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World Art Day in Mt. Washington Valley!

**It’s World Art Day! And even though we can’t have you physically here due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we wanted to take you on a virtual art tour of some of the valley’s hotspots for artists! The businesses below are temporarily closed to visitors coming into the physical stores. Many offer online ordering and viewing.  Keep these galleries, restaurants, and shops in mind for an art tour when we’re able to invite you back to the Mt. Washington Valley.**

April 15th marks World Art Day!

A worldwide recognition that celebrates the international collaboration through art, World Art Day first came into inception by the International Association of Art. While the epicenter of this celebration resides in Los Angeles, the ripple effect of honoring art’s important place in society can be felt all the way in the mountains of Mt. Washington Valley!

Not only does the vast expanse of national forest and New England’s highest peak, Mount Washington, provide the ultimate illustration, it also acts as a muse for a community of artists.

The valley’s history is steeped in artistic works from artists hailing from cities such as Boston and New York. These artists would visit the valley for its endless well of inspiration, paint incredible landscapes and then bring them back to buyers in the cities from which they came.

The paintings were so unbelievable “Bostonians” and “New Yorkers” visited the valley in droves, just having to see the White Mountains for themselves. From there the vacation destination, known as the Mount Washington Valley took off!

Years later, the valley has curated a haven for artists. From oil to acrylic to sculpture to landscapes to abstract works of art, the walls of the White Mountain National Forest is home to a hub of creativity. Treasured pieces can be found in the forms of galleries, murals, installations, statues, antiques and more.

While the valley is currently under a “Stay-at-Home” order due to the COVID-19 crisis, we want to share some of the best places to go for an art tour for when you can finally visit the valley!

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  1. Start in Conway!
    The Cassidy Gallery is a fine art and craft gallery and features the

    A peek inside Cassidy Gallery’s front door, in Conway, NH.

    work of over thirty fine artists and artisans from the Mount Washington Valley and New England. Offering high-quality framed original art by professional artists, many pieces depict local scenes.

    Macomber Glass Studio is a glass blowing and metal working studio, open to guests, by chance or by appointment. You can see Nathan blow glass, check out the small gallery, or see some of the works in progress. From January through April, you can also stop by the studio and learn how to blow your own glass ornament for $25.00!

  2. Artist Kristen Pobatschnig works on Tin Mountain’s 3-wall mural.

    Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s  Nature Learning Center
    Many programs out of its Nature Learning Center in Albany. This building is a work of art in itself,  utilizing local materials, including 20 species of wood all harvested in New England, most within 10 miles of the Center. Slate covering the lobby, kitchen, classroom and restroom floors was procured from Vermont. The art within the walls of the NLC, is just as impressive and includes natural displays, as well as a mural spanning three walls.

  3. Take a Drive to Fryeburg!
    The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center is home to Fryeburg Academy’s own award-winning music and theater productions. As well as touring musical and theater groups. The LHEPAC is also home to the Pace Gallery which rotates featured art showcases. Each show is unique and evokes a wide range of emotion and presents an array of talent.
  4. Head North to North Conway!
    Settlers Green features a walkable art exhibit featuring fourteen

    “Can We Talk” painting by Rebecca Klementovich. On of the featured pieces on Settler Green’s art tour.

    pieces of art. Each work in Settlers Green Public Art initiative reflects themes such as dance, community, the whimsical, mountains, granite and fashion. The outlet village has invested deeply into the art community, and is proud to feature artists from around New England, including three local artists.MWV Arts Association hosts a gallery at Norcross Circle in North Conway Village that art enthusiasts can visit. This non-profit also hosts the annual event “Art in the Park,” happening on Saturday, August 1, 2020 and Sunday, August 2, 2020 in Schouler Park right in North Conway Village. MWVAA members also showcase their art at The Met Coffeehouse in North Conway Village and Settlers Green.

    Frontside Coffee Roasters is a hometown favorite coffee house. You’ll immediately feel a relaxed vibe when you walk in. The friendly baristas, large windows letting bright light in and walls filled with art immediately invite you to sit back and chill. Frontside rotates featured art regularly, highlighting local and regional artists.

    Zeb’s Model A truck. A must-stop on Main Street in North Conway Village.

