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5 Fun Winter Activities in North Conway, New Hampshire

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  • Explore the backcountry on a one-of-a-kind adventure—from a dog sled! Muddy Paw Dog Sled Kennel has over 100 sled dogs rescued from around the country and given a place where they can do what they love best—sledding. With an experienced musher take on the best trails and freshest snow in an interactive adventure that can last anywhere from 2 hours to all day. Enjoy hot chocolate, treat the dogs to snacks, and see New Hampshire in a whole new way!

    See Santa and feed his reindeer at Santa's Village. While Santa's village is open year round, it's especially wonderful in winter. At Christmastime Mrs. Claus greets guests and holidaylights brighten the evenings. This family friendly classic is great for all ages and has been operating for over 60 years. There's even a new 3D show this year called a "Tinkerdoodle Christmas" that is sure to delight.

    Conway Scenic Railroad trains are a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the White Mountains from a cozy vantage point. In addition to the usual Valley Train route, there is also Santa's Holiday Express running weekends through December 22nd, featuring Santa, his elves, hot chocolate, and cookies for everyone!

    Ice Skating in Schouler Park is super convenient, right by North Conway Village and the train station where the Conway Scenic Railroad departs. There is also ice skating at the Ham Arena, where the Mount Washington Valley Skating Club is based. See their "Holiday on Ice" skate show as part of the Christmas festivities and tree lighting ceremony December 7th, or take a lesson for adults or children from the club's coaches. Whether you're a first timer or a seasoned pro, there's a lot of fun to be had on the ice.

    There's no shortage of snowmobiling and skiing in the North Conway area. Many places you might have enjoyed hiking in the spring or summer have a totally different view in winter with the leaves off the trees and the countryside blanketed in snow. The extensive areas surrounding the Sacro River right across the street from the Green Granite make it easy to head out on an adventure and get a whole day of exploring in via snowmobile. With 7,000 miles of trails in the area, you're sure to have plenty of scenic routes to travel. As for skiing, the many mountains in the area have slopes suitable for many skill levels and lessons for those who have never tried skiing or snowboarding, as well as those who simply want to brush up since last season.


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04 December 2013, 14:00
 

Skiing in North Conway, New Hampshire

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skiing north conway The White Mountains have long been a popular destination for skiers since the 19th century. Long before skiing really took off in the United States, the White Mountains were home to “some of the first purpose-cut ski runs on the continent and a host of other innovations in grooming, lifts, and ski schools were developed here in the 1930s,” according to National Geographic. The high peaks make for an exhilarating ride, and the conditions are perfect for powder. Despite the area’s longtime fame for great slopes, new skiers are still discovering New Hampshire’s many great mountains and the area continues to receive positive press.

Last year Bretton Woods praised New Hampshire as a top ski spot for families, with “beautiful views of Mount Washington and gorgeous grooming.” The Boston Globe picked Wildcat Mountain this year for “yanked-from-postcard views” that also get you a great vantage point of The Presidential Range and Mount Washington, and highlighted Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch for its “character and soul” as one of the oldest ski resorts in the US. The New York Times highlighted Wildcat Mountain in 2009 for its seclusion, simplicity, and prime terrain for beginning and intermediate skiers, as well as those looking for a more wild ride.

Cross country skiers can enjoy numerous trails throughout the North Conway area, including those along Route 16A in Intervale, by the Saco River (across the street from the Green Granite, or ungroomed trails for more experienced skiers through the White Mountain National Forest. Less experienced skiers can explore Whitaker Woods or make their way to Intervale for a fun day trip. It’s a whole new way to experience the natural wonder of New Hampshire than summer hikes and ATV excursions.

