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Visit Fryeburg, Maine!


There is so much to do in Fryeburg, Maine!

Don’t drive right through this town - located just fifteen minutes away from the hub of Mt. Washington Valley, North Conway, NH - make a stop in it too! Fryeburg, Maine is a great destination along your White Mountains vacation!

Start your day on a trail in Evan’s Notch - home to a portion of the 800,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest, and end your day in the water at the locally known swimming hole of Weston’s Beach! In between grab a beer, enjoy a meal, and take in the calmer pace of this small town, located right outside North Conway, NH.

You can still enjoy the perks of a North Conway, NH vacation - you’re only minutes from tax-free and outlet shopping, and a mere twelve miles from family attractions such as Conway Scenic Railroad or Cranmore Mountain Resort - when you stay in Fryeburg, Maine.

Dare we say Fryeburg, Maine is one of Mt. Washington Valley’s best kept secrets? Each town in this region that encompasses over twenty villages brings its own flavor to all who visit it, but we love Fryeburg for its cozy and quintessential New England vibe. Marked with brick buildings and historic farm-houses, Fryeburg feels like you’re staying in a warm, and welcoming neighborhood, because you literally are!

Fryeburg, Maine's streets are line with brick buildings and historic farm houses,
creating that essential New England vibe you're seeking on your Mt. Washington Valley vacation!
photo c/o Corey David Photography

So, check-in, and check-out Fryeburg. Maine. Let its trails, restaurants, brewery, farm, beach, and its people greet you on your vacation in Mt. Washington Valley! Here’s a sample of our favorite way to spend a day in Fryeburg, Maine!

(But before you do anything, first, we implore you take the MWV Pledge to promise to protect them! Sign your name and join the others who pledge to care for the White Mountain National forest to ensure it sticks around for years to come!)

Choose your own adventure in Fryeburg, Maine. Start by planning a hike in Evan’s Notch, or enjoy a leisurely lunch at 302 West Smokehouse and Tavern!

302 West is part of a band of locally owned restaurants known as The Valley Originals.
Located in Fryeburg, Maine, it packs a punch with its view from its outdoor seating, and with its homemade barbecue!
photo c/o Corey David Photography

If you decide on lunch at 302 West first, you must take a seat on its deck if offered the choice. This amazing view pairs well with the homemade barbecue cooked up by its chefs who are serving up some of the best pulled pork, slow-cooked ribs, and brisket in New England, all made with its homemade barbecue sauce.

302 West is also part of a band of restaurants that make up The Valley Originals. It’s a group of locally owned and operated restaurants that have joined together to share their thoughts and ideas on what the true experience of local eatery should be like. Each restaurant is independently owned, and is unique in its ambiance, recipes, and service. Food is prepared fresh daily, often from local products, and the owner is on the premises to respond to your dining needs and wishes. When you support a Valley Original restaurant, you also help to support local organizations, charities, and activities, as The Valley Originals has donated over $300,000.00 to the Mt. Washington Valley as part of its mission to support each restaurant’s community.

Sign the MWV Pledge before you head out on your hike in Evans Notch.
By signing you promise to do all you can to protect and preserve the White Mountains!
photo c/o Corey David Photography.

If a hike in Evans Notch is your first choice, you made a good one! Evans Notch holds a trove of natural treasures. Part of the White Mountain National Forest, you’ll find hundreds of hiking trails that range from short walks to challenging climbs. Regardless of which trail you choose a beautiful view is waiting for you. (Including some that haven’t been hash-tagged to death online.)

A tried-and-true trail in Evans Notch is the Baldface Trail. This trail is not for beginner hikers - some conditioning and outdoor know-how is required. It’s a 9.5 mile loop trail that gains 3,454 feet in elevation. Be prepared for a shift in weather from the start of the trail to the summit, and pack appropriate gear. This means that while you might start out in shorts and a t-shirt at the bottom, you might need a rain coat and wool pull-over at the top. Every day sneakers aren’t up to the challenge on this hike, so hiking shoes are needed.

The views do not disappoint when you hike in Evans Notch.
Take a moment to savor the beauty first, and then pull out your phone to take a picture!
photo c/o Corey David Photography.

If you can check those essentials off your list, then start your hike, and enjoy the view that awaits. Baldface Trail is located 25-minutes outside of Fryeburg Village, in Chatham, NH. It’s trail parking lot is easily picked up on your phone’s GPS.

It’s inarguable that there’s nothing like a cold beer after a day of hiking. Which makes Saco River Brewing Co. such a convenient stop!

Saco River Brewing Co. offers a fleet of flagship and seasonal brews, as well as a hard seltzer, where you can choose your own flavor.
Enjoy a cold beer, live music and rotating food trucks on specific days.
photo c/o Corey David Photography.

