Relax Like a Local: Your Guide To Maximizing Your New Hampshire Vacation Midweek
With summer almost over, many of us find ourselves wondering where the time went, and scrambling to squeeze in a little R&R before going back into our fall routines of busy work schedules and family commitments. In fact, in the past year due to the pandemic, many people left the majority of their PTO on the table, forgoing their normal vacation time to juggle working remotely, reports CNBC. The good news? Many people are finding that they have some extra time off to burn, and there’s no better time to take it. In fact, midweek rates here at The Snowvillage Inn are as low as $179.00. If you’re finding yourself with time off to take advantage of, a midweek trip to the Mt. Washington Valley is a no brainer.
If outdoor adventure is your thing, you’ll appreciate the easy access to popular trailheads on quieter days. With ease of locating parking and less foot traffic on the trails, you’ll find hiking in the White Mountains to be a more rejuvenating experience. Mt. Kearsarge, Diana’s Baths, and even the popular routes up Mt. Washington are all less traveled during the week. Be sure to pack a lunch from the nearby Eaton Store and enjoy an outdoor picnic. At the end of your day, be sure to take a dip in Crystal Lake, at the private and quiet beach that the Inn provides access to.
Hugely popular during summer and peak foliage is a trip down the Saco river in a canoe or kayak. Nearby rentals and shuttles are a breeze midweek, and you’ll have more time to soak up the warm sun and stunning views without sharing the river with the weekend parties that can make the experience feel a bit “peopley.” Several trips are offered in the area from Bartlett, N.H. to Fryeburg, M.E., so whether you want to spend an hour or a whole day on the river, there’s an option for you.
Midweek here in the valley is a completely different experience than the more crowded times we see regularly on weekends. With a midweek trip, you can travel north during quiet times and will notice that the experience is much calmer. With the town less busy, you’ll have easier access to outlet shopping at Settler’s Green on rainy days, a greater choice of smaller locally-owned restaurants to try, as well as VIP treatment at local breweries and distilleries. Don’t forget to visit the locally-owned shops in the village! You can also explore our many farmer’s markets and farm stands to find that perfect specialty item to bring back home. (Homemade maple syrup, anyone?)
We cannot think of a better way to close out your summer than with live music. The nearby Stone Mountain Arts Center features live music from world class musicians like Richard Thompson (playing two midweek dates in late Aug.!), and we even offer shuttle service from right here at the inn! This stunning music venue is located off the beaten path in nearby Brownfield, Maine, and boasts a beautiful bar/reception area in a classic New England style barn. They even offer dinner service prior to the show, if you choose to make a night of it.
Lastly, a trip to The Snowvillage Inn is never complete without a quiet meal at our very own Max’s Restaurant & Pub. With breathtaking views, warm hospitality, and thoughtfully crafted meals, dining with us is a treat you’ll remember for time to come.
Looking for insider tips on how to maximize your midweek getaway? Be sure to ask Innkeepers Jen and Kevin for some pointers.
Partial funding for development of this BLOG made possible through a Micro Enterprise Community Development Block Grant from the NH Community Development Finance Authority to Northern Community Investment Corporation through Grafton County, New Hampshire.