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Fall Foliage – September 2014


Here are some pictures of the gorgeous colors in our own backyard and neighborhood taken the last weekend of September. This year the foliage is particularly spectacular and we are predicting the pick of the colors around Columbus Day weekend.

 

Foliage over the pond at Cranmore Mountain Lodge
Our pond
Foliage colors at Cranmore Mountain Lodge
Foliage by the loft building
Foliage colors at Cranmore Mountain Lodge
View from the barn
Foliage colors at Cranmore Mountain Lodge
View from the main building
foliage 2014 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
Vibrant colors in our backyard
Foliage at Kearsarge Cemetary
Kearsarge Cemetary

FAQ About Cranmore Mountain Lodge


 cranmore Mountain Lodge backyard

Our goal is to provide the best stay to all of our guests. If you are not sure about our services, location or amenities, ask us before making a reservation or read our FAQ below : this may be the single most important factor in making your getaway at Cranmore Mountain Lodge a positive experience.

ARE YOU A “LODGE” OR A “HOTEL” OR A “MOTEL” OR A BED AND BREAKFAST?

We are definitely a Bed & Breakfast. If you have never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, know that we offer a more personal experience than staying at a hotel. If you choose to, you can interact directly with us and other guests, something that isn’t always practical at a hotel. Our breakfast is included in the room rate and is cooked-to-order (check out our menu at http://cranmoremtlodge.wordpress.com/our-breakfast-2 ). We have fewer rooms than hotels and all of them are different in size and decor. We live on premises with our children and even though we do not have staff at our front desk, we are always around if you need our help. If you prefer a warm unobtrusive attention and a home-like accommodation, Cranmore Mountain Lodge is a good fit! Click here to meet us : https://cranmoremtlodge.wordpress.com/meet-the-innkeepers


Questions about : LOCATION
Questions about : RATES AND POLICIES
Questions about : FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Questions about : ROOM
Questions about : TECHNOLOGY
Questions about : FACILITY AND SERVICES


LOCATION

What are the nearest airports?
Portland Airport, Maine : 1 ½ hours
Manchester Airport, NH : 2 ½ hours
Boston Logan International Airport : 2 ¾ hours
Montreal International Airport, Canada : 4 hours

Do I need a car when I stay with you?
You will definitely need a car or might have to budget taxi rides.

Where can I rent a car in North Conway?
Enterprise-Rent-A-Car
2076 White Mountain Highway
North Conway NH 03860
Phone: (603) 356-2627
http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/home.do

Can you give me directions to your place?
Find us on a map, contact us, get general directions and enter your address to get precise directions here : http://cranmoremtlodge.wordpress.com/contact-usdirections

How far are you from downtown North Conway village? Is it walking distance?
We are 1.5 miles away from downtown North Conway village. It takes about 30 minutes to walk downtown if you wish to. We are located in a very quiet residential area, away from any traffic noise at night.

How far are you from major attractions?
We are just 1 mile from Cranmore Mountain and the adventure park.
We are just 1.5 miles away from the Conway Scenic Railroad.
We are just 10-15 minutes from Storyland and Attitash Mountain.
We are 35 minutes drive from the base of the Mt Washington Auto Road, Great Glen Trails and Wildcat Mountain.
We are 45 minutes drive from the Cog Railway and Bretton Woods.

Do you have direct access to the lifts?
No. You have to drive to Cranmore Mountain, just 1 mile away from us.

Do you have direct access to hiking/x-country ski trails?
Yes. From our backyard, there are trails that are unmarked/ungroomed for x-country skiing or snowshoeing, and for hiking/biking in the summer.

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RATES AND POLICIES

What are your check-in and check-out times?
Check-in time is between 3 pm and 8 pm – Check out time is before 11 am

What if I need to arrive earlier or later?
In case of early check in or late check in, we ask you to contact us via phone (603) 356-2044 or by email at thelodge@north-conway.com to let us know.
We try to meet your needs whenever it is possible, but earlier check-in time is never possible during Holidays and Fall foliage season. The earliest you can check in is 1 pm to give us the time to properly clean and prepare your room.
We know that your schedule doesn’t always allow you to arrive before 8 pm. Our front door is never locked and in case of a late check in, we leave your room key, directions to your room and a registration paper on the front desk. We ask you to sign the registration paper and leave it into the wooden “late check in” mailbox that you will find behind our front desk. In case of emergency after 8 pm, we live on premises and can be reached by dialing our cell phone number that is written on your room phone.

What if I need to check out late?
Late check out is never possible during Holidays or fall foliage season. However, we always try to meet your needs so ask us and we’ll let you know if it is possible. Late check-out is charged an extra $25 when agreed with innkeepers.

What are the front desk hours?
The front desk hours are 10 am until 8 pm. Should you need help before our front desk hours, you can always come and see us in the kitchen during breakfast as we are the cooks! In case of emergency after 8 pm, you can reach us by calling our cell phone number that you will find on your room phone.

