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

Summer is in full swing in Mt Washington Valley and we're looking forward to welcoming you for your summer vacation! All of the attractions are open daily and filled with plenty of new additions. Golf courses are in full swing, ready for you to take a few swings! Don't forget to save all the back-to-school shopping for tax-free New Hampshire and Mt Washington Valley's outlets, boutiques and stores! (Photo of North Conway Country Club by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative). 

 

Event of the Month  

 

 

Day Out with Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014

Preschoolers and train-loving kids will get the thrill of their lives when Thomas the Tank Engine™ steams into North Conway, NH, for the Day Out with Thomas™: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014.  Not only will he take his fans for a ride, but he will also talk to them for the very first time on this tour.  The event, which takes place July 11-13 and 18-20, 2014 will be hosted by Conway Scenic Railroad, presented by HIT Entertainment, and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company. Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities.  For two back-to-back weekends, little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25 minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends themed activities including an awesome Imagination Station that's organized and staffed by the Mt. Washington Valley Children's Museum, plus storytelling, live music, mini-golf, bouncy houses, unlimited motorcar rides, engine tours, and more! It's a dream-weekend for tiny trainiacs!  


Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 45 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at 9:15am through 3:15pm each day of the event.  Tickets are $19 for ages two and up. Info and to order tickets: 866-468-7630, www.ticketweb.com/dowt. (Photo provided by Conway Scenic Railroad).

Lodging Package of the Month   

   

There are so many family-fun packages being offered throughout July and we're sorry we can't list them all here. Inns, B&Bs, resorts, hotels, campgrounds and motels have packaged everything from horseback riding and golf to Santa's Village, Story Land, Conway Scenic Railroad, Attitash and Cranmore Adventure Park tickets for the perfect family adventure.  Click here and be sure to scroll through all the family fun packages offered this summer in Mt Washington Valley. Then pick one and join us for a memorable family vacation.  

 

For example, North Colony Motel & Cottages, a family friendly and budget-conscious option for families offers a number of packages with lodging and tickets to either Story Land and Santa's Village along with a pool, playground area, horseshoes, picnic are with BBQs, campfire pit, basketball, volley ball and tether ball. Another great family friendly option is the Old Red Inn & Cottages, in the heart of North Conway. This option offers family-friendly cabins and an outdoor pool combined with tickets to all of the Valley's attractions, including A Day Out With Thomas tickets, and you'll stay within walking distance to the station! Be sure to check out all the family friendly packages by clicking here.

 

 


News from the Valley

          

Extreme Mount Washington Now Open

In June the ribbon was cut and the doors were opened at the new Extreme Mount Washington museum at the summit of the Northeast's tallest peak. The former summit museum was stripped down to the studs and entirely re-imagined. The new, interactive experience delivers the awe and wonder of a Mount Washington winter-the mountain's most extreme season that only a small handful of the peak's 250,000 annual visitors ever get to witness. Through hands-on, high-tech exhibits, Mount Washington Observatory presents a compelling sampling of the "World's Worst Weather" to summer visitors from all over the world. Be sure to check out the museum's new website and view the video at http://extreme.mountwashington.org/. (Photo of ribbon cutting at Extreme Mount Washington by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative).


Mt Washington Valley coasters, hikes, road trips and lakes take top ten honors

Recently, we've seen Mt Washington Valley's attractions highlighted on a number of national lists, offering kudos for everything from great hikes and road trips to cool lakes and roller coasters. We think our little corner of New Hampshire is world-renowned, but we're always grateful and humbled when national media concur. National Geographic Adventure Magazine recently named Huntington Ravine among the world's best hikes, right up there with fabulous places like the Grand Canyon, Swiss Alps and more. North Conway's Echo Lake was named among America's most beautiful lakes by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Also, back in April, the Mt Washington Auto Road was included on the Best Road Trips list by Travel and Leisure. And Story Land got a well-earned place on Parents Magazine lists of top ten theme parks in the country recently too.

   

Children's Summer Theater Series at Theater in the Wood: Fridays, July 11 - August 15th enjoy a family friendly live performance of such favorites as Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast and Princess and Pea presented by Papermill Theater at Theater in the Wood on Fridays at 10:00am. Tickets are $7.50 per person (children 3 and under free). Tickets available at the door. Here's what's in store for July:  

 

July 11th - The Princess and the Pea: The lonely Prince wants to marry, but the King and Queen insist on a suitable bride.  A mysterious girl has just arrived in the middle of a terrible storm; she could not possibly be a real Princess... or could she?
 
