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Dixville Notch
Green's Grant
Mount Washington Valley
Pinkham Notch
Waterville Valley


When the White Mountains Turn Green --Springtime at The Glen House

Waterville Valley offers unique challenge -- Climb five 4,000- foot peaks in a single weekend

Concord's new Main Street, Weekend State House hours,and lots of new cultural and culinary attractions means lots of fun.

Every Day is a Reason to Visit Jackson XC


Where to Stay

The Candlelite Inn's special midweek package --

pays for the gas. On two-night stays, Sunday through Thursday the discount is $25 off the bill; for more than two nights' stay, the discount is $10 per night. 888-812-5571,


What to See & Do

The Highlands Inn Gas Credit --

is worth 25 cents a mile (up to $50) rebate on the gas it takes to get there. The rebate is 30 cents a mile for hybrid drivers. Free women's music concerts every Sunday. 877-LES-B-INN (537-2466),

Truly green Appalachian Mountain Club Destination Deals stretch the tax rebate even further. Book five nights or more and save 20 percent at any combination of AMC Huts or lodges, Sunday through Friday. Kid's First Adventure at Lonesome Lake is 12 percent off on Sunday-Friday nights and includes a spectacular view of the Franconia Range and in naturalist programs for kids. Pick 3 and Save gives a 10 percent discount at the Highland Center or Joe Dodge Lodge, and 12 percent off at the Huts, The 50+ Midweek Spring Special, available Sunday through Thursday for age 50+ starts at $87 per member per night for private rooms at Highland Lodge and includes lodging; dinner, breakfast, and a choice of buffet or trail lunch, daily programs, and complimentary use of gear from the LL Bean Gear Room. 603-466-2727,

Where to Stay

Mountain Edge Resort & Spa and the Best Western Sunapee Lake Lodge--

Discount Coupons offer deals for dining, day care, spa treatments and extended stays. Book directly to receive the coupons. 800-606-5253,

Seven Maples Campground --

in Hancock offers a third night free for those who book two consecutive nights. 603-525-3321,

Cedar Pond Campground --

in Milan gives a 10 percent discount on stays of 7 nights or longer, at a campsite or in one of their cabins or campers. 860-663-2268,

Colonel Spencer Inn --

in Campton offers a Mid-Week Bonus: 10 percent off for any two consecutive nights, Sunday through Thursday night; 15 percent off four consecutive nights. 603-536-1755,

The Children's Museum of Portsmouth --

offers discount admission through pass programs with more than 40 libraries throughout New Hampshire. The passes admit up to 4 people at a cost of just $2 instead of standard admission of $6 per person, a 66 percent discount. 603-436-3853,

Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center--

at 119 High Street in Berlin, FREE. Open Tuesday through Saturday year round. 603-752-4590 or 603-752-7337.

New England Sampler --

at 42 Hanover Street in Manchester is one of the best options for tax-free shopping New Hampshire-made souvenirs. $10 off all gourmet gift baskets. 603-626-4477,

Top Notch Inn in Gorham --

is one that offers a Story Land gift for those who mention the offer when making reservations. The Inn also offers guests who book two consecutive nights, Sunday through Friday, one free Moose Tour with the tour guide providing the transportation. 603-466-5496,

Check Hospitality Maps in North Conway for maps and guides with more money-saving coupons for food, clothing and golf.

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There's Lot's Going on at Concord, Especially National Politics at the Capital City

There aren‚t many places where you can have lunch or take a walk and run into a presidential candidate. But in Concord, NH this is a regular occurrence these days as more than a dozen folks are combing the streets of this NH capital city looking for votes.. In Concord, visitors can experience national politics firsthand and have access to all the charming amenities of a Capital City, known for its off-the-beaten-path food scene and a thriving arts scene.

Every four years this small city transforms into the epicenter of American political activity as presidential candidates flock to the Granite State to win the hearts of voters for the first presidential primary in the nation. You can't win the oval office without coming through Concord and rubbing elbows with the voters. And, as the seat of government, politics is a contact sport in this city, home to the massive 400 seat New Hampshire House of Representatives, 24 seat State Senate, the five seat Executive Council, and the Governor.

A new Main Street hotel, called The Hotel Concord, has just opened with a political theme -- there are historic primary images throughout its hallways, many rooms have a view of the NH Statehouse (which is turning 200 this year), and their lobby bar is called the Lobbyist.

As you wander through the myriad of locally owned shops and restaurants in downtown Concord, it is not unusual to see photographic evidence of a politician's visit hanging proudly on the wall. Especially during the winter months, it is common to run into national politicians at coffee shops and restaurants as they make stops on the road to the White House. And with this year's bumper crop, there are weekly events.

Some of these hot spots in Concord include Granite State Candy and The Barley House. Pictures of politicians and political paraphernalia adorn the walls of these two food establishments. Granite State Candy is known for its ice cream and candy and The Barley House, its award winning burgers and popular bar. Voters like to meet the candidates before casting their votes and those running recognize the influence Granite State voters have during elections.

During the months leading up to the primary there are numerous political events: house parties, rallies, town hall meetings-they all happen right here. For example, in the 2012 election, former Presidents Obama and Clinton held a rally in downtown Concord that drew a crowd of 14,000.

Franklin Pierce, the one U.S. president to hail from New Hampshire, began and ended his career in Concord. A statue of Pierce stands at the edge of the Statehouse lawn. Erected in 1914, it is the only statue of Pierce in his home state. The Greek revival style 1838 Pierce Manse museum was the home that Pierce and his family lived in between the Senate and the presidency. Down the street, the grave of the 14th president is in the Old North Cemetery.

