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Maple Syrup in the Mt. Washington Valley!

The great debate over real or imitation maple syrup is happening at breakfast tables around the world. And while this argument of preference may endure for years to come, when it comes to Maple Syrup, the folks of Mt. Washington Valley will enthusiastically agree, we only want the real thing.

Maple Sugaring in the Mt. Washington Valley is a point of pride in our part of New England. Maple Trees are one of the main architects of our fall foliage season in Mt. Washington Valley, gifting us with crimson red leaves. They also provide a free flow of sap in spring, which is then turned into the coveted Maple Syrup we have pledged our allegiance to. We have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to these deciduous trees.

And thankful we are. To show our gratitude, the Mt. Washington Valley offers maple themed activities, events, dining experiences and more to share the authenticity of this New England staple as well as educate the public on what it takes to cultivate Maple Syrup.

Below is a small sampling of maple themed ideas to plan around a getaway in Mt. Washington Valley this March.

Take a self-guided tour the Maple Storybook Trail which begins near the Sugar Shack in the 100 Acre Wood. Located in Intervale, NH, the Sugar Shack opens up to a trail network where you can snow-shoe, walk your dog, go for a peaceful walk or cross-country ski. As you explore the 100 Acre Wood, you’ll see a network of tubes that run between the Maple Trees. The sap that flows from each tree runs back to the sugar shack where it is boiled and processed into Maple Syrup.

Once you make your way back to the entrance of the wood, if there is steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, step inside for a firsthand look of the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup. You’ll get to talk to the makers of the syrup and learn anecdotal facts about the love and care that goes into making this liquid gold. Group Educational Tours for all ages during Maple Season are available during mid-week. With a suggested donation of $25 per class/group, proceeds benefit the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation. Reservations for group tours are suggested. Please call 603-356-9980 to schedule.

Learn how to tap your own trees with Remick Farm in its Maple Syrup DIY class! Start out in its Sugarhouse where you will spend the day as a syrup maker’s apprentice. At the end of the day, you will leave with hands-on knowledge of how to produce your own maple syrup and a sample of the syrup you helped produce. In addition, participants will create maple treats while waiting for the sap to boil down. Tree identification, sap collection and storage, boiling and filtering and grading and regulations are all topics that are covered during this workshop. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the process of making Maple Syrup.

Remick Farm also offers a NH Maple Weekend on March 21st and 22nd. The farm has also introduced a new series called “Young Farmers” which helps you and your child explore the seasons on the Remick farmstead through themed activities. Most lessons include time outside, a craft, and a story. On March 7th, the theme of the “Young Farmers” program is Maple Syrup. Participants will learn about the trees necessary for good maple syrup, learn how it is collected and made by completing a maze and enjoying a craft and story about the sugaring process.

Lodging in the Mt. Washington Valley also goes beyond just providing a comfortable bed to sleep in! They also offer Maple Syrup themed vacation packages! Each lodging property adds its own unique spin on its Maple themed getaways, but one thing is for sure, you’ll get an inside look at how maple syrup is made, a sampling of sweet treats, a special dining experience and more. Click here for a link to Maple Syrup themed vacation packages.

Also be sure to check out the Bed and Breakfasts Inn Mt. Washington, for a complete list of lodging properties participating in March Maple Madness getaways.

A trip to Mt. Washington Valley during maple season isn’t complete without taking some home with you! True New England made maple syrup is such a gift and a unique way to share your trip with loved ones. (But we won’t tell if you decide to keep the goodies all for yourself, either!)

A stop at Zeb’s General Store in North Conway offers the best array of New England made products, including maple syrup, maple candies, beverages, sauces and more! Soyfire Candle offers clean burning candles made with organic ingredients, including a maple scented line! Bavarian Chocolate Haus offers maple sweet treats and you can even watch the chocolatier hand-dip candies when you stop in the store! White Mountain Cupcakery has its own take on a maple themed cupcake and be sure to stop by the Mt. Washington Valley’s cafes for a take on a Maple Latte!

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Where to Play on New Year’s Eve in Mt. Washington Valley, NH!

