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Businesses and people throughout Mt Washington Valley step up to offer generous resources for the sake of kindness

Article by Marti Mayne, Maynely Marketing

In the wake of the health, economic and social destruction from the novel virus, kindness and generosity have emerged throughout Mt Washington Valley. Often in the most unexpected ways, people and businesses have found ways to help others, asking for nothing in return.

“There have been so many businesses who’ve stepped up to help out in such astonishing ways,” noted Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. “I’m so proud to be a part of the community of giving that Mt Washington Valley represents, and I thank every one of the individuals and businesses whose generosity amazes me,” she finished.

15 acts of kindness from businesses throughout Mt Washington

Memorial Hospital created a “Train the Trainer” presentation in partnership with Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  This PowerPoint presentation was offered free to business owners as a resource for training their employees.  With the presentation came a myriad of invaluable instructional posters, learning materials and resources for employers to share with their staffs.  Will Owen, Nursing Educator, in conjunction with his colleagues Nick Dukehart, Andre Murphy and Becky Adams spent many hours developing, presenting and sourcing materials for the training seminars to help offer valuable safety training for businesses in the process of re-opening.

BNI has helped the Mt Washington Valley obtain and distribute PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) when supplies were hard to come by. “BNI has offered super service in trying to find PPE products that we could sell to members for cost,” shared Janice Crawford, with enthusiasm.

Outfront Media Group donated a billboard on Route 16 to welcome guests back to the Valley. The billboard reads “Welcome to Mt Washington Valley. We’re all in this together with miles of space to keep us apart”.  The friendly greeting welcomes visitors and residents to the Valley as they arrive, with a small additional reminder to wear a mask.

Fryeburg Fairgrounds built wooden structures to be used as a base for sanitizing stations. A supplier has been found for dispensers and liquid (not gel) sanitation too.  These sanitizing stations are free-standing and can be purchased at cost from the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Contact Janice Crawford.

MWV Radio, Badger Realty, Conway Sun, Cranmore Mountain Resort and the business community have all offered amazing support for the 2020 graduates of Kennett and Fryeburg Academy, creating a memorable graduation ceremony and offering support and outreach to the entire 2020 graduating class of Kennett High School and Fryeburg Academy.

SAU9, 13 and SAD 72 teachers, administrators and faculty all switched gears and quickly shifted to remote learning during the pandemic.  Parents of school children of all ages suddenly became in-home teachers, putting jobs on hold. “All of those who created online learning and who supported it (and continue to do so) during the pandemic deserve special recognition,” added Janice Crawford.

Minuteman Press shared its Bounce Back Program with businesses throughout Mt Washington Valley. They distributed a COVID-19 awareness and prevention poster at no charge to any business in the Valley and provided free local advertising to help stimulate business.

Believe in Books distributed more than 7000 books to 1500 households through their Books on Break Literacy Program.  In addition, Believe in Books provided online lessons and story hours for children at home.  In addition, in an effort to provide programming to enhance children’s well-being during the COVID 19 home quarantine, the Laura Foundation along with TD Social Skills created Life Lessons: Strategies to Reduce Stress and Improve Relationships. These free weekly video lessons and activities have been geared directly toward students to enhance their social and emotional well-being.  Along the same lines, Tin Mountain Nature Conservancy has gone remote with a myriad of workshops offering both remote learning and interesting nature exploration.

Ed Butler worked tirelessly with NH Re-Opens to represent lodging and the Mt Washington Valley. Ben Wilcox also represented Mt Washington Valley’s tourism and attractions concerns spending hours of time helping to advise the Governor on spending issues to help New Hampshire businesses.  “All those involved in drafting guidelines for re-opening have spent countless hours creating safety and operational protocols to keep New Hampshire safe,” added Janice Crawford.

“No kudos would be complete without a shout out to all essential workers, from medical personnel to emergency responders, grocery and drug store workers, our dedicated media who’ve covered the pandemic every day, including Conway Daily Sun, Outside TV – White Mountains TV, WMWV, Valley Vision and Magic 104fm, restaurants who quickly shifted to take-out then outside dining, and all of those who continued to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic deserve kudos for their tenacity and help,” added Janice Crawford.  “In addition, for all of those furloughed employees who’ve continued to work with no pay or had to find new resources and incomes, hats off to you too,” she finished.

In one final act of kindness: As a thank you, the owners of the Cranmore Inn are honoring the residents of Carroll County, NH and the locals who have been helping each other over the past few months (and who have been quarantined at home) a staycation. “We are offering every Carroll County NH resident the opportunity for a one or two night staycation at the Cranmore Inn between now and June 18 for just $29 + tax per night.  Reservations must be made via telephone…while supplies last,” shared Christopher Bellis, co-owner.

“It takes a Valley to raise the spirits of an entire community,” shared Janice Crawford in closing. “There have been so many acts of kindness during this historic pandemic. I’m in awe of the benevolence shown throughout the community,” she finished.

