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Bretton Woods Announces Future Enhancements

 Omni Mount Washington Resort is pleased to confirm that work has commenced on an exciting enhancement to our B-Chair Double Chair Lift and the Latitude 44 restaurant. We will be replacing the existing lift with a new, state of the art eight passenger gondola, which will run year-round, as well as a 10,000 square foot mountain side restaurant. Both will offer unprecedented alpine views of the highest mountain range in the northeast. This project represents a major investment in the Bretton Woods ski area, New Hampshire’s largest, and will be a highly anticipated new amenity for Omni guests and day visitors alike.

We look forward to sharing more details in an official announcement in the new year, in advance of the gondola’s 2018 – 2019 ski season debut and the mountain-side restaurant’s summer 2019 opening.

For more information, please call 603-278-3304.

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With as much as 16″ of new snow, MW Valley’s 13 ski resorts/XC Centers look forward to a packed holiday schedule

CHRISTMAS WEEK ON AND AROUND THE SKI SLOPES FILLED WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, FAMILY FUN ON THE SLOPES & SO MUCH MORE

On the Mountains

Attitash Mountain Resort presents Ptarmigan Pub Apres Ski Entertainment:

  • Tues, Dec 26: White Steer, 2:00-5:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 27: Riley Parkhurst Project, 2:00 – 5:00pm
  • Thurs, Dec 28: The Dean Machine, 2:00-5:00pm
  • Fri, Dec. 29: The Pat Foley Band, 3:00- 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 30: The Gravel Project, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Sun, Dec 31: Lazy Susan, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 1:  The Riley Parkhurst Project, 3:00-6:00pm

Black Mountain presents tunes, tastings & torchlight:

Dec 26-31:  Apres Ski fun in the Lostbo Pub, 3:30-6:50

  • Tues, Dec 26:  Live music by Ben Cook
  • Wed, Dec 27: Narragansett Apres Ski Party and Tasting and live music with Ben Cook
  • Thurs, Dec 28: Live music by Riley Parkhurst Project
  • Fri, Dec 29: Live music by Greg Walsh
  • Sat, Dec 30: Coors Light promotion and live music with Candie Tremblay

Fri, Dec 29: Last Tracks with Moat Brewery:

Ride the lift to the top at 4:00pm and enjoy a tasting of Moat Mountain Brew with a real Moat Brewer along with appetizers.  Afterward, ski down a freshly groomed trail with headlamps. Hard to know which is more fun – the tasting or the skiing.  Reservations required, call 603-383-4490 $25 per person.

Sun, December 31:  New Year’s Eve Party:  Enjoy music in the Lostbo Pub with Riley Parkhurst Project, Patriots on TV and a Torchlight parade at 6:00pm for the whole family.

Bretton Woods Ski Resort presents apres ski parties:

December 26-31: Adult Apres Ski Party, 3:00-5:50pm: When you’re finished with a great day on the trails, head to the 3rd floor and listen to some après ski entertainment. Try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm and Bar Promos are from 3:00pm-5:00pm.

December 26-31: Kids Apres Ski Party: 3:30-5:00pm:

Kids ages 4-12 are welcome to join in this special supervised après ski fun upstairs in the Mount Washington View Room, located on the Heaven Level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge.  Special après parties are scheduled on most Saturday’s throughout the year and during vacation and holiday periods.  Each party will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments for kids.  Parents are welcome to leave their kids at this supervised program and enjoy entertainment at the Slopeside Lounge.  Reservations are not required for this complimentary program

Cranmore Mountain Resort presents live music at Zips & Cranapalooza:

December 26-31:  Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park and Tubing Hill will be open daily 10:00am – 8:00pm.

December 27-31:  Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.

  • Dec 27: Greg Walsh
  • Dec 28: Ben Cook
  • Dec 29:  Mitch Alden, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Dec 30:  Music with Bill Cameron, 3:00-6:00pm

December 27 – 30: Cranapalooza!  After a day on the slopes, there’s still Cranapalooza! Cranmore’s signature winter event, Cranapalooza is back for another season of DJ dance parties in Schneider Square with C-more the Penguin, live music, outdoor entertainment, family activities, s’mores.

December 31:  Shredding into 2018 Freestyle Event at Cranmore:

Show off your tricks.  Open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages.

December 31: C-more’s New Year’s Eve Bash& Fireworks: Ring in 2018 with C-more the Penguin and this special New Year’s edition of Cranapalooza! Geared for guests and families of all ages, join in on all kinds of fun activities and entertainment! There’ll be a DJ in Schneider Square, s’mores, games & more. Stick around for a fireworks show at 6:00pm, too!

King Pine Ski Area presents torchlight snowtubing, sleighrides, night skiing & family fun:

December 26: Night Skiing and Family Night Race:  Night skiing begins for the season.  Ski under the lights from 4:00 – 9:00pm.  From 6:00-8:00pm, compete in a free dual recreation race on the mountain.

December 29:  Torchlight Snowtubing:

Enjoy the thrill of tubing under the lights at the Pine Meadows Tubing Park from 5:00-9:00pm.

 

 

December 30: Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, 11:00am-1:00pm: Start or end with a cup of hot cocoa by an outdoor fire. Enjoy the classic experience of riding among surrounding fields and within wooded trails in a horse-driven sleigh. $20 per adult, $15 for kids 12 and under. Space limited. Reservations required. Call 800-373-3754 for reservations.

