If you are looking for a weekend trip in New England, the White Mountains are hard to beat. With world class hiking in the summer, sweeping red and orange tree lines in the fall, and a ski bum’s paradise in the winter, it’s always a good time to take the trip up north.
That being said, there is no shortage of tourist traps, and that’s why we had a White Mountains local bring us around to all the spots that can’t be missed. In this guide we will cover your breakfast, dinner, and a place to grab drinks at the end of the night.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that is especially true if you are planning on climbing Mt. Washington… even if it is in your car. Leavitt’s is the ultimate bakery, and with rock bottom prices you will want to try the entire menu (and we almost did). The main attraction of Leavitt’s are their donuts. These are made fresh daily and melt in your mouth when you bite into them. The maple glaze donuts taste like a hot stack of pancakes drenched in local maple syrup. There really isn’t another donut that we’ve had that comes even close to this. If you are looking for a sweet treat later in the day they have you covered with everything from cookies to banana bread (and whatever other delicious treats they decide to bake up that day). Leavitt’s really is a paradise for those of us who have a sweet tooth.
And if you don’t have a sweet tooth, their breakfast sandwiches are exactly what you’ll want to start the day. The eggs are cracked to order and the bacon is crispy and greasy. This sandwich will be the fuel for whatever adventures you are getting into up in the mountains.
Located in downtown North Conway, Horsefeathers is a gem in plain sight. When you walk in it looks like your classic pub bar, but it is so much more than that. They have your classic bar food but executed at an elite level. After staring at the menu for a while, we had to ask the waitress for her favorites because there were just too many tasty options. Her recommendation was the chicken parm, and we were happy that we went with it. The bun was a garlic bread, and it was crispy with a great crunch as you bit into this beast of a sandwich. Instead of a large chicken breast, it was made up of chicken fingers which were fried to perfection and glued together by gooey cheese.
A true mark of any good pub is the wings. Horsefeathers does not disappoint. The wings are big and their sauces are on point. The classic buffalo brings a nice kick, and the hot honey has some serious heat complimented by a sweet finish.
Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub is the spot to go after hitting the slopes. The back patio’s fence is made out of skis and the walls are covered with everything from license plates to vintage signs. The beer is cold, the drinks are strong, and the vibes are on point.
Every Saturday night they have live music and a dance floor to bust a move. Get there early and grab a burger or steak tips, then slowly watch as the clientele changes from a casual dinner crowd to a rowdy group of ski bums.