For more information on Mt Washington Valley, NH visit, where you’ll find resources for businesses, re-opening information, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To learn more about visiting New Hampshire, go to

Katie Young and AO Lucy distributing books through Books on Break program. (Credit: Believe in Books).

North Conway Country Club – Get Ready to Swing!

By Kathy Bennett

If, like a lot of people, you have been itching to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, a round of golf at North Conway Country Club might be just what the doctor ordered.

Golf courses were reopened earlier this month for members and residents of New Hampshire. While there are modifications required currently, Golf Pro Kevin Walker ensured that the guest experience remained top notch.

You will notice some differences for check in. Walk up to a new outside window to check in with the pro shop. Tee times are spaced out a little more – 12 minutes apart to ensure social distancing. If you are renting a cart, plan on driving solo – another adaption to encourage space between players.  On the date we played last week, the pro shop was readying to open for modified retail operations as of May 22. Their well appointed shop offers apparel, gloves, clubs, balls, tees and anything else the golfer wants or needs. Rumor has it they also offer repairs for the occasional snapped club (or so I’ve heard).

If you haven’t played NCCC, you will notice two things immediately from the first tee. One is the working train tracks immediately in front of the club house. Conway Scenic Railroad runs popular old-fashioned train rides from the adjacent Schouler Park train station. Our tee time was delayed a minute or two as they re-positioned some train cars on the tracks out front. The sight of the antique engine was worth the wait!

The second thing you’ll notice is the spectacular views of Cathedral Ledge. As you hit the ball off the elevated first tee, you can’t take your eyes off it! Maybe that’s why I can’t hit the ball. That’s my excuse anyway! However you swing it, you’l drink in the views as you watch your ball sail down to the first fairway and beyond.

Speaking of fairways, the greens – and the entire course– was in spectacular shape especially for early season. Walker and his team had spent the weeks leading up to opening focusing on course maintenance and their hard work and dedication to quality shows. The course has been at the center of North Conway Village since it was founded as a 9 hole course in 1900, then known as Kearsarge Golf Links. In 1935, it was modified and a 2nd set of tees were added. Then come 1975, an additional 9 holes were added.  Fun fact – the back nine were designed by local Architect William Levy, former owner of The Yield House, long a popular employer and retail establishment in North Conway!

It makes sense that with their “downtown” village location that NCCC this year is partnering with another North Conway icon, the Eastern Slope Inn Resort. Look for special rates for guests at Eastern Slope Inn Resort once that property – and all NH lodging businesses – get the green light to reopen!

NCCC is ultimately a playable course, good enough for professional events and players but forgiving enough for anyone to play and have a delightful round. My friend and I played the far forward tees to keep up with the pace of play and to avoid feeling too intimidated by the longer distanced holes.

More fun facts about NCCC. They easily claim the best driving range in Mt. Washington Valley, including areas to practice pitching and putting as well as driving. The driving range was planning to reopen soon the day we visited. NCCC also is a best kept locals secret for drinks and dining with a view at the Ledgeview Grille. Like all restaurants currently, service is limited to outdoor dining. If you’re going to eat outdoors, this is the place to go!

While some attractions and activities are not yet opened in Mt. Washington Valley, golf is definitely the sport du jour. The course was hopping – albeit socially distanced – on a beautiful mid-week day last week when we played. NH residents and members are welcome to come swing into spring and enjoy all that NCCC has to offer right now!

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Golf Season Tees Off in Mt. Washington Valley – Indian Mound Golf Club

By Kathy Bennett

With temps in the 40s and winds steady at 18 miles per hour, May 12th was a brisk but sunny first day on the links for me this year. But after 7+ weeks of COVID isolation, we were game for anything. So we bundled up and headed south to Indian Mound Golf Club for a first round of 2020.

May 11 marked the first day the golf courses were allowed to open under the state of NH’s reopening plan, welcoming NH residents and club members. Jonathan Rivers, owner of Indian Mound Golf Club, was on top of the guidelines and offered guests many safety options. A stand with face masks was on the walkway from the parking lot – guests were asked to wear then in the area in and around the pro shop but not necessarily out on the course.

Jonathan shared that they are working towards offering pro shop sales by phone in advance. Just call ahead and they can offer things like gloves and balls and have them ready for you when you arrive for your tee time. While their rest rooms are open and heavily sanitized, they are trying to limit traffic in the building.  There was ample hand sanitizer on the counter in the pro shop. And to avoid having too many hands removing golf balls from the hole, a special device facilitates ball removal with a flip of a putter. Clever!

When we arrived, we were greeted outside and the cart was waiting for us at the first tee. A couple of workers were busily cleaning carts as they came in from use, and the scent of sanitizer was in the air.

