Beat the heat aboard the Cog Railway

Looking for a way to beat the heat this week as temps jump into the 90s? In addition to status as the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world, The Mount Washington Cog Railway stands as the only alpine train ride east of the Rockies! Located on the tallest peak in the Northeast, The Cog experience combines summer travel’s two key mandates: It’s refreshing and a great deal.

Outfitted with a fleet of both eco-friendly biodiesel and historic steam locomotives, The Cog offers a variety of times so family and friends can enjoy the breezy, three-hour round-trip above tree line where the 360-degree view is spectacular (some days you may literally be above the clouds) and the air bracing enough to require a sweater.

Visitors seeking an escape from this week’s heat wave spend nearly an hour in the invigorating atmosphere at the 6,288-foot destination. Tickets ensure free admission to the summit’s historic Tip Top House and the Observatory’s new “Extreme Mount Washington” exhibit, which, among other fascinating weather-related tasks, charts the daily mercury. The warmest temperature ever recorded was 72°F in 2003.

At the Base Station, complimentary admission to The Cog Railway Museum reveals the groundbreaking rail technology engineered by Sylvester Marsh during the height of the Industrial Revolution. Here, visitors can also get a sneak peek of the Cog’s new documentary, “Climbing to the Clouds”.

Savvy planners can save a cool $13 on The Cog’s “Afternoon Special”. This attractive pricing applies to the last train of the day, restrictions apply.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended. For a detailed schedule and to purchase tickets online, visit: or call: 603-278-5404.

Summer at The Cog is all about cool comfort, fun and easy access. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located at Base Station Road in Marshfield Station, NH, six miles from Rte. 302 and Bretton Woods.

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Upcoming Series of Retreats at Darby Field Inn

A wellness retreat for those who shy away from circles and hug-fests

Are you the kind of person that deletes the notices from inns and B&Bs about wellness retreats where you’ll find your inner-self through circle-dynamics, hugging people you don’t know and “sharing”? I am. That’s why I was glad to learn about the “non-touchy-feely” approach to the upcoming series of retreats at Darby Field Inn in Albany, NH. As more health-seekers claim their jadedness towards group hugging and the next best thing in quick-to-fade motivational gatherings, Marc Donaldson, innkeeper and long-time owner of The Darby Field Inn and Restaurant, has teamed up with a number of community businesses to offer a more user-friendly solution to stress-free getaways through a series of lifestyle retreats for women, couples and seniors in safe, “hug-only-if-you-want-to” environments.

Inspired by Dixie Lea, Donaldson’s Kripalu yoga teacher and potentialist Michael Kline, Marc Donaldson and his staff have combined the holistic therapies and indigenous traditions from their partners in a series of wellness retreats with the natural healing effects of The Darby Field Inn as the backdrop. Their upcoming series of seminars are scheduled to take place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire on:

Women’s Greatness With-Inn Tues., August 25th – Friday 28th
Senior Empowerment Tues., September 8th – Friday 11th
Couple’s Rejuvenation Tues., October 27th – Friday 30th

Dixie Lea, founder of Sunshine Yoga Community Alliance and pragmatic health enthusiast, feels, “people want experiences beyond temporary relief and gimmicky inspiration into sustainable, holistic well-being.” Lea adds, “accessing deeper states of inner peace is a natural path towards finding more harmony and happiness. We train you how to get there easily and regularly”. Lea feels her no-nonsense yoga perspective will help participants de-stress naturally.

Michael Kline recently changed his business name to Intus, which is Latin for within. Kline shares, “our retreat method offers a step above “fall-back-and-I’ll-catch-you” team building through a proprietary protocol of movement, inner reflection, group processes, creative visualization, multi-sensory stimulation, nature and hands-on artistry.” Additionally, business-savvy Kline offers a unique way for yoga studio owners and other wellness professionals to increase their revenue base through his Retreat-in-a-Box series, to be unveiled during the upcoming retreats at the Darby Field Inn. is a proud supporter of peace, quiet and inner harmony as part of their Wellness Beyond Borders initiative. By adopting self-care if even for a handful of days, travelers can achieve renewed life balance and return home with an enhanced sense of wellness.

When You Go

The Darby Field Inn & Restaurant, 185 Chase Hill Road, Albany, NH 03818. Phone: (603) 447-2181,

The Darby Field Inn is located in the heart of the White Mountains, close to North Conway, New Hampshire and under three hours from Boston. The romantic 13 guest-room, full-service inn sits at the end of an unwinding road and has been bringing culinary excellence to the Mt. Washington Valley, NH for over 30 years.

Relax, unwind and enjoy wellness retreats in an incredible setting. And you won’t have to hug or sit in circles, unless you want to!

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Automobili Lamborghini America includes the Mt. Washington Auto Road on tour of most scenic routes across America.

