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Santa's Holiday Express at Conway Scenic Railroad

Santa is coming to North Conway, but with the help of the Conway Scenic Railroad!  Santa's Holiday Express will be in full swing every Friday and Saturday from November 27th until December 20th.  Join Santa and his elves as they depart at 11:30 A.M. for a train ride to Bartlett.  The atmosphere will be festive as the train travels through the Mt. Washington Valley countryside aboard heated coaches.  Santa and the elves will be making their rounds and finding out who's been naughty or nice!   Those children that have been nice will receive a special gift from Santa.

After this special ride with Santa, stop at Leavitt's Country Bakery in Conway and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies or perhaps a slice of cake!  After all, everyone always enjoys a special sweet!   Dates for Santa's Holiday Express are December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20th.  Fares for adults is $13.50, children $9.50, and children under 3 ride for free!

Additional upcoming events at the Conway Scenic Railroad include the Snow Train Celebration, December 19th and the Steam in the Snow Photographer's Special, January 3rd.  If you enjoy trains and winter scenery, then make sure to put these upcoming events on your calendar.  

Skiing in North Conway, New Hampshire

The ski season is just around the corner and there is plenty of great skiing in the North Conway, New Hampshire area.  The North Conway area has access to over 13 different ski areas offering facilities for downhill and cross-country skiing.  North Conway was voted among the top three ski destinations by Snoweast magazine readers and it should be yours as well.  Skiing in North Conway offers skiers access to more than 250 ski trails and over 450 km of cross-country trails, so variety is the spice of life in North Conway. 

So what are the choices for skiing in North Conway?  Ski areas for downhill skiing include Attitash Mountain Resort, Wildcat Mountain, Black Mountain, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Bretton Woods Mountain Resort, King Pine Ski Area, and Shawnee Peak.  If cross-country skiing is more of your style than plan a skiing trip to Bear Notch Ski Touring Center, Bretton Woods Nordic Center, Great Glen Trails, King Pine Nordic Center, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation or Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center.

Skiing in North Conway offers mountains for a special family ski day or for those looking for the challenge of steep mountains and the rush of skiing on the edge!  Ski season is just around the corner so start planning early for skiing in North Conway!

Outlet Shopping for the Holidays in North Conway

Outlet shopping in North Conway, let me count the ways!  It is the Holiday Season and shopping at the outlet stores in North Conway should be at the top of your list.  Just how many stores are there to shop at?  Settler's Green alone has over 60 shops to choose from.  They cover everything from jewelry, apparel, children's clothing, toy stores, home goods, shoes and more.  A sampling of the stores include Coach, Nike, Old Navy, Polo, L.L. Bean, Banana Republic, Eddie Bauer, Talbot's, and I think you get the idea...a little of everything!  Also, there is no sales tax in North Conway which is a great savings itself.

For a little extra Holiday savings consider these options. 

  • On November 27th, stores will open at 5 A.M. and the day will be full of sales and special promotions. 
  • Join their VIP Club for savings of  15% to 30%.  Also learn about upcoming sales and receive periodic email updates with exclusive offers.
  • If you are 55 or older, shop on Tuesdays and you will receive an additional 10% savings at participating stores.  
  • Or if you are not sure what buy for someone special, purchase a Settler's Green Gift Certificate which can be redeemed at all 60 of their stores.  Now this sounds easy!

Happy Shopping!!

Holidays in North Conway Include 13th Annual Holiday Tree Festival

Get into the Holiday Spirit and visit North Conway for some shopping and the 13th Annual Tree Decorating Festival at Settlers' Green.   North Conway is a magical place to be for the Holiday Season.  Snow sets the stage for a winter wonderland and it would not be complete without Christmas trees! 

The Christmas tree decorating Festival will start on November 22nd with over 100 live petite trees from Weston's Farm of Fryeburg, Maine.  The trees will be grouped together in various parts of the shopping center at Settlers' Green and will be decorated by non-profit groups, schools, daycares, customers, and tenants to get into the spirit of Christmas.  The trees will be pre-hung with tiny white lights, and additional lights can be added.  The ornaments used will be "mostly" homemade.  The decorations will not be typical as judges like to see originality, humor, themes, quality of ornaments and overall appearance.  All trees must be decorated by Friday, December 4th at 4 P.M.  Winners will be announced at the 13th Annual Holiday Tree Festival on Saturday, December 5th and will be left on display through the Holiday Season.

The Festival also has visits with Santa, caroling, free hot chocolate and horse drawn wagon rides.   Mt. Cranmore ski area will also be trucking in their own snow to create a free tubing part at Settlers' Green.  Join in the fun and make your reservations to stay at the Old Field House to enjoy the Holiday Tree Festival.

Thanksgiving in the North Conway Area

Are you considering visiting the North Conway area to enjoy your Thanksgiving?  If not, you should think again.  The Old Field House Inn has several condo units that it rents where families can reunite and enjoy Thanksgiving!  Each condo has a fully equipped kitchen and this makes cooking a special Thanksgiving Dinner very easy!  This has been a tradition with many of their repeat guests and they would like to make it part of your tradition as well.

The day after Thanksgiving you will then be ready to start your Holiday shopping.   North Conway is known by many as a shopping mecca with over 60 shopping outlets.  Stores such as Ralph Lauren, L.L. Bean, Brooks Brothers, Talbot's, Children's Place, J. Crew, Gap, and many others are sure to have just what you are looking for this Holiday Season.