Amid the 19th century brick architecture of downtown Concord stands the glistening gold dome of the State House. In the interim years, when Concord isn‚t crawling with campaigning politicians, news crews and political volunteers, the dome stands as a quiet monument of the active civic spirit that lies within the heart of New Hampshire. Here in Concord, one can experience politics the New Hampshire way.

Concord's new Main Street, Weekend State House hours,and lots of new cultural and culinary attractions means lots of fun.

New Hampshire State House will be open to visitors on a Saturday for the first time in generations.  And while not everyone knows much about the capital of New Hampshire -- there is some big news coming out of this city on the Merrimack of 40,000.

A 2-year, multi-million dollar project is wrapping up this fall to transform the city's Main Street--New streetscapes have made the central shopping, dining and entertainment district more inviting and attractive. There are lots of new places to shop and eat mixed with great 19th century brick architecture. Nearly completed, the project has added a 'wow factor,' with expanded sidewalks, directional signage, trees, better lighting, sitting areas, outdoor dining and more pedestrian access.

And, almost 100% of the stores and restaurants along Main Street are locally owned. They range from locally made fashion and jewelry, to antiques and juried artists, to a range of authentic cuisines including Greek, Asian, vegan and more. It is a small city with big city offerings, reminiscent of Boston‚s Newbury Street, with a variety of art-inspired stores including the League of NH Craftsmen, Capital Craftsmen and Romance Jewelers, art galleries and shops with other rare finds.

But the catalyst to the city's rebirth is that Concord packs the biggest cultural offering north of Boston. The Capital Center for the Arts has Broadway shows, international performing artists, ballet -- you get the picture. And, just across Main Street, Red River Theatres show hothouse independent films and offers events like costume parties and sing-alongs unavailable in big box theatres. Down the street, the City Auditorium has all kinds of concerts, shows and plays in a smaller setting, many of them free.

Up the road at the Steeplegate Mall, a former retail space is now the new Hatbox Theater -- an 80 plus seat performance arts space that is offering everything from theatre to magic shows. Back on Main Street, New England College has turned a storefront into an arts space, too -- with concerts every weekend. True Brew Barista in Bicentennial Square offers similar seasonal programs. The city is suddenly full of music.
That is no surprise, as the Concord Community Music School has attracted top talents to teach and preform here for more than 30 years -- their Mandolin and Fiddle festivals draw folks from miles and miles away.

It is a good time to dine in Concord, too. Not only is the city's revived Main Street drawing in big crowds, but also a variety of new restaurants have opened in the past months, shaking up the city's dining scene. Across form the State House, the Little Creperie serves a variety of crepes and waffles with tasty toppings in the heart of the Main Street.

The Smokeshow Barbeque recently opened its doors on Ft. Eddy Road, minutes from downtown, offering a tasty array of ribs, brisket, and turkey with beans and other great sides. Affordably priced, authentic and tasty - this BBQ joint is drawing rave reviews.
Not far away, Go Food Basket on Washington Street is serving up Asian fare, including homemade kimchi and hand rolled sushi -- they offer traditional Korean recipes, made with style. Also, recently opened is Lithermans Limited Brewery -- opened in April. They brew and serve more than a dozen beers at 126B Hall Street. The tasting room offers guests a chance to explore new beers, and buy their local brews to enjoy at home.

The city has a new breakfast and lunch place--Tucker's at 80 South Street. They offer fresh takes on traditional dishes˜and gluten free options. Add to that the recently opened gourmet burger eatery on S. Main Street, Vibes, and the Clean Take, which will cook you a healthy full meal to go.

Concord is, as already noted, the state capital -- with the 1819 NH State House right on Main Street -- open five days week with 194 years of history to share. Staring this weekend the monument to politics will be open to visits one day each weekend, a first.

The city lives for politics, and this is the place to learn about the NH First in the Nation Primary at the State Library, Barley House Restaurant, and Statehouse. A new Concord Chamber walking tour helps guest to explore off the beat path historic sites, such as the Eagle Hotel where Martin Van Buren became the new VP candidate, the street behind the State House where President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama drew tens of thousands, and Granite State Candy where both Clintons stopped for a scoop of homemade ice cream.

So, to sum it up -- Concord is a New England City with lots of art, culture, history and things to do. It is 1 hour from Boston, and 30 minutes from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. It has the hotels, dining, and right feel to be a destination without all of the crowds of other cities.

Five Reasons to Visit Historic Concord

It is an emerging destination worth a look. Never heard of it? Well, that is part of the emerging bit. But, what makes it a place anyone lives or would want to visit?

Here are 5 reasons to visit:

#1: 253. Yes, 2015 marked the City of Concord‚s 250th anniversary. Concord was not named after Concord, MA -- but rather after a political settlement that everyone agreed on, named Concord.

#2 Main Street. A multi-million dollar project will transform the central shopping, dining and entertainment areas of the city. Now, the Main Street is already quite attractive, with lots of new places to shop and eat and great 19th century brick architecture. But once completed, the project will add a 'wow factor,'  with expanded sidewalks, trees, sitting areas, outdoor dining and more pedestrian access.

#3 Uber local. Almost 100% of the stores and restaurants along Main Street are locally owned. They range from high fashion, to antiques, to a range of authentic cuisines including Greek, Asian, American, vegan and more. It is a small city with big city offerings, reminiscent of Newbury Street, with a variety of art-inspired stores including the League of NH Craftsmen, Capital Craftsmen and Romance Jewelers, art galleries and shops with other rare finds.

#4 The biggest cultural offering north of Boston. The Capital Center for the Arts has Broadway shows, international performing artists, ballet. Or, just across Main Street, Red River Theaters shows independent films  and offers events like costume parties and sing-alongs unavailable in big box theatres. Down the street, the City Auditorium has all kinds of concerts, shows and plays in a smaller setting , many of them free.

