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Your Springtime Guide To North Conway, New Hampshire

Between the snows of winter and the heat of the summer, North Conway has much to offer during the arrival of spring. Come enjoy the valley as it begins to bloom!

Need some fun activities to do with your family or friends?

The Cranmore Mountain Lodge’s Springtime Guide To North Conway has everything you are looking for! We hope you enjoy your stay in the Mount Washington Valley this spring!

 

Sightseeing In North Conway

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Mt Washington Auto Road

Mount Washington

  • Auto Road – Experience the incredible views from New England’s tallest peak on the oldest man made attraction in America. Our guests get discount voucher on the guided tour and one free adult passenger.
  • Cog Railway – If driving is not your game, then experience the splendors of Mount Washington from the only cog railway this side of the Rockies!
  • Mount Washington Hotel – Visit the historic Mount Washington Hotel, built in 1902 for drinks or lunch. It is well worth the 40 minute trip up route 16 from North Conway.
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Wildcat Mountain Gondola

Wildcat Mountain

  • Gondola Ride – Experience breathtaking views of the East’s highest peaks in the comfort and security of Wildcat’s 4-person glass-enclosed gondola cabins!
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Diana’s Bath

 

Waterfalls & Covered Bridges

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Conway Scenic Railroad

Conway Scenic Railroad

  • Check out all the beauty that the Mountain Washington Valley has to offer from a historic train car. The Conway Scenic Railroad offers different themed excursions as well as trips that include lunch or dinner. For a different sight-seeing perspective, take a relaxing scenic train ride.

Local Sugar Houses

  • The Maple tree sap has been replenished, so this is the best time to learn about maple sugaring by visiting local sugar houses. You can also learn maple sugaring by hiking the trails of 100 Acre Woods with your family.

Springtime Outdoors Fun

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Mountain Biking at Great Glen Trails

Biking

  • Great Glen Trails diverse bike trail system crosses beautiful fields, scenic rivers, and beaver bogs. Our guests get vouchers for free use of the trail system and discount on bike rentals.
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Horseback Riding at Farm by the River

Horseback Riding

  • You might enjoy a horseback ride at The Farm by the River Stables, open to the general public year round. Choose from daily scenic horseback, carriage, wagon and pony rides for the little ones! Our guests receive a discount by showing their room key.
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View from the summit of Mt Kearsarge

Hiking

  • If the outdoors and nature are your calling, there a countless trails to explore. A few of our favorites are  Black Cap which is family friendly and Mt. Kearsarge for the more experienced hiker.

Shopping & Dining

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Shopping at Settlers’ Green Outlet Stores

Settlers Green Outlets

  • If shopping is your kind of adventure, then the Settler’s Green Outlet Stores Village is the place for you. You will find the mall brands with outlet prices and its tax free!
  • Be sure to visit downtown North Conway Village for one of a kind shops and unique boutiques.

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Places To Eat

  • If you are a foodie or looking for a family friendly eatery, then the Valley Originals will whet your appetite. All these establishments are owned and operated by local chefs.
  • The North Conway area also offers ethnic cuisine as including Mexican, Thai and Italian to name a few.

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If you are looking for place to stay that embodies the spirit of North Conway and the Mount Washington Valley, please visit the historic Cranmore Mountain Lodge, Babe Ruth’s favorite B&B. We pride ourselves on our neighborly hospitality and delicious French breakfast.

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Summertime Things to Do in North Conway, NH

The Mount Washington Valley has much to offer after the snow melts and the temperature begins to rise. Whether you love to hike, shop or just want to get away with family, you can find it all right here.

Here is the Cranmore Mountain Lodge’s list of summertime things to do in North Conway, New Hampshire. We hope you found some good ideas for your next trip and safe travels!

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Champney Falls

Sightseeing In North Conway

Echo Lake State Park

  • Cathedral Ledge – if you want a breathtaking view of the valley in all its splendor, bring your camera and take the short 20 minute drive from downtown North Conway
  • Echo Lake – Provides a great venue for picnics and refreshing swims at the base of Cathedral Ledge

Waterfalls & Covered Bridges

Conway Scenic Railroad

  • Check out all the beauty that the Mount Washington Valley has to offer from a historic train car. The Conway Scenic railroad offers different themed excursions as well as trips that include lunch or dinner. For a different sight-seeing perspective, take a relaxing scenic train ride.