    Zeb’s General Store is the epitome of old New England charm. With the state’s longest candy-counter and two floors of New England made gifts and crafts, you’ll immediately be transported to the time of yesteryear. Not only does Zeb’s General Store radiate an old-time feel, it features a 1929 Model A Truck, parked outside the store. A must-stop on your art tour of Mt. Washington Valley!

    League of NH Craftsmen is a historical gallery, which features contemporary and traditional fine crafts by over 200 of NH’s finest artists and craftsmen. You can also take an array of classes there including pottery classes!

    The Met is a local hotspot with two locations, one in North Conway Village and one in Settlers Green. Both spots feature art from the members of the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association. Enjoy works in the form of acrylic and oil paintings, photography and more.

  5. Keep Going to Jackson!
    Jackson Art Studio and Gallery is a working studio where you can

    Jackson Art Studio and Gallery’s show-room.

    find working artists creating and demonstrating on weekends. Jackson Art Studio and Gallery is home to modern, eclectic and interesting works of art.

    The Wentworth – An Elegant Country Inn pays homage to its rich history of origin, where it was built as a wedding gift In 1869, by Joshua Trickey for his daughter Georgia Trickey’s marriage to her husband-to-be, General Marshall Wentworth. Historical books, documents, and scrapbooks are maintained in the inn. Something that makes the Wentworth even more special is that its home to paintings by traditional landscape painter, Erik Koeppel.

 

A Big Shout-Out to Mt. Washington Valley Health Care!

How lucky are we to have access to patient and emergent care?!

Part of what makes the Mt. Washington Valley great is that it’s off the beaten path. But even though it’s in its own world, it still provides access to multiple levels of health care. We are so thankful to all of our medical facilities, doctors, nurses, practitioners, and administrative staff who are working tirelessly to guide us through this pandemic.

Health care in the Mt. Washington Valley is multifaceted. The valley has facilities that offer patient care for routine check-ups and appointments. The valley also is home to a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital through Memorial Hospital, as well as a 24-hour emergency department, amongst other services. Residents and visitors can find medical professionals in the Mt. Washington Valley that offer focused medical care ranging from family medicine to women’s health to, diabetes care, behavioral health, physical therapy and more.

All of these levels of health care in the Mt. Washington Valley are working tirelessly for residents and visitors regularly and now in the wake of COVID-19 they aren’t slowing down. Staff and administrators from all of the valley’s medical facilities are providing excellent care and adapting to the changing landscape of health care in COVID-19’s wake. Each practitioner is finding ways to support our community through care, support, and expertise. And for that we are so thankful.

This list doesn’t begin to cover those working hard at the front lines in the valley, but it is a start! Thank you, thank you, thank you…

Memorial Hospital
White Mountain Community Health Care
Discover Health and Functional Medicine
North Country Healthcare
Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice
Timberland Home Care

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Photo by Wiseguy Photography. 

Easter in Mt. Washington Valley!

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Sununu has issued a “Stay-At-Home-Order, effective starting March 27th at midnight through May 4th. This means all non-essential businesses are required to close until then. This means that the Easter activities outlined below are canceled and the businesses hosting them have temporarily closed. We look forward to when we are on the other side of this and can host you and your family in the valley again. Until then, be safe and be well. We are all in this together.**

Easter is a highlight of April and a great marker that spring is in full swing! We invite you to spend Easter in the Mt. Washington Valley. Enjoy fun, family get-away, crafts, family-centered entertainment, great food and more.

Easter Fun

Hop onto the Bunny Express at the Conway Scenic Railroad. This historic train will take you on a scenic ride down to Conway Village. During your excursion the Easter Bunny will pay a visit to you and your children as it makes its way from aisle to aisle. Rides are happening April 11th and 12th. Consider reserving in advance to secure tickets!

Gather your peeps and celebrate “Easter on the Green” with Settlers Green on April 4th. Sponsored by Lindt Chocolate, Easter on the Green is a family-friendly craft event that includes  paper egg decorating, an Easter Treasure Hunt from store-to-store and a complimentary coloring book for the first 100 kids!