Are you looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Mt. Washington in a new and fun way this year? We’ve compiled a list of New Year’s Eve events going on throughout the valley to make your search easier. From fireworks in North Conway, NH to family-friendly activities in the Mt. Washington Valley, you and your whole clan will delight in!

For a run-down of New Year’s Eve Dining  in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH click here and scroll to the bottom!

Tuckerman Brewing Company: Tastings and live music with “Pig’s Eye” will be going on at Tuckerman Brewing Company, starting at 3:00pm.

Attitash Mountain Resort and Ptarmigan’s Pub:  Live music with different bands going on from afternoon to after dark, starting at 2:00pm will get your party started!

New Year’s Eve at the Mountain View Grand: Make a tradition out of the Mountain View Grand’s annual New Year’s Family Celebration. Starting at 7:00 pm with an adult and children’s buffet, dancing and entertainment provided by Pete and Chris Amusements will follow. Holiday games and a fireworks display at midnight are part of the evening! Reservations are required.

Live Music at Saco River Brewing: Start your New Year’s Eve celebration with Sheehan & Holden at Saco River Brewing from 4:00pm to 7:00pm! Maine-based singers/guitarists Bobby Sheehan and Jeremy Holden perform a dynamic selection of rock, folk, and blues music by Tom Petty, Neil Young, the Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and many more.

Apres-ski at Bretton Woods: Keep the party going after you get off the slopes. Listen to some après ski entertainment and try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment and promos will be going on from 3:00pm-5:30pm. Kid friendly après ski fun will be going on in the !  Mount Washington View Room. Each party is supervised and includes themed activities and refreshments for kids.

Live Music at Shovel Handel Pub: Come Celebrate NYE with the band Shark Martin, at The Shovel Handle Pub in beautiful Jackson, NH! Enjoy appetizers and a champagne toast along with live music. 200 tickets, $25.00 per person, are available.

Cranapalooza at Cranmore Mountain Resort: Celebrate New Year’s Eve all day at this family-friendly celebration! Ski all morning, then transition to Schneider Square at 2:30pm for $1.00 S’mores, music and dancing and outdoor games.

From 4:00pm to 7:00pm The Wayfarers will be playing live music. At 6:00pm fireworks will start over the South Slope.

From 6:00 – 8:00pm the party continues on the third floor of the Main Base Lodge with cookie decorating, a photo booth, music and Blue Moon glass decorating. Throughout the entire event, Cranmore will be doing giveaways, with a special appearance from Cranmore’s penguin mascot, C-MORE!

New Year’s Eve “Party-bration” at Santa’s Village: Celebrate from 4:00 – 9:00pm by riding your favorite Santa themed rides with a fireworks show at 8:00pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Fireworks over Schouler Park: Take in a spectacular fireworks show in the heart of North Conway Village. Grab dinner at main street restaurant and gather in the park at 9:30pm. for a show in the night sky!

Fireworks over King Pine Ski Resort: Ski into the Night with night skiing/snowboarding lift tickets from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Snow tubing will going on, along with ice skating in the covered and well-lit Tohko Dome. S’mores will be for sale around the campfire at the base of King Pine. The night concludes with  fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Bash at the O Club: All ages are welcome to this party! Starting at 7:00pm, your ticket provides live music by the band, “Lie to Me,” food and a champagne toast.

Rock and Roll and American Roots with Wildcat Tavern: Going on from 7:00pm to 1:00am. Enjoy dinner in the restaurant and listen to and dance the night away to Jonathan Sarty and his band playing in the Tavern.  Reservations required.

Live Music at McGrath’s Tavern New Year’s Eve with Live Music at 9 pm. No cover – no reservations need. 603-733-5955

New Year’s Eve Party at Cigar Shenanigans – No Commitment. No tickets necessary! Come, relax, hear some great music (beginning at 9), have a champagne toast at midnight! 603-307-1036

Winter Events in the Mt. Washington Valley!

