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Spoil Yourself This Summer: Plan Ahead For A Much-Needed Getaway

From luxe stays to adventuring in unspoiled nature, Mt. Washington Valley has everything you need to refresh your senses for the new season.

There’s something intangibly special in the air when the first warm, sunny day breaks through the snowy clouds of winter. It’s a turn of season that ripples through Mt. Washington Valley, with the excitement of what summer means here: the taste of fresh-picked strawberries, funnels of sunlight peeking through pine trees and the rush of plunging into watering holes.


With a bounty of activities, lodging, dining and tax-free shopping options to choose from, we’ve compiled an easy starting guide to craft your ideal getaway to the Valley to kick off the summer!

Adventures for all

Bring the whole family on a magical adventure to Story Land and Living Shores Aquarium! To celebrate 70 years of family fun, Story Land will be opening a new water play area this summer. Their “Moo Lagoon” will include several water slides, farm-themed fountains and more! While you’re here, pay a visit to the onsite Living Shores Aquarium, where you can also discover 32,000 square feet of fascinating ocean life.

Surrounded by stunning lakes and rivers, Mt. Washington Valley is the thriving epicenter of New Hampshire’s fly fishing scene. To get the most out of your fishing experience and find the secret stashes, book a guide with our many experts in the Valley. For example, North Country Angler offers top-of-the-line supplies, expert intel on “what’s fishing” and guided excursions.


Experience a thrilling adventure by rappelling down Ripley Falls—an awe-inspiring waterfall stretching over 100 feet tall—with the Northeast Mountaineering School. This once-in-a-lifetime experience has been identified as a “Top Extreme Outdoor Adventure in America” by, and is the ideal way to immerse yourself in the Valley’s breathtaking nature. But don’t stop there—our guides offer a ton of experiences, like hiking, climbing, mountaineering and more!


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Go Luxe with Lodging

Luxury stays in the Valley allow you to fully soak in the moment and nurture your soul. Each luxury hotel in the Valley includes its charming features: Located at the base of Mt. Washington, The Glen House offers sweeping views and convenient access to Mt. Washington Auto Road. Stonehurst Manor, with its 19th-century architecture and opulent Library Lounge. Finally, Omni Mount Washington Resort is a secluded slice of paradise in the White Mountains, with an unending list of outdoor activities available right at your fingertips.


Speaking of luxury stays, several lodging options invite guests to fully sink into a place of deep relaxation and renewal via their spa amenities. Omni Mount Washington, North Conway Grand Hotel and White Mountain Hotel and Resort each offer individualized spa experiences guaranteed to help you find your balance and return from your vacation completely rejuvenated.


The Valley also offers a variety of glamping options, so you can refill your cup with a peaceful retreat into nature without sacrificing modern comforts. Book a stay at Huttopia White Mountains, where you can enjoy the tranquility of meandering creeks, embark on kayaking expeditions and enjoy mouth-watering meals from the onsite bistro. Or perhaps Alpine Garden & Winery is your dream outdoor escape, with its charming village of hobbit homes, cabins and treehouses. Make sure to stop by their winery, where you can treat yourself to seasonal varieties of fine cider and natural wines.


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New Flavors, Local Hot Spots

The Valley offers a diversity of flavors from numerous local eateries, including these new hotspots: Haveli Indian Cuisine serves their version of signature classics like Chicken Tikka Masala, as well as innovative fusion food, such as their Naan Tikka Pizza. No matter what you order, it will contain a riot of incredible flavors. We’re also welcoming The Tap House at Grand Summit to the neighborhood! The Tap House is the ultimate cozy alpine escape. Each dish is prepared with fresh ingredients and meticulous attention to detail, all expertly designed to take you on a full-circle culinary journey.


McSheffrey’s Up North is where you go for true local flavor. They’re renowned for their fresh deli menu, as well as famously rich and delectable Glen Ledge Brownies.  


For more restaurant recommendations, check out Valley Originals, a non-profit group made up of over 20 locally owned restaurants in our community.


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Shopping Local & Tax-Free

Ravenwood Curio Shoppe is a whimsical little shop that feels as though it were pulled from the pages of an old fairytale. From quaint garden decor to handmade jewelry to intricate glasswork, you’re sure to find something beautiful and one-of-a-kind.


White Birch Books is the local go-to spot for finding a story that completely enraptures you. The shelves are full of handwritten staff recommendations to help you choose the perfect book for some summer lakeside or riverside reading.


For outdoor lovers, the Valley is a utopia of natural beauty. Before your hiking or rock climbing excursion, make sure to stop by Ragged Mountain.This locally owned retail shop’s apparel is hand-assembled with performance-optimizing textile materials, and they carry all the best outdoor gear for any and every adventure.


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