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  August, 2014 E-Traveler
The Insider's Guide to Mt Washington Valley
Anything is possible! 

August is here and with it comes fun for all our two and four-legged friends! This is vacation month in Mt Washington Valley, and this year there's no need to leave Fido at home! Click here for a full re-cap of all the pet-friendly places to stay and things to do in Mt Washington Valley. From rafting to shopping to walking down the aisle, your pooch is welcomed in businesses throughout the Valley. Don't worry, we don't reserve summer for dog days! There's plenty of year-round fun to be had with your pup in Mt Washington Valley! So no need to bid "Bone Voyage" to Bowser when you travel to the Valley. "Schnauzer" chance to travel with your dog. See you in Mt Washington Valley this summer!  

 

Event of the Month  

 

 

August 9: Art in the Park: From 10:00am to 4:00pm, Art in the Park 2014 returns to Schouler Park in North Conway Village, hosted by a dedicated team of Mt Washington Valley Arts Association (MWVAA) artists and volunteers. All participating artists are currently juried members of the MWVAA or other verified Art Associations working in the mediums of fine art, photography, glass, ceramics, sculpture, fine crafts, etc.  Come browse under the tents for beautiful artworks. It's not too early to start thinking about one-of-a-kind holiday gifts created by talented artists. It's a beautiful day in the park you won't want to miss! Info: http://mwvarts.org/art-in-the-park-2014/.

Lodging Package of the Month   

   

Bike the Whites


 

Bike the Whites is an inn-to-inn bicycling tour combining the grandeur of the White Mountains with the pampered luxury and exquisite cuisine of three of Mt Washington Valley's finest inns. Enjoy three days of cycling along scenic back roads on gently rolling terrain. Stop for a break by a covered bridge or scenic waterfall. Take a dip in a cool mountain lake. Evenings feature gourmet dining, luxurious accommodations and the award-winning hospitality of The Darby Field Inn, with its expansive view of the Presidential Range, The 1785 Inn at the edge of the Intervale Scenic Vista in the midst of all North Conway has to offer and a third B&B off the beaten path in the tiny village of Eaton complete with a Little White Church and old-fashioned general store.

Each morning begins with a hearty breakfast. Highlighted maps are provided along with tips about the best places to stop along the way. Self-guided tours of 20 to 40 miles per day may be arranged and include:

  • Detailed Maps and Directions
  • Luggage Transfer
  • Emergency Roadside Assistance
  • Secure/Covered Bike Storage
  • Bike Rental (additional charge of $75)
Package rates are $429* from July 1st through September 15th and $499* from September 16th through November 2nd. Packages include Three-day self-guided tours include three nights lodging (at 3 different inns), breakfast each morning and dinner each evening, luggage transfers, customized route planning (20 to 40 miles each day), maps, roadside assistance and a complimentary water bottle. 

*All rates are per person, double occupancy and are exclusive of the 9% New Hampshire Room and Meals Tax and a 15% package gratuity. Plus, there is a lodging surcharge of $90 per person for single occupancy. Info and online booking:
www.BiketheWhites.com or 603-356-9025.

 

 


News from the Valley

            

Stone Mountain Arts Center among America's "coolest music venues"

Stone Mountain Arts Center was listed among "America's Coolest Venues" in Travel and Leisure Magazine. There among venues in Nashville, San Francisco and DC was listed our very own gorgeous Brownfield, Maine arts center, the only choice within New England. The article asks "What do you get when you build a 200-seat arts center on a dirt road in Maine farmland, 50 miles from the nearest city? A concert venue that feels like a living room; a secluded experience in a post-and-beam barn where singer-songwriter Carol Noonan and husband Jeff Flagg previously built commercial fishing nets". Placement on this list is a well-deserved kudo for Stone Mountain Arts Center, bringing fabulous music to our little corner of New England.

 
Santa's Village earns top spot among top 25 Amusement Parks

Santa's Village was recently recognized as one of the top twenty-five amusement parks in the US in the Traveler's Choice awards from contributors to TripAdvisor. With an approval rating of over 96-percent from its reviewers, Santa's Village is one of only two independent family-owned parks to make the 2014 list. The nation's largest park operators dominate the rankings, including Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens, Sea World, and Six Flags.  Santa's Village opened in 1953, two years before Disneyland, and is now in its third generation of ownership and management by its founding family.  Visiting with Santa and his reindeer in their summer home is complemented by dozens of additional attractions and food options too. Info: www.SantasVillage.com.