Are there a minimum number of nights I have to stay?
There is no minimum nights required except :

  • 2 nights minimum are required for all our suites (Suite 12, Suite 17, Suite 24, Suite 25) with some exceptions (usually we can open the suites for 1 night only during slow season). If you need to stay only 1 night in one of our suites, ask us by calling (603) 356-2044 or email us at thelodge@north-conway.com . Extra fee may apply.
  • All our rooms require a two night stay minimum during fall foliage season (usually from the last week in September until mid October).

How do I check rates and availability online?
Visit this link : http://www.webervations.com/magic-scripts/resbook.asp?memberid=cml1&cbp=blogfaq and follow the directions.

Do you offer any special discounts?
Our rooms are priced fairly for everyone. However, we offer discounted rate for extended stays and for groups. Please contact us at (603) 356-2044 or email us at thelodge@north-conway.com and indicate the length of your stay,number of adults and children 10 and under, number of desired rooms, and anything else that can help us provide you with the best rate possible.

Can you offer a better rate than what I found on booking.com or Expedia.com?
You will not find any better rates than the ones offered directly by us. Cancellation policies are also more flexible when you book your room directly with us. If you find a better rate on booking.com or expedia.com it is most likely because it is a different type of room.

What methods of payment do you accept?
Cash, Visa, Discover, MasterCard.

Do you charge a deposit?
We charge 1 full night for 1 night stay. We charge 50% deposit for 2 or more nights. Your reservation is not confirmed unless we have a deposit.

What if I want to pay my stay in cash?
If you wish to pay your entire stay in cash, we will refund your deposit on your card upon check in and you can then pay your entire bill with cash.

Are you kid friendly?
We are kid friendly (any age). However children count as 1 (even a baby) in the occupancy of a room, so if you are planning to come with your children, please book a room welcoming more than 2 people.

Are you pet friendly?
Only Room 19, Suite 12, Suite 24 and Suite 25 are dog friendly. We do not accept any other pets. You can bring your cat with you and board it at Karla’s Pet Rendez-vous (http://www.karlaspets.com) .  Please read our dog policy at http://cranmoremtlodge.wordpress.com/travel-with-your-dog .

Do you have any handicapped accessible room?
None of our rooms are handicapped accessible. We have 4 rooms and suites on the first floor that are accessible after 2 to 3 steps (no ramps). All our other rooms are on the second or third floor and we do not have any elevator.

Do you allow smoking in the rooms?
All our rooms and common rooms are non-smoking. You can smoke outside only in designated areas (there are ash trays in the porches).

What is your cancellation policy?
There is a $25 cancellation fee per room to cover paperwork ($30 per room during Fall foliage – last week in september and 2 first weeks in october ).  A fourteen day cancellation notice is required to receive a full refund (30 day notice during Fall foliage season). Reservations cancelled less than 2 weeks, but more than 4 days, before arrival (30 days during Fall Foliage season) will be refunded only if we are able to re-rent to others. If the room remains un-rented, we gladly issue a credit voucher in the value of your deposit (minus the cancellation fee), valid for 4 months, that can be used as a deposit on your next stay with us. In case of cancellation again, this credit voucher is forfeit. Please note that under some special circumstances, we do not charge a cancellation fee if the reservation is moved entirely to another date at least 7 days before the booked arrival day.
Reservations cancelled less than 4 days before arrival (7 days during Fall foliage season), whatever the reason is, ARE NOT REFUNDABLE at all unless we can re-rent the room to others. No credit voucher will be issued.

What if I need to check-out earlier?
Deposits are applied to the last day of your reservation, which means that early checkouts forfeit their deposits and are responsible for ALL nights booked.

What is your recycling policy?
Please read our sustainable commitment at http://cranmoremtlodge.wordpress.com/sustainable-commitment

What if I forget something in my room?
To respect our guest privacy, we won’t return anything unless the object is claimed. Exceptions are made however for items of high value like passports and laptops. All returns are made via our USPS local store that handles the handling and shipping. Your credit card information will be given to the store and charged according to the items to be returned. When items are not claimed within 2 to 3 weeks, we give them to charity or the hotel staff.

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FOOD AND BEVERAGE

When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served every morning only to our house guests sitting in the dining room between 7:30 am and 9 am.
We try to meet your needs as much as we can but we have also our own schedules we need to tend to, and we do not have any staff to help out early morning (before breakfast hours), therefore if you wish a breakfast served earlier than 7:30 am, you need to talk to us the night prior at least. There is coffee and tea available at all time, and we put the cereal bar out around 7 am. Upon agreement, we can also prepare a breakfast sandwich the night before that we will leave into the guest refrigerator that is in our kitchen.
In case your sleep in, a full breakfast might not be possible anymore if the kitchen is closed when you arrive in the dining room, but we might still be able to offer you cereals, and egg dishes. In any case, we are unable to cook any breakfast past 9:15-9:30 am as we have to tend to other innkeeping tasks. If you missed breakfast, we will not deduct anything from your bill as breakfast is free and included with your stay.

