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Kancamagus National Scenic Byway Featured in America’s Most Iconic Drives

The Kancamagus National Scenic Byway, also referred to as the Kancamagus Highway or even “The Kanc” by Mount Washington Valley locals, was featured in Travel & Leisure’s article, titled “America’s Most Iconic Drives.” Travel & Leisure is a well-known magazine designed for adventures young and young at heart to inspire their travel destinations.

, Kancamagus Highway in autumn , White Mountain National Forest , New Hampshire ,
Kancamagus Highway in autumn, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

The Kancamagus National Scenic Byway is a 34.5 mile-long scenic drive along New Hampshire’s Route 112 in Northern New Hampshire, from Conway to Lincoln. It is well known to locals and travelers alike for being one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the United States.

Taking travelers to an elevation of just under 3,000 feet at its highest point, Kancamagus Pass, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway brings travelers through the White Mountain National Forest, into breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbady Falls, Lower Falls, and Rocky Gorge. Driving along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway takes travelers back in time as they drive through the stunning White Mountain National Forest, free from the distractions of the modern day world; with no gas stations, restaurants, hotels, or other businesses along the way. The Kancamagus is truly a drive where adventurers can become entranced in nature!

For adventurers who want to spend more time on the scenic byway, there are six campgrounds to enjoy. For those seeking a hiking expedition, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway has many opportunities explore the White Mountain National Forest and its plentiful hiking trails.

For more information on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, visit http://www.kancamagushighway.com/.

To view other iconic drives in America, as noted by Travel & Leisure, visit http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-most-iconic-drives.

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Auto Road opens to “Treeline” tomorrow (May 5th)

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Mt. Washington Auto Road Opening to Treeline on May 5th, Commencing 151st Season of the Nation’s Oldest Manmade Attraction on Northeast’s Highest Peak

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH- A historic ritual that has been played out in Pinkham Notch for the past century and a half will be repeated this Saturday, May 5th, when the Mt. Washington Auto Road opens its gates to the public for drives to the treeline at 4,200 feet on the Northeast’s highest peak. The road crew has been hard at work for several weeks, protecting and preparing the surface to best weather the onset of Spring conditions. It is expected the road will be fully open to the summit within the next two weeks.

“The road has weathered the unusual winter conditions very well, which means we can finally say yes to all the people who have been calling wanting to drive up Mt. Washington!” noted Auto Road General Manager Howie Wemyss. “In fact, considering that the leaves have barely started to open, there are even great views to be had below treeline and the views at treeline of the northern Presidential mountains and beyond are just spectacular,” Wemyss said.

Special rates are being offered for the drive to treeline: $25 per car, including passengers (within safety parameters) and only $8 per motorcycle or $15 per motorcycle with a passenger.

For more information regarding the Mt. Washington Auto Road operations, events and other offerings please call 603-466-3988 or check online at www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com

Iconic Collectable British Automobiles Come to Mt. Washington Valley!

What: Austin Healeys Coming to Mt. Washington Valley

When:  July 11 to 15, 2012

Where: Jackson and Mt. Washington Valley, NH

What: The New England Region of the Austin Healey Club of America is meeting in Jackson, NH for their annual gathering.  The headquarters for the gathering is the Eagle Mountain House, one of the five remaining “Grand Dame” hotels in the White Mountains.

The highlight of the gathering is the car show at Schouler Park in front of the Conway Scenic Railroad Station from 1 to 4pm on Saturday July 14th.  The public is cordially invited attend this free event to view the cars and chat with the owners.  In addition, the public will be asked to vote for their favorite Austin Healey cars which will help to determine the winners of each class.

There will also be a skilled consistency driving contest around an obstacle course at the Kennett High School parking lot between 9am and 12 noon on the same day which the public is also invited to attend.

Other events include a sunset run to the Summit of Mt. Washington, a trip to an automobile museum, a driving rally on the surrounding roads, and valve cover racing at the Eagle Mountain House.

Austin Healeys are an iconic highly collectable British automobile manufactured from 1953 to 1967; the models include 100, 100-6, 3000 and bugeye sprite.

More information can be seen at the Club’s website – ahca-newengland.com or by contacting Bob Britton (healeybj7@hotmail.com, 603 381 3158 or Larry Swift (lawrenceswift@comcast.net, 508 641 6162.

Rally In The Valley Daily Events For 2012

Rally In The Valley Daily Events For 2012

Sat. June 9th Rally kick off party at Hillbilly’s in N. Conway. Pig Roast 4:30 – 6:30 Live entertainment 8:30 – 11:30.

Sun. June 10th Guided scenic ride leaves Hillbilly’s in N.Conway at 10:00am. Live entertainment 8:00 – 11:00.