With such a great history and range of trails, it’s no wonder so many people flock to North Conway for both cross country and downhill skiing. There’s also so much to see and do after a day hitting the slopes, like swinging by Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery for local beers, wood-fired pizzas, burgers, nachos, and BBQ. Flatbread Company features organic fare, clay oven pizzas, with free-range meats, top-quality cheeses and plenty of toppings to fill you up after an active day. If you need supplies and equipment, there are numerous sports stores that stock what skiers need, including Joe Jones Sports, Bob and Terry’s Ski and Sports, North Conway Ski Equipment, and more.

If this weren’t enough to get you excited, the 2013-2014 ski season promises to be excellent with plenty of snow. An early start to the winter season and the placement of the jet stream over North Conway has many ski enthusiasts eagerly anticipating getting out on the slopes. As Outside Magazine explains, “The North Atlantic Oscillation, which follows the spread of high and low pressure across the northern Atlantic, is predicted to be “moderately negative” this winter. Negative NAO values can send storms as far south as Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia; although LaRosa sees the biggest dumps come to the Northeast.” Be sure to book your stay at the Green Granite for a ski vacation and make the most of this favorable winter weather pattern!


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15 November 2013, 14:16
 

Fun Fall Activities in North Conway: Halloween, Oktoberfest, Leaf Peeping, and More!

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fall events north conway There is so much to see and do in North Conway besides taking in the beautiful fall foliage. There are plenty of Halloween events and Autumn celebrations to keep you busy all October long. Here are just a few of the fun attractions well worth at trip to the White Mountains:

  • The Cranmore Mountain Ghoullog is back for a seventh season with 15,000 square feet of spooky scary goodness styled as the Mercer Home for the Criminally insane. Can you make it through the dark woods, indoor twists and turns, and spectacular nighttime chair lift? We offer discount tickets at the front desk, so be sure to pick some up when you check in for a stay at the Inn.
  • Attitash Mountain and Loon Mountain are both offering Oktoberfest celebrations. Atttiash's features Bavarian music by King Ludwig's Band, dancing, Stein Hoisting, and the ever-popular Keg Toss competition. There's plenty of German food, a biergarten stocked by local and regional brewers, and fun games for the kids. Loon Mountain's celebration features draft beers by Harpoon and delicious German specialties like sauerbraten, bratwurst, knockwurst, potato pancakes, and red cabbage. Music by the Alpiner Oompah band, a stein holding contest, the Stein Slalom Race, a Keg Toss, Keg Bowling, and a Yodeling contest will also be included, as well as cornhole, water balloons, and other fun activities for kids.
  • ghoullog-logoThe popular Hobo and Winnipesaukee Railroad features special Fall Foliage trains that take you through some of the best leaf peeping spots in the area. The Hobo Railroad takes you along the Pemigewasset River and the Winnipesaukee Railroad goes to Weirs Beach along Lake Winnipesaukee. There are also Folliage Dinner trains along the lake featuring Turkey Dinners catered by Harts Turkey Farm.
  • For smaller kids the Silly Spooky Halloween Extravaganza is a great pick at Santa's Village. There are spooky areas for older kids and fun areas for the little ones, with plenty of shops, trick or treating, rides, and more for a safe, friendly experience. Put on your Halloween costume and get in on the fun.
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has a Halloween Hoot N Howl for all ages, with a guided tour around the Science Center Grounds featuring live skits with a seasonal theme followed by games and treats. Costumes are encouraged.
  • Settlers' Green hosts a safe Trick or Treating environment and shopping experience at its Haunted Happenings on October 26th, as well as a Zombie walk that evening from 5-89 that organizers hope to be the biggest zombie gathering in Northern New Hampshire. The Zombie costumes will be judged and the winners will get a $100 gift certificate to Settlers' Green, so put on your very best ooze and shamble and get out on the Zombie Dance Floor!
  • There's something for everyone this fall in North Conway. When you call to make your reservation, ask the front desk about making other arrangements as well for some of these fun events!

