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Bretton Woods, NH

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Mt._Washington_from_Bretton_WoodsNestled in the White Mountains, Bretton Woods is the home of New England’s largest ski resort.  The resort is also known to be among the most family friendly, offering plenty of runs suitable for younger children and less experienced skiers, as well as other activities.

The village, located within the town of Carroll, NH, is perhaps best known for the Bretton Woods Conference which took place in July of 1944.  The conference was an attempt to rebuilt the international economic system at the close of WWII. Delegates from 44 Allied nations gathered at the Mount Washington Hotel for three week conference, which resulted in the establishment of the World Bank and the IMF.

While it has a very grand claim to fame, most people come to Bretton Woods for the ski resort, currently celebrating its 40th season, and its other leisure attractions.  The ski resort is the largest in New Hampshire, and continues to win awards for its programs geared toward children.   Many also come to visit the Mount Washington Hotel, now an historic landmark, not only for its important history but also for its amazing hospitality.

The Cog Railway, sometimes called the “railway to the moon,” is another major attraction.  It is the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway, and is still in operation, climbing Mount Washington.  It runs a special ski train during wither.  It’s the second steepest railway in the world.  The railway was built by Sylvester Marsh, who came up with the idea whilst ascending Mount Washington in 1852.  He invested $5,000 of his own money into the project.  Though Marsh obtained a charted for the road in 1858, the projected was stalled until 1866 because of the Civil War.  Finally, he was able to find investors and in construction reached the summit in 1869.   Since then it has been in continuous operation, only with interruptions during the World Wars.

Bretton Woods offers great skiing and family fun.  It’s also the home of five time Olympian Bode Miller.  The ski resort has been named as one of the top five for families, offering fantastic novice and intermediate runs.  It also offers some advanced/expert runs, though they are not as intense as some of the more expert runs in Maine and Vermont.  It offers a quiet, fun place to relax and experience some of your favorite winter activities.

Bretton Woods is most easily accessed by car, as it sits on Route 302 East and there are no nearby airports.  It’s roughly 2.5 hours from Boston, via I-93.  It is 2 hours from Portland via Route 302 West.   It is 3 hours from Montreal via Auto Route 10E, and 6 hours from New York City via I-95.

Places to Eat in Saranac Lake

Posted on: February 5th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Saranac Lake has lots of great places to eat! Most are casual, homey places that offer traditional fare, but you will also find fine dining and great late night spots.


Downhill Grill
 – Traditional American done right! Build your own burger or choose from some of their great sandwiches or entrees including pasta and fish and chips! Also choose from their Mexican style menu which includes burritos, chimichangas, and enchiladas.  They have a great selection of beers on tap, and a fun atmosphere that’s perfect for the whole family.  Check out their menu here.

Belvedere Restaurant – An Adirondack favorite for more than 40 years, Belvedere is a great mom-and-pop restaurant offering delicious American and Italian food.  Try homemade sausage, lemon pepper haddock, french onion soup, and veal.  With an outstanding menu, exceptional service, and a delightful, homey atmosphere, dining at Belvedere is an unbeatable experience.

Borracho Taco – Tex Mex at it’s best! Nachos, tacos, burritos, taco salads, enchiladas, and everything you could imagine, all served quickly.  Staff are welcoming and attentive, and atmosphere is fun and welcoming.  Try their house made hot sauces and house simmered meats!  Open till 4AM on Fridays and Saturdays!

Owl’s Nest Pizza Parlor -This pizza parlor has it all!  Pizza, salads, wraps, pastas, hot and cold subs, and even Mexican food!  They offer the best pizza in town and a menu so vast that even the pickiest eater will find something to enjoy.  Eat in or take out!

The Point – Using food from local farms or specialty products flown from abroad, The Point carefully and expertly crafts each menu for their guests.  Enjoy dining in the pub, the great hall, or elsewhere on the property.  Dinners may include roasted sea bass over tomato-basil coulis, Bouillabaise, or roasted lamb.  Each meal is paired perfectly with fine wines from their private cellars.

 

For more places to eat in Saranac Lake check out our previous post here.  Also be sure to check out the places our clients recommend!

Things to Do in Saranac Lake

Posted on: February 4th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Winter is a great time to visit Saranac Lake.  The Adirondacks are absolutely beautiful blanketed in snow, and the weather opens up all kinds of opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Winter also brings the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival! From January 31st to February 9th enjoy all kinds of great family friendly activities in Saranac Lake! Beginning as a one day festival in 1897, this festival has grown over the years into a fantastic 10 day festival featuring sporting events, book sales, yard sales, high teas, traditional carnival games, movie screenings, live music, and so much more!  Come experience this Saranac Lake tradition.

Mt. Pisgah Ski Center  is a great place for downhill skiing or riding, offering 30 acres of trails.  They also have 3.5 acres of snowshoe trials, 3.5 km of cross country trails, and great slopes for tubing.  And of course, they’re the best spot for night skiing!