December 31:  New Year’s Eve Family Celebration, 4:00-9:00pm.  Your night skiing ticket will include Night skiing and riding from 4:00-9:00pm, outdoor music and campfire at the base of King Pine. The torchlight parade begins at 9:00pm – the first 100 people meet at 8:45 p.m. at the top of the Open Slope. Skiers MUST be able to ski an intermediate Blue Square trail in the dark! Hi-intensity glow sticks will be used. Fireworks to follow torchlight parade at 9:20 p.m. End the night with a Toast to the New Year at the Trail’s End Tavern (not included in ticket price).

December 31:  Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, 7:00pm: Experience the quiet of the new year with a guided moonlight snowshoe tours through NH Audubon’s Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary at Purity Spring Resort. Interested participants are asked to sign-up and meet at The Mill Indoor Pool & Fitness Center across from the Purity Spring Main Office fifteen minutes before the start of the tour. Please call ahead to confirm date of scheduled snowshoe tours.  Rate are $12 per person ($20 with snowshoe rentals – rentals are available at the King Pine Rental Shop). This tour is weather permitting.

Shawnee Peak presents demos, beer promotions and winter festivals:

December 27: Winter Festival: DJ Ron Reid will be entertaining in Blizzards Pub after the lifts close. At 7:30, view the Torch light parade followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Both can be viewed from the warmth of Blizzards Pub or outside by the fire!

December 28: Winter Kick Off!  Shawnee Peak’s new outerwear partner, Orsden, will be on site with some displays of their new ski wear for men and women! Parlor Skis will also be on-hand to demo their newest ski designs and to formally opening the Parlor Demo Center. End the day in Blizzard’s Pub, with an apres ski party hosted by Harpoon, the creators of Shawnee Peak’s Moose Pond Ale, on hand with swag giveaways. Be sure to wear your best ugly sweater!

December 29: Liberty Ski Demo Day: The award-winning Colorado- based ski company returns with a 2017/2018 lineup that’s guaranteed to make you want to add to your equipment arsenal for the season.

December 30: Lucid Skis Demo Day: Start by demoing a pair of Lucid Skis, made right in Maine. Then end the day with a cold Sam Adams draft in Blizzard’s Pub after enjoying the slopes! Reps will be on hand with tastings and swag giveaway’s and a lucky person will win a pair of skis or snowboard!

December 31: Ring in the new year with friends and family at Blizzards Pub.

Wildcat Mountain presents live music, Warren Miller film and Patriots in the Pub:

Live entertainment in the Wildcat Pub

  • Dec 26: Live music with Scott Baer, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 27: Live music with White Steer, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 29: Live music with Ryan St Onge, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 30: Live music with Shark Martin, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 31:  Patriots vs. Jets in a division rivalry on the big screen, 1:00-4:30pm
  • Jan 1:  Live entertainment with Ben Cook, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Dec 29: Line of Design Warren Miller Movie Premier, 5:00-8:00pm: Take in legendary Warren Miller’s 68th film, Line of Descent, celebrating all things snowsports from hidden slopes to extreme adventure. Food and Drinks at the Pub.  Kids Apres Ski. $10 per person, $40 per family.  Benefits the Wildcat Mountain Alpine Ed Foundation.

In and Around Mt Washington Valley

Live Music at Wildcat Tavern:

  • Dec 26: Hoot Night, a Wildcat Tavern tradition.
  • Dec 27: White Mountain Ceili Ban, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Dec 28: Kevin Dolan, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Dec 29: Al Shafner, 7:30-10:00pm
  • Dec 30: Reverand Al Shafner & the Revtones, 9:00- closing
  • Dec 31: Ring in the New Year with the Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00-1:00pm

Live Music at Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub

  • Dec 25: Not into the traditional Christmas celebration? Join Ryan for an Open Mike in the Pub, 9:00-12:30pm
  • Dec 29: Riley Parkhurst Project, 9:00pm-12:30am
  • Dec 30:  Lazy Susan, 9:00pm-12:30am
  • Dec 31: Now is Now, 9:00pm-12:30am

Live Music at Shovel Handle Pub – always 6:00 – 9:30pm

  • Dec 26: Riley & Dan Parkhurst
  • Dec 27: Candie, Cliff and Ben
  • Dec 28: Tim Gurshin & Friends
  • Dec 29: Tristan Omand
  • Dec 30: Randy Messineo

 

December 26 – 31: Conway Scenic Holiday Week Trains: Your favorite old-fashioned train rides will be offered twice daily December 26 through 31, both to Conway:  11:30 and 1:30 (about an hour round-trip).

December 31:  Fireworks at Schouler Park:  Be sure to bring the camera and capture the explosion color over the vintage Conway Scenic RR train station. Fireworks get underway at 9:30pm to ring in the new year and finish off the Spirit of the Holidays celebration.

December 31: Ring in the New Year with dinner at a MW Valley Restaurant: The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of restaurants open and celebrating New Year’s Eve with delicious dinners and festivities.

December 31, 7:30pm  – Paws & Plays New Year’s Eve Celebration – Enjoy live music, appetizers, desserts, a cash bar, and a champagne toast as you ring in 2018! Start off your New Year by supporting two of the valley’s nonprofits, Conway Area Humane Society and M&D Playhouse. Live Music by Miss Maybell and Slimpickin’s and Al Shafner and The Revtones. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple. Available below through Pay Pal or by calling Kiersten at 603-447-5955 extension 4.