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01 October 2013, 13:21
 

See The Best Fall Foliage in New Hampshire & Stay at the Green Granite Inn

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hotels in white mountains Each autumn Leaf Peepers from all over the world flock to New Hampshire to take in the spectacular New England leaves. The conditions in the White Mountains are just right for creating some of the most spectacular fall colors, but the burst lasts for only a short amount of time. Staying at the Green Granite you are in the perfect position to not miss a minute of these beautiful leaves.

We are directly across the street from the Sacro River camping area and trails, and a short drive from many places to peep at the lovely leaves. Whether you want to view leaves by hiking, biking, ATV, or cruising in your car or on your motorcycle, there’s plenty of ways to take in the natural beauty all around.

Late September and early October are often the best weeks to view the foliage. Almost any area popular at other times of year gets even more scenic when the leaves are in full color. The waterfalls and trails at Crawford Notch State Park are an excellent choice in autumn. The White Mountain National Forest boasts the famous "Old Man of the Mountain" in Franconia Notch which lights up in autumn. Scenic roadways such as the Mount Washington Auto Road and the Kancamagus Highway are also quite popular at this time of year, and take you to high elevations and through some of the best parts of the White Mountains.

Be sure your camera is working and bring extra batteries, and pack binoculars so you can see all the fine detail in the lovely views. If you want to get out on the trail, a visit to the International Mountain Equipment store can yield great deals on top quality equipment. It’s been stocking hikers, skiers, and climbers since 1974 and is one of the favorites of serious outdoors enthusiasts.

When dusk comes and puts an end to your day of leaf peeping, North Conway has many fine restaurants for you to enjoy. Grab dinner at the Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewing Company or the Flatbread Company or the popular Black Capp Grill. There are plenty of delicious places to fill up after a day out in the mountains. Book your fall foliage stay soon-- it’s a busy season and you don’t want to miss out on a one of a kind getaway!


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12 September 2013, 14:49
 

Green Granite: The North Conway Hotel for Moose

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north conway hotels North Conway is well known as a destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors. With the beautiful White Mountains, the nearby Saco River, and plenty of places to bike, hike, ski, and ATV, there’s so much to see and do. Many visitors have delighted in sightings of New Hampshire’s wildlife populations, including the occasional bear and plenty of moose.  Anyone who has stayed at the Green Granite knows how we love the local moose, from the moose in our lobby to the moose in our logo.

Moose have not always had a happy story in North Conway. When the area was first settled, hunters brought the moose population down to just 13 by 1898. Fortunately, the area’s forests were preserved and state and federal organizations that regulated fish, game, and natural parks brought the area’s wildlife populations back into balance. Today there are many moose throughout New Hampshire’s beautiful forests.

326972 298375320192551 1052920260 oThe New Hampshire Fish and Game Department advises any tourists hoping for a moose sighting should try Route 3 north of Pittsburg to the Canadian border; Route16 north of Milan to the Maine Border; Route 26 east of Dixville Notch to the Maine Border; Route 112 from Lincoln  east to the Bear Notch Road; Route 110 north of Berlin to Rte 110A. Or you can simply take to the woods at dusk from May-October and hope for good luck while you enjoy the White Mountains many other magnificent sights.

Kayakers have also had good luck spotting moose, as moose often feed on plants that row near ponds and lakes in the early morning and at sunset. If you are already interested in exploring New Hampshire’s waterways or are excited for some fishing, you just might see a moose in the bargain. There are also some popular moose tours north and east of the Green Granite, such as the popular Gorham Moose Tours near Moose Brook State Park and Pemi Valley Moose Tours in Franconia Notch State Park.

One thing is for sure, if you are looking for a magical wildlife experience, Green Granite is the perfect North Conway Hotel, putting you right on the edge of some of the best state parks in New Hampshire. To prepare for your trek into moose country, pick up supplies at L.L. Bean store and grab a hearty breakfast at Peach’s Restaurant or Priscilla’s. Both have big excellent breakfasts and a homey, welcoming atmosphere. When you are weary from the woods and ready to relax, you can return to civilization and enjoy North Conway’s many fine restaurants, shops, and more, as well as the Green Granite’s comfy beds. We’re sure that our moose in the lobby would love to hear all about your adventures!

