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

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MountWashingtonFallEach 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
 

The Green Granite is Your Ultimate Rock Climbing Home Base!

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2052351455 f247bcd581The 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
 

North Conway: A History of Fantastic Fun

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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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