My family's fourth generation continues to go to Cold River Camp each summer. What is nice is that they have opened up partial weeks for folks that can not come for a whole week. You may come either from Saturday to Wednesday am, or Wednesday am to Saturday am. The weeks runs from Saturday to Saturday.
Cold River Camp is great for families, couples, singles, empty nesters, older folks, really anyone who enjoys making new friends, and appreciates nature and all the White Mountains of New Hampshire have to offer. We have made life-long friends over the decades that our family has been coming.
Cabins are rustic but clean, with kerosene lamps, and you have all you need to make a crackling cozy fire as you drift off to sleep. You awaken to a foggy sunrise over the mountains, birds singing, and a scrumptious breakfast served family style in the main lodge by friendly "Crew", as is dinner. Breakfasts are pancakes, or french toast: with sausage or bacon, alternated with egg dishes, such as spinach omelet, or eggs benedict/florentine.
The meals are delicious, and plentiful, whether it is BBQ night outside or Friday "dress up" night, inside with tablecloths. At this meal they served butternut squash soup, salad, mushroom risotto and swordfish steak!
The Lunch table has makings for a brown bag lunch, with many selections from which to choose.
Although Cold River is predominantly a hiking camp - we have gone on many of the shorter and longer hikes up beautiful mountains. The hikes are varied and led by knowledgeable leaders. However, there are many other activities nearby. There is canoeing and kayaking, swimming in mountain pools, rivers and lakes. The Cold River is a late afternoon favorite. Bicycles are available to borrow, or we bring our own and cycle the scenic Evans Notch road.
Slightly farther, Mount Washington auto road and cog railway (train) take you up to the alpine summit of the tallest mountain in the east. Additionally, "Santa's Village", and Whale's Tale Waterpark promise a day of fun for families.- we often went there when we were younger.
Antiquing, browsing in stores of quaint nearby towns, or outlet shopping in North Conway,- one of our favorite rainy day activities - offer opportunities to bring home souvenirs and treasures.
But the best "treasure" and memories are those found reconnecting with family and friends, away from the pressures of daily life, and the friendliness and camaraderie experienced with others at this mountain escape!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Appalachian Mountain Club's Cold River Camp has been providing guests an authentic traditional New England hiking camp experience for nearly 100 years. Cold River Camp is a community-oriented camp in the beautiful and unspoiled Cold River Valley in the eastern portion of the White Mountains. Daily hiking is the primary activity, on led group hikes or on your own, with a swim in Cold River afterward as a particular reward. Evenings are spent relaxing, perhaps with a book or chatting with other guests, feet up on the lodge porch or in front of the massive stone fire place, or engaging in lively board games, weekly dances, or presentations by trip leaders, and other low-keyed activities. Appetizing dinners and breakfasts are served family style in the lodge; you make your own trail lunch from provisions put out in the morning. Accommodations are rustic cabins. Separate male and female hot showers and flush toilets are provided. Locally there are terrific trails, summits and water features. Guests are also within striking distance of the Presidential range and much of the rest of the White Mountains area. In addition to hiking there are great opportunities for canoeing/kayaking and road (paved and Forest Service) biking. ... more less