The Wentworth Inn’s Annual Ice Sculpture Competition:  Three hours and a 300 pound hulk of ice. That’s what over a dozen national competitors have to work with when it comes to creating an award-winning ice sculpture. Over a dozen artists will use anything from a hammer and chisel to a chainsaw to create works of every kind. Watch as human beings, animals, abstract figures and more come to life from a hunk of ice through the vision of the sculptor.

The Wentworth Inn has been hosting the  Great Ice Carvers Invitational Ice Carving Competition for over 20 years and this should be the year you see it for yourself! Even if you can’t make the opening day, you can still enjoy the glazed glories out front for as long as they can withstand Mother Nature’s fickle temperatures!

LGBTQ Ski Weekend and Dance Party: Come to the White Mountains and celebrate equality! Ski all day with special lift ticket and lodging packages through Cranmore Inn. This promotion gives you access to the slopes of  Cranmore, Attitash or Wildcat Mountains. A Pride Dance Party follows, on Saturday January 4th at McGrath’s Tavern. Get the party started with DJ Disco Dungeon.

Night Dog Sledding Ride: Experience an authentic dog-sled ride through the White Mountain National Forest at Great Glen Trails. Partnering with Outlaw Ridge Sled Dogs, Great Glen Trails offers you the chance meet and greet the dog team, then take an intimate 4 mile tour on its trail system. Be sure to reserve a space as only three departures are scheduled.

Tin Mountain Conservation Center Youth Art Program: Junior nature artists are invited to join local artist and longtime teacher,  Deb Ayers, for a drawing class. Artists will spend the morning learning to draw the wonderful furry and feathery animals of our New Hampshire woodlands. Space is limited to so be sure to reserve a spot for the young artist in your life!

Learn to Line Dance at Zip’s Pub in Cranmore: Kick up your heels with Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation and help this non-profit raise money for its cause.  Happening on Thursday, January 30th, enjoy a night of fun & Country Line Dancing. You’ll be led by an instructor, music will be playing and appetizers will be provided. Centerplate restaurant at Cranmore will be catering and beverages will be available for purchase at Zip’s Pub.

Holiday Ski Preview for Mt. Washington Valley, NH

By Kathy Bennett

With the first big ski week for the 2019-20 season coming in a few days, we’d like to share a coming attraction of what skiers can expect for conditions and activities from Christmas to New Year’s 2019!

First  a word about conditions. Skiing today at Wildcat Mountain was superb. Rebounding wonderfully from last week’s warm weather and precip, snowmakers and groomers returned with a vengeance, prepping the slopes for the coming holiday visitors. Wildcat was reporting machine groomed/packed powder conditions today and it was a joy to run laps on their high speed quad under blue skies. Highly recommended to erase any pre-holiday stress.

All our local downhill mountains are open. Attitash had both peaks open and connected – and had since their opening day December 6. They are planning a humdinger of a New Year’s Eve with fireworks and the first of their After Dark concert series featuring Yellow Brick Road, an Elton John tribute band.

Bretton Woods has been running their new gondola since opening day, now offering 3 ways to summit from the base area and a weather proof one to boot. It’s the only 8 person gondola in NH so expect it to help alleviate lift lines and give you a chance to warm up on colder days.

King Pine is also hosting a New Year’s Eve Party with special early fireworks. Young families will appreciate their easy terrain open for night skiing – and the excuse to call it a night early!

Cranmore is planning on a big week for their Kids Rule kids camps. With their own learning center, specialized terrain and kid-friendly lift, it’s perfect for active families. Not a skier? Hit the Mountain Adventure Park and tube, soar and swing on their outdoor rides and attractions. It’s as close to an amusement park you can find in winter.

Black Mountain is back at it for another season. Off the beaten track with fewer guests and shorter lift lines, Black is a great choice for busy periods especially on days that are cold or windy. Stay at Adventure Suites for two nights or more and get two free Black Mountain lift tickets included in your room rate. Sweet!

Just over the border in Maine, Shawnee Peak also recently opened. Shawnee Peak offers the most night skiing in the state of Maine – so head over sometime and check out their great night-skiing terrain. It’s a treat to ski down towards the lake a night and see the lights twinkling all around! Can you make out the letters that spell out “L-O-V_-E”? Try it! They’ve got a whole line up of events for the holiday too.

