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Visit Whitehorse Gear & Whitehorse Press
You are welcome to stop by our warehouse store to check out all the great motorcycle books, gear, tools, gadgets, and accessories. And if you would like to make any purchases, that's certainly fine with us! (Don't forget there is no sales tax in New Hampshire.) Except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, we are open.
Warehouse Store open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week
We are located at 107 East Conway Road, between North Conway, New Hampshire, and Fryeburg, Maine.
GPS Coordinates & Elevation:
N 44° 00.33'
W 71° 05.03'
Elevation 553 Feet
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Places to Stay:
Colonial Motel, Main Street, North Conway, NH (phone 603-356-5178). Located within walking distance of village shops and restaurants. Owned by Whitehorse friends, this is a "family-run motel as clean as a whistle." www.thecolonialmotel.com
Eagle Mountain House, 179 Carter Notch Road (Rte 16B), Jackson, NH (phone 603-383-9111). Turn of the century grand hotel in a mountain setting. www.eaglemt.com
Glen Ellis Family Campground, Rte 302, Glen, NH (phone 603-383-4567). Owned by Whitehorse friends, this large, well-run, wooded campground has picture-perfect sites right on the Saco and Ellis rivers. Very popular. www.glenelliscampground.com
Green Granite Inn, 1515 White Mtn Highway/Rte 16, North Conway, NH (phone 603-356-6901). A locally owned and operated hotel with unique lodge furnishings and motorcycle parking right outside your door. www.greengranite.com
The Old Saco Inn, 125 Old Saco Lane, Fryeburg, ME (phone 207-925-3737). A peaceful, wooded retreat, set on 65 acres on the banks of the Old Saco River, and owned by Whitehorse friends who are avid BMW dual-sport riders. Five-star rated on Trip Advisor too. www.oldsacoinn.com
Stonehurst Manor, Rte 16, North Conway NH about one mile north of North Conway village (phone 603-356-3113). Was once the summer home of carpet magnate Erastus Bigelow. Very good dining and lovely wooded setting. www.stonehurstmanor.com
White Lake State Park & Campground, Rte 16, Tamworth, NH (603-323-7350). Another popular spot for those who love to camp and fish. www.nhstateparks.com/whitelake.html
Many other motels, resorts, and hotels, including the larger chain motels, are on the strip just south of North Conway village (Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn, Red Jacket Mountain View, Best Western).
Places to Eat:
Black Cap Grille, 1498 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH (phone 603-356-2225). The best mal in town served in a bistro atmosphere that prides itself on providing locally sourced, healthy ingredients. (www.blackcapgrille.com)
Cafe Noche, 147 Main Street, Conway, NH (phone 603-447-5050). Scrumptious Mexican food, authentic decor, and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Owned by Whitehorse friend and BMW rider, Tom Kugel.
Horsefeathers, Main Street, North Conway, NH (phone 603-356-6862). Located in the village across from the town green. The Center of the Universe - at least we locals think it is. Varied menu with something for everyone from fresh fish to filet mignon. Best burgers in town, served with "horsefries." www.horsefeathers.com
Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewing Co., 3378 White Mountain Hwy (Rte 16), North Conway, NH (phone 603-356-6381). The valley’s first and only brew pub. www.moatmountain.com
The Peking Restaurant and Sports Lounge, Route 302, North Conway, NH (phone 603-356-6976). Rated Best Chinese Restaurant in Carroll County by The Boston Globe, N.H. Profiles magazine, and Whitehorse staff. www.pekingnorthconway.com
Priscilla's Country Kitchen, 2541 White Mountain Hwy (Rte 16), North Conway, NH (phone 603-356-0401). A great place for breakfast or lunch, right in the heart of North Conway village. www.priscillasnh.com
Rides Not To Be Missed with Things to See and Do:
Note: Some of our favorite roads are US Forest Service roads so they may not be open all the time, especially early and late in the riding season. For the status of roads like the infamous Hurricane Mountain Road, Bear Notch Road, Old Cherry Mountain Road, Evans Notch, and Jefferson Notch Road, use this link to the White Mountain National Forest website.
Kancamagus (Kanc-ah-MAW-gus) Highway (Rte 112 from Lincoln, NH to Conway, NH). Forty miles of slowly ascending and descending curves, switchbacks, and sweepers, the eastern half of which is along the rocky, aptly named Swift River. The Kanc (rhymes with Hank) is a nationally renowned scenic highway and NH's most famous wilderness road. Kancamagus Pass at the top is at 2890 feet.
The Mount Washington Auto Road and scenic Pinkham Notch (Rte 16N from North Conway, NH to Gorham, NH). The Auto Road to the top of Mount Washington (6288 feet above sea level) opens daily starting the week of May 9th (weather permitting). Motorcycles = $14.00; Passenger = +$8.00 www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com
Rte 302 from Glen, NH up through spectacular Crawford Notch to the Mount Washington Hotel and Resort. Crawford Notch with its sheer rock cliffs and high, cascading waterfalls is a breathtaking ride. At the top, turn into the long, winding driveway for the Mount Washington Hotel and Resort, the greatest of the truly grand old hotels of the White Mountain. Its immense lobby, elegant dining room, wraparound porch, and great views are well worth a quick visit. www.mountwashingtonhotel.com
Evans Notch (Rte 113 from Whitehorse on East Conway Rd to Gilead, ME on Rte 2). A lightly-travelled, canopied two-laner that is everyone's favorite day ride. Check out The Basin on the south side of the notch. You may also want to visit the Loki Clan Wolf Refuge, a non-profit shelter, located on a dirt road about five miles up East Conway Rd (Rte 113) from Whitehorse. Approx 100 wolves and wolfdogs are in residence. We suggest a $10-$20/person donation for the guided tour.
Hurricane Mountain Road from Rte 113 at South Chatham, NH to Kearsarge, NH. About fifteen minutes from Whitehorse, this is the closest New Hampshire comes to the Alps. The 2-3 switchbacks on the west side are steep and hairy; the whoop-de-dos on the east will send you airborne if you're not careful. So watch the speed. You'll want to go east to west, turn around, and ride it back.
Thirteen Mile Woods, Rte 16 north of Berlin/Gorham, NH to Errol, NH. A lush, valley road that follows the historic Androscoggin River, best known for its logging activity that fed the north country's great paper mills. Watch out for moose - you almost always see them at dawn or dusk on this stretch. The proof of this statement is in the eating; try a mooseburger (really) for lunch at the diner in Errol, NH!
Route 153, from Rte 16 at Conway, NH to Rte 25 at Freedom, NH. A two laner that had to have been built by a motorcyclist as the curves are perfectly banked. The scenery along this stretch is positively pastoral with small, clear lakes (one is even called Crystal Lake), plenty of wildlife, and lovely little all-white New England villages. Get your camera ready for this one!