Located just a few minutes outside of Fryeburg's town center, Saco River Brewing Co. is a local brewery that features a fleet of flagship and seasonal brews. If you ask head brewer, Mason Irish, what his favorite beer is, he’ll tell you it’s the one they’re working on next. The creative process is a huge part of what Irish and his team love about brewing beer, and they love sharing it with their customers.

Saco River Brewing Co. regularly features live music and food trucks, and offers indoor and outdoor seating. (The brewery is not dog-friendly, so your pooch does have to sit this one out.)

Enjoy a walk, a picnic or a dip at Weston's Beach in Fryeburg, Maine!
photo c/o Corey David Photography

Next stop is Weston’s Beach, located a few miles from the brewery, and is a great place to relax along the Saco River. Catch paddlers and tubers as they make their way down the river or enjoy a dip or a walk along the beach during your visit to Fryeburg, Maine. (May through September, dogs are prohibited on the beach between the hours of 10am and 5pm. Dogs must also be leashed when on the beach. )

Grab a picnic from Weston’s Farm, a stop you can make right before turning into the beach parking lot. Put together a lunch made of fresh fruit and veggies, locally made cheeses, chips, a few homemade cookies, and a cold beverage.

Make your own picnic lunch with fresh fruit and veggies from Weston's Farm. It's a great stop for snacks before your hike, and also offers a gift shop.
photo c/o Corey David Photography.

Weston’s offers a wide selection of locally grown vegetables, and locally sourced meats and cheeses. It makes for a great option to create a lunch on the go, whether you’re fueling up for your hike in Evan’s Notch, or spending a day at the beach. You can also stock up on gifts with Weston’s gift shop that sells Maine made and influenced books, kitchen wear, stationary, and more.

So far during your stay in Fryeburg, Maine, you’ve hiked, you’ve enjoyed local beer, enjoyed lunch, taken a walk - and maybe even a dip in the Saco River at Weston’s Beach. It’s time to enjoy dinner. And enjoy you will, because you’re eating at (and staying at) The Oxford House Inn.

A four room inn, The Oxford House Inn also boasts a causal fine dining restaurant and pub. Remember that view we were telling you about at 302 West? You can see it from The Oxford House’s dining room. Request a table in the back, and you can enjoy a menu created by a Head Chef, co-owner, and Culinary Institute of America graduate Jonathan Spak.

The Oxford House Inn is truly an experience when it comes to dining in Fryeburg, Maine.
photo c/o Corey David Photography.

You’ll most likely be welcomed and seated by the inn’s other owner, Natalie Spak. She and her husband and Head Chef, Jonathan have created a true experience when you eat at The Oxford House Inn. You’ll enjoy dishes that reflect Chef Jonathan’s culinary style, which is described as “contemporary American, with influences and techniques from Asia, the Southwestern United States and France.” The Oxford House Inn is also a member of The Valley Originals, and joins 302 West, and twenty other restaurants in providing an authentically local experience when it comes to dining in the Mt. Washington Valley.

A few of our favorites off the menu include the Hoisin Braised Pulled Duck with Scallion Pancakes, the Local Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Burrata, or the Pan Roasted Chicken with Bacon Lardons, Garlicky Green Beans and Mustard Seed Vinaigrette. Of course, Chef Jonathan sources his meats, cheeses and vegetables as locally as he can - remember he’s just down the road from Weston’s Farm - so his menu is constantly changing to reflect the season, and his whim.

You have two options when it comes to dining at The Oxford House Inn, the causal fine dining room or the speakeasy-esque Jonathan's Pub.
photo c/o Corey David Photography.

You also have the option of eating in Jonathan’s Pub - a speakeasy-esque bar and restaurant in the basement of the inn. Its walls are made of granite, and deep wood accents make up the bar, tables and chairs. In the winter a fireplace crackles in the corner, and featured art from local artists rotates throughout the restaurant. You can order off both the pub menu and the fine dining menu in either dining area. It’s hard to choose which we love more; the intimate setting of Jonathan’s Pub or the bright dining room with a wall of windows to let you take in the view. You’ll have to visit more than once to make a comparison. The Oxford House also hosts Pint and a Pound and Taco Tuesdays in the fall, which both highlight mussels, beer, and tacos with different flavors and pairings.

Planning a vacation in Fryeburg, Maine is one of the best choices you can make when it comes to choosing where to stay, where to eat, and what to do. It’s a town that offers the best of both worlds; you’re close to North Conway, NH, but can enjoy the experience of staying and playing in a small town. Fryeburg, Maine is minutes from North Conway, but miles from ordinary. From lodging, to dining, to outdoor activities the folks behind the businesses that make Fryeburg, Maine so special are working hard to provide an exceptional experience for you!

We hope to see you in Fryeburg, Maine soon! For complete trip planning resources and information, explore this site,, or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH) to talk to a Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce rep.  

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