Shannon’s guidebook

Shannon

Shannon’s guidebook

Food scene
Food/Coffee: “Pretty tasty” food according to our son. We stopped in here b/c we happened upon it. Great breakfast sandwiches! Good coffee too, and they use coffee ice cubes in their cold drinks. Service: The guy who cooked the sandwiches, the owner of the shop, brought them out to us! And the girl at the counter was very friendly, too. Look: Cool look - some old guitars and musical instruments hanging from the walls with some rock art. Tastefully done though. I know that might be hard to believe. T says the animal skull and the cakes they had on display were great too. Fun factor: Not much to say there. But we were so impressed with everything else that we were having fun.
Autumn Nomad, Cakes & Cafe
18 Black Mountain Rd
Food/Coffee: “Pretty tasty” food according to our son. We stopped in here b/c we happened upon it. Great breakfast sandwiches! Good coffee too, and they use coffee ice cubes in their cold drinks. Service: The guy who cooked the sandwiches, the owner of the shop, brought them out to us! And the girl at the counter was very friendly, too. Look: Cool look - some old guitars and musical instruments hanging from the walls with some rock art. Tastefully done though. I know that might be hard to believe. T says the animal skull and the cakes they had on display were great too. Fun factor: Not much to say there. But we were so impressed with everything else that we were having fun.
Food/Coffee: We can’t find much to complain about here. These guys take thier coffee roasting seriously. Great espresso. Solid selection of treats like donuts for kids. Good bagels and egg sandwiches. The beans they sell for take home (we recommend the Costa Rican Tarazzu) are great. They even sell a couple of beers on tap! Service: Great group of people here! Look: You can’t really beat the location. There’s a nice patio to sit and people watch, and its generally a clean an well kept coffee shop. Fun factor: As mentioned above, this is a great spot to people watch. If you’re looking for some entertainment while waiting in line to place your order, enjoy the extreme skiing/biking videos they play continuously on the TV over the counter.
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Frontside Coffee Roasters
2697 White Mountain Highway
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Food/Coffee: We can’t find much to complain about here. These guys take thier coffee roasting seriously. Great espresso. Solid selection of treats like donuts for kids. Good bagels and egg sandwiches. The beans they sell for take home (we recommend the Costa Rican Tarazzu) are great. They even sell a couple of beers on tap! Service: Great group of people here! Look: You can’t really beat the location. There’s a nice patio to sit and people watch, and its generally a clean an well kept coffee shop. Fun factor: As mentioned above, this is a great spot to people watch. If you’re looking for some entertainment while waiting in line to place your order, enjoy the extreme skiing/biking videos they play continuously on the TV over the counter.
Food: They’ve got a selection of goodies here, but I’ve never been blown away by them. T had a pretty solid cookie today. In addition, their coffee and espresso is decent, but not the best. Service: So-so, it’s a bunch of high school kids getting paid cheap money. Look: Our son likes the chandelier-like light they have in the entry. Otherwise, they hang a bunch of reprinted artwork for sale which can be fun to check out while sipping a coffee. Fun factor: We’re tempted to give it a four star, but that’s really because of the location. We love being in North Conway, and The Met happens to be a part of that as it is in the very epicenter.
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The Met
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Food: They’ve got a selection of goodies here, but I’ve never been blown away by them. T had a pretty solid cookie today. In addition, their coffee and espresso is decent, but not the best. Service: So-so, it’s a bunch of high school kids getting paid cheap money. Look: Our son likes the chandelier-like light they have in the entry. Otherwise, they hang a bunch of reprinted artwork for sale which can be fun to check out while sipping a coffee. Fun factor: We’re tempted to give it a four star, but that’s really because of the location. We love being in North Conway, and The Met happens to be a part of that as it is in the very epicenter.
Food: We love the pizza and the salads at this place. Everyone devour that stuff. And T is a big fan of the chocolate milks here, too. They carry Cold River gin here, and Shannon has a favorite Sauvignon. It’s a win. Service: They generally cater to the needs of families here. You can’t beat that as a family of four. Look: Nice look. Very natural woods and stone, etc. The flatbread oven is always an attraction too. At this particular location, if you look around you’ll notice you’re sitting is what used to be the hotel’s pool area. Fun factor: They always have crayons and paper for the kids, and they will offer dough if you ask them for it. Our son and daughter think it’s cool that it’s in a hotel in N. Conway.
