staying in the  Deserted Island Suite,  Motorcycle Madness Suite, Sky Captain’s Lounge Suite, Wine Cellar Suite or any of its other pet friendly suites. Each suite includes a two person Jacuzzi or larger, free movies from its extensive DVD library, breakfast in the 1950‘s Diner, free WI FI, in room coffee, billiards, outdoor brick fire pit overlooking the mountains and evening “munchies” including popcorn and fresh baked cookies. For a list of other pet-friendly accommodations, click here.
  7. Four Your Paws Only. Also known as the “local canine hangout,”
    photo c/o Four Your Paws Only

    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.

  8. Mountain Division Trail. This eight mile paved trail is located in Fryeburg, Maine. It’s a great option to bring your pup for a run or walk. 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.

Bring A Friend Shopping Event in North Conway, NH!

Get a head start on the holidays this season by joining in on the “Bring A Friend” shopping event in North Conway. Hosted by Settlers Green, “Bring A Friend” is the perfect girls getaway weekend, with shopping and dining at Settlers Green, strolling through quaint North Conway Village, and staying at one of dozens of nearby accommodations, all in the valley’s beautiful mountain setting.

Events in North Conway go above and beyond and “Bring a Friend” is no exception! With how well-rounded this shopping event is, one could argue that it needs its own space carved out on the holiday calendar. This event is the perfect outlet to get you ready for holiday celebrating. Enjoy spending a weekend with your best friends as you shop for great deals on hostess gifts for all of the holiday parties you might attend this season, Christmas gifts at great prices and something special for yourself as well!

Happening November 1st through November 11th, with a headlining weekend of November 8th through November 11th, this event will be buzzing with energy. During the week of November 1st through the 11th, shoppers can enjoy savings and special deals. As soon as the weekend hits, November 8th through the 11th, the event ramps up with giveaways, lodging and dining specials, special events and more.

You’ll need a wristband to access the special deals at Settlers Green and participating stores throughout the Valley. These can be purchased in one of two ways:

  1. Win a Standard Shopping Bag.
    The standard bag giveaway begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 9. There are 1500 available, given away for free! One bag includes a $500 shopping spree. Polypropylene tote bag includes a standard raffle ticket, free gift, and samples. All shoppers in line for a standard bag are also guaranteed a Bring A Friend Wristband, which unlocks deals at participating stores, restaurants and services at Settlers Green and participating partners around North Conway.

    If you don’t plan to be at Settlers Green for the free bag giveaway, you can still get a wristband, November 1-11 during the Bring A Friend Sales promotions. Wristbands are free and available at Customer Service.

    (Premium Shopping Bags are sold out.)

Three raffles will be going on as well, including the Premium Raffle Ticket, where you could win a Two-Night Stay for Four at the Residence Inn by Marriott for Bring A Friend 2020; the Standard Raffle Ticket with a prize of a $500 shopping spree at the REI Co-op; and the Traditional Free Raffle, where prizes range from gift cards to store product.

Special events happening throughout Settlers Green and participating businesses throughout the valley during the November 8 through 11th weekend include a scavenger hunt, Sip and Paint, caricature drawings, chocolate sampling, and more!

For a complete list of events and breakdown of the event, click here!

Settlers Green in North Conway, NH outdoes itself every year for the “Bring a Friend” Shopping event. This year is no exception! This event is the perfect way to spend time with your dear friends before the craze of the holiday season takes over. Spend this weekend enjoying special deals, delicious food, fun activities and creating treasured memories.

For a complete listing of North Conway events and Mt. Washington Valley happenings, click here.

The Basics of Life Insurance

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If others depend on you for financial support, part of your financial plan should include how you will provide for them in the event of your death. To help you decide which option is the best for you, we’ve covered the basics.

The Basics of Life Insurance

If you are married, it’s important for both spouses to have a life insurance policy. If both people bring in an income, a death can be a difficult financial loss. Also, if a stay-at-home parent should pass away, expenses such as childcare and other domestic items can create financial hardship, too.

There are two basic types of life insurance: term life insurance and permanent life insurance. The type of life insurance policy that best suits you will depend on your unique needs.

Option #1: Term Life Insurance

Just as its name implies, term life insurance covers you for a specific period of time, or term, that you choose. Since it offers a death benefit but no cash value, term life insurance is an inexpensive way to protect your beneficiaries for a specified period of time.

Renewal term life insurance can be renewed at the end of the term, at the option of the policyholder and without evidence of insurability, for a limited number of successive terms. It can also be converted, or exchanged for a permanent insurance policy, without evidence of insurability down the road. It’s important to note that rates generally increase along with the insured’s age.