A quick cross country skiing update for you … there is definitely skinny skiing to be had. For Jackson Ski Touring, head up to Prospect Farm where they have been grooming for both skate and classic. As of this writing there is some skiing on the Wentworth Golf Course. Review their snow report for details as conditions can change.  Great Glen Trails has been open for weeks and this is a year where yes, elevation matters.  They had 40km open as of this writing.  Bretton Woods is also reported to be in nice condition and got 6″ of snow on Dec. 18.  Bear Notch, King Pine and MWV Ski Touring, check their websites for the latest.

Another quick note – some but not all areas are open on Christmas Day. Be sure to call ahead and confirm operations. I for one am heading to Bretton Woods for our annual Christmas Day family ski, a great activity to burn off the extra holiday calories!

Vacation week weather is looking promising – no snow in the forecast right now but projected to be nice for being outside and enjoying all the Valley has to offer!

Happy holidays and enjoy skiing this week!

New Year’s Eve in the Mt. Washington Valley!

Looking for all the ways you can celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Mt. Washington Valley? From fireworks to live music to horse-drawn sleigh rides, the New Year’s Eve activities in Mt. Washington Valley will ring in 2020 with a bang!
Enjoy dinner in one of the valley’s pubs or plan a fine dining experience before taking in a fireworks display or show. Get your reservations in now, so your New Year’s Eve celebration in the Mt. Washington Valley  is full of fun. Below are samplings of New Year’s Eve events going on throughout the valley. Click here for a more comprehensive list!
Ski all day at Attitash Mountain Resort and then head to Ptarmigans Pub for apres-ski and live music with the Riley Parkhurst Project on December 31!
King Pine Ski Area is hosting a fireworks on December 31. Enjoy a day of skiing, warm up in its tavern and cap the evening with a fireworks show!
Take an old-fashioned ride through the woods at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort! Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride pulled by two beautiful draft horses on December 31.
The Mountain View Grand invites you to its annual New Year’s Family Celebration in the Presidential Ballroom. This family oriented event features dinner, dancing, entertainment, holiday games and our annual fireworks display at midnight!
The valley is showcasing some of its best cuisine this holiday season with special New Year’s Eve menus. Restaurants such as Wildcat Tavern, White Mountain Hotel, have featured NYE events. Click for a complete list of the valley’s holiday dining options.

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.

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. 

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.

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!

Art as a Destination: Jackson Art Studio and Gallery.

Eight miles outside of North Conway Village, as you drive toward the majestic view of Mount Washington sits Jackson Village. This small town embodies so much of what makes New England charming: narrow, winding roads, scenic views, eclectic businesses, beautiful homes and small cafes. It’s the perfect hide-away to reconnect with all the things that matter the most to you. 

Only a fifteen minute drive from the heart of North Conway Village you’ll find a whimsical floral studio, bakery and cafe that has been featured in “Martha Stewart Living” more than once, a boutique salon, an Irish pub that boasts some of the best Buffalo Chicken Wings in the valley and more! Among these thriving businesses you’ll find Jackson Art Studio & Gallery, nestled at the top of Ridge Road. 

Jackson Art Studio & Gallery is a hybrid of an art gallery and working studio that offers group classes and more intimate, advanced curriculum as well. It’s a port for international artists to bring their craft to the small town of Jackson; bringing a taste of the world to this corner of New England. It’s an education center for fledgling artists; a place for expression for children and teens; an institute for seasoned artists looking to sharpen their already fine-tuned skills; and a hub to connect those that love art and those looking to add more of it to their lives.

The studio and gallery is led by bright colors; juried artists who can also be found 59947492_2588536997846644_6659994641019961344_oworking in the studio; large-scale, abstract paintings; photography; blown glass and more; all with a bright orange couch punctuating the shop’s decor. The space is inviting and luminous and offers a modern take on art that can be hard to find the further away from a city you travel. It’s a taste of metropolitan culture in a small, mountain town. Guests can shop for one-of-a-kind pieces, take a class or plan a more extensive, art-based vacation at Jackson Art Studio and Gallery.