The Automobii Lamborghini America made a visit to the Mt. Washington Auto Road on the Lamborghini Giro, an annual tour taken on some of the most scenic roads in America. Owners of twenty-four Lamborghini’s, a mix of mostly 610HP V10 Huracán’s and the 700HP V12 Aventador’s, enjoyed lunch at the base of the Mt. Washington Road and Great Glen Trails after enjoying a thrilling ride to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.The Giro (meaning tour in Italian) offers top clients from Lamborghini a curated luxury experience with spirited driving along some of the most scenic routes across America coupled with the finest dining and relaxation. They are joined by like-minded Lamborghini enthusiasts and members from the Lamborghini executive team. Lamborghini owners come from all over North America and ship their personal cars to join the tour. This year’s excursion included a tour of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, with a stop at America’s first and oldest man-made attraction, the Mt. Washington Auto Road.David Hill from Arlington, MA, owner of a black-on-black, 2010 Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder joined the Giro tour for the third year with previous visits to Italy, France for the Grande Giro and Sonoma Valley. “I appreciate meeting and talking with owners from around the world, and visiting some absolutely stunning places.” mentioned Hill as he prepared to leave the Auto Road. “Participating in this tour of New England has been amazing and driving the Auto Road and actually being above the clouds was just awesome.”The group, mostly from North America, had their cars shipped to Cape Elizabeth, Maine where the tour began. From the coast of Maine the Giro proceeded through back roads into New Hampshire via North Conway. After their mid-day stop at the Mt. Washington Auto Road, the group continued onto Stowe, Vermont and will wrap up their tour in Boston with a farewell party.Scott Lieberman shipped his red Lamborghini Aventador to Boston and flew in from Tyler, Texas for the trip. “I have many ties to New England and I wasn’t about to miss this one.” Said Lieberman. “Watching the brightly-colored cars moving up the Auto Road from a distance actually reminded me of skittles moving along. It’s a day we’ll remember for a very long time.”The Mt. Washington Auto Road has a long history of hosting car clubs over the years, from electric Teslas to Adventure Truck clubs and even outings such as “MINI’s On Top”, an annual gathering of as many as 250 MINI Coopers which meet at the base of the Auto Road for a BBQ and then head up to the summit for sunset gatherings.First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original and oldest man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.The Mt. Washington Auto Road is open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit the Auto Road online or call (603) 446-3988.

The Giro (meaning tour in Italian) offers top clients from Lamborghini a curated luxury experience with spirited driving along some of the most scenic routes across America coupled with the finest dining and relaxation. “Dan Houde/Mt. Washington Auto Road” photo library
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Mud Bowl Tickets for Sale at the Chamber Office

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has Mud Bowl tickets for sale! Make sure you don’t miss out on this historic event, September 11th through the 13th. Tickets are $15.00 for all three days or daily tickets are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages six through thirteen and and children five and under are free. Families also have the option of purchasing the Family Ticket, which includes four tickets for two adults and two children for $15.00 and every additional ticket is $2.00. Cash, credit card and check are all accepted. Checks can be made payable to Mud Bowl 2015.

Tickets entitle you to entry at the football games, food and beer tent, entertainment and more.


Those purchasing the three-day ticket are automatically entered into the grand prize drawing of $500.00 on Saturday and Sunday. The winner does not have to be present to win. This is not available to daily ticket holders.

A parade is also a part of the Mud Bowl fun on Saturday morning at 11:00am. Line up on Main Street in North Conway Village and enjoy the creativity of each team as they show off their float and driving skills. This year’s parade theme is “A Muddy Look at Children’s Books.” The parade begins at John Fuller Elementary School and ends at Schouler Park. Judging will take place in the park and entertainment will follow.

For ticketing information, contact 603-356-5701, ext 300. For event details or to become involved with the Mud Bowl, contact Tom Eastman,

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Movies on the Green Tuesday Nights This Summer

July 28, August 4, 11, 18

Watch a free outdoor movie with your family on the 16-foot movie screen on Tuesday nights in July & August at Settlers’ Green. Activities from our local partners start at 6 p.m. and include face painting by the MWV Children’s Museum and special events from our local partners. Movies start at dusk and are all family films.

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Conway 250th Commemorative Cards

Have you purchased your Conway 250th Commemorative deck of cards yet? Featuring 52 cards with historical photos and anecdotes, cards are $10.00 and available at the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce office, open Monday through Friday, 9-5pm. For information call 603-356-5701.

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Social Hour, Tennis Court Dedication, and The Thirsty Brothers at Bridgton Highlands Golf & Tennis

Saturday, July 25th from 4:30pm – 7pm

Please join us this Saturday, July 25th, from 5pm – 7pm for a fun filled Social Hour! We are pleased to have the famous Thirsty Brothers returning again this year to provide the entertainment.

Prior to the Social Hour, starting at 4:30 pm, on court #2, there will be a dedication in honor of Joe Wikler.

Everyone is welcome!

Bridgton Highlands Golf & Tennis
379 Highland Rd, Bridgton, Maine

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