Mon. June 11th Guided scenic ride leaves Hillbilly’s in N.Conway at 10:00am. Live entertainment 8:00 -11:00.

Tues. June 12th. Guided scenic ride leaves Hillbilly’s in N.Conway at 10:00. Live entertainment 8:00 – 11:00.

Wed. June 13th. Poker run. Sign up at Hillbilly’s in N.Conway 9:30 -11:00. Lunch 12:30 – 2:30. Live entertainment 1:00 – 4:00. Cash prizes for best and worst hand awarded at 2:30.   Live entertainment 8:00 – 11:00.

Thurs. June 14th. Guided scenic ride leaves Hillbilly’s in N.Conway at 10:00am. Fashion show 6:30. Live entertainment 8:00 – 11:00.

Fri. June 15th. Guided scenic ride leaves Hillbilly’s In N.Conway at 10:00am. Ride in bike show at Hillbilly’s from 4:00 – 6:00 with $2000.00 in cash prizes awarded at 7:00.( Rain date Sat. June 16th same time) Live entertainment 8:00 – 11:00.

Sat. June 16th. Rally wrap up party at Hillbilly’s N.Conway. Belly dancers 6:30 – 7:30. Raffles 7:30 – 8:30. Live entertainment 8:30 -11:30.

Mtn. Valley Auto Brokers and Hertz Rental Ribbon Cutting!


Mtn. Valley Auto Brokers is growing. On November 16, 2011 at 12 noon, they will welcome Hertz Rental Company to their lot.

A light lunch and beverages will be served at Mtn. Valley Auto Broker’s business on 304 US Rt. 302, located one and a half miles straight through at the junction of Rt. 16N and Rt. 302W, do not make the turn for Story Land.

In celebration of their newest addition, they’re offering a special for MWVCC members, a Hertz Gold Club membership with the $50 fee waived. Gold membership offers discounts and benefits, the ability to earn free days and easy check out and check in.

Anyone who has had friends or family visit the area or has been a tourist themselves can understand the necessity of having a rental car facility. The charm and rustic offering of the country side of The Mount. Washington Valley also comes with the need for transportation. Mtn. Valley Auto Brokers and Hertz Rental are pleased to offer this solution with compact and mid-size cars, SUV’s and mini-vans. Customer pick-up, free miles and clean and reliable cars are always promised and car drop-offs at any US and Canada location is always offered.

Great Scenic Drives for Ideal Foliage Photo-ops

Leaf peepers will not be disappointed as roads have re-opened & scenic foliage drives offer excellent photo opportunities

Check out these great scenic drives for ideal foliage photo ops

North Conway, NH:  Flooding from Hurricane Irene may have closed roads to the Mt Washington Valley temporarily, but NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT) crews have been working overtime to re-open roads.  In an impressive effort, the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112) connecting Conway to Lincoln, NH reopened last weekend, six days ahead of the original schedule. Visitors using I-93 for access to the White Mountains can now easily reach Mt Washington Valley.

Additionally, the hurricane closed a section of Route 302 between Crawford Notch and Bartlett when damage to the Sawyer River Bridge near Bartlett made the road impassable and parts closer to the notch were washed out. The road has now re-opened to “local” traffic on the Crawford Notch end with a signal allowing traffic to move over the affected area on an alternating lane basis. “Local” refers to anyone staying at or working at the inns, lodges and hotels along upper Route 302, plus residents. Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has learned that Route 302 will be fully opened by Friday, September 16, or shortly thereafter.  For updated information on road conditions, visitors are encouraged to call 800-367-3364 or 603-356-5947.

Meanwhile, Mother Nature has no intention of leaving allowing Hurricane Irene’s fury to impact fall color in Mt. Washington Valley, and NHDOT crews are working round the clock to insure that leaf peepers can view fall foliage as they have in past years.  Consider any of these scenic drives for your upcoming Mt Washington Valley leaf peeping getaway.

West Side Road From Route 16 North in Conway, with an outlet in North Conway Village onto Route 16, or continue North to Route 302 in Bartlett. This is a popular alternative to the Route 16 “strip” through North Conway’s business section, as it parallels that road. This country road takes you through farmland, past the White Horse and Cathedral Ledges, and past farms and farm stands bearing local produce. The Bartlett section alone is worth the trip for views across the river and the Intervale.

Cathedral Ledge Road
From the North Conway-Bartlett section of West Side Road park at the top and walk out onto the ledge to see all of Mt. Washington Valley before you. This is one of those rare scenic overlooks that you can drive to!

Jackson Loop
From Route 16 North, go through the Jackson, NH Covered Bridge to Route 16B.  Continue as the road loops left just before Black Mountain, then goes left again down Carter Notch Road back to Jackson Village. Scenic spots include the picnic stop along Jackson Falls, and the New England Church and gazebo in Jackson Village.

