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Holiday Fun in the White Mountains

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cute kids skiing 280x146Let North Conway serve as the backdrop for your holiday getaway. With nationally recognized skiing, bustling outlets, and a plethora of family friendly activities, North Conway and the White Mountains make an ideal winter getaway.

Skiing:
Ranked among the top 25 ski towns in the world, the Mount Washington Valley is a skiers paradise. The area boasts 7 downhill areas and 6 Nordic runs. Beginners to black diamond slope stars will enjoy the trails of the White Mountains.

Starting December 27th and running every Saturday through March 7th, the popular ski resort Cranmore will be hosting Cranapalooza, a family- oriented celebration featuring entertainment, face painting, s’mores and fireworks.

Outdoor Activities:
If you prefer to enjoy the scenery without skis, North Conway has no shortage of outdoor activities. Choose from a variety of activities including snow mobiling, cross country skiing, ice skating, tubing, dog sledding and sleigh rides.

Jackson XC, a non- profit ski foundation, features unique events such as the Snowshoe Nature Tours. This 2 hour guided tour lets you experience the nature beyond the trails in an interesting and instructional way. The tours are held most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season.

Train Rides:
Adults and children alike will enjoy festive train rides through the Mt. Washington Valley. Get in the Christmas spirit on a fun-filled ride with Santa and his mischievous elves. Santa’s Holiday Express is an hour long excursion filled with joy and laughter… and cookies with hot chocolate! Santa will even be there for pictures.

The classic favorite, the Polar Express, departs weekly for an interactive and magical trip to the North Pole via the White Mountains. From the enchanted train ride, elf led carols, the reading of the classic story to an appearance from the big guy himself, this is an experience to be remembered.

Both Santa’s Holiday Express and the Polar Express depart each weekend from the Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway. Be sure to make your reservations now, these family- friendly activities will book fast!

Shopping:
Looking to do a little last minute Christmas shopping? North Conway shopping is like none other in the area. With Settler’s Green located just minutes away, the outlet mall features over 60 name brand outlets with savings of 30-60% off retail prices. If you are looking for one of a kind originals, the area has several quaint local shops.

Be sure to check the Settler’s Green site to take advantage of all the best sales and promotions.

With a variety of activities for all ages and interests, the Mt. Washington Valley offers entertainment for the entire family. Check out our calendar of events for information on all the newest area events. If you are looking for a winter escape, let our North Conway hotel be your home away from home.

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04 December 2014, 11:04
 

A Thanksgiving Escape in the White Mountains

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1674562The Green Granite Inn is a quaint White Mountains escape for the Thanksgiving holidays. From our family friendly amenities, including an indoor pool, to our cozy family gathering spots we are the perfect North Conway hotel for your family this season. Thanksgiving is an exciting time in North Conway and the surrounding areas. From festive holiday celebrations to simple family gatherings, the area offers activities the entire family will enjoy.

Leave the grocery shopping and cooking to someone else this year and spend more time with your loved ones. From traditional turkey and dressing to contemporary cuisine and New England favorites, there are several restaurants in the North Conway area that will be hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner. Here are a few of our favorites:

Redfox Bar and Grille: Located just minutes from the Inn in Jackson, the Redfox Bar and Grille offers a Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet. The menu includes traditional favorites such as Roasted Tom Turkey, Baked Ham, London Broil, and Lemon Butter Haddock and a variety of seasonal side dishes.http://redfoxbarandgrille.com/

The Oxford House: The Oxford House in nearby Fryeburg, Maine, boasts a less traditional holiday menu. Serving from both their autumn menu as well as holiday entrees, the Brown Sugar Brined Turkey and Hoisin Braised Pulled Duck are sure to please the more sophisticated palette.
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Christmas Farm Inn: With favorites such as Roast Turkey, Prime Rib Au Jus, Country Stuffing, Roasted Ham with a Pineapple Glaze, Tuscan Haddock with Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Topping Butternut Tortellacci, Christmas Farm Inn offers all the Thanksgiving favorites you’ve been waiting all year to enjoy.http://www.christmasfarminn.com/en/new-hampshire-vacation-packages/thanksgiving-getaway

The Mount Washington Valley offers a variety of family activities after the turkey has been put away. The holiday marks the annual opening of ski season in the Mount Washington Valley. With an average of 4 inches of snowfall in November, ski areas are projected to begin operations in late November. From beginner level courses to black diamond slopes, North Conway skiing is ideal for any experience level.

If you’d prefer a little retail therapy, North Conway is a shopper’s paradise. Settler’s Green, located just blocks from the Inn, has a variety of name brand stores including Gap, American Eagle, Gymboree and many more. With stores opening on Thanksgiving night, there will be plenty of time for you to take advantage of all the sales and specials.

