The Mt. Washington Valley
is comprised of many separate and distinct towns surrounded by
magnificent mountains and ledges which include the 780,000-acre
White Mountain National Forest. This region was originally a 19th
century summer resort destination for wealthy Bostonians who
sought out the extraordinary mountain vistas, the picturesque Saco
River, the falls and rapids in the Notch areas, and all the
outdoor activities and sports that accompanied them. Today, the
valley has expanded into a year-round resort community with a
foliage season that adds the colors of autumn to some of New
England's most attractive hamlets.
During the cold months,
the area becomes a cutting edge winter resort community, featuring
Alpine and downhill terrains, as well as some of the best
cross-country and snowshoeing opportunities in the Eastern States.
Visitors to the Mt. Washington Valley enjoy all of this, as well
as 80 restaurants, 2,400 lodging rooms, and some of the best
outlet shopping in America. In fact, there are over 250 stores in
North Conway alone. And all of this is in a state with absolutely
no sales tax.
- Approximately 70 miles
north of Concord, NH and 60 miles west of Portland, ME. Boston
is 140 miles to the south and the Canadian border is 115 miles
to the north. The valley is an excellent vacation destination
hub for other touring points, all easily accessible on good
- During the spring and
fall months, daytime temperatures generally range from 50 to 70
degrees Fahrenheit. Nights fluctuate between 30 and 50 degrees.
Summer temperatures vary from the 70s to the mid-80s during the
day. Nights are apt to be cooler; sweaters or light jackets are
recommended. During the winter months of December through March,
temperatures and conditions are often affected by the wind.
Daytime temperatures range from 12 to 34 degrees, with nights
quite a bit colder. The valley averages 100 to 112 inches of
snowfall a year.
- Lodging varies from 12
resort hotels, inns and condo/townhouses to 40 inns and B&Bs,
35 motels, hotels and cottages, 10 condominium rentals, 10
campgrounds, and even 8 huts located along the Appalachian
- 80 restaurants serve
everything from world-class cuisine to "down-home"
cooking. 30 lounges and watering holes provide first-class
entertainment in a typically warm and inviting New England
- More than 250 factory
outlet and specialty stores provide tax-free goods of
every description at rock-bottom prices. Additionally, there are
art galleries, native New Hampshire crafts shops, and antique
stores, all known for their creative, and often times unusual,
- In the winter, 35
chair lifts whisk skiers in a snap to the peaks, a winter
playground of 216 ski trails on over 1,000 acres of land. More
than 350 kilometers of cross-country skiing is available here,
along with ice skating and snowshoeing, all in and around the
mighty 780,000-acre White Mountain National Forest.
For fans of summer, there are 1,200 miles of hiking trails and
700 miles of bike trails, 90 holes of golf laid out on
innovative courses that take advantage of the valley's unique
terrain, and more than 100 miles of rivers and streams; all are
ready for hiking, biking, play, tubing, rafting, forging, and
world-class fishing. There are 14 all-day family attractions,
including water and alpine slides, theme parks, miniature golf,
and scenic gondola rides. 1,300 campsites are scattered
throughout the area.
- And if you love antique
railroads, you'll need to visit the model railroad museum and
take a ride on at least one of the valley's two old-fashioned
railroad lines. One steams up Mt. Washington (New England's
highest peak, at 6,882 feet.) The other locomotive not only
makes daily round-town excursions, but takes visitors on trips
through the scenic Crawford Notch and points north.
That's just the
beginning for adventure seekers. Rock climbing, horseback
riding, rafting, canoeing, and tennis abound, as well as
fishing, kite flying, workshops, and tours conducted by the
oldest conservation and recreation group in the United States.
If you're feeling tired
at the end of your long day of touring and thrill seeking, relax
in one of the valley's charming bed & breakfast inn, grand
hotels, neighborhood lodges, or motels, just steps away from all
the action. When you're feeling hungry, consider the valley's
restaurants, ranging in selection from world-class cuisine to good
old-fashioned country cooking. Some restaurants even grace their
tables with vegetables and herbs supplied from their own gardens;
"green thumb gourmet," as the locals call it. Now, add
the health clubs, summer theaters, 30 lounges and watering holes,
a covered bridge or two, and you've got the ultimate vacation
destination - New Hampshire's Mt. Washington Valley.