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Flatbread Company
2760 White Mountain Highway
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Food: We love the pizza and the salads at this place. Everyone devour that stuff. And T is a big fan of the chocolate milks here, too. They carry Cold River gin here, and Shannon has a favorite Sauvignon. It’s a win. Service: They generally cater to the needs of families here. You can’t beat that as a family of four. Look: Nice look. Very natural woods and stone, etc. The flatbread oven is always an attraction too. At this particular location, if you look around you’ll notice you’re sitting is what used to be the hotel’s pool area. Fun factor: They always have crayons and paper for the kids, and they will offer dough if you ask them for it. Our son and daughter think it’s cool that it’s in a hotel in N. Conway.
Food: This is some of the best food we've had in the North Conway area. Farm to table menu. Build your own charcuterie! Excellent drinks, too. Service: It seems like each time we have gone to this restaurant we end up running into the owner, or having a nice conversation with a manager or wait staff. Great service! Look: Open concept. A big bar, but the space itself is cozy. Fun factor: If you're visiting during the warmer weather do your best to get a seat outside and do some people watching.
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Chef's Bistro
2724 White Mountain Hwy
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Food: This is some of the best food we've had in the North Conway area. Farm to table menu. Build your own charcuterie! Excellent drinks, too. Service: It seems like each time we have gone to this restaurant we end up running into the owner, or having a nice conversation with a manager or wait staff. Great service! Look: Open concept. A big bar, but the space itself is cozy. Fun factor: If you're visiting during the warmer weather do your best to get a seat outside and do some people watching.
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White Mountain Cider Co
207 U.S. 302
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Food: Beer lovers this is a place for you! If that doesn't get your attention, they offer a full service bar and their menu is pretty eclectic and tasty, too. We love the variety of nachos they offer, served on a sheet pan with your favorite toppings. Add your favorite beverage and a reasonable price and this place is tough to beat. Service: They generally cater to the needs of families here. We have come at peak hours, been seated and served food quickly each time. They know how to please! Look: Fun and eclectic, much like their menu. It's a brewery so the focus is more on beer and less on visual appeal. Fun factor: They always have crayons and paper for the kids.
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Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing Co.
3378 White Mountain Highway
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Food: Beer lovers this is a place for you! If that doesn't get your attention, they offer a full service bar and their menu is pretty eclectic and tasty, too. We love the variety of nachos they offer, served on a sheet pan with your favorite toppings. Add your favorite beverage and a reasonable price and this place is tough to beat. Service: They generally cater to the needs of families here. We have come at peak hours, been seated and served food quickly each time. They know how to please! Look: Fun and eclectic, much like their menu. It's a brewery so the focus is more on beer and less on visual appeal. Fun factor: They always have crayons and paper for the kids.
Food: Farm to table menu. Really nice ambiance, excellent food, and awesome drinks! Service: Great service! We like to sit at the bar here. Look: Open concept. A big bar, but the space itself is cozy. Fun factor: A lot of their drinks are made what might be described as "the old fashioned way," so a gin and tonic, for example is made with a tonic that is made they way they would have in the late 1800's. It's an interesting twist on the bar.
Table and Tonic
3358 White Mountain Hwy
Food: Farm to table menu. Really nice ambiance, excellent food, and awesome drinks! Service: Great service! We like to sit at the bar here. Look: Open concept. A big bar, but the space itself is cozy. Fun factor: A lot of their drinks are made what might be described as "the old fashioned way," so a gin and tonic, for example is made with a tonic that is made they way they would have in the late 1800's. It's an interesting twist on the bar.
Shopping
This place is great! The service in here really knows their stuff. The product is varied and very tasty. If you even make the slightest effort to buy good olive oil, you want to check this place out. Recommendations: Garlic Olive Oil, Jalapeno Olive Oil, and Mission Fig Balsamic
North Conway Olive Oil Company
2730 White Mountain Hwy
This place is great! The service in here really knows their stuff. The product is varied and very tasty. If you even make the slightest effort to buy good olive oil, you want to check this place out. Recommendations: Garlic Olive Oil, Jalapeno Olive Oil, and Mission Fig Balsamic
Stop in at the 5 & 10 if you have kids who love candy! Right at the entryway they have a great selection of candy for under a dollar. Our kids love this place! There's a lot more deeper into the store, too: NH mementos, books, toys, etc. It's a nice place to wonder into and poke around.
North Conway Five & Ten Store
2683 S Main St
Stop in at the 5 & 10 if you have kids who love candy! Right at the entryway they have a great selection of candy for under a dollar. Our kids love this place! There's a lot more deeper into the store, too: NH mementos, books, toys, etc. It's a nice place to wonder into and poke around.