 

 


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12 August 2013, 10:08
 

The Green Granite is Your Ultimate Rock Climbing Home Base!

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white mountain attractions The White Mountains do far more than attract scenery-searching tourists and sweethearts, nineteenth century artists from the White Mountain school, and holiday skiiers. North Conway has long been a fantastic destination for rock climbers, too. Since 1931, one of the most famous ascents has been a 500 granite wall called Cathedral Ledge that remains a favorite for locals and travelers alike.

Nearby Cathedral is the Whitehorse Ledge, a challenging stretch of over 800 feet with six pitches. Both faces have several climbing areas of different difficulties, accessible from gorgeous trails that are not to be missed at any time of year. When you count all the various crabs, back country destinations, and other faces, there are about 2,000 diffrent climbs one can make.

For those who are less experienced, there are schools that can help you hone your skills and learn about your equipment. The International Mountain Climbing School. Their classes include technical topics like Advanced Rock Climbing, Rock Anchor and Protection Clinics, Rock Leader course, Rock Self-rescue courses, and classes on Top Rope Anchoring and Crevasse Rescue, along others. The school has been serving clibmers in the Mount Washington Valley since 1979 and has everything from indoor classes for beginners to expeditions of all sorts. There's even a Mount Washington mountaineering adventure you can sign up for!

No matter how long you've been climbing or you level of expertise, there's a climb for you in the White Mountains. Next time you stay at the Green Granite, be sure to bring your gear and start heading up a fun face like Thin Air, Across the Unierse, Moby Grape, or Toe Crack! You'll quickly understand why North Conway has been a hot destination for climbers for over 80 years!

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11 July 2013, 16:21
 

Summer in Mt. Washington Valley

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north conway events All of the area attractions are open and it is officially summer in Mt. Washington Valley! With events for the young and the young at heart, you are sure to find activities the whole family will approve! Take a few of our suggestions or venture out and find your own adventure. Here are a few of the most popular area attractions:

Conway Scenic Railroad: Take in all the scenery the Mt. Washington Valley has to offer on an excursion on the Conway Scenic Railroad. From the vintage passenger cars you see the lush grass and mountain peaks.

Storyland: This magical theme park is where fantasy comes to life! With 21 rides and 7 shows daily, you will see why Storyland is New England’s favorite kid’s theme park.

Settler’s Green: With over 60 nationally known outlet stores, Settler’s Green is a “must stop” for visitors. In addition to sales and promotions they also offer an array of special events during the summer.

Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park: If you are looking for adventure, Cranmore Mountain is the place for you. From the Mountain Coaster to the Aerial Adventure Park, you will find something for thrill seekers of every age.

Mt. Washington Auto Road: As the highest peak in the northeast, Mt. Washington is an adventure all its own. This 7.6 mile adventure to the top offers breathtaking views at every glance.

We also have indoor and outdoor pools and a playground for extra entertainment too. Whatever your age or preference, the Green Granite Inn and Mt. Washington Valley will be a vacation you and your family will never forget!


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20 June 2013, 09:15
 

Don't Miss Laconia Bike Week at the Green Granite!

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laconia bike week hotels This year is the 90th annual Laconia Motorcycle Week, one of the first and most enduring rallys for motorcycle enthusiasts. Laconia Bike week celebrates rides of all kinds, from hogs to crotch rockets to Triumphs, choppers, trikes, BWs, and everything in between. There are a variety of events in towns all over New Hampshire, but we at the Green Granite are especially excited about the Rally in the Valley events that tie in to Laconia Bike Week.