What type of breakfast is served? Is there a menu?
We offer a full cooked-to-order breakfast, with choice between French Toasts, Pancakes, Stuffed croissants, egg dishes and house specialties. You can preview our menu here : http://cranmoremtlodge.wordpress.com/our-breakfast-2

Can you accommodate my special dietary needs?
Any dietary needs must be mentioned upon reservation, or we might not be able to propose you a substitute. We accommodate people allergic to gluten for free. However, if you have a gluten free diet by choice, there may be an extra fee. Please note that we cannot accommodate kosher diet, but would be glad to prepare the kosher ingredients that you bring with you. Should you need a vegan breakfast, we usually can prepare you scrambled tofu with veggies. In any case, special dietary needs should be arranged at least 3 days prior to arrival.

Will I have to share a table with other guests?
Only if you wish to! We have 10 tables available for our guests and if there is a bit of waiting time to get a seat, it usually is no more than 15 minutes, so no need to share a table with someone else, unless both of the parties agree to do so.

Do I have to tip our server(s)?
Tipping is welcome but totally at your discretion.

Do you serve dinner?
We are a Bed & Breakfast and serve breakfast only. There are many restaurants close by and we will be more than happy to suggest you places to eat.

Can I order take-out from a local restaurant?
We have many menus from local restaurants in our lobby. A lot of them offer a take-out option. You can drive there to pick up your food or order a taxi that will pick it up for you for a small fee. Most of our rooms are not equipped to eat-in but you are welcome to use the outdoor tables or the tables in our game room and living room.

Do you serve alcohol?
We do not have an alcohol license. You are welcome to bring your own beverages. We provide in your room wine glasses and a corkscrew for your convenience.

Can I have access to cooking equipment? Can we have a cook-out?
We have a charcoal BBQ grill outside that our guests can use. We can provide you with BBQ utensils. You also have access to a microwave oven in our kitchen (if your room isn’t equipped with a microwave), but our stove and ovens are completely private.

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ROOM

Will I have my own private bathroom?
All our rooms have their private bathroom. Room 5 and Room 10 have both a private bathroom across the hallway. All of our other rooms have an en-suite private bathroom.

Will I have a shower stall only or a bath-tub/shower combination?
It depends of the room you choose. Most of our rooms offer only a shower stall. Room 4, Room 19, Suite 12, Suite 24 and Suite 25 have a shower/bathtub combination. Suite 17 has a shower stall separate from the in-room jacuzzi tub.

Will my room have air conditioning/individual heat control?
All our rooms have window A/C units except Room 10. All our rooms have their own heat control except Room 19, suite 12, Suite 24 and Suite 25. These rooms have individual heater units for your convenience.

How much privacy will I have?
As much as you desire. We live on premises but this doesn’t mean that we will be around the corners all the time and spy on you! We respect your privacy as much as you respect ours.

What is the decor in my room?
All our rooms are different, but most of the décor is American or French country style. Most of our rooms are typical Bed & Breakfast rooms and consist in a bed, night table, a drawer dresser with mirror and a chair. Some rooms have refrigerator and microwave. Suites are larger and offer a couch and more sitting options. You can visit all our rooms at http://cranmoremtlodge.wordpress.com/our-rooms .
If you rather like modern furniture, we can certainly refer you to the right Hotel or Bed & Breakfast that will better suit your needs.

What amenities to you provide in the rooms?
We provide the towels and linens. More towels are available upon request and free of charge. Pool towels are also available free of charge in the pool porch. Each room is also equipped with a hair dryer (except room 10), and bathroom amenities include shampoo, conditioner, soap, toilet paper, hygienic bags and demake up towelettes.

Can you provide with a iron and ironing board?
Upon request, we can provide you with an iron and ironing board.

Will I have a refrigerator and a microwave in my room?
Not all the rooms are equipped with a refrigerator and microwave, but everyone has access to a full size guest refrigerator with freezer and a guest microwave oven in our kitchen.

Will I have a coffee maker in my room?
Not all the rooms are equipped with a coffee maker, but everyone has access at all time (except during breakfast service) to a Keurig machine with choice of coffee flavors, hot water and tea in our dining room.

Are all your rooms carpeted?
All the rooms on the 2nd floor of the main building have hardwood floor. The third floor of the main building as well as all the rooms in the loft building are carpeted.

Is there a cooking stove and an oven in the suites equipped with a kitchenette?
No. Suite 24 and Suite 25 are equipped with a kitchenette consisting in cupboards, sink, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. We provide with silverware, plates and cups. We have so many restaurants in the Valley offering quality food at a reasonable price, you don’t need to cook during your vacations! But if you wish to, you can have a cook-out using one of our barbecue grills outside.

