North Conway: the Hub of Activity
With easy access to the mountains, vibrant culture, and activities galore for all ages, North Conway is the central hub of Mount Washington Valley. From great dining and shopping to an endless variety of outdoor activities, there’s fun for everyone.
North Conway Village:
In downtown North Conway, you’ll find many shops and restaurants, including Zeb’s General Store for maple syrup and local crafts, the North Conway Five and Dime if you need to stock up on penny candy, and Horsefeathers Restaurant for a good meal or a few drinks. The shops and restaurants are clustered around Schouler Park, which has a playground and plenty of green space. It’s also directly adjacent to the Conway Scenic Railroad, which makes daily trips around the valley. The Met and Frontside Grind are two hip coffee shops near the park if you want to grab a latte.
The Settlers Green shopping outlets are also in North Conway. You will find major discounts on major brands, all tax-free. Nike, Ralph Lauren, American Eagle, Banana Republic… the list is endless. In addition to every clothes and shoes brand you can think of, the outlet village has housewares and home goods, outdoor equipment, bookstores, and several restaurants, including a new local favorite, Barley and Salt. You can spend the entire day at the outlet village and never run out of stores to explore.
Skiing and Winter Sports:
For many years, North Conway has been voted one of the best ski towns in America. Cranmore ski area is just a mile from downtown. It’s a very accessible mountain, with trails for everyone from complete beginners to seasoned experts. There’s a terrain park, ski rentals, lessons, and tubing, so there’s something fun for everyone. In the summertime, Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park has outdoor tubing, tennis, a mountain coaster, a giant swing ride, and a zip line.
If you’re visiting to get out in nature, there are plenty of great options just a short trip away from downtown. Echo Lake is nearby, and you can swim, fish, or hike the perimeter of the lake. The lake is very close to Cathedral Ledge, a major rock climbing spot. You can actually see the climbers from the lake on a nice day, and you can hike or drive up the ledge if you want a safer way up. The views from the top are amazing! Diana’s Baths are another beautiful nature area very close to North Conway. The waterfalls are just a short walk up from the trailhead, which is handicap accessible. It’s a very popular spot, so get there early if you can! The Green Hills Preserve is also directly accessible from North Conway. There are also several Moose Tour companies to choose from if you would like to spot some wildlife.
Kayaking and Canoeing:
Floating, kayaking, or canoeing the Saco River is a blast. While there may not be any whitewater rapids, there are many beaches and rope swings along the way. The easiest way to float the river is with an excursion company like Saco River Canoe Rental or Northern Extremes. These companies will rent you a boat or a tube and drive you to a drop off point. From there, you’ll float down the river at your own pace, stopping off at rope swings and sandy beaches, eventually ending up back at the parking lot where you parked your car.
Food and Entertainment:
North Conway also has all the amenities you expect: grocery stores, coffee shops, a movie theater, and many great bars and restaurants to choose from. Some of our favorites are the Black Cap Grille, Delaney’s Hole in the Wall, and Flatbread Pizza Company.