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Vacation in NH’s White Mountains

Spring has been so beautiful, and summer promises more of the same, so it’s time to start thinking about vacation! But what can you do to please everyone? The White Mountains of New Hampshire promise some really great activities. With tall mountains, covered bridges, beautiful streams and some really great waterfalls, there is something for everyone to love in the White Mountains.

If you have a favorite hotel, check for vacation packages. The Royalty Inn offers packages for Six Gun City, Story Land, Santa’s Village, Moose Tours, and so much more. The Red Jacket offers a Surfs up package with water fun for the whole family!

Activities like Hiking and Mountain Biking are popular during the summer months, Moose tours are another favorite activity for Visitors. Many of the Tour companies boast a 90% sighting ratio, which means you are practically guaranteed to see a moose on the outing. Even if you miss seeing a moose you will still see tons of beautiful scenery and a lot of other wildlife.So pick your favorite activities and your favorite spots and get ready for some savings when you purchase a package deal.

Enjoy!

Roxanne at the Royalty Inn

Royalty Inn
130 Main St
Gorham, NH 03581
603-466-3312
1-800-437-3529
603-466-5802 (fax)
www.royaltyinn.com
innkeeper@royaltyinn.com
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NH White Mountain Spring Skiing- The Best!

There’s a special place in the heart of every skier for spring skiing. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced skier, there is something so special about spring skiing. The birds are beginning to populate the trees, the days are warm enough that you are warm without being bundled so heavily that you can’t move.  Even though there is rain in the sky today, the spring skiing isn’t over with. Great Glen Trails is reporting the possibility of snow for tomorrow’s forecast, and they are planning on staying open until March 28th. As of yesterday Sunday River still had 121 trails open and 10 lifts.

Another spring favorite is hiking through Tuckerman’s Ravine. Many hotels will offer specials on rooms for people who are Hucking up Tuckerman’s. The Royalty Inn offers a great package for only $59/night/couple. The view over the last few days has been amazing and it will only be getting better over the next couple weeks.

Roxanne at the Royalty Inn

Royalty Inn
130 Main St
Gorham, NH 03581
603-466-3312
1-800-437-3529
603-466-5802 (fax)
www.royaltyinn.com
innkeeper@royaltyinn.com
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Spring Cleaning-Expert Style

It’s spring cleaning time again here at the Royalty Inn, and what better way to get started then with a Top 10 list from our housekeeping department. The list comes from one of our heads of housekeeping, who specializes in checking all the little things so that our rooms are clean and beautiful:

  1. Wipe down walls and ceilings – Get rid of the germs and spider webs that have accumulated while the windows have been shut. For home use, we recommend using a gentle cleaner or mild soap. Remember to always do a test patch when dealing with bold colors of paint. With some paints a moist cloth will be all you can use.
  2. Heaters and AC Units – Make sure to take out the filters and give them a good scrubbing or replace them. The same goes for your vacuum cleaner. If you haven’t replaced that filter in a while, now is the time! Spring is also a great time to have your home’s duct work cleaned by professionals.
  3. Lights – Remember to take down all light fixtures and scrub inside and out. This includes your outside lights that have been collecting snow and bugs all winter. Soaking in soapy water is always a good option for the tough stuff, and if you have a dishwasher, most glass shades will go through a regular cycle.
  4. Scrub Carpets – rent a carpet scrubber and give it a good shampoo! The key to keeping a freshly scrubbed carpet clean is in the rinse. Soap left in a rug will attract more dirt. By running 1 or 2 rinse cycles you can ensure that you have gotten all the soap out, and if you are on the second rinse and are still seeing a lot of dirt in the water, you can easily wash again.
  5. Toilets – Our staff recommends using an old toothbrush to get around the tabs on the bottom of the toilet. Also remember the underside of the tank and bowl. These areas sweat all year round and can be hot spots for mold.
  6. Curtains – Sure we dust all year round, but now is a good time to take down curtains and wash or dry-clean them. Remember to give the Rods a good washing as well.
  7. Pictures – Family photos and loved paintings should be wiped down and cleaned well. If you have photos or paintings that are in the bright sun light all year round, consider rearranging to give them a longer life and postpone fading.
  8. Furniture – Make sure you remove all the cushions and vacuum the crevices of all furniture. It is also good to vacuum the cushions themselves, and there are a couple of techniques. My children’s favorite method is when to put each cushion in a large black garbage bag and use the vacuum to suck all of the air from the bag. The kids ride the bag down to the ground and cheer as it swells back up with air.
  9. Television Sets – Remember to clean the tops, backs, and speakers in the television. Look at the recommendations from your manufacturer, some Televisions should not be cleaned with a vacuum, so a soft damp rag will have to do.
  10. The CAR – My personal favorite is cleaning the car! It’s been through the winter with you, getting salt in the carpet and dirt and grime everywhere. Take it to a good car wash that provides an undercarriage wash. Then wax and polish. Many floor scrubbers come with a hand attachment so give the carpet and seats a good scrub as well. If you have a garage, the car can be left wide open to dry, or do it on a day that is sunny and let mother nature warm and freshen things up.

