As we were driving back to our condo during our recent trip to New Hampshire when we were there recently, we pulled over to see the full moon and this amazing sunset over the White Mountains:
When my family was up in New Hampshire back in November, I booked us seats for a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad. The boys love train rides and the price was right, so I bought us tickets for a round trip ride through the mountains.
There are several different options including a dinner train ride, but I opted for a 55 minute ride on the Valley Train.
ON THE VALLEY TRAIN, you’ll enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience as you journey on historic rail routes in vintage passenger cars (most from the 1920s) from our 1874 train station in North Conway Village to either Conway or Bartlett and back again. Children under 4 ride FREE in Coach on the Valley Trains, and well-behaved dogs are always welcomed at Conway Scenic Railroad!
The 11-mile, 55-minute roundtrip Conway excursion is ideal for visitors wanting a shorter train ride, especially those with young children. On this excursion, you’ll travel south past the Moat Mountain Range and parallel Route 16 before passing through farmlands and crossing Moat Brook, the Saco and Swift Rivers on the way to Conway. Here, you can watch the powerful locomotive “run around” the train in preparation of the return trip.
They have two departures on Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30 to Bartlett (1 3/4 hrs) and 1:30 to Conway (55 minutes). I paid $15.50 each for our ride, which I think was pretty reasonable for all that fun. My only complaint was the seating situation. Apparently back when these train cars were built, people were much shorter. I sat with my six year old and Chris sat with the nine year old and we were literally crammed into the seats like sardines. Seriously, this is how we had to sit for the entire hour:
Back in November, we headed up to New Hampshire for the weekend and one of our stops was The MWV (Mount Washington Valley) Children’s Museum. It’s a great indoor kids activity center with tons of interactive, hands-on exhibits. The MWV Children’s Museum is a great place to bring kids ages 0-9.
At the museum Kids Can:
- Put on a puppet show
- Dress-up in their Drama Center
- Play with Trains in Transportation Exhibit
- Climb the Life Size Tree House
- Play with Shapes and Designs
- Cook in their pizza Kitchen
Yesterday, I told you about our first day (of two) at Santa’s Village up in New Hampshire. As promised, here are some pictures from day two. Actually, that’s a lie because this first one is from day one – I just forgot to put it into yesterdays post. It’s the boys in front of the sign right in front of the entrance/exit of the park. I asked them to stand in front of it on our way out in case I forgot to take it the following day.
And speaking of posing – I took a whole bunch of pictures of the boys (including Chris) with the numerous statues around the park throughout the day. We take pictures at the same places every year, so it’s fun to look back and see them change year after year.
Last weekend, Chris & I packed up the boys and headed up to New Hampshire for our annual visit to Santa’s Village. Santa’s Village a small Christmas themed amusement park designed for families with kids under age 13. We went up on Saturday because if you get to the park within three hours of closing time, they will give you a return pass for the following day – and that is exactly what we did. We got there exactly three hours before closing, so we had three hours at the park the first day & then went back for more fun on Sunday.
Before you enter the park, this sleigh is outside & yes, I make my boys sit in it for a picture year after year.
These cupcake chairs are scattered all over the park, but there are a couple as soon as you walk in and yes, I made the boys sit in them for a picture before we went on any rides. Noticing a theme here? You should – I made the boys pose for lots of pictures.
deranged looking conductor bunny is outside of the train ride and the boys actually asked to pose for this one. Chris was forced.
I ended up doing something a little out of the ordinary this past weekend! For those of you who stop by here on a regular basis, you already know that my husband and his family own a quartershare of a condo up on Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH…and for those of you who didn’t know, now you do. Basically it turns out that his family gets one week a month up there, so we’re pretty familar with the area and we all love it up there!
Anyways, myself, Chris (my husband) and our three boys went up for the weekend, but didn’t really have anything in particular that we wanted to do. We figured we’d just hang out by the pool or maybe even see a movie, but when Chris ran inside to check us in upon our arrival Friday night, he happened to find out about a really cool sounding event that was going on all weekend long.
Chris and his family own a quarter-share of a condo up at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire & that is where I spent this past weekend with him, the kids, my sister and her boyfriend. We got up there Friday afternoon and got home yesterday. With the kids being so little, Chris and I spent most of our time with them sledding, in the pool or over at the tot tubing hill, so there wasn’t much time for skiing or snowboarding, although my 13 year old went with my sister’s boyfriend (who brought along one of those head mounted cameras like they have on the Amazing Race and he recorded most of his run with my step-son).