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Things to do on a cloudy day in the Mt. Washington Valley!

Even though the weather isn't going to be the best this weekend there are still tons of fun things to do in the Mt. Washington Valley.

Here are some suggestion to have a perfect fun filled weekend!

Saturday morning start your day out right by grabbing some delicious breakfast at Peach's Restaurant.    http://www.peachesnorthconway.com/ located in the heart of North Conway Village. You'll be received by a pleasant, friendly and efficient staff who can insure a relaxed and delicious meal in a quaint and cozy setting from a family who is all about food and hospitality. They are open at 7am.......

 

Its time to see some Waterfalls!!

The month of April signals the end of winter and the prime viewing time of waterfalls. Nowhere in New England are waterfalls as abundant and accessible for viewing as they are in Mt. Washington Valley. Grab a camera and visit the following locations for the perfect spring photo opportunity and a self-guided tour of rushing falls.

Sabbaday Falls: There are three drops in the falls, pretty pools and a pothole formed by the swirling waters and sand. You can't swim here, but it‘s a great spot for picnics in the summer. And the gravel, handicapped accessible path that leads to the falls offers easy access making these falls among the most popular in New Hampshire.
Directions: Take the Kancamagus Highway from Conway. The Sabbaday Falls Picnic Area is about 3.5 miles west of where Bear Notch Road joins the Kanc. The falls are a short 0.3 mile hike in.

Glen Ellis Falls, Pinkham Notch, NH

The Glen Ellis River plunges 64 feet to the basin below in a torrent of white water creating what we call “the Glen Ellis Falls”. The turn off for the falls is .7 miles south of Pinkham Notch on Route 16. Or visit the highest single falls in NH measuring about 176 feet at Arethusa Falls. An added bonus at this falls is that you can also check out Bemis Brooks Falls, Fawn Pool, and Coliseum falls. To get here take route 302 toward Bretton Woods and look for Crawford Notch State Park Entrance. The trail starts to the left of the private road above the RR tracks and is about 1.3 miles to the fal

Crystal Cascade: Often overlooked by hikers anxious to reach Tuckerman Ravine, this waterfall just off the Tuckerman Ravine Trail is worth the side track. Crystal Cascade drops a total of 100 feet in two uneven segments with a shallow dark pool in-between. Thea two-tiered spectacular fall starts with a dramatic 60-foot wall of water, followed by a 20-foot plunge, ending with the river making a 90 degree turn at the bottom.
Directions: Park at the AMC Pinkham Notch Camp and take the path on the left of the Trading Post - the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. The falls are a 0.3 mile walk up.

Thompson Falls: This is actually a series of falls along Thompson Brook located at Wildcat Ski Area. The views to Mt.. Washington from the highest ledge are worth the trip.  The falls are a sequence along the brook with the lowest cascade of Thompson Falls crashing over an overhanging rock ledge that takes on the shape of a gigantic clam.
Directions: Take Route 16 to Wildcat Ski Area. To reach the falls, take the "Way of Wildcat" Nature Trail from the ski area's parking lot. At the far end of the trail loop, you'll find the path to the falls. It's a 0.7 mile easy trek to the falls.

Arethusa Falls: Measuring in at about 176 feet, these are the highest single falls (longest drop) in New Hampshire. A bonus here is Bemis Brook Falls, Fawn Pool and Coliseum Falls can all be visited from here. The multi-tiered plunge appears to fall from the sky. The streams of water range from extremely powerful during the spring snowmelt to more of a trickles during the summer. The gracefulness and sheer height of the falls is what makes this waterfall a must-visit.
Directions: Take Route 302 toward Bretton Woods and look for Crawford Notch State Park entrance. Turn onto a paved road just beyond the park and park on the short side road below the railroad tracks. The trail starts to the left of the private road above the RR tracks and it's about 1.3 miles to the falls (2 miles if you take the trail to Bemis Brook Falls, Coliseum Falls & Fawn Pool).

