More than 20 Omni Hotels & Resorts properties have been recognized in the Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards, which ranks the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. This year’s awards saw the biggest engagement in its history – more than 300,000 dedicated readers and travelers voted in the 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, submitting millions of ratings and approximately 75,000 comments.

“It is a true honor to have more than a third of our properties recognized on this year’s Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards” said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees, who strive to exceed our guests’ expectations, offer exceptional service and consistently represent our brand at each property while featuring the local color reflective of the cities they inhabit.”


Top Resorts in New England

Omni Mount Washington Resort (No. 22):  The luxury resort, located in Bretton Woods, N.H., has been a favorite Northeast retreat for more than 100 years. It boasts a classic Donald Ross-designed golf course, luxurious signature spa, decadent dining and access to New Hampshire’s largest ski area, which boasts 464 acres of pristine skiing and snowboarding.

Cathedral Ledge Resort Celebrates With a Ribbon Cutting

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce recently joined Cathedral Ledge Resort to celebrate their refurbishing with a ribbon cutting. Cathedral Ledge, a fixture on the “hill” in the North Conway area since the 1980’s, has spent the past two years polishing and renewing both the exterior and interior.


Pictured from left are Melody Nester, Assistant Director, MWV Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Nichols, General Manager of Cathedral Ledge, Gene Chandler, State Representative and Beth Hopper, Marketing/Sales Manager Cathedral Ledge.


Cranmore Resort Among First in the East to Use Sustainable Snow Groomer Technology

Cranmore Mountain Resort, recognized in the past for its sustainability practices, made a major sustainability statement today by announcing that it will be one of the first ski resorts East of the Mississippi to add an electric/diesel driven snow cat to its grooming fleet. The new energy efficient Pisten Bully 600 E+ has been successfully tested in Europe and in the western U.S. and will now be used on the slopes of Cranmore, and Bromley Mountain in VT. Both resorts are operated by the Fairbank Group which has a long history of implementing sustainability projects at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, located in the Berkshires of MA.


“The new Pisten Bully 600 E+ is the future of snow cats and Cranmore is pleased to be among the first to use this new technology,” commented Cranmore President and General Manager Ben Wilcox. “Cranmore was among the first areas to use biodiesel in our cats over 10 years ago for sustainability reasons and this new cat is the next wave in sustainable resort operating practices that we are excited to implement.”

Built by the German company Kassbohrer, Pisten Bully’s “Green Machine” 600E+ is the world’s first groomer with a diesel- electric drive. One of the most significant advancements in snowgrooming technology over the past two decades, the 600 E+ uses a diesel engine to drive two electric generators which power electric motors that turn the tracks and the snow tiller. On its trip downhill, the electric energy created from the breaking effect of the electric drive motors is used to power the snow tiller, while the engine idles.

With its cost effectiveness and low environmental impact, its high efficiency reduces the emission of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxides by 20%, produces 99% fewer sooty particles and reports a 20% fuel savings over their standard 600 model. Noise is also reduced with the engine operating at lower engine RPMs.

The new PB 600 E+ is just one of many sustainable initiatives planned at Cranmore this winter. The resort has teamed up with Tesla to add two electric charge stations in its base area. Tesla drivers will be able to plug into one of two designated charge parking spots for a free charge while they enjoy the resort.

Over the summer, the resort also purchased 25 Mckinney low energy snow guns and retrofitted 20 of their existing tower guns with state of the art energy efficient snow gun heads. With the addition of these new tower guns, Cranmore’s inventory of energy efficient tower guns now stands at 475 fixed guns on the mountain. This total is a 300% increase since 2010 when the Fairbank Group first purchased the resort.

With construction now underway of Phase One of Cranmore’s $50 million base area redevelopment, Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore will be one of the first condominium buildings in the state of New Hampshire to use an energy efficient electric heat pump system which will provide heat and air conditioning to each residence. Electric heat pumps represent the most efficient alternative to fuel, oil and electric systems when it comes to heating and cooling. The system reduces carbon emissions and has an efficient conversion rate of energy to heat.