Is there daily housekeeping in our room?
Yes, daily housekeeping is included in your room rate. If you do not want housekeeping, please use the “Do Not Disturb” sign that you will find in your room and hang it outside on your door knob.
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TECHNOLOGY

Will I have a TV in my room?
All our rooms are equipped with cable TV, except Room 6. There is also a television in our game room.

Will I have a DVD player in my room?
Room 1, Room 2, Room 4, Room 9, Suite 17, and Suite 12 have a DVD player. There is also a DVD player in our game room.

Do you have a DVD library on premises?
Yes, we have a lot of DVDs (and VHS) you can borrow to watch in your room, free of charge.

Can we connect to the Internet?
Wireless Internet Connection is available free of charge throughout the main and the loft buildings. A password is necessary and provided upon check-in. This password is also revealed on a card in your room. We ask our guests to refrain from downloading or uploading large files (such as movies) as everyone share the bandwidth.

Can I access a computer during my stay?
Upon request, you can access our laptop (to check emails for example). This laptop can be accessed only in the common rooms (you cannot bring it to your room for a long period of time), as this is a laptop that we use for work as well!

Can I print my boarding pass on premises?
You can email us the link of your boarding pass and we will print it for you.

Will my cell phone work?
There are some “dead spots” in the White Mountains, but generally the Verizon network is the one that works best in our area. Please check this with your cell phone provider.

Do I have a phone in my room?
All rooms are equipped with a phone where you can give local calls only. If you wish to make a long distance or international call, you can buy from us calling cards that you can use on our in-room phones.
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FACILITY AND SERVICES

What are the differences between the loft building and the main building?

  • The Main Building and the Loft Building are right next to one another.
  • The dining room and common rooms as well as direct access to the pool area are in the Main building.
  • Room 1 through Suite 17 are in the Main Building, while Room 19 to Suite 25 are in the Loft building.
  • The rooms and bathrooms in the Loft building tend to be larger than the rooms in the Main building (except for Suite 17 and Suite 12 that are larger one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites in the main building)
  • All rooms in the Loft building are carpeted, while second floor rooms in the main building have hardwood floor.
  • All rooms in the Loft building except Room 22 are equipped with their own refrigerator and microwave oven.

Is parking free?
Yes, parking is free of charge.

Do you have an elevator?
No, we do not have any elevator.

Do you have an ice machine?
No, we do not have any ice machine. However, guests have access to a guest refrigerator/freezer in our kitchen where you can take ice cubes for your beverages. We do not have enough ice though to fill up an ice box.

Do you have a soda machine?
No, we do not have any soda machine and do not serve any soda for breakfast, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Do you have a laundry facility on premises?
For extended stay with us (at least 3 nights), we offer our guests a next day service if laundry is delivered before 11:00 am, for a fair rate of $2.50 per pound. Just leave your laundry bag in your bathroom and let us know during breakfast that you need a laundry service. If you just need to dry some clothing, we can provide you with a drying rack (avoid placing anything wet on your room’s heaters). If you need us to dry anything (without washing), the dry rate is $1.50 per pound. Otherwise, there is a laundromat facility just a mile away down our street that is open 24 hours a day.

Is your pool heated? Is it seasonal?
Our pool is seasonal (open usually from the last weekend in May to the first weekend in September, depending on the weather) and is not heated.

Is your hot tub open year round? Can everyone use your outdoor hot tub?
Our outdoor hot tub is open year round. We close it exceptionally during inclement weather (snow/ice storm, heavy rain, thunderstorm) for your safety. Only adults and children older than 10 can use the outdoor hot tub. Any child under 18 should use the hot tub under supervision of an adult.

When can we use the hot tub and pool?
The hot tub and pool are open from 10 am until 9 pm, daily in season.

Do I need a permit to fish in your pond?
No, no permit is needed to fish in our pond. It is a catch and release fishing only. We stock it each year with rainbow trout or brown trout. You can read more about these species at https://cranmoremtlodge.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/our-pond-fauna-brown-and-rainbow-trout . If you wish to fish in the brook along the property though, you need a permit that you can conveniently buy online at : http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Licensing/licenses.htm

Do I need to bring my own fishing pole?
Yes, we do not provide with fishing poles. If you do not have any and still want to fish, you can buy cheap fishing poles at the local Walmart in North Conway Village.

Do you have a tennis court on premises?
Yes, but the tennis court is currently closed for your safety as it needs to be resurfaced.

Do you have BBQ grills?
For your convenience, we provide charcoal BBQ grills and BBQ utensils that our guests can use. Bring your own charcoal and food and enjoy a cookout by our pond!

Can you help me develop an itinerary for my visit?
Absolutely. Call us at (603) 356-2044 or email us at thelodge@north-conway.com and we will be more than happy to help you plan your stay with us.

