Move over North Conway Outlet Shopping - Mt Washington Auto Road is Better!
Take this historic scenic route up the Mt Washington Auto Road and breathe in the panoramic views. It is an adventure for the whole family and can be remembered through gorgeous photos, videos and an earned bumper sticker that says "This Car Climbed Mt. Washington" which you earn only if you drive yourself.
The Auto Road has been open since 1861 and starts just north of Pinkham Notch. It is a measly 7.6 miles of winding, narrow road all the way up to Mount Washington's Summit.
You can take your own car up there a jump on a guided tour and witness the beauty of the White Mountains while to traversing up this 4618 foot road.
Usually when you think of a relaxing, pampered, vacation you immediately jump to the Caribbean, the Hampton’s, or even Los Angeles. Sometimes you don’t want to spend all that money or travel that far away, or you don’t have the time to travel that far!
North Conway can still give you all the getaway benefits that you need. You can still enjoy a change of scenery and taking a step away from the stress of your everyday life whether it's kids, work, family, or just life getting the best of you. Conway New Hampshire can provide some pampering so that you can reach the utmost amount of relaxation.
Here are some great places to go and things to do in the town of North Conway to appease your inner poodle!
Book Direct to save money by renting a vacation rental instead of a hotel room
âWhen renting a vacation rental, if you book direct it will save you TONS of money! Let's face it, we all LOVE a bargain!
Before we delve into saving money, lets focus on how bargains are what turned North Conway into a four season resort versus just a simple ski town.
North Conway from its humble beginnings transformed itself into a vacation destination for families and singles to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
âIn 1988, the North Conway outlet mall called Settlers Green opened its doors as one of the first outlet malls in the country! Vacationers and shoppers alike poured into town for the bargains that these new outlet stores had to offer.
Are you a foodie? Check out these North Conway, NH restaurants
Let's be real, one of the most enjoyable things that we get to experience in life is food. If you don't enjoy food, are you even human? It may be a luxury to some but it is one of the most satisfying activities we partake on a regular basis. (I partake if someone else cooks!)
The White Mountains are not just for people who want to camp out in the woods cooking hot dogs, beans and bear meat over a fire (although you absolutely can and should do something like that, at lease for the experience). North Conway, New Hampshire is a great place to do our favorite thing - EAT!
Now, obviously we still have chain restaurants (yuck!!) and "regular" dining spots but you can to those anytime! New Hampshire has a variety of original restaurants with great New England food. Here's where I'm going to beg you to steer clear of chain restaurants! You're on vacation for Pete's sake, be brave and eat local! In fact, keep your eye out for the Valley Original flag hanging proudly outside the North Conway restaurants that belong to that prestigious organization!
Whether you're into eating your food or taking pictures of it, this list if for you! These are my top restaurant picks in North Conway for the "foodie".
North Conway weather - Rainy day things to do in North Conway, NH
âYou've been planning on vacationing in North Conway, NH for a long time. Your bags are packed, you got someone to house sit while you're gone, and the last thing you do is check the weather in North Conway.
Egads, rain is predicted for your family vacation!
You need to plan some rainy day activities
Don't lose heart, there are lots of things to do in North Conway no matter the weather! You can have lots of fun walking around Settlers Green outlet shopping mall, getting awesome deals, shopping for New England made creations in the specialty shops in the Village, catch a movie, and last but not least, learn some cool stuff in the Mt Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center!
Tubing the Saco River on a Sunny Day!
Forget about going to a water park and floating down one of their chlorine filled "lazy rivers". Come to the Saco River in North Conway, New Hampshire and enjoy the real thing!
The Saco River is a 136 mile river that begins flowing up in the Crawford Notch, New Hampshire and it heads straight through New Hampshire to Western Maine before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.
It is a beautiful river that is one of the largest attractions in North Conway! The Saco River is a dream come true on a hot summer day, but don't forget to check out my other blog here on several other ways to enjoy the summer in North Conway.
Whenever you hear about things to do in the White Mountains in winter, you immediately think of skiing
Whether your idea of a fantastic ski vacation is making fresh tracks in black diamond glades OR making sedate runs on a freshly groomed blue trail with some time in a toasty sauna after, the ski mountains in and around North Conway will fit the bill!
Even if you are traveling with someone that likes the cold, crisp mountain air but doesn't want to get too far from the niceties of city living, North Conway, NH will work! Toasty saunas, candlelit dinner, spa afternoons, and outlet stores as far as the eye can see will satisfy those that appreciate the finer things in life.
Traveling with little ones? Check out North Conway's kid friendly ski resorts. If skiing doesn't tickle their fancy there's always these things to do in North Conway; tubing, skating (in Schouler Park), exploring, hiking, making snow angels and selecting their favorite candies at the North Conway 5 & 10 Cent Store.
Most vacationers drive about three hours to North Conway and vacation heaven! The Mount Washington Valley has been a vacation destination since the early 1800's.
North Conway abuts the 800,000 acre White Mountain National Forest which is home to 5 ski resorts, is a perfect haven for cross country skiing, winter hiking, and for the brave at heart - ice climbing. (contact IME for ice climbing info)
North Conway originally was a one horse town with skiing being the only thing to draw folks to town. The opening of Settlers Green in 1988 changed all that!