July 18th - Beauty and the Beast: A magical rose, a beautiful girl, and a "hideous" beast are just three of several charming characters in one of the most enchanting fairy tales ever written.

July 25th - Excalibur!: With the sage counsel of his wizard friend Merlin, young Arthur learns his true destiny.

Info and a complete summer schedule here: http://www.theaterinthewood.org/.  

 

And if you can't make that, Theater in the Woods will present the Snow White Ballet on Saturday, July 26 at 6:30pm. The Northeastern Ballet Theatre (NBT) offers the charming and romantic tale of Snow White. Step into a world of woodland magic and castle secrets, as the NBT dancers bring Snow White to life. Tickets are $15 for adults, Kids 12 and under are $10 and children 3 and under are free. Info: 603-356-9980 or www.theaterinthewood.org.

   

 Couples Capers   

   

Watch the sun rise atop Mount Washington
There are few things more inspiring and more romantic than watching the sun rise and set. Twice throughout this summer, you'll have the chance to watch the sunrise atop Mt Washington.The Mt. Washington Auto Road will open early on July 27 at 4:00am and at 4:30am on August 31, allowing guests to arrive early enough to watch the sun come up over the Atlantic Ocean. Imagine standing hand in hand and watching a gorgeous vista across the White Mountains all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. It's worth waking up early for this! Regular Drive-Yourself rates and vehicle restrictions apply. The Mt. Washington Auto Road recommends not waiting until the last minute to arrive as you may spend a few additional minutes at the Toll House due to traffic. Info: http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/drive-yourself/sunrise-drives/.

 

  

Get out on the Bike!

Tis the season to get on the bike and ride. Whether it's in the company of biking clubs or in competition against one another, you'll find plenty of group rides and competitions throughout Mt Washington Valley. Check in with Red Jersey Cyclery, Joe Jones Sun and Ski Sports, Pearl Izumi or Bob & Terry's Sports Outlet or Eastern Mountain Sports for equipment, accessories, clothing and/or guided rides and competitions in the area. Then, when it comes to trails, events and even rentals, visit Attitash Mountain Resort or Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. There are some fun mountain bike series and cycling races taking place in Mt Washington Valley this summer for those who love to ride or watch the ride! 

 

July 8 - August 26: Summer Mountain Bike Series at Great Glen Trails: Held at the base of Mt. Washington, the Great Glen Trails Summer Mountain Bike eight-week series is a great way to enjoy Great Glen Trail's trail system. Start anytime between 3:30 and 7:00pm and compete on the long 5 mile, short 3.5 or mini 1 mile course. At the end of series awards party, competitors who complete 6 out of 8 weeks are eligible for the prize raffle with $1,000 in prizes up for grabs! Race fees: Adults: $60, kids (Ages 17 & under) $30 One Race: $12 Adults, $7 Kids. Info: 603-466-2333 or www.greatglentrails.com/events/summer-mountain-bike-series/

 

July 9 - August 13: Pin The Trail Wednesday Downhill Series at Attitash: Attitash's Pin The Trail series will run for six weeks with a single run format downhill mountain bike race held every Wednesday at Attitash Resort Bike Park. Each week, a number plate draw determines the next week's course with the lucky winner playing the classic, blindfolded game of "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" to make the choice. Racers will accumulate points and have a chance to win weekly prizes and items provided by series sponsors. The series entry fee is $70 or a daily entry fee of $15. The overall winner will be announced at the end of the series on Wednesday, August 14. Info: call (603) 374-2680.  

 

July 12: Newton's Revenge on the Mt Washington Auto Road: Each summer since 1973, cyclists have converged at the base of the Auto Road to contend with what professional riders have called the toughest hillclimb in the world. By 2006 the original Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb had become so popular that the Mt. Washington Auto Road company created a second race on the same course - Newton's Revenge - to accommodate the excess demand for this opportunity to test one's pedaling strength against the Auto Road's 12 percent grade. The race is contested on the same exact course as the original Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb making Newton's Revenge the other Toughest Hillclimb in the World. The Auto Road is closed to general traffic until at least 1:00pm that day. Info: http://newtonsrevenge.com/. Note: The Mt Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is scheduled for August 16, 2014.

   

Eat, shop and stay events to plan your trip around    

       

July 2: Mountain film World Tour at the Omni Mt Washington Hotel: This time honored Telluride tradition has taken to the road traveling from coast to coast and beyond. The festival brings filmmakers and enthusiasts from all over the world together to celebrate the things that make "mountain life" so unique. From extreme sports, to time honored traditions, environmental awareness and everything in between, this film festival has something for everyone. Tickets will be available for purchase June 20, 2014 on the Bretton Woods online store, through the Activities Concierge Desk and at the door. All matinees and presentations are complimentary. Evening showings require ticket: adults $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Info: www.brettonwoods.com/activities/event/detail/661.  