Living Shores Aquarium is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast on April 5th! Start your day with a pancake breakfast with Humpty Dumpty at Living Shore’s restaurant, Pasta Mia. Following breakfast, an Easter Egg Hunt will take place throughout the aquarium as well as a fun craft activity for all ages. All kids 12 and under are welcome to participate. The Easter Egg Hunt will be continuous from 8:30 am – 9:45 am and breakfast time slots are available at 8:00 am, 8:30 am and 9:00 am with limited seating. This is a special event & requires a special ticket. Be sure to reserve yours in advance.

Enjoy a show at M&D at the Eastern Slope Playhouse! Matilda is playing on April 2nd, (along with other show dates through April 11th). This classic Roald Dahl tale is sure to entertain the whole family.  Tickets are expected to sell quickly, so reserve yours now!

While we all can be kids at heart, if you’re looking for a little more adult centered fun or have older kids, the Mt. Washington Valley has a great selection of Easter fun for you too!

Dance your heart out with Motor Booty Affair at Attitash Mountain on April Fourth! Dubbed “The Ultimate Disco Party Band,” Motor Booty Affair’s music is infectious! Playing the most danceable songs of all time, the show is spectacular – from the afros, bell bottoms, platform shoes, polyester and dance moves, to the highest quality sound and light show this side of 1975! Make sure you bring your boogie shoes because no matter how big the dance floor is – it’s always packed from the first song to the last.

Wildcat Tavern is hosting a mini Cold River Radio Show concert! Cold River Radio Show Host Jonathan Sarty invites artists who have previously appeared on The Cold River Radio Show to the intimate setting of the historic Wildcat Inn & Tavern in Jackson, NH for these up close and personal listening dinner concert performances. The next show is April fourth and shows are reservation only. For reservations call 603-383-4245.

As always, the valley’s dining establishments offer exceptional Easter buffets and dinner menu’s. Browse your options here and make a reservation!

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Maple Syrup in the Mt. Washington Valley!

The great debate over real or imitation maple syrup is happening at breakfast tables around the world. And while this argument of preference may endure for years to come, when it comes to Maple Syrup, the folks of Mt. Washington Valley will enthusiastically agree, we only want the real thing.

Maple Sugaring in the Mt. Washington Valley is a point of pride in our part of New England. Maple Trees are one of the main architects of our fall foliage season in Mt. Washington Valley, gifting us with crimson red leaves. They also provide a free flow of sap in spring, which is then turned into the coveted Maple Syrup we have pledged our allegiance to. We have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to these deciduous trees.

And thankful we are. To show our gratitude, the Mt. Washington Valley offers maple themed activities, events, dining experiences and more to share the authenticity of this New England staple as well as educate the public on what it takes to cultivate Maple Syrup.

Below is a small sampling of maple themed ideas to plan around a getaway in Mt. Washington Valley this March.

Take a self-guided tour the Maple Storybook Trail which begins near the Sugar Shack in the 100 Acre Wood. Located in Intervale, NH, the Sugar Shack opens up to a trail network where you can snow-shoe, walk your dog, go for a peaceful walk or cross-country ski. As you explore the 100 Acre Wood, you’ll see a network of tubes that run between the Maple Trees. The sap that flows from each tree runs back to the sugar shack where it is boiled and processed into Maple Syrup.

Once you make your way back to the entrance of the wood, if there is steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, step inside for a firsthand look of the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup. You’ll get to talk to the makers of the syrup and learn anecdotal facts about the love and care that goes into making this liquid gold. Group Educational Tours for all ages during Maple Season are available during mid-week. With a suggested donation of $25 per class/group, proceeds benefit the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation. Reservations for group tours are suggested. Please call 603-356-9980 to schedule.

Learn how to tap your own trees with Remick Farm in its Maple Syrup DIY class! Start out in its Sugarhouse where you will spend the day as a syrup maker’s apprentice. At the end of the day, you will leave with hands-on knowledge of how to produce your own maple syrup and a sample of the syrup you helped produce. In addition, participants will create maple treats while waiting for the sap to boil down. Tree identification, sap collection and storage, boiling and filtering and grading and regulations are all topics that are covered during this workshop. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the process of making Maple Syrup.

Remick Farm also offers a NH Maple Weekend on March 21st and 22nd. The farm has also introduced a new series called “Young Farmers” which helps you and your child explore the seasons on the Remick farmstead through themed activities. Most lessons include time outside, a craft, and a story. On March 7th, the theme of the “Young Farmers” program is Maple Syrup. Participants will learn about the trees necessary for good maple syrup, learn how it is collected and made by completing a maze and enjoying a craft and story about the sugaring process.