We have always enjoyed visiting The Penguin Gallery. They have everything here: great gifts, kitchen gadgets, jewelry, toys, novelty cards. There's always something fun to look at, play with, and buy at this place. Go check it out.
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The Penguin Gallery
2655 White Mountain Highway
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We have always enjoyed visiting The Penguin Gallery. They have everything here: great gifts, kitchen gadgets, jewelry, toys, novelty cards. There's always something fun to look at, play with, and buy at this place. Go check it out.
Places to Swim/Cool Off
Swimming: Some parts of this bank drop off pretty quick and the current of the river gets stronger about ten feet out. That said, there is a really nice spot upstream that offers an easy entry for less experienced swimmers (see pics below). Location: Beautiful location just under an old covered bridge. You could bike to this in less than ten minutes from River’s Edge. There is parking that can get full on warm days and more parking on the Conway side of the bridge if needed. Services: Limited. The parking spots are great and there are ports-potties on site, but don’t expect a place to change. You’ll be walking out wet.
90 East Side Rd
90 East Side Rd
Swimming: Some parts of this bank drop off pretty quick and the current of the river gets stronger about ten feet out. That said, there is a really nice spot upstream that offers an easy entry for less experienced swimmers (see pics below). Location: Beautiful location just under an old covered bridge. You could bike to this in less than ten minutes from River’s Edge. There is parking that can get full on warm days and more parking on the Conway side of the bridge if needed. Services: Limited. The parking spots are great and there are ports-potties on site, but don’t expect a place to change. You’ll be walking out wet.
Swimming: This is less about swimming and more about river walking. There are about four tiers of waterfalls you can climb up through. Each one is unique and offers a new opportunity to get wet. A lot of fun, but it requires some climbing, slippery rocks, and good balance. I’ve seen younger kids there, but am hesitant to bring my own three year old. Location: Beautiful location that requires about a half mile flat walk over a well kept gravel path. This spot is about ten minutes from River’s Edge on the other side of North Conway. Services: Limited parking. The place is so popular that it can be difficult to find a parking spot. There are a men’s and women’s toilet, but they are campground style tanks, not flush toilets. Plan on walking back wet, and either driving back wet or changing quickly in the parking lot. The busy bathroom is always an option too.
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Dianas Baths
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Swimming: This is less about swimming and more about river walking. There are about four tiers of waterfalls you can climb up through. Each one is unique and offers a new opportunity to get wet. A lot of fun, but it requires some climbing, slippery rocks, and good balance. I’ve seen younger kids there, but am hesitant to bring my own three year old. Location: Beautiful location that requires about a half mile flat walk over a well kept gravel path. This spot is about ten minutes from River’s Edge on the other side of North Conway. Services: Limited parking. The place is so popular that it can be difficult to find a parking spot. There are a men’s and women’s toilet, but they are campground style tanks, not flush toilets. Plan on walking back wet, and either driving back wet or changing quickly in the parking lot. The busy bathroom is always an option too.
Swimming: Awesome spot to swim. This pool is about 10’ wide and 20’ long. I’ve read it’s about 12’ deep. Great for swimming. And if your brave enough some, rock jumping too. This might be a little too much for kids 5 and under. Location: Beautiful location that requires about a .8 mile walk over stone-strewn paths. Nice ride on some windy roads through Maine and New Hampshire farm country if you’re following the windy route 113. Be sure to stop off at Sherman Farms for fresh veggies or ice cream on the way home. This spot is about forty minutes from River’s Edge in Chatham, NH. Services: Limited parking, but not as overridden as a Diana’s Falls. A lot of hikers come her just to hike surrounding mountains as well. There are a men’s and women’s toilet, but they are campground style tanks, not flush toilets. Plan on walking back wet, and either driving back wet or changing quickly in the parking lot. The bathroom is always an option too, but they are not necessarily set up for people to change in.
Emerald Pool
Swimming: Awesome spot to swim. This pool is about 10’ wide and 20’ long. I’ve read it’s about 12’ deep. Great for swimming. And if your brave enough some, rock jumping too. This might be a little too much for kids 5 and under. Location: Beautiful location that requires about a .8 mile walk over stone-strewn paths. Nice ride on some windy roads through Maine and New Hampshire farm country if you’re following the windy route 113. Be sure to stop off at Sherman Farms for fresh veggies or ice cream on the way home. This spot is about forty minutes from River’s Edge in Chatham, NH. Services: Limited parking, but not as overridden as a Diana’s Falls. A lot of hikers come her just to hike surrounding mountains as well. There are a men’s and women’s toilet, but they are campground style tanks, not flush toilets. Plan on walking back wet, and either driving back wet or changing quickly in the parking lot. The bathroom is always an option too, but they are not necessarily set up for people to change in.