Eaton/Madison
From Route 16 in Conway, head east on Route 113 . You can continue south to Madison or turn left at the lake and go through Snowville. Crystal Lake with the little New England white, steepled church is one of the most often requested photos from this area. Take this scenic drive and capture your own photo to remember it by!

Kancamagus Scenic Byway & The White Mountains Trail
Take Route 112 off Route 16 in Conway and follow New Hampshire’s only scenic by-way to Lincoln, NH, then through Franconia Notch onto Rt. 302 through Bretton Woods and back into Mt. Washington Valley. This is one of the only designated scenic by-way loops in the country. You’ll travel over 33 miles through the White Mountain National Forest, past waterfalls, mountain brooks and hiking trails to Lincoln Keep a watchful eye out, as this is one of the best moose-watching locations! From there, continue through Franconia Notch to view the site of the former Old Man In The Mountains. You can visit the Old Man Museum and the New England Ski Museum and other attractions, then hop on 93 to Rt. 302 and travel south through Bretton Woods, stopping for a  tour of the Mt. Washington Hotel . Continue through Crawford Notch back to Bartlett. NOTE: The entire White Mountain Trail loop is anticipated to be open by September 16, with the Kancamagus Highway section open now.

Bear Notch Road
Access from Route 302 in Bartlett, NH and drive over to Kancamagus Hwy or from the “Kanc” over to Route 302 in Bartlett. For some, this is considered a by-pass, for most it’s considered incredibly scenic. This is also a great location for moose-and-bear-spotting in the early morning or dusk hours.

The Notches:
Pinkham Notch (take Route 16, past Jackson)  and Evans Notch (from East Conway). Each both offer scenic glory and ideal picture taking opportunities. Look for fabulous views of Mt. Washington from Pinkham Notch and great hikes, beautiful pines and scenic photo ops from Evans Notch, not to mention the occasional moose spotting!

For more information on scenic drives, leaf peeping getaways and road closure information, please visit www.mtwashigntonvalley.org or call 1-800-do-see-nh (800-367-3364).  Here you’ll find all the information you need to plan your memorable autumn escape to  one of New England’s best fall foliage destinations.

Fall in Mt Washington Valley NH

The past few days the colors have begun to pop on the trees.  Each day I see the leaves becoming more vibrant and colorful.  I have a 22 mile ride to and from work each day from West Ossipee to North Conway and the scenery is magnificent.  I got home last night and went for a motorcycle ride after playing with the dog and it was just about dusk.  The colors at this time were amazing and I thought about how I could share this with you.

Well on the ride to work this morning I brought my Flip Video recorder with me and stopped at Chocorua Lake to take some video.  Now this morning was not the best of days as I was in and out of rain on the way in, but the rain stopped long enough for me to record these videos.  Click on this link for video one and this link for video two.  When I stopped to record these there was only one car in the pull off and it was from Missouri.  People from all over the US come to our great state to see the splendor of our fall foliage.

What’s your favorite spot for foliage viewing?

Doug

Motorcycling in the North Country of NH

This coming weekend I have plans to go on a group ride with other motorcyclists from NH on a northern route ride.  My plan is to leave Ossipee in the morning and ride into Conway and then go up route 16/302 into Bartlett.  Once in Bartlett I’ll continue on route 302 up through Crawford Notch and past the AMC Highland Center, Mount Washington Resort and Bretton Woods.  From there, I’ll pass the entrance road to The Cog and make my way to a meeting point in Twin Mountain.  From Twin Mountain we’ll ride up to Jefferson where Santa’s Village is located and then across to Gorham Berlin area.  Once in Berlin we’ll stop for Ice Cream then head south to Pinkham Notch past the Mt Washington Auto Road, Great Glen Trails,  Wildcat Ski Area and the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge.  There is a plan to stop for a group picture at one of the picturesque turn offs then back to North Conway area via Jackson.

At this time the weather outlook for the weekend is great, so if you’re planning a trip to the Mt Washington Valley area for some sight seeing and foliage peeping, then this would be a great weekend to do so.

Doug

First Foliage Report!

Greetings from Mt Washington Valley, NH:

This is the first of ongoing foliage reports from Mt Washington Valley. We hope you will use images provided in your weather reports throughout the fall.

View from Scenic Vista in North Conway
View from Scenic Vista in North Conway

As temperatures continue to drop, we are beginning to see changing foliage colors accelerate, especially in the higher elevations of Mt Washington Valley. Always the first to change, the red maples are beginning to turn and we’re seeing wisps of color throughout Mt Washington Valley.

