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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.

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

Travel + Leisure, a well-known and trusted travel information source for adventurers young and young at heart, recently featured the Kancamagus National Scenic Byway in their featured article, titled “America’s Most Iconic Drives.” The beauty and allure of the Kancamagus National Scenic Byway is of no surprise to the people of Mount Washington Valley, but we are honored to receive such a mention.

The Kancamagus National Scenic Byway, also referred to as the “The Kanc’ by locals, is a 34.5 mile-long scenic drive along New Hampshire Route 112 in Northern New Hampshire, extending from the towns of Conway to Lincoln. The Scenic Byway takes travelers through the White Mountain National Forest, including breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbaday Falls, Lower Falls, and Rocky Gorge. The byway brings drivers to an elevation of just under 3,000 feet at its highest point.

The byway is especially popular during the fall season, where people near and far drive the Kancamagus to view the brilliantly colored New Hampshire fall foliage, away from the modern day world. The allure of the Kancamagus Scenic Byway its freedom from modern day distractions that travelers often seek distance from in their outdoor adventures: gas stations, restaurants, hotels, or other businesses. The Kancamagus Scenic Byway is truly a scenic drive in nature, but don’t worry, modern day facilities are nearby!

For more information on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, visit http://www.kancamagushighway.com/.  To plan your outdoor adventure in the Mount Washington Valley and for attractions near the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, contact the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce by email at  visitor@mtwashingtonvalley.org or by phone at (800) 367-3364.

Living and working in Conway NH – a series part 3

As we went along building the inn business and creating relationships in the valley, we met many great people.

Don Nicoletta and Evelyn Whelton from Northway Bank were our bankers and were a great help with to us as new business owners in the valley.  We found Pat Murphy from Apex Plumbing to be reliable and fair especially with an older home that needed major updating.  Another Pat Murphy, this one from Heartland Payment Systems was also great in setting up our charge machine and payment options for receipts.

I will tell anyone thinking about owning an inn to be realistic and not just think about “living the life” and having it be all fun and games.  My wife and I had spoken to someone back in Rockport, MA when we lived there who was an innkeeper and he was brutally honest with us.  We also read the book “So you want to be an Innkeeper” which provided great insight.  A normal day in the busy season for me was waking up before 6:00 am and going to bed at 12:00 am.  This is normal for an inn with business and only a husband and wife as a team taking care of the property.  In the off season you do get more rest and have time to yourself, but you always have your phone with you and never are really “away” from the inn.  When we did get away from the inn we loved to go to the Kanc and sit on a rock by the water or go to Cathedral Ledge and look out over our beautiful valley in which we live.

We closed our inn in March 2005 as my wife went back to teaching full time and I took my current position with the Chamber as Business Manager.  It was at this time that we could actually take a real vacation and went to New Orleans in April before Hurricane Katrina came in later that year.  We turned one of the large suites in the barn into an apartment and a year later we built out another apartment in the lower part of the old barn.  As it was, being a landlord was much easier than being an innkeeper and the money was consistent thanks to the great tenants we had during that time.

More to come on working at the Chamber and in Conway, NH.