With the peaks of the White Mountains in the distance North Conway, New Hampshire, is certainly picturesque. But it’s the small town’s charming ambiance, coupled with its buzzing après-ski scene, that solidifies North Conway’s reputation as a stellar ski vacation destination. This mountain exudes a quiet atmosphere during the day with quaint storefronts and cafes rubbing elbows with serene parks. But as the day winds down, North Conway livens up with live music and a buzzing nightlife scene.
Holding a broad appeal for skiers, this gem of a mountain town is home to five ski resorts. From Mount Washington and White Mountains National Forest, to Saco River and Echo Lake, the outdoor fun in North Conway is endless all year round.
While Skiing is a top activity on the list when visiting North Conway, there are a range of other activities to enjoy from snow tubing to ziplining. Hike the scenic Black Cap, a fairly easy hike up into the White Mountains that will reward you with views that stretch out across North Conway and the Mount Washington Valley. Or give your legs a break and take a scenic drive along the Kancamagus Highway. This 32-mile-long road passes through the White Mountain National Forest , the Kinsman Notch, and the Lost River.
Known for it’s tax-free shopping outlets, North Conway takes the phrase “shop till you drop” quite seriously. Give your credit cards some exercise at New-England’s largest shopping outlet, Settlers Green Outlet Village . Or, shop around the downtown area’s art galleries, bookstores and antique shop. Afterwards, you can celebrate a good bargain at the Tuckerman Brewing Co. with some pints of brew and live music.
North Conway has an array of places to stay with within a stone’s throw of the ski resorts.
Boasting ski-in/ski-out accessibility while providing rates for the budget-conscious, Starlight Lodge North Conway fits the bill for a top place to stay. 1785 Inn also offers direct access to the slopes, as well as charming B&B-style accommodations
The North Conway Grand Hotel is a premier, upscale resort that sits in the heart of the White Mountains. This New England-inspired hotel is adjacent to the largest tax-free shopping outlet and is family-friendly with its in-house arcade and playground. Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is another hotel that welcomes the kiddos with its indoor water park. Another perk to the hotel is its close range from skiing, located only two miles from Cranmore Mountain Resort.
North Conway is home to a wide selection of restaurants serving up something tasty for every meal.
From Maine lobster Benedict to pumpkin-pecan pancakes, Stairway Cafe , a mother-daughter-owned restaurant, serves up some of the best breakfast in the White Mountains, all day long. Another local breakfast favorite in North Conway is Peach’s . Savor on creative dishes like the tomato asparagus crepes, barbecue pulled pork Benedict or chocolate stuffed French toast.
Fuel up and get that energy back and running after a long morning on the slopes at Delaney’s Hole in the Wall . This rustic sports tavern grills up some killer bar food from their buffalo wings to their surf-and-turf burger piled high with lobster. Feed your appetite at the wilderness-themed, family-style Muddy Moose Restaurant and Pub . Muddy’s pleases the whole family with an eclectic menu of ribs, salads, sandwiches, burgers and pasta.
When you’re craving something sweet, make your own sundae at the Likety Splitz Sundae Bar .
When it comes to family fun, North Conway doesn’t disappoint, offering activities for every age.
For the younger kiddos, visit Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum , home to an interactive playground where kids learn as they play at various programs and exhibits. Or for a taste of local history, take a ride on the antique Conway Scenic Railroad . Meanwhile, a trip to North Conway is not complete without a trip to the iconic Story Land Theme Park . This fairy tale land features character rides, attractions and shows throughout the day, making it a go-to spot for all-day fun.
And in December, visit Santa Claus on Conway Scenic Railroad’s, North Pole Express. When the weather is warmer, spend an afternoon with the family putt-putting your way through Pirate’s Cove Adventure Mini Golf , or lead the family on a short hike to Diana’s Baths , a historic site in the White Mountain National Forest made up of refreshing pools, potholes and cascading waterfalls.
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