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May, 2015 E-Traveler
The Insider's Guide to Mt Washington Valley
Anything is possible!
Photo Credit: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative
Spring came a little later than usual, but it's finally here in Mt Washington Valley with all the requisite blooms and mud. May is the perfect time to visit as we switch gears from winter to summer. While it's a quieter time of the year, there's still plenty of live entertainment, attractions, and unending scenic beauty. Take a waterfall tour, shop for your summer wardrobe, and hike in shirtsleeves or visit Tuckerman Ravine. Tis the season. Drive safely on your way to the Valley.
Foodie Events of the Month
There's a foodie focus in Mt Washington Valley, NH throughout the month of May. How about taking in a few of these tasty events during your May getaway to Mt Washington Valley.
Stickneys celebrates National Burger Month
In honor of National Burger Month this May, Stickney's Restaurant at the Omni Mount Washington Hotelis offering the Presidential Pepper Jack Burger featuring Cabot Pepper Jack cheese, along with a frosty bottle of Peak Organic Mount Washington Private Label Amber Ale for $22 (or $20 if guest prefers a soft drink). Stickney's Restaurant is a popular pub and steakhouse on the patio level of the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, featuring a selection of fresh local and regional fare and is open daily for lunch and dinner.
American Culinary Federation Celebrates Taste of NH
Join the American Culinary Federation Mt Washington Valley Chapter in celebrating all the special tastes of the Valley on May 22 at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel. You'll hob knob with area chefs as you sample their best creations and the chefs share their culinary tips and tricks with you. Enjoy a special silent auction with everything from cooking classes to great culinary travel experiences. Live music, beer and wine tastings and much more is in store. Tickets are $35 each. Click here for info and to purchase tickets.
Lodging Packages of the Month
Herb, Food & Beer Tour, the ultimate foodie getaway- May 30-31st
What do basil, brews and bittersweet all have in common? Guests visiting the Country Inns in the White Mountains on May 30-31, 2015 will have the opportunity to taste all of these and much more during the annual Herb, Food and Beer Tour in Mt Washington Valley, NH. This celebration of local flavors, combines herb recipe tastings, tours, take-home seedlings and recipes at eight White Mountain inns along with cooking demonstrations, a plant-to-plate "herb-inspired" dinner, farm tours, beer and wine tastings, and more, plus overnight stays at a choice of premier Mt Washington Valley, NH inns. Plan to book a lodging package that includes accommodations and tickets to the tour. This is one plant-to-plate weekend to remember, and not only will you take home inspiration you'll leave with a year of culinary ideas and a full stomach!
Here's how it works: On May 30-31, 2015 join eight premier White Mountains inns for the Mt. Washington Valley Herb, Food and Beer Tour: A Celebration of Local Flavors from 11:00am-4:00pm each day, as each inn presents an in-depth look at a popular culinary herb paired with tastings of that herb creatively presented in sweet and savory treats at each inn stop. Tourgoers will receive herb recipes and the herb seedling being featured at each inn, offered in peat pots perfect for easy planting and grown locally. In addition, cooking demonstrations have been added at certain inns too.
Eight stops will be open on Saturday, May 30 and ten different inns and businesseswill be open on Sunday, May 31, 2015, with additional featured local flavors added. Click here for complete information and the schedule for the tour. Click here for a list of lodging packages being offered from the participating inns.
For a complete list of foodie adventures in Mt Washington Valley, click here.
News from the Valley
M&D Productions presents Death of a Salesman
M&D Productions will present Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, directed by Dennis O'Neil on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, May 14 through 30 at 7:30 PM at Your Theatre, home of M&D Productions. The play tells the story of the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for "The American Dream" kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. To reserve seats go to www.yourtheatre.com or call 603-733-5275. Enjoy beverages from the theater's Culture Cafe during the performance. The cafe opens 30 minutes prior to the performance with light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer and liquors available.
Celebrate National Tourism Week with a Tourism Rally, May 7
In recognition for the role tourism plays in the Mt Washington Valley economy and in conjunction with National Tourism Week, Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a Tourism Rally for visitors, residents and those who support the industry in the Valley. Intended to be an annual event celebrating and spotlighting tourism, the largest economic driver in the Mt Washington Valley, the first annual Tourism Rally will be held starting at 5:00pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the new Sea Dog Brewing Co in North Conway. The Tourism Rally program will include complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, a short video presentation on the importance of tourism to the region and the travel effect, topped off with presentation of the new Tourism Hero Awards. It's free and open to all who care about tourism in the Valley. See you there! Click herefor info.
Each month on the first Tuesday of every month from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, the LBGT community gathers at Cranmore Inn to support equality. Mix, mingle, discuss new ideas, ask questions, get to know others, relax, unwind and have a great time. Refreshments will be served. This event hosted in association with the Cranmore Inn and Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Family Fun in Mt Washington Valley
Just because the snow stops falling doesn't mean the mountains go into hibernation. While they do enjoy a short stint of rest, closing down until the end of May or so, Mt Washington Valley's ski resorts come back alive with summer adventure, park rides, events and so much more. All valley attractions anticipate opening for weekends by Memorial Day (May 25th) and then open daily for the season by about June 21st. Some, including the Mt Washington Cog Railway and Conway Scenic Railroad are already open on weekends!