Lodging in the Mt. Washington Valley also goes beyond just providing a comfortable bed to sleep in! They also offer Maple Syrup themed vacation packages! Each lodging property adds its own unique spin on its Maple themed getaways, but one thing is for sure, you’ll get an inside look at how maple syrup is made, a sampling of sweet treats, a special dining experience and more. Click here for a link to Maple Syrup themed vacation packages.

Also be sure to check out the Bed and Breakfasts Inn Mt. Washington, for a complete list of lodging properties participating in March Maple Madness getaways.

A trip to Mt. Washington Valley during maple season isn’t complete without taking some home with you! True New England made maple syrup is such a gift and a unique way to share your trip with loved ones. (But we won’t tell if you decide to keep the goodies all for yourself, either!)

A stop at Zeb’s General Store in North Conway offers the best array of New England made products, including maple syrup, maple candies, beverages, sauces and more! Soyfire Candle offers clean burning candles made with organic ingredients, including a maple scented line! Bavarian Chocolate Haus offers maple sweet treats and you can even watch the chocolatier hand-dip candies when you stop in the store! White Mountain Cupcakery has its own take on a maple themed cupcake and be sure to stop by the Mt. Washington Valley’s cafes for a take on a Maple Latte!

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Photo c/o Wiseguy Photography

Valentine’s Day in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH!

Valentine’s Day in the Mt. Washington Valley can be exactly what you want it to be! Spend time in the outdoors; stay in for a spa treatment; enjoy a delicious meal out; dance the night the night away; include the kids or don’t; make it a group thing or a couples only holiday. Whatever your preference is for spending Valentine’s Day in the Mt. Washington Valley, there’s a fun activity waiting for you.

Consider booking a couples massage or relaxing spa treatment in the valley’s premier spas or spend a romantic weekend at one of the valley’s boutique inns. Dine out in the valley and make dinner reservations for an evening of creative cuisine at Table and Tonic or White Mountain Cider Company or Thompson House Eatery or swing by Delaney’s, Shannon Door Pub, Moat Mountain Smokehouse for a beer and fun night in a relaxed atmosphere.

Below we’ve listed some fun events and unique activities happening on the weekend of February 14th – 16th. Make a plan to spend Valentine’s Day in the Mt. Washington Valley and blow this year’s holiday weekend out of the water!

photo c/o Tuckerman Brewing Company.

Grab your partner and play a round of Corn Hole, listen to some live music and enjoy handcrafted beer at Tuckerman Brewing Company! Every Thursday Tuckerman’s hosts a Corn Hole tournament and on Friday, February 14th they’re welcoming “Crush: A Dave Matthews Tribute Band” to the brewery!

Summit Mount Washington through Mount Washington Observatory Day Trip! Take a snowcat ride to New England’s highest peak and home to the world’s worst weather! Take in legendary scenery and get up-close and personal to the Observatory’s famous mountaintop weather station through a guided tour.  Meet the scientists living and working in this remote outpost and enjoy a hearty, homemade lunch. You’ll be back before nightfall and this Mount Washington Observatory Day Trip will be a totally new and exciting way to spend Valentine’s Day!

photo c/o Wildcat Mountain

Ski all day and then gather at the base of Wildcat Mountain for a Torchlight parade. Wildcat Ski Patrol and Ski School will journey down the hill just after dusk to form the Torchlight Parade that lights up the night. Enjoy apres-ski snacks and drinks at the tavern in the Wildcat Base Lodge, watch the sun set and take in the amazing scene of torches and skiers making their way down this iconic mountain. This is a great event that brings families and friends together on the ski mountain.

Spend the evening laughing with your partner at the Juston Mckinney show at Believe in Books. With multiple performances on The Tonight Show, his own Comedy Central specials Juston McKinney puts on a great show. Grab a bite to eat before doors open, enjoy some comedy and finish the evening with a nightcap at any of the valley’s local bars. Believe in Books is a great location in a beautiful setting in Intervale, NH.

