North Conway rests in the arms of Mount Washington Valley in the rugged New Hampshire countryside. Over the years, it has been the model for landscape paintings and the focus of year-round tourism.
This snappy New England village is sparked with outdoor activities, heart-throbbing beauty, delicious dining, and plenty of fun shops. What's more, it doesn't sleep when the sun goes down.
Main street caters to bargain hunters with factory outlets from top-name stores such as Liz Claiborne, Banana Republic, and Calvin Klein. It's also home to the L. L. Bean Shopping Center. At last count, there were about 200 outlet stores in town. From old farmhouses at the foothills of the mountain to cozy townhouses in the heart of the village, many private residences have been converted to charming B&Bs that offer home-style accommodations with a view.
This is the place for that Sunday ride through scenic routes like Cathedral Ledge Road and the Kanamagus Highway. Rail trips are also available. Beauty is everywhere: rivers tumbling through the valley in an impatient stampede to the sea; the magnificent Mount Washington stretching into the clouds at 6, 288 feet; and the vibrant colors of water, earth and sky that have inspired artists throughout time.
Nothing is quite as satisfying as fishing in the peaceful surroundings of gurgling brooks, and cool waters of the many streams and rivers that slice their way through the Valley. Conway Lake harbors a slew of fish including pickerel, perch and bass. With ice-fishing a popular past-time, there's no wrong time of the year to cast a line.
Adventurous souls can climb the granite slopes of Mount Washington. From April through November, climbers of all levels advance along the mountain crags, enjoying the varied terrains of the region. Cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling and hiking are other popular way to play in the mountains. For those who are less in tune with alpine sports, there is always a refreshing game of golf awaiting at the country club in town.
North Conway is about 65 miles north of Portsmouth on Route 16.