 

July 4: Parade and Fireworks at Schouler Park: July 4th festivites start with a parade in Conway Village, then move up to Schouler Park. Join in the fun with bands, a chili dog eating contest, and more. Bring a blanket and a snack or beverage and enjoy a good ol' fashioned fireworks display in Schouler Park at 10:00pm.  For a full schedule of July 4th events and activites, click here. 

 

July 18-19: Seek the Peak premier hiking event: The largest annual fundraiser for the Mount Washington Observatory, Seek the Peak, welcomes hikers of all ages and abilities to the rugged, windswept trails of Mount Washington. Registrants are asked to raise a minimum of $200 as part of their participation and in turn they are awarded with fabulous prizes and a final party. Be one of the first 500 to raise $200 and earn a Seek the Peak Eastern Mountain Sports backpack. Since the event was founded in 2001, Seek the Peak has raised well over $1.3 million for the nonprofit institution, helping it maintain its famous weather station on the summit of Mount Washington. Info and registration: http://www.seekthepeak.org/.  

 

July 19: 2nd Annual Bretton Woodstock: This two-day, action packed event will feature two Mountain Bike races, the Recycled 5K Adventure Race, live music, great food and brew fest, family friendly games, tons of demos and raffle prizes from various local and national vendors. Plus free overnight camping on property (all camping must be in designated zones) will be an option. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers of each event; there will also be prizes for the "All-Mountain Enduro" meaning those who compete in all three EVENTS; the XC Bike Race, the Downhill Bike Race, and the Adventure Race. FREE to public/spectators and includes vendor village, concerts, and the ability to participate in raffles. BBQ and brews a la carte (fees apply). For riders: $25 per participant, per event. Entry also includes one free raffle ticket for each event entered. Info and full schedule: http://brettonwoods.com/activities/event/detail/658.

July 24:
Arts Jubilee presents Don Campbell and Band: Don Campbell and Band are back by popular request to present their special celebration of the Music of Dan Fogelberg at Cranmore Mountain. Also appearing on stage with Don will be singer/songwriter, Tom Dyhrberg performing Gordon Lightfoot favorites. Headline concert begins at 7:00pm. Bring your own seating and picnic dinner. Food also available for sale at Cranmore Mountain. $10 for adults; $8 for Seniors, 12 and under free.

Free or almost free events    

 

Settlers' Green offers free Summer Series Events

Look for a number of free fab fun events taking place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Settlers' Green Outlet Village day and night throughout the summer.  

 

Movies On The Green On Tuesdays: Starting July 8, 2014, Tuesday night is movie night at Settlers' Green as the giant 16-foot movie screen and Blu-ray projector roll family-friendly flicks. There are comfy outdoor lounge chairs for the first 30 guests, full dinner menu available at Brandli's Pizza Grille, and ice cream and popcorn from Kaity's Big Chill, all on the lawn on a warm summer night! Movies start at dusk and are weather dependent. Decisions to cancel a screening will be made just before showtime. Here's the lineup of movies for July: July 8: The Little Mermaid, July 15: Thomas and the Magic Railroad, July 22: Homeward Bound, July 29: Despicable Me 2. For the latest information, call 603-356-7031 and Press 2 or see the Settlers' Green Facebook and Twitter page for updates.  

 

Settlers' Crossing Summer Strings Series On Wednesdays: From Wednesday, July 9, 2014, to Wednesday, August 27, 2014 meet at Starbucks every Wednesday from 4:00-6:00pm for free coffeehouse music. Here's the entertainment schedule for July: 

July 9: Julia Velie, singer, songwriter, guitarist, July 16: Chad Cummings, Platinum selling songwriter singer, and guitarist, July 23: Rick Clogston, Singer, Guitarist with similar sounds as James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Jethro Tull, July 30: TBA.

Free Yoga Nights At The Gazebo on Thursdays: Be at the Gazebo in the center of the Courtyard at Settlers' Green starting July 10th, for free weekly yoga classes from 6:00-7:00pm through August. Twelve mats are available, first-come, first-served, or bring your own mat. Look for gift card giveaways to Settlers' Green stores at each session from April Cornell and more! The Yoga Sessions will be led by the highly praised local yoga instructor Chelsea Latham of TulaVida Health and Be Well Studios.


For more information on any of these Settlers' Green events, go to
http://settlersgreen.com/events/upcoming-events.