A universal law that comes into play during the winter months is that you’re nothing without your gear.
Any vet of Mt. Washington Valley winters can attest to this. If you want to have a peak experience playing in the snow, then investing in quality socks, thermal wear, coats, snow pants, gloves, hats and more is crucial to your outdoor adventure.
Sure, winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley is endless it’s a mecca for snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, skating, ice climbing and more. But if you feel the cold air seeping into the cracks of your clothes, then your time limit for being outside starts to considerably shorten.
The Mt. Washington Valley is full of experts that know just how to outfit you for a day, a season or a lifetime outdoors. Shop Mt. Washington Valley, and check out our favorites and have your mind blown about how proper socks and thermal underwear can keep elevate your outdoor adventure.
Eastern Mountain Sports: “Eastern Mountain Sports knows that every adventurer needs to believe in every single thing that’s in their pack – starting with the pack itself.” Eastern Mountain Sports belief in functional gear begins with the value of the people and the process involved in creating said gear. “Eastern Mountain Sports shares your passions in the great outdoors. It isn’t just about what they sell, it’s about who they are.” Featured brands include Eastern Mountain Sports – Techwick, Black Diamond, Merrell, Sierra Design, Mountain Hard Wear, Marmont and much more!
Ragged Mountain Equipment: Located on Route 16 in Bartlett, Ragged Mountain has been a valley staple since 1978. Starting with hand-made swami belts, chalk bags, and gear slings as anchor pieces, Ragged’s fleet of gear and clothing has evolved to outdoor performance gear and casual apparel for men and women. Ragged’s own brand is manufactured in Bartlett, New Hampshire. They’re a must-stop for quality hand-made women’s and men’s apparel, as well as finding your favorite brand-name labels in winter gear.
Olympia Sports: Wants to be your community sporting goods store! Anchoring the North Conway Village with sports-wear for over 20 years, Olympia Sports has over 120 brands of athletic wear. Featuring brands such as SmartWool, The North Face, Avalanche and more, you’ll find all you need for men’s, women’s and children’s winter apparel.
Synergy Sportswear:The best brands in town are at Synergy: Patagonia, The North Face, Ugg, Birkenstock, Sorel, Maui Jim, Oakley, Ray Ban and so much more!
REI Co-Op: Settlers Crossing in North Conway is home to New Hampshire’s first REI Co-op. This particular Co-Op is REI’s first-ever outdoor experience center, high-end equipment in addition to offering expansive gear rentals, high-end equipment demos and guided outdoor experiences. One interesting aspect to REI is that it’s a member-owned co-op. While anyone may shop at REI, members pay a lifetime $20 membership and share in the company’s profits through an annual dividend.
Washington Valley is home to an extensive collection of locally owned shops. Combined with the variety of boutiques, focused on anything from clothing to jewelry to gifts to candles and more, along with NH’s tax-free shopping; shopping in North Conway, NH has an endless amount of opportunity for you to find just what you’re looking for. (And maybe even something you weren’t!)
November kicks off a frenzy of holiday shopping with events and specials that invites you and your friends to make a weekend out of bonding, fun events, great finds, special deals, delicious foods and more! This year is no different with the “Shift Your Shopping” campaign being hosted by the Mt. Washington Valley’s White Mountain Independents.
“Shift Your Shopping” festivities include:
Plaid Friday: is the more relaxed and laid-back cousin to “Black
Friday!” Local stores will be offering special “Plaid Friday” promotions. When you shop at participating White Mountain Independents stores, you’ll receive a locally made plaid scarf from Ragged Mountain!
Small Business Saturday: White Mountain Independents will also be on the American Express “Shop Small” map! Once again participating in the Small Business Saturday event put on every year by this major credit card. Happening on November 30th, show your love for small businesses and keep your dollars local by visiting the independently owned shops throughout the Mt. Washington Valley!
Small Business Saturday also leads right into the Shop Small and Win Big game, going on November 28th through December 1st, where you could win one of ten Gift Certificates to WMI retail shops or the Grand Prize Gift Basket! ($500 value)
Shop Small and Win Big Game: Win big during Thanksgiving Weekend, November 28th – December 1st, where one Shop Small and Win Big winner will win a grand prize gift basket worth $500! Several other winners will take home gift certificates to participating stores.