Things to do/Sightseeing
We have taken the Santa trip on the Conway Scenic Rail for the last three or four years. If you are in the area during the holiday season, it is a great family attraction.
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Conway Scenic Railroad
38 Norcross Circle
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We have taken the Santa trip on the Conway Scenic Rail for the last three or four years. If you are in the area during the holiday season, it is a great family attraction.
We went on the cog for our first trip in the late fall of 2019. It was a great time! Our kids, who are train fanatics, loved it. The ground was clear and free of snow in Conway, and by the time we made the appx. hour trek to the Cog we were in about six inches of snow! They only take you about 1/2 up the mountain in the late season, but the views are still amazing. 15 minutes up gets you to their stopping point where you can hang out around a fire and have some hot cocoa and donuts before coming back down. Dress warm and wear boots! If you are visiting in late spring, summer and early fall they still make trips to the Mt. Washington summit. We suggest you call to confirm what kinds of trips they are making, and you can book tickets ahead of time too.
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The Mount Washington Cog Railway
3168 Base Station Road
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We went on the cog for our first trip in the late fall of 2019. It was a great time! Our kids, who are train fanatics, loved it. The ground was clear and free of snow in Conway, and by the time we made the appx. hour trek to the Cog we were in about six inches of snow! They only take you about 1/2 up the mountain in the late season, but the views are still amazing. 15 minutes up gets you to their stopping point where you can hang out around a fire and have some hot cocoa and donuts before coming back down. Dress warm and wear boots! If you are visiting in late spring, summer and early fall they still make trips to the Mt. Washington summit. We suggest you call to confirm what kinds of trips they are making, and you can book tickets ahead of time too.
Sabbaday Falls Observation Site
We recommend this trip for kids and families! We can speak to the holiday experience as we have visited the hobo twice now during the holidays. They have a great ride, about 1 and 1/2 hours round trip, and it is a full experience. Great views. Cookies. Hot cocoa. Santa. Music. Our kids have loved this ride!
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Hobo Railroad
64 Railroad Street
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We recommend this trip for kids and families! We can speak to the holiday experience as we have visited the hobo twice now during the holidays. They have a great ride, about 1 and 1/2 hours round trip, and it is a full experience. Great views. Cookies. Hot cocoa. Santa. Music. Our kids have loved this ride!
Here is a great resource for those of you who are looking to kayak on the Saco River. Link: https://www.outdoors.org/articles/amc-outdoors/5-easy-day-paddles-on-the-saco-river
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Saco River
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Here is a great resource for those of you who are looking to kayak on the Saco River. Link: https://www.outdoors.org/articles/amc-outdoors/5-easy-day-paddles-on-the-saco-river
We have rented snowmobiles from Northeast Snowmobiles in Fryeburg, ME just a few minutes up the road from the house. What a great time! They have miles of trails that you can enter right from their shop. They have started offering guided tours. If you're reasonably comfortable on a snowmobile or ATV you can go out on your own and explore.
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Northeast Snowmobile and ATV Rentals
532 Main St
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We have rented snowmobiles from Northeast Snowmobiles in Fryeburg, ME just a few minutes up the road from the house. What a great time! They have miles of trails that you can enter right from their shop. They have started offering guided tours. If you're reasonably comfortable on a snowmobile or ATV you can go out on your own and explore.
This business is just up the road from the house! You can use their services to tube or kayak down the river. Use their pickup service, or continue down the river to the house and drive the gear back to them. We have found the people here very friendly and informative, and have used the business to rent kayaks and take in the river from a spot just north of North Conway village to the house (about a 1/2 day river ride).
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Saco Canoe Rentals Company
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This business is just up the road from the house! You can use their services to tube or kayak down the river. Use their pickup service, or continue down the river to the house and drive the gear back to them. We have found the people here very friendly and informative, and have used the business to rent kayaks and take in the river from a spot just north of North Conway village to the house (about a 1/2 day river ride).
Skiing
7+1/2 miles, 14 minute drive from the house.
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Cranmore Mountain Resort
1 Skimobile Road
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7+1/2 miles, 14 minute drive from the house.
10 miles, 15 minute ride from the house.
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King Pine Ski Area
1251 Eaton Road
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10 miles, 15 minute ride from the house.
15 miles, 25 minute ride from the house.
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Attitash Mountain Resort
775 U.S. 302
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15 miles, 25 minute ride from the house.