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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.

Bring A Friend Shopping Event in North Conway, NH!

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:

  1. 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.
  2.  

    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.

What Sets East Coast Skiing Apart? New England Ski Museum Answers.

A common saying about East Coast skiing is “you can ski the East, you can ski anything.”

The East Coast throws extreme weather at us during the winter and therefore some of the most extreme skiing conditions. We see it all, skiing in North Conway, NH. On this side of the hemisphere we experience powder to ice to bluebird days to a month straight of 25 degrees below zero. And we ski in every bit of it. After all, Mother Nature gives us close to six months of ski season, she’s probably just trying to keep us entertained.

The variety of conditions that we not only ski in; but wake up to, shovel off our cars in, and drive through, just to get to the mountain to ski in creates a sense of pride. East Coast skiing and particularly Northern New Hampshire skiing is the birth place of skiing. With the forefathers and foremothers of skiing making their way to the White Mountains to partake in original backcountry skiing adventures.

The history that is steeped in the White Mountain National Forest and the six cross-country and seven alpine ski resorts is what makes being an East Coast skier so unique. It’s a history to hold onto, one to share and one to be proud to represent.

Which is why having the Eastern Branch of the New England Ski Museum in North Conway, NH is such an honor.

Photo c/o New England Ski Museum

The Eastern Branch of the New England Ski Museum is an extension of the flagship New England Ski Museum located in Franconia, NH. The Eastern Branch is a satellite station that features exhibit space, equipment and archives storage, a museum store, offices and small group meeting spaces.

You’ll find it in the heart of North Conway Village, situated next to Schouler Park the Conway Scenic Railroad – an 1880 Victorian train station, village shops, eateries. The Eastern Slope Branch of the New England Ski Museum is highly visible and accessible and it wants YOU to come in for a visit!

Photo c/o New England Ski Museum

If you’re a ski family an individual ski enthusiast or someone who wants to learn more about what sets the East Coast apart from other destinations, then the New England Ski Museum in North Conway, NH is a must-stop in your North Conway, NH vacation. It’s a great option for a rainy day activity, a way to walk off a great lunch you had in town, or a perfect pairing to a half-day ski ticket.

The collections provide insight into the early years of skiing, hidden ski gems in the White Mountains, a history on ski equipment and more. The Eastern Branch of the New England Ski Museum is dedicated to a sport that enriches the White Mountains and enriches the lives of everyone who partakes in it.

Art as a Destination: Jackson Art Studio and Gallery.

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 59947492_2588536997846644_6659994641019961344_oworking 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. Washington58652599_2569387656428245_8402340049827397632_o 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.

 

There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate!

By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Bavarian Chocolate Haus is impossible to ignore when you first see it. There’s the jaunty European music it pipes out, the almost fairytale look of the building they have occupied for 20 years, and the wall-to-wall chocolate inside.

We talked with their staff, and they greeted us like old friends and this friendliness is reflected in all the chocolates they sell.

Owners Scott Ferrari and David Hallett make the majority of chocolates they sell right in their shop. They consider themselves a traditional chocolate shop and use the freshest ingredients and avoid adding anything unnecessary to their chocolate.

Their vast selection of dark, milk and white chocolate treats includes fudge, hot fudge, specialty food items, holiday items and gift boxes. We had to try something, of course! Our personal pick on this visit was a truffle with dark chocolate and blueberry, and something with dark chocolate, sea salt, and caramel!

Bavarian Chocolate Haus has an online store and offers a newsletter to keep you notified of specials. They’ll even offer some bits of chocolate or German trivia. They also have a second location in Bridgton. Make sure to stop in and say hello when you are in town.

Still Skiing in Mt. Washington Valley

By Kathy Bennett
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

While the ground is brown south of here, the snow base is still deep and white at the ski areas in and around North Conway. The end of March usually sees some ski areas call it quits – due to a lack of skiers, not a lack of snow.

But there is still plenty of skiing left here into April.

Yesterday I skied the popular Ellis River Trail Loop at Jackson Ski Touring. As you can see from the photos, the snow is still deep. The rivers and streams were flowing but the trail was groomed with coverage edge to edge.  JSTF former Executive Director Thom Perkins confirmed that their mid-November open date is among their earliest and manager Deb Deschenes said it was a great season right up until the end, which takes place on March 31.

Those wishing to continue xc skiing can continue fun on skinny skis at Bear Notch Ski Touring. They have not published a closing date yet, but the Garlands usually keep the groomers going as long as they can. Last year on Easter Sunday I enjoyed skiing there, taking advantage of their higher elevations and shaded trails which keep their snow longer than most.

Sunday brought me to Wildcat. The fog and forecast of rain scared off most folks, which left the deep, soft-turning snow for those of us who were more intrepid. The warm air was a treat and I skied without googles. The fog was not an impediment as visibility was reasonable and the fog was off and on skiing down through the elevations. What was consistent was the snow quality, with only a few areas showing more variable/spring conditions. They will easily make it to Easter, when they have fun events scheduled on April 21.

Cranmore ends daily operations today but will reopen April 6-7.  Wildcat has not published an estimated close date on their website. Bretton Woods has posted an April 15 close date. 

Check here for the most recent listing of closings and end of season events.

Closing dates are subject to change so visit each resort website for the latest and greatest. But don’t put those skis away just yet!

Conway Area Humane Society opens Re-Tails Resale Shop

The Conway Area Humane Society (CAHS) recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their new ReTails Resale Shop located at the far end of the Conway Area Humane Society Shelter building in Conway. The shop is open Monday – Saturday with many items for sale including furniture, clothing, sporting goods, bedding, collectibles and more!

Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information email Katy at kbailey@conwayshelter.org or visit conwayshelter.org.

Pictured from left Valerie Horn, Board Director, Payton Cressey, Board Director, Katy Bailey, Volunteer Manager, Virginia Moore, Executive Director, Nate Marles, Board Chair, Cheryl Mitchell, Volunteer, and Suzie Laskin, Board Director.

For more information visit Conway Area Humane Society.