Flume Cascade & Silver Cascade: These falls are easily viewable from the car, but you can get close for a better look.  Silver Cascade is a tall mix of plunges and cascades that hop and skip from left to right down the southwestern side of Mount Jackson in what are rushing falls in May and a ribbon of water in the warmer summer months. The falls continue under US 302, eventually converging with the Saco River below the highway. Due to the ease of access from Crawford Notch, this waterfall has dazzled millions of tourists over the years, making it one of the most popular waterfalls in New England and are heavily visited and photographed as a result. At Flume Cascade, the Silver Cascade’s neighbor, small falls and plunges end up in the Saco River below the highway. The falls are especially lovely in early spring when some of the water is still frozen. During this time, the waterfall not only looks larger and rushes more, but the ice formations created here over the rock face can create a dazzling photo op. 
Directions: On Route 302, just below Crawford Notch Depot.

Ripley Falls & Kendron Flume:  Ripley Falls is a beautiful 100-foot sheet of whitewater flowing over a smooth rock wall, especially in May as the snow melts. The rock wall is at about a 60-degree angle. At Kendron Flume, the mountain waters of Kendron Brook surge through a narrow pass and slide for a distance through a narrow shoot, especially during the summer snow melt. It's not safe, however, to climb the face of the falls.
Directions: The Arethusa-Ripley Falls trail is off Route 302 at the old Wiley House station.

Jackson Falls: These are one of the popular watering and swimming holes for locals on a hot summer day. Easily accessible, they offer wonderful pools and small falls to cool off under, easily accessed from Carter Notch Road.  During the spring melt, the rushing waters make for great photo ops. A few picnic tables nearby offer the perfect spot for a picnic lunch, dinner or cocktail.
Directions: Take Carter Notch Road about 3/10 mile from Route 16A in Jackson.  The falls are easily viewable from Carter Notch Road.  There are a few easy car pull-offs alongside the falls.

Diana's Baths: On a full moon night, this is one of the most romantic places in the world and perfect for a little moonlit skinny dip in the warmer months! The water supply for the area is located above this, so no access is allowed above, but this series of small falls and pools along Lucy Brook offers the perfect place to cool off in a natural whirlpool-like swimming hole. You'll hike about a half mile in, following a well-marked trail to find them.
Directions: Access the trailhead from west Side Rd. about ½ mile beyond the point where West Side Road turns toward Conway.

 

Where To See A Moose

“After God was done making everything else,” so goes an old New England saw, “He took the leftover parts and made the moose.”

That about gets it right when it comes to the large, gangly creatures who can often be seen along northern New Hampshire’s wooded roadsides.

The best places to spot a Bullwinkle J moose? The Kancamagus Highway (Route 112) is a great place to spot a moose, as are the notches of Crawford and Pinkham (U.S. Route 302 for Crawford Notch and U.S. Route 16 for Pinkham Notch).

GUIDED TOURS: Those who would rather leave the driving to others will want to take a guided tour with MWV Moose Bus Tours, North Conway‘s Moose Safari....

Day Trip It!

 

Summer time is the perfect season to day trip it in New Hampshire. Between the seacoast, lakes region, and White Mountains, there are endless opportunities for new exploration. Here are a few of our favorites that your whole family should enjoy.

Story Land – Glen
A children’s theme park featuring wonderfully themed rides, lively shows, friendly storybook characters, unique play areas, and lots more

Route 16
Glen, NH 03838
603-383-4186

www.storylandnh.com
fun@storylandnh.com

Ruggles Mine – Grafton
Mineral collecting permitted. Oldest mica, feldspar mine in United States. Photographer’s paradise. Travel up beautiful forested road to a magnificent view at the top of Isinglass Mountain. Gift/mineral shop, snack bar, picnicking, museum. Featuring Aquamarine jewelry made from beryl recently found at mine.

 

Rte 4
Grafton, NH 03240
(603) 523-4275

www.rugglesmine.com

Ruggles Mine – Grafton
Mineral collecting permitted. Oldest mica, feldspar mine in United States. Photographer’s paradise. Travel up beautiful forested road to a magnificent view at the top of Isinglass Mountain. Gift/mineral shop, snack bar, picnicking, museum. Featuring Aquamarine jewelry made from beryl recently found at mine.