#5 Past meets present. Concord is the state capital -- that means the State House on Main Street -- open 5 days week with 194 years of history to share. But, there is a lot more. See the grave and the home of Franklin Piece, the only US President from NH. Learn about the NH First in the Nation Primary at the State Library, Barley House Restaurant, and State House. Explore off the beat path historic sites, such as the Eagle Hotel where Martin Van Buren became the new VP candidate, the street behind the State House where President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama drew tens of thousands, and Granite State Candy where both Clintons stopped for a scoop of homemade ice cream. Or, venture outside the city to see Canterbury Shaker Village, the Pierce Homestead, stone arch bridges, or Mary Baker Eddy's home (there are 2)

Where to Stay

The Centennial Inn on Pleasant Street is an upscale boutique inn with one of the best restaurants the state. Country inns surround the city, such as the award-winning Colby Hill Inn in Henniker and the Rosewood Country Inn in Bradford.


Where to Stay

Balsams Grand Resort Hotel

Located on 15,000 private acres in the Great North Woods high in New Hampshire’s majestic White Mountains, The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel offers a world-class experience to Nordic skiers due to its unique geographic location and surrounding wilderness. Ninety-five kilometers of cross country ski trails – including 77 kilometers of impeccably groomed trails on diverse terrain – and New England’s most dependable snow conditions create the ideal experience for cross country skiers of all ages and abilities.

The cross-country skiing sport is taken quite seriously here, with trails winding through an awe-inspiring landscape that varies more than 2000 feet in elevation and professionally groomed to 16-feet wide, and double tracked with a wide skate lane down the middle. Trails are well-marked and rated for level of difficulty. One-third of trails are designated for beginners with heated shelters along the way, allowing families to ski together all day. While almost half of the trail system is labeled blue for intermediate and black for advanced skiers, The Balsams' system is unique in that it includes a  rare double-black diamond with some of the steepest terrain in New England. With the opening of the Nordic Center last year, novices and more advanced cross country skiers alike can arrange for lessons with certified pros. In addition to skis, rental equipment includes pulks, pull-behind sleds designed for touring with younger children. For added convenience, a waxing station is available.

During winter, the Balsams boats New England’s most dependable snow conditions, with precipitation rarely changing from snow to rain. In addition to Nordic skiing, The Balsams is known for its alpine ski area featuring 14 trails on two slopes with runs up to two miles long. Families in particular will appreciate that all trails begin at the top of the lift and end at the base lodge, making it easy to reconnect after runs. Other winter activities include skating on the resort’s private rink and snowshoeing on designated trails. For the more adventurous, touring by dog sled or horse drawn sleigh may be arranged through the concierge.

The Balsams is a four-star destination that boasts 202 individually decorated guestrooms and suites; four dining venues, including the Dining Room renown for its sumptuous table d’hote culinary presentations; over 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space; and unparalleled year-round recreation including nightly entertainment and children’s programs. The resorts famous “Ballot Room” serves as the polling place for the nearly two dozen area residents who are the “first in the nation” to report the results of their voting in national elections. Serving guests since 1866, the resort is included in the National Register of Historic Places, and is part of Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts family -- one of the nation’s foremost hospitality and entertainment veterans.

For reservations and information about The Balsams, call 1-866-380-6798, or check web site


What to See & Do

Children's Museum of NH

This "new" museum continues the award-winning legacy of the Children's Museum of Portsmouth, founded in 1983 and nationally recognized as a leader in the field for its innovative, experiential learning programs. Serving over 97,000 visitors a year from all over New England and beyond, the Museum outgrew its original location and needed more space for exhibits, programs and events.

After a decade-long search for larger space, the Museum signed a 60-year lease in 2005 with the City of Dover for the Butterfield Building at the corner of Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue. Since then, while championing a $3.6 million capital campaign, the Museum has completely renovated the 20,000 sq. ft. building, adapting it for use as a publicly accessible museum and upgrading the structure and internal systems to secure Leadership in Environmental Engineering Design (LEED) certification. The entire building is now a working exhibit on environmental efficiency and stewardship. Located on the banks of the Cocheco River, surrounded by Henry Law Park, The Children's Museum is a gateway to the future downtown waterfront development.

The new Museum provides triple the exhibit space of its previous home, with the following benefits:

New exhibits with a wider range of topics and more in-depth exploration of topics are immersive experience-and- discovery centers for learning:

- The Museum's signature Yellow Submarine is a state-of-the-art focal point. Completely CNC-design engineered and manufactured by the Museum's Roe Cole, the new sub replicates the experience of deep-sea dives thanks to computer animation and control systems integration created by students in Professor Bill French's Electronic engineering and technical program at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord. Roe Cole, Proprietor of Roe G. Cole Custom Design and Construction (Kittery ME) and his crew were responsible for constructing all of the custom exhibits for the new museum, all designed in-house under the direction of Susan Kaufmann, Exhibits Director.

- Build It Fly It gives junior aerospace engineers the chance to flight-test their own designs while learning the concepts of aerodynamics, engineering and physics. This exhibit was designed by Museum exhibit staff member Eric Yuan and custom-fabricated by FlexLink (Allentown, PA).

- Cochecosystem explores the natural and industrial environment of the Cocheco River, from natural beaver and osprey habitats to a naturalist's study to the mills. Christopher Pothier's murals form the backdrop to the Cochecosystem display while a trolley hand-crafted by Don Bishop duplicates the mill workers' experience.

- Primary Place expands the Museum's age range to early-learner infants to 3-year-olds. A space filled with colorful original murals by children's book illustrator Karen Holman and hand-carved wood play sculptures by Joshua Sargent Primary Place affords more discovery opportunities to the youngest members of the family.

