Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment
Mt. Washington Place is located in the middle of the White Mountain National Forest and within the Mt. Washington Resort at Bretton Woods. Bretton Woods and Twin Mountain (5 miles to the west) constitute the town of Carroll. There is little commercial activity in Bretton Woods itself but nearby towns offer a variety of resources for shopping, dining, and entertainment. The menu on the left (or scroll down) will give you our opinionated Mt. Washington Place perspective of the best local opportunities. We would like to have your opinion too! Please send your comments, additions, or revisions to Daniel Jacob.
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Below are shopping resources in Bretton Woods and neighboring towns. A few "closest":

  • Closest convenience store: Irving Station on Route 302, walking distance from your unit. They have food staples, groceries, sundries, deli counter, pizza, beer and wine, propane tanks (bring your empty tank and swap).  Josh and Angie are doing their best to stock a store that caters to we homeowners, and to do so with professionalism, courtesy and responsiveness (Heidi Janes Deveau, MWP 37)
  • Closest ski shop: Drummond's Mountain Shop (phone 278-7547) on route 302, walking distance from your unit. Jim Drummond has been in business in Bretton Woods for a long time and sells a great selection of ski, snowboard, and outdoor gear, with fantastic service. Rentals too. Identify yourself as a MWP owner and get 10% off all purchases. Make Drummond's your go-to ski shop, you wil be taken care of with outstanding service (Daniel Jacob, MWP 78)
  • Closest liquor store: Irving Station (above) for wine and beer. For more selection and hard stuff there are state liquor stores in Whitefield and Littleton. Closest is Whitefield on Route 3, past the center of town (15 minutes).   Check their hours - they tend to close early.
  • Closest grocery store: Mac's Market in Whitefield, near the center of town. But it's not great. Better to go to Littleton, where there is a Shaw's and also the Littleton Coop (a Whole Foods kind of place, expensive)
  • Closest hardware store: Foster's Crossroads in Twin Mountain at the intersection of Routes 3 and 302. You'll be surprised how much stuff they have and prices are not bad.
  • Closest shopping mall: Littleton (Meadow Rd.) is the commercial center for the region. It has Shaw's, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Staples, etc. Take 302 West to 93 North to exit 43 (30 minutes).
5 miles West on Rte 302, has three small stores at the intersection of Rtes 302 and 3.
  • The Twin Mountain Trading Post (SE corner)
  • The Twin Mountain General Store (NE corner) has basic staples and lunch items.
  • Foster’s Crossroads (SW corner) has food staples, an excellent stock of hardware items and outdoors gear, and an ATM.
12 miles West on Rte 302 has a small grocery store, a gas station, and many antique shops.

14 miles, West on Rte 302 and North on Rte 3.

  • Mac’s Market at the center of town is the closest for a fully stocked grocery store.
  • Hardware store and gun shop in the center of town.
  • Going North out of town on Rte 3 is a NH Liquor store and a NAPA auto parts store.

14 miles West.

  • Garnet Hill factory store for linens
  • The Sugar Hill Sampler for New England gift and home items.
  • Make sure to go during the Lupine Festival (early-mid June) for a visual treat.

21 miles, West on Rte 302 and North on I-93 Exits 41 & 42. This is a beautiful New England town as well as the major regional shopping resource. Main Street is a walking street that takes you past historical buildings and a variety of shops and restaurants. There is a restored mill on Ammonoosuc St. and a covered bridge over the river which is a great walk any time of year.

  • Chutters “World’s largest candy counter”.
  • Meadow Road (Exit 43 on I-93) has Wal-Mart, Shaw’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Staples, a NH Liquor store, major auto dealerships for multi brand sales and service, etc. Lowe's is a great place to buy appliances.
  • The Littleton Coop sells interesting and organic food and many MWP owners swear by it. It's kind of like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. Just off I-93 Exit 42.

24 miles, West on Rte 302 and North on Rte 3.

  • Simon the Tanners offers North Country clothing at its best (closed Saturdays). They have a great Labor Day weekend tent sale.
  • North Country Ford dealership.

24 miles, West on Rte 302, North on Rte 3, East on Rte 115, East on Rte 2, going toward Berlin. Route 115 has beautiful views of the Great North Woods.

  • Wal-Mart (The best view from the parking lot of any box store we have been to, with views to the south of the Presidential Range).
  • Major auto dealers for sales and service.
  • A variety of specialty shops, drug store, Sears, hardware store.