In typical Indian Mound fashion, the course was in remarkable shape. Clearly Jonathan and his team have been working hard on the greens in preparation for this opening week. While some greens still had evidence of aeration marks, everything was imminently playable – especially considering we had snow on the ground as recently as last week. Spring flowers were in bloom and were a welcome sight for these sore eyes too.

After seven months off the course, I was pleasantly surprised to have not forgotten how to swing a club. Several strong drives and a few satisfying putts are all it takes to make you crave the game more. The bright sun warmed things up as the afternoon wore on despite the winds. It was pleasant to see others enjoying the game … from a distance of course. My husband and I shared a cart. Others were walking the course. One foursome darted about, each player in an individual cart, an option the Mound offers its players now to encourage social distancing.

River’s Edge Grille & Tavern was not yet open but Jonathan said they are preparing for outdoor dining when it is allowed to reopen on May 18th. They are lucky to have a large outdoor patio and grill which no doubt will serve them well this strange season. They will also have their beverage carts running weekends.

With the ease of social distancing, the lure of burgers cooking outside, drinks in a golf cart and the great outdoors … might 2020 be the Summer of Golf? It’s hard to imagine a better way to get back at it while still helping us all stay safe and separate. I know I’ll be back for more. I’ll be the one in the face mask.

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Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center Cookie Drive Through

Friday, May 8, marked the first ever Cookie Drive Through at the Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center. Guests and their families were invited to the center for a freshly baked muffin, a hot drink (thank you to Aroma Joe’s who donated the coffee) and a bag of cookies to take home.

Guests were first greeted by a giant banner, then welcomed by RN Coordinator, Julie VanDyne, and her daughters, Vanessa and Nadia. They said hello, made sure everyone that wanted masks had them on, checked in on people’s health and well being, and shared uplifting messages on signs they made.

From there guests stopped along the way to talk with staff, volunteers and some of their program teachers, including Dixie Lea from Sunshine Yoga and Jeanne Limmer from Jeanne Limmer Dance Studios, who were lined up along the driveway.

When they arrived at the Portico, staff and volunteers tending the Mobile Cafe got to visit with and serve the guests and their families a hot beverage and fresh baked goods. Family members said that this Cookie Drive Through was the first time at least one of the guests has been out of the house since social distancing began. Several others said that they had been looking forward to the Drive Through all week and hoped the ADC would do it again.

Please read this latest update from
Sue Ruka RN, Ph.D.
Director Elder Health Services and Population Health
MWV Adult Day Center
Memorial Hospital
603 356-4980 ext 7701

For more information on the Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center visit them online.

Bookmark This for When We Can Welcome You Back for the Best Margarita and Tacos in the Mt. Washington Valley

Cinco De Mayo is coming up and we just have to let you in on some of the valley’s best spots for the creative takes on classic tequila drinks, ice cold beer and out of the world tacos. Yes, it’s true that at the time of this posting, the Mt. Washington Valley can’t welcome you to actually enjoy these things in person due to COVID-19, but we want to interrupt your feed (on social media and at the dinner table) with a reminder of all that is waiting for you when we can enjoy a drink and a taco together. Gift cards and curbside to go are available at many of the valley’s restaurants if you’re looking for a way to support local businesses during this time.

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Your first must-stop on your margarita and taco tour is at Cafe Noche as you come into town on Route best margarita in north conway nh16.  This restaurant is the OG of valley restaurants serving Tex-Mex classics and knock you off your feet margaritas. The owner fell in love with the country of Mexico years ago, and has been bringing a piece of it back with him each time he returns from a visit.  Enjoy all of your favorites from burritos to quesadillas to tacos all piled high with guacamole and salsa. Pair it with a Corona in a Margarita if you dare!

If you’re looking for a fantastic, but lighter version of the Classic Margarita, Black Cap Grille in North Conway, makes a flavorful “Skinny Rita.” It will hit the spot and keep you refreshed, but it won’t leave you feeling uncomfortable. If you want the real thing, don’t worry, Black Cap has you covered there as well.

Speaking of the real thing, you’ll definitely want to bookmark Fiesta ice cold margaritasJalisco’s as a must-stop on your Cinco de Mayo tour. Located in North Conway, it offers indoor and outdoor seating. Mentioning seating is important, because Fiesta Jalisco’s margarita’s will knock you off your feet, they’re so delicious. An insider tip would be to order their “Skinny Margarita” in pitcher form. It has a splash of freshly squeezed orange juice, sliced lemon and lime and is bursting with flavor. A pitcher serves four, but no one says you have to share!

We might get a few odd looks at this next statement, but one of the best places for a margarita in north conway, nhbest drinks you can have in the valley to celebrate Cinco de May with isn’t a margarita at all. It’s the Mexican Mule, served at The Oxford House Inn, in Fryeburg, Maine. The Oxford House Inn has a speakeasy in its basement that serves casual fine dining and every Tuesday, seasonally, it offers a Taco Trio night. While you can order the Mexican Mule on any night it’s open, why not line it up with unsung hero of the week; Taco Tuesday! The Mexican Mule is made with tequila, hand made chile liquor and spicy ginger beer. It’s served in a copper mug with a slice of crystallized ginger and a lime wedge. Trust us when we say it’s delicious!