Two levels of fully ADA-accessible space link the entire exhibit area visually and physically by an all-abilities ramp/gallery for visual arts exhibits. The exhibits themselves are also designed to allow children with mobility issues equal hands-on access rather than isolating them from the rest of their group. They can accompany their class up the ramp to second floor exhibits, for example, instead of having to divert to the elevator (though a new elevator has been installed.) The Dino Dig offers a chair-level "dig-site" as well as one children climb into.

First-rate visitor service and amenities include storage space for jackets and strollers, snack area, group orientation space, well-designed entry, and family restrooms on each floor.

The new Museum builds on an established reputation as an invaluable, supplemental education resource for schools and families:

- The Children's Museum is one of the most-visited attractions in New Hampshire with an established reputation for drawing family visitors to the state. Surveys show that 87 percent of the families who come to the Museum traveled to the area specifically for that purpose.

- The Museum provides educators with assets that are not available elsewhere toT

The Glen House, the new 68-room hotel at the base of Mt. Washington, i s the i de al base camp for those who love the outdoors and winter adventures in the White Mountains. Guests can ride a SnowCoach up Mt. Washington, cross country ski with a former U.S. Olympic Team Member or head 10 minutes down the road to the challenging alpine slopes of Wildcat Mountain Ski Area. Après happens by the fieldstone fireplace in the two-story lobby and bar, which was named “The Most Beautifully Designed Bar in New Hampshire” by Architectural Digest.

Ride a SnowCoach up Mt. Washington

The star attraction of the area is Mt. Washington, which at 6,288 feet is the highest peak in the Northeast. The Glen House lies at the start of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, the most famous mountain drive east of the Rockies. In summer and fall, it’s a fantastic drive to the top. In winter, it’s a completely different but exhilarating experience, as guests board a 12-passenger Mt. Washington SnowCoach that transports them four and half miles up to tree line on the mountain. They stop at approximately 4,200 feet, and experience a sub-arctic world for a memorable adventure. Ride the SnowCoach back down or, for the more adventurous, cross country ski, telemark or snowshoe back down the snow-covered Auto Road to the hotel. SnowCoach tours last approximately 1.5 hours and depart daily, weather permitting, December through March. Reservations are required for the sunrise SnowCoach tours on February 17, 20 and 24, and strongly recommended for all daytime tours. Reservations can be made online at

Ski with an Olympian

Just across the road from The Glen House is The Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, which offers Nordic skiing on 45 kilometers of classic and skate-groomed trails, as well as snowshoeing, fat biking and snow tubing. Trail access and snow tubing are included with nightly rates at The Glen House. The center offers rentals and lessons for kids, novices and more advanced skiers, but those who want to raise their skiing to a higher level can arrange lessons with Olympian Sue Wemyss, the Ski School Director at Great Glen Trails. A member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1983-1986, Sue competed in all four of the cross-country races in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, with a best individual result of 28th in the 20km race. She’s also a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America’s Nordic Development Team. Great Glen Trails offer lesson packages of three one-hour lessons with Sue for $129. Lessons are non-transferable, and reservations and a trail pass are required. All three lessons must be used within one ski season.

Creature Comforts Await at The Glen House

After a day of play in the snow, it’s great to return to the welcoming Glen House, with its imposing great room that extends from the lobby to the sitting area with a towering stone fireplace, an open bar area and massive windows framing a view of Mt Washington and neighboring peaks in the Presidential Range. The adjacent outdoor deck has ample seating and a stone fire pit, perfect for après ski sessions. The Glen House restaurant, The Notch Grille, serves comfort food at breakfast, lunch and dinner, with brunch on the weekend, and a wide range of New Hampshire craft beers. The Glen House has a gym and an indoor salt water swimming pool, with complimentary WiFi throughout the property. Contact The Glen House for reservations at
The Glen House
979 NH Rt 16
Greens Grant, NH 03581


When the White Mountains Turn Green --Springtime at The Glen House

The Glen House, a Spring Getaway in the Heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains
Green’s Grant, NH. The reward for getting through a long winter is a springtime getaway to The Glen House, the award-winning 68-room hotel at the base of Mt. Washington. Spring in the mountains means savings are in the air. This spring, The Glen House has two great packages to choose from:

The Maple Madness Package includes a two-night stay, two maple-themed cocktails and one bottle of 100 Acre Sugar Shack Maple Syrup. This offers is good through April 29, 2021.

The Mud Season Special is an offer for 15% off the Best Available Rate from April 18 to June 24, 2021.

Both offers are based on availability and double occupancy, excluding taxes and fees. For reservations, please go to

The Glen House has cozy rooms with mountain views and a spectacular bar area, which was named “The Most Beautiful Bar in New Hampshire” by Architectural Digest. It offers a fireplace and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the snow covered Presidential Range. There’s a fitness area and indoor pool (with limits on the number of users at a given time). The fire pit on the deck is perfect for relaxing at day’s end. Drinks can be ordered at the bar but must be consumed on the outside deck or in a guest room. The Glen House is offering limited seating in the bar area for drinks and dinner.

The Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is across the road from the hotel and opens on May 29, 2021, Memorial Day Weekend, with bike rentals and a network of biking and walking trails.

Dogs are always welcome at The Glen House. Just ask for a dog-friendly guest room and bring a loyal four-legged companion along for fun in the snow. Pet Policy: A nightly pet fee of $20 will be charged, which includes the use of a doggie bed and water bowl, as well as treats. Based on supply, which is first-come, first-served.

Spring 2021 Covid-19 Protocols
The Glen House is gearing up for a spectacular spring season in the White Mountains and also providing a safe environment for guests and team members. While offering the same warm hospitality, guests will notice changes and new protocols designed to keep everyone safe. Full details are available on the website at Upon arrival at The Glen House, all guests will be required to provide a valid ID from their home state.