Shoppers can pick up a game board at any one of the 27 White Mountain Independent stores. From there, shoppers will receive a stamp from each White Mountain Independent they shop at, following a purchase. Those who get five stamps will be entered into the prize drawing.
Shoppers who get more than five stamps will be entered again for each additional stamp.
When completed, the WMI Shop Small and Win Big Board Game can be turned in to any of the WMI retail shops. Winners will be announced on Saturday, November 30th.
Made up of locally owned and operated retail businesses in North
Conway, Jackson, Bartlett and Intervale, NH, the White Mountain Independents encourage individuals and businesses to “shift” more of their holiday shopping, entertaining and dining to locally owned and independent businesses. They welcome shoppers to enjoy the unique ambiance of each locally owned store as well as the selection and customer service you won’t find anywhere else.
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:
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.
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 working 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. Washington 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.
So, recently we stopped into Fields of Ambrosia to ask owner Deb Jasien, “What, exactly, does the White Mountain Independents organization do?”
Turns out, it’s a lot! In 2016, businesses all over valley banded together to create a network of local businesses that’d support local craftsmen, makers, and creators. Some of the most unique businesses of the valley are counted among their ranks – Bavarian Chocolate Haus, the Penguin, Soyfire Candle, Four Your Paws Only, White Mountain Olive Oil Co, and White Birch Books.
All these businesses work to support each other – and the valley itself. Four Your Paws Only buys some of its products from Fields of Ambrosia, and the other independents have also pooled their money together to support schools like Kennett or Fryeburg.
By supporting them, you’re not just supporting local businesses – you’re supporting the valley itself. For more information contact White Mountain Independents.
By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
We just stopped by Veno’s out of curiosity, and we’ve come to one conclusion: if there’s 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 we’d like to go to pick up some quality meat for dinner, Veno’s is near the top of the list! They have a wide variety of specially prepared meats, prime ribeyes, prime strips, prime tenderloin, marinated steak tips as well as a variety of housemade sausage, and other mouth-watering things like burger patties with applewood bacon and cheddar, or bleu cheese.
And, as much of it as possible, it is locally sourced! They use beer from both the Moat and Tuckermans for marinades, they buy locally sourced cheeses, they sell a selection from White Mountain Winery, and source their desserts from a local bakery.
They make a point of having a business model that is as healthy and farm-focused as possible, sourcing food from the common (chicken, pork, lamb) to the wild game (boar, bison) from farms from Maine to upstate New York, all with absolutely no hormones, no antibiotic, free to roam and humanely harvested. They keep their carbon footprint low by using environmentally conscious packing and participating in a local recycling program. And – thanks to the local focus – it can be made to your specifications. If you want ingredients removed for any reason or special order, you 𝘤𝘢𝘯!
If you have an event coming up soon or you’re just interested in getting something unique, give Veno’s a try!
Shouts out to local owners Jason and Kendra Veno and their employees who were nice enough to answer our questions and let us hang back and take photos.
By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
Breakfast at the J-town Deli proved to be an excellent surprise, serving up a plate of scrambled eggs, sourdough toast, and absolutely delicious sausage. It was a beautifully relaxing morning, and a perfect way to start the day.
J-Town Deli & Country Store is located in Jackson Village right next to Wentworth Golf Course. They sell wine and beer and offer an extensive catering menu for events of all sizes.
They consider themselves a classic New England Bistro and Emporium with plenty of what you do need and lots of what you really want. They feature local food items and and an amazing array of beautifully crafted gifts from local artists.
J-Town Deli & Country Store is a great first stop on your way to a great day of recreational or a great start to your work day. Stop by and visit, we promise you will be happy you did!
Family-owned outdoor and leisure clothing company, Regatta Great Outdoors, celebrated their opening at Settlers Green Streetside with a Ribbon Cutting on July 11. The store is located next to the newly opened Michael Kors, across from Columbia Sportwear at Suite M20. Regatta Great Outdoors is a UK-based outdoor clothing company that was founded in 1981 by the Black family. Father, Lionel Black, is the Chairman, son Keith is the Managing Director and daughter Joanne is the Buying Director. The company has acquired other popular UK brands over the years including Craghoppers and Hawkshead.
