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Head North, Young Man, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Walking in North Conway
Walking in North Conway
Mary-Ellen Callahan

I am a winter baby which may partly explain why I find a winter wonderland-scape most inviting. I associate winter weather with glowing fireplaces, cozy blankets, and feeling romantic in a quaint setting. My associations makes New Hampshire a great destination for a winter getaway. What better place to enjoy a snowy winter than the White Mountains?

Recently, I did just this, and took a road trip to North Conway, NH. Awaiting me were natural vistas of misty mountains quilted with white ski trails, while icy streams curve roadside. The majority of homes are white and topped with a distinctive copper weathervane – a whale, a deer, a moose, a fish -- which I find fun to I-spy.

Weather permitting, include a drive along the Kancamagus Highway (or as the locals call it, the Kanc) and through Franconia Notch, a favorite tourist passages for viewing fall foliage but also picturesque in winter. In nearby Franconia, NH, is the home of American poet Robert Frost, which may appeal to the literature loving reader.

Spend the night at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway where you will warm up fireside with a mountain view or in the heated indoor pool complete with various slides for ultimate family fun. Resort dining is excellent, making a one-stop getaway for your family.

If a step back in time to Victorian grandeur is more to your liking, then book at the Omni Mount Washington Resort which offers the prime location within the White Mountains and the most history to boot.

If you are looking for a casual spot to dine in North Conway town center, head to Beef & Ski Restaurant. The hearty roast beef sandwich has a spicy sauce and cheese that will stick to your ribs – perfect après ski fare. It’s right on White Mountain Hwy. the main street through North Conway. Just next door is The Stairway Café, another fine establishment for tasty, healthy, and locally-sourced foods, serving breakfast and lunch.

The novelty of no sales tax in NH means you may find yourself shopping with an extra twinkle in your eye. Hit one of the state run liquor stores near the border before heading home or any of the numerous outlet stores.

Keep traveling!

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