The Glen House is located at the base of Mount Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and was named the Best New Hotel in New Hampshire 2019 by Yankee Magazine and one of the Top Hotels in New England by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019. The 68-room property has a restaurant, bar and lounge, gym, indoor salt water swimming pool and meeting space. A roster of outdoor activities is available at the adjacent Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. Owned by the Mt. Washington Summit Road Company, The Glen House is managed by Olympia Hotel Management. For more information, visit

The Glen House is Base Camp for Peak Foliage in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

According to the readers of USA Today 10Best, who just ranked it one of the top 10 destinations in the country for an autumn color, the ideal base camp for serious leaf peepers is The Glen House, which was named the “Best New Hotel in New Hampshire 2019” by Yankee Magazine.

The 68-room dog-friendly boutique property at the base of Mt. Washington lies at the heart of an outdoor campus. Adjacent to the hotel is Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, which offers countless ways to explore the outdoors. Steps away is the Mt. Washington Auto Road, the gateway to a breathtaking historic drive to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast

On the Trails and the Mt. Washington Auto Road
The Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center offers 45 km of trails for walking, hiking and trail biking. The terrain is easy to moderate, great for family trail riding on hybrids, mountain bikes and fat bikes, which can all be rented on site.

For more than 150 years, the Mt. Washington Auto Road has thrilled visitors. The roadway, which is the first and oldest man-made attraction in the U.S., climbs 4,618 feet from the base and reaches more than a mile in the sky to the highest point in the Northeast at 6,288 feet. While many travelers opt for the self-drive option, there are also guided van tours.

The Notch Grille
After a day on the trail or on the mountain, take in the brilliant red and yellow foliage from the deck of The Glen House. The Notch Grille offers such New Hampshire brews as Auto Road Ale from Tuckerman Brewing Company and Moat Czech Pilsner. Or sit at the inside bar, which Architectural Digest recently dubbed “The Most Beautiful Bar in New Hampshire.” The Notch Grille serves a wide-ranging menu of family-friendly comfort food in elegant surroundings, perfect after a day in the White Mountains.

Visit The Glen House for more information on the Fall Foliage in the White Mountains package.

About The Glen House:

The Glen House is a 68-room property that features The Notch Grille restaurant, bar and lounge, as well as a gym, indoor salt water swimming pool and meeting space. Located at the base of Mount Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the hotel was named the Best New Hotel in New Hampshire 2019 by Yankee Magazine. The A roster of outdoor activities is available at the adjacent Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and New England’s most thrilling drive is minutes away on the Mt Washington Auto Road. Owned by the Mt. Washington Summit Road Company, The Glen House is managed by Olympia Hotel Management and is just 30 minutes from North Conway. For more information, visit

Location: The Glen House
979 NH Rt 16
Greens Grant, NH 03581


Bass Pro Shops outdoors store

With some of the largest mountains on the East Coast, and major rivers such as the Merrimack, Piscataqua, and Connecticut, New Hampshire offers one outdoor adventure after another. The Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Center in Hooksett is a tribute to New Hampshire’s natural beauty, outdoor traditions, and abundant wildlife. The store opened in 2014.   

The 139,000-square-foot Hooksett Bass Pro Shops, located at 2 Commerce Drive, offers something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors, whether it’s camping, fishing, hunting, boating, and more. It will outfit the area’s outdoor sportsmen and women, in addition to the many people who visit New Hampshire to enjoy the state’s natural resources.

The store’s imagery, murals, and displays reflect the region’s geography and wildlife populations.  From mountain vistas and sparkling waterfalls to birch tree forests and rushing trout streams; vast New England-Acadian timberlands, the Merrimack Valley and the seacoast region; from deer and moose, bear and bobcats, turkey and ducks—all find their place inside the store.

Bass Pro Shops – Store, Museum, Art Gallery, Entertainment and More
Bass Pro Shops uniquely designed, award-winning stores are often considered to be part museum, art gallery, antique store and aquarium, and centers for conservation education and fun. They also offer the area’s largest selection of high-quality outdoor gear as well as a staff of dedicated professionals who promote the outdoor lifestyle and live it as well. In fact, Bass Pro Shops has been voted best in delivering service excellence two years in a row by J.D. Power and Associates.

A 13,000-gallon freshwater aquarium is a focal point of the store and will be stocked with more than 150 fish native to the area such as striped bass, black/white crappie, lake sturgeon, rainbow trout, freshwater drum, northern pike, walleye and channel catfish.

Wildlife Exhibits Showcase New Hampshire Species
Museum quality wildlife exhibits and dioramas are seen throughout the store. At any moment visitors could expect to come upon a flock of wild turkeys, bear emerging from a stand of trees, beaver working on a dam or a moose standing in a bog.
The White River Fly Shop, featuring antique and collectible fly fishing memorabilia, has a vast selection of the latest in fly fishing gear. Experts will continue the art of hand-tying flies on site and assist customers in making the perfect selection.

In the hunting department, customers will find an equally impressive array of hunting clothing and gear while the archery department offers a bow set-up shop and a 20-yard archery range.

About Bass Pro Shops®
To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO. Follow us on Facebook at


Every Day is a Reason to Visit Jackson XC

Since the 1930's the Jackson Ski and Outing Club has made recreational events and skiing competition part of its many traditions. Today, the Jackson Ski Touring Center maintains those traditions by offering a number of fun weekly events, all of which are open to the public.

Nearly every weekday, there's a different event or incentive for getting out on the snow, and of course the weekends are packed with plenty to do as well.

Whether it's Tuesday Trekkers, Wednesday 2-4-1, Throw Back Thursday or Friday Gliders and Sliders, there is always something going on in Jackson. Those interested in snowshoeing are encouraged to check out Tuesday Trekkers, an expertly guided social snowshoe trek through the forests of Jackson. It‚s an activity for all abilities and happens every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. for just $10.