Cranmore Mountain Resort has an entire day's worth of summer fun with its Mountain Adventure Park. You'll zoom down the Mountain Coaster, zip on the Souring Eagle zip-line, and fly through the air on the Giant Swing. And this year Cranmore Mountain Resort is adding a children's ropes course to their line-up. It's a continuous belay, so kids get harnessed in and can go right around without having to clip in and clip out. It's going to be geared for younger kids, ages 3-8, as it's pretty close to the ground. It will include bridges, zip lines and other fun obstacles. It will be the perfect intro to the larger Aerial Adventure Park.
Wildcat Mountainopens its doors to summer vacationers with a zip line, scenic gondola and disc golf. The mountain's four-person ZipRider zip-line brings riders a huge rush, descending 2,100 feet over the trails, treetops and the Peabody River to a landing platform. Groups can also come to play Disc Golf, a unique mixture of Frisbee® and golf by renting a 3-disc set or bringing their own and using the mountain's course.
If you love horses or want to find your place in the saddle for the first time, enjoy a horse-themed mountain adventure at Black Mountain in Jackson. Bring the whole family for a scenic horseback ride along mountain trails. Younger children can enjoy pony rides around the stables area. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous then join the mountain for an overnight cabin stay with an extended trail ride, BBQ and s'mores by the campfire at the end of the day.
There's so much happening during the summer at the Valley's ski resorts and XC Centers, we simply can't list it all here. Click here for a complete list of summer activities at the Valley's ski resorts and XC Centers and start planning your summer getaway filled with outdoor adventure.
Register as an individual or as a team of four to compete for top prizes in the 14th Annual MWVCC Golf Tournament at the Omni Mount Washington Golf Course.
Schedule of Events:
8:45AM - 9:45am, Registration at the Club House
9:45am, Call to Carts 9:50am, Announcements 10:00am, Shotgun - Scramble Format 10:00am - 3:00pm, Tournament 3:00pm, BBQ Buffet, Special Recognition and Awards
First, Second and Third Place Teams Closest to the Line - Men and Women Longest Drive - Men and Women Closest to the Pin - Men and Women Putting Contest - Men and Women Hole in One - If you land this coveted swing, you'll win a 2015 Chevrolet Trax, valued at $22,495.00 compliments of Crest Auto World!
Great prizes and a delicious BBQ following the tournament are in store. A portion of the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will benefit the William"Lumpa" Brett Athletic Foundation, which raises money to provide sports scholarships to the youth of the Valley. These scholarships provide the means for young people who have the talent and drive, but lack the financial means, to take their sports abilities to greater heights. To register for the 14th Annual MWVCC Golf Tournament contact Scott Gleason.
Plants of Field & Forest Series: Outdoor Walks at Remick Country Doctor Museum, Fridays: May 1, 15 & 29, 10-11 am
Led by Carol Felice, Herbalist/Museum Educator at Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth Village. Learn to recognize useful, interesting, edible or medicinal plants on the Remick properties. Join in one or multiple walks. Each succeeding walk will teach participants to recognize plants as they change through their lifecycle and add new plants to their repertoire. Walks are included with $5 Museum admission and will run through October. Info: 603-323-7591.
Watch the water fall in Mt Washington Valley
What happens after 180-inches of snow falls in Mt Washington Valley over the winter? April rains mean waterfalls reign as winter snow melts. Each season brings spectacular scenery in Mt Washington Valley, and with spring comes rushing waterfalls as mesmerizing as the fall colors that will come in autumn months. In what Yankee Magazine calls "the ultimate rock concert", Mt Washington Valley, NH offers a host of ideal locations for waterfall viewing and photo-taking. And the good news? Nowhere in New England are waterfalls as abundant and accessible for viewing as they are in Mt Washington Valley, NH. Grab a camera and visit Mt Washington Valley's waterfalls for the perfect spring photo opportunity and a self-guided tour. Click here for a complete description of waterfalls in Mt Washington Valley to plan your own self-guided tour.
May events to plan your trip around
May 2: 15th Annual Valley Pride Day: You visit the Valley; now it's time to join us in a day of clean up. Join a clean-up crew at locations throughout the Valley then enjoy a free BBQ and Valley Pride celebration afterward. Get complete info about registration times and locations on the Valley Pride Facebook page.
May 8 - 10: Mother's Day in Mt Washington Valley. We've compiled a complete listing of Mother's Day dinners/brunches, lodging packages, offers and events in Mt Washington Valley into one easy page. Click here to see all the offers Moms will be treated to this year in Mt Washington Valley, then plan to celebrate in the Valley with Mom.
