Author: Kathy Bennett

Making the Best of Remote Working

Making the Best of Remote Working

If remote working or learning has you feeling a bit stir crazy, you are not alone. As the pandemic stretches on, many people are learning that being in their office five days a week from nine to five is no longer the norm to get 

The Perfect Winter Day

The Perfect Winter Day

Winter days in New England can be the perfect way to hit reset from the busy chaos of our daily lives and allow us to take in nature, serenity, and peace. So, close your eyes, and imagine the perfect winter day.  You begin your morning 

Simple Holiday Cheer

Simple Holiday Cheer

Remember the years where the holidays seemed so much simpler? Days spent playing in freshly fallen snow, followed by warm fires in the fireplace shared with dear friends and family were the norm. Now, we seem to find ourselves consumed by finding the latest tech gadget, often rushing through the holidays, and missing out on the quality time spent in the company of our loved ones. 

While the holidays may look a bit different this year, there is plenty of good old fashioned memory-making fun to be had, right here in New Hampshire. Consider a visit in December for a classic New England gathering experience to slow down, hit reset, and prepare for Christmas. 

Bright Spots To Look Forward To

Quiet Time In A Serene Setting – Spend a morning exploring our quiet private trail system on snowshoes, and be greeted with the inn’s holiday decorations and cheer upon your return. Soothe your soul this season as you snuggle into one of our cozy guest rooms complete with your own fireplace or mountain view and luxurious amenities.  

Fine Dining – Leave the cooking to us. Whether it’s fresh muffins and aromatic local coffee in the morning or the gourmet food expertly prepared for you in Max’s Restaurant and Pub for dinner, you can relax and treat yourself to nourishing meals amidst a stunning backdrop of nature. 

Quintessential Local Holiday Shopping – If ever there was a year to ditch the trips to the big box stores, this would be it. If you’re looking to fill those stockings and space under the tree with high quality and meaningful gifts, the small independently owned shops in North Conway are the perfect places to visit. Whether you visit Zeb’s General Store, The Penguin Gallery, or The League of NH Craftsmen, you’re supporting locally owned businesses while gifting meaningful items. Local artisans are aplenty in these parts, so plan some time exploring the roads less traveled to explore galleries and shops off the beaten path.

Nostalgic Memories – What are the activities that get you into the holiday spirit? Is it sledding with your kids, exploring villages adorned with Christmas lights, or cutting down your very own Christmas tree? With opportunities to make your own wreath just down the street at Sunshine Daydream Farms, or even take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the moonlit woods at dusk, the Mt. Washington Valley is the perfect place to get in some Christmas Cheer. 

The Smells and Tastes of the Holidays – Who can resist the smell of fresh-baked cookies? Giving or receiving, a festive tin of cookies are always an appreciated gift. Guests at the Snowvillage Inn will be treated to some of our favorite recipes to savor during your stay or bake when you get home.

This holiday season, we hope you let us help in making some lasting memories for your family. After all, it’s the time spent with others that matters the most. We’ve created a special “Christmas in Snowville” package to help get you back to the basics. 

While the Country Inns of the White Mountains have canceled their annual Inn to Inn Cookie Tour, Snowvillage Inn is pleased to offer guests a pre-holiday retreat to recreate some of what makes that event so special (complete with our favorite holiday cookies). 

Get Into The Holiday Spirit ~ Two Night Stay

 An inn, a wreath, a tree and cookies.

December 4th – 6th and 11th – 13th 2020

Tis the season to get in the Yuletide spirit!  Join us for a classic New England Christmas experience.  Upon check-in, you are welcomed to our decked out holiday decorations and cheer.  Snuggle into your cozy guest room with breathtaking mountain views or a warm bedside fireplace while you snack on our favorite holiday cookies.  Wake to the smell of homemade muffins and our fresh local coffees.  

Decorate a wreath a Sunshine Daydreams Farm

Next up, join us at Sunshine Daydreams Farm where you will decorate your own holiday wreath with a bounty collected from nature!  Cross some names off your shopping list in North Conway by checking out locally-owned shops including Zeb’s General Store, the Penguin Gallery, League of NH Craftsmen (as well as Settlers Green Outlets, like LL Bean) and refuel at one of the Valley Original Restaurants including Delaney’s Hole in the Wall, Black Cap Grille, or Horsefeathers.  

Come back to the inn, put your feet up, and then relax over a cocktail and dinner at Max’s Restaurant and Pub.  Before you head home on Sunday, stop at Chamberlain Tree Farm to choose and cut down your holiday tree. 

Christmas Tree on Car
Head Home With Your Tree!

