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Exploring Intervale New Hampshire


Intervale, New Hampshire is renowned for its family attractions, fine dining, and is surrounded by the beauty of the White Mountain National Forest.  The Intervale area offers some of the most dramatic waterfalls, wildlife viewing, and opportunities for outdoor adventures in the Valley.

Lovers of the great outdoors come to this area for unspoiled trails and scenic walks.  In the summer, hiking, off-road biking, and Saco River tubing reign.  Bear Notch Road is knows as one of the best places for wildlife watching and scenic overlooks.  Time your visit at dusk or dawn in the summer or fall, and it is likely you will catch moose, deer, and plenty of other nature photo opportunities in their natural habitat.

Families are attracted to the area for its many attractions.  From the rides and story book fantasies of Story Land and exploring of New Hampshire history to having fun at Attitash Bear Peak, there is something for all families.  This is also a central area to all sightseeing roads throughout the mountains. 

From man made attractions to Mother Nature's artistry, Intervale offers visitors the chance to experience the outdoors the way it should be enjoyed!

Mother's Day at the Old Field House Inn in New Hampshire

This Mother's Day give Mom what she really wants...time away with the family at the Old Field House Inn!  The Old Field House Inn specializes in family getaways and is just a perfect way to spend Mother's Day.  Past guests have said "I think my 3-year-old daughter summed it up best when she asked us this February when are we going back to Rod and Linnea's house?  We felt so at home in their inn...".

Take advantage of Old Field House Inn's spring special and enjoy Mother's Day in style.  Stay in the main house and receive a 50% discount off any room.  Or, enjoy a fireplace and Jacuzzi suite at The Farm and reserve a king bedded room for $99.00 or a queen room for $89.00.  Of course, they will require that you "share the love" and stay a minimum of two evenings for this special pricing.

Mother's Day is all about making your Mom happy and nothing makes Moms happier than not having to cook, clean, or make the bed!  Of coure, staying at the Old Field House Inn always makes Mom happy!  We look forward to having you spend Mother's Day with us at the Old Field House Inn!

Spring is in the air in North Conway!

Spring in the North Conway area happens to be the perfect time of year for a romantic getaway.  After a long winter of snow and cold weather, those first few glorious weeks of spring are just perfect for getting out and enjoying nature and the countryside.  The excitement mounts as the daffodils and tulips bloom and the gardens stir after a winter's rest.  The grass is now green and the leaves are ready to pop open on the trees.  This is truly a refreshing time of the year and is Mother Nature's rebirth of nature.

Birds that migrated for the winter are back and their excitement can be heard in the early mornings.  It sounds as if they are as happy as the rest of us that spring in the North Conway area has returned and summer is just around the corner.  The mountains reflect off the spring blue ski and hikers are busy exploring trails and mountain streams.  Kayakers are in abundance and the rush of the spring waters are just what they need for an exciting ride.  Life in spring in North Conway is just grand!

Elaborate plans are not needed to enjoy spring in the North Conway area.  Just call the Old Field House and let spring provide you with a rebirth as well.  It may be just want you need.  

Got GPS?

It seems that everyone has a GPS in their cars and depends upon them to guide through the day to day activities of getting from point A to B.  Now, take the GPS and start to head for the north country of New England and you may be in for a few surprises.  As an Innkeeper, we know that a guest's GPS is not cooperating when we get the call asking for our address.  It seems that many of the addresses in the North Country are not reliably programmed yet on most GPS systems and if a GPS is necessary they work best with GPS coordinates instead, whenever possible.  However, with a little "tongue in cheek humor" our best advice for our guest is stop the car, get out a map, look at the directions on our website and then toss the GPS in the trunk until you get back in the city!

It seems that is you try to use a GPS in the North Country; it has a tendency to take you on some scenic back roads that if you are lucky, may even have gravel on them.  It is sort of the same thing as having a cell phone without cell phone signal; they just do not work in all locations.  To say that GPS devices have limitations is putting it mildly.  However, we do want our guests to arrive at the Old Field House Inn happy and not frustrated.  If the GPS is in the car and you would like to program in our coordinates they are W071 degrees 08.963' and N44 degrees 05.956.

Happy travels!!

Experience the Magic of the White Mountains in New Hampshire

Did you ever stop to think why everything seems better when you are away?  We call it White Mountain magic!  Wake up in the morning while vacationing in the White Mountains and the coffee smells and tastes better, food tastes better, and everyone smiles a little easier!  We fondly believe that it is White Mountain magic and maybe it is time to try a little for yourself and see what you think.  Or maybe it is just that the Old Field House Inn knows what their guests want and how to get the job done and that is what makes the magic.

During a visit to the White Mountains, guests choose to be as active as they would like to be or they can just sit back and take in the scenery while relaxing in the great outdoors.  The White Mountains has it all.  Hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowmobiling, birding, canoeing, kayaking, tubing in the rivers and streams, scenic drives, and we could go on for days!  But we think that you get the idea. 

Is it time for a little White Mountain magic and break away from your hectic lives? 

New Hampshire Maple Syrup Season Arrives!

