Just like our views, the possibilities are endless in Mt. Washington Valley, NH, USA 800,000 Acre White Mountain National Forest Mt. Washington, the Highest Peak in the Northeast Breathtaking Scenic Drives Rivers Run Through It Outdoor Recreation from Mild to Challenging Community and Historical Immersion Activities Arts and Culture Represented by all Genres Tax Free Outlet and Specialty Shopping Foodies Love It Here
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WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST Suggested Experiences: • Take a Moose Tour. • Take a scenic photo tour through our 4 notches: Pinkham, Crawford, Carter and Evans for spectacular Fall and Spring Foliage. • For unique views of the White Mountain National Forest take the Conway Scenic Railroad’s Notch Train, explore the two architecturally significant rail stations and enjoy luncheon aboard. • Visit AMC’s Highland Center for information on their scientific research initiatives. • Participate in a White Mountain National Forest conservation education program.
The White Mountain National Forest was established in 1918 as part of the 1911 Week’s Act. You can explore most of the 800,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest within New Hampshire’s borders. Hike over 48 4,000 footers as part of the 1200 miles of hiking trails, enjoy natural waterfalls, explore rock formations and 6 designated wilderness areas that are used solely for recreation and scientific purposes. The White Mountain National Forest is one of the most visited outdoor recreation sites east of the Mississippi. Even though US History is young in comparison to the other world history the geographical history of the White Mountains goes back 124 million years.
• Become a Junior Ranger! Pick up a book by visiting Forest visitor centers and campgrounds. • Visit the historic Russell Colbath House and Barn to learn about 18th century homestead life. • Get out on the trails - check in at a Forest visitor center for ideas and a map.
MOUNT WASHINGTON Suggested Experiences: • Climb Mt. Washington as a passenger on the oldest steam train in the country, The Mount Washington Cog Railway. • Experience the mountain in winter via the Mt. Washington Auto Road Snow Coach or spend a night on one of Mount Washington Observatory’s winter trips. • Claim bragging rights by climbing Mt. Washington from the entrance at Pinkham Notch. • View spectacular views of Mt. Washington via Wildcat and Bretton Woods ski area trails.
Mount Washington stands majestically over the 27 towns that call the Mount Washington Valley home. At 6,288’ tall, this mountain is the tallest peak in New England. It is also home to the legendary Mount Washington Observatory, nationally revered for maintaining a year-round mountaintop weather station, conducting cutting edge research and educational programs. It is famous for the endless adventure you can enjoy on your vacation. Take on the mountain by hiking, driving, cycling, motorcycling, taking a train and snowshoeing up and skiing down; Mount Washington has even seen someone take a unicycle up! With all the various ways to get to the top, one thing is for sure, the view will always be worth it! The first European to mention the mountain was Giovanni da Verrazzano, viewing it from the Atlantic Ocean in 1524.
• Learn more about the mountain at Mount Washington Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center, AMC’s Pinkham Notch Exhibits or the new Extreme Mount Washington exhibit at the top.
SCENIC DRIVES Suggested Experiences: • Photo opportunities abound during your 34.5 mile auto excursion on the famous Kancamagus highway. Numerous overlooks are provided for viewing and photography. You might get lucky and see a moose! • Tour the historic grand hotels, Omni Mount Washington Resort, Wentworth Inn, Eagle Mountain House and Mountain View Grand. • Visit the Red Stone Quarry for a history lesson about a bygone industry of the valley.
Follow the WALT! The Weeks Act Legacy Trail (WALT) is a new, self-guided driving tour of the White Mountains using multimedia and mobile technology. The tour spans 100-miles and stops at 40 signature White Mountain destinations. Destinations are categorized by eight themes: Art and Literature, Conservation History, Ecology and Nature, History and Cultural Heritage, Kids and Families, Recreation, Scenery and Photographic Opportunity, and Water. Tour guides to help travelers along the way include an audio tour, a print tour, an online virtual tour and a mobile tour customized for smart phones. All tour guides are located at weekslegacy.org.
• Follow the spectacular 100 mile White Mountain loop taking you through the best of everything the White Mountains have to offer. Enjoy seven covered bridges, 32 scenic overlooks, historical sites, roadside waterfalls and quaint New England villages. • Follow the Kancamagus Highway, almost 35 miles of extraordinarily beautiful scenery. It climbs to about 3,000 feet with numerous overlooks and views, historic sites, trails, waterfalls, rivers; a spectacular national scenic byway.
RIVER FUN Suggested Experiences: • Participate in river excursions, white water rafting and team building activities on the water. • Visit the Saco Ranger’s station on the Kancamagus Highway. • Tube the Androscoggin or the Saco River for a lazy day of relaxation. • Do some angling with a guide or on your own. • Have a lazy day canoeing down the river of your choice.