December 31 – Omni Mt. Washington – Out with the old and in with the new: Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018 with fine cuisine, music and libations during the Omni Mount Washington Resort’s three-day celebration! Whether you prefer an elegant dinner in the award-winning dining room with live music, or a fun family-friendly celebration with music in the Grand Ballroom, New Year’s Eve will be an occasion for all to enjoy as we usher in 2018!

December 31:  New Year’s Eve Party at White Mountain Hotel: It starts with a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, then a four-course gourmet New Year’s Eve dinner in the Ledges dining room.  Dance to the Two Bass Jon Band. You’ll enjoy party favors, a champagne toast and balloon drop at Midnight and two drink vouchers. $139 per person (plus gratuity). Overnight packages available too.

December 31: Le Vent du Nord at Stone Mountain Arts Center: Le Vent du Nord is one of the premier folk bands coming out of Canada today winning multiple awards and accolades from music listeners up north. They have a huge and exciting sound using traditional instruments and foot stomping rhythms…..and they even play the hurdi gurdi.  Showtime: 8:00pm, Doors and bar open at 5:00pm. Tickets $55 per person. Reserve in advance.

To plan a Christmas Week getaway or a New Year’s Eve soiree, be sure to visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH).  To learn more about what’s in store throughout New Hampshire for winter getaways, go to www.VisitNH.gov.

 

Shawnee Peak Opens this Saturday!

Shawnee Peak Ski Area, Maine’s longest-running ski mountain, is excited to announce several capital improvements in anticipation of Opening Day of the 2017-2018 ski season on Saturday, December 16, which will be the mountain’s 80th year.

This year’s list of projects includes several on and off-mountain enhancements, some major and some invisible, all of which are intended at providing an excellent Guest Experience. “We know that all of our improvements will enhance our skiing & riding experience for our upcoming 80th season! We look forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new families to our resort,” said owner Chet Homer.

On the mountain, a second carpet lift has been installed, which will enhance our beginner experience as well as alleviate the crowds on busy days. On the snowmaking side, Shawnee Peak has installed additional snow guns on the mountain, including permanent guns on both Yee Haw and Upper Hagget’s. We have also rebuilt our pumps at our primary pump house, completing the two-year project. Lastly, as loyal customers may know, Shawnee Peak also took delivery of a new Pisten Bully Winch Cat late last spring.

Our new rental shop was well-received last year and we have continued to enhance it, while placing a significant order of new rental skis, snowboards and helmets from Elan, Burton and Smith. Shawnee Peak is also excited to announce that we will be a Parlor Demo Center, the ONLY one in Maine or New Hampshire! Come try out these custom skis, built in the USA!

Both base lodges have received additional interior and exterior enhancements with the majority of the work done at the East Lodge, which has a new parking lot, additional seating, and a rehauled food and beverage offering. Stay tuned for some exciting news on this front!

Last, but not least, a new CRM system has been rolled out, which will enable us to communicate better with our guests and simplify our messaging across the board. Please check our social media pages and website for more info on Opening Day and for our exciting calendar of events, including our 80th Birthday Celebration on January 20th, 2018.

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About Shawnee Peak Ski Area

Maine’s oldest ski mountain, Shawnee Peak offers 45+ trails and glades, serviced by 6 lifts. We’ve got 98% snowmaking coverage and the largest night skiing operation in New England. Shawnee Peak is located on Route 302 in Bridgton, Maine just 30 minutes from North Conway

Mt. Washington Auto Road Opens to Treeline for 154th Season

 

   

The Mt. Washington Auto Road will open for its 154th season on Saturday, May 2 at 9:00am for guests to drive their own vehicles to treeline at 4,200 feet. The 4.5 mile drive to treeline provides stunning vistas of the surrounding peaks and offers a true taste of the Mt. Washington experience.

Despite near record snowfall and colder than average temperatures this winter and spring, the Road crew has moved swiftly from the base of the Road to the 6-mile point removing ice and snow drifts of over 20 feet in places. Because of these snow levels, operations to the summit are not yet possible. Updates as well as photos and video showing the intricate process of clearing the Auto Road are available at  www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com.

The May 2nd opening is the earliest the Auto Road has opened, even to treeline, in 10 years. “Lead by 40-year veteran Road Foreman, John Gardner, along with the rest of a very experienced road crew, we’ve been moving quickly in spite of the snow depths and cold spring weather,” said Howie Wemyss, General Manager. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this Mt Washington experience so early in the season.”

As recently as fifty years ago, it was considered a success if the Mt. Washington Auto Road was open to the summit by Independence Day, but weather permitting, the Mt. Washington Auto Road hopes to open to the summit before Memorial Day weekend. Guided tours will also be offered at that time.

Early season pricing, in effect until Auto Road opens to the summit, is set at $28 for car and driver while passengers are free. Season passes are available for $150 per person and valid through the 2015 season during regular operating hours and allows access for the vehicle and all occupants.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is the first and oldest man-made attraction in America. 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 will be open daily during this early season from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit http://www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com or call 603.446.3988.