Photo c/o of Shawnee Peak

Spend a few hours kid-free to reconnect with your partner! Shawnee Peak is hosting a movie night! On February 15th, starting at 5:30, drop the kids off at Shawnee Peak’s Sugar Shack where popcorn, pizza and drinks will be served while they watch the Lion King movie! Either sneak away for an apres-ski beer at Shawnee Peak’s bar and restaurant or make your way into Fryeburg for an upscale dinner at the Oxford House Inn or a great burger and beer at 302 West Smokehouse! Kids must be pre-enrolled for this and spots sell-out so make sure to reserve now!

Don’t Miss the 31st Annual Chocolate Fest!

Are you a chocolate connoisseur? What about a lover of the outdoors? Do you appreciate classic New England architecture? Are you always up for trying something new? If you say yes to any of those things, then the 31st Annual Chocolate Festival hosted in the Mt. Washington Valley is a must for you!

This event, known as the “sweetest day on the trails,” takes place on Sunday, February 23rd at different inns and businesses throughout the Mt. Washington Valley. Guests cross-country ski, snowshoe or drive from place to place, sampling different chocolate creations at each stop. Hosted by the MWV Ski Touring and Snowshoe 

Foundation, in conjunction with several Mt. Washington Valley businesses, this event is a fundraiser for the ski touring foundation.

You’ll indulge in anything from chocolate covered strawberries to hot chocolate served in chocolate mugs, chocolate-dipped bacon, cookies and more. Each chef puts their own spin on this classic sweet treat.

Guests enjoy up to 45km of the MWV Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation’s trails to ski and snowshoe on. Twelve different stops dot the Chocolate Festival’s map along the way. Complimentary beer tastings by Tuckerman Brewing Company and Chocolate Martinis for purchase also mark the trail at specific stops along the way.

The event begins at 11:00am and the chocolate flows until 5:00pm! A complimentary shuttle provided by the MWV Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation will run from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

The 31st Annual Chocolate Festival was been praised as a top chocolate tour amongst foodies and travelers. It’s a must for your vacation in the Mt. Washington Valley vacation. Perfect for those that love chocolate and those that love to ski, this Chocolate Festival can entertain anyone you visit the valley with.

Tickets are available up-to and on the day of the event, and can be purchased online or at the MWV Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation’s center, Whitaker Meeting House
or any other trailside chocolate stop. Lodging packages are also available and book up quickly, so be sure to reserve your lodging today! Stops include:
Stonehurst Manor
Adventure Suites
Eastern Inn
The Starlight Lodge
Riverside Inn B&B
The Samuel O’Reilly House
Sugar Shack at 100 Acre Wood
1785 Inn
Buttonwood Inn
Tuckerman’s Tavern at The New England Inn
Old Field House
Whitaker Woods Meeting House

You’ll enjoy outdoor adventure, take in the decor and build of each classic New England inn and business and enjoy sweet treats along the way. This event is great for a group of friends, entertaining family and adding something unique into your vacation itinerary. Come out and enjoy the “sweetest day on the trails.”

2020 MWV Ice Fest in the Mt. Washington Valley!

Outdoor adventure in the Mt. Washington Valley has so much to offer. Visitors and residents alike are lucky to have access to acres of national forest in which to experience outdoor activities from hiking to climbing and beyond. The Mt. Washington Valley is known for being home to the highest peak in New England, Mount Washington. It also has garnered fame for being a premier destination for waterfall ice climbing.

Being known for waterfall ice climbing in the Mt. Washington Valley, also means that some amazing people come out to climb them. With this combination a group of dedicated climbers in the Mt. Washington Valley in partnership with the International Mountain Climbing School in North Conway, NH created the MWV Ice Fest!

Going on 27 years now, the MWV Ice Fest is a three-day event focused on climbing clinics, gear demos, entertainment and more. The theme that always runs through this event, year after year, is a celebration of climbing. You’ll see old friends at this event, make new ones and even connect with potential climbing partners! You’ll gain a deeper respect for the great outdoors, learn new skills, and try gear out before you invest in it.

Over forty clinics are being held Friday through Sunday. Clinic topics range to include:

Steep Ice – Intermediate and Intro,” where you’ll learn how to move smoothly on steep ice, identify different types of vertical ice and its colors and how to make quick and efficient decisions based on those characteristics;

“Thin Ice,” where you’ll learn skills and confidence on how to gauge thin, scrappy terrain, how to move confidently when it gets a little spooky, and how to finesse your way up inches-thick ice safely.