On the other side of the state line, about thirty minutes north, Matty cold beer and tacos.B’s is slinging some really good tacos. Like really, really good. Located at the base of Attitash Mountain, Matty B’s vibe is super chill, super relaxed and it serves up awesome food and ice cold beer. Plus any one of its bartenders can throw down a margarita worthy of the tacos it serves.

A landmark for any margarita aficionado and tex-mex lover would margarita in north conway, nhhave to be Margarita Grill. The creative concoctions the bar tenders create at The Grill, as it’s known by locals are never ending and always delicious. Flavors range from Grapefruit Hibiscus to Cucumber Mint to Peach Habenero and the list goes on and on. Each month features an entirely new creation and of course, they have an entire menu dedicated to the different tequilas Margarita Grill carries, so you can have a traditional margarita as well. Margarita Grill has also made a commitment to the ideaology of SOHL, featuring items on their menu that are Sustainable, Organic, Homemade and Local. They work closely with local farms to source many of the ingredients in their dishes.

World Art Day in Mt. Washington Valley!

**It’s World Art Day! And even though we can’t have you physically here due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we wanted to take you on a virtual art tour of some of the valley’s hotspots for artists! The businesses below are temporarily closed to visitors coming into the physical stores. Many offer online ordering and viewing.  Keep these galleries, restaurants, and shops in mind for an art tour when we’re able to invite you back to the Mt. Washington Valley.**

April 15th marks World Art Day!

A worldwide recognition that celebrates the international collaboration through art, World Art Day first came into inception by the International Association of Art. While the epicenter of this celebration resides in Los Angeles, the ripple effect of honoring art’s important place in society can be felt all the way in the mountains of Mt. Washington Valley!

Not only does the vast expanse of national forest and New England’s highest peak, Mount Washington, provide the ultimate illustration, it also acts as a muse for a community of artists.

The valley’s history is steeped in artistic works from artists hailing from cities such as Boston and New York. These artists would visit the valley for its endless well of inspiration, paint incredible landscapes and then bring them back to buyers in the cities from which they came.

The paintings were so unbelievable “Bostonians” and “New Yorkers” visited the valley in droves, just having to see the White Mountains for themselves. From there the vacation destination, known as the Mount Washington Valley took off!

Years later, the valley has curated a haven for artists. From oil to acrylic to sculpture to landscapes to abstract works of art, the walls of the White Mountain National Forest is home to a hub of creativity. Treasured pieces can be found in the forms of galleries, murals, installations, statues, antiques and more.

While the valley is currently under a “Stay-at-Home” order due to the COVID-19 crisis, we want to share some of the best places to go for an art tour for when you can finally visit the valley!

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  1. Start in Conway!
    The Cassidy Gallery is a fine art and craft gallery and features the

    A peek inside Cassidy Gallery’s front door, in Conway, NH.

    work of over thirty fine artists and artisans from the Mount Washington Valley and New England. Offering high-quality framed original art by professional artists, many pieces depict local scenes.

    Macomber Glass Studio is a glass blowing and metal working studio, open to guests, by chance or by appointment. You can see Nathan blow glass, check out the small gallery, or see some of the works in progress. From January through April, you can also stop by the studio and learn how to blow your own glass ornament for $25.00!

  2. Artist Kristen Pobatschnig works on Tin Mountain’s 3-wall mural.

    Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s  Nature Learning Center
    Many programs out of its Nature Learning Center in Albany. This building is a work of art in itself,  utilizing local materials, including 20 species of wood all harvested in New England, most within 10 miles of the Center. Slate covering the lobby, kitchen, classroom and restroom floors was procured from Vermont. The art within the walls of the NLC, is just as impressive and includes natural displays, as well as a mural spanning three walls.

  3. Take a Drive to Fryeburg!
    The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center is home to Fryeburg Academy’s own award-winning music and theater productions. As well as touring musical and theater groups. The LHEPAC is also home to the Pace Gallery which rotates featured art showcases. Each show is unique and evokes a wide range of emotion and presents an array of talent.
  4. Head North to North Conway!
    Settlers Green features a walkable art exhibit featuring fourteen

    “Can We Talk” painting by Rebecca Klementovich. On of the featured pieces on Settler Green’s art tour.

    pieces of art. Each work in Settlers Green Public Art initiative reflects themes such as dance, community, the whimsical, mountains, granite and fashion. The outlet village has invested deeply into the art community, and is proud to feature artists from around New England, including three local artists.MWV Arts Association hosts a gallery at Norcross Circle in North Conway Village that art enthusiasts can visit. This non-profit also hosts the annual event “Art in the Park,” happening on Saturday, August 1, 2020 and Sunday, August 2, 2020 in Schouler Park right in North Conway Village. MWVAA members also showcase their art at The Met Coffeehouse in North Conway Village and Settlers Green.