Did you know that the New Hampshire maple syrup industry produces about 90,000 gallons of maple syrup each spring?  As frozen sap in the maple tree thaws, it begins to move and causes pressure within the tree.  When the pressure reaches a certain point, sap will flow from a fresh cut in the tree and the result is maple syrup!  It takes freezing temperatures in the night and warm sunny days to create just the correct pressure to make the sap run, making a great harvest.

It all starts in late February when small holes are drilled into the trunk of trees and a spout is inserted.  A bucket of plastic tubing is attached to the spout and the sap starts to drip!  As it is collected, it is taken to a sugar house where the transformation to maple syrup all begins.  The sugar house actually boils the sap and it becomes concentrated and has the consistency of maple syrup.  It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of pure maple syrup.  Now, that is a lot of sap!

Now what good is making maple syrup if you can't taste it?  During the weekend of March 27th and 28th, New Hampshire Maple Producers will host a Maple Syrup Weekend.  Over 65 sugar houses across the state will host visitors and offer free samples and demonstrate how the process happens.  You can either check their website or call 603-225-3757 for a list of participating sugar houses.

Here's to maple syrup!

Skiing Tuckerman's Ravine

Tuckerman's Ravine is a skier's paradise for those craving adventure.   It is often referred to as Tucks and is a large glacial cirque located on the east side of Mount Washington.  The preferred time for skiing the headwall is spring, although snow stays on parts of Tuckerman's until mid summer.  Everyone is encouraged to check for avalanche warnings prior to setting out for the hike, so do take care.

How to get to the top?  Skiers must hike in via the Tuckerman Ravine trail, and carry along their skis and boots.  The trail leaves from Pinkham Notch and is about a 3.1 mile hike to Lunch Rocks, which is at the base of the Ravine.  From there, the trail gets a little steeper until you reach the top of Tuckerman's.  By the time you have reached the top of the ravine, it only leaves time for about one run per day. 

Just below the ravine is Lunch Rocks.  This is where on-lookers gather to watch the ski runs and cheer for all involved.  It has been told, that the cheers get even louder for the great wipeouts of the day.  Lunch Rocks seems to become the place for an all day party and certainly there is reason to party after making the run down the ravine.  

Skiing Tuckerman's Ravine takes skill, experience, and the desire for the rush of adreline.  Certainly not for the faint at heart, but a worthy experience!

Spring Skiing in North Conway

Spring skiing in the North Conway is my favorite time of the year.  It is just perfect.  The skies are sunny, the snow if soft, and the air has just the hint of spring!  It is normally even warm enough that by the time you take the first ski run down the mountain that the warm layers start to come off and it truly feels warm!  I have to say that this is usually the first sign for me that spring in on its way! 

After a morning or refreshing skiing on the mountain, we usually grab an outside area for lunch.  It feels like we are skiing in the West and I can feel the sun warming up my skin as I get my first suntan of the season.  By the end of lunch, I am so relaxed that I don't know if I can put my boots back on and go up the mountain.  However, knowing the great conditions and that the ski season is getting shorter each day I pry myself off the bench and back to the trails. 

Spring skiing in North Conway, just perfect!

Purity Spring Sled Dog Race at King Pine Ski Area

Dog Sled Races in North Conway are fairly new to the area and are a great spectator sport for all ages.  The King Pine Ski Area will host the 3rd Annual Purity Spring Sled Dog Race Classic on Saturday and Sunday, March 6th and 7th.  The course for the dog sled races will be along the groomed Nordic trails of King Pine, with most of the races being held around Purity Lake.  Mushers and dog teams will be competing for two days, starting at 9 A.M. each day and continuing until about 3 P.M. in the afternoon.  There will be a variety of races from 3-Dog Juniors up to 8-Dog Pros and there will also be a 12-Mile Open Division.    

Admission to the Purity Sled Dog Races is free for spectators and can be viewed from various areas along the course.  Spectators should plan to bring cross-country skis or snowshoes, or rent equipment from King Pine if you choose to view the race along the course.  If spectators view the dog sled races from the start or finish line, equipment will not be needed.

Another great outdoor winter activity in the  North Conway area!   

Snowmobile Riding in North Conway

Snowmobiling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, especially went visiting the North Conway area.  However, it has gotten even easier to enjoy going for a snowmobile ride as they can be rented and come complete with all of the gear and clothing necessary to be warm and safe.  A Better Life Snowmobile Tours have a completely new fleet of snowmobiles and their tours can accommodate those that want to race to the finish line or enjoy the ride at a slower pace.  Their experienced staff will make sure that everyone is safe along the way and have fun in the great outdoors, regardless of your experience level.

They offer three tours including a one, two, and a three hour ride.  The two hour ride is the most popular tour and it takes you through Bear Notch.   Along the way riders will enjoy the scenic vistas as they wind through the White Mountain National Forest Trails on Meadowbrook Trail.  The views are gorgeous and the wildlife is in abundance, so make sure to bring your camera.  Some of the more experienced riders may also reach the Swift River area.  This covers about 40 miles of trails during the three hour tour.

Family friendly yet challenging enough for the most experienced riders, their snowmobile trail system and guides will provide you with an informative and thrilling experience you will not soon forget!  Guest of the Old Field House Inn also will receive a 10% discount off their rental.  Get out and enjoy the snow!

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