Wednesday 2-4-1 is just as it sounds. Bring a friend and tour Jackson's miles of trails at a two for the price of one discount.

On Thursdays, Jackson XC spices it up with Throw Back Thursdays. Hit the trails dressed in your best retro ski garb and try to the staff as they judge for best outfit. The guest who is staff pick of the day gets hot cocoa with marshmallows served in a Jackson XC mug and bragging rights.

Friday's Sliders and Gliders are two hour tour groups led by ski school instructors, who are there to offer technique tips and moral support. After skiing, the group gathers in the Touring Center for refreshments and socializing. For just $10 and the price of a day pass, anyone looking to improve their technique is encouraged to take part.

Of course the weekend offers plenty of great reasons to ski Jackson XC, but Saturday's weekly free wax clinic from 12 to 1 p.m. and Alpine Sundays are opportunities not to miss. Wax clinics offer guests a chance to learn how to properly maintain waxless or waxable skis, whether they are classic or skate. And for those that are also alpine skiers, bring in your Saturday or Sunday lift pass and receive a 33% discount on a day pass, rentals and lessons.

Snowshoe nature tours are available on weekends from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Expert snowshoe guides lead guests to places along the trails and off the system that most people wouldn‚t find. These tours are $10; snowshoe rentals are available for $12. Private tours can also be scheduled through the Touring Center.

For a complete listing of events, visit the online calendar at

The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is a community based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, chartered to maintain trails in and around the charming Village of Jackson, NH. The "Foundation" maintains 150 km of varied and breathtaking cross country ski and snowshoe trails. Foundation trails connect with A.M.C. trails in Pinkham Notch and White Mountain National Forest backcountry adventure trails. The Foundation operates under a Special-Use Permit with the White Mountain National Forest, and with the cooperation of 75 private landowners, and the Village of Jackson. More information about the Foundation and its offerings can be found on the web at


Where to Stay

1785 Inn Offers Drinks, Fido gifts, Mud Masks, and More

PARTAKE IN THE 1785 INN’s FLAMING COCOA LAVA DRINK – They call this “warm mud to take the chill off of a cool spring evening”, the 1785’s signature flaming Cocoa Lava is sure to leave you smiley clean; have two and you’d better plan to spend the night! This drink features a flaming concoction of Peppermint Schnapps, hot chocolate and Bailey’s Irish Cream all topped off with whipped cream and cinnamon (for that dirty look!). The glasses are rimmed with caramelized cinnamon sugar, just to add to the filthy goodness of this drink. Info: 800-421-1785,

What to See & Do

Zeb's General Store Has Maine Mud Chocolate Products & Mudslide Coffee

Walk into Zeb’s General Store, and the old-fashioned penny-candy counter takes you back in time. Zeb’s is the largest purveyor of New England-made products in the country, and features such wonderful Mud Season offerings as a muddy Moosely Dark Chocolate Sauce, along with White Mountain Mudslide Coffee. In the height of the mud season, you’ll find Hogwash soaps, perfect for groveling in the mud for the ultimate in a clean complexion. Info: 800-676-9294,


Mud Boots & Rain Gear for Fido and Fifi - We all know the best way to protect floors is to take off our boots when we come in the mud room, but what about our four-legged friends? Four Your Paws Only offers a full range of pet gifts, supplies and gear for inclement weather, including reflective dog boots and yellow doggie slickers. Info: 800-327-5957,

Garden Dreams

Mud Masks - Garden Dreams, a locally-based purveyor of fine soaps and spa products offers a Mud Mask with roots in French Green Clay and Oatmeal. It’s a wonderful product to awaken the body to spring and good clean mud. The instructions suggest covering the entire body in the mud mask, and once dried to run into the freshly melted lake during Mud Season for the ultimate in refreshing tingle. Of course, for the less adventurous, a warm shower will offer equal cleanliness but no where nearly the tingle. Info: 603-367-9913,

Red Parka Pub

Mudslide Drinks and Pies - Just to get into the mud-mood, order the 16-ounce Mason Jar Mudslide at the Red Parka Pub, one of Mt. Washington Valley’s après- mud fun institutions. Follow that up with the Mud Pie – a generous concoction of Oreo cookies, nuts, coffee liqueur, in between mounds of coffee ice cream, syrup and whip cream, and you’ll be sure you’ve just landed in mud-heaven. Info: 603-383-4344,

Sweeney Ridge Metalsmiths

"Wipe Your Feet" Plaques– Adults know to wipe their feet when they enter, but how about Rover? Sweeney Ridge Metalsmiths offer a “Wipe Your Feet” sign featuring your choice of twenty different breeds of dogs for $20. While it may not keep the mud off the rug, it’ll be a great reminder to kids and possibly even pets. Info: 888-600-9470,

For more information on vacationing during Mud Season or beyond in Mt. Washington Valley, NH, visit or call 800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364) to request your free vacation planner.


Where to Stay

The Glen House

The Glen House, a new 68-room hotel at the base of Mt. Washington, the highest summit in the Northeast, is located in Pinkham Notch in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
Owned by the Mt. Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC) and managed by Olympia Hotel Management, The Glen House is located near the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, which the family-owned MWSRC has operated since 1906. The current hotel is the fifth iteration of The Glen House to be built near this site since the original hotel was erected in 1852.

The design of the newest incarnation of The Glen House pays homage to the classic White Mountain hotels of the 1850’s, utilizing clapboards and painted trim in a style similar to its predecessors. The guestrooms have the simplicity of Shaker design while the expansive public spaces will have artwork embracing both the history of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and the four previous hotels. Many of the guestrooms will have balconies facing the 6,288 foot peak.

