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The Green Granite is Your Ultimate Rock Climbing Home Base!

Category: North Conway Activities

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
 

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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