Give a Family Vacation and Memories, Not Toys
The other day, a friend asked me what my earliest memory was.
Hmmm... I had to give it some thought. Was it a toy I got for Christmas? The time we had a picnic at the beach? When Mom and I made an angel food cake with colored sprinkles? Or the day I got to row a rowboat all by myself?
It was most certainly the day when we were on a family vacation that my Dad let me row the rowboat all by myself. I was about 5 years old and I was so happy and proud plus, I was having fun making memories with my family.
I started reminiscing about my childhood and all the fun, funny, happy, and memorable times I could remember were all "events with my family" and not "things".
My work gig is that I own Four Seasons Lodge in North Conway, NH and realizing that my fondest memories growing up were almost exclusively time spent with family or friends playing, vacationing, and celebrating was an epiphany for me.
I started to wonder if I was onto something - turns out I was.
Kid Friendly Ski Resorts in North Conway, NH
East coast skiers are a tough bunch - even the kids! I hear all my west coast friends serenading “powder days” and even the occasional comment that they don’t ski unless there’s at least a foot of powder!
No matter what the North Conway weather is, you will see the chair lifts packed with us die-hards making our way to the top for just “one more run”!
Freezing temperatures, blowing snow or icy conditions will still bring out most everyone for a great day on the hill!
BUT... if my kids were going to ski on sub-perfect snow condition days, I'd want to make sure they would be safe. Skiing lessons are a great value when you think about the risks associated with your child making their way down a mountain without the knowledge of how to do so safely!
Kid Friendly Ski Resorts in North Conway, NH
Here's my take on the best family-friendly ski resorts in North Conway, NH.
I'm a local and have skied all the local mountains for years.
Check out this video for some tips about which North Conway ski resort would work out best for your family vacation.
I have lived and skied in in North Conway, NH for most of my life. When I started skiing here I was a beginner skier and with lots of great lessons and help from talented instructors I progressed in my skills enough that I became an instructor with the Eastern Slopes Ski Club (ESSC) Homeschool Ski Program!
During my journey I skied and took lessons at every mountain within 30 minutes of North Conway including; Cranmore Mountain, Attitash Mountain, King Pine, Black Mountain, Wildcat, Bretton Woods and even a private lesson at Tuckerman Ravine.
Although they all have their strong points I always refer my guests at Four Seasons Lodge to my favorite three kid friendly ski resorts:
I love all 3 for completely different reasons and hope you will enjoy them too!
5 Awesome Alternatives to VRBO and Airbnb plus Homeaway
Are you looking for alternatives to VRBO? Would you like to use a website like VRBO but not pay any service fees?
VRBO fees have caused vacationers to seek out alternatives to VRBO in New Hampshire. Find out the best vacation rental sites in 2020 and learn how to find no booking fee rentals.
Before we talk about the alternatives to VRBO, let me explain how Vacation Rentals have become such a big thing!
Vacation rentals booked directly with owners are one of the most popular ways to travel these days because of how convenient and affordable they are!
Because of the huge increase in popularity, the Internet has become clogged with Online Travel Agencies (OTA’s) like VRBO (Verbo), Airbnb and Booking.com, that clamor for your travel dollars.
Several years ago, HomeAway, VRBO and Airbnb started allowing property managers of vacation rentals to advertise on their family of sites.
So now, instead of talking to the owner of vacation rentals, you might be dealing with a property manager that has an inventory of hundreds of properties. Any questions that you have are answered off a description sheet instead of chatting with an owner who loves their property!
You might be wondering what’s so special about booking a vacation rental directly with an owner?
North Conway, NH Weather Sure is Funky
As a local, my opinion is that everything about North Conway weather is unusual!
Folks that travel long and far to vacation in North Conway wonder why we tough out the winters instead of migrating to a warmer climate. We love it here and think the weather in North Conway is fabulous during all four seasons!
Stay tuned and read on for 5 funky facts (plus a few opinions) about North Conway, NH weather.
Even The Fussiest of Foodies Will LOVE These North Conway Restaurants
Calling all foodies to North Conway Restaurants!
Who would think that a foodie would find wonderful and interesting food in North Conway, NH... well, you will.
North Conway has restaurants in all shapes and sizes including; family restaurants, romantic hideaway restaurants, Italian, American, steak houses, and finally, Ledges Restaurants - my personal fav.
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!)
North Conway, NH is 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! North Conway has restaurants that will surprise and reward you for seeking them out.
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, NH has the BEST Fall Foliage in the Country!
Where is the BEST fall foliage in the country? North Conway, NH of course! Plus, peak fall foliage is around mid-October - much later than when I was a kid!
OK, that's my not so humble opinion but, North Conway, NH DOES have amazing fall foliage. The fall foliage photos in the picture above were all taken in North Conway, NH by me (except the aerial train photo) in 2018.
I am a fall foliage junkie and am the lucky cowgirl that lives in North Conway, NH. I love to go horseback riding on the snowmobile trails to get photos that folks normally don't get to see.
The Kancamagus Highway, Mt Washington Hotel, and the White Mountain Trail are highlights of any fall foliage tour to North Conway, NH. Every year, I host groups of guests at Four Seasons Lodge that come to North Conway, NH to enjoy the foliage and all three photo op spots are minutes from the lodge.
There are spots to view fall foliage that you can get 360 degree views within a few minute's drive of Four Seasons Lodge in North Conway, NH or you can make a day of it and enjoy driving the "White Mountain Trail".
North Conway, NH Lodge, North Conway Restaurants, Conway Scenic Railroad and Outdoor Exploring!
North Conway, NH has come a long way baby!
We are locals and know the ins and outs of North Conway.