The Glen House restaurant, The Notch Grille, serves casual American family cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner. There's also be a bar and lounge, as well as an expansive outdoor dining area with a view of Mt. Washington. The hotel’s outdoor function areas are ideal for hosting weddings and events. The Glen House is dog-friendly and has a dedicated meeting space, a gym and an indoor swimming pool, with complimentary WiFi throughout the property.

The three-story hotel will serve guests driving the famous Mt. Washington Auto Road and taking advantage of the four season activities at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, which offers walking, hiking, trail biking and fly fishing in summer, along with guided flat water and white water kayaking. Winter activities include Nordic skiing on 45 kilometers of classic and skate-groomed trails, snowshoeing, fat biking, snow tubing and winter tours up the mountain on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach. The fall foliage viewing in the White Mountains is among the best in New England.

The hotel was designed and is being built primarily by New Hampshire firms. The architects are BMA Architectural Group of Amherst, Stibler Associates LLC of Manchester are the interior designers and Martini Northern of Portsmouth are the contractors. Subcontractors include Ray's Electric of Berlin, Granite State Plumbing and Heating of Weare, Yeaton Associates Inc. of Littleton and GB Carrier Corp of North Conway. Thomas Spaulding has been named the General Manager.

The Glen House is close to energy self-sufficient and carbon neutral, thanks to a geo-thermal system that will provide heating and cooling as well as two offsite energy-generating projects harnessing hydro and solar power.

Located 30 minutes from North Conway, The Glen House is accepting reservations.


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Where to Stay

The Blue Acorn Inn

Owned by Innkeepers Deb & Kurt Markarian (21 Sleeper Road, Sunapee, NH 03782; 603-863-1144 -- E-mail innkeepers@, the Inn is nestled on 22 acres on a quiet road just minutes from Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee Resort. It is a four season inn that offers a comfortable, cozy atmosphere for guests looked for their "Home Away From Home." Guests enjoy the warmth of the family, friendly inn which is a pleasant change from hotels.

Built in 1847, The Blue Acorn Inn offer 6 uniquely decorated rooms. All the guests can enjoy the Great Room with its large fieldstone fireplace, a patio and a big backyard that is shared with the local wildlife. There's plenty to do here - enjoy the scenery, hike, bike, see the fall foliage change, ski, snowmobile, ice skate on the pond, go snowshoeing, downhill sking. During spring, watch the maple syrup being made at one of the local sugarhouses. Hold an outdoor reception or family gathering here, or during summer, take a chair-lift to the top of Mt. Sunapee for a breathtaking view. Take a leisurely cruise on the lake on the MV Mt. Sunapee or do your own boating on the lake. Pack a picnic and head to Sunapee State Park for a swim. In the evening, relax by the fireplace with a warm cup of cocoa or tea. In addition to the huge hearty country breakfasts and the spectacular sunsets ~ The Blue Acorn Inn is the perfect way to start and end your day. Gift Certificates are always available.


About Waterville Valley Resort

Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained four season resort. Known as New Hampshire’s Family Resort, it features 265 skiable acres with an altitude of 4,004 feet and vertical drop of 2,020 feet, 60 trails, and 11 lifts. This year Waterville Valley Resort opens Green Peak Expansion, the first Resort’s expansion in more than 30 years and the only one on the East Coast. Lodging options include country inns, condominiums and all-suite hotels. For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit

Location: Waterville Valley Resort, 1 Ski Area Rd, PO Box 540, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire 03215,

Waterville Valley offers unique challenge -- Climb five 4,000- foot peaks in a single weekend

Located in the White Mountains, the Valley is an ideal hiking destination. Home of the first network of trails in the United States, the Valley is surrounded by towering peaks including five of the White Mountain 4,000 footers. Dozens of hiking trails start in the heart of town and lead to endless destinations including cliffs, waterfalls, flumes, rockslides, and stunning vistas. With trails ranging from old dirt roads to high alpine scrambles and everything in between, there are trails for everyone in Waterville Valley.

Make it a weekend getaway to Waterville Valley. Guests who book overnight stays at participating lodging properties receive a Freedom Pass which provides access to canoe and kayak rentals, tennis, golf, bike rentals, admission to the White Mountain Athletic Club’s aquatic and fitness center, scenic chairlift rides up Snows Mountain, and complimentary trolley rides – over $100 value per person, per day. Call 1-800-468-2553 to book.

Peaks (Elevation)

Tecumseh (4,003)
Welch (2,605)
Dickey (2,734)
Snow’s (2,800)
North Peak Tripyramid (4,180)
Middle Peak Tripyramid (4,140)
South Peak Tripyramid (4,100)
Mt. Osceola (4,340)
Mt. Osceola East (4,156)
The Scaur (2,200)
Goodrich Rock (2,200)
Noon Peak (2,976)
Jennings Peak (3,460)

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, is a four-season resort set in the White Mountain National Forest, just 2 hours north of Boston. Waterville Valley offers award-winning tennis courts, golf, biking, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink, boating, and a skate and bike park. In winter, Waterville Valley offers world-class snowsports like skiing and snowboarding.  Lodging choices include traditional inns and all-suite hotels, and dining options range from traditional favorites to elegant eateries. There are miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, a pond for swimming, and activities and programs for children and the whole family at the Curious George Cottage and the Recreation Center. For more information call 800-468-2553 or visit>

Waterville Valley Resort Reopens Snow’s Mountain, one of New Hampshire’s Lost Ski Areas

Waterville Valley Resort Snow’s Mountain, one of New Hampshire’s “lost” ski areas, is devoted exclusively for Season Passholders at Waterville Valley Resort. Closed since 1996, this will be the second time since 2014/15 the chairlift has run in the winter months allowing for an additional 9 acres of terrain.