Whether you are looking to enjoy quite family time or an action packed weekend. Green Granite is the perfect home away from home this Thanksgiving.

Written by Tiffany Hutton

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19 November 2014, 14:00
 

The Magical Journey of the New England Polar Express

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Polar Express North Conway The Polar Express Event of New England is a magical journey to the North Pole through the snowcapped White Mountains of New Hampshire. This unique, interactive 2 hour train ride departs from Hobo Railroad in Lincoln and Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway and takes you on a memorable and winding journey to the North Pole Theatre.

While children are nestled in their pajamas with hot chocolate and cookies in hand, they are transported to a land of magic and mystery filled with the spirit of Christmas. Upon arrival to the North Pole, children are welcomed by cheerful elves leading Christmas carols. As the classic story of the Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg is read, images of the story are shown on screen for all to see. After the story book is closed, the guest of honor arrives to greet the children and share a special gift.

This holiday adventure makes a believer of those young and old and reminds us that giving is the best gift of all. All proceeds from the event go to benefit The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation to help promote reading and literature.

The Polar Express event is one of the most popular excursions in the Mount Washington Valley and an experience like none other. We invite you and your family to join us on a magical journey to the North Pole.

Call 1-800-468-3666 to book your Polar Express Package today!

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07 October 2014, 11:56
 

Leaf Peeping in the White Mountains

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leaf peeping White Mountains Leaf Peepers come from miles away to enjoy the colorful scenery of the White Mountains. With temperatures changing and autumn coming early, the peak season occurs in early October. There are several routes around the North Conway area that are sure to showcase the scenic colors of the season.

Kancamagus Highway
The Kancamagus Highway is one of the best routes to enjoy the beauty of the season. This 34 mile stretch through Northern New Hampshire connects Lincoln and Conway. Known as an American Scenic Byway, “The Kanc” is rich with beauty, history and culture.

This route winds through the White Mountain National Forest and offers scenic views of the mountains, valleys,  Swift River, Sabbaday Falls and Rocky Gorge. There is a reason the Kancamagus Highway is known for some of the best fall foliage in the country.

Franconia Notch
If you prefer a route less off the beaten trail, I-93 to Franconia Notch may be the perfect choice. Located in the heart of the White Mountains, this mountain pass extends from Flume Gorge to Echo Lake. This 8 mile path of I-93 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges.

Not only are there majestic views, but the area has several unique attractions. Ride the Cannon Mountain tramway, stroll through Flume Gorge or simply stop to watch the wildlife that surrounds the area. Franconia Notch guarantees to be one of the most beautiful highways you’ve ever driven.

Book your stay at Green Granite Inn and let us be your basecamp for fall foliage!

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09 September 2014, 10:18
 

Shopping in North Conway

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North Conway shoppingNo vacation is complete without a little shopping. You are in luck; the shopping in North Conway is like no other. From bustling outlets to quaint local shops, there are some can’t miss stores to visit in the White Mountains.

Settler’s Green: With more than 60 brand name outlets and specialty shops, Settler’s Green Outlets are a shopper’s paradise. From clothing and shoes to bags and toys and housewares, these outlets are sure to have everything you could want and more.

Zeb’s General Store: From souvenirs to unique gifts, Zeb’s General Store has it all. Located in the heart of North Conway, it embodies nostalgia and whimsical flair. With over 5,000 unique products, you are sure to find a gift for everyone on your list.

The Beggars Pouch Leather Shop: Nestled in historic North Conway, Beggars Pouch Leather Shop has been making one of a kind items since 1978. They carry an assortment of leather goods including handbags, wallets, belts and name brand footwear.

L.L. Bean Outlet: L. L. Bean Outlet offers up to 60% off savings on discounted, end-of-season and overstocked items. They carry apparel, footwear, outdoor gear and more, all with their legendary guarantee.

The Wooden Soldier: For over 35 years, The Wooden Soldier has been one of the most popular quality children’s clothing stores in the area. Festive holiday favorites, school outfits and more, the Wooden Solider has the perfect outfit for any celebration.

Enjoy your shopping experience in North Conway!

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26 August 2014, 09:15
 

Must See White Mountain Attractions

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The North Conway area is filled with things to do. From the scenic White Moutains to area attractions and events, there is something for every member of the family. You can embark on a one of a kind adventure, stroll through nature, shop or even visit a theme park. Here is a short list of the "must see" spots on your White Mountains vacation:

COG Railroad
white mountain attractionsThe Mount Washington Cog Railroad is a 3 hour guided adventure filled with breath taking scenery. Starting a Marshfield Base Station you will enjoy the scenic climb to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in New England. From the summit there are panoramic views of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Canada and even the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you choose the historic steam locomotive or the modern and eco-friendly biodiesels, the Mount Washington Cog Railroad is one memorable ride.

