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Five great ways to savor the last of summer in Mt Washington Valley, NH 

As the days of summer wind down, we can’t help but focus on squeezing in that last summer sojourn. Combine lower gas prices with the myriad of summertime merriment in Mt Washington Valley, and how can you stay away.  Here are five great ideas to help savor summertime pleasure before the leaves start turning.

Go take a hike

Surrounded by 660,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest land, there are literally hundreds of fabulous hikes to be had in Mt Washington Valley.  Easy, moderate, challenging, scenic – they’re all here.  Click here for ten popular hikes in Mt Washington Valley.  Or better yet, consider a stay at the Joe Dodge Lodge, AMC Highlands Center or AMC White Mountain Huts for the ultimate experience. 

Get high

Whether its flying high on a canopy tour at Bretton Woods or on a zipline at Wildcat Mountain, Monkey Trunks or Cranmore Adventure Center, you’ll enjoy a gorgeous aerial view from these rides.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Try the trampoline and zipline at Attitash Mountain Resort or take a rock climbing class from Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School or International Mountain Equipment or a workshop or guided backcountry tour with Northeast Mountaineering, and climb high on ideal terrain in Mt Washington Valley.  How about going to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast via the Mt Washington Auto Road or the Mt Washington Cog Railway?  These are all great ways to enjoy Mt Washington Valley’s natural high. 

wildcat zip rider

Photo:  Zipline at Wildcat.  For additional photos visit the Mt Washington Valley photo gallery at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mwvchamber/

Stock up

It’s back to school time, and when it comes to shopping for clothes, school items, housewares or dorm items, Mt Washington Valley offers 200 shops, outlets and boutiques.  Best of all it’s all tax-free. There’s no sales tax in New Hampshire.  Whether seeking outlet-priced merchandise, housewares, shoes or apparel at Settlers Green, or jeans, jewelry or gifts in North Conway Village, you’ll find it for the hardest-to-please, and hardest-to-fit family and friends in Mt Washington Valley.

Tee off

Mt Washington Valley is home to 11 scenic golf courses offering up plenty of challenges for golfers seeking to play a different course each day.  With a long fall predicted due to warmer temps, plan on playing well into October, but the last two weeks in August offer up ideal conditions on warm summer days. 

Cool off

Between our man-made water parks at Kahuna Laguna, North Conway Hampton Inn and Attitash, and our natural swimming holes, lakes and rivers in Mt Washington Valley, there’s no shortage of options. Rent a kayak from Northern Extremes Canoe & Kayak or a canoe from Saco Bound Outdoors.  Or simply float your cares away while tubing down the Saco.  The last two weeks in August offer ideal conditions for spending time on the water in Mt Washington Valley.

To plan your end-of-the-summer sojourn, go to www.mtwashingtonvalley.org for all the trip planning resources you need.  If you’d rather talk to one of the knowledgeable trip planners at Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, call 1-800-DO0-SEE-N H (800-367-3364).  And for all the info you need to plan a visit to New Hampshire, go to www.VisitNH.gov.



Fall Colors Start Early at The Mount Washington Cog Railway

Considered a must-do for visitors to New England, the first mountain climbing cog railway in the world offers amazing early season fall foliage colors. Riders can choose to ride up to the highest peak in the Northeast on the first train of the day, a vintage coal-fired steam train, or on one of the eco-friendly biodiesel locomotives that run the rest of the day.  In the fall season, the Cog will run eight to ten trips per day, departing every hour on the half hour.

Driving to the Cog Railway is part of the adventure, as it is located along the White Mountain Trail, designated a National Scenic Byway. Along the scenic drive up to the White Mountains, one can find quintessential New England towns bustling with everything from antique shops to local eateries.

Along the six-mile road to the base of Mount Washington, visitors can take pictures of waterfalls, wildlife and foliage in the White Mountain Forest.

At the Cog’s Base Station, visitors find a fascinating Cog Railway Museum, which offers a sneak peek of the new PBS Documentary, “Climbing to the Clouds”, a restaurant with indoor or outdoor seating to watch the passing trains and a gift shop. The Cog offers an impressive $10 off on each ticket on the last train of the day from September 19 through October 18.

Tickets for Cog Railway excursions can now be purchased online at TheCog.com. Due to the popularity of the rides, buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located on Base Road, Marshfield Station, NH, just 6 miles from Rt 302 and historic Bretton Woods, NH. For schedule information and tickets, visit thecog.com or contact The Cog at 1-800-922-8825, in New Hampshire at 603-278-5404.

RSVP is looking for volunteers for the Mud Bowl

This year the always exciting Mud Bowl in North Conway will be held from Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13.  Annually, the Mud Bowl draws 4,000 spectators over the three-day period.

RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Carroll County) is primarily responsible for staffing many of the booths and the food tent.  For example, volunteers are needed to collect tickets at the gate, to sell mud bowl t-shirts, and to sell raffle tickets for a handmade quilt.  Some volunteer opportunities are “sitting” jobs.

Volunteers are needed on Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, on Saturday from 10:30AM to 5:00PM and on Sunday from 9:30AM to 4:30PM.   Shifts have been designed to accommodate volunteers throughout the three-day period (hopefully, some volunteers will sign up for more than one shift).

Contact Mary@ 603-356-9331 or by email at ccrsvp@roadrunner.com for details and shifts.

Looking for a new activity – check out Mystery NH

Mystery NH is running an “escape room” experience at The Met on Saturday evenings at 6:00pm and 8:00pm.  You have 60 minutes to find clues, unlock boxes, and decode encrypted messages to solve the mystery.  Book your tickets online at their website.

