So let's start a new blog series: Mountain Talk. With mountain talk I will post facts, deals and other things about the mountains within driving distance of our condo in Bartlett. Today's first mountain talk will feature King Pine, located about 25 minutes from our place.
Now these fund facts come from a brochure I found about the mountain, that my son found at a McDonalds so there is a chance that some of these points have changed. Also, before these points, let me say this mountain appears to be firmly about kids and from looking at the lesson deals they offer, I am impressed - perhaps enough to visit this place for a lesson for my daughter in the coming months over the mountains closer to us.
These Findlay facts are the regular deals the offer
1. 2 for 1 lift tickets
Get 2 all day lift tickets for the price of one on Non holiday Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursdays
2. The Moonlight Family 4 pack...just $55
A family of 4 can ski and ride any Saturday or holiday period, 4-9pm. Free Saturday night racing
3. Sunday afternoons: $24 adults, $16 juniors
Enjoy discounted tickets after 12:30pm on non holiday Sunday's.
Get more information about the place at http://www.kingpine.com.
Continuing our series of reviews of the local eating establishments, today's post is Delaney's Hole in the wall. This place is a popular restaurant up in Conway and often is found to be packed. At the same time, they tend to get people in and out quickly so the wait is not that bad though if you go on a Friday or Saturday night, be prepared to wait. As for my visit this past weekend, it was on a Friday night BUT it was also only about 10 degrees out and the winter season has not really kicked in up there yet - though with big snow arriving on Sunday, I would imagine it has picked up steam!
As for Delaney's, the service was good though I would not rate it either poor or great. Just good. I had a salad as my gluten free options were not on the menu (though I did not ask which was my mistake). Since the place is geared toward family's in the eating area (as opposed to the good sized bar), it was a lively crowd. The kids meals were not bad and our meals were ok. This was my second time to the place and each time I have not been wowed so to speak by the place. The mixed drinks were ok.
As for other's reviews, here is the link to the Yelp reviews of Delaney's.
So the skies opened up in the valley and brought plenty of white stuff to the area.
As I tweeted this morning, Attitash, Wildcat and Cranmore all reviewed a good deal of snow so that should boost the amount of trails and fun heading into the Christmas week. We/my daughter took a lesson on Friday at Attitash and they were just building up for the weekend so this 10+ inches of snow should help them open up more trails.
Speaking of lessons, my daughter and her friend got a private one and they both did great. I have had good luck with Attitash this far on the lessons front and will probably get another one for my daughter sometime this winter.
Lastly, it has been cold up there. We ventured to Santa's Village in Jefferson (about an hour from our place) and it was 7 degrees for much of the time. Lights were amazing though as you can see from here. Well worth the experience if you can get up there. Just bundle up!
As we continue our reviews of the mountains within driving distance of our condo in Bartlett, today's feature is Loon Mountain. Now honestly, I have not been to Loon in several years so my information is from those I know who do attend. First and foremost, the only bad words I have heard about Loon relate to traffic getting there and the surrounding area. It is very tough from what some have said to me. However, the mountain itself is pretty good. In terms of challenging, I would put it in the middle of the road group but overall, I remember it being an enjoyful time. In the surrounding area, the town of Lincoln is a pretty busy place. We actually ate at an great steakhouse (that I forget at this point) after visiting the Hobo Railroad a year ago for the Polar express. I will touch on that railroad in the week's ahead.
In terms of the review of the mountain, here it is
Also click here for the map and here for the latest snow report.
Horsefeathers is a popular bar and grill located in Conway Village, close to Zeb's and down the street from Cranmore Mountain. The food at this place is pretty good and this is also a great place to watch a game at night. The service has always been great while I have been there - both family on the restaurant side and friends on the bar side. I would highly recommend this place for a night out or just lunch. The upstairs is also kind of cool as they have a lounge area of sorts to sit back and watch the TV's and whatever game is on at that moment. I think soccer is also shown often there though I am possible wrong. In any event, I highly rate this place and would recommend visiting Horsefeathers.
Here is the Yelp review of the place.
Zeb's general store is located in Conway village, about 15 minutes form our condo and about 5 minutes from Cranmore. This is the "original general store" so to speak with many types of candy, fudge and other "general merchandise. It is always packed as the visitors in the area flood this place for its penny candy and other items it has for sale. Beware though that the price of the goods upstairs seems to be higher than elsewhere - so called tourist trap. Aside from this, everything else is reasonable and the fudge is pretty good.
Here is the yelp review of Zeb's General Store.
Glen Junction, located at the junction of 16 and 302 a few minutes from Storyland, is known as the "train restaurant" in our house. We have been here plenty of times for breakfast and lunch. The kids love the trains that run around along the ceiling of the three major rooms. The food is not too bad though being gluten free, there are not that many options to pick from. However, the kids love it and that is all that counts. It is about a 3 minute drive from our place and is open till 3pm (as they do not serve dinner). My kids would rate it 5 out of 5 starts whereas I would probably rate it 4 out of 5...since the menu is somewhat limited for the gluten free people in the world.
In terms of yelp, here is there review of the Glen Junction.
I have basically covered all the mountains that are near our condo which includes Attitash, Wildcat, Cranmore, Black Mountain, King Pines, Bretton Woods and Cannon. Now expanding beyond 1 hour from the condo, we venture into Newry Maine and Sunday River. This mountain is in a word: awesome. I have been here several times though it has been a few years since my last trip. They are up and running as I am typing this with 33 trails which bests anyone in our vicinity at the moment. The ski resort is enormous and features basically everything that you would want in a ski mountain. If I were rating this mountain, it would be #1 or #2 near the condo within an hour. Interestingly, it took me about 1 hour to get there driving wise last year but Google Maps has it at 1 hour and 10 minutes. Either way, worth it if you are looking to mix things up ski wise while staying in our area.
Here is the On the Snow Rundown of Sunday River.
Continuing right along with our reviews of the local eating establishments for the valley, today's option is the Margarita Grill, located in Glenn, NH, down the street from the crossroads of route 16 and 302. It is a very busy place during the Storyland season but is also active during the winter ski season. In fact, every time i have been there, outside of mid October, it has been busy! Overall, I like the place very much. It has a good selection of food and with the outdoor patio type area during the summer, has a good deal of space.
Yelp has a rating of 3.5 out of 5 and that would be my rating as well as the service is not the greatest at times. It seems that they tend to forget about you near the end of your meal but when you are drinking or eating, they are ready to serve...at least that was my last visit's experience.
Here is the yelp review for more details
King Pine Ski area is located at near the Purity Spring Resort, a great little area off the beaten path - i.e. not on route 16. We often take the road that goes past King Pine on the way to the condo in Bartlett, to cut out some traffic that plagues 16 from time to time or when you first enter North Conway. The Purity Spring resort will be a post for another time but I can say that during the summer, it is a very nice place to visit.
As for King Pine, I have not skied the mountain myself but from what I have been told by a few guests and friends, it is a great learning mountain for kids as the instructors are said to be good and the mountain is not that challenging. They do feature terrain parks though and cross country skiing so there is plenty to do. there is also a tubing park which looked fun though I have not spoken to anyone who has gone down it. Overall, it will be a mountain I think I will take my kids in the next year or two as they are just really learning how to ski. And from what I read and here about this mountain, it sounds like generally a good time.
For the One the Snow Rundown of this mountain, click here.
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