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  November, 2014 E-Traveler
The Insider's Guide to Mt Washington Valley
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While we quietly launched the holiday shopping season in October with the first issues of SHOP TALK, our bi-weekly shopping newsletter, November officially kicks off the Harvest to Holiday season in Mt Washington Valley. Get ready for some fabulous tax-free shopping throughout November and December. We'll be highlighting what's hot for the holidays for just about everyone you can imagine - men, women, kids, foodies, the boss, the mother-in-law and more! Be sure to register for Shop Talk, our holiday shopping newsletter; go to www.ShopMWV.com to sign up and learn all about the perfect place to find treasures for everyone on the list.

 

Guess what else kicks off during November? You are right if you guessed ski season! With a little help from Mother Nature, we're hoping to kick off ski season sometime around Thanksgiving. Now is the time to start thinking about gear, season passes and ski apparel!

 

And finally, we not only kick off the holiday season, but we also kick off the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Conway with a wonderful Traditional Holiday Celebration. Join in the fun on November 29th in Schouler park as we light the holiday tree, then parade down the street with Santa and his angels and elves to the Eastern Slope Inn where the festivities continue with story time, cocoa and s'mores. It's the beginning of a year-long celebration for the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Conway. Stay tuned for more events!

 

There are plenty of great reasons to visit Mt Washington Valley this November! Drive safely on your way up to see us!

 

Event of the Month  

     

 

November 7, 8, 9: Bring A Friend Weekend at Settlers' Green Outlet Village: Shopping Divas, this is the event you wait for all year, three days of shopping some of the best deals of the season. Some say it's bigger than Black Friday! Free goodie bags are offered to the first 2,000 shoppers on the green at Settlers' Green near Timberland on Saturday, November 8 starting at 8:00am. The bags are stuffed with coupons from participating stores and select bags will include free products and other gifts. One bag will include a $500 Shopping Spree to Settlers' Green; you may just be the lucky one!

This year you can reserve your bag in advance for $5 per bag, and be ready to shop that much sooner! The funds raised from reserved bag fees will go directly to the Angels & Elves Charity, which provides gifts during the holiday season to hundreds of underserved children in Mt Washington Valley. Reserved bags will be available to pick up at Customer Service (Suite C13) on Friday, November 7th from 8:00am to 10:00pm, on Saturday, November 8th from 8:00am to 5:00pm or Sunday, November 9th from 8:00am to 5:00pm. To reserve your bag online via PayPal, simply click here.

Here is a complete schedule of events for Bring A Friend Weekend:

Friday, November 7

All Day: 60-Second Hand Therapy Session at Crabtree & Evelyn

Other in-store demonstrations to be announced.

Saturday, November 8

8:00am: The big 2000-bag giveaway, while supplies last, must be present to get a bag.
10:00am - 3:00pm: DJ Kristen Corrigan plays music to keep you shopping!
10:30am: Performance by 
Imari & the Sahara Desert Dancers
All Day: 60-Second Hand Therapy Session at Crabtree & Evelyn & other in store events
Raffle prizes drawn every 30 minutes.

Sunday, November 9

10:00-11:00am: Free Yoga with Chelsea Latham of Be Well Studios
All Day: 60-Second Hand Therapy Session at Crabtree & Evelyn and other in-store events
Raffle prizes drawn every 30 minutes


For more information on Bring A Friend Weekend, click here
 

Lodging Package of the Month   

   

The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce lists a number of vacation specials on its website, and shopping getaways are particularly popular! Click here to access everything from Girlfriends Getaways to Shopping Weekends under $200 for two. Some lodging packages even include gift certificates and you can count on coupons for extra deals. Look for lodging packages from White Mountain Hotel & Resort, Old Red Inn & Cottages, Snowvillage Inn, Buttonwood Inn, Briarcliff Motel, Cranmore Mountain Lodge and Hampton Inn & Suites. Don't worry; you can bring Dad and the kids too. Even if they prefer not to shop, there's plenty of fun for them while you tackle all of the holiday shopping in November this season. Don't forget, simply click here for a full list of shopping packages.