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Any Plans for Martin Luther King Weekend 2015?

We still have availability for this long weekend, starting from only $90 per night + tax. And remember, breakfast is included!

January 16 :
– Learn to Ski For Free at Bretton Woods! Reservations required.

– Stonehurst Manor Ice Bar : Stonehurst Manor has partnered with Absolut Vodka to bring a spectacular winter Ice Bar to North Conway. More than two tons of ice will be expertly carved for this one of a kind event which is sure to add fun and excitement to the 3-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

January 17 :
– Snowshoe Tour at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. This is a fun and interesting tour led by snowshoeing experts who will also give technique tips along the way. Pre-registration suggested. Tour price $10. Tours start at 10am and 1pm Saturdays and Sundays.

– Stonehurst Manor Ice Bar : Stonehurst Manor has partnered with Absolut Vodka to bring a spectacular winter Ice Bar to North Conway. More than two tons of ice will be expertly carved for this one of a kind event which is sure to add fun and excitement to the 3-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

– Women’s Winter Escape at Great Glen Trails : An all-women’s weekend offering with a variety of classic and skate ski clinics, naturalist-led snowshoe tours, yoga, equipment demo and preparation lesson, snow tubing, nutrition talk, meals, refreshments and more. Limited number of participants assures personalized attention in clinics.

– Cranapalooza & Fireworks at Cranmore Mountain

– Guided Mountain Tour at Cranmore Mountain

January 18 :
– Snowshoe Tour at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. This is a fun and interesting tour led by snowshoeing experts who will also give technique tips along the way. Pre-registration suggested. Tour price $10. Tours start at 10am and 1pm Saturdays and Sundays and at 1pm on Tuesdays.

– Ski with a Naturalist at Great Glen Trails. Ski with a naturalist from the Appalachian Mountain Club and learn about the flora and fauna, scout for tracks in the snow and different trees in the Glen.

Stonehurst Manor Ice Bar : Stonehurst Manor has partnered with Absolut Vodka to bring a spectacular winter Ice Bar to North Conway. More than two tons of ice will be expertly carved for this one of a kind event which is sure to add fun and excitement to the 3-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

Women’s Winter Escape at Great Glen Trails : An all-women’s weekend offering with a variety of classic and skate ski clinics, naturalist-led snowshoe tours, yoga, equipment demo and preparation lesson, snow tubing, nutrition talk, meals, refreshments and more. Limited number of participants assures personalized attention in clinics.

Starlit Showshoe Tour at Great Glen Trails : From 7 – 8:30pm experience the wonder of a night time winter walk. Join an Appalachian Mountain Club Naturalist on a guided snowshoe walk. We will use our senses (and no flashlights) to navigate the trails while listening for owls calling and exploring our senses.

Top 10 Must-Have Equipment to Hike with Children

My entire family comes from the French and Swiss Alps. My parents were avid climbers, waking up at midnight to hike glaciers before the morning sun would melt the ice and form  crevices dangerous for climbers. When my sister and I were born, climbing glaciers wasn’t possible anymore, but they didn’t give up the hiking.

As long as I can remember, I’ve been hiking. Forty-fifty years ago, kids carrier did not exist and my dad would just put layers of clothes at the bottom of his old backpack with my sister or I on top of them, so that our head was actually out of the bag. We would spend the entire day on the trails.

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Early 1960s: My sister was an infant hiking the Alps, tucked in my dad’s backpack.

Sometimes our parents would have to drag us to finish the hike but at the end of the day, we were so happy to rest in our sleeping bags after a good outdoor dinner cooked in a homemade firepit (my parents always camped in the “wild”, never in campgrounds).

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1976 : I was hiking the Alps in Summer (there was still snow in the background), with our dog Ulla

I remember asking my parents to finally spend our vacations by the ocean for once  but the first time I spent several days at the shore (I was nearly a teenager) I got bored after 2 days and asked to go on a hike!