“New Hampshire Electric Co-op has enjoyed working with Cranmore over the years to help improve the energy efficiency of their operation. These initiatives are another example of their leadership in the industry, and utilizing the latest energy efficient technologies. We look forward to supporting Cranmore with their base area redevelopment,” said Bill Johnstone, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative.

“Sustainability is a major part of our resort and parent company’s mission,” added Wilcox. “Our owners, employees and guests know that being sustainable is the right thing to do for our environment and we are proud to be a leader in this category.”

The Fairbank Group, LLC based at Jiminy Peak and co-owner by the father-son team of Brian Fairbank and Tyler Fairbank, manages and oversees Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Cranmore Mountain Resort Bromley Mountain, EOS Ventures and Bullwheel Productions. Jiminy Peak Resort is one of the few in the nation to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. A wind turbine, solar field and co-generation facility, all located at the resort makes the resort energy self- sufficient. For more information on the Fairbank Group visit

Tuckerman Brewing Company presents Miss Maybell & Slimpickens

Tuckerman Brewing Company has packed up the tent and is bringing their music series back inside with a great line-up through the winter!

This Sunday, October 23 they present Miss Maybell & Slimpicken’s.

maybell-tuckermanAs always this will be a family friendly event. They will have Dueling Chefs Smoke-n-Grille food truck parked out front to take care of dinner and snacks for you!!

Tickets are $5 at the door – 12 years and under are free!

They look forward to seeing you!

Hannaford & Memorial Hospital Team Up to Offer FOODPLAY

Award-winning show helps kids grow up
healthy, happy and fit!

 October 22, 2016 – Doors Open at 10am  

Theater in the Woods    
Observatory Way, Intervale, NH

Thanks to a partnership between Memorial Hospital and Hannaford Supermarkets, kids and families will have fun learning how to take charge of growing up healthy, happy, and fit! FOODPLAY is coming to town, bringing its national award-winning theater show, amazing feats of juggling, motivating health messages, music, magic, and audience participation to turn kids on to healthy eating and active lifestyles.

As a special pre-show highlight, Memorial Hospital’s Let’s Go program will be offering free fruit smoothies and a demonstration of its popular Smoothie bike. Free information about Let’s Go, which seeks to limit screen time, decrease sugary drink consumption and increase exercise, will also be available for families. Staff from the Miranda Center for Diabetes at Memorial Hospital will also be at the pre-show to share good nutrition guidelines in a family-friendly fashion.

During FOODPLAY’s fun-filled performance, children watch as Janey Junkfood desperately tries to make the National Junior Juggling Team. The problem – her poor eating habits. As FOODPLAY unfolds, children are empowered with the consumer skills needed to make sense of a confusing food marketplace. They learn how to see through TV commercials, decipher food labels, and “read it before you eat it!” Teachers come away with new insights too, as many adults don’t realize that ingredients are listed on food labels in order by weight, with the main ingredient listed first.  Kids are alarmed to see how much sugar is found in many of their favorite foods from 10 teaspoons of sugar in a can of soda, to sugar being a main ingredient in a popular sports drink.

With upbeat song and dance routines, kids discover the benefits of fruits and vegetables. Kids learn how to balance their diets using MyPlate which features the five food groups – grains, proteins, dairy, fruits, and vegetables. Janey discovers there are far better choices than her “MacGreasyKings” lunch as Coach transforms her dull lifeless meal into a fresh colorful plate bursting with flavor and nutrients. Kids learn how to fill half their plate with fruits and veggies and cheer Janey on as she successfully juggles five fruits and veggies – the recommended number of daily servings. And, students learn “they can get MyPlate right here at their school, their cafeteria will serve it every day for lunch, how cool!”