 

Rte 4
Grafton, NH 03240
(603) 523-4275

www.rugglesmine.com

Monkey Trunks High Ropes and Zipline Adventure Park – Chocorua & Weirs Beach
Monkey Trunks offers fun for children, adults and families! Monkey Trunks courses feature ziplines, swinging beams, tightropes, rolling logs, hanging tires, cargo nets and more! Our Weirs Beach location alone has 4 ziplines, including one over a pond, as well as a 35-foot-high giant swing, and is open at night to swing under the lights. All three Monkey Trunks locations include a children’s course on a smaller scale for the littlest of monkeys, with platforms no more than 6’ off the ground. The children’s courses include 6-8 challenges with an 80’ zipline at the finish. Reservations are encouraged and can be made anytime online at fwww.monkeytrunks.com or by phone at (603)367-4427.

Chocorua & Weirs Beach, NH

603-367-4427

www.monkeytrunks.com
info@monkeytrunks.com

Clark’s Trading Post – Lincoln
Affordable family entertainment since 1928. Bear shows, amazing circus acts, steam train ride into “Wolfman’s Territory”, museum, rides and more!

 

110 US Route 3
Lincoln, NH 03251
(603) 745-8913

www.clarkstradingpost.com
info@clarkstradingpost.com

 

Summer Activity Ideas...Fly Fishing

The rivers of New Hampshire provide endless opportunities for the whole family to experience the sport of Fly Fishing; an experience you will never forget. Whether it is a drift boat trip for trout and salmon on a major New Hampshire river, such as the Androscoggin, Connecticut or Pemigewasset Rivers; a wading trip on a stream; or a canoe  trip to a pristine New Hampshire brook trout pond, you will have the opportunity to view wildlife, enjoy wonderful natural sights and catch some beautiful fish.  A day fly fishing for trout and salmon with a New Hampshire Rivers guide will enhance your vacation or help you relax on a trip to North Conway and the surrounding region.

The Ellis is a great river for beginners through advanced fly fishers. It is only a ten minute drive from North Conway, making it a great destination for fly fishers on a tight schedule. The river can be fished with little walking but does have sections that require some wading and rock hopping. Whether you are looking to cover water or find a good hole that you can fish all morning, the Ellis will accommodate you. Click Here For Trip Resources & Information.

Enjoy an old fashioned experience on vintage trains

While spring brings a whole new set of activities to the Mt. Washington Valley, one of the most popular and all time favorite activities for the whole family is the Conway Scenic Railroad. From short excursions to trips that could fill your whole day, there are plenty of unique rides to choose from. The Conway Scenic Railroad is now open on weekends thru May 4th when they will be resuming their full time schedule.

 

The Valley Train 

Enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience as you journey on historic rail routes in vintage passenger cars from our 1874 train station in North Conway Village to either Conway or Bartlett and back again.

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Dining At The Railroad

Relive the Golden Age of Railroading aboard one of our elegant Dining Cars: the Chocorua on the Valley Trains, or the Hattie Evans on the Notch Train. Enjoy a First-Class dining experience with friendly and attentive service in a unique restaurant where the views are constantly changing.

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Notch Train

Enjoy some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the East as you travel through spectacular Crawford Notch - past sheer bluffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, panoramic mountain vistas, across Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge - enroute to Crawford station.

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CONWAY SCENIC RAILROAD, INC. | 38 Norcross Circle | PO Box 1947 | North Conway, NH 03860 | Tel: (603) 356-5251 | (800) 232-5251  info@ConwayScenic.com

Think Spring...Think Hiking

With the snow melting, the sun shining just a little brighter, and the days getting longer it's time to think about spring hiking. The Mt. Washington Valley has numerous options for hiking enthusiasts. Whether you are looking for a basic walk or a lengthy trek, there are more than enough options. Below are a few of our [...]

Real Estate Technology At Its Best!

 

Just Signed an Offer!

 

 

What Are Those Mountains?

 

Do you know what these guys did about 5 minutes before this picture was taken?  They signed an offer on a North Conway condo!  Blue Moose Vacations uses the latest technology to make your real estate process easy from step one!  Electronic signatures, online document storage, and of course a great mobile app for real estate searching and exploring the valley.  There's even an app to see what mountains you're looking at off the deck!