 

The Farm by the River Bed & Breakfast with Stables celebrates 20 years and 20 horses

The Farm by the River B&B is an authentic New England inn with an original land grant from King George III of England. This 233 year old family estate has been passed down in one family for seven generations. Co-owner Rick Davis worked here as a young lad when his grandmother ran the property as a boarding house and dairy barn. Rick inherited the farm and today he and his wife Charlene, celebrate over 20 years of business. Located two miles from North Conway Village, this historic inn is situated on 70 scenic acres of forest and pastures surrounded by panoramic mountain views. The Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast offers a unique equine attraction with 20 horses residing in the historic barns here, including Clydesdales, Belgians and Percherons. In fact, this year the stables will celebrate 20 years with 20 horses! The stables are open to the public daily, year-round offering horseback trail rides, horse drawn Victorian carriage and sleigh rides, and pony rides, too! Reservations are encouraged by calling the stables at 603-356-6640.

   

Three family fun events in one weekend 

August 2: Attitash Blueberry Festival: Attitash means "blueberry" in the Abenaki language, and what better time of the year than August, when there are plenty of blueberries for picking, to celebrate summer at Attitash Mountain Resort. Visit Attitash for a family-friendly festival of good 'ol fashioned American fun with live music, a Cornhole tournament, BBQ food, a blueberry pie baking contest and, of course, a blueberry pie-eating and pie-baking contest. The Dean Machine will be joining the fun for live music entertainment from 3:00-6:00pm. Free admission includes access to the craft fair and live music, plus it includes free participation in all field games and baking contests. Use of Attitash attractions is a separate charge. For a full schedule of events, click here.  

 

August 2: Hypnotist Stage Show: Michael Hathaway of the White Mountain Hypnosis Center, will demonstrate the amazing power of the unconscious mind on stage at the Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse, Saturday, August 2 at 7:00pm. The family friendly show is fun and educational and will call upon volunteers from the audience to act as subjects. The show is part of a fundraising campaign launched by the White Mountain Community Health Center Teen Clinic and Community Outreach Program to support the Pathways to Success Youth Team as they travel to Arizona to attend Jack Canfield's Breakthrough to Success live event August 10 through 14. The seven member team includes five Kennett High School students and alumni who have served as part of the center's Teen Clinic Peer Education Team. Info: 603-356-0110.


August 4:
Conway Scenic RR's 40th Birthday Celebration: Celebrate Conway Scenic Railroad's 40th birthday with half-priced fares all day (does not include the dining car).  Each passenger will receive lemonade and cake upon their return to the station.  Balloons, live entertainment, and more! Info: www.conwayscenic.com.

   

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One Valley, Three Chances for Farm to Table Dining

 

Saturday Tours & Farm Dinners at White Gates Farm, Tamworth: Spend a unique evening touring a working farm and enjoying dinner on the farmer's porch. Upon arrival at the farm you'll be greeted with a glass of lemonade to take with you on a walking tour of the farm.  During the tour, you'll be introduced to the farm's biodiesel operation, the starter house and greenhouses, cows in the field, layer hens, broiler chickens in the field and chicks in the brood house. Tours will be conducted by the knowledgeable farmers themselves, who will entertain as well as inform. After your farm tour, return to the farmhouse and stay for dinner prepared by a local chef and served on the farmer's porch. It's a dining experience unlike any other you'll find, and a unique way to spend an evening in New Hampshire. Tour and dinner prices are $75.00 per person and held Saturdays August 9, August 23 and September 26th. All reservations are made online at the White Gates Farm website and are honored in order of being received. Guests will receive an email confirmation upon acceptance with further details and directions. Reserve here: http://www.whitegates-farm.com/farm-tours-dinners/.


7th Annual Fields on the Saco Dinner: Everything that touches your mouth during this fabulous farmside dinner will have been grown or raised on the fertile ground of several bordering family farms in Maine and New Hampshire, for a taste that is truly local. Fields on the Saco, on Sunday, October 19th is Farm to Table at its finest. Slow Food Saco Valley, the newest Slow Food Chapter in the region, presents this fabulous five course meal and event held at the Barn at Hardy Farm in Fryeburg Maine. By taking the products grown and harvested fresh from several neighboring New Hampshire and Maine farms and sourcing the talents of award-winning chefs you are sure to be amazed with this meal. Beverages and appetizers provided by volunteer servers will begin at 4:30pm while you mingle with friends on the beautiful grounds on the Hardy Farm. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm with live music throughout the evening. For tickets: Priced at $125 each and $100 for Slow Food members (of any USA chapter) with a special group rate of $875 for 8 tickets. Info: www.SlowFoodSacoValley.org or 603-387-5538 (ask for Jen).  

 

Farmhouse Kitchen Country Dinner at Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, August 22:   A true farm-to-table experience where you'll savor a homemade meal featuring meat and produce raised/grown on the Remick Farm. This is a BYOB event. A vegetarian option and other dietary modifications may be considered if requested in advance. Advance registration required. Two seatings; 5:30 and 7:00pm. Admission: $12 adults/$8 children under 12. Info and reservations: (603) 323-7591. Creating your own farm-to-table dinner at home? Be sure to visit Weston's Farm Stands for farm-fresh produce, jellies, and crafts grown or created right in the Valley.