Once you are done cleaning take a break and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Plan a rewarding dinner and maybe a night out at a hotel. When you return in the morning, the carpets will have dried and everything will have that fresh and clean smell!

From,

Roxanne at the Royalty Inn

Royalty Inn
130 Main St
Gorham, NH 03581
603-466-3312
1-800-437-3529
603-466-5802 (fax)
www.royaltyinn.com
innkeeper@royaltyinn.com
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Power Outage Due to Snowstorm? Enjoy….

North Conway NH Power outageWith the storms of snow that ran wild through New Hampshire, many homes were left without power.  Some people took refuge at local hotels including here at the Royalty Inn. When storms and power outages occur, there are a few steps that you can take to make the day more comfortable.

1. Protect the family by staying warm: If you have no power, and in turn no heat, try to find a place to stay. Some hotels will provide discounts to individuals who have experienced this loss, and others provide discounts for extended stays. Think about neighbors and friends who may be in need of help as well.
2.  Utilize what’s around: Perishable items in your refrigerator and freezer can go bad quickly when the power goes out. With this last storm, Mother Nature provided a very natural remedy. snow. Place your cold food items into coolers and fill plastic bags with firmly packed snow. If you want to keep the food in the refrigerator then move items to the lower shelves and line the top with bags of snow, lining the bottom with towels will catch drips. This will act as a natural and inexpensive way to keep the cold stuff cold. Also keeping the refrigerator closed as much as possible will also aid in the effort. Staying at a hotel that offers refrigerators in their rooms can be another great option.
3.  Make it enjoyable: Power outages can be a scary experience for small children, and so as the grownup it’s your job to make it fun. Staying one night at a hotel like the Royalty Inn can give the family a chance to warm up, and do free snow tubing or snow shoeing at the Great Glen Trails. Give yourself a break at a place like the Adventure Suites and make a night of it.

Storms don’t have to ruin your day! Keep these simple tips in mind and the next winter storm that rolls through may find you basking in a hot tub watching flakes fall.

From the desk of “Roxanne at the Royalty Inn”

Royalty Inn
130 Main St
Gorham, NH 03581
603-466-3312
1-800-437-3529
603-466-5802 (fax)
www.royaltyinn.com
innkeeper@royaltyinn.com
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A Rating By Any Other Name

What is a rating exactly? I know that many people ask themselves that simple fact when they are shopping online for hotels. Do you want a 1 star, 2 star, 4 star or no star hotel? Have you looked up reviews of the hotel, and if you have are they recent?

When selecting where you and your family want to stay on trips it is important to look at more than the bottom line price of the room. Now don’t get me wrong, price is important, however, if it is a matter of $10 then go with the higher rating.

Hotels are rated by their guests and often by AAA. These ratings help to establish the quality of hospitality and comfort you will receive during your stay. TripAdvisor, Travel Yahoo.com, and the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce are several great places to find out more information on hotels where you would like to stay at.

Here are 3 tips for making sure you have a great stay:

#1. Check the price and pick at least 2 options.

#2. Go online to Trip Advisor, Travel Yahoo.com or the like and read what other people are saying about the accommodations. If there is nothing said, check several sites, if there is still nothing, you may not want to stay. Isn’t the old saying. “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”

#3. Call the hotel before you book online; if the conversation with the receptionist isn’t up to your standards you may want to explore other options.

All in all, remember that ratings are there to help you and your family to get the most out of your stay. Never be afraid to call a hotel and ask about their ratings, and their reviews. If you notice more than one bad review on the same topic then a simple phone call may help you determine if that same problem will be an issue during your stay.  And remember, there is power in leaving comments, so if you’ve had a great stay or a mediocre one, share that experience with others so that they to can know what to expect.