25 miles, Exit 32 off I-93. This is a ski town and entrance to the Kangamangus Highway to Conway. There are many ski and boarding shops with great summer sales.

  • A favorite for personal service is Rodgers Ski & Sport.
  • There is a small mall, The Village Shops, which has a variety of specialty shops. Several times during the summer they host arts and crafts fairs.

32 miles East on Rte 302 via Crawford’s Notch. Many people prefer Conway to Littleton for shopping due to a wide assortment of factory outlet stores. There is a Sears, Wal-Mart, Shaw’s, Hannaford, EMS, LL Bean, NH Liquor store, Lowe’s, and a lot more.
Beware that North Conway traffic is very congested almost any time of year due to the highly popular factory outlets and attractions. To bypass the traffic take West Side Road (Take a right off Rte 302 after Attitash Ski area and a few miles West of the Rte 16 intersection) which connects to downtown Conway at River Rd. just North of the Eastern Slopes Inn and Joe Jones ski store.

  • On the way to Conway in Intervale is Ragged Mountain Sports for outdoor gear. They have a great Memorial Day weekend tent sale.
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Here's a list of area restaurants recommended by MWP owners. If you have a favorite, know of  a new restaurant, or found a place to be awful or closed please email Daniel Jacob so that we can keep this page up to date!

  • Stickney's restaurant inside the Mt. Washington Hotel offers fine dining.
  • Fabyan's Restaurant (278-2222) and the Golf Clubhouse offer more casual dining with standard American fare. Fabyan's is open until about 10 and has a bar section that's a nice place to have a drink and watch sports.
  • In winter, the Slopeside Pub in the ski lodge offers lunch and a bar. In summer, you can take a free chairlift ride to the Latitude 44 restaurant midway up the mountain. Casual fare, burgers etc.
  • Outside the Resort: The AMC Highland Center (4 miles East on Rte. 302) is great for cafeteria style breakfast and lunch and family style dinner. The Notchland Inn (12 miles East on Rte. 302) offers multi-course fine dining at a leisurely pace. Great for a special occasion.
5 miles West on Rte 302.
  • Great pizza and sandwiches at the Twin Mountain Trading Post, a.k.a. Catalano's Pizzeria. Here's their menu. They don't deliver. 
  • Munroe’s for breakfast and lunch. It's the place for breakfast in Twin.
  • Northern Embers has American and seafood fare, very good and moderately priced.
  • Brenda's Country Kitchen and Skeets Pub has standard American fare and is pretty good and inexpensive.
  • Watch for the Twin Fire Station pancake breakfast every major holiday in the summer. The blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup are the best and very reasonably priced. Proceeeds support local organizations. Check the Twin Mountain chamber of commerce web site for dates. 
12 miles West on Rte 302 has a number of restaurants. All are along 302.   
  • Rosa Flamingo (Italian and pizza). They have a nice bar with live music, outside patio. Expensive. 
  • Cold Mountain Café: very good. 
  • Maia Papaya (Rte 302, downtown, on right), named “best coffee bar in the mountains" by the New York Times, also has a vegetarian soup/sandwich menu. 
  • Rennel's ice cream shop, next to the Colonial Theater, is outstanding.
14 miles, West on Rte 302 and North on Rte 3.  
  • In the summer is Jack's at the intersection of Rtes 3 and 116.
  • Going north on Rte 3 is Grandma’s for a great breakfast and a Thursday night all you can eat fish fry. A place frequented by locals.
  • The Grand View Hotel offer casual and formal dining.

14 miles.

  • Casual family dining at Dutch Treat.
  • The Franconia Inn for dinner.

14 miles, located on Rte 117, Polly’s Pancakes for breakfast and lunch with a wide selection of pancakes and side dishes. Closed during the winter.

21 miles, West on Rte 302 and North on I-93 Exits 41 & 42.