 

Zip Rider
If you are a “dare devil” in search of a one of a kind adventure, make plans to ride the exhilarating rush of the Zip Rider at Wildcat Mountain. Riders will enjoy a 2,100 foot journey over trails, treetops and the Peabody River while suspended at 70 foot heights and 12 percent grades all the while reaching speeds of 45 miles per hour. The Zip Rider is sure to be one unique and exciting ride.

 

Diana’s Baths
things to do in north conway Diana’s Baths is a must see showcase of nature. Lying along Lucy Brook, the baths are fed from Big Attitash Mountain. Depending on the rainfall and season, the water can be rushing through the waterfalls or gently flowing. Measuring 75 feet in height the cascading falls are a relativity easy .6 mile flat walk along a wide gravel path. Diana’s Baths allow visitors to explore the surrounding rocks, ledges, falls, brooks and pools of nature.

 

Storyland
The lands of fantasy and make believe truly come to life at Story Land. With over 30 family-friendly rides, attractions and various shows, the entire family is sure to enjoy the magic that is Story Land. Whether it is a fun ride on the new Roar-a-Saurus coaster, busting a move at Duke’s Dance Party, enjoying tea with Cinderella or simply enjoying the laughter of children young and old; the fantasy lives on at Story Land.

Mount Washington Valley has something for every member of the family to enjoy. We can't wait to hear your favorite White Mountains destination!

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22 July 2014, 16:41
 

Family Friendly Lodging in North Conway

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family friendly lodging North ConwayIf you are in search of family friendly lodging in North Conway, look no further than the Green Granite Inn. Conveniently located in the scenic White Mountains, our North Conway hotel provides a fun and relaxing vacation getaway. Here are a few amenities that make us the most family friendly inn in the Mount Washington Valley:

  • We offer a variety of accommodations to meet any family needs, from bunk beds to one bedroom suites. There are also rooms furnished with whirlpool tubs, kitchenettes, living and dining areas as well as sleeper sofas. All of our guest rooms have new mattresses for your comfort.
  • Start your day with our complementary deluxe continental breakfast featuring an assortment of items including pancakes, sausage and omelets. A hearty breakfast is just what you need to start your fun filled day in the White Mountains.
  • Both the young and young at heart will enjoy time spent splashing in our indoor and outdoor pools as well as our hot tub. We also have a playground for children to enjoy.
  • Our spacious lobby and common spaces are the perfect spot for games, surveying the mountain views, warming by the fire with a book or simply watching tv.
  • Green Granite Inn is centrally located to many area attractions. The Inn is only an 8 minute drive from Storyland and is within walking distance to Settler’s Green Outlet Mall.
  • Our North Conway hotel offers a variety of seasonal specials and packages. Our packages includes room discounts as well as discounted pricing to various attractions.

No matter if you are a couple looking for a quick getaway or a family on an action packed vacation, Green Granite is the best hotel in North Conway.

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22 July 2014, 16:12
 

Don't Delay on Polar Express Tickets!

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Polar Express North ConwayTake a magical journey to the North Pole with the Polar Express Event of New England, an interactive experience that only happens here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The trains depart each Friday and Saturday night beginning the last weekend in November.

It's a pretty special experience for grownups and kids alike. The parents love watching a child's excitement in the train ride and meeting a bunch of elves and Santa himself! Pajamas are encouraged for children and adults alike!

Because of the extreme popularity of this event, tickets for the performance are available through official lodging partners like Green Granite.

We are mentioning it in our June blog because advance tickets go fast and space is limited. Don't delay in getting yours by calling (800) 468-3666 to make a reservation!

Green Granite's Polar Express packages include two night's stay at our family-friendly inn in North Conway, deluxe continental breakfast each morning, tickets to the Polar Express, a gift for every child, and special surprise visitor from the North Pole.
We have a form on our website where interested parties can fill in their information and have someone call them regarding the Polar Express package and our pre-event activities.

The train station is about 2.5 miles away from Green Granite, or roughly 7 minutes away. Tickets are limited to 12 per household. Trains board at 4 pm for afternoon performances and 6:30 for evening performances, the event taking approximately 2 hours round-trip.

Net proceeds from the Polar Express Event fund literacy programs such as the Books in Character Outreach program, the Believe in Books Book bag program, and the Books from Birth program. More than 50,000 books have been given out through the outreach effort.

Learn more and request information: http://www.greengranite.com/north-conway-vacation-packages/polar-express-package 

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13 June 2014, 12:15
 

Stay at Green Granite during Laconia Bike Week

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Motorcycle riders are a special group of people. The image of the outlaw motorcycle gang is fading as the modern bikers found rumbling down the highways may just as well be CEOs or housewives enjoying the freedom of the open road and the fellowship at rallies where they can socialize with other riders.   