 

  

No Charge Charge

New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) has partnered with a group of its commercial businesses members including the Bernerhof Inn B&B and Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in a pilot program that added seven publicly available Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations to the state's network. When fully installed, they will complete a ring of stations that are all within the range limits of most EV and Plug-in Hybrid vehicles, according to NHEC. The charging stations installed as part of the NHEC pilot put some of New Hampshire's most scenic terrain, including Mt Washington Valley, within range for most EV motorists. The Bernerhof Inn's location is the only dual charging station in the state and is offered free of charge to not only guests but those traveling to the Valley in electric cars.   Additionally, the Mt Washington Auto Road maintains a charging station next to its Barn Museum too, available to all those traveling in electric vehicles. Donations are accepted but not required here. 

 

 

A Golf Tournament with Heart

Hale's Location Golf Course, Hale's Location Owners Association, The White Mountain Hotel & Resort and Jonathan Rivers of the Indian Mound Golf Course will host three 9-hole shotgun golf tournaments on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 8:30am, 11:30am and 2:00pm at the Hale's Location Golf Course in Hale's Location, NH to support the Wayne L. Sprouse Medical Expenses Fund. The tournament will be followed by a dinner at the White Mountain Hotel and will feature a silent and live auction. This fund has been established to help Hale's Location Golf Pro, Wayne Sprouse who has been presented with some serious medical challenges. Wayne holds the Hale's Location 9-hole course record of 33, along with former Pro, Jonathan Rivers. In the spring of 2014 Wayne was given the unfortunate diagnosis of ALS or "Lou Gehrig's Disease". In dealing with this diagnosis and the many tests, procedures and doctor visits that ensued, Wayne was also diagnosed with Stage-3 Follicular Cancer. The rigorous journey of chemotherapy, medical therapy and physical therapy has begun for Wayne and his family. This tournament has been established to support the Wayne L. Sprouse Medical Expenses Fund to help to defray the growing costs of Wayne's medical expenses that are not covered by insurance.   Hale's Location Golf Course and The White Mountain Hotel & Resort are donating 100% of the tournament fees collected to this Fund. Info: 603-356-2140 or Carol Sullivan at 603-356-7100 Ext. 412.  

 

Are you a Midnight Owl?

Get ready for the inaugural Midnight Owl 15K which will take place under the light of a full moon on Saturday August 9, 2014. The event has the unique format of being a midnight prediction run in which the winner is the first runner (or walker) to cross the finish line AFTER midnight. The course will open at 9:30pm and participants will decide when to start running based on their estimate of how long it will take them to cover the 15K (9.3 mile) course. The Midnight Owl 15K will start at Schouler Park across from the Conway Scenic RR. All participants will be required to wear reflective vests/clothing and either wear a headlamp or carry a flash-light. Discounted Jog-a-Lite reflective vests can be purchased through the race registration website. In addition, a limited number of these vests will be available for purchase the night of the race. Registration is $45.00 fee and extends until 8/8/14. There is no race day registration. All finishers will receive a commemorative finisher's medal and post-race refreshments. Register online at through www.racemenu.com. The Midnight Owl 15K is hosted by the Mount Washington Valley Skating Club with all net proceeds going to support its programs.

   

August musical events to plan your trip around     

       

Saturdays, through August 23: Attitash Mountainside Music Series: Get ready for some free live outdoor music on Saturday afternoons at Attitash Mountain Resort. Bands are scheduled to perform from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In case of inclement weather, Attitash Mountain Resort will make the judgment call on the day of the event if it will be held outdoors on the stage or upstairs in the Attitash Main Base Lodge inside Ptarmigan's Pub, where they will never cancel entertainment. Admission is free to all dates in the Mountainside Music Series. For a complete schedule of bands playing: www.attitash.com/summer-events.html.

 

August 6, 13: Met Opera HD Summer Encore Series at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center: The Met will present Summer Encores, featuring select performances from the groundbreaking Live in HD series, in more than 400 movie theaters across the United States. One of those theaters is the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg, Maine. The 2014 Summer Encores series offers two performances in August: La Fanciulla del West (August 6), and Gounod's Romeo and Juliette (August 13). Tickets for the Met Opera HD Summer Encore Series are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Order online at www.fryeburgacademy.org/tickets or call the box office at 207-935-9232.  

