Just fifteen minutes from North Conway, you’ll find a town that bridges the hub of Mt. Washington Valley, to the uncut wild of Crawford Notch and White Mountain National Forest. Bartlett is that bridge; it’s a town of outdoor recreation, rich in local culture, with some really great stops for food, and wine along the way.
When you stay in Bartlett, you can wake up, and grab coffee, and decide to spend your morning cross-country skiing at Bear Notch Ski Touring Center. One of the friendliest ski resorts to not only humans, but dogs as well! It’s entire 60+ km trail network is open to dogs, and you’ll find rivers and stops along the trail that open up to scenic views! Bear Notch Ski Touring gives you an authentic New Hampshire experience with it’s team made up of friends and family - who are locals who loves these trails as much as you will come to!
Stop at Matty B’s for lunch after spending the morning at Bear Notch! Serving lunch and dinner, you’ll find charismatic servers who most likely just clocked in after taking a few ski runs at Attitash Mountain Resort, conveniently located right next door!
Matty B’s menu is perfectly curated to a skier’s appetite serving tavern favorites like pizza, poutine, and wings, and one of the best burgers to be found in Mt. Washington Valley. Outside of its menu, and the wit and charm of its servers; you’ll find a great apres-ski scene in its bar, and a table that’s always ready to welcome you.
Cross-country ski all morning, and then alpine ski all afternoon at Attitash Mountain Resort. Let the pizza you just ordered at Matty B’s fuel you for taking on 68 trails across two peaks! Skiing at Attitash Mountain Resort is a great medium between providing beginner terrain and ski school lessons for new skiers, and more challenging terrain for more seasoned skiers. Ski School at Attitash Mountain Resort offers children's ski and snowboard lessons as well as adult lessons, and adaptive programming led by a partnership with Mount Washington Valley Adaptive Sports, as well.
A lesson is a great way to kick-off your ski vacation to Mt. Washington Valley, and Attitash is a great family-friendly mountain. Its staff always greets you with a smile; from ticket agents to lift operators to ski instructors; everyone is happy to be on the mountain, and they’re happy that you are too!
Bartlett and its surrounding towns have many lodging properties, from bed and breakfasts to hotels, and inns. You can stay slope side - or almost slope side with Attitash Grand Summit or Attitash Mountain Village. Or stay at Golden Apple Inn in Glen, NH, a motel that has perfected the convenience of an affordable and clean landing for those looking to play outside for most of their stay! The Notchland Inn is fifteen minutes north of Bartlett Village and offers a romantic inn setting, surrounded by national forest, and serving breakfast and multi-course dinners!
You’ve been skiing in Bartlett, now it’s time to snowmobile! Snowmobiling in Bartlett gives you access to a 50-mile closed loop trail through Northern Extremes Snowmobiling. Take a guided tour with the charismatic, local guides who will take you to rivers and scenic overviews as you ride the outskirts of the White Mountain National Forest.
Northern Extremes Snowmobiling offers full gear rentals, as well as tours that leave Bretton Woods, just thirty minutes north of its Bartlett location. From Bretton Woods you can choose to take the “Ride the Rails” tour, which includes a snowmobile tour through the Great North Woods, over Cherry Mountain into Jefferson, NH, with a stop at Mount Washington Cog Railway, in between, where you’ll enjoy a train ride 4,000 feet up the mountain!
You can also hire a guide through Northeast Mountaineering, a full guiding service in Glen, NH. A town that closely neighbors Bartlett, both Bartlett and Glen play off one another with the attractions, shops, and restaurants found in both towns.
Northeast Mountaineering offers guided backcountry experiences that range from intro to ice climbing, and backcountry skiing trips to more advanced courses such as avalanche rescue training and Presidential Mountain Range traverses. The guides are so friendly, and passionate about what they teach, and are always happy to share local insights on their favorite places to grab a bite or where to buy gear during your trip! (You can learn more about the guides and services offered by Northeast Mountaineering, here.)
