North Conway, NH: Family Getaway – Part 1

After our day at Santa’s Village, we moved down to North Conway, NH in the Mount Washington Valley where we stayed for the next 8 nights.   The first 4 nights, we stayed at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort.

Red Jacket Mountain View, North Conway, NH

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We’ve stay at this resort before so we knew when picking a place to stay for the first 4 nights, this would be a great place.  We’ve been to the White Mountains in all seasons, so knew it would be a great place for this trip and with the outdoor pool, we knew this would be a great place for our first part of out stay.  The hotel offers various package deals including passes to the local attractions and also a deal to their indoor waterpark, Kahuna Laguna, for when the weather is really bad but we didn’t use it on this trip.    We did, however, use their outdoor pool a lot!  And at certain times, there was a cocktail bar outside so I enjoyed a couple frozen margaritas with salt poolside – loved it!   We made sure on this trip that every hotel we stayed at had a good pool for the kids.

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We booked a traditional standard double room with two double beds but they have other options like bunk beds, an alcove area and even houses out back if you wanted to do a self-catering type stay – we did not want that during this trip.

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These rooms overlook the west side of the property and the Moat mountain range, White Horse Ledge and Cathedral Ledge and the Saco River Valley.   The view is quite pretty and sometimes there is a lot of fog so it changes often.

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The resort offers activities too – the kids did cookie decorating one afternoon which was free.  They had other stuff happening on night the kids wanted to attend but the timing didn’t suit us as we had our moose tour to attend 🙂

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One evening Maebh did a paint your own pottery thing while the boys watched the Red Sox vs. Yankees in the bar area.  This had a fee, as it was run by an independent woman, but the costs depended on what you chose.  She pick out this little snail and I think it was around  $5.  I was thinking it wouldn’t make the flight home to Amsterdam, but I packed it so well and put it in my hand luggage, that it survived the journey and sits on top of her dresser to this day.

Apart from the indoor water park (which you must pay $20 per person, per day – which might change in the season), this hotel doesn’t have an indoor pool… but you can use the pool at the sister property,  Fox Ridge Resort – just up the road.  Conveniently, they offer a complimentary shuttle service with a very friendly bus driver.   This meant, mom took the car in the pouring rain & lightning to the outlets for a couple hours and dad took the shuttle bus with the kids! 🙂

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Overall the hotel is in a great central location to many of these area attractions.

Yet close enough to drive to places like Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain, Attitash for their summer adventure parks and in the winter the skiing, tubing and snowmobiling options are here too.  There are tons of nature hiking trails along the Kancamagus Highway.  Of course swimming places like Diana’s Baths, Echo Lake State Park and Saco River Tubing.  We even went over to Cathederal’s Ledge State Park  and drove up for a photo on the view point of the ledge, pretty but I don’t care much for heights so I was happy to be done with it as fast as we got there.

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A tourist attraction to me in itself is Zeb’s General Store – it’s FANTASTIC.  I’ve been coming here for as long as I can remember.  They have tons of great stuff – many nostalgic items like Moxy and Fudge but other beauty products to unique gifts.  I’ll make a blog post about Zeb’s alone it’s great place!

A little shopping at Settlers Green Outlet Village where we got the kids some Gap sweatshirts but we’re most proud of Soren’s Gronkowski jersey and New England Patriots hat which we picked up at TJ Maxx along with some other close.  That particular store does have some good deals.  Sadly, he put his hat and sunglasses down at the beach in Georgetown, Maine bear Five Mile Island Lobster Co. and when we left, he forgot to pick them back up – he remembered them about 45 minutes into our ride.

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Family Visit

During our time, we got to meet up with my cousin too, so it was nice to visit her place.  She took us down by the River Saco (where the tubers go down) which runs by her house.  Of course, Soren goes right in the water … such a labrador.   The river was very low this season, but we did see some tubers go by and a lot of people enjoying themselves.

To keep this post from getting to big, I’ll post about Nordic Village, Zeb’s General Store,  our experience with the moose tour and Jackson’s Falls in a different blog posting.

Overall, we loved the area and we loved the resort.  Would we stay here again – ABSOLUTELY!   We had no complaints about the hotel nor our room.


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