Vacation week in a valley: Fun off a slopes

December 25, 2015 - bbq set

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — Mount Washington Valley is a good end resort, not usually since of a different array of alpine and Nordic skiing though since of all of a off-slope activities to be enjoyed. Snow or not, there are copiousness of ways to suffer a deteriorate in a valley.


Farm by a River’s Nancy Bean leads a family on float by a fields during a North Conway farm. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)Northeast Snowmobile and ATV Rentals (207-935-1220) in Gorham offer adult a good choice for exploring a route network in a White Mountain out of a Fryeburg, Maine, office, continue permitting.


Cranmore Mountain Resort (603-356-5543) offers stirring downhill rides on a Mountain Coaster down a half-mile lane where we control a speed. The two-person cars are ideal for relatives and kids. The Mountain Adventure Park also facilities a Giant Swing, Soaring Eagle Zipline and ropes march for vacation week.

Bretton Woods Mountain Resort (603-278-3320) has a 524-square-foot indoor stone climbing wall in a Bretton Woods Base Lodge. The 30-foot climbing wall includes a accumulation of routes on modular palm binds and synthetic rock. For those that like to stay closer to a ground, a 300-square-foot bouldering cavern creates for a fun afternoon.

Bretton Woods also offers a stirring zipline debate from high on a slopes, forward over 1,000 feet of elevation. The float facilities a dual-cable construction (you slip next dual apart cables, instead of only one), coated cables (to make for a quiet, some-more healthy flight) and platforms.

King Pine/Purity Spring Resort (603-367-8896) in Madison is charity stone climbing during a Tohko Dome, archery, guided towering biking tours, tennis and campfires with copiousness of s’mores.


Enjoy a debate and tasting of Tuckerman Brewing Co. (603-447-5400) in Conway Village from noon to 5 p.m. Visit a pub during Sap House Meadery (603-539-1672) during 6 Folsom Road in Center Ossipee and learn about how this honeyed nectar is done and try a sample. Moat Mountain Brewing Co. (603-356-6381) of North Conway and Hobbs Tavern (603-539-2000) on Route 16 in West Ossipee are also good options for enjoying tastings of locally done qualification beer. White Mountain Winery (603-356-9463) of Main Street in North Conway offers custom-made wines.


The Stone Mountain Arts Center (207-935-7292) in Brownfield, Maine, presents inhabitant acts via a year.
 On Dec. 31, Stone Mountain presents a annual New Year’s Eve Concert featuring blues black Shemekia Copeland. In a adjacent Quisisana Barn will be a special “Countdown to Midnight Party” with a Colwell Brothers Band. Doors open during 6 p.m. with cooking seating during 7 p.m. The uncover is during 9 p.m.

The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center (207-935-9232) in Fryeburg, Maine, offers celebration all year long, with live concerts, as good as Live during a Met. On Jan. 16, during 1 p.m., “Bizet’s “Les Pecheurs de Perles” by a Metropolitan Opera will be featured and “Turandot” on Jan. 30.

The Medallion Opera House (603-466-3322) in Gorham and a Arts Council of Tamworth offer adult a sharp-witted and heterogeneous report of year-round performances. Local museum association MD Productions is putting on a New Year’s Eve Bash and cooking celebration in and with White Mountain Cider Co. with dance song by Al “The Rev” Shafner. For information, hit a box bureau during (603) 733-5275.

Most internal restaurants in a hollow will be charity special New Year’s Eve menus. Watch for a advertisements in this newspaper.


Can we consider of a improved approach to take in a beauty of a White Mountains than on a behind of a dogsled? No snow?  No worries. The Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel (603-545-4533) in Jefferson has specifically propitious sleds with wheels, creation this journey accessible year-round. Bretton Woods Omni Mount Washington Hotel (603-278-1000) also offers adventures by Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennels.


Pack a span of hiking poles, snacks, water, a compass, flashlight and good hiking boots, and move a family into a good outdoors. Most internal ski furloughed centers are charity guided inlet walks — see a concomitant article.

Tin Mountain Conservation Center (603-447-6991) on Bald Hill Road in Albany offers a network of trails serviced by a route map kiosk. Tin Mountain is also home to inlet programs via a year, as good as solar proof projects. This year, Tin Mountain Bird Society’s Christmas Bird Count is set for Dec. 29.

Conway’s Pudding Pond network of trails off Artist Falls Road creates for a good walk.