Option #2: Whole Life Insurance

Permanent life insurance is any form of life insurance other than term. Examples are whole life, universal life and variable life. These policies combine term life insurance with a long-term, tax-sheltered savings plan.

Whole life is the most basic type of permanent life insurance. It provides coverage that lasts a lifetime and also builds up a cash value that you can borrow against, withdraw or use to pay future premiums.

A life insurance policy with a cash value is ideal for those who have a lifetime need for insurance protection, prefer stable premiums over the life of the policy, want a policy that allows them to build tax-deferred values, and value the high degree of coverage the policy affords. While rates for a whole life insurance policy remain stable over the life of the policy, premiums are initially more costly than for term insurance.

How Much Insurance Do I Need?

To find the right amount of coverage, it’s important to weigh your dependents’ current lifestyle and spending needs against their future sources of income and assets. We can help you figure out how much your family will need to replace this lost income over this length of time should something happen to you. Call Chalmers Insurance Group today at 800-360-3000 to learn more.

Get Excited for Skiing in the Mt. Washington Valley!

It’s coming! The start of another epic ski season is just around the

King Pine Skier
c/o King Pine Ski Area

corner and all of the Mt. Washington Valley’s ski areas, ski outfitters, non-profits and more are helping all of us get stoked for ski season!

There is no shortage of winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley. When the snow flies, weekdays and weekends are filled with lapping the mountains, out-skiing your last run, apres-ski, meeting up with old friends and making new ones. As we wait for the first snow to fall – which let’s be real could happen at any moment now – our local ski businesses have put together some awesome events to stir up the excitement!
Share in the camaraderie of the ski season at Zip’s Pub at Cranmore Mountain for a showing of Warren Miller’s “Timeless.” Special guest skier and film feature, Caite Zeliff will be on-hand to sign posters.

Tuckerman Brewing Company is welcoming Faction who is sharing

Bretton Woods Ski Area. Photo c/o Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.

its feature film: THE COLLECTIVE on November 1st. A film about adventuring to undiscovered peaks together. Expect thrills, spills, giveaways and loads more surprises!

Skiers Open House at Great Glen Trails on November 22nd features an evening of socializing, new gear and clothing preview, testing out Fat Bikes, pizza and refreshments, 20% off in-stock products and awesome door prizes. You don’t want to miss this exciting event!
Granite Backcountry Alliance is hosting its annual film festival on November 16th complete with a film series, raffles, a chance to win a trip to Argentina and more!

What Sets East Coast Skiing Apart? New England Ski Museum Answers.

A common saying about East Coast skiing is “you can ski the East, you can ski anything.”

The East Coast throws extreme weather at us during the winter and therefore some of the most extreme skiing conditions. We see it all, skiing in North Conway, NH. On this side of the hemisphere we experience powder to ice to bluebird days to a month straight of 25 degrees below zero. And we ski in every bit of it. After all, Mother Nature gives us close to six months of ski season, she’s probably just trying to keep us entertained.

The variety of conditions that we not only ski in; but wake up to, shovel off our cars in, and drive through, just to get to the mountain to ski in creates a sense of pride. East Coast skiing and particularly Northern New Hampshire skiing is the birth place of skiing. With the forefathers and foremothers of skiing making their way to the White Mountains to partake in original backcountry skiing adventures.

The history that is steeped in the White Mountain National Forest and the six cross-country and seven alpine ski resorts is what makes being an East Coast skier so unique. It’s a history to hold onto, one to share and one to be proud to represent.

Which is why having the Eastern Branch of the New England Ski Museum in North Conway, NH is such an honor.

Photo c/o New England Ski Museum

The Eastern Branch of the New England Ski Museum is an extension of the flagship New England Ski Museum located in Franconia, NH. The Eastern Branch is a satellite station that features exhibit space, equipment and archives storage, a museum store, offices and small group meeting spaces.

You’ll find it in the heart of North Conway Village, situated next to Schouler Park the Conway Scenic Railroad – an 1880 Victorian train station, village shops, eateries. The Eastern Slope Branch of the New England Ski Museum is highly visible and accessible and it wants YOU to come in for a visit!

Photo c/o New England Ski Museum

If you’re a ski family an individual ski enthusiast or someone who wants to learn more about what sets the East Coast apart from other destinations, then the New England Ski Museum in North Conway, NH is a must-stop in your North Conway, NH vacation. It’s a great option for a rainy day activity, a way to walk off a great lunch you had in town, or a perfect pairing to a half-day ski ticket.

The collections provide insight into the early years of skiing, hidden ski gems in the White Mountains, a history on ski equipment and more. The Eastern Branch of the New England Ski Museum is dedicated to a sport that enriches the White Mountains and enriches the lives of everyone who partakes in it.