Founded in 1982 by nutritionist, Barbara Storper, MS, RDN, a leader in the field of children’s nutrition, FoodPlay Productions tours the nation’s schools and communities using the power of live theater and interactive media to turn kids on to healthy eating and active living.  FoodPlay has reached over four million children across the country and received over 10 national nutrition, public health, and media awards plus an Emmy Award when made for TV. According to USDA-sponsored evaluations, FoodPlay programs dramatically improve children’s eating and physical activity habits, and they take the messages home. For fun food tips, activities, and resources, visit:

Doors open at 10am for the Smoothie Bike pre-show. FoodPlay performance starts at approximately 10:30am. Guests are encouraged to show up at 10am as this is an open seating event – no advance reservations are required.

8th Annual Halloween Town Returns to Camp Tohkomeupog in Madison October 22

Join the fun on Saturday, October 22 from 3 pm – 8 pm at Camp Tohkomeupog in Madison.

***The Trick-or-Treat Trail Opens at 4 PM!

Trick-or-treating through 25 themed cabins is FREE OF CHARGE,
made possible by a whole slew of sponsors like
Hannaford North Conway • Bank of NH • Storyland

Festivities include (some for small fees)…
Dizzy Dragon Amusement Ride
Face Painting
Carnival Games
Story Telling
Fried Onions
Burgers • Hot Dogs
Baked Goods • Hot Drinks
For more information:

Proceeds benefit the Laura Foundation for Autism & Epilepsy, providing funding to develop & support therapeutic recreation & educational programs that enrich the quality of lives of individuals with autism and/or seizure disorders.

4th Annual Mountain Bike Festival in Gorham, New Hampshire

It’s time for the 4th Annual Mountain Bike Festival in Gorham, New Hampshire October 21, 22 & 23, 2016.

This social and fun event in the North Woods is put on by Coos Cycling Club and Top Notch Inn. Come meet new friends, enjoy awesome singletrack and eat great food!


Friday Evening 21st  Meet at  Mt Moriah Cottage from 6 pm for “Chilli,  Moat Mountain Beer & Entertainment”, a variety of food and a New this year, the “Chilli Cook Off!”

Saturday 22nd Leaving the Top Notch Inn at 9:30 am, Guided Rides for all abilities – includes the really yummy and creative lunch “Food Truck” by Coos Cycling Club. The wonderful local guides will show you some new trails built this year, and some revamped classics and if conditions permit have an all-day ride exploring what Gorham has to offer on two wheels. Also new this year “Presidential Rail Trail Eco Tour” with a naturalist exploring gentle trails to meet the groups needs (all rides $10 suggested donation w/ proceeds going to Gorham Trails)

From 6 pm gather at the famed Libby’s Bistro for a family style dinner ($15 must sign up on ahead of time!) There will be a random raffle with awesome donations from local bike shops, vendors and more!

Sunday 23rd – From 9:30 am more rides and fun-stay tuned for details! White Mtn Cafe will be providing Baked goods and beverages. Late checkout available at Top Notch Inn to shower and change before leaving for your next destination.

Raffles, Rides & Really good food all weekend! Sign up on Bikereg!

For more information call (603)466-5496.

Barbara Smith McLaughlin – Jewelry Making Demonstration

The Cassidy Gallery in Jackson has another wonderful event scheduled for this Saturday, October 8th from 10 – 4.  Outstanding jewelry artist  Barbara Smith McLaughlin of southern New Hampshire will be set up on the porch outside our gallery, demonstrating her techniques in roller-printing and torching.  And since it looks like we will be rain-free, Bab’s husband, Bob, will be demonstrating stonecutting.  Babs will also bring new work not previously exhibited.  All work will be available for sale.

Join us between 2 – 4 for light refreshments.
Southern New Hampshire jewelry artist Barbara Smith McLaughlin will be on hand to discuss her work and process. Barbara will demonstrate various techniques for texturing her work, such as roller printing. Weather permitting, she will also demonstrate torchwork out on the front porch of the Snowflake Inn. “Bold geometric shapes, various metal textures and loads of color are how I convey my passion. A lot of thought, time and patience have been blended into each piece, creating an heirloom to be treasured for generations.”