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Clearing the Auto Road above treeline
The view from treeline

 

The Auto Road will be open to 4.5 miles to a turnaround point above treeline at 4,200 feet, which currently offers vistas of the snow-covered peaks and offers a true taste of the Mt. Washington experience.
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Tourism Rally at Sea Dog Brewing Co.

 

5:00 – 7:00pm, at Sea Dog Brewing Co.

 

In recognition for the role tourism plays in the Mt Washington Valley economy and in conjunction with National Tourism Week, Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce (MWVCC) is celebrating and spotlighting tourism,  the largest economic driver in the Mt Washington Valley.

Please join us and enjoy…

  • Complimentary Hors D’oeuvres
  • Cash Bar
  • Introductions and Networking
  • Sea Dog Brewing Co. Ribbon Cutting
  • Video presentation on the importance of tourism to the region and the travel effect
  • Entertainment
  • Presentation of NEW Tourism Hero Awards to recognize leaders, local hospitality staff and service companies who work behind the scenes to provide great customer service for tourists to our valley.
Congratulate the inaugural winners of this year’s Tourism Rally Awards!

Valley Host with the Most
Slim Bryant

photo courtesy of Yankee Magazine

Slim has worked as the summit transportation coordinator for the Mount Washington Observatory for the past 5 years and is an on call driver for both the Mt. Washington Auto Road and the Mt. Washington State Park.

Having driven the Auto Road more than 200 times, Slim enjoys entertaining guests with his charismatic presence and sharing his love of the White Mountains with visitors.

“It’s a different trip each time. It’s beautiful, fascinating and there’s something for everybody. This isn’t a Disney trip…it’s real.”

 

Unsung Tourism Hero
North Conway Community Center
 
The North Conway Community Center is committed to its partnership with the community.  It seeks to provide a broad range of quality and progressive recreation opportunities for children and adults and to sponsor other community groups with like goals.

In addition to maintaining public bathrooms, NC Community Center provides free access to its playground, basketball court and other recreational facilities, and supports multiple non-profits, allowing them to use their facilities.

Skill development, enjoyment, cooperation and good sportsmanship are the primary goals of their recreation programs.

 

 

 To attend this event, R.S.V.P to Jaimie Crawford, Jaimie@MtWashingtonValley.org, 603-356-5701 ext. 304

 
Being authentic is important to Sea Dog Brewing Co. Their beers are
 
brewed in a traditional English style using only the highest quality
 
ingredients like English two-row malted barley and British
 
top fermenting Ringwood yeast. Their English brewing style
 
results in brews with a distinctive, refreshing taste and crisp finish. 
 
 
Taste for yourself in the newest location in the Red Barn in the heart of North Conway. 


Featuring post and beam décor with a fireplace and multi-level dining, their spacious dining
 
room is perfect for families and large parties and the large, horse-shoe shaped bar serves
 
14 beers on tap, including special cask conditioned ales brewed on the premises in their
 
nano-brewery. The menu focuses fresh seafood and creative pub fare with new specials
 
each week. 

 

 

Mount Washington Cog Railway Opening Saturday, April 25 for 2015 Season

The Mount Washington Cog Railway, the World’s first mountain-climbing cog railway, will be opening for its 146th season bringing visitors from all over the world to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak on Saturday, April 25.

This year, the Cog will once again be offering the popular events and special tours including the AMC Nature Train Tour, Observatory Tours, Photo Workshop Tours, annual Railfans’ Day and the Holiday Family Festival. Look for more details on all events online at http://www.thecog.com. 

As part of each 3-hour round trip on the Cog, Passengers spend about an hour on the summit, where those ticket holders get free admission to the new summit weather museum created by the Mount Washington Observatory. The exhibit provides a fascinating look at the extremes of winter on Mount Washington, all from the comfort of an interactive exhibit located in the lower level of the Sherman Adams Visitors Center.

Throughout the season, there are special trains and discounts for our guests. Starting Memorial weekend, the Cog will be firing up its vintage steam trains, and will be running the steamer as the first train up the mountain throughout the season on scheduled days.  Beginning June 22, everyone saves with $13 off their ticket on the last train on most days. Even this Fall, passengers can save with a $10 discount beginning in September (excluding Holiday periods).  The details on the train schedule, specials and discounts can be found online.

Old Peppersass, the train that built the Cog Railway, so nicknamed for its pepper-sauce bottle shape, is on displayat the Marshfield Base Station. This special train will be making an appearance at the League of NH Craftsman Festival this summer, being held at Mount Sunapee Resort, August 1- 9. Visitors can learn about the story of Peppersass and The Cog when visiting The Cog Railway Museum, located on the lower level of the Base Station.

Tickets for Cog Railway excursions can now be purchased online at http://www.TheCog.com. Due to the popularity of the rides, buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended. The Cog will be running weekends only until Memorial Day Weekend. Visit the schedule online for train departure times.

The Cog is located at Marshfield Base Station on Base Road, Mount Washington, NH just 6 miles off route 302 near Historic Bretton Woods, NH. For more information and the daily train schedule, visit http://www.thecog.com or contact The Cog at 1-800-922-8825 or in New Hampshire at 603-278-5404.

BELIEVE IN BOOKS HOSTING SIXTH ANNUAL EARTH DAY EVENT

The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will be hosting its 6th Annual Earth Day Event featuring Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at the 100 Acre Wood from April 15 – 18. Local elementary and preschool students will participate in the event during the week, and there will be a 10:00am Saturday Character Breakfast the public is encouraged to attend. The Lorax is the final character breakfast of the eight week series.