Saco River: Twisting and turning throughout the Mount Washington Valley, this river makes its journey from Saco Lake in Crawford Notch, covering a little over 1,000 square miles it eventually empties out into the Atlantic Ocean. Androscoggin River: The Androscoggin begins in Errol, New Hampshire where the Magalloway River joins the outlet of Umbagog Lake. The river flows generally south but with numerous bends past the towns of Errol and Milan and the city of Berlin before turning east at the town of Gorham, New Hampshire, to cut across the northern end of the White Mountains and enter Maine.
OUTDOOR RECREATION & COMPETITIVE EVENTS Suggested Experiences: • Rock climb throughout the White Mountain National Forest with experienced guides. • See our impressive views from a different perspective by zip lining at Wildcat Mountain or the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour. • Be the only person who can say they have “mushed” with the best of the dog sledders. • Experience an Adventure course at Cranmore Mountain Resort, Bretton Woods or Monkey Trunks. • Register for the White Mountain Milers ½ Marathon, Crank the Kanc, Mt Washington Auto Road Hill Climb, or our World Champion Tricycle Race.
Start your vacation as a parent, business person, shop owner or professional and end it as a dare-devil! Mt. Washington Valley offers so many opportunities for you to tap into the great outdoors and try something new. Whether you are a novice and are looking for an introduction to the great outdoors or you’re a seasoned outdoor enthusiast looking for your newest challenge, the valley provides many outlets to expand your boundaries. Create new memories with the whole family or explore the valley’s natural wonders on your own. four seasons of fun provide for the best experiences in outdoor recreation. From rock climbing to zip lining, cycling to white water rafting to snowmobiling and dog sledding, options abound in this mecca of natural resources.
• Experience a different view of the valley via snowmobile. • Explore the Jericho Mountain State Park on an ATV • Mountain Bike through the Green Mountain Nature Conservancy Lands • Ski all 7 alpine areas and 6 XC centers • Golf 11 Scenic courses
AGRICULTURE AND BREWERIES Suggested Experiences: • Sample Mead, tour the Sap House Meadery to learn how they make their delicious varieties and meet the brewers/owners. • Tour Tuckerman Brewery Company and enjoy the many brews of Moat Mountain Brewery. • Partake in hearthside dinners at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm “where food and history meet” while also learning how to make butter the old fashioned way. • Indulge your appetite with locally grown organic, sustainable farm fresh product at locally owned restaurants.
The Mt. Washington Valley has a thriving “foodie” culture. We take pride in the many businesses and organizations involved in the organic, artisan, local and sustainable movement. There are many ways to experience the “local” revolution in the Mt. Washington Valley and connect to Nature through agriculture. Visit a local farm, spend a day playing at an interactive agricultural museum, take a brewery tour or enjoy a farm to table meal. Schedule a Fall visit to partake in the historical activities of the Fryeburg Fair in Fryeburg, Maine or the Sandwich Fair in NH. Encounter the splendor of our thriving agricultural community with prized cattle, goats, sheep, chickens and horses close enough to pet. Entertainment, heart pumping rides and learning opportunities abound. Old fashioned pig scrambles, skillet tosses and woodsmen’s competition provide a taste of our local heritage.
• Visit Weston Farm for fresh produce, dairy and meat. Find unusual gifts in their gift shop, purchase your pumpkins, Christmas trees and seasonal décor. Experience the Hay Maze in Fall. • Attend the Annual Fields on the Saco Slow Food dinner. • Pick your own Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries. • Join the locals at our community Farmers’ Markets.
FOLIAGE ... SPRING AND SUMMER Suggested Experiences: • View the green gradations from softest yellow to vibrant green as Spring unfolds. • Lilacs, the NH State Flower, blooms in May emitting a scent unmatched by any other. • Do some birdwatching... The birds return for nesting, feeding and song in the Spring. • Ask for the Leaf Peeper’s Guide to Autumn. • Travel the Valley viewing the Pumpkin People in October. • Follow the Foliage Tracker at www. visitnh.gov to experience all our fall colors.
Only in New England will you find the variety of color we call foliage and the real show takes place in The White Mountains of New Hampshire. Red, purple, bronze, yellow, lime green to evergreen are displayed through the beauty of the White Birch, Maple, Sumac, Oak, Aspen, American Mountain Ash, Alder, Basswood, Witch Hazel, Beech, Tamarack and Tupelo trees that make up our national and state forests. Spring is just as beautiful as Fall and presents the traveler with an off-season opportunity to experience the valley during a quieter and more affordable time while still seeing the natural beauty of the area. RAVEN Interpretive Programs provide historical and ecological insights into the unique environments of the valley offering participants a new awareness of the natural beauty of their environment.
• Our seasons are a photographer’s delight with workshops available • Discover the best views through help with our available step on guides. • Download our Family Fun, Southern Comfort, White Mountain Trail, Adventure, Rails and Trails and Maine History and Tasty Spreads Itineraries at mtwashingtonvalley.org under International Visitors.