One-Day Ascents Up Mount Washington, where participants and the clinic guide will discuss general mountaineering skills, winter navigation and we will be able to practice basic crampon, ice axe skills and self arrest techniques.

“Snow and Ice Anchors,” which is a full day course that offers important information about construction and equalization of anchor systems for both snow and ice climbing.

“AIARE Level I Avalanche Course,” which is a three-day clinic that provides a basic understanding of avalanches, describes a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain, focuses on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing “answers,” gives lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field, and breaks down how to use Mammut’s beacon system.

These are just a sampling of the forty clinics being held during the 2020 MWV Ice Fest. For a comprehensive break-down of Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sunday’s clinics, click the links.

Friday and Saturday evening is headlined by a live presentations from decorated Alpinists that have made ascents around the world. A DJ’d dance party, beer tasting and silent auction are also staples of these “after parties.” Each presentation is held at Theater in the Wood, in Bartlett, NH.

The Mt. Washington Valley offers a depth of varied natural terrain. It’s a premier ice climbing destination, and is a main source of opportunities for winter climbing in New Hampshire. The MWV Ice Fest, highlights what a treasure this source is, and is an event not to be missed. Perfect for beginners and seasoned climbers, your winter is not complete without taking part in this comprehensive ice climbing celebration.

Featured photo by Brent Doscher, c/o MWV Ice Fest

Awesome Ski Deals in the Mt. Washington Valley!

Spending time skiing Mt. Washington Valley is as good as it gets. But if you can find a great deal to ski the White Mountains, then that is just fresh powder on the slopes…icing on the cake…the cherry on top. You know what we mean, a great deal on trail passes in the Mt. Washington Valley is pretty great!

We’ve taken a sampling of specials the Mt. Washington Valley Nordic ski centers and ski mountains have put together and shared them here with you. Be sure to mark your calendars for some of these dates and specials! The Mt. Washington Valley ski areas have put a lot of thought into fun and affordable ways to share the magic of skiing in the White Mountains with you and we’re psyched to pass the information onto you!

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation: On Saturday, February 8th, Jackson Ski Touring is hosting WinterKids Family Day! This ski center is giving away free and discounted trail passes for the whole family, including: One free junior trail pass;  five dollar sibling trail passes; fifteen dollar parent trail passes; and fifteen dollar rental packages Skiers looking to enjoy these specials must have a WinterKids App membership. Jackson Ski Touring staff will be on hand with information about its programs and are there to create a fun day on the trails, so come out and join them!

King Pine Ski Area: Skiing is as easy 1-2-3 with its 1-2-3 Ski or Snowboard package. This special is geared for First-Time Skiers and include rentals, lessons and lift tickets. You purchase this special and the time you take the lessons are up to you.

Each 1-2-3 Package includes

  • 3 All-day lift tickets (beginner lifts on day 1 and All-lifts tickets on your 2nd and 3rd day)
  • 3 group lessons
  • 3 days of rentals (skis, boots and poles OR snowboard and boots)
  • 50% off tickets, rentals and lessons upon completion of all 3 lessons!

When you take your group lessons is up to you– take one now, one in a couple of weeks and one later in the 2020 season. Upon completion of all 3 lessons, you will receive a pass good for 50% off tickets, lessons and rentals for the remainder of the current 2020 season.

Bretton Woods: This ski area is full of surprises and is always coming up with great events and specials to get you out on the slopes! Try its 2-4-1 Wednesdays, where during the 2019-20 ski season you can get two alpine lift tickets for just $88.00

Nordic skiers can ski Bretton Woods’ trail network fo $21.00 for two Nordic trail passes.

Are you a single skier? Get a single day ticket on Wednesday’s for only $78! **Pricing excludes holiday periods and the following blackout dates.

Also be mark your calendars for “The Big Game” special on February 2nd. Ski or ride at Bretton Woods for $54.00 and then make your way to Slopeside Pub to cheer! This special also applies to Nordic skiers! Gather a group of four and get four trail passes for $54.00!