Is there a common room where we can meet other guests?
Yes. We have a large game room and a living room with lots of seating areas where you can socialize with other guests staying with us. You can stay in these common rooms as long as you wish as far as you keep a respectful noise level (especially for guest rooms that are right above the game room and living room). Please avoid playing the piano or guitar (in our living room) past 9:30 pm.

Where do the innkeepers sleep?
Our sons live in the basement of the loft building. We live with our younger daughter in a suite on the right side of the main building, right under Suite 12. You can see our deck, barbecue grill and outdoor furniture from the dining room.

Are visitors allowed?
Facilities and services are for the exclusive use of Cranmore Mountain Lodge’s customers. However, should you want to invite friends to use our pool/hot tub who are not our house guests, it should be after agreement with the innkeepers and there is a charge of $30 per person for up to 3 hours.

Do you offer discounted tickets to local attractions?
Yes, we work with many area attractions and you can buy discounted tickets directly from us. For your convenience, you can book these tickets online when you reserve your room or buy them at our front desk once you are on premises.

Do you offer lodging packages?
Yes, we offer lodging packages for all season, usually including the room, breakfast, tickets to attractions and voucher for dinner, helping you save money. You can read about our seasonal packages at https://cranmoremtlodge.wordpress.com/seasonal-offers

Is there a shuttle between Cranmore Mountain and Cranmore Mountain Lodge?
No. We are completely independent from Cranmore Mountain and there is not shuttle between us both (or any other attraction).

Is it better to book online or to book on the phone with you?
It’s always better to book directly with us whether online or on the phone, the choice is yours. If you wish to book on the phone, you can call us everyday between 10 am and 8 pm, and if we are not by our phone at the time leave us a detailed message. Or you can securely book online at any time at http://www.webervations.com/magic-scripts/resbook.asp?memberid=cml1&cbp=blog

Will I be able to lock my bicycle overnight in a secure place?
We have a bicycle rack along the loft building where you can lock your bicycle, or we can lock it into our barn.
Can you redirect me to someone at Cranmore Mountain?
We are completely independent from Cranmore Mountain, therefore we cannot redirect your call to Cranmore Mountain.

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4th of July 2014 Fireworks in the Mt Washington Valley of NH


4th of July Fireworks at Schouler Park North Conway NH

Come celebrate the 4th of July in North Conway New Hampshire with parades and fireworks, and even a chili dog contest for the perfect family friendly Independence Day celebration.  

 

Here’s the schedule of events in the Mt Washington Valley:

 

July 4, All Day (North Conway) : Gibson Center Craft Fair

 

July 4 & 5, All Day : Saco Bound Outdoors, family specials starting at $10 per person, 40% off canoe and kayak rentals all weekend.

 

July 4, 1:30 p.m. (Conway) :  Parade in Conway Village  (on Route 302, next to Pollard St in ConwayVillage)

 

July 4, 3:30 p.m. (Schouler Park, North conway) :  National Anthem sung by Kennett Middle Schooler, Robin Croce and the  Color Guard presentation by the North Conway Fire Dept.

 

July 4, 3:45-4:30 p.m. (Schouler Park, North Conway) :  Tina Titzer’s Act One Dance Company

 

July 4, 5:00-5:30 p.m. (Schouler Park, North Conway) :  Chili Dog Eating Contest to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

 

July 4, 5:50-6:40 p.m. (Schouler Park, North Conway) : Abby Miller Band

 

July 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Schouler Park, North Conway) : Air National Guard Band of the Northeast

 

9July 4, :30-10:00 p.m. (Schouler Park, North Conway): Fireworks

 

July 5, 3:00-6:00 p.m. (Attitash) : Mountainside Music Series with Chasing Asia, performing live. Free to attend

 

July 5, 6:00-10:00 p.m. (Bretton Woods) : BBQ, family fun festivities, entertainment & fireworks

 

Forgetful Guests!


People on vacations and away from their usual routine are often distracted.

The first thing that people forget even before arriving at their destination is …their brain, if we may say. More people than you would think forget which hotel they booked! They stand at the front desk and want to check in but their name is not on our arrival list. They didn’t print their reservation confirmation and they can’t find the confirmation email on their cell phone or tablet. After a few calls to neighbor hotels to check if their name appear on their records, we send them their way to search for their room. This is not a good way to start your vacations, so you should definitely ALWAYS print at least the first page of your confirmation email (and simple directions in case your GPS is not up-to-date).

When it’s time to check out, the hotel room should be searched thoroughly for belongings: not only under the beds, but in the bed linen itself, drawers, closets, bathroom vanities, shower, plugs, behind the bathroom door…. Cell phone chargers, clothing articles (mostly socks and underwear), pillows, toiletries, earings and bracelets, eyeglasses (prescription and sunglasses alike), medications, shoes (even snowboard shoes),  books are the most common items forgotten.