 

August 7: Arts Jubilee presents Music of Hollywood & Fireworks: Mark the calendar for Aug 7th for New England Society Orchestra presenting Music of Hollywood and the Movies followed by fireworks! They're putting a new twist on this 32-year traditional pops concert with the lush sounds of the Capital Jazz Orchestra complimented by the romance of a string section under the leadership of the Valley's long-time pops concert friend, Clayton Poole. The Early Concert starts at 6:00pm and continues the tradition of presenting long-time friends of Arts Jubilee and the Valley's own Celtic sounds of Dennis & Davey. Tickets: Adults $10, seniors-$8, Students-$5, Kids Under 12-Free. Info: http://www.mwvevents.com/artsjubileeConcert4.html   


August 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17,
Arts in Motion Theater Company presents The Sound of Music: Capturing hearts as the world's most beloved musical, The Sound of Music is absolutely perfect for the summer stage at the Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse! Showtime is 7:00pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased online at www.artsinmotiontheater.com. Info: 603-356-0110.   


August 14:
Arts Jubilee presents A Room Full of Blues: Get ready for the final in the series of Arts Jubilee concerts. The concert series will end with Roomful of Blues on August 14th. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card. The jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues & R&B performance will be hosted by WMWV 93.5 FM's own Roy Prescott of The Blues Summit. The Valley's own blues band: Mo' Blues will be featured at the Early Concert at 6:00pm. Tickets: Adults $10, seniors-$8, Students-$5, Kids Under 12-Free Info: http://www.mwvevents.com/artsjubileeConcert5.html.  

 

August 15 & 16: A rocking acoustic night with Peter Wolf (of J.Geils Band) at Stone Mountain Arts Center: The show features Pete's stellar acoustic band featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry on guitars and Marty Ballou on bass.  Peter has graced Stone Mountain's stage many times with his killer band; he is always rockin' and this show will be no exception. He is also a great story teller...with stories of a completely fascinating life. There will be some cool treatments of some familiar songs from his solo albums and his hits. Info & ticket details:   http://www.stonemountainartscenter.com/ArtsCenter/Peter-Wolf-15.html        


August 23-24: Mostly Bach Festival:
White Mountain Musical Arts presents the 26th Annual Mostly Bach Festival, a two-day festival featuring the works of J. S. Bach and friends at First Church of Christ Congregational. Featuring choral and instrumental favorites from the Baroque Period, this festival includes instrumental and vocal works of J. S. Bach and friends. Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door. For a complete schedule and information, go to http://www.mwvevents.com/WMMABach.html.  

 

August 24: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Stone Mountain Arts Center: The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music. They are and will be Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, and John McEuen. The band's successes include a cover version of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles". Info and ticket details: http://www.stonemountainartscenter.com/ArtsCenter/Nitty-Gritty-Dirt-Band.html.
Free or almost free events
     

Wonderful Wednesdays in Mt Washington Valley!

Check out all the free or almost free things happening on Wednesdays in Mt Washington Valley.  

 

Wednesdays through August: Wednesdays at Wildcat Outdoor Tours: Wednesdays at Wildcat provide opportunities to explore Wildcat Mountain with a naturalist learning about the diverse ecology of Pinkham Notch in the White Mountain National Forest. Program topics change weekly and include learning about the flora and fauna of the forest; discovering what lives within and contributes to the health of a fresh-water pond ecosystem; the high-alpine, summit environment; and the geology of the surrounding mountains and Presidential Range. Reservations are not required and programs are geared for all ages. For all programs, meet at Guest Services in the Wildcat Mountain Base Lodge shortly before 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and all persons should bring proper footwear and clothing and pre-applied personal sun protection and bug repellent if desired. In case of inclement weather, the program may be held indoors using slide shows and interactive displays. The programs are free but some itineraries require a scenic gondola ticket purchase. Info and full schedule of programs: click here.   


Wednesdays at The Music Center

Come one, come all musicians every Wednesday evening through August to North Conway Music Center where free learning and playing sessions start at 6pm on Wednesdays. A different topic is covered each week.  

 

Wednesdays through August: Live music at Cabin Fever Restaurant: Wednesday nights feature music with Simon Crawford & Kevin Dolan from 7:30-10:30 at Cabin Fever Restaurant in Bartlett. Nine craft beers on tap, wine, & more! Info: www.cabinfeverrestaurant.com.

 

Wednesday BBQ at Bernerhof

Every Wednesday guests of the Bernerhof Inn are treated to an Innkeeper's BBQ Cook out, complimentary with your stay and always a fun time on the porches or garden picnic settings. Info: www.Bernerhofinn.com.  

 

Science in the Mountains at the Weather Discovery Center

Free programs are offered by different weather observers each Wednesday at the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway starting at 7:00pm. These live presentations focus on different aspects of Mt Washington Valley's ever-changing weather.  

 

Upcoming seminars include:

August 6: Exploring Seasonal Variability of Mount Washington's Temperature Inversions

August 13: Severe Weather in the White Mountains

August 20: Fall Migration in the White Mountains

Info and a complete schedule and description: http://www.mountwashington.org/education/science_in_the_mountains/
 
Anything is Possible!