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.
So where do you want to live in Mt Washington Valley?
We moved to the valley 7 years ago to open a Bed & Breakfast, The Lavender Flower Inn in Center Conway. We were right on East Main St and it was a great location for a B&B, but when we closed the inn we were hoping for a more secluded location. So this year after living in the old inn as a private residence for 3 years we put it on the market with David C from Badger Realty.
The property sold quickly and we were on the hunt for a new property, again with David’s help. We ended up in West Ossipee in an Aviation Community called Soaring Heights. Believe it or not, the community has an airstrip that is shared with another Aviation Community, Windsock Village. We have a 4000′ grass runway that residents and guests can use. I have neighbors with planes, although a plane is not in my 5 year plan, I would like to take lessons if any of them are up for it. The planes use the roadways to get to the runway, so you have to yield to them if they are on the streets. In actuality, the planes are not that many and it is much quieter than trucks that had gone by my old property.
As of this time we are still settling in and trying the restaurants in the area to see what they are like. I’ll post more on them later as I get to try them out and make comparisons. We still come to North Conway for eating out at places like Bangkok Cafe and Flatbread Company.
This weekend after swimming with my daughter at Echo Lake State Park between rainstorms (Michelle Cruz of the Mount Washington Observatory would be proud that we waited until the thunder had stopped roaring!), my husband and I stole away to the movies on a date night to see the new X-Files movie. We were huge fans of the series while my daughter was a baby and even went to parties where co-fans would watch the series together in homes with X’s on the windows made with masking tape. It was fun to see the new movie yet at the same time the movie was a bit of a disappointment. What happened to Scully?! I didn’t like her at all. Did I change or did she? I wish Chris Carter spent a little more time on the movie’s development. Still, like with old friends, it’s nice to meet up again. And it was fun watching Mulder and Scully … well… you’ve got to watch the movie! And look for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s ads promoting services in Mt. Washington Valley, NH.
OK, so maybe it rains once in awhile. Weather is a huge element of life here in Mt. Washington Valley – making today a great day to head to the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway. The Weather Discovery Center is a hands-on, interactive science museum, bringing the wonder of the atmosphere right to your fingertips. Perfect for kids, families – everyone. Admission is free for individuals and families thanks to support from the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails.
Add the Hartmann Model Railroad and Toy Museum to the list of rainy day activities. I recently took my five year old there and we spent and hour and half looking at detailed operating layouts with trains winding through tunnels, over bridges and by miniature train stations and buildings. Countless collections of model trains, cars, fire engines and planes are on display throughout the museum. Their hobby store is a major find with a full supply of railroad hobby products and other hobby items such as model cars, boats, planes, coins and stamps.
I recently went to a comedy show at Cranmore Resort and one of the comedians talked about how he was going to get bike and kayak racks for his car and load them up so he could look like he led an active lifestyle. He had no intent on using the bike or kayak, just wanted to look like he was either going to or returning from an activity. Funny thing, I feel as though I resemble that joke too much lately.
After years of my wife and I renting Kayaks to go on the Saco river from Saco Bound in Center Conway, we broke down and bought two new Azul Kayaks from EMS. Of course we had to now go out and buy racks for my Jeep as it did not come from the factory with them. So off I go to Crest Auto World and order some new factory racks so I can carry the Kayaks. Then I had to get the Thule Stacker to hold the Kayaks up on the new factory racks.
So as of this date, a month has passed and not once have I used my new racks. We have used the kayaks twice, once my wife and I went on Chocorua Lake which is absolutely beautiful. The second time it was my wife and daughter who took them out on Chocorua Lake. I will say to my defense, there has been a lot of rain lately getting in my way.
I have been out on my motorcycle and mountain bike though! I guess the comedians joke may not be right on track for me, but it is too close; where is the good weather!
So I take a day off to enjoy this beautiful summer we’re having. I could have gone to the river or the lake. I could have done a little shopping and supping with girl friends. I could have weeded my garden, or is it technically a weed patch with some meager looking vegetables growing out of it? I could have but I didn’t. I, in my infinate wisdom, decided that the amazing new event, Fields on the Saco, needed to have a classy touch that of course only I could do. Janice, my boss, has this room full of gorgoeus hand designed (by her mother) fabric that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. there in the pile of bolts was this very interesting and colorful Paisley. With colors that are perfect for a late summer event and screamed napkins for Fields on the Saco. So I took to the task of cutting, ironing, folding into position, stitching and ironing a second, maybe even third time, 50+ dinner sized napkins.