Once the North Conway Outlets took off, scads of restaurants popped up all over North Conway
I really want to rent a cabin rental near me but I need some alternatives to VRBO
Here I sit, a cocktail in one hand and my computer on my lap. I NEED a find a great vacation rental and don't want it to be a run of the mill, hotel or motel destination vacation.
In the past, I always went to sites like hotels.com or expedia.com. It was easy peasy - pick a destination and get served up a buffet of venues in all shapes and sizes!
Enter big business. Really BIG business. In 2015, Expedia purchased VRBO and HomeAway for 3.9 BILLION dollars! Yikes! Vacation rentals (New Hampshire vacation rentals too) were catapulted onto the stock exchange and suddenly, wayyyy more money needed to be made with every transaction.
How does this affect me, you ask? I'm just the gal to tell you...
Snowcoach Popularity Crushes North Conway Outlet Stores
You've decided to go on vacation in North Conway. It's winter. You don't ski. Hmmm... in the past you would have spent all your free time at the outlet mall in North Conway.
Today's vacationers have a much more exciting and cheaper thing to do in North Conway, NH!
The Snowcoach at Great Glen Trails has fast become "the" thing to do. In fact, if your heart was set on a sunrise coach ride, forget it. They are sold out ALREADY for the season!
You're probably traveling with several families if you're vacationing at Four Seasons Lodge. A snowcoach ride will provide you some serious bonding time as your coach careens down the snow packed Mt Washington Auto Road with everyone screaming wildly - ONLY KIDDING!
The ride up and back is very gentle and the snowcoaches are operated by well trained and very knowledgable drivers! Pick their brains about the snowcoach and Mt Washington. You'll see wildlife, bond with family members you didn't even think you liked, and get great pics you can post and brag about on social media!
Celebrate Christmas in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
There are plenty of family friendly things to do in North Conway, NH during the winter.
There is nowhere better than New England to get you into the Christmas spirit!
Why would you want to spend Christmas anywhere besides a winter wonderland? You wouldn’t!
We all want to cozy up in a North Conway vacation rental by a roaring fire with a big mug of hot chocolate with your entire family and admire this beautiful time you get to spend together.
I don’t know about you, but the thought of cozying up next to a roaring fire in Florida literally sounds like hell.
Here are the top reasons to spend any winter holiday in North Conway and the White Mountains.
Maybe you're not FROM North Conway, NH - but you can talk like your are!
Knowing These Phrases Will Trick Any New Hampshirite Into Believing That You’re A Local.
If you’re a fan of visiting new places and kicking it like the locals it helps to know the popular lingo.
Every region, country, and community uses different vocabulary and slang. We have all types of vocabulary that relates to anything from food to tourists to New England weather.
Here are some of the most common phrases that New Hampshirites use in their everyday language (if you want to read about the crazy New Hampshire weather so you can dress appropriately, just click here).
Looking for a North Conway Deal? Or a Coupon?
Headed north for a great vacation? Yeeehaaaa!
Your bags are packed, the kids are loaded in the car. Toothbrushes, did anyone pack the toothbrushes?
You've thought of everything, or at least thought you did! North Conway coupons, did anyone do an Internet search for some good deals?
Hmmmm... don't worry about it. I got you covered. Just stick with me through the backstory and then you'll get the key to all the coupons you'll need!
Family-Friendly Journey to the North Pole – The Polar Express
Here are some really fun things to do in North Conway, New Hampshire during your holiday this year (or any year).
Sometimes, getting away for the holidays is the best way to celebrate with the whole family. You could spend your holiday down in Florida where it’s warm but then you miss out on all the coziness and things to do in North Conway that winter has to offer.
Trust me, no one is wrapped in a blanket, sitting by a fire and drinking hot chocolate in Florida…but they are doing it in North Conway.
We All Ride the Family Struggle Bus.
Do you ever strive to have a drama free and perfect holiday with your family?
We all do! But it’s a struggle to stay friendly with all your family plus, you'd be one of a kind if it was perfect!
We all have them, and they can be a blessing, an annoyance, or downright frustrating. Either way, you are stuck with them…and no I’m not talking about freckles! I’m talking about families.
Holidays can be a struggle and the larger your family is the more likely you are to get on each other’s nerves to some degree. Holiday season means shoving parents, step parents, siblings, girlfriends, boyfriends, crazy aunts, crazy uncles, crazy cousins, and pesky in-laws into one room and expecting a beautiful, happy holiday. What a nice dream.
Everyone has a messy family. No one is perfect, and no one has a perfect family no matter how hard they try to prove otherwise.
It’s easy to pretend your family life is purely beautiful and functional when you’re all focusing on your own lives but once the holidays arrive all of that pretending flies right out the window. The holidays are a great time for families to get together and remind everyone how dysfunctional we truly are, sometimes in the best ways.
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We are locals and know the ins and outs of North Conway.
Enjoy our musings for getting the most out of your vacation!
~Teena & Russ