Picured in photo from left; Ido Masursky, Rob Barsamian, Tym Meserve, Machella Weegar, Keith Black, Mykel Palazzini and Laura Lemieux.
Products include men’s, women’s and children’s outdoor clothing including leisurewear, outerwear and footwear. Additionally, it has outdoor and camping accessories including sleeping bags, backcountry gear and backpacks.
“Regatta is the perfect fit for our customers flocking to North Conway for adventures in the White Mountains,” said Laura Lemieux, assistant director of marketing at Settlers Green. “This is the company’s first U.S. outlet store and we’re happy they’ve chosen us and this great recreational area.”
Settlers Green is open Monday to Saturday, 9:00am-9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm. For more information visit settlersgreen.com/
Master Glass Blower Gerard Treacy will visit Waterford Wedgewood Royal Doulton, located at 2 Common Ct. Settlers Green North Conway NH, on November 28 from 12 – 4 pm.
Waterford Artisan Events offer a rare opportunity for Waterford Crystal devotees to meet and greet the men behind the magic, direct from Ireland’s House of Waterford Crystal. These are the artisans and craftsmen who create, design, cut, polish and engrave the world’s most beautiful crystal. Each Waterford artisan has a unique story to tell about their background and history at Waterford, crafting specialties and personal favorites – stories they are eager to share during each Artisan Event visit.
The Artisan signings are a highlight of each event. Using a special crystal engraving pen, the Waterford Artisan adds his unique signature to your Waterford piece, free of charge, creating a one-of-a-kind keepsake or a very special gift.
GERARD TREACY –
Gerard began his career with Waterford Crystal as an apprentice glass blower in 1979. Within a year he moved on to ball glass blower. The skill of the Master Glass Blower combines tremendous dexterity and coordination of hands, breath, and strength, especially with the larger items. In 1984, Gerard qualified as a glass blower and, three years later, became a Master Glass Blower. He has worked on the entire range of Waterford Crystal stemware.
Stop in now to reserve your piece for Gerard to sign. Signed crystal makes an already beautiful gift even more unique! Can’t make it into the store? Call us and we will help you choose that perfect piece and we will ship it right to your door, and in time for the holidays!
Streetside, Settlers Green’s newest ten-store-and-restaurant addition, is poised to celebrate a grand opening that’ll get visitors dancing in the street. Starting on Tuesday, October 10, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and concluding on Sunday, October 15th, the Settlers Green Streetside Grand Opening festivities will include a full line-up of musical themed events, community celebrations, shopping specials, art unveilings, giveaways, fundraisers and a gala fireworks display, plus more. Dancing in the Street is the theme for the Grand Opening events, and that’s just what visitors will be doing throughout the celebration.
Get ready for a brand-new beat on the North Conway shopping scene
While retail is the primary focus at Settlers Green, the commitment to “shoptainment” here is evident in the mall’s many playscapes, photo opportunities, and the new Streetside Art Project featuring works of public art by local and regional artists. In addition to Streetside’s ten new stores and locally owned restaurant, shoppers will savor a sense of excitement and commitment to the community, taking shopping to the next level here.
An important part of Streetside’s Grand opening will include a unique fundraising partnership with Mountain Top Music, intended to put the music education and performance non-profit organization closer to their fundraising goal to create a community-oriented performing arts center and gathering place. Settlers Green has pledged a $15,000 match for any donations made to Mountain Top Music between September 15-October 15th, and the Streetside Grand Opening will create multiple opportunities for community giving to be matched. Look for a display in center court focused on this project.
Throughout the Grand Opening festivities, take time to view the Streetside Art Project, with works from Northern New England artists. Dancing in the Street offers up the following schedule of events and entertainment:
Tuesday, October 10, 12:30pm: Celebrate with a Ribbon-Cutting Event: Official ribbon cutting followed by light refreshments. Chamber members, politicians, media and interested public welcome to attend and meet the developers, artists and more.
Wednesday, October 11: Discover The Art: Learn more about White Mountains art history and culinary art from local experts. All programs are free and open to the public. Events take place at the Pedestrian Walkway by Francesca’s and Skechers at Settlers Green Streetside.