TASTING THE VALLEY Suggested Experiences: • The Taste of the Mountains Cooking School at The Bernerhof Inn. • Gluten free and other dietary needs happily accommodated. • Bakeries, Candy Makers, Coffee, Deli. • Chef Created Take Out, Lobster Bakes. • Juice Bar, Salad Bar, Martini Bar, Sushi Bar, Specialty Drink Menus. • A Food Binge is a must at The Fryeburg, Maine and Sandwich Fair. • Chili Lovers.. don’t miss the Chili Cook-Off in North Conway in March. • Murder Mystery Dinner Train on the Conway Scenic Railroad.
The Mt. Washington Valley presents over 90 different dining options from family fare to romantic evenings for two. Delicious Farm to Table options presented by independently owned restaurants offers the visitor a unique “foodie” experience. If you like the familiarity of restaurants you frequent at home we have that, too. Fine Dining at Country Inns and Resorts as well as special holiday events provide the vacation planner with a variety of experiences for your group or family.
• Wine and Dine, Herbal Tour, Cookie Tour, Chocolate Festival, Maple Madness. • Piano, Folk, Hoot Night, Slow Food. • Pizza for every palette. • Apres Ski. • Cupcakes from the winner of “The Cupcake Wars”, White Mountain Cupcakery.
ARTS AND CULTURE Suggested Experiences: • Explore local art and theater classes. • Listen to local historians share fascinating stories about the history of Mt Washington Valley. • Enjoy musical entertainment with nationally recognized talent at Stone Mountain Arts Center and The Cold River Radio Show. • Museums catering to children, weather, art, the history of skiing. • Attend community theater productions by amazingly talented local theater groups.
Tucked away throughout the Mt. Washington Valley are hidden gems in the uniquely talented musicians, artists, crafters, artisans, woodworkers and actors who live here. Enjoy the culture that a metropolitan area provides, but in the setting of small-town NH! Enjoy an intimate evening of theater at one of the many play houses, each offering their own unique take on drama, or get moving on your feet as you listen to a live musical show. Peruse different curio shops throughout the villages of the Mt. Washington Valley and take home a unique piece of art to remember your vacation by. Art classes abound with no shortage of inspiration when you’re surrounded by the White Mountains. You can also choose to spend a day embarking on a cultural tour with charismatic and multi-lingual tour guides.
• Visit The Conway Historical Society for a look at 19th century industry, period furnishings and displays, the Gorham Historical Society for railroad history, and the Jackson Historical Society for the history of White Mountain artists. • Watch a glass blower, potter, jewelry maker, weaver and other artisans create their artwork. • Plan a visit to one of our many artisan and craft fairs.
THE SCIENCE OF SHOPPING Suggested Experiences: • Create your own scent to be transformed into bath & body products just for you at AROMA, a custom fragrance design center within Fields of Ambrosia. • Bring home a variety of New England made products to share the story of your trip through all the senses. • Purchase hand blown glassware and hand thrown pottery that you watch be created at Earth and Fire. • Shop for expensive gifts at a price you can afford. • Discover unusual finds at antique, museum and gallery shops.
Tax-Free is the icing on the cake for those who shop Mt. Washington Valley. National brand outlet stores are featured at Settlers’ Green and Settlers’ Crossing. Shop national brand outlet stores and specialty shops for fashions, accessories, jewelry, home furnishings, intimate apparel, shoes, children’s fashions and more. More than just an outlet center, Settlers’ Green Outlet Village offers a beautiful courtyard setting, children’s playground, seasonal events, entertainment and fun family dining choices. Just across the street at Settlers’ Crossing another seven factory stores add to the thrill of the hunt. Quintessential New England Villages offer many specialty boutiques, coffee shops, artisan galleries, museum stores, consignment shops and specialty foods. Visit North Conway Village, Fryeburg Village, Jackson Village, Conway Village and Freedom Village for those one of kind gifts.
• Enjoy tax free shopping and 30 to 60 percent savings at over 60 nationally known factory stores at Settlers’ Green. • Hundreds of items to choose from to create a gift basket. • Plan your shopping around the many events offered by Settlers’ Green and the Villages of Mt Washington Valley.
TripAdvisor named North Conway the most affordable ski town in the Northeast for two years in a row – 2012 and 2013. USA Today and SmarterTravel.com named Mt. Washington Valley among the Top 10 Quintessential Fall Trips in 2013 (last month) Wall Street Journal named Mt. Washington Valley among the Top 10 Leaf-Peeping Destinations in 2013 (last month) Men’s Journal named North Conway among the Coolest Ski Towns in the Country National Geographic Traveler named North Conway among the Top 25 Ski Towns in the World Mt. Washington Valley received a place in the Best Small Towns in America book for the past 3 editions National Geographic Adventure named North Conway among the Top 30 Action Packed Locales
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