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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Visiting the Historic Conway Scenic Railroad

Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway New Hampshire
The historic Conway Scenic Railroad is located in North Conway, New Hampshire. The station is located in the center of North Conway Village and has been a regional landmark since 1874. Currently, the station offers seasonal excursion train service in the Mount Washington Valley and attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Visitors can choose between two different passenger trains: the Notch Train and the Valley Train. You can choose to ride coach, first class or in the dining car which serves delicious gourmet meals. The Notch Train operates June through October and the Valley Train operates April through December.
Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway New Hampshire

Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway New Hampshire

Each of the two different trains offers passengers something different. The Notch Train is the most scenic, running for 50-60 miles with a train ride lasting from 5 to 5 1/2 hours. The Valley Train gives you an old-fashioned train ride experience lasting from 55 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes, running for 11 to 21 miles. You can learn about the two different options by visiting the company's official website.

If you're a fan of the northeast fall foliage, I recommend visiting the historic Conway Scenic Railroad from late September through mid October to see some of the best fall foliage. You can view their fare rates and book your fare directly online via their website. Throughout the year they offer a variety of different events at various price points.
Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway New Hampshire

Within walking distance of the railroad station you'll fine locally-owned shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants located in and around North Conway Village. Looking to stay overnight or for the weekend? You'll find several beautiful Bed & Breakfast Inns nearby, along with numerous hotels, motels and lodges. Looking for a place to stay? Check out our post on The Glen House at the Base of Mt. Washington for some beautiful lodging accommodations.

You can learn more about the historic Conway Scenic Railroad by visiting their official website online and by connecting with the company on Facebook.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Glen House at the Base of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

The Glen House, a new 68-room hotel at the base of Mt. Washington, the highest summit in the Northeast, is under construction in Pinkham Notch in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and is expected to open in mid-September, 2018.

The design of the newest incarnation of The Glen House pays homage to the classic White Mountain hotels of the 1850’s, utilizing clapboards and painted trim in a style similar to its predecessors. The guestrooms have the simplicity of Shaker design while the expansive public spaces will have artwork embracing both the history of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and the four previous hotels. Many of the guestrooms will have balconies facing the 6,288 foot peak.

The Glen House restaurant, The Notch Grille, will serve casual American family cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will also be a bar and lounge, as well as an expansive outdoor dining area with a view of Mt. Washington. The hotel’s outdoor function areas will be ideal for hosting weddings and events. The Glen House will be dog-friendly and have a dedicated meeting space, a gym and an indoor swimming pool, with complimentary WiFi throughout the property.
The Glen House at the Base of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire

The three-story hotel will serve guests driving the famous Mt. Washington Auto Road and taking advantage of the four season activities at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, which offers walking, hiking, trail biking and fly fishing in summer, along with guided flat water and white water kayaking. Winter activities include Nordic skiing on 45 kilometers of classic and skate-groomed trails, snowshoeing, fat biking, snow tubing and winter tours up the mountain on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach. The fall foliage viewing in the White Mountains is among the best in New England.

The hotel was designed and is being built primarily by New Hampshire firms. The architects are BMA Architectural Group of Amherst, Stibler Associates LLC of Manchester are the interior designers and Martini Northern of Portsmouth are the contractors. Subcontractors include Ray's Electric of Berlin, Granite State Plumbing and Heating of Weare, Yeaton Associates Inc. of Littleton and GB Carrier Corp of North Conway. Thomas Spaulding has been named the General Manager.

The Glen House will be close to energy self-sufficient and carbon neutral, thanks to a geo-thermal system that will provide heating and cooling as well as two offsite energy-generating projects harnessing hydro and solar power.

Located 30 minutes from North Conway, The Glen House is expected to open in mid-September 2018 and is currently accepting reservations. You can visit The Glen House website to learn more about the hotel and to make reservations.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Enslow Covered Bridge in Perry County

The Enslow Covered Bridge is located in Perry County, Pennsylvania. I grew up in Perry County and I'm familiar with 4-5 of the covered bridges located there. When I was a child, my brother and I would "lift our feet up" every time we crossed a bridge in our family's car. It was sort of a game that we all played, excluding the driver. If one of us would forget to lift our feet up during the bridge crossing, the other one had to take the trash out for a week. Oh...those silly games we played as children.
Enslow Covered Bridge in Blain, Perry County, Pennsylvania

To find the Enslow Covered Bridge (The Turkey Tail Bridge) you'll have to travel up to Blain, Pennsylvania. The bridge is located on Township Route 312, Adams Grove Road and is approximately 1 mile southeast of the small town called Blain. The bridge is done in your traditional color of dark red with white trim. It was built in 1904 and is a Burr-arch truss bridge, open daily to traffic...but mainly used by the locals.

The bridge is approximately 110 feet long by 16 feet wide with a clearance of 11 feet and 0 inches. It is owned and maintained by Perry County and the structure crosses the Sherman's Creek. If you love traveling through small towns and the countryside, a road trip to see the Enslow Covered Bridge would make for a great afternoon outing, especially during the fall season when the Fall Foliage is at its peak.

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