You can take a moment to get the perfect holiday card photo, warm up after hunting for the ideal tree, visit the bonfire, and enjoy some hot cocoa or warm apple cider.  Don’t forget the cookies! When you are ready to head out, the folks at the Farm will help load your tree and tie it securely to your vehicle.  As you head home you will be filled with memories and a car full of Christmas cheer.

  PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

  • Two-night accommodation for two people in one of our cozy guest rooms
  • Wreath making on Saturday at Sunshine Daydreams Farm
  • Two Tins of Holiday Cookies with the recipes
  • Pick your own Tree from Chamberlain Tree Farm
  • Three-course dinner for two either night of your stay at Max’s Restaurant and Pub.
  • Access to our secluded and private hiking/ snowshoe trails
  • Amazing View of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range of New Hampshire
  • Breakfast each morning of your stay with freshly baked muffins and hot entrée choices.

2-night packages starting at: $629 for 2 

Changing Colors. Changing Perspectives.

Changing Colors. Changing Perspectives.

With the hustle and bustle of summer on its way out, and fall knocking on the door, many find this as a time to slow down, hit pause, and shift perspectives. Perhaps now more than ever, with many jobs moving to remote work and college 

Is It the Right Time for a Minimalist Wedding?

Is It the Right Time for a Minimalist Wedding?

The concept of minimalism has officially hit the wedding style scene. With so much going on in the world now, this trend towards simplification couldn’t be more refreshing. Couples are hopping on the “less is more” train by clearing away the clutter, eliminating the frills, and being very intentional about what they choose to be part of their big day. In essence, minimalist weddings only include the things that—in the words of Marie Kondo—spark joy.

The One Less Traveled By

The One Less Traveled By

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

A different time, a different place, but New Hampshire’s own Robert Frost understood what we still face today. Both literally and figuratively, his words convey that there comes a time to take a different path. Our choices are clear in hindsight.

If your plans have been uprooted, and your usual destination not available, Frost’s advice might be in order.

Many travelers in these times are avoiding crowds and cities and yearning for rural destinations. Lucky for us, Snowvillage Inn is in the heart of the White Mountains with so much to do right here at the Inn or a short drive from our door.

While some attractions remain closed, you can still find many adventures on our rivers, trails, lakes, and mountains. Here are some travel ideas for couples (starting with booking your stay at Snowvillage Inn!)

Take the Road(s) Less Traveled – Now is the time to find less popular treks around Mount Washington Valley. Avoid the crowds by hiking around the many trails here on our property (including our upcoming Forest Bathing Trail) or in the surrounding communities. Consider conversation lands, such as these in Conway. Whether you’re looking for a picnic area, open space, or river access, you’ll find it here. Here are a few others we like: Boulder Loop Trail, Moat Mountain Mineral Site Trailhead, and Meadow Brook Trailhead. These last three are accessible off the Kancamangus Highway in Albany. 

We also highly recommend Mary Mountain (near Danforth Bay),  Pine Barrens, High Watch Trail, and Red Stone Quarry.

Paddle Your Own Canoe (or Kayak) – Getting out on the water is a great escape from the heat and from the crowds! Bring your own or rent from Saco Bound or Saco Canoe Rentals. Popular spots include Crystal Lake in Eaton, Silver Lake in Madison, the Saco River, or Conway Lake. Avoid the big lakes and the big crowds in Central NH and Western Maine and enjoy a little touch of paradise close to the Inn.

Swing a Club – Golf courses in NH have just been reopened to visitors from out of state. To keep track of current status, check this “what’s open” page on Visit New Hampshire’s website. The Chamber also publishes a golf blog that highlights area courses that are open and welcoming guests. 

Ride a Bike – Pedal your bike down a country road. Mount Washington Valley is known as a mecca for bicyclists. You can stay off the more populous roads like Route 16 and 302 and instead enjoy windy jaunts on Route 153 or Route 113 in Eaton and Madison. Or go off-road on mountain biking trails too numerous to mention. Bring your own bike or rent from our friends at Bob and Terry’s. 

Take It Easy – Of course, we recommend showing up and doing nothing at all! Rest in an Adirondack chair. Read a little poetry (we recommend Robert Frost of course!). Stroll through the woods. Sit on the deck staring at the mountains. With so much stress and strife in the world, it’s OK to stay with us and chill out.

This is the time we’ve all been waiting for! Time to take off for a week away from your worries and cares. With private rooms, spacious outdoor dining for dinner and breakfast in your room or outdoors on the deck, the Snowvillage Inn is the perfect choice for these times.

Take the road less traveled by … it will make all the difference. Snowvillage Inn is reopening for lodging guests June 12, 2020.