To respect our guest privacy, we won’t return anything unless the object is claimed. Exceptions are made however for items of high value like passports and laptops. When items are not claimed within 2 to 3 weeks, we give them to charity or the hotel staff.

Many guests call to get their pillow returned, but so few claim their phone or laptop charger that we have an entire drawer filled with all brands possible. If you forgot your charger at home, chances are we can help you!

Among odd things that we found in the rooms and that were claimed, was a gun locked into a case a police officer forgot in the room closet. He realized this when he was back home and as he had to work the next morning, he had to drive all the way back here to pick it up and drive back home for the second time (he drove a total of 15 hours that day).

We also received a call once from California of a young man who had forgotten “something” in the night table drawer and wanted it back. He didn’t want to say what was that something, which was a big box of preservatives for sensitive skin. Although we told him he could probably buy a new box in California that would cost less than paying the shipping fee, he wanted his box back. So we brought it to the UPS store that processed it (and had a good laugh about it).

Finally, we had a group of college students whose stay was offered by one of their father. They were surprised to stay at a Bed and Breakfast and not a motel. After talking to them about our non-smoking policy, and the fact we were a quiet bed and breakfast and not a place to party at night for the respect of the other guests, they checked-out that same evening in a hurry, in the middle of a snow storm… and forgot a small box containing marijuana and pipes. Needless to say, these were never claimed…

 

 

Summer 2014 Lodging Packages


We propose many ways to save money for your summer getaway. From lodging packages including discounts on lodging, activity and dining, to special coupons, please scroll below to learn more and book today!

Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park

Scenic Gondola Ride at Wildcat Mountain (with option to add the Ziprider Zip line)

Adventure at Attitash Mountain

Valley Scenic Train Excursion

Get FREE Attraction Tickets

4th of July Special


CRANMORE MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE PARK

Only 1 Mile From Us!
Daily from June 14 to September 1, 2014 (10 am to 6 pm)
From September 6 to September 25, 2014 (weekend only – 10 am to 5 pm)

Your family can enjoy a full day of non-stop summer fun, with thrills and challenges for all ages, from tots to teens to adults, including:

    • Mountain Coaster – You control the speed (up to 25 mph)! All ages 3 and over welcome
    • Giant Swing – 48″ tall or taller, maximum 300 lbs per rider
    • Summer Tubing – Slide 400 feet to the bottom – Great fun for all ages
    • Bungy Trampoline – 40 lbs to 225 lbs
    • Scenic Summit Chairlift Ride – Have a special picnic at the summit with breathtaking views of the Valley!
    • Soaring Eagle Zipline
    • Bouncy Houses for every age!
    • Spider Mountain – Climb a 24-foot tall cylinder and slide down an inflatable slide – 40 lbs to 140 lbs

Package includes:

    • 2 nights for two in the room of your choice;
    • Cooked-to-order breakfast each morning ;
    • A $30 voucher valid towards a dinner at one of the Valley Originals’ Restaurants;
    • 2 All Day Adult Passes including all the above rides* ;
    • A Dining Pass for discount to area restaurants.
    • Optional additional vouchers for extra persons (for family or group pricing
    • Starting from $288 + tax for two
    • To book this package, please contact us at (800) 356-3596

*Note : Cranmore Mountain offers as well the Aerial Adventure Park : climb up into the treetops and navigate ramps, ladders, rope bridges and zip lines up to 400 feet long. Up to 3 hours of aerial adventure (must be 6 years old and 48″ tall for Lower Courses – Must be 9 year old or 48″ tall for Higher Courses. Ages 16 and older for the Black Course – Child Ropes course for kids 3-8). Our pass DOES NOT include the Aerial Adventure Park but you can upgrade your passes on the Mountain.

 

SCENIC GONDOLA RIDE AT WILDCAT MOUNTAIN

Just 25 minutes away from us!
From June 14 to September 1, 2014

Ride the Wildcat Express, New Hampshire’s highest 4-passenger gondola, to the 4,062′ summit for eye level views of Mt Washington, Tuckerman Ravine, and the Presidential Range. Then, if you wish to, soar a 1/2 mile over the treetops on the zip-line cable ride at speeds up to 45 mph, while taking in the #1 scenery in the East (Ski Magazine).  Wildcat is even DOG FRIENDLY!

This package includes a Scenic Gondola Ride to the summit. Zip Rider zip line can be added for $17 per person. Zip Rider must be reserved in person at Wildcat Mountain on the day of the ride ONLY by calling (603) 466-3326. Height, weight and weather restrictions apply : you must weigh between 75 lbs and 275 lbs,  and be at least 52″ tall and no more than 80″ tall.

The Gondola and Ziprider operation is weather permitting.
Open daily in Summer through Mid-October!

