Root a little closer to nature, and reconnect with it, and yourself before a busy summer.
Mt. Washington Valley, NH is a four-season vacation destination, with each season bringing its own theme and flair; and when it comes to spring this season takes on a slightly slower pace.
Below we list some great ways to make the most of this season! BUT - before you do anything, help us protect the valley's natural resources by signing the MWV Pledge. Let’s assure they stick around for years to come! For more information on planning your Mt. Washington Valley vacation, sign up for our monthly newsletter!
Local golf courses begin to open during the spring, and with nine premier golf courses you can get an early start to your golf season, and begin to chip away at over 100 holes of golf the Mt. Washington Valley has to offer! Family attractions begin to open with spring hours. Shop at the valley’s locally owned boutiques that punctuate each village with their own flair and superior customer service. You can also find your favorite shops through the White Mountain Independents, a network of locally owned shops, or at the 60-plus brand name outlet village, Settlers Green. This shopping mall also hosts spring events focused on family fun.
When it comes to spring in Mt. Washington Valley, you’ll find ski enthusiasts packing in as many ski days as possible by taking their gear to the woods! April and sometimes even early May becomes backcountry season. It’s best to hire a guide for a guided backcountry trip. Click here to meet some of the valley’s charismatic and experienced guides! And read through this blog post on spring guided backcountry skiing trip ideas!
Here in the valley you can ski and bike during your vacation all in the same day! That’s right, pack your skis AND your bikes! In addition to perfectly maintained ski trails, you’ll also find the same for mountain biking. Groups like Upper Saco Valley Land Trust (USVLT), Mt. Washington Valley Trails Association, White Mountains NEMBA and Ride NoCo provide trails that visitors can note for their biking purposes. Below we outline a few options for public mountain biking, but you can also learn more by reading this blog post on outdoor spaces in the valley!
The Pine Hill Community Forest preserved by USVLT, is accessed by a parking lot off of Meeting House Hill Road off of East Conway Road. This forest spans 460-acres and encompasses part of the Conway Rec Path. This land feeds experiential learning through its outdoor education programs, as well as land used for hiking, biking, hunting, and fishing. Please note there is a $20.00 all-day parking fee.
Bike riders can also find trails at The Nature Conservancy’s Green Hills Preserve. A parcel of protected land located on Thompson Road in North Conway, it’s home to trails that take you up to Middle and Peaked Mountains. Mountain bikers can also find a slew of trails in this preserve that are maintained by NEMBA.
The MWV Bicycling Club is hosting a “Kid’s Bike Safety Day” on May 6th. The event takes place at Story Land and the club is offering free basic mechanical checks and minor adjustments to all kids' bikes; helmet safety checks; helmets to kids who need them; a bike Safety and Handling Course along the roads and walkways of Story Land; and giveaways. Pre-registration is requested. Click hereto view our events calendar, and learn more.
You'll also find ADA compliant trails for outdoor fun for everyone, by reading through this blog post.
Grab the family - including your pup and walk the trails at Theater in the Woods! This is an educational walk, highlighted by children’s stories displayed on signs throughout the trail. You’ll notice on your walk, vines of tubing wrapping their way around the forest. Those are for making maple syrup! They transport sap from the trees in the woods to the Sugar Shack at the start of the trail, where they make their own maple syrup. Make sure you stop and purchase a bottle before heading home!
Layer relaxation on top of relaxation during your vacation to Mt. Washington Valley, and take a yoga class at Mountain Kula Yoga! A yoga studio in North Conway located within The Local Grocer, make your way into the granite-lined structure for a range of yoga classes that fit your preference.
When you return to your basecamp from any one of these activities, and you’re eager for a great meal and drink served by a friendly bar-tender we have you covered! Click here for a list of breweries, wineries, and New Hampshire’s only organic distillery, all pouring a satisfying drink! And click here for a list of restaurants in Mt. Washington Valley, that are really good at creating meals to remember!
For complete trip planning resources and information, explore 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.
When recreating in Mt. Washington Valley, please remember the 7 principles of Leave No Trace, and make the MWV Pledge to yourself, to the locals, and to the upcoming generations that you will help preserve and protect the land so we can all enjoy it for years to come.