Speaking of gear, no trip to Bartlett is complete without making a stop at Andes Ski Shop. This gear shop is a Mt. Washington Valley institution. Having been in business since the 1990’s, Andes is recognized for its sign, with clever sayings that buck the average tag-line! Changing on a regular schedule throughout each season, it’s worth a drive to the shop just to see what its staff has come up with next!
While it’s recognized for its sign, Andes is known for its staff’s expertise and customer service. The owners are always seen on the floor or out back, tuning skis for a 24-hour turn-around to those who want to rent from their fleet, or loyal locals who drop their gear off for an overnight tune. Owner, Kris Kebler jokes that “between him and his co-owner, Tim Jackson, there are 74-years of ski expertise between then.” Having both grown up skiing in the Attitash Race League, Kris and Tim are locals through and through. Both have skied a range of New Hampshire terrain and weather, and provide high quality recommendations, and gear to match them. Andes Ski Shop makes a great choice for visitors flying in to ski in Mt. Washington Valley who don’t want to travel with gear. They also sell gear and clothing that matches the same fun and wit found on their sign!
Alpine Garden Winery, is a few miles north of both Andes Ski Shop, and Attitash Mountain Resort. It’s a winery run by a long-time local, who is pressing cider and making wine in a barn on the property of Alpine Garden Camping Village. Ryan Classen, owner and wine-maker, is growing his own grapes, making for the first wine to be grown and made in the White Mountains. He also hand collects, presses, ferments, and bottles his own cider, partnering with apple farms throughout Maine and New Hampshire.
Stop in for a flight of cider and light snacks at Alpine Garden Winery, and take a moment to talk to Ryan and hear his passion for not only natural wine, but for agrarian culture as a whole. You can learn more here, but trust us when we say, a stop at Alpine Garden Winery, is one of the best ways to get as close to the source as possible - for both wine and local insight!
It’s clear another night in Bartlett is necessary, because you haven’t been to Living Shores Aquarium yet! Located in Glen, just a few miles up the road from Northeast Mountaineering, and about ten minutes south of Attitash Mountain Resort, you’ll an epicenter of family-fun in the from of an aquarium.
Living Shores Aquarium offers touch-pools, and exhibits such as its Coral and Great Barrier Reef and Tropical Reef exhibits, a New Hampshire Species exhibit, among many others. Experience touch pools, where you can get up-close-and-personal with many of the residents of the aquarium and interact with them. Daily talks, and live events are all a part of the experience, where a heavy focus on education is emphasized. With over 32,000 square feet of experience, you'll have a blast with your friends and family on a vibrant walk-through adventure filled with sea life, local fresh water exhibits and fun educational programs. Living Shores Aquarium is a cashless entity, so make sure you come prepared. Offering an indoor escape into tropical temperatures you will discover otters, stingrays, sharks and more!
On your way to Living Shores Aquarium stop at White Mountain Cider Company’s market for breakfast and lunch! On the grounds of this legendary restaurant that offers casual fine-dining, it also houses a marketplace that makes the best apple-cider donuts every fall, and mouth-watering breakfast sandwiches everyday in between! Order a breakfast sandwich or homemade hand-pie with a cup of coffee in the morning, and put together a pack lunch with pre-made salads and sides, along with their sandwiches made to order.
the marketplace at White Mountain Cider Company makes for a great way to plan breakfast and lunch when out and about exploring Bartlett, and all the trails and attractions it holds. Its actual restaurant makes for a great date night. Whether you sit at its bar handcrafted from a large panel of raw edge wood, or dine by table-service, you’re in for a meal that is locally sourced and crafted by a team of culinary geniuses. From its drink menu to its entree’s, the detail found in every corner of White Mountain Cider Company’s menus makes for a real dining experience.
For complete trip planning resources and information, explore this site, visitmwv.com, or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH) to talk to a Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce rep. To learn more about New Hampshire vacations, go to www.VisitNH.gov.