Package includes:

  • 2 nights for two in the room of your choice;
  • Full country breakfast cooked-to-order each morning;
  • 2 Adult (Age 13+)/Senior (Age 65+) tickets for the Wildcat Express Gondola  (Note that children 5 & under are free on the Gondola Ride with a paid adult);
  • A Dining Pass for discounts to area restaurants;
  • Add $17 per person for the Zip Rider Zip Line (must be 52″-80″ tall and between 75-275 lbs);
  • Starting from $222 + tax for two
  • To book this package, call us at (800) 356-3596

ADVENTURE AT ATTITASH MOUNTAIN

Only 15 minutes from us
From June 14 to September 1, 2014

From summer thrills to breathtaking foliage views, Attitash Mountain Resort is a  vacation destination for all seasons. They offer a variety of summer attractions, from North America’s longest Alpine Slide to the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster, the longest in the Mt. Washington Valley. Enjoy the spectacular fall foliage here in the heart of the White Mountains.

Package includes:

    • 2 nights for two in the room of your choice;
    • Full country breakfast cooked-to-order each morning;
    • 2 Full day tickets (48″ and taller) including unlimited use of the Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, Aquaboggan Waterslides, Sidewinder Waterslide, Slacklines, Air Bag Jump, Buddy Bear’s Playpool, Scenic Chair Ride, Eurobungy Trampoline, Climbing Wall and Mountain Biking (downhill and cross-country – does not include rental equipment)
    • A Dining Pass for discounts to area restaurants.
    • Starting from $280 + tax for two
    • To book this package, call us at (800) 356-3596

VALLEY SCENIC TRAIN EXCURSION

 From May 1 to September 25, 2014

Experience one of the most famous attraction of North Conway, the Conway Scenic Railroad, in the center of North Conway Village and only 5 minutes away from us. The historic Victorian Station has served as a regional landmark since its completion in 1974. The Station and Roundhouse both are on the National Register of Historic Places.

This package includes a unique 55 minute roundtrip train excursion. The Valley Train travels south past some of the area’s farmlands, crossing Moat Brook and the Saco and Swift Rivers enroute to Conway, where you can watch the powerful locomotive “run-around” the train in preparation for the return trip.

Before or after the trip, enjoy a meal at one of the Valley Originals’ Restaurants with the $30 voucher included !

The package entitles you to coach tickets for the Conway trip, but you can conveniently upgrade once at the train station, to the Bartlett excursion or to the Notch Train (subject to availability – extra fare paid directly at Conway Scenic ticket office).

The 1 3/4 hour roundtrip Bartlett excursion offers you longer and more relaxing trains ride. You’re invited to sit back and enjoy the passing scenery and surrounding mountains, as the “Valley Train” travels northwest through fields and woodlands, crossing the East Branch, Saco, and Ellis Rivers enroute to Bartlett. Upon arrival in Bartlett, you will also have the opportunity to watch the locomotive “run around” for the return trip to North Conway.

Package includes:

  • 2 night stay for two in the room of your choice;
  • Full Country Breakfast cooked-to-order each morning;
  • 2 coach tickets for the Conway Valley Train (can be upgraded to the Bartlett Train or the Notch Train);
  • A $30 voucher towards a dinner for two at one of the Valley Originals’ Restaurants;
  • A VIP card to go tax-free shopping in the outlet stores of Settlers’ Green;
  • A Dining Pass for additional discount for area restaurants;
  • Starting from $254 + tax for two
  • To book this package call us at (800) 356-3596

FREE ATTRACTIONS TICKETS

Book 3 consecutive nights between June 26 and August 28, 2014 and get :

2 FREE adult tickets for a scenic ride aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad
OR
2 FREE adult tickets for a Gondola Ride to the summit of Wildcat Mountain
OR
1 Adult Value Pass (over 54″) for Cranmore Mt Adventure including unlimited use of the Mt Coaster, Giant Swing, Summer tubing, Summit chairlift, Spider climb, Bungy trampoline, Soaring Eagle Zip line
OR
a $30 voucher valid towards a dinner at one of the Valley Originals’ restaurants

Conditions: Booking must be of 3 consecutive nights minimum for a stay between June 26 and August 28 – Booking must be made directly with us before June 25, 2014 (online or call 800-356-3596) – Not to be combined with any other offer, discount or lodging package – Promotion code  : “FREEFUN”


a id=”4thofjuly”>4TH OF JULY SPECIAL

Book 2 nights and get the 3rd night half off or the 4th night FREE 

Booking must be made directly with us before June 25, 2014 (online or call 800-356-3596) – Stay must be between June 29 and July 6, 2014 – Not valid with any other offer, discount or lodging package – Full amount of stay is required as a deposit at the time of reservation – Promotion code : “INDEPENDENCEDAY14″

Father’s Day – How do we celebrate in the Valley


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A little bit of history : Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Its first celebration was in the Spokane (Washington) YMCA on June 19, 1910. After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd told her pastor that fathers should be honored as well. She suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, but the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. In the 1930s, this celebration day came to a national level, with the help of manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes… and the Father’s Day Council founded by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers. But it’s only in 1972 that it became a national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law.

