Leah and I took what will probably be our last opportunity to get away together before the next baby was born and spent a day and a half up in North Conway, NH. It is a beautiful, quaint town in the mountains. It has a picturesque train station that is still operational, great little restaurants and shops up and down the old down town, most that would satisfy every nature loving hippie in New England.
The backdrop to Conway are the mountains of NH, with two large cliffs to the west. The hotel we stayed at lies at the foot of one of these cliffs, and has a great view over the valley and all of the peaks in the distance. Leah and I had been wanting to get to the White Mountain Hotel for some time, and decided that it would be the destination for our time away. She and her family frequented the hotel in years past, and she always spoke so highly of the place.
They have a heated outdoor pool, which is especially nice in the winter, when you can swim in 96 degree water while its snowing. They also provide a free breakfast to those staying during the week, and we had delicious Amaretto french toast.
Since we were up there for a short time, we weren’t able to do a ton, but it was still refreshing. It was actually the first time Leah had been away without Micah, which only took two years to happen. We brought our new favorite game, Settlers of Catan, and I absolutely routed her. The next day we went out for a very short hike. We drove up to the top of Cathedral Ledge, and walked out to the ledge for a gorgeous view of the valley below. Quite a breathtaking view!
We ended our time by going mini-golfing, which I thoroughly dominated. I shot 18 holes of even par, routing my pregnant wife by 8 shots. I was draining ten foot puts, and evading ever imaginable obstacle the course could throw at me. All in all, it was a fun, but short time for us to spend together. I can’t believe its taken over two years since we’ve gone away, but that was the life we lived.
Micah had a blast at his grandmother’s house and was not ready for us to pick him up. He didn’t miss us as much as we missed him.
You can barely see our hotel below. it is on the right with the red roof. Actual size of hotel is bigger than appears in the picture.
A fun part of our time was looking at some odd signs. While we miss Engrich (Asian establishments with poor attempts at English), NH offers its own kinds of signs. There was one place with a couple of businesses that didn’t seem to totally understand how to clearly communicate what they do in simple terms. The second one wouldn’t be funny if it wasn’t right next to the first one.
The next two pictures are special for Meredith and Gabby. It cracked us up at what Curves are like in NH. The first one appears to be in the basement of someone’s house. The second one just appears to be a had location. Period.