The event begins at 10am at the Theater in the Wood with an enactment of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.  After the story everyone will be able to visit with the Lorax himself!  There will be a recycling presentation followed by an opportunity for kids to make their own Lorax with recycled materials.  Then they can make a “pledge” of something they could do to help the environment and place their pledges on the Pledge Tree. They will also be decorating grocery bags that will be distributed to shoppers at The Local Grocer in North Conway.  Then everyone will head out on the Trails in the Wood to enjoy the Storybook Trail. The event also includes a book swap; each child is encouraged to bring a gently used book and swap it for another.

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation also encourages kids to enter their Earth Day Writing Contest.  Entrants are required to write about what Dr. Seuss’ story The Lorax means to them. Children may make up a story, relate a true experience, or write a poem.  Only single author stories qualify; please no co-authored stories or parents. Inventive spelling is encouraged and accepted in honor of Dr. Seuss. Each story must not exceed 500 words. Text must be printed or written legibly. Story must have at least one original, clear and colorful illustration to reflect part of the story. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, storytelling, imagination and integration of artwork.  More information is available at http://www.believeinbooks.org.

“This is a great example of our efforts to bring books to life and relate it to our everyday world” stated Executive Director, A.O. Lucy.

The Earth Day Celebration of The Lorax is one of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s programs created to match the goals of exercising the mind and body of youngsters with education and engagement of healthy habits. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.

The Foundation office, the Theater in the Wood and its 100 Acre Wood property are located on Observatory Way in Intervale, NH, just two miles north of the Scenic Vista, directly across from Town Hall Road on the west side of Route 16.

For more information on the Literacy Foundation call 603-356-9980 or visit http://www.believeinbooks.org.

 

 

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Normally in our April E-Traveler newsletter we’d be welcoming you to spring and mud season in Mt Washington Valley. While we still send along spring greetings, we are reveling in an extended ski season this year too. Mud season may just come a little later to our neck of the woods this year. We’re hoping to continue skiing at Bretton Woods through mid-April and at Wildcat into the beginning of May! Then we look forward to a great season at Tuckerman Ravine this year, starting with the Inferno Race that happens on April 11th. From the bunny trail to the ski slopes and XC trails, we welcome spring with Easter, attractions openings and plenty of live entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley, NH. Drive safely on your way to the Valley!

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Easter in Mt Washington Valley, NH

This Easter, Mt Washington Valley’s bunny slopes aren’t the only place you’ll see the Easter Bunny! The Easter Bunny is strapping on his skis to make some turns and enjoy spring skiing on our 13 ski resorts and XC Center trails. Spend the first few days of spring in the valley with festive springtime celebrations and events hosted by ski resorts, local dining establishments, hotels and inns to celebrate spring, Easter and Passover. The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has compiled a complete line-up of Easter breakfasts, brunches, dinners, Passover Seder dinners and more. Simply visit their blog here. Start your Easter Sunday with a family gathering around the breakfast table then continue into the region’s stores, slopes, inns and restaurants. Here’s to a happy Easter, Passover and a sun-filled spring.

 

Lodging Packages of the Month   
Photo Credit: Spring Smith Studios

    

Is there a wedding in your future? Even if you’re just dreaming of that very special day, you will find inspiration and all the resources you need for wedding packages from small elopements to large affairs in Mt Washington Valley if you click here. This is your one stop resource for everything from accommodations to photographers, florists, music and more. Mt Washington Valley is the perfect place for a destination wedding during any season. Winter, spring, summer or fall, you’ll find beautiful mountain backdrops to accentuate the beauty of your wedding day. Click here for all the lodging packages and wedding planning info you need to start planning that very special day.

News from the Valley

 

M&D Productions presents a modern take on Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”, Toil and Trouble.   

This hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth pits friend against friend, ambition against fate, pet-sitting against miniature vicuna mogul-dom. According to the Playscript’s website this will be only the fourth time this play has been produced, and the first time on the east coast. Performances are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, April 9 through 25 at 7:30pm.  To reserve seats go to www.yourtheatre.com or call 603-733-5275.

Earth Day Writing Contest

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is hosting an Earth Day Writing Contest for children kindergarten age through 6th grade in honor of Earth Day Week and their 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration with Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. The contest begins on Monday, March 23 and ends on April 10, 2015. Entrants are required to write about what Dr. Seuss’ story The Lorax means to them. Children may make up a story, relate a true experience or write a poem. Only single author stories qualify; please no co-authored stories or parents. Inventive spelling is encouraged and accepted in honor of Dr. Seuss. Each story must not exceed 500 words. Text must be printed or written legibly. Story must have at least one original, clear and colorful illustration as part of the story. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, storytelling, imagination and integration of artwork. The entries will be judged as follows: Category 1: Kindergarten and first grade. Category 2: second and third grades. Category 3: fourth, fifth and sixth grades. More information is available at www.believeinbooks.org.

