I love nature. One of the things that I love about New Hampshire is all the natural scenery. These two small waterfalls are located right outside our condo on Loon Mountain in the town of Lincoln.
At our condo on Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, there is an outdoor hot tub by the pool area. If you’re keeping track, we were up there recently (November) and it’s pretty chilly up there this time of year. Not to mention that I just posted about the boys sledding on the mountain the other day……
So needless to say, it was cold and the thought of going into the outdoor hot tub in frigid temperatures was not appealing to me in the least – but the boys on the other hand. Well, they couldn’t wait to get in to it.
Yes, that IS snow you see all around the hot tub.
But if going into the outdoor hot tub in the freezing cold weather, they thought it would be funny to roll around in the snow.
While we were in New Hampshire in November, we stayed on Loon Mountain. When we arrived, we were excited to see that they already started making snow on the mountain and the boys couldn’t wait to go out and play in it.
It was still really early in the season, so we weren’t expecting there to be snow and didn’t go prepared. Chris stopped at a store up the street and we picked up a couple of cheap sleds so the boys could take them out for a spin. The thing is, where the hills are, even the small ones, were at the base of the ski slopes, so we had to wait until after dark before we went out to sled. That didn’t seem to bother the boys, though – they were just happy to get out in the white stuff.
We go to New Hampshire several times a year. Chris, along with his father and three of his brothers, owns a quarter share of a condo on Loon Mountain. Basically that means that we get condo for one week per month. It’s a great location and everyone does a nice job sharing. Our family took the condo for a few days last month and the adventures in New Hampshire that you’ve been reading about over the past week all took place while we stayed at the condo.
The condo is part of the Loon Mountain Club, which is a resort located at the bottom of the mountain. You can literally walk out the door and ski if you wanted to. One of the things that we love the most is that there are all the amenities of a hotel at the resort. A pool, a full gym, a really nice spa, a sports bar, a nice sit down restaurant overlooking the mountain and the boys favorite thing: the game room.
Skee Ball was where my nine year old spent most of his time (and quarters). I played my fair share of Skee ball, too because it’s my favorite.
When we were in North Conway, NH in November, we spotted this awesomely decorated snowman outside of the MWV Children’s Museum. The boys loved it and we immediately ran over to it to take a picture.
As we drove away, we spotted yet another one:
It had this sign on it, which led me to think that there were more than just the two we had come across.
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
Last weekend, Chris & I took the gruesome twosome to Canobie Lake Park. I remember going there as a kid and in all that time, the park hasn’t changed a bit. It’s a small, old-fashioned amusement park and I love that it hasn’t been taken over by one of the big chain theme parks like Six Flags.
Because it is the season, the park was all decorated for Halloween, which I love because Halloween is my favorite holiday!
I’ve actually never been to Canobie Lake Park in the fall before, but now that we did it, I am glad we didn’t have time to squeeze it in over the summer. The park wasn’t crowded at all and we hardly had to wait to get on on any of the rides.
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.
As my family was making their way home from our weekend in New Hampshire yesterday, we saw this sign along Route 16 in Ossipee, NH:
Yes, it really was spray painted onto the side of a truck and parked along the side of the road. I have no idea how long ago the 20 foot wooden Santa Claus was taken, but it certainly begs the question (s) –
1. Who would want a 20 foot wooden Santa in the first place – aside from the owner who either spent many, many hours carving it or paid a bundle for it, which is another question in and of itself, but I’ll let that one go for now.
2. How is it that noone noticed a team of people & a flatbed truck hauling the humongous Santa structure away?
3. How in the world do you hide a 20 FOOT wooden Santa?
Chris and I talked about it on and off all day yesterday & I knew as soon as I saw this sign that I had to share it with everyone. It’s baffling, isn’t it?
My family and I spent this past weekend up in New Hampshire. It was my husband’s company outting, so we packed up the kids and headed up north. We stayed in the North Conway area, which is one of my favorite parts of the state.
On Saturday, we took a drive to Santa’s Village. It was about 45 minutes from the condo where we were staying and we got there right when the park opened. We spent the day there & had a blast. Since Santa’s Village
is in the middle of nowhere is located deep in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the GPS was having a bit of an issue finding a satellite signal on our return trip. I was driving and Chris was in the passenger seat working on the GPS. We ended up driving past the turn that got us there that morning because honestly, I just couldn’t remember if it was the correct turn (and Chris isn’t much help when it comes to directions), so we ended up taking a different route home than the one that got us there that morning.
Last Friday, my family and I had a chance to spend A Day Out With Thomas at the Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway, NH. My boys are big Thomas fans, so on our ride up, they were so excited that we were going to actually get to ride Thomas!
North Conway is about a three hour drive from my home on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and since our tickets were for an 11:30 train ride, we set out from home around 7 am. We wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to get up there, find parking and get to the railroad. We actually had a weekend in N. Conway booked prior to receiving the tickets to the Day Out With Thomas, so the timing of this was the perfect way to start our weekend.
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).