Great Glen Trails: Get total access to Great Glen Trails with the T3 Pass! For one discounted price the T3 pass includes:

  • a trail pass for XC skiing
  • a trail pass for snowshoeing
  • XC ski rentals
  • snowshoe rentals
  • all-day access to the tubing hill
  • a winter tour on theMt. Washington SnowCoach

Swap your rental skis for snowshoes and back again and spend the entire day with Great Glen Trails! Try every winter activity that has been on your list! You don’t even have to leave the grounds for lunch! Great Glen Trails offers lunch at its Glen View Cafe or consider an apres-ski drink or snack at The Glen House, across from Great Glen Trails!

Shop Mt. Washington Valley: Where to Find Gear This Winter

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.

 

Live Music in Mt. Washington Valley

Looking for some entertainment to cap off an awesome day exploring the White Mountains? Live music in Mt. Washington Valley has you covered. Talent is over-spilling in taverns, theaters, breweries and more! Take your pick of musical stylings and the kind of artistic adventure you’re looking for. The musicians and entertainers of the Mt. Washington Valley won’t disappoint.

Below is just a sampling of the Valley’s live music offerings to help get you started on your tour of live music in the Mt. Washington Valley! Click here for a list of valley events!

Tuckerman Brewing Company: A five time winner of  the “Best Beer” award at the Attitash Mountain Oktoberfest event and recipient of the Best Brewery Tour in the Best of NH awards, Tuckerman Brewing Company does not disappoint.

And we’re not just talking about its beers! Tuckerman Brewing Company also hosts a Live Music Series. We’re not even in the 2020 season yet and its concert calendar already features some amazing acts, such as Jesse Dee and Tricky Britches. Be sure to add these events into your calendar and make a point to feature them in your weekend or vacation!

Tuckerman Brewing Company also hosts an Open Mic Night, every Tuesday from 6-9pm. Hosted by local band Chimera, you’ll be entertained all night long.

Red Parka Steakhouse and Pub: Always living up to its motto “Good

Live Music at Red Parka Pub

Food and Good Times,” Red Parka is always featuring live entertainment in its pub. You’ll find a solid line-up of bands and singers ready to jam the night away. An open dance floor exists in the pub for a reason. The bands are so lively, you’ll be on your feet in no time.

Red Parka Pub also hosts annual events such as a Halloween Party, Adult Prom, Kentucky Derby, Skiers Appreciation Night and more.

A staple of the apres-ski scene Red Parka Steakhouse and Pub is an expert in live music and a must stop for a drink, a steak and a good time during your Mt. Washington Valley vacation!

Stone Mountain Arts Center: Is a truly unique experience for live

Live Concerts at Stone Mountain Arts Center

music. Instead of traditional tavern surroundings and a casual listening experience, Stone Mountain Arts Center is a timber frame hall tucked in the mountains. It hosts national acts like Robert Cray, Los Lobos and Madeleine Peyroux and more. With a year-round calendar of robust musical and comedy acts, Stone Mountain Arts Center is a cultural epicenter in the White Mountains. Purchasing tickets in advance to shows is highly recommended and you can choose to enjoy dinner prior to the show at the Arts Center as well. (Trust us – go for the dinner. It’s just as much a work of art as the performers featured on the stage!)

Wildcat Hoot Night:  Hoot Night is an integral part of the valley’s history! A 30 year veteran of the Valley’s music scene, Hoot Night is the longest running open mic night in the area! This weekly open mic night is not to be missed if you’re new to the Mt. Washington Valley!

Hoot Night is hosted by accomplished musician, Jonathan Sarty from 7pm to 10pm at Wildcat Tavern in Jackson, NH. Jonathan helps to create an incredible blend of music as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night. Come as a performer or as a spectator. Either way, just come! You’re guaranteed a great show.

Thompson House Eatery: Every Wednesday local musicians, bands

Live music at Thompson House Eatery

and soloists perform in the Thompson House Eatery’s bar. Enjoy anything from indie-funk music, to acoustic and rag-time country blues music, to 80’s themed songs and pop.

Thompson House Eatery is a homestead restaurant, made up of a restaurant, barn and farm. Steeped in history, fine craftsmanship and phenomenal cuisine; eating and drinking at Thompson House Eatery is an experience all its own. Owner, (along with owner and wife, Kate Fournier), Chef Jeffrey Fournier sources the finest and freshest ingredients, to offer the utmost in quality, making nearly everything on the menu from scratch. From pasta, to bread, to ice cream and pastries we strive to provide an outstanding culinary experience steeped in tradition and integrity. Stop by for a drink, an app and some great live entertainment.