Random Acts of HAPPY

The Town of Conway is celebrating its 250th Anniversary in 2015, and to commemorate, Settlers’ Green Outlet Village

is surprising the community with Random Acts of Happy throughout the first 250 days of the year to celebrate. Whether it is free cupcakes from the White Mountain Cupcakery, a shopping spree, a surprise dinner bill pick-up at Brandli’s or Black Cap Grille, you could be the next person to receive a Random Act of Happy. Also, plan to join the community for the gala Conway 250th Fourth of July celebration where the Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” will feature a very special collection of members of our community, maybe even you! Follow along at #250DaysOfHappy or happyconwaynh.com.


Mark the Calendar for the 2015 Be Kind Festival

And speaking of random acts of kindness, planning is still underway for the 5th Annual Be Kind Festival to be held in Schouler Park June 5 – 6, 2015. The Be Kind Festival has evolved during its history. Plan to share laughs and heartwarming stories with the community through music, acts of kindness, guest speakers, health and wellness activities, a candlelight labyrinth and many free hugs. In fact, Be Kind bumper stickers have been spotted on cars from many states around the country. Be sure to mark your calendar for a visit to Mt Washington Valley June 5-6, and get in on all the random acts of kindness. The event is the biggest fundraiser for Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice in support of their services and programs. Info on Facebook or here.

Family Fun in Mt Washington Valley

 

Photo Credit: Mark Butterfield

Family Fun this Easter in Mt Washington Valley

Bring the whole family to Mt Washington Valley for an Easter spring skiing trip. With Easter’s early date this year, you can combine a fun family celebration with some great spring skiing in the Valley. There’s plenty of fun in store on and off the slopes. With fun for everyone from the youngest to your teenagers, here’s what you can look forward to.

 

 

April 4: Easter on the Green Craft Event at Settlers’ Green: The volunteers from the Mt. Washington Valley Children’s Museum will be hosting a wooden egg decorating event at Suite C22 (next to Customer Service) on Saturday, April 4 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Visit Customer Service, just next door from the craft event, for a free coloring book, crayons and Easter chocolate while supplies last. Plus, stores will have Easter treats available, so be sure to make your way around to the shops after you decorate an egg. Don’t miss the bake sale at Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton, too. Info: Click here.

April 4: Mad Hatter Tea Party at Omni Mount Washington Hotel: Enjoy an Easter party in true Mad Hatter style. Mad Hatter Tea Party activities include a Mad Hatter Tea Buffet, Bunny Hop Dance, Make your own hand Chick-let, Decorate your own Easter egg, Pin the Ear on the Easter Bunny, Bunny Ear Headband creations and Cupcake Decorating. There is a fee of $30 per person ages 6 years and up; ages 5 and under are free for the Mad Hatter Tea Party. This rate does include tax and gratuity. Please contact the Activities Concierge at (603) 278-8989 to make reservations for the Mad Hatter Tea Party. More info about this and other Bretton Woods Easter events at http://brettonwoods.com/easter.

April 4: 2nd Annual Cat Scratch Fever Mogul Freeride Event at Wildcat: Come shred in this feature spring mogul event taking place in The Chutes at the base of Wildcat Mountain. Cheer on competitors and sway the judges’ scores from easy vantage points located at the Bobcat Base Lodge or from the decks of the Main Base Lodge. No matter where you are, a party atmosphere will surround you. This event will run from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Registration is 8:00 -11:00 am in the main base lodge next to guest service desk ;the entry fee is $10 and the event is open to all ages. Info: Click here.

April 4, 11, 18: Character Breakfasts at the 100 Acre Wood: Starting at 10:00am, start with a small breakfast including pancakes with 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup, a storybook reading and a visit from the featured character of the week! Plus use the 100 Acre Wood Trail System for the day. $5 suggested donation per person. Character Schedule: Apr. 4th – Rabbit, Apr. 11th – Eeyore. Apr. 18th – The Lorax. Info: 603-356-9980, www.believeinbooks.org.

April 5: Wildcat Easter Egg Hunt: Celebrate Easter at Wildcat Ski Area. By 10:00am, be sure to ride the Snowcat Triple chair lift for a children’s Easter egg hunt (limited to 12 and under) on the beginner “Snowcat Trail”. Treats and other special prizes will be found within the eggs including one that holds a 2015/16 Junior/Young Adult Granite Season Pass. It all starts at 10:00am on the top of the Snowcat Trail. Info: Click here.

April 5: The Great Bretton Woods Egg Hunt at Bretton Woods Ski Area:

The Easter Bunny doesn’t discriminate; he loves children of all ages. Come for an egg hunt open to children of all ages, hunts begin at 8:00am and noon. Join in the non-competitive fun of this springtime adventure by searching the “Woods” high and low for sugary Easter treats! Can you catch a glimpse of a GOLDEN egg? The Easter Bunny has hidden a few “powdery” treats around the mountain. More info about this and other Bretton Woods Easter events at http://brettonwoods.com/easter.

   


Couples Capers

Mt Washington Valley might be known for its outdoor adventure and scenery, but the entertainment scene is an important part of the Valley’s landscape here too! With plenty of opportunities for live theater and musical performances, this is a great place for couples to plan an escape filled with the right kind of drama! There are some wonderful theater and musical performances happening throughout the Valley in April. Plan to schedule your romantic getaway around one of these opportunities.