10:30am: Special presentation by local artists, Erik Koeppel & Lauren Sansaricq – a 45-minute presentation by two local artists from Jackson, NH. The art talk includes review of their recent “Recovering the American Sublime” exhibit plus other works and techniques by these traditional landscape artists.
11:30am: Bob Cotrell from Conway Historical Society – Local historian, Bob Cotrell, will discuss the history of art in the White Mountain during a 30-minute presentation, highlighting 19th century and early 20th century artists.
1:00pm: Culinary art demo by Kathy Iannuzzi from White Mountain Cupcakery – Kathy Iannuzzi, co-owner of the White Mountain Cupcakery, and winner of the 2011 Cupcake Wars, will demonstrate cake decorating at the White Mountain Cupcakery at Settlers Green Outlet Village Suite D52.
Thursday, October 12: Beauty Stroll in the Street
Today is the day to shop for a cause! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to celebrate, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation will have volunteers on-site with information about the nonprofit and how it serves the Mt. Washington Valley. Receive one of only 100 commemorative canvas bags with free goodies and coupons with your minimum $10 donation. Proceeds go directly to Jen’s Friends, and Settlers Green will match it! Plus, enter to win a $500 raffle prize to the stores at Settlers Green Streetside. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds also benefitting Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation.
Friday, October 13: #ShopStreetside Part I, throughout the day: “It’s all about the shopping” New brands featuring Grand Opening special deals. Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more. Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.
Saturday, October 14: Dancing in the Street: Throughout the day enjoy plenty of reasons to dance in the street at Streetside.
10:00am – 3:00pm: Enjoy a full day of festivities including the Streetside Art Festival.
4:00pm-until 6 pm: American Bandstand-style festival! It’s a dance party and you’re invited! Dozens of dancers from regional and student led dance groups will take you through the best dance years of the century. Grand final featuring Sarah-Katarina “SkooJ CorE-O” Jerome and director of the Boston Community Dance Project. As seen on MTV, ESPN, Sarah-Katarina will dazzle with her dance troupe for a grand finale event.
6:45 pm/Dusk: A gala fireworks display over Streetside fills the sky with celebration.
Sunday, October 15: #ShopStreetside Pt. 2: Close out the Grand Opening celebration with shopping specials and raffles throughout the day. Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more. Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.
More than 500,000 square feet of North Conway retail centers, including Settlers Green, Settlers Crossing and Settlers Corner, are developed and managed by OVP Management, Inc. a Newton, Massachusetts based company with management offices in North Conway. For more information please contact General Manager, Dot Seybold at firstname.lastname@example.org or for leasing information please contact Robert M. Barsamian at RMB@ovpmanagement.com. Additional details about the shopping centers located in North Conway, NH is available at Settlersgreen.com or OVPManagement.com.
Photos: Members of the Kennett High School Dance team will perform at Settlers Green during the Dancing in the Street celebration. Please note photo credits in file name.
Memorial Day Weekend is quickly approaching, and in the Mt. Washington Valley, that means outdoor fun, yard sales, and the Settlers Green annual Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale! Visit Settlers Green May 27th-29th for their annual Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale. Shop at the many tax-free outlets that Settlers Green has to offer and visit Customer Service C13 for a complimentary American flag while supplies last.
Participating stores include:
Bass Factory Store
Brooks Brothers Factory Store
Christopher & Banks
Corningware, Corelle & More
Crabtree & Evelyn
Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton
For more information, visit Settlers Green on the web at www.settlersgreen.com or contact Settlers Green at (603) 356-7031.
Treasure seekers, come find your treasure!Browse arts, antiques, and treasures galore at the Conway Market Place on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association. Discover fabulous art pieces, antiques, and treasures while supporting a local non-profit centered on building a strong arts community in the Valley!
The event will take place Friday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm at the Conway Market Place #50 White Mountain Highway in Unit 7 near Bea’s Café. For more information on the event, call 603-356-2787. For more information about the MWV Arts Association, visit their website at www.mwvarts.org.
The MWV Arts Association Mission Statement & Vision
The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association desires to collaborate with other arts and non-profit organizations to help build the arts community in the Mt. Washington Valley.
The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association is a community focused non-profit organization which exists to promote the study, appreciation, and display of the visual arts, particularly the art of the Mt. Washington Valley.