When our sons, Antoine and Guillaume were as little as 4 and 2 years old, we would go on vacation in the Alps as well, hiking everyday for a week or two. One day we actually made it through a total of 10 km! I remember passing by other hikers who were very astonished to see these little boys hiking so well and obviously having pleasure doing so.

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Summer 1995 : Antoine was 4 and Guillaume was 2, hiking the Alps. I was carrying Guillaume because he didn’t want to step in goat poop!

How did we do that? Hiking for a kid is all about the journey : You have to make it fun for them and there is no better hike than the one leading to a special spot such as a waterfall or a brook, a blueberry patch, a mountain lake, where you can have lunch and have fun for several hours before heading back. Hiking to a summit to see a beautiful panorama can be also rewarding for older kids, but not so much for toddlers.

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Summer 1995, La Chappelle d’Abondance : during a lunch break, it was so much fun to play in a mountain brook! While there, we saw cows with their big bells walking back to their barn to get milked.

During the hike itself, we went at their pace, taking the time to observe the flowers, trees, ants and spiders, playing games such as a scavenger hunt (let’s find a special rock, a piece of wood, where can you see something red, can you spot a ladybug…) : there is no better way to teach them the love of the outdoors and respect of nature. They were taking turn to “lead the pack”. We also took numerous breaks, for them as for us as Thierry was carrying a heavy backpack and I often had one of the kids on my shoulders (yes, they didn’t always want to walk and needed to be carried). During these breaks, we were also making sure we were still on the right path by checking our map, modifying our itinerary depending on how far we were, what time it was, and how tired were the children.

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Summer 1995, Bernex : the kids checking the map with dad to make sure we were on track

Many people come to the White Mountains New Hampshire with young kids to visit StoryLand or Santa’s Village, not knowing that even for a kid as young as 2, hiking is also an option : we have many small hikes to waterfalls, blueberry patches and so in our area. A hike that would normally take you up to 1 hour (such as Arethusa Falls), can be up to 2 hours with a younger kid, but he will love playing in the water at the foot of this giant waterfall and will forget all the effort he had to do to reach it! It’s all worth it.

It is much easier for families nowadays to discover the outdoors and lots of backpacks, kid carriers… have much improved and are lighter (and much less expensive) that what we had forty or even twenty  years ago.

Whatever the decades the kids are born in, here are our 10  must have equipment when you go hiking with them:

First Aid supplies, including insect repellent. We’ve hiked the Smoky Mountains, the Adirondacks, the Poconos and of course the White Mountains, and insect repellent is an absolute must have from April to November. We do not have lots of snakes in our area, but it is always a good idea to carry a “venom vacuum” such as Aspivenin, or Sawyer Products B4 Extractor Pump Kit (sold at Amazon.com). Our kids were never attacked by vipers that were numerous in the Alps, but were bitten by wasps and horse flies… This venom vacuum allows to stop the pain and the swelling immediately, so the rest of the day is not wasted with a child who cries… A bruise cream is also a good addition to your first aid kit.

Sun protection : sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, lip balm

Packable rain gear, long sleeves clothes, and a change of clothes including underwear for the kids : be prepared for a quick change in weather in any mountain in the world you are going to hike. Packable rain gear is lightweight and doesn’t take much space in the backpack. It can also protect against the wind, and be very useful if you wish to have a picnic on a wet rock or wet grass. At the end of the day, it can be chillier than when you started in the morning and you will all be happy to put on something warmer with long sleeves. Kids can get wet exploring and then whine to get dry and you’ll be happy you brought dry clothes, underwear and socks! In the same spirit, always have a small towel in your backpack.

Magnifying jar : kids love to collect along the way a caterpillar or other bugs to observe or other interesting treasures. That will keep them going and wanting more.

Lots of healthy snacks, food and lots of water (no soda), such as cereals, cereal bars, nuts, peanut butter sandwiches, pretzels. Antoine was a very picky eater and would not eat any sandwiches, but agreed to eat some bread, and then a slice of ham, and could not be more happier when we would give him some sugar cubes (for energy). Keep your kids moving by motivating them such as “when we will be at the crossing of these paths, we will take a break and have some snacks”. I remember when I was a kid there was nothing that could make me move ahead more than promising to give me an Ovomaltine bar (made of malt and chocolate) during the next break.