On April 3, Hypnotist Roderick Russell will appear at the Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center. Award-winning hypnotist and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not star Roderick Russell performs one of the funniest and most mysterious shows on the planet at 7:00pm. In this completely interactive show, nationally touring artist and clinical hypnotherapist Roderick Russell demonstrates the power of the mind to create our reality. In the hypnotic state, Mr. Russell makes volunteers believe – and act out – a variety of hilarious scenarios, from seeing things that aren’t there to smelling smells that don’t exist. Tickets are $10.00 each. To purchase tickets call (207) 935-9232 or contact boxoffice@fryeburgacademy.org.

On April 8 The Medallion Opera House will host an Evening with Tim Farrell, a master of the intricacies and melodic grace of fingerstyle guitar, at 7:00pm at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham, NH. When Tim Farrell gracefully evokes a melody from his acoustic guitar, you don’t just hear it – you feel it. Tickets are $12/adults and will be available at the door and online here


On April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 M&D Productions presents Toil and Trouble: It’s a Lauren Gunderson story worth seeing. All performances begin at 7:30 PM.  The Culture Café opens 30 minutes prior to the performance.  Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To reserve and for info: 603-733-5275, www.yourtheatre.com.

On April 10 it’s a SMACfest 2 at Stone Mountain Arts Center: It’s three great bands in one night including Honey Dewdrops, the Deadly Gentlemen and Low Lily. Concert starts at 8:00pm, lobby and bar open at 5:00pm, and dinner service starts at 6:00pm. Dinner available prior to the show by reservation. Tickets: $25.00. Note: Credit cards not accepted at the arts center. Cash/checks only at the door. Info: Click here.

On April 12 Comedian Bob Marley will be at Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy: Maine’s own Bob Marley is coming back to the LHE/PAC to put on another hilarious performance starting at 7:00pm. All proceeds benefit the Class of 2015 Project Graduation. $20 General Admission. To purchase tickets call (207) 935-9232 or contact boxoffice@fryeburgacademy.org.

On April 19th at 6:00pm, contemporary world music guitarist and recording artist, Pierre Bensusan will perform at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham, NH. Tickets and info are available at the door and online at www.medallionoperahouse.org.

For complete information on all the arts and culture offerings in Mt Washington Valley, click here.

 

Get out and play in Mt Washington Valley

Early Ski Pass Specials

 

The early skiers and riders get the deals in Mt Washington Valley. April marks warmer weather, shorts and tees on the slopes, plus the reminder that the ski season is closer to the end than to the beginning. April also marks the time of year when season pass deals are their best. And of course April means even more reasons to hit the trails for the best spring skiing in years. After as much as 170″ of seasonal snowfall this year, skiing conditions are the best they’ve been for a long time moving into the final weeks of the ski season. To celebrate, the seven Alpine and six Nordic ski areas have launched fantastic late season pass deals with some including skiing this year too. The early skier gets the deal; the earlier you buy your season pass for next year, the better the deal. For a complete list of April season pass promotions click here.

 

Photo Credit: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative

 

You could be crowned Tuckerman or Tuckerwoman at the 2015 Inferno Race

The Tuckerman Inferno adventure race started in 2000 as the annual fundraiser for the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. The race pays homage to the original American Inferno ski races of the 1930’s.  Yet, while the classic American Infernos were top to bottom ski races only, the current Tuckerman Inferno now includes running, kayaking, biking, hiking and skiing to create a pentathlon event that is one of the most challenging adventure races in the country. On April 11th, individuals and relay teams of up to five people will compete to see who will be the fastest to cover the approximate 36 mile course that starts in the Mt Washington Valley and finishes in Tuckerman Ravine. Individual champions are crowned Tuckerman and Tuckerwoman. This is the ultimate test for the adventure lover. This race, open to two classes this year, Elite (individuals) and Sport (teams of 2,3,4 or 5 people), combines running, kayaking, cycling, hiking and skiing in Tuckerman Ravine, all topped off very appropriately with an awards celebration and cash bar. It all starts with the run setting off from Story Land at 7:00am, and ends with an awards banquet that evening at Wildcat Ski Area. Complete information, online registration forms, schedules and more available at http://www.friendsoftuckermanravine.org/inferno.

 

April events to plan your trip around 

April 4, 11, 18, 25: Paint the Town Workshops at Omni Mount Washington Hotel:   Enjoy casual dining and carefree cocktails from 5:00- 7:00pm while receiving step-by-step guidance on how to create your own masterful work of art on canvas. Reservations are required and includes use of all supplies. The 16″ x 20″ canvas is yours to take home at the end of the night. Classes can fill up fast so call the Activities Concierge Desk today to make your reservation for an upcoming workshop. Cost is $35 per person (not including food or drink), Reservations are required; please call the Activities Concierge Desk at (603) 278-8989 or visit brettonwoods.com/painting.

April 11: Carroll County RSVP Chinese Auction Penny Sale: Held at the Ossipee Town Hall, the Preview starts at 4:00pm with the Auction at 6:00pm.  Door Prizes, 50-50 raffle, bake sale, food basket raffle and hundreds of auction items are in store.  Light meal and snacks will be available too. Tickets are $2.50 for a sheet of 25.   All monies raised benefit Meals on Wheels and medical transport programs. Info: call (603) 356-9331.

 

April 11: Wildcat Spring Pond Skim: The pond skim is back at Wildcat Mountain, and it’s the perfect way to celebrate the late spring skiing tradition. Skim or swim, someone is going to get wet! Registration: 8:30-10:00am in the base lodge. Event starts at 12 noon at the base of Wildcat. Free. Info: Click here.