Highlights of its upcoming 2019 calendar include a Palette Knife Technique class with award winning artist, Cynthia Rosen where the class focuses on intent, composition, use of color and technique. Students can also participate in the Introduction to Abstract Painting: Brushwork & Color with Rebecca Klementovich. Artists will create a successful abstract painting in acrylics by exploring innovative mark-making techniques, larger brushes, and color theory. 

Of course, Jackson Art Studio and Gallery’s Sip and Paint events color the studio’s event calendar with a fun and light-hearted evening where anyone can feel confident as an artist. Sip and Paints are relaxed and casual where the group works toward creating the featured painting of the evening. 

Art based vacations are quickly evolving into a main reason to visit the Mt. Washington58652599_2569387656428245_8402340049827397632_o Valley. Providing the basis for culture, relaxation, shopping, movement and excitement all at once, art as a destination is becoming Jackson Art Studio and Gallery’s focus. 

  • You’ll find art retreats that couple together yoga, cuisine, wine tastings and workshops on the studio’s calendar and those are sure to fill up quickly.
  • Regular art shows featuring new pieces, wine reception and a chance to meet the artist(s) are an excellent way to fill your vacation calendar too.
  • Plein Air Series where students leave the four walls of the studio and paint in the great outdoors.
  • All of these events and classes present the opportunity to mingle with locals and travelers who are all connected by their love of art.

And at its very essence, isn’t that what art is supposed to do: connect us all? We come to the Mt. Washington Valley to unplug and reconnect; with friends and family, nature, or with ourselves. The corners of Mt. Washington Valley, including Jackson Village, have amazing opportunities to discover a new way to vacation in the valley through art. For a complete list of galleries and one-of-a-kind shopping, click here. To view Jackson Art Studio and Gallery’s event and class calendar, click here.


Jackson Art Studio & Gallery

We love Jackson Art Studio and Gallery!

Not only do they offer great art classes for the curious, (just don’t step on a deer like our writer did) but they showcase some of the best artists of the valley.

Just recently, we attended an art opening for local artists like Melanie Leavitt and June McLeavey, who showed off their best work at this beautiful gallery. Not only was it truly amazing to see such a breadth of work… but it’s a great way to meet up with our artist friends and get in touch with the Valley’s artist community.

Check them out online for a calendar of upcoming shows, classes or demonstrations!

Still Skiing in Mt. Washington Valley

By Kathy Bennett
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

While the ground is brown south of here, the snow base is still deep and white at the ski areas in and around North Conway. The end of March usually sees some ski areas call it quits – due to a lack of skiers, not a lack of snow.

But there is still plenty of skiing left here into April.

Yesterday I skied the popular Ellis River Trail Loop at Jackson Ski Touring. As you can see from the photos, the snow is still deep. The rivers and streams were flowing but the trail was groomed with coverage edge to edge.  JSTF former Executive Director Thom Perkins confirmed that their mid-November open date is among their earliest and manager Deb Deschenes said it was a great season right up until the end, which takes place on March 31.

Those wishing to continue xc skiing can continue fun on skinny skis at Bear Notch Ski Touring. They have not published a closing date yet, but the Garlands usually keep the groomers going as long as they can. Last year on Easter Sunday I enjoyed skiing there, taking advantage of their higher elevations and shaded trails which keep their snow longer than most.

Sunday brought me to Wildcat. The fog and forecast of rain scared off most folks, which left the deep, soft-turning snow for those of us who were more intrepid. The warm air was a treat and I skied without googles. The fog was not an impediment as visibility was reasonable and the fog was off and on skiing down through the elevations. What was consistent was the snow quality, with only a few areas showing more variable/spring conditions. They will easily make it to Easter, when they have fun events scheduled on April 21.

Cranmore ends daily operations today but will reopen April 6-7.  Wildcat has not published an estimated close date on their website. Bretton Woods has posted an April 15 close date. 

Check here for the most recent listing of closings and end of season events.

Closing dates are subject to change so visit each resort website for the latest and greatest. But don’t put those skis away just yet!