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North Conway NH Canoeing and Kayaking

The Best Time to Plan your North Conway Vacation


North Conway and east-central New Hampshire offer a myriad of activities and sights no matter what time of year you visit. The fall leaf display is among the world’s loveliest, the summer fly fishing superb, the winter snow skiing uncrowded and predictably snowy and the spring awakening full of hope and color. If you can’t find something to do in the North Conway area any time of year, you’re really not trying. Below are just a few of the seasonal delights our part of the world has to offer:

Fall — Fall in North Conway brings a bright palette of rusts, yellows, oranges and reds. The air is crisp, ideal for hiking or rock climbing in and around the 7,000-acre White Mountain National Park. Autumn is also an ideal time to photograph the region’s many historic covered bridges or to explore the varied art galleries, antique shops and bookstores in and around North Conway. Local fall cuisine makes good use of the fall season’s abundant apple and pumpkin harvest.

Spring — Spring is full of wildflowers, warm days and promise in North Conway. It also brings to start of fishing season in the areas rivers and streams. North Conway’s four golf courses open in late April or May, depending on the weather, and offer challenging fairways and greens amidst rugged mountain scenery.

Summer — Summer is the season to enjoy hiking, climbing, kayaking and fishing in North Conway. It’s also time to browse antique markets, pick up some local produce at the weekly farmers’ market and enjoy a meal al fresco at one of the North Conway area’s nearly 100 restaurants. Culture abounds in North Conway during the summer. You’ll find outdoor concerts, craft fairs and juried art shows.

Winter— Don’t think that winter is boring in North Conway. The snowy season brings downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sledding and romantic sleigh rides. There’s also ice skating, snowmobiling and even winter horseback riding through the stark, but lovely landscape. February brings the annual chocolate festival, a chance to savor local delicacies while visiting the area’s enchanting inns. On those days when the weather is inclement, don’t worry; there are many indoor activities you can enjoy in North Conway, like shopping the more than 200 outlet shops and visiting the New England Ski Museum.

Some attractions, such as the Conway Scenic Railroad, are enjoyable no matter what time year you visit. This restored vintage train snakes its way around the New Hampshire landscape for leisurely rides in the country, leaf peeping and even visits with Santa during the holiday season.

Stonehurst Manor, a boutique hotel set on 33 acres near White Mountains National Park, makes a great base for exploring all of the year-round wonders North Conway and east-central New Hampshire have to offer. Our stylish, early 20th century decor will make you think you’re in a European mountain hideaway retreat and our gracious service will make you feel like you’re part of our family.

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