Tissues and moist towelettes . They are useful for many things, from first aid to using them as napkins.

Plastic bags or ziploc bags to take back your trash, diapers… with you.

Toilet paper (possibly not the roll you found in your hotel room)

Map of the area, flashlight, batteries. Be prepared for anything! Your cell phone might not have service where you hike so make sure you know where you are going.

Multi tool knives and matches

And finally, these are useful supplies to leave in your car that you will be happy to find when you come back from your hike : a large trash bag (to throw away all the garbage you are coming back with), large towels (if you got wet during your hike, they will protect your car seats and they will allow you to be dry on your way back home), extra clothes for the kids, and diapers . It’s also a good idea to have a cooler where you pack extra fresh snacks and that can keep a fresh water supply. The best part though of coming back from a hike is to stop at an ice cream shop and reward the family!

For more information about day hikes with kids in the White Mountains New Hampshire , visit : http://www.nhmountainhiking.com/hike/lists/kids.html

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August 1997 : the Adirondacks, Antoine 6 and Guillaume 4 having a blast in a mountain lake. That very same day we were caught up by a huge storm with torrential rain and were very happy to have our rain gear and large towels back in the car!

Family Adventure at Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park

Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park ‘s giant swing and mountain coaster are open year round (yes, even in winter!) but in summer, the tubing hill, soaring Eagle zipline, bouncy houses for any age,  bungy trampoline and scenic chairlift rides give families a unique way to test their adventurous side. You can also choose to try the Aerial Adventure Park and become Indiana Jones for a few hours!

Our daughter, son and a friend did just that and had a BLAST :

So what are you waiting for? Check out our Cranmore Adventure Package and save $$$ on your next stay & play getaway.

Mt Washington Auto Road & Great Glen Trails – Promo Events Summer 2013

Mt Washington Auto Road

As usual, lots of events have been planned on the Mt Washington Auto-Road and Great Glen Trails and we join the celebration by offering special discounts to those participating and staying with us :

Get 10% off a 1 night stay, and 15% off a two-night stay!

In addition, any guest staying with us can get FREE vouchers giving them these summer benefits:

  • FREE use of the Great Glen Trails system for biking, running or walking,
  • 50% discount on bike rental packages at Great Glen Trails (4 hour minimum),
  • Discounted guided tour tickets ($25 Adult/Senior , $10 kids age 5-12)
  • (1) Adult Passenger FREE with a paid “Drive Yourself” toll at the Mt Washington Auto-Road ($8 savings!)

Don’t forget to mention your participation to any of these events upon reservation to get your discount!

May 25, 2013: Alton Weagle Day
A celebration of all the firsts at the Mt. Washington Auto Road! Alton Weagle had a passion for Mt. Washington. To show his passion, he climbed the Mt. Washington Auto Road in a number of unique ways: by car, on foot, walking backwards, pushing a wheelbarrow full of sugar…just to name a few.

June 2, 2013: Newton’s Revenge Practice Ride
This bicycle ride is available to pre-registered Newton’s Revenge racers only.

June 15, 2013 : Northeast Delta Dental Mt Washington Auto Race
A footrace to the summit of Mt. Washington! Runners from around the globe come to the Mt. Washington Auto Road to take on the fabled climb.

June 22, 2013: Minis on Top
200+ Mini Coopers from around the world enjoy an evening tour and barbecue on the Mt. Washington Auto Road. You can bring your car group or club here too! (we do special group rates)

June 30, 2013 : Sunrise on Mt Washington
The Auto Road opens at 3:30 am for cars, pickups and motorcycles to drive to the summit of Mt. Washington. Experience the brilliant colors, crisp mountain air and maybe even a view of the sun coming up over the Atlantic Ocean.

July 6, 2013 : Newton’s Revenge
The race is contested on the same exact course as the original Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, making Newton’s Revenge the other Toughest Hillclimb in the World. Road opens to race traffic only at 6:00 am. Line up for racers at 8:20 am.