Diana’s Baths off West Side Road is confirmed by a U.S. Forest Service (603-447-5448) and offers a scenic introduction to nature. The Albany Town Forest is another glorious hiking spot, located behind a U.S. Forest Service’s Saco Ranger off a Kancamagus Highway (Route 112) only south of a encampment of Conway.

The Appalachian Mountain Club (603-466-2721) during a Pinkham Notch Visitor Center on Route 16 north of Jackson and a Highland (603-278-4453) in Crawford Notch offer family inlet preparation programs and hikes, as good as dusk lectures.

Pinkham Notch inlet walks are featured daily, with AMC guides, during 9 a.m. Notch Talks are charity during noon Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 1 and 3. Kids games are featured during 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 27, 29 and 31, and Jan. 2.

This week’s dusk programs during Pinkham (at 8 p.m.) are: Dec. 26, “Arctic Tale,” a family-friendly film; Dec. 27, “The Moose” with Alan Stearne; Dec. 28, “Ice Age” film; Dec. 29, TBA; Dec. 30, “Desperate Steps: Death Survival and Choices Made in a Mountains of a Northeast” with author Peter Kick; and Dec. 31: “Wall-E,” a family-friendly film.

At a Highland Center, daily outward scrutiny programs are offered. Be certain to revisit a glorious Brad Washburn Mountain Photography Exhibit.


Galleries in a Mount Washington Valley include:

• The Cassidy Gallery in Jackson (603-662-2074;

• Group 8 Studio and Gallery: Jackson (

• Jackson Art Studio and Gallery (

• Jackson Historical Society and White Mountain Museum of Art (

• League of N.H. Craftsmen, North Conway (603-356-2441;

• Saco River Pottery, Brownfield, Maine (207-935-3454,

• White Mountain Photo Gallery, Jackson (603-374-6050;

• Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art, Fryeburg Academy, Fryeburg, Maine (207-935-9232;

• The Mount Washington Valley Arts Association (603-356-2787) recently changed to a Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce in North Conway. Enjoy constantly changing displays and galleries of internal artists’ works.


Indoor skating accessible during Conway Village’s Ham Arena (603-447-5886) year-round. You’ll also find skating underneath a preserve accessible during King Pine/ Purity Spring Resort (603-367-8896) and in Schouler Park in a core of North Conway (dependent on cold weather!) Skate rentals for a latter accessible by Joe Jones Sun Ski sports (603-356-9411) in North Conway. Ice skating and rentals are charity during a fascinated Victorian Emerald Pond during Nestlenook (603-383-7101) in Jackson, conditions permitting.  in Jackson


There is no necessity of fun ways to spend an indoor winter’s day. Saco Valley Sports Center (207-935-3777) in Fryeburg, Maine, offers candlepin bowling, pool tables, an arcade, and simulator golf courses. UberBlast Family Entertainment Center (603-356-5655) of North Conway offers a accumulation of indoor and outward fun year-round — be certain to check out a arcade. Birthday parties and stay groups are welcome.

Many of a incomparable internal hotels have gyms, and Cranmore Fitness Center (603-356-6301), Curves of North Conway (603) 356-9292) and Fryeburg (207-935-4299), A Better Body in Eaton (603-447-1824), Integrity 24-Hour North Conway Fitness (603-733-5572); Mountain Center Physical Therapy of Glen, Conway and Fryeburg (603-447-2533); White Mountain Aquatic Center (603-447-1824) and Ginger Rober Restorative Health and Fitness (603-986-5037), a Snowflake Inn (603-383-8259)’s Technogym and a new North Conway Community Center (603-356-2096), to name a few. Check with a Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce during (603-356-5701 or for a full listing.

Cranmore Fitness is open daily and will be charity a special Holiday Week choice of classes, programs and tennis clinics. Day passes are accessible for squeeze along with month to month and annual memberships. Cranmore aptness has a full cardio and weight room, organic training area, LesMills organisation practice classes, Yoga, TRX Suspension Training, Spin, personal training, dual indoor tennis courts and scheduled tennis clinics for all ages and abilities. A full report of classes and pricing information can be found online during


Looking for an indoor swimming adventure? The Kahuna Laguna Water Park (603-356-5411) offers ton of H2O fun during a Red Jacket Mountain View. Cost is $50 per person, ages 3 and up. Hours are 12 noon to 8 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.


Local libraries offer programs for kids and adults. They embody Bartlett Public Library (603-374-2755), Conway Public Library (603-447-5552),  Fryeburg (Maine) Public Library (207-935-2731), Jackson Public Library, (603-383-9731), Madison Public Library (603-367-8545) and a Cook Library (603-323-8510) in Tamworth.