At the end of the day, settle back at the Old Field House Inn for a little rest, spend some time in the Jacuzzi, or maybe settle into the Theater to watch a movie.   

Thanksgiving and the Old Field House Inn seem like a perfect combination to me!  Make sure to reserve early.

Apple Recipe from the Old Field House Inn

Now that apple season is over at the Old Field House Inn, what are we to do with all of the left over apples?  Now this is easy!  How about an old fashion apple cranberry crisp?  Here is a recipe shared with us from a former Innkeeper.   It is easy and delicious.  It is perfect for with a little crème as a hot fruit dish in the morning or serve it with ice cream for a dessert.  Any way to choose, we are sure that you will enjoy it:

Apple Cranberry Crisp

5 lbs. Apples (red and green mix)

2 cup cranberries

3/4 cup sugar

6 tbls. Flour

1 ½ tsp cinnamon


1 cup flour

1 cup old-fashioned oats

2/3 cup brown sugar (packed)

½ cup butter cut in pieces

Peel, core, and cut apples.  Place apples in large bowl.  Add cranberries, sugar, flour, and cinnamon.  Stir together.  Place in buttered 13"x9" glass baking dish.  Combine topping ingredients.  Place on top of fruit.  Bake in 350 degree oven until apples are tender, about 1 hour.

Sweet Street is a Great Halloween Family Getaway in the North Conway Area

Are you considering a family getaway to enjoy Halloween in the North Conway area?  If not, then you should!  Sweet Street is just what you need.  Remember the days when you would enjoy Halloween and Trick or Treat for hours going all over the neighbor?  Well, now your children can enjoy it as well.  Sweet Street is a safe, old fashioned Trick or Treat block party for children 10 and under.  Sweet Street allows children to stroll down spooky pumpkin lined streets in Jackson Village and collect goodies from displays set up by local businesses and families.  This sounds like fun to me!

In addition to enjoying Trick or Treat, children will be able to enter the Spooky Carved Pumpkin contest, join the Spooktacular Costume Parade, or just enjoy the warmth of the harvest bonfire.  Of course there will be cider and some old fashion country music to enjoy as well.

Sweet Street will be held in Jackson Village on Saturday, October 31st.  If you do plan to enter the Pumpkin Contest, registration starts at 2 P.M.  The major Trick or Treat event starts at 4:30 and if you have any questions, just call the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce at 383-9356.

Happy Halloween from the Innkeepers at the Old Field House Inn!

Polar Express is Coming to North Conway!

All aboard!  The Polar Express is coming to North Conway, New Hampshire and the Old Field House Inn has tickets!  The Polar Express is a must for children of all ages, including their parents.  The Polar Express is a magical journey to the North Pole and is a rendition of the children's book.  During this journey to the North Pole, the evening includes a train ride, tons of elves, and of yes, Santa!   

The story focuses on a little boy who has been told that there is no Santa.  Come dressed in your pajamas and share the experience of this little boy as he waits for the sound of Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve.  As the story unfolds, he hears the hissing steam as the Polar Express stops outside his window, ready to take him and other children to the North Pole.

The evening is complete with the telling of a wonderful story, cookies, hot chocolate, gifts, and Christmas carols.  Two performances per day will happen on November 27-28; December 3-6; December 10-13, and December 17-21.  The Old Field House Inn has created a special package for the Polar Express which includes a 2 night stay, pizza on the first night, movies in their movie theater, breakfast and of course, tickets to the Polar Express!  Make sure to reserve early as they are sure to sell out. 

I can hear them calling now...all aboard for the Polar Express!!

Return of the Pumpkin People



Pumpkin People in New Hampshire?  Yes, it is time for the 20th “Return of the Pumpkin People” in the Jackson Area of New Hampshire.  So how does it work?  This year 48 businesses and residential properties throughout the community with pick a theme and create it using people made with pumpkin heads!  It has been noted that this year we will be seeing Humpty Dumpy at the Old Field House Inn so make sure to check it out.  Rumor has it that the Adams Family is also in town along with Blue Man Groove.  The only rule is that there are no rules when it comes to Pumpkin People, except that they need to have pumpkin heads!


This is family fun for everyone.  The Pumpkin People will be in town from October 1st-23rd.  Take this self guided tour and visit all 48 Pumpkin People.  Then make sure to cast your vote.  Ballots can be obtained from any participating business or at the Jackson Chamber Commerce.  Vote for the overall best winner, the funniest, the most difficult, and more!   


Fryeburg Fair Provides Fall Fun for All Ages

If the Fryeburg Fair is not on your list of fall festivities, then it is time to add it.  This is the largest fair in Maine and Fryeburg is located just 12 miles from the Old Field House Inn.  This year the fair will run from October 4th through the 11th and the schedule has something for everyone!  The Fryeburg Fair will have more than 4,000 animals, horse pulling, harness racing, four pig scrambles, dozens of exhibition halls, and a gigantic midway with more than 50 rides!  It is even noted that the Fryeburg Fair has more free entertainment than any other agricultural fair in the world!  How can you top that?

One special event that is always entertaining is Woodmen's Day.  This year it is scheduled for Monday, October 5th.  If you have never seen this before, then you are in for a treat!  This is a day chock full of exciting competitions including bucksaws, chainsaws, log rolling, ax throwing, and that is just a sampling.  You truly have to see it to believe it!

The Fryeburg Fair admission fee is $8.00 per person, except Saturday it is $10.00.  Senior Citizens day is Tuesday, October 6th and admission is $2.00.  Come out and join the fun!  

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