While temperatures at the summit of Mt Washington were 31degrees at 8:45am, the base of the Mt Washington Auto Road was 44.8 degrees at 8:46am. These colder temps and shorter days combine to create the pageant of color that is beginning in Mt Washington Valley and New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

Flowers and Foliage at Wildcat Mountain
Flowers and Foliage at Wildcat Mountain

An area of low pressure forecasted from the Mount Washington Observatory promises cooler temperatures next week, which will continue to impact foliage color.

Looking out from Cathedral Ledge in North Conway
Looking out from Cathedral Ledge in North Conway

My “local” vacation in Mt Washington Valley

Well I took some time off recently and what better way to spend it than to stay local with all we have here than go somewhere else.

Last Wednesday my wife, daughter and I went to Wildcat Ski Area and went on the Scenic Gondola and Zip ride to celebrate my daughter’s 21st birthday.  The Zip Ride was great and certainly something everyone needs to try once, even those like me that do not like heights too much.  On the way home we saw a moose on the side of route 16 in Pinkham Notch.  We then went to Decades for dinner and drinks with my now legal 21 year old.

This week I took 3 more days off to make my weekend a 5 day weekend.  It started off with a coed hockey tournament at Ham Arena where I skated in 4 hockey games in a little more than 24 hours.  Boy was I tired! 

Monday my wife and I went over the “Kanc” to Franconia Notch to meet friends from MA who have a place at Waterville Valley and rode our bikes from the Basin up to Cannon Mountain and the “Old Man of the Mountain” site.  It took about an hour plus to ride up the hills and not quite 30 minutes to coast down.  We even saw a moose on the way home on the Kanc (look for my video to be posted Friday). 

Tuesday was different and we did some house things in the morning due to weather and then came to North Conway for Flatbreads and a movie.  Later that night I skated in another hockey game at Ham Arena that Laurel from Chinook Cafe puts together each week.

Wednesday we finally got the motorcycle out and rode to North Conway for coffee at The Met and lunch at Chef’s Market, Bryant out did himself again with the duck dish he prepared for a TV show he was taping the day before.  We then decided due to high winds we would not ride into Crawford Notch and went the scenic route home through Fryeburg, Brownfield, Eaton and Freedom before arriving in West Ossipee.  All in all a 70 mile ride on a perfect weather day.

Hockey again tonight, Thursday night league at Ham Arena – more later…

Where do you vacation locally?

Doug

Motorcycles in Mt Washington Valley

2004 VTX1300
2004 VTX1300

I had a chance Sunday morning to take the bike out for a ride as the weather has been pretty dismal lately.  Since moving to West Ossipee I have found a new loop to take which is a short but fun ride.

I head down Ossipee Lake road and go past Danforth Bay Camping Resort and the Bluffs at Danforth Bay down to Route 153 in Freedom and take a right.  From there I go past Bobby Sues Ice cream and out to route 25.  I go right onto 25 and head west and pass Lazy Susan’s Restaurant until I reach route 16 and head north.  On 16 I pass by Indian Mound Golf Course, the Pizza Barn and the old Mt Whittier Ski area before turning onto route 41 and back to Ossipee Lake Road.

The weather was a bit questionable and I only did this loop, but other times I’ve stretched this out by continuing on 41 and 113 until I get into Madison and take East Madison Road until I get to King Pine Ski Area and Camp Tohkomeupog then I head route 153 south until I reach Ossipee Lake Rd and head back that way.

Do you have a ride you want to share?

Doug

On the Road Again….

Don’t get me wrong….I love being on the road….but gas these days…jeez. Doug definitely has the right

potential new buy
potential new buy

idea. I will hopefully be riding again very soon, 60 mpg, HECK YES…SIGN ME UP!!! What’s not to love about riding, the wind blowing through your hair and the thrilling idea of freedom being out on the open road. Hopefully my next purchase…to save $$ on gas….break the bank….and the love to ride…yeah, it’s worth it.

On another note… I do have the longest commute among my fellow co-workers here at the Chamber. I do think I have the most beautiful drive into work every morning from Berlin into North Conway on Rt 16. Does it get any better?? Um, yeah, it will be better on a motorcycle. I couldn’t do it without Nikki & Cooper in the morning, they wake me up and get me into work. Magic 104,  can check out their blog.

*this is not animal abuse. he loves the wubba chicken
*this is not animal abuse. he loves the wubba chicken

O yeah – and my pooch Zander “Zdogg”… I don’t think he’d like the commute on the back seat of a motorcycle but he sure is a good passenger in the car… doesn’t say much.

Trying to spice things up a bit…I’m thinking about poppin’ in a satellite radio. I’ve heard mixed reviews..I want to know what you think? Are you using satellite radio? Which one? What’s working for you?

K