Things will kick off at Hillbillies Barbecue in North Conway on June 8th 8:30-11:30PM, and for the next week there will be plenty of guided scenic rides through the picturesque White Mountains, live music, poker tournaments, a tattoo contest, breakfasts, and one fun wrap up party.

One of the best events is the annual Ride to the Sky. Bikers can take to the beautiful  Mount Washington Auto Road, which extends from New Hampshire Route 16 in Pinkham Notch to the summit of Mount Washington. The road climbs 4,618 ft and is spectacular riding, with curves, turns, and spectacular views. The Ride to the Sky gives motorcycles rule of the road, with Monday, June 10 and Thursday, June 13 designated bike-only.

This is one of the most popular events of the year in North Conway, and if you’ve never experienced Laconia Motorcycle Week for yourself, you don’t want to miss out!

 

Photo Credit: New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation


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05 June 2013, 16:40
 

Wildquack Duck Race and River Festival on Memorial Day Weekend!

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north conway events Since 1989, a strange phenomenon occurs each year in the Wildcat River at Jackson Falls. 3,500 bright yellow rubber duckies appear in the waters and go floating downstream, racing to the finish line. Thousands of people come to Jackson, New Hampshire each year to see this unusual spectacle, and hope that the duck they've sponsored wins one of fabulous prizes. It’s the annual Wildquack Duck Race, part of Jackson’s Memorial Day weekend festivities, and it’s definitely a must-see event.

The Wildquack River Festival not only offers a fun spectacle, but an opportunity to win prizes. Each year offers amazing prize packages, Silent Auctions, and other chances to win vacation stays, dining certificates, spa treatments, gift baskets, attractions tickets, gift baskets, art work, photos, and even a mountain bike.

Each year there are also plenty of yummy foods to eat, from barbecue to fair food like kettle corn, and ice cream, and New England favorites like lobster rolls. Don’t forget dessert! Jackson has its very own Cake Boss competition and visitors can taste the entries for $1. Whether you like to bake or sample, it’s definitely the most delicious part of the festival.

Other festival events include a talent show, parade, photos with the official Wildquack mascot, and the crowning of the Wildquack King or Queen. The festival begins at 7AM and continue all day. It’s easy to see why the Wildquack River Festival has become such a time-honored tradition for locals and visitors alike!

For more information see the Jackson Chamber of Commerce website!


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15 May 2013, 11:08
 

North Conway: A History of Fantastic Fun

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lodging north conway North Conway has long been attractive to tourists thanks to the beautiful White Mountains. Since settlers first came to the area in the 1700s, the local natural wonders continue to draw more and more people to the area, whether for a visit or a lifetime. The White Mountain School of painting, a subset of the more famous Hudson River School, initially attracted many artists to the area. Their works served to further popularize North Conway and the other villages in the Mount Washington region throughout the early 1800s.

In addition to artists, North Conway attracted equal numbers of rock climbers and mountaineers eager to conquer the White Mountain’s steep peaks. Explorers as early as 1642 have tackled the local crags and trails. Throughout the late 1800s rail traffic increased, bringing even more people in to appreciate everything the White Mountains have to offer. Trains were key to the birth of a booming ski industry in the area, with Cranmore Mountain opening a ski school in the 1930s . This heritage can still be enjoyed at places of interest like the North Conway Depot Railroad Museum, the Mount Washington Cog Railway, and Conway Scenic Railway.

The arrival of the automobile only further expanded North Conway tourism. New businesses joined the community throughout the booming post-war years. Storyland opened in 1953 and in the 1980s the Settler’s Green outlet mall opened and attracted a variety of new businesses to the area. The Green Granite opened around the same time, conveniently located nearby. In 1995 the popular Polar Express event began, wowing families every holiday season since. With such a long history as a destination of adventure, beauty, and fun, it’s no wonder that North Conway continues to wow both long-term fans and new visitors each year. The Green Granite is proud to be a part of this unique community, and to be part of a travel tradition that continues for generations.


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30 April 2013, 14:28
 

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