  • Beal House Inn, :  Innkeeper Bill Sanders offers a free dessert with purchase of entree to all who tell the server that they are with MWP (this cannot be combined with any other discount). .Last Tuesday, Carol and I dined at the Beal House Inn, which is under new management, Bill Sanders, proprietor, since last April, and were very pleased with the experience.  Carol had baked stuffed haddock and I had beef tenderloin.  Both were very well prepared by the chef, Jason Orlando, in this fine dining establishment.  Service was somewhat slow, but we enjoyed the time with warm rolls, carrot bisque soup, a crab cake appetizer and a glass of wine.  The restaurant is located in downtown Littleton and is decorated nicely.  The atmosphere is comfortable, dress is casual and there is a nice bar.  There is a good selection of entrees, a nice wine list and a special limited early bird menu (before 6PM) with 2 entrees and a bottle of wine for $40.  This restaurant had been a favorite of ours for many years, and it's great to be able to once again experience fine dining at a reasonable price.  We encourage our friends to try it.  (Austin and Carol Alvarez, MWP102, 12/31/11)
  • Gold House Pizza: pizza and variety of food, good prices
  • Little Grill: in old train depot. Great Mexican food, great atmosphere, mid price range
  • Chang Thai: excellent thai food, low prices
  • Topic of the Town: diner food, great for breakfast
  • Italian Oasis: good calzones, calamari, mid-price range.
  • Tim-Bir Alley: wonderful restaurant, consistently excellent; small, intimate and relaxing. Open Wed-Sun evenings. No credit cards.  
  • Meadow Street: Asian Garden for eat-in and take-out (many of the items are deep fried), variety of fast food, Applebee’s, The 99.
  • West of Littleton off Rte 302 in Lisbon is the Ammonoosuc Inn for fine dining and also a pub menu.
  • Bailiwicks in the Thayers Inn: When I was up a couple of months ago I asked a local vendor I was dealing to recommend a restaurant.  She recommended Bailiwicks. I went the evening and sat at the bar and had a great meal.  Very friendly and knowledgable staff. I would highly recommend this restaurant.  Very cozy New England Inn atmosphere.  Extensive wine list and a great variety of beers. This is a true fine dining experience. Prices are reasonable given the quality of the food and the experience. Menu includes steaks fish and pasta dishes. We went back a couple of weeks ago when we had friends up and the experience was great.  I had a steak cooked exactly as ordered. We had the crab cake appetizer, also very good.   (Jim Curran, MWP#27, 2/15/11)

24 miles, Rte 302 West to Rte 3 North 

  • Scorpio's Pizzaria: Excellent, fair prices


  • On Rte 2 in Randolph is the Water Wheel for breakfast, lunch, and gift house. Take home some of their homemade fudge.
  • In Gorham itself there is Libby’s Bistro and a few fast food places.
25 miles, Exit 32 off I-93)
  • The Common Man (try the corn chowder sprinkled with Lobster).
  • Also a variety of restaurants and fast-food places.

32 miles East on Rte 302 via Crawford’s Notch.

Before Attitash ski area in the summer is Trails End Ice Cream Shoppe.

  • In Glen the Red Parker Pub for meat lovers and a good assortment of draft beers.
  • Also in Glen is a Mexican restaurant (was Margarita Ville then Grill… name may have changed again but it is good food) with authentic dishes.
  • Favorites in North Conway are Flatbread Company (pizza) in the Eastern Sloops Inn, Horsefeathers for lunch and dinner and Peaches for breakfast and Lunch. The Muddy Moose in Conway has hardy meals and great burgers.
  • On Rte. 16 in Conway is Banners for breakfast and lunch.
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Below are some fixtures in the local towns. Also check out the calendar of events at the Mt. Washington Resort. If you have a favorite location or know of a new venue that is not listed here please let us know!

5 miles West on Rte. 302. Summer evening concerts at the bandstand (SW corner of intersection of Rtes 3 and 302). Check the town web site for schedule.

12 miles West on Rte. 302.

14 miles, West on Rte 302 and North on Rte 3.
  • The Weathervane Theatre opens its 44th summer season in 2009. It is open from July to Labor Day with a different play or musical each day on a weekly performance cycle.
14 miles.
  • The North Country Chamber Music Players perform in Sugar Hill each summer and have been highly recommended. The musicians are principal players with some of the world’s finest ensembles and appear regularly in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and other renowned concert halls across the globe.
21 miles, West on Rte 302 and North on I-93 Exits 41 & 42.
  • Jax’s movie theater showing current movies in 2 theaters in downtown Littleton.
24 miles. There is a movie theater showing current movies.

25 miles, Exit 32 off I-93.

  • Papermill Playhouse for professional summer musical theater entertainment.
  • Lincoln Cinemas IV is a four-plex movie theater.
32 miles East on Rte 302 via Crawford’s Notch.
  • North Conway Movie House
  • Live summer theater at The Eastern Slope Theater.

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To keep up with local news, see the Coos County Democrat on Wednesdays. Additional free publications include the biweekly Ammonoosuc Times, weekly Mountain Ear, and weekly White Mountain Shopper. These publications are available from any store and also around the Resort.
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