April 22: Earth Day Activities at Remick Museum & Farm: Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day. From 10:00am -3:00pm come observe and honor Mother Nature this Tamworth Village homestead and celebrate Earth Day. There will be special family-friendly activities included with $5 admission; 4 and under are free. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone, not left unattended. 603-323-7591.

Free or almost free ideas and events  

Wednesdays in April & May: Ladies Night at Chef’s Market Bistro: Ladies can enjoy entrees or small plates at a special rate. Buy one and get one half off — every Wednesday at the Chef’s Market Bistro.

 

Celebrate Red Sox Opening Day at the Cupcakery: Friday, April 13th is Opening Day for the Red Sox in Boston and Settlers’ Green Outlet Village is showing its hometown spirit with free Wally the Green Monster cupcakes to the first 50 Red Sox fans to visit the White Mountain Cupcakery at Settlers’ Green (Suite D52) in team apparel. The store opens at 9:00am and cupcakes will be available while supplies last. Info: Click here.

April 20: Patriots Day/Closing Day at Bretton Woods:

Patriot’s Day will be the last day of the season for Bretton Woods Ski Resort. All lift tickets will be $17.76 and upon purchase, you will receive a voucher for skiing next season valid through 12/18/15. This event is subject to weather and conditions. Info: http://brettonwoods.com/activities/event.

Anything is Possible!

 

MAPLE WEEKEND AT 100 ACRE WOOD SUGAR SHACK

The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will open its Sugar Shack this weekend, March 28th and 29th from 11am to 4pm for the statewide celebration of maple season.  Over 110 sugar houses across NH will be open for the 20th Annual NH Maple Weekend; this year marks The 100 Acre Wood’s 4th consecutive year participating.  A typical maple season begins in late February or early March when the sap begins to flow.  The maple sugaring season usually lasts about a month, ending when Mother Nature says so, and despite the stubborn beginning to this season, the Sugar Shack will be open weekends through at least early April.

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation has also developed a brand new “Tap Your Own” program to promote community involvement in their production of 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup.  The Foundation is encouraging families to participate in the tapping and collecting of sap on their own property, which will then be exchanged for Maple Syrup at the end of the season.  The on-site Sugar Shack will be open on weekends from 11am – 4pm to provide families with tapping supplies and advice. The goal of the “Tap your Own” program is to get families outside and involved with a wonderful miracle of Mother Nature, maple sugaring!

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s Sugar Shack features 100-Acre Wood Maple Syrup made from the Foundation’s 100-Acre Wood property.  Along with providing all the materials and information needed to “Tap Your Own” maple trees, the 100-Acre Wood offers a self-guided tour through a section of the Wood where you can read about sugaring. They also offer a guided wagon ride tour through the Wood on weekend afternoons where you can learn about the history of sugaring, how to identify maple trees, tap for sap, collection and sample tasting. Tour is approx. 1 hour. The Foundation also offers Group Educational Tours mid-week for all ages during Maple Season. Please call 603-356-9980.

The 100 Acre Wood Maple Sugaring operation is one of Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s programs that engage children and their families in the educational process of maple sugaring, while raising money to support their many Literacy Programs. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.

The Foundation office and its 100 Acre Wood property are located on Observatory Way in Intervale, NH , just two miles north of the Scenic Vista, directly across from Town Hall Road on the west side of Route 16.

For more information call 603-356-9980 or visit http://www.believeinbooks.org.

First “Tap Your Own” Maple Program in the region at the 100-Acre Wood

 Believe in Books Literacy Foundation has developed a “Tap Your Own” Program to promote community involvement in their production of 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup.  The Foundation is encouraging families to participate in the tapping and collecting of sap on their own property, which will then be exchanged for 100-Acre Wood Maple Syrup at the end of the season.  The on-site Sugar Shack will have all the supplies needed to tap and collect the sap and will be open on weekends from 11am – 4pm to provide families with tapping supplies and advice. The goal of the “Tap your Own” program is to get families outside and involved with a wonderful miracle of Mother Nature, maple sugaring!

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation’s Sugar Shack features 100-Acre Wood Maple Syrup and maple products made at the Foundation’s 100-Acre Wood property.  Along with providing all the materials and information needed to “Tap Your Own” maple trees, the 100-Acre Wood offers a self-guided path through a section of the Wood where you can read about the operation along the way, accessible any time. They will also offer a guided wagon ride through the woods once a day on the weekends where you can learn about the history of sugaring, how to identify maple trees, tap for sap, collection and sample tasting. Tour is approx. 1 hour. The Foundation also offers Group Educational Tours for all ages during Maple Season mid-week. Please call 603-356-9980.

If there is steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, you are welcome to step inside for a firsthand look at the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup. Stop in, learn more about one of Mother Nature’s sweetest and healthiest offerings, and taste a sample.

Net proceeds benefit the Foundation’s Literacy Programs. The Sugar Shack is located in Intervale on Rt. 16 at the entrance to the 100-Acre Wood property.

The mission of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to enhance the quality of life through exposure, education, and the engagement of reading by bringing stories to life. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.

The Foundation office and its 100-Acre Wood property are located on Observatory Way in Intervale, NH, on Route 16, directly across from Town Hall Road, just four miles north of North Conway Village.

For more information call 603-356-9980 or visit http://www.believeinbooks.org.

 

 

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