General Liability Insurance: Your Defense Against Liabilities

Presented by Chalmers Insurance Group
Proudly Representing Patriot Insurance Company

The only way to effectively protect the assets of your business is to carry adequate commercial general liability (CGL) insurance coverage. CGL protects your business from damages caused by bodily injury or property damage for which your business is found to be legally liable.

What Does CGL Cover?

A typical CGL policy provides coverage for claims of bodily injury or other physical injury, personal injury (libel or slander), advertising injury and property damage as a result of your products, premises or operations, and can be offered as a package policy with other coverages such as property, crime, automobile and more. As a safeguard against liability, CGL enables you to continue your normal operations while dealing with real or fraudulent claims of negligence or wrongdoing. CGL policies also provide coverage for the cost to defend and settle claims. Here is more detail into what a typical CGL policy may cover:

  • Automatic additional insured: Coverage is provided for written contracts, agreements, and permits.
  • Personal and advertising injury: Protects against offenses made by you or your staff during the course of business, such as libel, slander, disparagement or copyright infringement in advertisements.
  • Defense costs: Provides coverage for legal expenses for liability claims brought against your business, regardless of who is at fault.
  • Medical expenses: Provides coverage for medical expenses if someone is injured on your premises or by your products.
  • Premises and operations liability: Provides coverage for bodily injury and property damage sustained by others on your premises or in conjunction with your business operations.
  • Products liability: Provides coverage for bodily injury and property damage sustained by others as a result of your products.

How Much Coverage Does Your Business Need?

The amount of coverage that your business needs depends on three factors: perceived risk, where you operate your business and the type of products you manufacture.

  • Perceived risk: Consider the amount of risk associated with your business operations and functions. For instance, if you manufacture heavy machinery you would generally need more coverage as compared to another organization that manufactures stuffed animals.
  • Premises and operations liability: If you operate in a state that has a reputation for rewarding high damages, then you may wish to purchase higher limits of liability.
  • Type of product manufactured: If you manufacture a dangerous product, you may want to carry higher limits of liability.

Remember, you can purchase an Umbrella Liability policy to help achieve the desired limit of liability.

Other Ways to Protect Your Business, In Addition to CGL

Here are some other tips for protecting your business.

  • Establish a high standard for product quality control at your organization.
  • Keep all company records up to date and accurate.
  • Train your employees thoroughly and properly.
  • Ask Chalmers Insurance Group for safety and compliance information.

Chalmers Insurance Group understands that your business needs to be protected, and we are here to help. Please contact us today to learn more about our risk management and insurance solutions.

Chalmers Insurance Group has eight offices in Maine and New Hampshire. For more information call 800-360-3000.

Spa Experiences in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH

The whole point of a vacation is to relax right – unplug, forget the rest of the world, clear your calendar, drift away. You want to return from your break from your “real world” feeling refreshed and renewed. Often it can feel as though vacations are so heavily scheduled to make the most of your time away that instead of feeling calm and re-energized upon your return home, you need a vacation from your vacation. Know the feeling?

Healthcare providers, healers, massage therapists, spa technicians, stylists, estheticians and more in the Mt. Washington Valley know how important it is to slow down, go inward and reflect. It’s their goal to provide a healing touch to help you relax and unwind on your Mt. Washington Valley vacation. When planning your getaway here, consider creating a spa day through many of the spa services offered here in the valley.

Side by Side Nail Services: Grab a gal pal, daughter, sister, mother or your spouse and get your nails done! Debony Salon in Jackson, NH offers seasonal pedicures that smell as good as they feel! They feature FarmHouse Fresh skincare that is made on a farm in Texas. Ingredients are harvested right from their farm and what can’t be grown in Texas, is sourced from farms throughout the US. The FarmHouse Fresh farm also is home to rescue animals and portions of each purchase made goes toward supporting the animal sanctuary. Currently Debony Salon is featuring the Red Hot Toddy Spa pedicure and manicure which features flavors of fall including a “Hot Shandy” body oil, Vanilla Shea Butter lotion, a Bourbon Bubbler Scrub and more!

Enjoy a facial at the Spa at the Christmas Farm Inn.

Renew Your Skin for the Season Ahead: Schedule yourself a facial to clean your skin out from the summer and start fall fresh.  Exfoliate and cleanse your skin and bring your natural radiance forward. The Spa at Christmas Farm Inn features a complete lineup of facial services featuring Aveda and Ilike skincare. Focus on anti-aging, relaxation, aromatherapy, or hydrating facials at the Spa at Christmas Farm Inn. When you book a spa service you also receive access to the inn’s indoor and seasonal outdoor pool, hot tub and fitness center.

