Well I had one day off in June and two in July- the Fourth and yesterday, a family day up at Story Land. As soon as I got home from work on Saturday night we packed up the girls and told them we were going on a “mystery ride”. They had no idea where we were going as the plan was to get them to sleep in the car on the ride up (so much for plans).
We got on the road around 6:30PM and as tired as the girls were they were chatterboxes the whole ride up to New Hampshire. Eloise finally fell asleep about an hour and a half into the ride but Madeline (the stubborn one) kept chattering away much to the chagrin of the Mrs who can only handle so many “Mommy-Mommy-Mommys” in her ear. As is usual when we plan to have the girls nap on a long ride somewhere they did what they normally do and finally fall asleep minutes away from our destination.
Anyway we got to the School House Motel. $125 a night for a Saturday night-two beds- very clean-nothing fancy-great location. I’d stay here again if it were only to sleep like we planned.
Madeline (the stubborn one) woke up at 4AM which of course meant we all woke up at 4AM. There was a fridge and we had a stocked cooler so we ate some apple slices and fiddled around reading cheap magazines and the girls watched a few cartoons.
Got the girls ready and headed out for a nice breakfast right up the street from the motel at a breakfast joint called Peaches- again nothing fancy but good friendly service and decent food.
I hadn’t been to North Conway outside of Mt Washington for a day since I was a kid. It struck me how well they have managed the growth there. Everything is well maintained and clean, service everywhere is very friendly. They have a beautiful little old school downtown area and outlet shopping. My preconceived notion was that we were heading up to the sticks but the whole area is a fantastic destination.
We got to the park 10 minutes before it opened and were second in our line to enter the park.
Clean, friendly and just right. I never felt like it was a Disney-like operation where they are trying to squeeze every last penny out of you at every turn, and I never felt like it was overly commercialized. Fantastic. IF you have the means and don’t bring your kids there between the ages of 3-11 that you are really missing out on a great time with your children.