Haven’t seen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” yet? Check out a Mountain Valley Mall Cinema 7 (603-356-6410), located during a mall in North Conway. For listings, revisit


When a continue outward is frightful, come inside to learn some-more about it during a Mount Washington Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center (603-356-2137) in North Conway. It offers interactive displays for budding meteorologists of all ages. For a younger set, a MWV Children’s Museum (603-356-2992) offers an educational play environment in North Conway Village. From dress-up in a play core to artistic building in a Lego Room, kids from infants to 8-year-olds will find copiousness to do. The museum is sealed Dec. 22-25; and Dec. 29-Jan. 1. Hours are Thursday by Monday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


In Glen, a Red Parka Pub (603-383-4344) is always a prohibited mark Fridays and Saturdays, as good as Mondays for open mic and comparison Sunday afternoons for blues. Other renouned venues in Jackson:Shannon Door Pub (603-383-4211); Wildcat Inn and Tavern (603-383-4245) with nightly song Fridays and Saturdays with Hoot Night and a Guitar Circle Tuesdays; and weekends during Wildcat Mountain’s Wildcat Pub (603-466-3326).

Live song is  featured during a Shovel Handle Pub (800-677-5737) during Whitneys’ Inn during a bottom of Black Mountain, and weekends and holiday weeks during a Lostbo Pub during Black Mountain (603-383-4490).

In Bartlett, Attitash Mountain (603-374-2368) facilities live song Saturdays from 3-6 p.m. during Ptarmigan’s Pub and Saturdays from 2-4:30 p.m. during a acoustic Den Sessions during Bear Peak Base Lodge.

In North Conway, check out McGrath’s (603-733-5955) on Thursdays; May Kelly’s Irish Cottage (603-356-7005; Sunday afternoon Celtic sessions); Club 550 (603-356-7807); and Hillbilly’s Southern BBQ (603-356-5227).
 Heading south, Almost There (447-2325) in Albany Simon Crawford Band performs 4-7 p.m. Fridays.

In Fryeburg, celebration is featured during Route 302 West Smokehouse (207-935-3021) and Top of a Ninth/Fryeburg House of Pizza (207-935-4172), and in Lovell nearby a Lake Kezar Country Club during Ebenezer’s Pub (207-925-3200).

 Music and storytelling featured during a Corner House Inn (603-476-3060) in Center Sandwich.


Mount Washington Valley is home to some-more than 200 outlets, boutiques, qualification shops and specialty stores. From Settlers Green Outlet Village (603-356-7031), home to all a code name outlets we could want, to locally owned shops in North Conway Village, Jackson and beyond, selling in a Valley is alwayhs an journey — and it’s all sales-tax free. While in a village, be certain to check out such internal specialty shops as Zeb’s General Store (603-356-9294), where we can have your print taken with a pressed bear outward or a ancestral North Conway 5 and 10 (603-356-3953), to name a few.



The hollow is home to several salons and spas, including a Inn during Thorn Hill (603-383-4242), Christmas Farm Inn and Spa (603-383-4313), Omni Mount Washington Resort (603-278-1000), Tower Spa during a Mountain View Grand (877-935-0356), The White Mountain Hotel, Advanced Skin Care Center and Spa (603-356-7070), Pleasant Image Family Salon Day Spa (603-356-3437), and a Root Cellar (603-356-6995), all in North Conway. Check with a Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce during (603-356-5701 or for a full listing.


The Conway Scenic Railroad (603-356-5251) will offer rides on a Conway sight daily during vacation week, Dec 26-Jan. 2 during 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


No special apparatus or skills required here. Skiers, riders and non-skiers comparison will knowledge a disturb of a downhill run during Mount Washington Valley’s tubing parks. Facilities embody Cranmore Mountain Resort’s Tubing Park (603-356-5543), Purity Spring Resort/King Pine (603-367-8896), Bretton Woods Mountain Resort (603-278-3320 or 603-278-1000) and a walk-up tubing mountain during Great Glen Trails (603-466-2333).


Nestlenook Farm Wagon (603-383-7101) in Jackson has sleighs versed with runners and wheels, depending on a terrain. In Bretton Woods, a Omni Mount Washington Resort offers carriage rides year-round as continue permits. Horseback roving also available. Call (603) 278-8989. In North Conway, check out a Stables during a Farm by a River B B (603-356-2694) on West Side Road (horseback roving also offered). And in Madison, call Purity Spring Resort in East Madison during (603-367-8896).

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