Cross country skiing is a great activity to try in Saranac Lake! Dewey Mountain Recreation Center has over 13 km of groomed trails, night skiing, and a winter racing series! It’s also where Billy Demong, 2010 Olympic gold medalist, learned to ski!  Other great options for cross country skiing are Paul Smith’s College VIC, and the Tupper Lake Ski Trails.

Saranac Lake is also an excellent place to go snowshoeing.  There are plenty of trails to follow in the area, including the scenic walk around Moody Pond. Walk through the Pines and then walk the beautiful 4 mile loop around the lake!

Ice Fishing is another activity that Saranac Lake offers.  Fishing at Rollins Pond will yield smelt, lake trout, pumpkinseed, and northern pike.  The pond is small and narrow so tends to freeze early.  It’s most easily reached by snowmobile or snowshoeing.  Lake Colby is another great location for ice fishing, and more easily accessed than Rollins Pond.   The lake has brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, rock bass, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, and landlocked salmon.

Visit the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to learn all about the natural history of the Adirondacks.  Learn about local wildlife, local flora, and how humans and the natural world can thrive together.

For more things to do in Saranac Lake check out our previous post here.

Things to Do in Carrabassett Valley

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Carrabassett Valley largely grew up around the ski resort, therefore most of what is in the area has to do with Sugarloaf Mountain.  However, if skiing or snowboarding isn’t you’re thing, you’ll still be able to find plenty to do!

Sugarloaf Mountain is the main event here! The largest ski area east of the Rocky Mountains, offering 154 trails, and the second longest vertical drop in New England, it’s a very exciting mountain to ski.  It also has the only above treeline lift in the East, offering panoramic views of New Hampshire, Canada, Vermont, and Mount Katahdin.  They have terrain ranging from easy slopes for beginners to some of the steepest, most challenging terrain in New England, as well as some great terrain parks.

If you fancy skiing but not crowds, or simply want to get in some new scenery after skiing Sugarloaf, nearby Mount Abraham may be what you’re looking for.  Though significantly smaller than Sugarloaf Mountain, its 44 trails are well maintained and it’s a great mountain for beginners!

Sugarloaf is so well known for its downhill skiing and snowboarding that many people don’t consider the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center.  Tucked away in the backwoods of Sugarloaf Mountain lies fantastic snowshoeing and cross country skiing on their well groomed trails, and ice skating on their NHL sized rink.

Discover Maine’s extensive history with skiing at the Ski Museum of Maine.  Many may not realize what an important role the state of Maine played in the development of the sport.  Maine’s history of woodwork and producing leather goods helped them to create early ski and ski accessory companies in the 1930’s, when skis were made of wood, and boots were made of leather. Learn all about how this, and Maine’s ski areas developed over time, and see Maine’s Ski Hall of Fame!

For another piece of Maine’s history go to the Stanley Museum.  See the Stanley School, built in 1903 and named for the family responsible for the Stanley steam car – or “Stanley Steamer”  – which would go on to break the Land Speed Record in 1906. The Stanley twins are well remembered for their automobile invention, but their sister, Chansonetta, also made great contributions to photography with her depictions of rural American life at the turn of the century.  This museum celebrates the genius of the entire Stanley family.

Win Your Perfect Lake Placid Getaway

Posted on: August 25th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Lake Placid is a gorgeous mountain village, located in the Adirondack Park, known best probably for being the home of the famous Miracle on Ice victory against the USSR at the 1980 winter Olympics.  However, long before the 1980 winter games it was a favorite winter getaway for the rich and famous, due in part to Melvil Dewey, who helped to establish the first luxury resort in the area.

Even if sports aren’t your thing, Lake Placid offers a great  place to get away and relax.  And you could win a trip for two!

If you win, you’ll stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites, located on the banks of Mirror Lake, just next to the Olympic Complex. You’ll enjoy a dinner for two at Pan Dolce where you can savor a fantastic gourmet meal in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

In addition you’ll win a scenic flight with us!  We will give you a really unique view of Lake Placid that you’ll get from no one else.  Choose from our three different scene tours which will take you over the high peaks and return over the Olympic Ski Jumps,  over the Olympic Village, the Olympic Arena, the Bobsled and Luge runs and the Ski Jumps, or take in the beautiful lakes by flying over all the lakes surrounding the Tri Lakes area.  No matter which tour you choose you’ll love the stunning views and the unforgettable experience.

After you’ve flown with us you can head over to the Olympic Complex with your Olympic Sites Passport .  You’ll be able to visit the Miracle on Ice arena and learn about one of the greatest moments in hockey – if not sports – history.  Tour the museum and learn little known facts about the Olympic Games and see tons of cool memorabilia.  Visit Whiteface and take a gondola ride to the top for a great view! See the ski jumps and take an elevator to the top to see just how high up they really are! At the Sports Complex you can even take a ride on the bobsled track!

If the Olympic Sites don’t interest you, take a climb up the high peaks with Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides.  Lake Placid’s 46 Peaks are often a goal of many hikers, though some require great technical skill to climb and do not have marked paths to the top.  What better way to climb them than with professional guide at your side?

For your chance to win a trip to Lake Placid, enter here.  Good Luck!

Ever Wonder How to Fly a Blimp?

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments



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