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Stuck on the White Mountains/NH section of our road trip

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Stuck on the White Mountains/NH section of our road trip

Hi guys,

I'm in need of some further advice! We've pinned down most of the places that we are going to visit on our New England road trip later this year, but we need some advice with the New Hampshire leg of our trip.

At the moment I'm not sure where we should base ourselves to give us the best experience. At the moment this section of our trip looks like this:

7th Oct - leave Bar Harbor and drive over to NH/white mountains to Conway or Jackson (hadn't decided where). Stay overnight.

8th Oct - Conway/Jackson overnight

9th Oct - Drive via the Kanc to Woodstock, VT, stay Woodstock overnight.

10th Oct - Drive to Burlington, VT.

We're not sure whether to just drop the overnight in Woodstock, and spend three nights in one place in the white mountain area, or leave it as it is. We're now leaning to staying in just one place for three nights, and on the 10th making our way over to Burlington. The distances aren't really that great not stopping the night in Woodstock in our opinion.

The problem is we're not sure where to stay as a base. I've read on this forum that it might be best to avoid the Conway area, as it's peak leaf season and it will be busy? There are a few things we have outlined that we'd like to do in the white mountains area:

- either self drive or take the tour up Mt Washington (we don't plan spending ages here, just to go up to enjoy the view for a short while, if the weather cooperates)

- drive to the Crawford notch area

- drive the Kanc

- visit either the flume gorge or lost river gorge (or both if time permits)

Could anybody recommend a place that would be good as a base to do these activities at all? Would you recommend staying in one place for three nights and tripping out, or leaving our stay split as it was into 2 nights one side of the Kanc, and 1 night the other side? We know we're travelling peak season and close to Columbus day, so we're trying to sort this stuff now so we can start booking our accommodation as soon as we get flights sorted.

thank you as always,

LisaG

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1. Re: Stuck on the White Mountains/NH section of our road trip

Here to see you skip Woodstock. This could stay in Lincoln on West side off whites. Conway and Jackson are 10 minus apart so wouldn't worry and just find place you want to stay

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2. Re: Stuck on the White Mountains/NH section of our road trip

In peak season, most of the towns in the Whites will be "busy" compared to the activity levels the rest of the year... When you look at Crawford Notch, the Mt Washington Auto Road and the Kancamagus Highway, the most sensible "base" for doing all three from one location would be either Conway or Jackson.... Jackson will be less crowded and congested simply because it isn't the regional economic center the Conway is.... and Jackson will give you the quickest access to Crawford Notch and the Auto Road (don't have to go through Conway to get to either of them from Jackson). On the other hand, North Conway will give you more lodging and restaurant options.... Wouldn't agonize over choosing between North Conway and Jackson.... as neslaw says, "find a place you want to stay and book it"....

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3. Re: Stuck on the White Mountains/NH section of our road trip

You could also look at staying in Bartlett, instead of Jackson/North Conway. It is appproximately a 10 minute drive from the bustle of North Conway, but still within the proximity to everything. One nice thing about staying out in Bartlett, if you decide to drive the Kanc from Lincoln to Conway, there is a road called the Bear Notch Road www.motorcycleroads.us/roads/nh_bnr.html It eliminates arriving in the bottle neck of Conway and getting caught up in the traffic jams and is a nice drive.

Consider staying at one of several motels, or condo complexes like the Seasons at Attitash, or Attitash Mountain Village. There are also several B&Bs in the area, depending on your lodging wants.

Bartlett does not offer the restaurant choices like North Conway or even Jackson does, but there are a few out in the area, and as I said you are only a short drive away, without the traffic congestion. If you do decide to stay out in Bartlett, there is also the West Side Road which is a convenient way to avoid the traffic of North Conway on your way there.

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4. Re: Stuck on the White Mountains/NH section of our road trip

"Bear Notch Road... is a nice drive." Nicely understated.

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5. Re: Stuck on the White Mountains/NH section of our road trip

Thanks for the replies guys, now I have even more to think about!

I'm thinking we should stick to our original plan and do 2 nights Jackson/Conway/Bartlett, and 1 night Woodstock. We would like to drive past Quechee gorge and drive via route 100 up to Burlington, and I think that if we stayed for the 3 nights in Bartlett/Jackson area, that would give us a nearly 5 hour journey to get to Burlington via Woodstock, instead of taking a more leisurely drive from Just Woodstock to Burlington. Arghh, the stress of wanting to get everything just right! I guess that's not possible as there are too many possibilities!

I'm really liking the idea of staying in the Attitash Mountain Village, that looks lovely, thank you very much for that suggestion. We hadn't thought of Bartlett at all.

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6. Re: Stuck on the White Mountains/NH section of our road trip

The Bartlett area is nice for your plans.....you are already on route 302 for your trip to Crawford Notch....a short drive to catch route 16 for your drive up Mt. Washington and I have given you the shortcut to the Kanc.

Definitely make your plans and get those reservations in place for lodging. If it fits your budget, ask to stay at the Suites at Attitash, vs the older buildings. Newer buildings and furnishings. Not as tired looking. There is a restaurant on site (never used it, each suite has its own in home laundry (big saving and help there), free parking, all buildings are non smoking. Very quiet area. There is an indoor pool at the main building as well.

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7. Re: Stuck on the White Mountains/NH section of our road trip

don't just drive by Quechee but go down into the town and visit Simon Pearce Glass blowing factory/store/restaurant.

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8. Re: Stuck on the White Mountains/NH section of our road trip

Glass blowing - awesome! We've always wanted to see/try that :-)

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