    Frontside Coffee Roasters is a hometown favorite coffee house. You’ll immediately feel a relaxed vibe when you walk in. The friendly baristas, large windows letting bright light in and walls filled with art immediately invite you to sit back and chill. Frontside rotates featured art regularly, highlighting local and regional artists.

    Zeb’s Model A truck. A must-stop on Main Street in North Conway Village.

    Zeb’s General Store is the epitome of old New England charm. With the state’s longest candy-counter and two floors of New England made gifts and crafts, you’ll immediately be transported to the time of yesteryear. Not only does Zeb’s General Store radiate an old-time feel, it features a 1929 Model A Truck, parked outside the store. A must-stop on your art tour of Mt. Washington Valley!

    League of NH Craftsmen is a historical gallery, which features contemporary and traditional fine crafts by over 200 of NH’s finest artists and craftsmen. You can also take an array of classes there including pottery classes!

    The Met is a local hotspot with two locations, one in North Conway Village and one in Settlers Green. Both spots feature art from the members of the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association. Enjoy works in the form of acrylic and oil paintings, photography and more.

  5. Keep Going to Jackson!
    Jackson Art Studio and Gallery is a working studio where you can

    Jackson Art Studio and Gallery’s show-room.

    find working artists creating and demonstrating on weekends. Jackson Art Studio and Gallery is home to modern, eclectic and interesting works of art.

    The Wentworth – An Elegant Country Inn pays homage to its rich history of origin, where it was built as a wedding gift In 1869, by Joshua Trickey for his daughter Georgia Trickey’s marriage to her husband-to-be, General Marshall Wentworth. Historical books, documents, and scrapbooks are maintained in the inn. Something that makes the Wentworth even more special is that its home to paintings by traditional landscape painter, Erik Koeppel.


A Big Shout-Out to Mt. Washington Valley Health Care!

How lucky are we to have access to patient and emergent care?!

Part of what makes the Mt. Washington Valley great is that it’s off the beaten path. But even though it’s in its own world, it still provides access to multiple levels of health care. We are so thankful to all of our medical facilities, doctors, nurses, practitioners, and administrative staff who are working tirelessly to guide us through this pandemic.

Health care in the Mt. Washington Valley is multifaceted. The valley has facilities that offer patient care for routine check-ups and appointments. The valley also is home to a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital through Memorial Hospital, as well as a 24-hour emergency department, amongst other services. Residents and visitors can find medical professionals in the Mt. Washington Valley that offer focused medical care ranging from family medicine to women’s health to, diabetes care, behavioral health, physical therapy and more.

All of these levels of health care in the Mt. Washington Valley are working tirelessly for residents and visitors regularly and now in the wake of COVID-19 they aren’t slowing down. Staff and administrators from all of the valley’s medical facilities are providing excellent care and adapting to the changing landscape of health care in COVID-19’s wake. Each practitioner is finding ways to support our community through care, support, and expertise. And for that we are so thankful.

This list doesn’t begin to cover those working hard at the front lines in the valley, but it is a start! Thank you, thank you, thank you…

Memorial Hospital
White Mountain Community Health Care
Discover Health and Functional Medicine
North Country Healthcare
Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice
Timberland Home Care

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Photo by Wiseguy Photography. 

Shop Locally! Update from the White Mountain Independents.

The White Mountain Independents is a network of locally owned and operated retail businesses throughout the Mt. Washington Valley. Over 20 businesses have joined together to create a unique shopping experience and bolster the local community. By its very nature, an independent store is special in its ambiance, selection and customer service. While the COVID-19 crisis has created an economic impact felt throughout the Mt. Washington Valley, with many stores temporarily closing, the White Mountain Independents have created a list of different offerings its members stores have available at this time.

**Please know that things change daily as we all react to COVID-19, so please check the WMI facebook page and website and individual store sites for the most up-to-date information.**

Bavarian Chocolate Haus has closed both its physical retail locations (North Conway NH and Bridgton ME) temporarily. Its online store is open and will be stocked with Easter and spring confections to purchase for delivery.

The Christmas Loft has closed their stores including Tricks & Treats. It has thousands of products available online. It’s offering free shipping with any purchase. You can also email with any questions.

The Cigar Shenanigans retail store is open daily from 11:00am to 9:00pm. It’s also serving amazing coffee available to go!

Fields of Ambrosia’s hours have been shortened to Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm to 3:00pm. It will continue to do all it can to provide a safe environment for its customers and employees and will close if required or necessary.

Four Your Paws Only is still open and is also offering call ahead curbside pickup for those not comfortable coming in. Call 603-356-7297. It is now adding early bird hours for Senior Citizens on Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00am to 9:00 am.