July 21, 2013: Bicycle Hillclimb Practice Ride
This ride is available to pre-registered Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb racers only.

July 28, 2013 : Sunrise on Mt Washington
The Auto Road opens at 3:30 am for cars, pickups and motorcycles to drive to the summit of Mt. Washington. Experience the brilliant colors, crisp mountain air and maybe even a view of the sun coming up over the Atlantic Ocean.

August 17, 2013 : Mt Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hill Climb
The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge are known as the toughest hillclimbs in the world at 7.6 miles in length, has an average grade of 12% with extended sections of 18% and the last 50 yards is an amazing 22%! Sprint that to the finish!

August 25, 2013 : Sunrise on Mt Washington
The Auto Road opens at 3:30 am for cars, pickups and motorcycles to drive to the summit of Mt. Washington. Experience the brilliant colors, crisp mountain air and maybe even a view of the sun coming up over the Atlantic Ocean.

September 6, 7 & 8, 2013 : Muster in the Mountains
This weekend long event is a colonial encampment of reenactors representing various individuals of the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Mountain Man periods from 1750 through 1840.

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North Conway Named Most Affordable Ski Destination in the NorthEast

Article copied from the 2012-2013 Season New Hampshire Winter Guide, published by Salmon Press Newspapers :

“TripAdvisor’s Inaugural Ski Destination Cost Comparison Intex Reveals Top Resorts in U.S. and Canada Where Travelers Can Hit the Slopes and Save. North Conway comes in most affordable in Northeast and #2 in the U.S.

 

TripAdvisor, the world’s lagest travel review site launched its inaugural TripIndex Ski – a cost comparison of 20 popular ski destinations across the United States and Canada. North Conway, NH was deemed the least expensive ski destination in the Northeast and the second least expensive destination for skiing in the U.S.

TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski presents the combined cost of one night’s hotel accommodation, a basic ski rental package, a one-day lift tickets, a local meal and a bottle/glass of beer at top ski destinations. Salt Lake City, Utah came in as the most affordable ski destination, with a total TripIndex Ski cost of $238.58. Yet North Conway scored just over a dollar higher on TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski at $239.88, making the price between two top contenders negligible. With a price tag of $746, Vail, Colorado emerged as the priciest ski spot in the country.

“For travelers who are looking for a snowy escape, TripIndex Ski provides an easy way to compare the most popular ski destinations across North America,” said Karen Drake, senior direction of communications at TripAdvisor. “TripIndex Ski is a useful tool for travelers who are looking to get the best bang for their buck this winter season”.

According to TripAdvisor, the TripIndex Ski prices out the following items in each destination : Per night cost of a hotel (between December 2011 and March 2012 within 5 miles of the destination), cost of a lift ticket, cost of a meal (burger and fries from 3 local restaurants on or near the mountain) and cost of an alcoholic drink (domestic beer at 3 local pubs on or near the mountain).

Prices were collected through a variety of research methods, and apply to travel between December 2011 and March 2012. The “basket” of items is representative of the common items many travelers will purchase while on a ski vacation says TripAdvisor.

“It means a lot to us to learn that TripAdvisor, a trusted trip planning resource for travelers, has recognized that North Conway and the surrounding region offers and affordable ski destination,” said Janice Crawford, Executive Direction of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. “With 13 ski resorts and XC centers all offering great skiing and value, skiers need look no further than the Northeast’s most affordable ski destination this winter,” finished Crawford. All of Mt Washington VAlley’s ski resorts are making snow around the clock as temperatures allow and plan to be open for Christmas week (the week between Christmas and New Year). Six out of seven are presently open.”

At Cranmore Mountain Lodge, room rates start from $89 per night for the whole winter season, and we offer many different ski & stay packages options with different ski resorts. You can find all these packages by clicking here.

Cranmore Mountain – Just 1 mile from us

Attitash Mountain – 15 minutes from us

Black Mountain – 15 minutes from us

Jackson x-country Foundation – 15 minutes from us

Wildcat Mountain – 35 minutes from us

Great Glen Trails – 35 minutes from us

Bretton Woods – 45 minutes from us