May 10: Mother's Day Cold River Radio Show at Theater in the Wood - The next Cold River Radio Show will be a very special Mother's Day Show on Sunday May 10th at Theater in the Wood in Intervale, NH at 7:00pm. This show already has a packed lineup of fantastic talent. Portland based Amarantos String Quartet, Legendary Greenwich Village Songsmith David Massengill, Author and former Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Doors Manager Richard Loren will be there to talk about his new book "High Notes". Also appearing will be renowned Portland pop rock recording and performing artist, Spencer Albee and His Band. As always, the fabulous Cold River Radio Band will host the show and perform special selections for our beloved Mom's on Mother's Day. Bring Mom along, you will be glad you did. For more info visit coldriverradio.com.
May 22: The Laura Foundation for Autism & Epilepsy's 5th Annual Evening at the Stone Mountain Arts Center: This fundraiser, helping to develop and support therapeutic recreation and educational programs that enrich the quality of lives of individuals with autism and/or seizure disorders, will feature - musical duo Bennett & Perkinsopening up the evening with special musical guest Taylor Whitesideon the fiddle and mandolin. Juston McKinney will return with a slew of new jokes and silent auction items will include resort lift tickets, paintings, specialty items, golf passes, gear and trips. Cocktails begin at 6:00pm. Tickets including dinner, beer and wine are $75.00. Click here for complete information and to purchase tickets online.
May 23: Alton Weagle Day at Mt Washington Auto Road: What in the world is Alton Weagle Day? It's a celebration of all the firsts at the Mt. Washington Auto Road! Alton Weagle had a passion for Mt. Washington. To show his passion, he climbed the Mt. Washington Auto Road in a number of unique ways: by car, on foot, walking backwards, blindfolded and finally pushing a wheelbarrow full of sugar...just to name a few. This day honors his spirit and the spirit of all those from camels to unicycles to Segways to pogo sticks to autos who have been the first up the mountain- think you're up to it? We invite you to dream up a "first ascent" of some kind and run the idea by us - you just may get invited to celebrate on May 23, 2015! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea. Info, click here.
May 23: Story Land, Santa's Village, Attitash and Cranmore Adventure Park open for the season: Memorial Day weekend marks the opening day for many of the children's amusement parks in Mt Washington Valley including Story Land and Santa's Village. The Conway Scenic RR, the Cog Railway and Monkey Trunks are all open starting operations the beginning of May (with The Cog and Conway Scenic already open April). Check individual attractions schedules for operations schedules. Click here for a complete list of Mt Washington Valley attractions.
May 25: 5K Trail Run/Walk Race for Reading at 100 Acre Wood The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will present the Annual Memorial Day Race for Reading 5K Trail Run/Walk for Literacy and Kids Fun Runs fundraiser to benefit their Literacy Foundation. The Kids Runs begin at 9:00am with a 1/2K run/walk for ages 8 and under and a 1K run/walk for ages 9-12. The 5K Trail run/walk begins at 9:30am, rain or shine. A $25 pre-registration donation is required ($35 on the day of the race), kids fun-run registrations are $10. Participants are encouraged to gather pledges. Dress up as your favorite storybook character! Story Land passes will be awarded for the best costume. Info: 603-356-9980, www.believeinbooks.org.
On May 10th, to celebrate Mother's Day, Mom's ride on the Conway Scenic RR for free in Coach when accompanied by one or more of her children. Mom rides free in First Class when accompanied by another paying adult. Complimentary appetizers served on board First Class. Info: www.ConwayScenic.com.
Moms Fly Free on theBretton Woods Canopy Tour on Mother's Day: Treat Mom to a complimentary Canopy Tour on Sunday, May 10th, 2015 with the purchase of an accompanying full-price Canopy Tour. Based on availability and with limited space, call (603) 278-4ZIP (4947) to make your reservation today. Please note, this offer may not be combined with other offers or promotions.
Wine Down Wednesdays at Omni Mount Washington Hotel Spa: Choose from select 50 minute treatments and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine - bring a friend and they'll also enjoy a glass of wine plus access to spa facilities including lounges, steam room, sauna and outdoor whirlpool. Treatments include Adventurer's Massage, Reflexology, Custom Facials, Gentlemen's Facial, Alpine Body Glow, Coffee Bean Body Polish, and Swedish massage. Info: http://brettonwoods.com/specials/specials/offers.
Victoria Day & Memorial Day Sidewalk Sales at Settlers' Green Outlet Village
From May 15-18 celebrate Canada's Victoria Day with a four-day sidewalk sale and in-store specials at Settlers' Green Outlet Village for this Canadian holiday. Visit the Customer Service Office for your own Canadian flags on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 (supplies limited, first-come, first-serve basis). Then kick off the "unofficial start" to summer on Memorial Day weekend with four more days of Memorial Day sidewalk sales throughout the outlets. Info: <a style="color: rgb(0, 51, 204); text-decoration: underline;" track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?