 

News from the Valley

               

Update on North Conway's "Happy" Video

The North Conway Happy Conway Video Project is well on its way to the creation of a locally filmed and edited version of the musical video "Happy," by Pharrell Williams. People, places and events iconic to the Town of Conway and the area including the Conway Scenic Railroad, Mud Bowl, Storyland, the Conway Library and Arts Jubilee events have been filmed, as well as the North Conway Community Center, Theater-iffic at the Eastern Slope Playhouse and the Vaughan Community Golf Tournament. The filming continues this fall and winter right through spring of 2015. The finished compilation will be presented to the Town of Conway in time for the celebration of the town's 250th anniversary.  

Spearheaded and sponsored by Settlers' Green Outlet Village, the project is headed up by two local videographers, Dick Pollock and Keith Force, along with community and school leaders and many, many talented videographers. The final and original video will be professionally edited and presented at the 2015 Fourth of July and community celebration in Schouler Park.

Liftopia Names North Conway among the best towns for ski bums

When the question "Where's the best ski town to live in year round?" was posed to a bunch of North American snow sport diehards by Liftopia.com, a popular skiers website, the consensus pointed to towns that cater to "graduated" ski bums who want to keep playing hard but might be realizing it's time to earn their turn by working, too. Three towns in the Northeast were chosen, and not surprisingly, North Conway was among them. We say not surprisingly because National Geographic Adventure has named North Conway among the 25 best ski towns worldwide and Men's Journal named it among the "coolest adventure towns" too. TripAdvisor has cited North Conway among the most affordable ski towns in the country twice! Click here to read the account by Liftopia.com. Come experience North Conway's skiing and shopping allure and you'll quickly understand what they're all buzzing about!

Relocating to Mt Washington Valley?

Are you thinking of visiting or even relocating to Mt Washington Valley? Learn more about the region through Mt Washington Valley community videos offering a great introduction to the region.


Family Fun in Mt Washington Valley
November 1: Superhero Buddy Bash at the Trails in the Wood: This event was created by the 20 or so kids and their parents in the running club at Jackson Grammar School and 100-percent of the proceeds will go to three charities this year: Conway Area Humane Society, CASA of NH, and The Bartlett/Jackson Food Pantry. In addition to featuring a 1K & 5K run/walk/soar; The Buddy Bash will provide wellness activities and family fun. It starts with registration from 9:00-10:00am. The race begins at 10:00am followed by family fun activities from 11:00am to noon. The cost prior to the event is $10 per person, $15 per buddy pair. On race day: $15 per person and $20 per buddy pair on race day. Costumes are optional, but they make it more fun! To register and for info: www.believeinbooks.org, 906-281-1353.
 

   

 Couples Capers    

Become a brewer

The couple that brews together stays together, say The Good Beer Store. On November 1, The Good Beer Store in Fryeburg will present "Learn To Home Brew Day & Tasting". This is a national event and The Good Beer Store will be hosting the day along with IBU (Interstate Homebrewers Unlimited) at The Good Beer Store parking lot from 10:00am-3:00pm. Learn how to homebrew with the greatest homebrewers. There will also be a beer tasting happening inside from 12:00 noon-3:00pm. Info: 207-256-8110, or click here. 

Lights out at the Ghoullog

November 1 wraps up the season for the Ghoullog, and in scary Halloween style this show will feature a lights out night on November 1st. You'll want to be sure you have someone to go shoulder-to-shoulder with through this fun yet heart-pounding attraction. Everyone will be given a glow stick to navigate their way through the Mercer Home for the Criminally Insane. Make sure you keep your mate nearby. You'll want to be sure to hold someone's hand during this frightful night. Info and ticket rates: www.cranmore.com/ghoullog.

Leave Thanksgiving fuss and muss behind

Are you a Thanksgiving empty-nester? Rather leave the family dinner to the rest of the extended family? One of the growing trends is to take a Thanksgiving getaway and escape the family politics. We're gathering a list of all the Thanksgiving dinners, banquets and events in Mt Washington Valley, so you can review the list and choose just the right venue for your Thanksgiving dinner this year. Simply click here for a complete list of Thanksgiving options in Mt Washington Valley. And visit often. We're updating that list all the time.