Currently Mystery NH is planning on Saturdays in August into September (last is Sept 12th… just added).  Keep an eye on plans for a new location up for early October.

Tickets are $15 per person

Each Saturday there will be two time slots available:  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Mt. Washington Auto Road Adds a New 3-Hour Guided Adventure Tour

The Mt. Washington Auto Road has expanded guided tour options with a 3-hour version offering guests additional ways to explore Mount Washington. The Auto Road will now offer 2- and 3-hour versions of their guided tours allowing guests to spend more time exploring scenic areas along the Road as well the option to spend more time on the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.

The newly-added, 3-hour guided tours are meant to provide guests the opportunity to explore the Auto Road anywhere from the base at Great Glen Trails to the summit of Mount Washington. Where current 2-hour tours are spent mostly on the summit, the 3-hour tour provides opportunities to stop and explore more of the opportunities along the Road itself – or to spend additional time on the summit.

“There’s so much to see and do along the way to the summit”, explains Dan Houde, Marketing Director at the Auto Road and Great Glen Trails. “Everyone knows that the summit is exciting no matter what the weather may be, but there are countless opportunities for adventure along the way. Guests who choose to drive their own vehicles can spend the entire day exploring the pull-offs, short hikes, alpine flowers and vistas, but with one of our knowledgeable guides leading the way, you can learn so much more and discover some of the hidden gems along the Auto Road.”

The 3-hour extended guided tours are available most days (weather permitting) throughout the regular season at 9 a.m and 1 p.m with at least 24 hours of advance reservation. Two adults or children are $60 per person, while groups of 3 to 4 persons are $55 per person and 5 or more are just $50 per person. The best way to book an extended 3-hour tour is to call the Auto Road staff at (603) 466-3988.

Regular 2-hour tours are available without reservation from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day (weather permitting) and run on a first-come, first-served basis. Departures are usually within 30 minutes of purchasing your tickets. Pricing is $35 for adults, $30 for seniors (62+) and children ages 5-12 are just $15. Children ages 4 and under are free. Regular 2-hour tours can also be reserved online 24 hours in advance for the 9:00 a.m. tour for $5 off per person.

Guided tours of the paddling variety are also available at Great Glen Trails located at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Guests can enjoy a guided kayak trip along scenic lakes and rivers of northern NH away from the crowds with brilliant mountain views and opportunities for wildlife viewing.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original and oldest man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is now open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit Mt. Washington Auto Road or call (603) 446-3988.

Take An Art Class with the MWV Arts Association

Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association

MWVAA Winter 2013 Class Schedule

OPEN HOUSE – Downstairs Gallery at Norcross Place

Sunday January 6th, 2013 1-3 pm


Our open house will provide you with details of our winter classes. You will meet the instructors, see demonstrations and get a sneak peek at the courses being offered. Whether you are just a beginner or looking to pick up those paint brushes that you haven’t touched in years, or an experienced artist seeking new challenges, we have something for you. Light refreshments will be provided to our guests.





Nancy White-Cassidy

8 Tuesdays: January 22nd – March 12th, 1pm – 3pm

Class size: 5-8 Adults (beginner to advanced)

Location: MWVAA Downstairs Gallery at Norcross Place


Develop an artist’s keen eye for detail by learning how to draw with professional artist/illustrator

Nancy White-Cassidy. Basic to advanced drawing students alike will benefit from this class which will feature in depth exercises to solidify those skills needed to produce exceptional work. A materials list will be provided upon registration. Questions: contact 603-452-5319

Members $160; Non-Members $185




Sharon Soule

6 Wednesdays: January 16th – February 20th, 10am – 12noon

Class Size: 5-8 Adults (beginner with little or no experience)

Location: MWVAA Downstairs Gallery at Norcross Place


Do you have limited or no watercolor experience? Come learn the basics of this expressive medium. At the first class, we will discuss materials you will need. Then students will learn and practice basic watercolor techniques and painting principles with a different project each week. Materials list will be provided at the first class.

Members $120; Non-Members $145






Sharon Soule

Saturday, January 26, 9am – 4pm (1 hour for lunch)

Class Size: 4-8 Adults (beginner with some knowledge)

Location: MWVAA Downstairs Gallery at Norcross Place


Sharon Soule has been teaching watercolors to beginners since 2008, and in this workshop, students will follow Sharon step-by-step, applying what was learned in Parts 1 & 2. Observing the instructor, you will draw and paint one still-life and one landscape watercolor painting.

Fee: Members: $60 Non-Members $85




Grant Hacking

Friday, January 25, 10am – 2pm

Class Size: 4-50 Adults (beginner with no experience to advanced)

Location: To Be Announced


Have you wondered how oil painters achieve excitement in their oils? Award-winning, professional painter, Grant Hacking will demonstrate and lead a discussion of his oil painting techniques. You will learn about how he uses them in creating his landscape and wildlife paintings.

Fee: Members: $30 Non-Members $85




Nathan Macomber

Saturday, February 2 (or Feb. 9, or 16, or 23rd), 9am- 3pm

Class Size: 2-3, aged 12+

Location: Studio @ 480 Eaton Rd., Conway, NH


Want to learn how to blow a glass bubble? Make creative glass art? Then join award-winning, professional glass artist, Nathan and 1-2 students in his studio. You will be introduced to the principles and techniques of glass blowing in this unique, hands-on workshop, conducted by a master.

Fee: Members: $320 Non-Members $345


Winter 2013 Class-Workshop Schedule


MWVAA Class Registration Form


To register, download a registration form and mail to:  MWVAA, P.O. Box 1603, N. Conway, NH 03860 or call the office at 356-2787 (Wed. – Sat. 10-3).