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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!

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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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.


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 ). 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 :

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


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?
2076 White Mountain Highway
North Conway NH 03860
Phone: (603) 356-2627

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 :

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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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 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 . 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 : 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 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 or
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 or 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 ( .  Please read our dog policy at .

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

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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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 :

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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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 .
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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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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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 . If you wish to fish in the brook along the property though, you need a permit that you can conveniently buy online at :

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 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

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

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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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…



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


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


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?


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!




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


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Our pond fauna : the spring peeper

The pond located in the Cranmore Mountain Lodge’s backyard is the habitat of many animals that you can frequently observe, such as the blue spotted salamander, crayfish, the bull frog, the green frog,  and of course rainbow trout.

In the Spring, starting when the snow melts, sometimes as early as end of March through May/June, there is one species we can hear loudly – especially at night – but rarely see : the spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer), also called “PinkleTinks” on Martha’s Vineyard, “TinkleToes” in New Brunswick Canada, and “PinWinks” in Nova Scotia.

male spring peeper Cranmore Mountain Lodge blog
Spring peeper – Picture by Steve Roble

This tiny frog, no more than 1.5”, is tan, brown or gray with a dark “x” mark across its back and have large toe pads for climbing. The male is smaller than the female and has a vocal sac located by its throat, which expands and deflates like a balloon to create this short peeping sound. Singing in very large numbers in chorus all night long, their mating song mark the beginning of Spring in the White Mountains New Hampshire. They sound like crickets, even like little birds or jiggling bells, with a high pitched ascending whistle or peep: our spring guests love falling asleep hearing their song and so do we.

Watch and hear the Spring Peepers here : (video by George Thibault) :

Spring peepers are very useful to clean our backyard from beetles, flies, and spiders. They lay hundreds of eggs in the water that you can clearly see attached to plants and twigs when you take a walk around the pond. These eggs hatch into tadpoles in about 12 days and these tadpoles eat algae and tiny organisms in the water (and are a good meal for bull frogs!), keeping our pond water healthy.

Fun fact : In winter, Spring peepers hibernate under loose tree bark or logs. Surprisingly, they can allow their body fluid to freeze (as low as -8°C) and still survive the New England long and cold winter!

Cranmore Mountain Lodge’s backyard :