Brew Ha Ha, presented by Amoskeag Beverages, a celebration of craft beer, delicious food, live music and fun for the whole family!

Join us Sunday, October 9, 2016 for a celebration of the seasons with friends and family while sampling a wide variety of craft beers produced throughout the greater New Hampshire and New England region in your own Brew Ha Ha commemorative mug. Each mug purchased will include three 6 oz. beer samples, and additional beer samples will be available for purchase at the festival.

 Enjoy great live music sponsored by Yankee Smokehouse and featuring The Offramps starting at 3 p.m., followed by event headliner and local favorite, Shark Martin.
Alongside brewers, home theatre and car audio installation experts The Sound Resort of North Conway is providing multiple large-screen TVs and audio perfect for viewing our favorite New England football team during the Brew Ha Ha.
For food, a variety of seasonal items, festival specialties and fall, fair-style treats created by the Traditions Restaurant & Pub culinary team will be available for purchase.
Looking for activities to keep the kids busy while you sample some great beverages? Or you just want to have some fun yourself. We have activities for all ages!
• Giant Board Game Madness – Battleship and Connect Four
• Bounce House – Proceeds from donations to benefit The Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy 
• Cornhole Decks
• Face Painting
• Alpine 9-hole Disc Golf Course. Free with your own discs or rent 3 discs – driver, mid-range and putter discs for $10. Lost disc fee – $5.


  • Event admission is FREE!
  • Commemorative glass and three 6 oz. beer samples: $15 at the festival.
  • Additional 6 oz. samples at the festival: 2 for $5
  • Commemorative t-shirts will be available for purchase
  • Food available for purchase


  • Sunday, October 9, 2016 – Gates open at 2:45 p.m.
  • Live music – The Offramps 3 p.m. | Shark Martin 4 p.m.
  • Last call – 6:45 p.m.
  • Event ends – 7 p.m.


  • King Pine Ski Area main base area

Please Note The Following Event Policies:

  • Drinkers must be 21+, must show valid photo ID for admission.
  • No bags, pets, outside glassware or outside food permitted.
  • Only one Brew Ha Ha glass per person, with the purchase of tasting tickets.
  • There is no cost to attend this event and families with children are welcome.
  • We reserve the right to remove any individual(s), without refund from the festival, for behaving inappropriately. Once escorted out, individuals will not be allowed back into the festival.
  • We reserve the right to deny any persons additional samples, regardless of remaining tickets.
  • You must display your wristband to the server.
  • Lawn or beach chairs are permitted.
  • Pop-up tents or other large canopies are not permitted. Baby canopies under 3’ in height will be allowed.
  • Drink responsibly. Know your limit.
  • Pace yourself. This is a tasting event, not a race.

All Aboard the Autumn Express!

Sponsored by the Conway Scenic Railroad, this special excursion through Crawford Notch on Sunday, October 16, will be hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley and the Mt. Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity.  The event is a fundraiser to benefit local families and children’s charities supported by these non-profits, and the public is invited to participate.


The train departs from the Railroad’s North Conway station at 11:00 a.m. and returns at approximately 4:00 p.m. Included in the excursion is a photo “run-by” at Willey Brook Bridge and an hour’s layover at Crawford Station, which is across from Saco Lake, a small pond from which the Saco River originates. Passengers are encouraged to get off the train, stretch their legs, and explore their beautiful surroundings.

Coach tickets are $54.00; First Class $69.00. Included in these fares are appetizers, desserts, and a souvenir photo. Children under 13 ride free in Coach when accompanied by a paying adult. Passengers have the option of ordering a hearty box lunch prepared by Brandi’s Pizza Pasta Grille for $14.00, bringing their own picnic, or ordering from the onboard snack bar.

“This event has enjoyed tremendous support from the community over the years,” according to Janice Andrews, President of the Kiwanis Club.  “Both host organizations offer special thanks to the Conway Daily Sun, 103.7-The Peak, Magic-FM, and WMWV for helping us to publicize this event.”