Treat yourself to a complete spa day at the Spa at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel

Book a complete Spa Day: Really treat yourself to a memorable day at the Spa at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel. This spa offers full-day experiences and spa packages that will ease sore muscles, quiet busy minds and invigorate your well-being for weeks to come.

Schedule a “Presidential Range” spa package which includes three treatments; a Customized Facial; Classic Pedicure and your choice of a Swedish Massage or  Spa Reflexology, plus a 10% discount on same-day purchases of Spa retail products. Another spa package, the “The Summit” helps you reach new heights of relaxation with a  Customized Facial,  50-minute Body Treatment, a Classic Manicure, a Classic Pedicure, your choice of a Swedish Massage or Spa Reflexology, and a Shampoo and Blow Dry/Style, plus a 10% discount on same-day purchases of Spa retail products.

This is just a sampling of the Spa at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel’s offerings. View their entire menu and spend a day treating yourself to luxury.

Book a massage: The Mount Washington Valley is home to some talented and incredible massage therapists. A massage is the perfect way to punctuate a day spent outdoors hiking, biking or climbing or an afternoon spent shopping and walking from store to store and carrying bags. Enjoy the serenity and quiet of a treatment room while your massage therapist works their magic on your muscles.

Each therapist brings a special touch, a background in education and a unique intention to each of their service. You can choose to book a massage at a spa, salon, private studio or have the massage therapist come to you!

Book a Soak: Turn your body and your  mind into a complete

Enjoy a soak at the SoakingPot.

oblivion through a soak at the SoakingPot. This unique take on a spa service focuses on a philosophy  to relax the whole body from the inside out using botanical infusions. The SoakingPot brings  soothing social rituals together, with a modern twist. Combining soaks infused with the finest salts, herbs, florals and essential oils and high quality teas, schedule a half-hour or hour long soaks. Add-on massage is also an option as well.

Great Ideas for Fall Family Fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH

Corn Maize activities at Sherman Farm

Solve your way through the Sherman Farm “Corn Maize:” Twelve acres of farm-related fun await you at The Maize at Sherman Farm. Explore an intricate labyrinth of corn designed to confound even those with the best sense of direction. Inside the Maize, you can play Farm Scene Investigation, Barnyard Bing-oh! and Cornundrums (corny riddles to solve). Answer questions along the way; the correct answer is your passport, sending you off in the right direction! There are three phases in the Maize, one for every ability.

Enjoy fall foliage activities on the Jonny Appleseed Express through the Conway Scenic Railroad

Jonny Appleseed Express: On the Conway Scenic Railroad Valley Train, there will be an optional weekend stop at Densmore Orchards en route to Conway where passengers can choose to get off the train to visit the orchard and farm stand for about 20 minutes.  You can pick your own apples and purchase apple cider, home-made apple crisp, and other items.  There is an apple press on-site, too.

Experience Fall Foliage through zip-lining Bretton Woods, Wildcat Mountain, Cranmore Mountain Resort and Monkey Trunks offer zip-lining experiences for all levels of adventure! Whether you’re looking for a quick-stop for adventure, age-appropriate fun for a young family or the thrill of an adventure, each zip lining experience offers something unique and completely different way to view fall foliage while you soar through the air.

Wildcat Mountain’s Ziprider brings riders a huge rush as riders descend 2,100 feet over trails, treetops and the Peabody River. You’ll be suspended at heights up to 70 feet on a 12 percent grade, where you’ll reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour to a landing platform located a short distance from our Main Base Lodge.

Bretton Woods is the perfect activity for those seeking the thrill of

Bretton Woods Canopy Tour

an adventure and an outdoor activity. The Canopy Tour at Bretton Woods lasts for three hours and includes includes a network of platforms high up in the ancient hemlock trees connected by nine ziplines, two sky bridges and three rappels.  The longest zip is about 830 ft. long and about 165 ft. high off the forest floor.

Cranmore Mountain Resort features the Soaring Eagle Zipline which is perfect for young families looking for adventure. Riders accelerate 700 feet down the mountainside on a suspended cable. Friends and family can share in on the fun in comfortable side-by-side seats.

Monkey Trunks offers visitors an active, engaging, and thrilling zipline experience.  Monkey Trunks’ focus is on providing a  Zipline and Adventure experience that the whole family will enjoy. During your visit you will ride over 10 Ziplines and climb 60 challenges!

Spend a day going back in time: The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm offers a historical look at the importance of the country doctor and interactive experiences of the agricultural way of life in New Hampshire from that time to today. Seasonal events punctuate daily activities as well.

Anything is Possible!

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