Laconia Bike Week hotelsIf this sounds appealing to you, you might want to ride your bike on up to Mt. Washington Valley for the 91st annual Laconia Motorcycle Week June 14-22, 2014. At Green Granite Inn, we’re offering a 20% off Rack (Regular) Rates for June 13-23.

The Laconia week festivities include live music at various venues (including concerts with Lynyrd Skynryd and The Charlie Daniels Band), the Ms. Motorcycle Week, Miss Laconia Bikini and Miss Broken Spoke Laconia beauty contests, the U.S. Vintage Motorcycle Grand Prix at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a tribute to the Indian Chief at the American Police Motorcycle Museum, a pool tournament, a bike show, a tribute to activists for motorcyclists, scenic rides, the “Ride to the Sky” at Mt. Washington Auto Road, the 21st Annual POW/MIA Freedom Ride, a burrito eating contest, the 4th annual “Jesus Ride”, the “Love of Pets” Ride to benefit the NH Humane Society, and the biker build-off awards.

See the full list of Laconia Week events:  http://www.laconiamcweek.com/schedule

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is designating June 16 & 19 as motorcycle-only days, rain or shine, weather permitting.  A ride up Mt. Washington is a one of-a-kind experience. Encounter ever changing weather, panoramic views and four climate zones as you climb the highest point in the Northeast.

We think you’ll find Green Granite a great place to stay. We are located adjacent to the North Conway outlet shopping experience and in the middle of all activities of the Mt. Washington Valley.

Call 800-468-3666 to book a reservation at Green Granite. No discounts apply to third party bookings, other discounted rates or previous reservations. 

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14 April 2014, 10:56
 

5 Events Not to Miss This Spring

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80th Birthday Celebration at Wildcat

North Conway events During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps, armed with axes and cross-cut saws, started clearing the Wildcat trail, one of the first ski racing trails built in the United States. Designed by Charley Proctor, the all-around ski champion of Canada in 1927, it was designated as a class "A" racing trail.
On April 5th, this anniversary will be commemorated at the 1st Annual Cat Scratch Fever in The Chutes at the base of Wildcat Mountain. Come cheer on competitors and sway the judges scores from easy vantage points located at the Bobcat Base Lodge or from the decks of the Main Base Lodge. No matter where you are, a party atmosphere will surround you. The Ross Livermore Band will either be playing outdoor snow stage in the Wildcat base area or inside the Wildcat Pub, depending on the weather, while Reklis will perform on the Snow Stage. Outdoor grills will be offering fresh cooked burgers and other assorted grilled deliciousness available for purchase. Wildcat's special Anniversary tickets are on sale through Wildcat only. You can purchase them online or call 888.SKI.WILD to purchase. They will be 2-day $80 passes. Green Granite is offering a Ski and Stay special! Book a room for just $80 for one adult (additional adults are $10 per person)* to stay Friday and Saturday nights April 4-5th when you call direct and request the Wildcat Special Promo.

Spring Events at Settler's Green

settlers-green-outletThe Outlet Village has several upcoming events this spring, including an observance of the April 4th opening day in Boston when the first 100 customers to show off Red Sox gear will get a free cupcake at the White Mountain Cupcakery. Easter on the Green will be April 12, when participating stores will give you a free Easter treat and the Customer Service desk plans to hand out a free Easter Toy and Egg (while supplies last). Bring the pooch for Mall Dog Walking Night on May 6 and get a free small coffee from Starbucks, a dog treat from Four Your Paws Only and a guide. Finally, celebrate Canada's Victoria Day on May 16-19 with a sidewalk sale and store specials. Customer Service will be handing out Canadian flags on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 (supplies limited).

Settlers Green

Opening Day at Storyland

The season of fun for all ages begins Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is a place with rides such as the Roar-o-Saurus, Bamboo Chutes, Polar Coaster, Dr. Geyser's Remarkable Raft Ride, Cuckoo Clockenspiel, Huff Puff & Whistle, and the Buccaneer Pirate Ship. It is a park with many areas where young families can play and have fun. Storyland Admission Includes unlimited rides, shows, and attractions. There's free parking and free pet kennel use.

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Wildquack Duck River Festival

ht duck race 090521 mainCome see this wild and zany event on May 25th that has been a favorite for more 25 years. Families, friends, singles, writers, photographers… You really need to see this one for yourself at Jackson Village Park. Watching more than 3,500 yellow rubber ducks make their way down the Wildcat River to the finish line will excite the child in all of you. 

Wildquack Duck River Festival

Spring Splash at Cranmore

Participants can see how far they can ski or ride across the slush pool located at the bottom of the main slope on March 29! Prizes are awarded to best costume, best splash, & best skim!

Spring Splash

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20 March 2014, 10:36
 

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