Did you know ? In the United States, Dodd used the “Fathers’ Day” spelling on her original petition for the holiday, but the spelling “Father’s Day” was already used in 1913 when a bill was introduced to the U.S. Congress as the first attempt to establish the holiday, and it was still spelled the same way when its creator was commended in 2008 by the U.S. Congress


How do we celebrate Father’s Day in the Mt Washington Valley:

Attitash Mountain : Fathers get a free general admission when one or more other family members purchase a 48″ & taller or under 48″ general admission. Families can enjoy the many summer attractions available including the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster, original Alpine Slides, Waterslides, Mountain Biking, Climbing Wall, Eurobungy Trampoline, Airbag Jump, Slacklines, and Scenic Chair Ride. Bike rentals and Horseback Riding are not included in the general admission ticket. Lodging packages are also available, click here for more information.

Brettons Woods

  • Golf – Fathers play for FREE with a paid adult ($59) on Father’s Day, including cart. If players are all men, we will offer greens fees for $20 per player.
  • Canopy Tour – Dads fly free on the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour on Father’s Day! Treat Dad to a complimentary Canopy Tour on Sunday, June 15 with the purchase of an accompanying full-price Canopy Tour. Based on availability and space is limited.

Conway Scenic : Dads ride free in Coach when accompanied by 1 or more of her children.  Dads ride free in First Class when accompanied by another paying adult.  Complimentary appetizers served on board First Class.

Wildcat Mountain : Dads can enjoy the Wildcat Express scenic gondola for free when one or more other family members purchase an adult or junior gondola ride. The only one of its kind in North America, the Wildcat Express transforms from New Hampshire’s arguably fastest and most powerful summit quad chairlift during the winter and spring skiing and riding season to the state’s highest summer and fall scenic gondola. The enclosed 4-person scenic gondolas offer a unique guest experience and opportunity to view Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range from atop the over 4,000 foot summit. The Wildcat Express scenic gondola is the best way for the entire family, including well-behaved dogs on leash, to enjoy the legendary views and scenery that have been consistently voted #1 in the East. Lodging packages are also available, click here for more information.

Murder Mystery Dinner Train – A 3-hour train ride with 3-course fine dining aboard while watching and participating to a live Murder Mystery performance. Offer your dad a package for the performances on October 24, October 25, October 31 or November 1! For more information, click here.

Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park : Dad can have an unforgettable bonding day with the kids on the challenging course of the Aerial park and have fun on the mountain coaster, giant swing, summer tubing, bungy trampoline, scenic chairlift ride. For more information, click here.

Gift certificates : the gift of getaway is always appreciated. You can buy one of our gift certificates for any amount and dad can choose when he wants to use it. Buy a gift certificate

References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father’s_Day

Our pond fauna : Brown and Rainbow Trout


We usually stock our pond each year with rainbow trout, between 50 and 100 depending on how many survived the wildlife (otters, blue herons, raccoons)  that love our Bed and Breakfast as much as our guests do. Rainbow trout are fun for the fisherman as they are easy to catch (basically any bait works) and they put up a good fight.

But this year, rainbow trout have not been doing good at the hatchery and we were delivered 8-10” brown trout instead.

So what is the difference between both trout?

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The usual size of rainbows found in streams and ponds is between 6 and 12 inches and less than one pond. In larger lakes, however, 3-5 pound rainbows can be caught. Brown trout are usually between 7 and 14 inches and weigh less than one pound, while it is not uncommon to find fish that weigh between 2 and 4 pounds. Live bait, spinners and flies fished at dusk are equally effective on brown trout.

Both species thrives in pure cold water such as our pond, but brown trout prefer deep, quiet pools that are usually warmer. It is much more wary than other trout which help ensure its longevity in waters where other trout get fished out. They love to go under cover (logs, under cuts in the bank, rock shelves, overhanging trees and brush) and feed mostly when it is dark.

This means that the trout in our pond this year are going to be much more difficult to catch for our guests, and hopefully for the wildlife as well, and will require a bit more patience to fish!

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Did you know ? 

NH State record:

Brown trout : 32.50”, 16 lbs 6 oz, in the Connecticut river Pittsburg, by Ken Reed Jr on 7/4/1975

Rainbow trout : 35.50”, 15 lbs 7.2 oz, in the Pemigewasset River Bristol, by Lance King on 9/16/1996

  

References :

http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/fish_species_profiles.htm

http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/NH_state_record_fish.htm

http://www.nhfishfinder.com/rainbow-trout-16-fish.html

http://www.aa-fishing.com/nh/new-hampshire-trout-fishing.html

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http://www.eregulations.com/newhampshire/fishing/freshwater/fish-identification/