 

 

Get out and play in Mt Washington Valley

     

Don't miss Black Mountain's Annual Snow Dance: November 22 marks a ritual Black Mountain established a few years ago. Ever since the Show Dance tradition was started, we've had good snow years, so we're not going to stop now. Start gathering around the bonfire outside the Black Mountain base lodge on November 22nd at 4:30pm. Carlene, a talented snow dancer and yoga instructor, will pray to the snow Gods and we'll all cheer them encouraging a great snow year. Afterward, there's entertainment, dancing and plenty of spirits for all. All ages are welcomed. Info: 603-383-4490, www.blackmt.com.

Kick off the ski season with Bretton Woods Skiers' Homecoming: On November 28, 29, 30th, skiers can plan to kick off the 2014/15 ski and snowboard season at Bretton Woods. Friday evening will feature the annual screening of Warren Miller's 65th annual feature film, "No Turning Back". There will be great prizes from Omni Mount Washington Resort's very own TreeTop Sports. Saturday will bring great skiing (weather permitting), music, food, and the resort's annual Homecoming Brew Tasting!  Info: 603-278-8989 and here

   

November events to plan your trip around       

 

Sun, November 16: An "At Home" Concert by Mountain Top Music: Enjoy a concert presented in a private home near Silver Lake from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Spirited classical music with the Heliand Consort will delight the audience in a lovely setting. Directions to the concert are provided with ticket reservation. Tickets are $35; call ahead for reservations: 603-447-4737. All of Mountain Top Music's HOME CONCERTS are followed by a reception and a chance to meet & greet the artists. Info: 603-447-4737, www.mountaintopmusic.org.

November 29: An Old Fashioned Christmas: Get ready to kick off a year-long celebration of the town of Conway's 250th Anniversary with an old fashioned Christmas celebration in Schouler Park, North Conway Village. It all starts with traditional holiday tree lighting with Santa, then the Angels and Elves walk to Eastern Slope Inn for story time, hot cocoa and s'mores. North Conway Village stores will offer sales and special in-store celebrations too. It's all presented by Eastern Slope Inn, White Birch Books, Fields of Ambrosia, North Conway Village Association, the MWV Band and the Mt Washington Valley Radio Group!

November 29: Great Glen Trails Craft Fair: Shoppers will have to venture beyond North Conway for this one. From 9:00am - 3:00pm crafters take over the base lodge and are spread out on all three floors at Great Glen Trails. Look for artists in woodworking, photography, knitting, specialty soaps and lotions, jewelry, wreaths, and much more including live demonstrations. For a complete list of participating vendors, click here.
Free or almost free events
     

November 9: Conway Scenic Railroad celebrates veterans and active military with free ride:On November 9, the Conway Scenic RR will honor the sacrifices made by our country's veterans as well as by those who continue to serve our country.  Vets and active military personnel who present proof of service will ride FREE on the Conway Scenic RR on November 9th. Info: 603-356-5251,  www.conwayscenic.com.

 

November 28, 2014: Black Friday in North Conway: In the true shoppers' tradition, stores throughout North Conway will open as soon as the clock strikes midnight and Thanksgiving is over! Some may even open earlier. All stores in Settlers' Green Outlet Village will be open by 5:00am on Friday, November 28th. Store hours will vary from store to store. Special offers for Settlers' Green stores will be posted on the What's On Sale page. Additionally, special sales and additional information on Black Friday deals will be posted on the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and in Shop Talk, the free bi-weekly shopping tip newsletter. Sign up to receive the Shop Talk newsletter at www.MtWashingtonValley.org.

Where the deals are

We've compiled an exhaustive list of all the sales closets, clearance lofts and special websites for finding the best deals for your holiday shopping. Simply click here for a full list of where to find great deals throughout Mt Washington Valley, NH.

Be on the lookout for SHOP TALK & earn gift certificates for shopping photos

We're launching our annual SHOP TALK campaign complete with free twice monthly newsletters bringing you all the scoop on what's hot for the holidays, holiday events and tips on successful shopping techniques. Be on the lookout for our Shop Talk newsletters delivered to your in-box twice a month. Plus, post your shopping photos on the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, Twitter (@mwvchamber) or on your Instagram account with #ShopMWV to qualify for gift certificates from Settlers' Green Outlet Village and North Conway Village retailers. We'll pick our favorite photos and winners will be featured in the newsletters and sent prizes! And don't forget to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!