A great starting point to experiencing everything Mt. Washington Valley has to offer, North Conway, NH is the gateway to twenty-plus towns It’s a hub for those seeking hiking, biking, and boating adventures in the White Mountain National Forest!
Providing access to 700,000 acres of protected forest, which encompasses New England’s highest peak, Mount Washington, 48 4,000 foot hikes, a portion of the Appalachian Trail AND a portion of the Saco River, North Conway is the starting point for an adventure for everyone.
(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!)
You’ll also find a range of dining options that cover you for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - and any snack in between. Trust us, you’re going to need all the sustenance you can get to keep you fueled for your jam-packed vacation in North Conway, NH!
Start by checking in! And we don’t mean just on instagram and Facebook. Find your lodging in North Conway, NH, by clicking this link. Hotels, bed and breakfast’s, historic estates, campgrounds and more are all available lodging options in North Conway, NH.
What type of vacation in Mt. Washington Valley are you looking for? Are you here just to relax? Are you looking for a boutique experience? Maybe something more rustic, and connected to nature? Or will you rarely be in your room at all due to the amount of fun you plan on having? Whatever vibe it is you’re going for when it comes to your vacation, North Conway, NH lodging options can provide the exact atmosphere you’re looking for.
Ok, so you’re all check in, and ready to rock. What are you going to do first?
Is hiking or climbing in North Conway, NH on your list? If so, and you’re planning on taking on an adventure that leads you into the White Mountain National Forest, or any of Mt. Washington Valley’s state parks, the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce highly recommends that you hire a guide.
Not only will you be supporting the valley's local economy, which is substantially made up of those dedicated to outdoor recreation, but you'll also be ensuring a successful trip through safety, and technical training. Learn more about the Chamber’s Hire a Guide program, where you can familiarize yourself with local guides in North Conway, and beyond, and learn more about the individual programs they offer. Click the link for a general list of guiding outfitters.
North Conway also offers the opportunity for family friendly fun through mountain bike lessons at Cranmore Mountain Resort's Mountain Bike Park, as well as its other attractions at its Mountain Adventure Park. Fly on the Soaring Eagle zip line, Mountain Coaster, bungy trampoline, and more!
If you’re a more seasoned rider or a family that bikes together all the time, stop by Sun and Ski Sports in North Conway, and rent bikes for the day or the week. There are a myriad of biking trails in and around North Conway, as well as local biking clubs that maintain mountain biking trails, and offer intel on some of the best places to ride. White Mountains NEMBA and Ride NoCo are two organizations that are passionate about mountain biking in North Conway, NH and in the White Mountains. Learn more about them when planning your trip.
Of course, before you start any part of your day, you’re going to need food. If you’re anything like the fine folks of the valley, coffee and breakfast mean a lot to you! There are many coffee shops along White Mountain Highway that pass through North Conway. Grab a coffee, a muffin, and a smoothie, if you’re on the go; or enjoy a more leisurely morning with coffee at a local diner or cafe. Places like Priscilla’s Country Kitchen, located right in North Conway, offer country charm and a breakfast menu with all of the fixings. Freshly squeezed orange juice, free flowing coffee, and cooked to order breakfast and lunch are the shining stars of Priscilla’s. Opened by two longtime locals, Ken and Carol Donabedian, you’ll be greeted by a friendly smile and welcoming spirit as soon as you enter through their doors.
Of course even after a great breakfast in North Conway, NH at a place like Priscilla’s; you’ll still want to grab yourself a coffee and sandwich to-go in prep for your day out on the trails from The Met, a coffee shop and cafe with two locations in North Conway. One in North Conway Village, and one in Settlers' Green. Both offer breakfast and lunch options, as well as a range of coffee drinks. Or pick-up an iconic Kweenie - a mix between a croissant and pastry with all the butter you can imagine - from Big Dave’s Bagels and Deli or pick-up an original smoothie creation from The Local Grocer's Table & Tonic Cafe - a local market and cafe dedicated to locally sourced produce and sustainable grocery items.
From breakfast, it’s only a short time-frame to dinner! Time will pass so quickly with all the fun you’re having, so make sure you’re prepared with a line-up of dining options in North Conway, NH!
One thing the Mt. Washington Valley is known for, is a band of twenty-plus restaurants called 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 have donated over $300,000.00 to the Mt. Washington Valley as part of its mission to support each restaurant’s community.
Through The Valley Originals you’ll find outdoor dining, fine dining; casual pub fare; Indian, Italian, and Irish cuisine; steakhouses; oysters, and more. One option is Chef’s Bistro, located right in North Conway Village. A great option for groups, families and couples, Chef’s Bistro is owned by a local couple, who grew up in the valley. Look for the designated yellow flag outside each Valley Original, and you’ll know you’re in the right spot!
Both avid skiers, they wanted to create a space for people to come and enjoy locally sourced food in a warm atmosphere, that also gave guests a hint of a more urban atmosphere. Chef’s Bistro’s menu is definitely unique, and offers a spread from appetizers, to sandwiches to entrees. Stop in for an ice cold grapefruit infused cosmopolitan made by owner, Josh himself, and pair it with some quick appetizers like its charcuterie platter and oysters. Or take in a meal from its small patio, and people watch on Main Street in North Conway, while you enjoy a full lunch or dinner spread!
While there are many attractions in North Conway, NH and ways to play outdoors, shopping in North Conway, NH can be a full-time activity. You’ll find shopping destinations such as Settlers' Green, which is a 60-plus brand name outlet mall; as well as a group of locally owned shops, The White Mountain Independents, and boutiques in between!
Settlers Green is constantly hosting family friendly events, and activities. In summer alone guests can enjoy the regularly schedule Pups and Pints events which includes live music, beer tastings, and free dog treats. Yoga at Settlers’ Green’s community labyrinth takes place every Wednesday, and throughout the summer tent sales take place throughout the outlet village. Click the link for a full event’s schedule, and be sure to mark your calendar for its annual Bring A Friend shopping event in early Novemeber. Enjoy a weekend of food, shopping, major giveaways, entertainment and more. Of course - bring a friend to enjoy it all together!
The White Mountain Independents, similar to The Valley Originals, are a thriving community of over twenty local shops in North Conway and throughout the Mt. Washington Valley region. Some White Mountain Independents stores offer products made on site, and all are locally owned and contribute to the charm of the White Mountains region. Each shop offers unique shopping experiences from apparel, gifts, books, jewelry, kitchen, specialty foods and more. You’ll have so much fun making your way from store to store, and you’ll most definitely find something you couldn’t find anywhere else.
Planning a vacation in North Conway, NH leaves nothing to the imagination. From lodging, to dining, to outdoor activities the folks behind the businesses that make North Conway, NH so special are working hard to provide an exceptional experience for you!
We hope to see you in North Conway, NH soon! 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.