It’s My Girlfriend’s Consignment Boutique is closed. It will be posting photos of product on Facebook and Instagram and customers can message the store or email it.

Jewelry by Timothy & Psaledakis and Friends’ showroom is not open for browsing. It is minimally staffed and offering its repair and custom order and ‘buying’ services by appointment.  Call or text 603-733-7880 to arrange for its services. Timothy and staff are willing to come out to your car too!

The Penguin Gallery has closed midweek, but will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday. You can shop online at with more products being added everyday. It offers free shipping over $50.00 or you can pick-up for free in store.

Ragged Mountain will remain open to service its customers and provide employment for its employees in both manufacturing and retail. It will continue to do all it can to provide a safe environment for its customers and employees and will close if required or necessary.

RavenWood Curio Shoppe has closed temporarily.

The Rugged Mill is currently closed to the public until further notice. You can shop online, here. They are currently offering 10% off everything. When you purchase online use the promo code 10ALL. We are offering Curbside Pickup (Same day pick up is available before 3pm and we will just need 1 hour to process the order). Also, we will be posting periodic updates on our Facebook page. I am also available by appointment. I can be reached by email at or on my cell phone at (603) 520-4622

Soyfire Candle Bath and Body is offering online shipping and curbside pickup. Please email or call 603-356-8969 or reach out through Facebook messaging to arrange a time to make the exchange. Also gift certificates are available online.

White Mountain Winery is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week for call in orders and pick up outside only. Their number is 603-356-9463. They will be updating our hours each week and posting information on its facebook page.

Spruce Hurricane is closed. Although it does not have online shopping, it will continue to post merchandise on its Facebook and Instagram pages. From there you can request any additional photos and product information. We are happy to ship purchases for a flat fee of $10. Shopping appointments can also be made for special circumstances. As always gift certificates are available. Contact us via phone 603-356-3854 or email

Valley Artisans & Vintage Market will be open at least Friday through Sunday, perhaps with limited hours. It encourages customers to call and make an appointment. We will be at the shop working on projects and spring cleaning, but we will not fly our open flag or sign.

Veno’s Specialty Foods & Meats is open, offering drive-thru service only. If you can, please call ahead your order. 603-662-0615.

White Birch Books is closed but employees will be in-store Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm and are offering  online ordering, curbside pickup, and call ahead appointment shopping for special instances. Special as needed home delivery is also an option. Call ahead with any questions – 603-356-3200 , Email: with any questions.

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Staying In Touch.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce wants to offer hope and support.

We’re sure you have received emails from multiple companies who have outlined their commitment to safety and sanitation and following the CDC’s recommendations. We share those commitments. We want you, as a visitor and as a person, to feel safe and secure in knowing that the valley’s businesses are taking every precaution they can in supporting the mitigation of COVID-19. Read the bottom of this post for updated closures and business responses as recommended by the state as of March 16th, 2020. For COVID-19 updates from the NH Government, click here. 

While it is important to follow all government recommendations, we want to send a special shout-out to the business community of the Mt. Washington Valley. We know our entrepreneurs and employees at the front lines are taking an especially hard hit during this time.

The independently owned restaurants, shops, salons, lodging properties, attractions and more all contribute to what makes the Mt. Washington Valley special. The employees and owners of these establishments all invest in the vibrancy of the valley’s community and provide a certain something that can’t be found anywhere else.

They also rely on the exact opposite of social distancing to keep their businesses afloat. While it’s important to reduce social contact and stay at home, we want to offer these ways to support your favorite small businesses in hopes to help them weather this particular storm.

  1. Purchase a gift card to be used at a later date! Have a favorite yoga studio in the Mt. Washington Valley? Purchase a pack of classes to be used when we can mingle again. We’re sure we’re all going to need some help with deep breathing once we get to the other side of this pandemic. What about a salon in the Mt. Washington Valley? Purchase a gift certificate for you and a friend to get your nails done in a few weeks. After all of self-isolation, you may want to catch up with a friend while your feet get rubbed. Purchase store credit at your favorite shop in the Mt. Washington Valley. We’re sure you’ve worked hard at keeping you and your family and your neighbors safe lately, this is a real “treat-yo-self” moment.
  2. Shout out and share your favorite spots through your social media channels! Shop as locally online as you can. Give these businesses glowing reviews online. Recommend them to friends and family. Keep your favorite stores top-of-the-mind for when social distancing comes to an end.
  3. Order in from your favorite restaurants in the Mt. Washington Valley. If you’ve decided to come up to the valley to take solace in the mountains, grab dinner at your favorite place and bring it home. If you live here, stop by the valley’s many restaurants for takeout for a reprieve from bulk cooking in the wake of this pandemic.

Your safety as guests, business owners and employees of the Mt. Washington Valley and just as fellow humans going through this pandemic is important to us at the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber.

As of March 16th, 2020; all restaurants in New Hampshire, including ones in the Mt. Washington Valley, will be take-out only.

