Thursday, July 22, 2010

New Hampshire's Turn of the Century Charm

Our turn-of-the-century adventure began at the Eastern Slope Inn Resort, a North Conway, New Hampshire landmark National Historic Landmark since 1864. It sites smack-dab in the middle of the Village and exudes charm right from the street.

We traveled about three blocks or so down the road to the North Conway Country Club, a public "welcoming" golf course in which several generations were represented.  The front nine was created in 1895 but the back nine was not added on until 1976 with the Clubhouse finally erected in 1985.

North Conway CC is scenic right off the first tee. Take a look and you decide:

North Conway CC, New Hampshire

Here are some impressions of North Conway Country Club. The fairways are undulating and the greens are deceptive. You might think that there is a lot of break on the front nine greens but I found it easier to aim right for the hole. The back nine has more breaks on the green than on the front nine. It is flat and walkable but a cart is recommended to keep the foursomes moving along.

The course was busy and there was a group following closely behind us. That made me keep looking behind backward but Barry said, "you shouldn't allow them to disrupt your game. This is your game, this is your 18 holes. You shouldn't allow them to take away this beautiful day." Wise words but I could still use some help with the strength of my mental game.

Thanks to Larry and Kathy Gallagher for making us feel welcome!

After the round of golf, we took a ride on the Conway Scenic Railway sitting in an original revamped 1898 Pullman car. We were offered the rare chance of seeing the Pullman car reconnect with the engine car, just as it was done in New Hampshire over 100 years ago. We also sat in the reserved seating outside as you can see from our videos below:

Locomotive train coupling with 1898 Pullman car

Sitting behind locomotive in original 1898 Pullman car

Our trip back through time also included a dinner at the charming 1785 Inn, once owned and operated by Elijah Dinsmore. If you happen to be in New Hampshire, a dinner here should include the Salmon Ravioli appetizer with Gruyere and for dessert the unrivalled Blueberry Pie.

Between the incomparable mountain views, the old world charm of New Hampshire and the great dining options in North Conway, a few days here passes quickly. The Auto Road to the top of Mt. Washington and zip-lining are among other features of New Hampshire but we'll save that review for the nature blog!

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