Sea Dog Brewing Company: Enjoy dinner, great beer and entertainment! Located in downtown North Conway, Sea Dog Brewing Company hosts local bands and a karaoke night! Be sure to check out its always happening events schedule to see who is playing next! Featuring post and beam décor with a fireplace and multi-level dining, its large, horse-shoe shaped bar serves 14 beers on tap, including special cask conditioned ales brewed on the premises in its nano-brewery. Sea Dog is a great stop on your musical tour of the valley.

Shopping Events in Mt. Washington Valley

Holiday shopping in North Conway, NH has commenced! Mt.

Shopping in North Conway Village, NH

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

White Birch Books, located in North Conway Village

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)

Assets Jean Co. located in North Conway Village

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

RavenWood Curio Shoppe, located in Jackson Village

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.

 

The Best Places to Bring Your Dog in the Mt. Washington Valley!

We get it, no family vacation is complete without your furry, four-legged family members. The Mt. Washington Valley is a dog-lover’s paradise and a dog’s dream vacation spot. There is plenty of space to roam, run, hike and play fetch! Whether you have a big adventure planned or are looking for something a little more low-key and you want to include your pup, the valley has you covered!

  1. Whitaker Woods. This network of trails in North Conway, is a great place to run, walk, mountain bike and cross-country ski with your dog. This trail system comes complete with a map and signage throughout the woods to keep you on track. Choose your mileage and turn this into a short walk or add miles for a longer run or walk.
  2. Karla’s Pet Rendezvous. Drop your pet off for a day of fun at this pet center focused on grooming, overnight care, play groups and more. Whether it’s just for an afternoon or an overnight, your beloved pup will get attentive care, at this full-service pet resort.

    Aunt Cindy’s Albany Pet Care is another fantastic option for pet care. “The Next Best Place to Being Home”, Aunt Cindy’s offers dog training, walks, 5 large fenced indoor/outdoor play yards and more!

  3. Schouler Park. Right in the heart of North Conway, across from the Conway Scenic Railroad, (which is also a pet friendly
    photo c/o of Conway Scenic Railroad

    attraction!) this park is a perfect spot for dogs and their families. Grab a coffee at The Met or Frontside Grind, right next door and spend the morning playing fetch and taking in the local buzz of the town.

  4. Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. Located in Jackson Village, this cross-country ski area is dog-friendly. Featuring an expanse of 150 km of trails, covering 60 miles, your dog will be in pup-heaven as it follows you along pristine trails.
  5. Bear Notch Ski Touring Center. Another phenomenal choice to bring your dog for fun, is this cross-country center. You and your pup have over 65 km of trails throughout Bartlett to play on. Bear Notch also offers a warming hut with soup, snacks, homemade bread and beverages to take a rest at.
  6. Adventure Suites. Rest your legs and your paws at this adventure themed and pet-friendly hotel. Choose your adventure, whether it’s through staying in the  Deserted Island Suite,  Motorcycle Madness Suite, Sky Captain’s Lounge Suite, Wine Cellar Suite or any of its other pet friendly suites. Each suite includes a two person Jacuzzi or larger, free movies from its extensive DVD library, breakfast in the 1950‘s Diner, free WI FI, in room coffee, billiards, outdoor brick fire pit overlooking the mountains and evening “munchies” including popcorn and fresh baked cookies. For a list of other pet-friendly accommodations, click here.
  7. Four Your Paws Only. Also known as the “local canine hangout,”
    photo c/o Four Your Paws Only

    this award winning, pet-friendly store caters to pets and their owners by providing the best customer service, the best quality supplies, locally made pet products and all natural pet foods. They also offer the most unique pet themed gifts, a pet bakery and an exceptional shopping experience for you and your pet. Also unique to Four Your Paws Only, is its in-store Puppy Playroom where they host walk-in Doggie Playgroups every Saturday and Sundays,  at no charge.

  8. Mountain Division Trail. This eight mile paved trail is located in Fryeburg, Maine. It’s a great option to bring your pup for a run or walk. Stroller and bike friendly this trail network provides controlled terrain for those looking to get mileage in for the day. The MWV Trails Association provides information on this trail system as well as others throughout the Mt. Washington Valley.