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NH Community Profiles: Conway, NH


Conway, NH

Including the Villages of North Conway, Center Conway and Conway

Conway is and outdoor adventure town and retail mecca comprised of three villages (North Conway, Center Conway and Conway) and covers a large area. The villages of Kearsarge and a portion of Intervale are also part of the town of Conway. In 1765, New Hampshire governor Benning Wentworth appointed the first 65 men to settle the area in Center Conway. "It can be a little confusing, but there is a history and logic to the existence of the different villages," says Bob Cottrell, Henney History Room Curator, Conway Public Library. "Actually, the town was chartered in a large land area, so the villages developed as the hubs of the populated parts of town."

The Pequawket and Abenaki Indian tribes inhabited the area when explorers arrived in the area in 1642, however their numbers decreased rapidly, due in part to Smallpox. The Conway Public Library has worked diligently to document the history of native peoples in the Conway area.

The arrival of rail travel in 1861, and the area's natural beauty, allowed it to quickly flourish as a vacation destination.

North Conway

Arguably the best-known of the villages, North Conway is called "the birthplace of American skiing" by the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce website. The area is sophisticated, successful and popular.

"Snow trains" increased the volume of skiers in 1932, and the number of inns and hotels in North Conway increased rapidly. Passenger trains ended in 1961, and the automobile became the primary mode of transportation, however North Conway is served by the Concord Trailways Bus, with connections to Berlin to the north, Concord, Manchester, Boston and Logan Airport to the south.

A center for outdoor recreation, the Village of North Conway is also a hub for shopping and shopping outlet centers created with land procured from the defunct White Mountain Airport. Picturesque Route 16 was redesigned and widened to accommodate the increased vehicle traffic in the 1980s.

Dining selections are numerous, varied and international. The usual chains are represented, and the independent restaurants include A Taste of Thai, at 27 Seavey Street in North Conway, that offers non-fried spring rolls and other interesting items and May Kelly's Irish Restaurant & Pub on Route 16 offering sandwiches, steaks and salads in an Irish-style pub atmosphere, with occasional live music.

The lodging list is long and varied from the modest to the opulent, and includes chains and independent inns, hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. Colonial Motel, 2431 White Mountain Highway is an economical, family friendly place to stay. The White Mountain Hotel and the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort offer more upscale amenities and activities, and, of course, incredible views.

Center Conway

A charming village, complete with white churches and colonial homes, Center Conway is inviting and calming. The hub of the sprawling land area of Conway, Center Conway is the location of town offices and other civic agencies.

There is a town beach on Conway Lake. Canoe rentals are available on the Saco River at Saco Valley Canoe at 1734 Main Street.

Conway Village

Conway Village is a mostly residential and was once known as "Conway Corner." The medical offices here have been the place of business for physicians for over 100 years. For those who are history sleuths, many interesting stories can be discovered here.

"There are things we locals know, that visitors don't," says Bob Cottrell. "For example, everyone in town knows where Bowling Alley Hill is, even though the bowling alley has been gone for many, many years."



Carroll County
Population: 10,115   (2010)
Size: 77.1 sq. miles
GPS: 43* 58' 43" N
71* 07' 08" W
Adjoining Towns:
Albany, Bartlett, Chatham, Madison & Eaton, Maine
Mt. Washington Valley
City Profile: NH ELMI
Portland (ME) International (PWM)

Eastern Slopes Regional (KIZG)
Mt. Cranmore, Outlet Malls, Playhouse Theater, Railroad, Weather Discovery Center
Conway Beach, Echo Lake State Park
Bus Service: Concord Trailways
Sept 20 - Oct 8
Interstate: None
30 Properties, 1400 + rooms
Market Area: Conway
Medical: Memorial Hospital
Conway Daily Sun
Mountain Ear
Restaurants: 30+
Train Service: None
Water: 2 Lakes, 1 River
Fish Species: 6
Mt. Washington
(30 minutes)
Kancamagus Highway
(15 Minutes)



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  Alpine Adventures
  Clark's Trading Post
  Cog Railway
  Conway Scenic Railroad
  Fort Jefferson Fun Park
  Jericho Mountain ATV Park
  Kancamagus Highway
  Littleton Riverwalk
  Lost River Gorge
  Mountain Meadow Funplex
  Mt. Washington Auto Road
  Polar Caves
  Santa's Village
  Vertical Ventures
  Whale's Tail Water Park
  Woodstock Inn & Brewery


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  North Conway
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  Farm To Table Restaurants
  Hiking To Crash Sites
  Little Ski Areas
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  Moose Tours


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