My family and I went up to North Conway for the weekend. I haven’t been up there since senior year of high school and my siblings haven’t been there since they were little. We used to go every year and spend the weekend going to Storyland and hanging out in North Conway. We were excited to go back!

My mom, brother, and I drove up on Friday because my sister had to work so she met us on Saturday. We stopped at the Cathedral Ledge viewpoint to see some amazing views of the White Mountains.

Unfortunately it was foggy so the views weren’t great, but it was still really cool to be up so high.

That night we ate at Horsefeathers, a restaurant in North Conway that my mom loves. After stuffing ourselves, we did a little shopping but it started to rain pretty hard so we went back to the condo.

On Saturday my mom, brother, and I all got up and went to the gym pretty early. I did 3 miles on the treadmill and then one outside because I was getting antsy. I tried to do some lifting, but couldn’t find the motivation.

We headed over to Attitash Mountain to spend the day there. It was fun to go back after so many years. When I was 10 or 11 my dad took us for the weekend to the same area and we did most of the same things. They have an alpine slide, which is basically like a giant slide that goes down the mountain, water slides, and something new this year which was a mountain coaster, like a roller coaster for the mountain. It was pretty cool.

The second night we decided to check out a new restaurant for dinner, the Moat Mountain Brewery. It was an experience, mostly due to the family with screeching children that instead of trying to calm them down, was egging them on. Not enjoyable but the food + beer made up for it! They had a selection of beers that they brew right there and I chose the “Violet B. Blueberry Beer.” It was a light beer, with the perfect amount of blueberry flavor.

For dinner I got the Spicy Black Bean Pizza. I was hesistant, I guess I expected it to be a regular pizza with black beans – which would have been disgusting – but it was like a black bean flatbread. So delicious!! So glad I still have two pieces…. yum.

The waiter was also kinda rude, but whatever. I’d go back again for the black bean pizza any day.

On Sunday my mom and I got up early to go for a walk on the Saco River Trail. It was really pretty with some surprising encounters.

Just a fake black bear in the middle of the woods... nbd.

My mom and I literally stood there for one full minute debating whether or not to walk past it. Of course it was fake, but that’s pretty mean!

Once we got over it and walked past it, we enjoyed some beautiful river views.

Eventually we turned around for fear of getting lost and went back and made pancakes. Funny story – on Saturday we tried to make pancakes but didn’t have any oil so we used peanut butter. It worked, but the pancakes were undercooked and burnt at the same time. Luckily we picked up some spray oil for Sunday’s pancakes.

After breakfast and packing up, we headed to Wildcat Mountain for some ziplining! I didn’t get any pictures because we couldn’t bring cameras on the zipline, but it was a half mile long and went up to 45mph! It was really cool.


After lunch we headed to the outlets before going home. I needed a pair of running shoes badly and so we checked out a couple of places before going to the Nike outlet.

One of the salesmen helped us out with finding a good shoe for me and even gave us a 30% discount card! I had been fitted for shoes at my local running store, but left the coupon they gave me at my house in Boston and there’s no way I can run the 10 mile race tomorrow in my old Nikes, so I decided to save the coupons for other running gear or shoes in the spring. I was fitted for a neutral shoe, so I could pick pretty much anything that didn’t offer extra stability or arch support.

Of the two he strongly recommended, I chose the Livestrong LunarElite + 2¬†which were $100 originally, marked down to $80 because it was the outlet (but they’re also $80 on the Nike website..?) but with the 30% discount they came to $54. Major score! I also got a gym bag and this top that I have been wanting for so long, which is normally $25, was $20 at the outlet, and was even less because of the discount. Overall I spent $89, which included my mom’s water bottle. I had been prepared to spent $100+ on running shoes, so it worked out very well.

Getting sweet deals make me really happy.