From the desk of “Roxanne at the Royalty Inn”

Royalty Inn
130 Main St
Gorham, NH 03581
603-466-3312
1-800-437-3529
603-466-5802 (fax)
www.royaltyinn.com
innkeeper@royaltyinn.com
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Planning 101 NH Vacation Style!

NH White Mountsain Vacation PlanningMany events in your life require planning, from going to school, weddings, birthdays, graduations and especially big purchases. So here, for your planning pleasure, are the six steps to planning a wonderful vacation!

1. Make a list of dates that will work for your family. Whether it is during school breaks, winter, spring, summer, or fall, having optional dates is the first step in planning.
2. Have each family member make a list of the top 3 activities they would like to do on their vacation. This is the most important part. No influencing each other. If Mom really wants to go somewhere with a hot tub, but Dad really wants to go to a MMA fight, then it is important that they both be able to express this openly. Even the kids need to have input!
3. Take a blank piece of paper and put a column for each family member on it. Write the three things that each one wants on that paper. If any of them are the same then that one thing becomes your number one activity for vacation. If they aren’t, which is probably the case, then you need to take everybody’s number one and begin the planning.
4. Now that you have picked the top priority in activities for your vacation, begin looking for places that can accommodate all of them. For example, say you have 4 family members and the top activities came out to be. Mom – shopping, Dad – fishing, Big Brother – working out, and Little Sister – wants to see a play. Mt. Washington Valley has all of these things, and if you stay at the Royalty Inn, your exercise buff can work out in a top of the line gym facility for no extra cost. Dad can walk behind the hotel and fish up and down the Androscoggin River Reservoir. Mom will find some great deals shopping in downtown Gorham, and then even more with a short trip to North Conway and the Settler’s Green Outlet Village, and for little sister, a visit to Arts in Motion Theatre in North Conway will have her watching a live production. There are some other options for accommodating everyone, and they should all be explored.
5. Now that you have established areas that can accommodate everyone’s wishes, look for dates, times, and pricing. Often phone calls to the local Chamber of Commerce can go a long way to helping things get going. Most people forget this valuable resource when making arrangements.
6. So now you’ve got the activities, you know the prices, and the best times to visit. All that’s left is matching that with your schedule and booking your dream vacation.

When using these steps to book your vacation, another handy thing to remember is ask about prepaying for discounts. Since it is tax season and some of you are getting a refund, now is the perfect time to prepay, and then you can look forward to vacation all year, knowing that all the big expense has already been handled.

From the desk of “Roxanne at the Royalty Inn”

Royalty Inn
130 Main St
Gorham, NH 03581
603-466-3312
1-800-437-3529
603-466-5802 (fax)
www.royaltyinn.com
innkeeper@royaltyinn.com
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The Value of Vacation in NH

Need to a Vacation to NH?“Times are tough”, “There is too much month and not enough money”, “I’ll take a break when I’m dead”, Americans’ are saying these things.

The leading cause of death in the United States is heart attack, and one of the primary factors is stress! Can you name the last time you took a 3 day weekend to break away from the tedium and look at life around you? How about a Mental Health Day? The White Mountain Region in New Hampshire has so much to offer that costs so little. Employers will see the rise in  productivity from a day or two spent on exercise and relaxation.

Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, all of the seasons; all of the beauty; and so many options for activities. Isn’t it time you spent a little on yourself, and your family? Ski Resorts like Wildcat and Great Glen Trails; offer special packages throughout the year that include low cost outdoor fun and food. Mountain biking, cross country skiing or snow shoeing at Great Glen Trails is great for both your health and your pocket book. Hotels like the Royalty Inn and The Bartlett Inn, offer packages that encompass a room and some outdoor fun! It’s a “NO BRAINER”, this package branded by the Royalty Inn is named for its low cost and amazing value.

Remember, stress is a big factor in making life miserable, so slow the progress of stress, and take a load off your mind. Vacation in the White Mountains today, one of the truly beautiful places!

From the Front Desk of

Roxanne at the Royalty Inn

Royalty Inn
130 Main St
Gorham, NH 03581
603-466-3312
1-800-437-3529
603-466-5802 (fax)
www.royaltyinn.com
innkeeper@royaltyinn.com
Planning a vacation to the Orlando-Disney area?
Check us out at www.royaltyvacationhomes.com