At one time, Snow’s Mountain was the primary terrain at Waterville Valley Resort, until Mt. Tecumseh turned on its lifts in 1966. Snow’s Mountain saw less and less use until its trails became snowboard only in 1995 and then closed for good the following season. Since then, the chairlift has stayed in operation during the summer for access to its expansive mountain biking trail system which are also used for hiking. In 2014/15 Snow’s Mountain reopened and proved to be a very attractive destination for the Season Passholders.

The Opening Ceremony will take place by the Snow’s Mountain Chair Lift at 10 am. The Snow’s Mountain Chair Lift will run from 10am to 2pm exclusively for Season Passholders.

Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained four season resort. Known as New Hampshire’s Family Resort, it features 265 skiable acres with an altitude of 4,004 feet and vertical drop of 2,020 feet, 60 trails, and 11 lifts. This year Waterville Valley Resort opens Green Peak Expansion, the first Resort’s expansion in more than 30 years and the only one on the East Coast. Lodging options include country inns, condominiums and all-suite hotels. For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit

Waterville Valley Resort Brings Fat Bikes to Their Roster of Winter Activities

The latest in a series of expanding off-mountain activities at Waterville Valley Resort is the addition of fat bikes available to rent from the Nordic Center. Fat bikes mountain bikes with oversized tires designed to float in soft and challenging terrain, including snow. Developed in Alaska in the early 1980's, fat bikes have grown in popularity in recent years but are still rare to find at ski resorts in the White Mountains.

'One of Waterville Valley Resort's most unique features is the wide variety of activities available to guests off the slopes,' says Nordic Center Director Leah Wilson. 'Whether you're an alpine skier or not, the valley a great place to stay and play. Fat biking is another excellent option in addition to the cross country skiing and snowshoing available at the Nordic Center.' There is 15km of 'many use' trails within the Nordic system where the fat bikes will be available to ride. These are part of Waterville Valley Resort's mountain bike trail system in the summer.

The Nordic Center is stocking a small fleet of fat bikes that are now available to the general public 7 days a week as conditions allow. For more information, call the Nordic Center at 603-236-4666.

Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained four seasons resort. Known as New Hampshire‚s Family resort, it features 220 skiable acres with an altitude of 4,004 feet and vertical drop of 2,020 feet, 50 trails, and 11 lifts. Lodging options include country inns, condominiums and all-suite hotels. For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit

Stay and ski free at Waterville Valley's Valley Inn

The Valley Inn has a new ski free deal valid for midweek stay. Guests who book a room midweek will get 2 free midweek lift tickets to Waterville Valley Resort for each night they stay. That is a value of up to $150 per night. Room rates start at $184.76 per night, including all taxes and fees. See more at

Waterville Valley Resort Earns High Marks in Ski Magazine Reader Survey

Waterville Valley Resort has been ranked the #2 overall resort in New Hampshire for 2015 by Ski Magazine. Located just 2 hours from Boston, the resort was ranked #14 in the East. After being ranked #18 last year, the new polls would suggest that skiers and snowboarders are becoming more aware of the steps forward the resort has made over the last few years.

Contributing to Waterville Valley Resort‚s rankings is success in both Kid-Friendly Activities and Terrain Parks. Ranking #4 and #3 in the East in each category respectively, the resort ranks #1 in New Hampshire for both. 'We've become known as New Hampshire's Family Resort over the last few years and it's a title we're proud of' said CEO/General Manager Chris Sununu.'In addition to having an exceptional group of instructors on the mountain, we've put an emphasis on opening the community up to families so that the fun doesn‚t end when you take off your skis and snowboards. Town Square has always been a center for family activity and opening up the new tubing hill in the Valley added an exciting, new dynamic for our guests last season.'

Being among New Hampshire's top ranked Terrain Parks is not new for Waterville. TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine named Waterville Valley Resort the #4 Terrain Parks in the East and #1 in New Hampshire for 2014. 'With a lot of the on mountain experience defined by weather and natural contours, it's tough to stand out with so many great resorts in the region,' said Parks Manager Luke Mathison. 'Waterville Parks focus on progression, from young beginners through advanced freestyle riders, through our series of learning, small, medium, and large parks. Our parks continue to raise the bar with innovative features for all ability levels through creative design and feature flow.'

Waterville Valley Resort was also ranked #3 in the East in Off-Hill Activities.'The tubing hill was even more popular than we expected last season,' said Sununu. 'It was a great addition for kids and adults as The Clubhouse features a bonfire and beer and wine. The Recreation Department also has Kids Nights and story times with Curious George. Those along with our traditional Saturday night fireworks, dogsled and sleigh rides make the Valley a great place to bring the family for a whole weekend. The Valley is a truly unique mountain village with plenty of activities  ifyou‚re not on the mountain.'

Another highlight in the survey for Waterville was being ranked #5 in the East for Dining and #6 in the East for On-Mountain Food. 'Starry Nights has really enhanced our on mountain dining experience,' continued Sununu. 'It only happens a few times a year, but there's nothing better than riding the chairlift under the stars and skiing to a gourmet meal with cocktails and entertainment. We finish the night with s‚mores and a torchlight parade down the mountain for a really unique experience for everyone.'

Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained four seasons resort. Known as New Hampshire‚s Family Resort, it features world-class alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, an indoor ice rink, and activities and events for the whole family. Waterville Valley Resort offers 220 skiable acres with an altitude of 4,004 feet and vertical drop of 2,020 feet, 50 trails, and 11 lifts. For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit

Location: 1 Ski Area Rd., Waterville Valley, NH 03215. The mailing address is: PO Box 540, Waterville Valley, NH 03215.

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