A day’s skiing or riding is bound to work up a hearty appetite, but the restaurants in New Hampshire’s Mt Washington Valley have you covered. Located within a few minutes of at least one of the region’s six ski mountains, these restaurants offer money-saving specials all week.
Wild Rose Restaurant
Set in the beautiful and historic Stonehurst Manor in North Conway, Wild Rose Restaurant is known for its sumptuous prime rib, but that’s only one of the entrées included in its Thursday night dinner-for-two special. For $35, guests choose any two entrées on the regular menu, which features rack of lamb, roasted salmon, seared sea scallops, house-made pasta dishes and more. Generous servings will satisfy even hungry teens and if your family doesn’t divide by two, the extra person gets the same half-price deal. On Friday nights, a three-course pizza dinner is $25, featuring wood-fired pizzas, salad and tiramisu for dessert, plus wine or beer for the adults.
On Wednesdays, the fine-dining restaurant at Snowvillage Inn, close to King Pine ski area in Snowville, the Locals Night specials include made-from-scratch meals. There are three choices of comfort foods budget priced to attract local residents to make it a Wednesday night tradition. Don’t miss the gingerbread for dessert. This hilltop inn combines elegance with warm hospitality.
Christmas Farm Inn
A family lodging favorite for its cozy cottages, Christmas Farm Inn offers two-for-one entrées on Monday nights. Choose from the entire menu, including both continental and comfort food favorites. There’s an excellent children’s menu that includes a kid-sized steak and schnitzel with noodles all priced $7–10 for a full dinner. The inn’s irresistible signature dessert, the Chocolate Bag, is big enough to share. Christmas Farm Inn is in Jackson, on the road to Black Mountain, one of the most family-friendly ski mountains in the valley.
A North Conway favorite close to the slopes of Cranmore Mountain for après-ski dining, Deacon Street offers Twofer Tuesdays with two entrées for $24.95. Choose from the regular menu, including blackened salmon, fried chicken, steaks, ribs, chicken parmesan, grilled thick-cut pork chops and several pasta dishes, some gluten-free.
Order before 6 p.m. any night for Early Bird Specials at Lobster Trap, a family-friendly restaurant on West Side Road in North Conway. The specials menu starts at $10.95 and are all served with house-made rolls, and French fries, onion rings or coleslaw. Included among the specials are the fried seafood combo of fish, native shrimp, scallops and Maine clams. Lobster rolls are only $11.95, half the usual price on the Maine coast. The kids’ menu had several choices at $3.95 and the most expensive option on it is $5.25. It’s no wonder this is a long-time local favorite for families.
Wildcat Inn & Tavern
Every Tuesdays the Wildcat Inn & Tavern in Jackson serves two one-pound lobsters for $26.95 and, on Wednesday, the Dinner for Two menu includes a long list of the restaurant’s most popular entrées and specials. The menu changes weekly, but often lists dishes such as salmon, braised beef, chicken saltimbocca, chicken Parmesan or vegetable kabobs.
Combine after-hours skiing with dinner for only $29 with the Powder & Pasta special at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area, at the northern end of the Mt Washington Valley. Ski or ride 4–8 p.m. and finish with a pasta dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Hearty penne pasta is served with classic red Italian sauce or alfredo sauce and your choice of meatballs or grilled chicken, and fresh garlic bread.
Continuing our story from yesterday (if you missed it, click here), here’s part two on how to make the most of your weekend pioneering, with a closer look at our itinerary for Saturday:
Chances are you know South Beach or have heard about the southernmost section of Miami Beach — 23rd Street to South Pointe Park. It’s the historic Art Deco district with stunning white and pastel buildings lining Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and beyond.
Tucked into the central coast of California is a trail of history waiting to be found by your kids. The Highway 1 Discovery Route through San Luis Obispo County snakes along the winnowy Pacific Coast Highway, CA-1, between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The more than 100 miles of mostly protected coastline begins after a four-hour drive from San Francisco at Ragged Point, or about three hours from Los Angeles at Nipomo. The trail features 10 cities, connected by cliffs, carved by a moody ocean, and a slower pace of life. There are plenty of reasons to stop and walk into the past, preserved by those whose hearts still live there. Nature lovers will linger on the many trails to hike and picnic areas. We drove from Los Angeles with two 9-year-old boys to explore this part of the state.
Raising a budding Julia Child or Jacques Pépin? Or just looking for a more interactive family activity? Register your family (or kids) for a cooking class at the Culinary Institute of America.