Maybe next week I’ll tackle that weed, I mean vegetable, garden
Don’t get me wrong….I love being on the road….but gas these days…jeez. Doug definitely has the right
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.
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?
It was a great weekend, well it is if you love the rain. I find that after an entire summer full of rain, you have to get creative with your plans and start thinking out of the box. So I decided that as long as you don’t mind getting a little soggy, you can do almost anything that is reserved for a sunny day, in the rain.
I started off my adventures by kayaking and swimming on the Saco river. It has been quite humid the last week, and the river felt so refreshing. I don’t know if you have ever tried it, but you have to take a swim in the rain. Its the coolest experience….and lets face it, you were going to get wet anyway, so why not. It is the weirdest feeling. The rain was coming down so hard and hitting the water, that it felt like the raindrops were coming up from the river, instead of falling downward. It was pretty awesome.
Anyway, I suppose that was the more adventurous of my activities for the weekend. The rest of it was mostly spent going out to the local bars and hanging out with friends. Although, I did have a pretty extreme game of ultimate Frisbee in the rain, which quickly turned into mud Frisbee. Which is even more exciting than one might think.
For all of you with “longish memories”… Remember the nifty little tennis tournaments called the Volvo International Tournaments that played at the “brand-new Mount Cranmore Tennis and Recreation Club,” now known as Cranmore Family Fitness Center. As scores of Swedish sponsor cars honked along the quaint streets of North Conway and thousands of spectators filled the 8,200-seat stadium nestled in the breathtaking hills of the Mt. Washington Valley and only a few yards away from the world’s only sit-down tramway skimobile at Cranmore Mountain Resort, it was very obvious that the Volvo International was a very special event for North Conway and the surrounding villages.
Well… have you heard… from the same feisty Mount Washington Valley folks who gave us Volvo International… which from a personal account could have been painted in watercolor and preserved on a postcard… we can now experience a sequel to Volvo International right here in the Valley. Close your eyes and visualize this … see yourself on the edge of a fragrant mowed pasture; look beyond to the harvest fields; scan over to one side to a neat farmhouse with barn nearby; look to the North and West towards the beautiful mountain ranges; listen to the babbling Saco River; smell the sweet air; and absorb all these wonderful sensations. Now open your eyes to a magnificently appointed harvest table in the field. Be seated and, as you take in the magnificent scenery, experience the evening’s culinary festivities that will be overseen by Chef Bryant Alden of Chef’s Market of North Conway – with plenty of help (and delicious goodies) from local companies and producers including: Weston’s Farm, Green Thumb Farms, Sherman Farms, and Cold River Vodka. See you there at the Fields on the Saco!!
I don’t know about you but I love a good rain storm, thunder and lightening and pounding rain. Weather like that drives me to North Conway Village to visit White Birch Books for a relaxed browse and then off to fill my Martini Club glass at Decades, eat my favorite buffaloe wings at Horsefeathers or Ceasar Salad and Sushi at Delaney’s. That was my day today on a rainy Sunday. Who can complain?
So what are you to do on a rainy day in Mt Washington Valley?
Well many things are available to entertain you depending on what you like. Me, I’ll go to The Met for coffee and look at the artwork or go shopping in the village with my wife to unique shops like Zeb’s or Spruce Hurricane or down to Settlers’ Green for some of the larger retailers.
Other ways to stay dry are bowling at Saco Valley Sports Center or ice skating at Ham Arena. Ham Arena also offers hockey leagues for all levels of which I will be playing in one this evening as part of my Thursday night league. You can even take in a movie at one of 3 theaters in the valley; one theater has 7 screens so there are many options for movies.
There are times that I do not mind the rain while being out, we had a great hike one time to the largest waterfall in the area while it was raining. The tree canopy helped keep us a bit more dry that if we were out in the open.
What are some of your favorite places in the valley to go and stay dry (or not) on a rainy day?
I am an avid motorcyclist in Mt Washington Valley. I bought my 2004 VTX from Profile Powersports along with many other accessories for my bike. I have also purchased items from Whitehorse Gear who carry great motorcycle related products.