Summer in the White Mountains

Mt. Washington Valley has been a summer resort for over 150 years. During that time it has developed an enormous variety of facilities: four golf courses - North Conway Country Club (18 holes in the center of North Conway, Wentworth), Wentworth Golf Club (18 holes in Jackson), Hales Location (nine holes next to White Mountain Hotel off West Side Road in North Conway), Eagle Mountain House (nine holes in Jackson); several dozen tennis courts with 4 indoor at Mt. Cranmore Recreation Center in North Conway; swimming in the Saco, Swift, Ellis and Wildcat rivers as well as in Echo, Silver, Conway, Crystal, Chocorua, Loon, Kimball and Ossipee Lakes; scenic train rides; Story Land, hiking, fishing, picnicking, or riding to the top of mountains in chairlifts or gondolas.

The Saco is a river made for canoeing; one day take the trip from North Conway's First Bridge to the covered bridge at Davis Park in Conway (where you see the public tennis courts). Another, put in at Conway's Smith-Eastman Park (at the end of the short road next to the Conway Police Station) and cruise to the beach in Fryeburg, Maine. If you don't mind getting out to push the canoe over shallow places, go from Humphrey's Ledge off West Side Road in Bartlett to First Bridge in North Conway. There are several excellent canoe rental firms that will take you and your canoe to the point of origin and pick you up where you decide to come out.

Prime blueberry picking sites are often jealously guarded secrets, but hints are available if you know whom to ask. Commercial strawberry and apple areas are publicized. There is much in the forest that is edible; the Appalachian Mountain Club in Pinkham Notch is the place to ask about seminars before sampling delicacies like mushrooms.

Idea: Take along a pail and the chairlift to the top of Bartlett's Mt. Attitash, at the end of July or early August when blueberries are ripe. There are excellent patches up there - Attitash is Abenaki for blueberry - and this is the comfortable way to get to them.

Biking
 
Attitash-Cross Country and Lift-Serviced Mountain Biking
Bartlett, NH
800-223-7669
 
Gorham, NH
603-466-2333
 
Bartlett, NH
 
Golf
 
Gorham, NH
603-466-9468
 
Hale’s Location, NH
603-356-2140
 
Center Ossipee, NH
603-539-7733
 
Bretton Woods, NH
800-258-0330
 
Whitefield, NH
866-484-3843
 
North Conway Village, NH
603-356-5244,603-356-9391
 
Parsonsfield, ME
800-325-4434
 
Jefferson, NH
603-586-7777
 
Jackson, NH
800-254-0972
 
Hiking/Rock Climbing
 
Gorham, NH
800-262-4455
  
North Conway, NH
800-310-4504
 
North Conway, NH
603-356-6316
 
Horseback Riding
 
Bartlett, NH
800-223-7669
 
Jackson, NH
800-698-4490
 
North Conway, NH
888-414-8353
 
Outdoor Adventure
 
North Conway Village, NH
800-786-6754
 
Chocorua, NH
603-367-4427
 
North Conway, NH
800-310-4504
 
North Conway Village, NH
603-356-7064
 
Tennis
 
North Conway Village, NH
800- sun n ski
 
Intervale, NH
603-367-1043
 
Water Sports
 
Bartlett, NH
800-223-7669
 
Milan, NH
603-449-2628
 
North Conway, NH
877-722-6748
 
Center Conway, NH
603-447-2177
 
Center Conway, NH
800-447-2460
 
 
 

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