Specific retailers, such as REI, Timberland, Levis, UnderArmour, Nike and Columbia have all closed their stores in the valley, temporarily.

Vail Resorts has made the difficult decision to suspend the operations of all its North American mountain resorts and retail stores through Sunday, March 22, 2020 and will use that time to reassess our approach for the rest of the season.  This includes Attitash Mountain and Wildcat Mountain. 

Black Mountain has ended its season. The Wild Corn Shindig has been cancelled.

Cranmore Mountain Resort has suspended all resort operations beginning March 16 and will evaluate remaining season operations in the next seven days.

King Pine Ski Area and Purity Spring XC and Snowshoe Reserve have ended its seasons.

Great Glen Trails has ended its season.

Bretton Woods has ended its alpine and cross-country seasons.

Shawnee Peak has closed and will continue to reassess the situation to try to re-open due to its great snow cover.

Bear Notch Ski Touring and Jackson Ski Touring Foundation are still open.

Individual businesses are evaluating their need to be open at a consistent rate. Please be sure to search a business directly for up-to-date information on its hours and/or closures during this time.

Photo c/o Wiseguy Photography

Easter in Mt. Washington Valley!

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Sununu has issued a “Stay-At-Home-Order, effective starting March 27th at midnight through May 4th. This means all non-essential businesses are required to close until then. This means that the Easter activities outlined below are canceled and the businesses hosting them have temporarily closed. We look forward to when we are on the other side of this and can host you and your family in the valley again. Until then, be safe and be well. We are all in this together.**

Easter is a highlight of April and a great marker that spring is in full swing! We invite you to spend Easter in the Mt. Washington Valley. Enjoy fun, family get-away, crafts, family-centered entertainment, great food and more.

Easter Fun

Hop onto the Bunny Express at the Conway Scenic Railroad. This historic train will take you on a scenic ride down to Conway Village. During your excursion the Easter Bunny will pay a visit to you and your children as it makes its way from aisle to aisle. Rides are happening April 11th and 12th. Consider reserving in advance to secure tickets!

Gather your peeps and celebrate “Easter on the Green” with Settlers Green on April 4th. Sponsored by Lindt Chocolate, Easter on the Green is a family-friendly craft event that includes  paper egg decorating, an Easter Treasure Hunt from store-to-store and a complimentary coloring book for the first 100 kids!

Living Shores Aquarium is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast on April 5th! Start your day with a pancake breakfast with Humpty Dumpty at Living Shore’s restaurant, Pasta Mia. Following breakfast, an Easter Egg Hunt will take place throughout the aquarium as well as a fun craft activity for all ages. All kids 12 and under are welcome to participate. The Easter Egg Hunt will be continuous from 8:30 am – 9:45 am and breakfast time slots are available at 8:00 am, 8:30 am and 9:00 am with limited seating. This is a special event & requires a special ticket. Be sure to reserve yours in advance.

Enjoy a show at M&D at the Eastern Slope Playhouse! Matilda is playing on April 2nd, (along with other show dates through April 11th). This classic Roald Dahl tale is sure to entertain the whole family.  Tickets are expected to sell quickly, so reserve yours now!

While we all can be kids at heart, if you’re looking for a little more adult centered fun or have older kids, the Mt. Washington Valley has a great selection of Easter fun for you too!

Dance your heart out with Motor Booty Affair at Attitash Mountain on April Fourth! Dubbed “The Ultimate Disco Party Band,” Motor Booty Affair’s music is infectious! Playing the most danceable songs of all time, the show is spectacular – from the afros, bell bottoms, platform shoes, polyester and dance moves, to the highest quality sound and light show this side of 1975! Make sure you bring your boogie shoes because no matter how big the dance floor is – it’s always packed from the first song to the last.

Wildcat Tavern is hosting a mini Cold River Radio Show concert! Cold River Radio Show Host Jonathan Sarty invites artists who have previously appeared on The Cold River Radio Show to the intimate setting of the historic Wildcat Inn & Tavern in Jackson, NH for these up close and personal listening dinner concert performances. The next show is April fourth and shows are reservation only. For reservations call 603-383-4245.

As always, the valley’s dining establishments offer exceptional Easter buffets and dinner menu’s. Browse your options here and make a reservation!

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All aboard the Snow Train at Conway Scenic Railroad

By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

This is easily one of the best things the Conway Scenic Railroad has ever done. Are you staying in downtown North Conway? Do you love our scenery and skiing?  In that case, the Conway Scenic Railroad has an arrangement that’s perfect for you. They’re running special snow trains from North Conway to Attitash daily through February 29. You can get yourself from your hotel to the train station and take a ride through the snow-covered forests, head onto the mountain, enjoy a day or a few hours of skiing, and take the next train back.

The trains run Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, departing from the North Conway train station every 90 minutes, so you have plenty of opportunities for a long, happy ski day. Best of all, it’s Attitash, the Red Carpet Ski Area, a very welcoming mountain for new skiers of all ages.