Habitat President Dick Ficke added, “We hope that folks plan to join us again this year for a fun-filled day that will benefit these two very worthy organizations.”

Seating is limited, and advance reservations are recommended. This event usually sells out.   For more information visit or call (603) 356-5251.


Attitash Mountain Resort is pleased to announce its 19th Annual Oktoberfest, to be held this Columbus Day Weekend, October 8th and 9th. The annual fall festival will feature plenty of beer, German food and music as well as activities for both young and old.

oktoberfest_kingludwing_outside_720x480_72_rgb The weekend gets off to a running start with the annual Hills & Hops 5k featuring a course spanning the base areas of both Attitash & Bear Peak.  A shorter, one-mile option is available as well. All event proceeds benefit the Attitash Alpine Educational Foundation, a non-profit youth ski racing program operating in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley.  Registration is available online and check-in opens at 7:30am at the Attitash Adventure Center on Saturday with the race starting at 9:00am at the base of Attitash Mountain.

The Oktoberfest gates open at 12:00pm at the base of Bear Peak on both Saturday and Sunday.  Festival-goers will find traditional Oktoberfest food and beverage offerings inside the festival grounds including beers and ciders from 19 different breweries from across the region.  Throughout the weekend traditional Bavarian music will be performed from the world renowned King Ludwig’s Band.

A true family festival, the Attitash Oktoberfest offers activities for all ages. Within the festival grounds the Midas of North Conway Kinderplatz will feature arts & crafts, face painting and other mini-games for kids organized by the Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum. Outside, youngsters will also find a giant inflatable obstacle course to play in.  Adults can participate in the spectator favorite keg toss or the Sam Adams Stein Hoist where participants attempt to hold a full beer stein for as long as possible.

New this year is the Bud Light Beer Garden: a fully transportable bar that will feature a new beer serving area, bar seating and a number of TVs showing college and pro sports throughout the weekend.

Oktoberfest traditionally coincides with some of the best fall foliage in New England.  This year the Columbus Day weekend will feature colors at their peak across the White Mountains.  Attitash Mountain Resort will operate the Flying Bear Quad for scenic chairlift rides from 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Adventure seekers can also experience the best foliage view from above the canopy by hopping on the ZipTour – New Hampshire’s longest zip line.  The Alpine Slide & Mountain Coaster will also be open for one last weekend as well.

Hours for this year’s Oktoberfest are 12:00pm – 6:00pm on Saturday and 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Sunday.  The Alpine Slide, Zip Tour, Mountain Coaster and Flying Bear for scenic rides will be open 10:00am– 4:00pm Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

For more information visit or call 1-800-223-7669.  For high res image downloads please visit:

Memorial Hospital Unveils Newly Renovated Primary Care and Oncology Practice

Memorial Hospital celebrated the unveiling of their newly renovated Primary Care and Oncology Practice on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

President & CEO Scott McKinnon was joined by Governor Maggie Hassan, Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janice Crawford along with hospital staff, management and board members to cut the ribbon marking the completion of the biggest renovation at the North Conway hospital in years.

The 2-year $3.5 million project was completed this summer and was made possible in part through the generosity of donors, community members and charitable foundations.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, special recognition was given to donors who helped make the project possible. These donors include Roger Clapp, long-time hospital board member who passed away in 2013. Clapp arranged a planned gift in order to support facilities at the hospital. Special recognition was also be given to Dr. Miles E. Waltz, a beloved community doctor and for whom the hospital’s Medical Office Building will now be dedicated. The donation was made possible by a gift from Dr. Waltz’s children and their families, Mark Waltz, Ned Waltz and Martha Waltz Di Domenico. Appreciation was also given to the Oliver S. and Jeannie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust which supported the Oncology improvements through a grant.

The public was invited to a staff-led tour of each of the two renovated spaces from Primary Care and from Oncology & Chemotherapy. Tours were followed by light refreshments in the newly revamped Primary Care reception area.

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