Jan 122013
Omni Mt. Washington Resort: One of the Best Ski Destinations for Families with Kids and Tweens

The Omni Mount Washington Resort is a high-end 4-season resort located at the base of New Hampshire’s 6,000 foot tall Mount Washington in the midst of the White Mountain National Forest and the Mt. Washington Valley.  This area is one of our favorite family vacation destinations at any time of year.  Since Omni Hotels began managing this historic property in 2009 there have been an ongoing series of major updates to the hotel, the golf course, and the adjacent Bretton Woods ski area. Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area with 434 acres of skiing and snowboarding, including 101 trails and glades and four terrain parks is always a family favorite with lots of options for all ability levels.  Off slope activities include sleigh rides, a winter canopy tour, ice skating, nordic skiing, snow [...]

Nov 252012
Cranmore Mountain Resort Upgrades On Target for Families with Tweens

Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, New Hampshire’s Cranmore Mountain Resort is continuing to invest in many on and off mountain upgrades that we think will be a big hit with many families, particularly those with tweens and younger teens.  Since 2010, the Resort has seen its new owners invest more than $8 million dollars to create a state-of-the-art New England family ski and summer vacation destination. This year, Cranmore Mountain opened for Thanksgiving, thanks to 60 new high efficiency snow guns that bring the mountain’s total of high-efficiency snow guns to 378, serving 163 acres and 16 miles of terrain. That number is up over 350% since 2008.   The resort has also replaced its 1950s vintage East Double Chairlift with a $1 million, re-positioned triple chair designed to open up much [...]

Jun 022011
Five Favorite State and National Parks for Family Vacations with Teens and Tweens

     With school getting out and summer coming in, many families with teens and tweens will be thinking about hiking, camping and getting into the great outdoors.  State and National Parks offer access to a wide array of natural wonders and family adventures.   If you are looking for ideas consider some of our favorites from across the country including: Custer State Park in South Dakota      Stay at one of the park’s lodges, drive the wildlife loop to see the buffalo herd, big horn sheep, antelope, begging burros and more.  Don’t forget to visit Sylvan Lake.  Take a mile long stroll around the lake or follow the trail for a thrilling day hike to 7,244 ft. Harney Peak.  Its a great hike for teens and tweens.  Side trips to Jewel Cave [...]

More Summer Family Fun Arrives at New England Ski Resorts

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May 282011
More Summer Family Fun Arrives at New England Ski Resorts

     For a number of years, New England’s ski resorts have been investing in a wide range of attractions and activities designed to encourage families to visit all year round.   This summer, there seems to be an emphasis on attractions of interest to families with teens and tweens at some of our favorite New England summer destinations.  If you are heading to New Hampshire’s White  Mountains this summer be sure to check out the new Adventure Park at Mount Cranmore in the Mount Washington Valley.  In Vermont, Smugglers’ Notch is adding a number of new summer adventure options and jazzing up its day camp and evening programs for teens and tweens. Mt. Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park Opens Memorial Day Weekend      The new Mt. Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park opened Memorial [...]

Jul 182010
Mount Washington Vally, NH in the Summer - We've Gotta Go Back

     With only three days to visit the Mount Washington Valley, there were a lot of wonderful attractions and experiences that we had to defer to our next visit.   In particular, we hope to return soon to ride the Mount Washington Cog Railwayto the top of Mount Washington, kayak or tube on the Saco river and check out the glacial caves and canyons at the Polar Caves, the Flume Gorge or the Lost River Gorge.      Like the ride up the Mount Washington Auto Road, the Cog Railway is a classic New England experience.    They both take you to the summit of Mount Washington, but that is where the similarities end.  Opened in 1869 the Cog hauls riders up the mountain using  a rack-and-pinion rail system running on an average 25% grade (and [...]

Jul 112010
Waterfall Hikes in the Mount Washington Valley, NH

     The Mount Washington Valley, NH is home to a large number of waterfalls.  Many are accessible via short to moderate hikes via well marked trails.   If you visit the region, be sure to take time to visit at least one of these wonders.   We selected the moderately challenging hike to New Hampshire’s tallest waterfall, 200 foot Arethusa Falls in Crawford Notch State Park.  Since we were there in June the falls were very active although we have been told that later in the summer they can slow to a trickle.      The well used, heavily shaded trail runs 1.3 miles from the upper parking lot to the falls.  It is a gradual uphill hike almost the whole way, except for a steep downhill section in the last quarter mile.  Although we [...]

Teens Love Mount Washington Valley, NH Shopping

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Jul 102010
Teens Love Mount Washington Valley, NH Shopping

     As any parent of teenage girls knows, shopping is always at the top of the list when it comes to vacation activities.  Our teen was not disappointed with the range of shopping options available in North Conway and the surrounding towns of New Hampshire’s  Mount Washington Valley.        Shopping in the Mount Washington Valley breaks down into two distinct experiences: The large direct manufacturer and name brand outlets clustered at the southern end of Route 16 in North Conway.  The outlet area is anchored by Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, but is also well supported by large LL Bean, Eastern Mountain Sports and other destination outlets on both sides of the highway.  A number of chain restaurants and hotels round out the outlet area. The small, eclectic shops found in the [...]