If you’re staying in a condo near Attitash, it works both ways – you can take the train into North Conway from there and enjoy Main Street shopping or dining,  and head back at your leisure. You’ve got plenty of options.

We’ve included this timetable here, just for convenience’s sake:

Depart North Conway | 7:30am | 9am | 10:30am | 12pm | 1:30pm | 3pm | 4:30pm

Depart Attitash | 8:15am | 9:45am | 11:15am | 12:45pm | 2:15pm | 3:45pm | 5:30pm

Enjoy the train, ski safe, and have fun!

Snowmobile in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH!

We live for the trails in Mt. Washington Valley, NH. Surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest, means there are miles and miles of routes and paths to play on.

When we say miles, we’re not kidding. One of our favorite activities to do on these trails is snowmobiling in the Mt. Washington Valley, where you can ride from Fryeburg, Maine all the way to Canada through NorthEast Snowmobile or ride through Bartlett and Bretton Woods through Northern Extremes Snowmobiling. That’s a combined 2,250 miles of trails, and many more hidden, secret spots along the way!

Experiencing the thrill of cruising down a trail, driving your own snow machine, and having an up-front seat to scenic views is a must on your vacation in the Mt. Washington Valley.

Snowmobiling in the Mt. Washington Valley is a one-of-a-kind adventure and the valley’s premier snowmobiling outfitters offer guided and self-guided tours, pristine trail networks, and top of the line snowmobile rentals and gear. Snowmobiling adventures can be family-friendly, tailored for the adventure seeker, or created for the adventure-seeking family!

For those seeking a full season of snowmobiling consider joining the Mountain Meadow Riders. Fully affiliated with the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association (NHSA), the MMR supports the updating of existing trails and developing new ones to complement the terrain. MMR features great trails for family snowmobiling trips up North.

Northern Extremes Snowmobiling: With the main office in Bartlett, NH

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Snowmobiling with Northern Extremes Snowmobiling. Photo c/o Wiseguy Photography

and a location in Bretton Woods, Northern Extremes offers over 250 miles of trails. Choose your adventure, depending on your starting point.

Take on the Bear Notch snowmobile system, starting in Bartlett. One of the most unique trail systems in the White Mountains, this trail network is a 50 mile closed loop system. All trails on the Bear Notch loop are interconnected and almost impossible to get lost on. Trails will take riders over Bear Notch Road where you can stop at one of four scenic overlooks for breathtaking views of Mt Washington and Presidential Range.

Northern Extremes’ Bretton Woods location features 200 miles of trails and starts at the base of Mount Washington at the Bretton Woods Station. Touring this trail system gives you access to what makes snowmobiling in the Mt. Washington Valley so amazing. You’ll have scenic views and look-outs for miles. Riders can enjoy one, two and three-hour rides, which provide scenic stops and panoramic views. The longer you ride, the more incredible landscape you’ll find.

Enjoy self-guided or guided tours along Northern Extreme’s trail system. Tour guides are friendly and offer anecdotes of the area and trail system while providing a safe adventure for you and your family. If you opt for a self-guided tour, staff will make sure you’re fully equipped and oriented with the gear, trail system, and snow machine before you head out.

NorthEast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals: A special gem in the Mt.

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NorthEast Snowmobiling offers 2,000 miles of trails.

Washington Valley, NorthEast Snowmobile provides access to 2,000 miles of trails that will take you from Maine to Canada! It offers two locations, one in the south, in Fryeburg, ME and one in the north, in Gorham, NH.

All tours through NorthEast Snowmobile are self-guided. Riders are outfitted and equipped through NorthEast’s experienced staff who set guests up for success. Riders go through an orientation; are given a map with riding instructions; and have the opportunity to rent full snowmobiling gear for only $25.00 to ensure comfort, warmth and safety  for  their ride.

One thing to stress here is that Northeast Snowmobile takes customer satisfaction and customer safety seriously. Before any ride, a guide will help you plan out your route and work with you on the trail with your snowmobile until you feel comfortable operating your machine, leaving no question unanswered. You’ll feel fully prepared to take on your self-guided tour and excited to take the lead once you’ve worked with Northeast’s staff.

As a certified Polaris outfitter, all of Northeast Snowmobiles are new every season, meaning you get to ride on the safest and most technologically advanced machine Polaris has issued. Trails are well-marked and each sled is equipped with a GPS locater. If you do find yourself on a wrong turn, the snowmobile’s GPS systems will remotely pinpoint your location to  Northeast Snowmobile, so you can get you back on track.

Riding Northern Extremes’ and NorthEast Snowmobile’s trail systems gets you up-close-and-personal to nature and gives you access to scenery you have to see to believe! Snowmobiling in the Mt. Washington Valley is an adventure you simply must have while on vacation in the valley!