I can’t believe summer is around the corner. We have less than 20 days of school left- and kicked off summer by spending Memorial Day Weekend in the mountains. We visited the North Conway area and spent a few days at Story Land (SL) last summer on two occasions and we loved it! We made our first trip of the summer and I decided to take note of favorites from this year and last year! The important details are rightttt here 👇🏼 Please add a comment and let me know where to go next in this gorgeous area!
Where To Eat
Good question! Here are some of our favorites!
Glen Junction (2018) – perfect location! Literally at the bottom of the hill that leads to SL. We stopped in for breakfast. There are trains that run around the top of the rooms- very entertaining while you’re waiting for food. Coffee was hot, pancakes were yummy- and the commute to SL was perfect!
(2019) – We went back again! And it was just as delicious. The trains were broken (and a hazard to run since they circle the restaurant) so the kids were a bit disappointed but the food did not disappoint!
Muddy Moose (2018) – we sat outside on the patio. The menu is typical bar food- my cheeseburger was incredible! The kids got 3 different meals and all cleaned their plates (very rare for them)! Definitely a good spot to check out! (Traveling with 3 young children will accidentally cause Barbie to photobomb 😆)
May Kelly’s (2018) – by far, my favorite place we ate! And by far, the most delicious steak tips I’ve ever ordered! The atmosphere was fun, upbeat and very decorative. My kids loved looking around the room at all the fancy randomness. Our waitress was attentive, kind, and on top of our drink refills. Our food was delivered in a timely manner and it was absolutely mouth watering.
(2019) – Once again, I ordered the steak tips. I don’t regret it one bit! Amazing! My husband ordered an appetizer sampler called the “Taste of Ireland” and loved it! It filled him so well- he had to wrap his meal to go!
Go try this little Irish cottage pub! Actually, run to May Kelly’s! ☘️
Abenaki Trail (2018)- Restaurants everywhere need to take a little secret right from this open dining room. A kids corner. Set right in the same room as most of the tables was a step up to a small corner stage with blocks, crayons, baby dolls, and even Mickey Mouse on the tv! My husband and I loved it here. Very homey feeling. We actually conversed while our kids safety stayed in our eyesight and out of our hair. Small and okay food, but perfect for a nice lunch out of the heat.
Red Fox (2019) – We visited this spot last year for the first time. We waited an hour to be seated for dinner. It’s a short ride from SL, and we went there right after the park closed (rookie move). This year, we learned! We called around 1pm and made a reservation for 5:15pm. We walked right in and sat down! The best part (other than the food!) is the kids toy room & movie room.
Toys! And seating for adults. I’m telling you- check this place out! The pizza was delicious, the carrot and turnip mashed were out of this world and our kids loved the scoop of vanilla ice cream with whipped cream and sprinkles. The beer was cold, food was hot, belly’s were full! We jokingly said we should eat there every night , we love it!
Delaney’s Hole in the Wall (2019) – This was my 5 year olds favorite place! She loved the grilled cheese and loved the French fries (and she basically only eats these two items- so that’s saying a lot!) My favorite were the crispy green beans (drooling thinking about them!) They lay down large pieces of brown paper for kids to color on and my kids thought it was the funniest thing ever! “We can draw on the table?! Are you sure?!” “Oh my goodness!! Look! I’m coloring on the table!” They played hangman and tic tac toe and cleaned their plates. My cheese burger was delicious, and my husband raved about the Cobb salad.
So, we’ve covered food. And Story Land is coming up in its own post soon. If you’re looking for more to do in the area… here are some spots we’ve checked out!
Diana’s Bath – Nice walk in the woods that brings you to a beautiful waterfall. The kids loved finding rocks, exploring the trail and splashing in the puddles. We did not pack bathing suits, but you absolutely could! A few bathing suits, towels and a picnic basket and this could be a lovely few hours. Parking is a few dollars and is the honor system.
Echo Lake – A gated recreational area surrounded by a 1 mile loop around the lake is a unique spot to check out. It cost us $10 to get in and park (I think adults were $4 and kids over 6 were $2). It wasn’t quite swimming weather but the kids loved the casual “hike” around the lake. We ended on an empty sandy beach area perfect for building sand castles. My husband and I sat at a picnic table and watched the kids build and run while we chatted. The scenery is just beautiful. They have (clean) restrooms, plenty of picnic tables, grill setups, and a vending machine. There were no lifeguards when we visited, but there were 2 lifeguard chairs that I assume are staffed during the busy season. This location is perfect for a fall or spring toddler friendly flat ground walk/hike. I can only assume how beautiful it is in the summer months. ☀️
Cathedral Ledge State Park – You will not regret this auto road drive for the views! We stopped in pretty quick on the way to Echo Lake. The views were incredible. You can see the Saco and Echo Lake. We saw some men climbing the rocks and my 6 year old was fascinated. Lucky for us, they were wonderful and answer all 736 of his questions after they finished their climb.
Conway Scenic Railroad – There are three trips – a one hour, a one and a half hour, and a five hour. We traveled last summer with a 2,4&5 year old- so we did a one hour trip. It was exciting for my husband and I because some of the views were just breathtaking. The kids loved snacking and exploring the train and holding their very own train ticket! One hour was a perfect trip. It gave us enough down time to relax and enjoy the train, but we pulled into the station just as the kids were getting antsy.
Cog Train to Mount Washington – This trip was awesome! The station is about an hour from SL (we stayed 5 minutes outside the park). It was an awesome experience- one I highly recommend! It was a bit pricey (adults, $72, and children, 4-12 $41) but worth it! At one point, the front of the train is fourteen (!!!) feet higher than the back of the train. The steep climb is fascinating, the views are incredible and the experience was enjoyed by all. It takes about an hour to get there, an hour to get back down, and you have an hour to spend at the summit. At the top there is a snack area to purchase food and drink, a gift shop, a museum, and lots of tables. The day we went, we were literally inside a cloud. It was sunny above us (so they say) and sunny below us (we have proof of that from the ride up/down). While unfortunate we didn’t see the views, not many people can say they were in the middle of a rain cloud! My oldest was very fascinated by that. This trip is totally worth it! We all had a lot of fun!
Our family has fallen in love with this little slice of heaven. We love our visits to the North Conway area! We just got back 3 days ago- and I think it’s time to plan the next trip!