Sunday, March 13, 2011

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

I wish every winter weekend could see some slope time in the Green or White Mountains. I write this post sore and tired, but happy and fulfilled at the same time. I took the day off work Friday and ventured north with friends that afternoon. Originally we were planning to leave early and ski Friday but the rain kept us off the slopes. Upon arrival we checked into our super nice accommodations at The Town Square Condominiums, just minutes away from the mountain. Shops and restaurants line the ground level buildings in the square and multi-level condos are situated on the second through fourth floors. A touristy spot for sure, met with traditional New Hampshire charms offering a wide range of recreational activities (horse drawn sleigh rides, nordic skiing, ice skating) in addition to comfortable and convenient lodging. However, skiing was the only recreational activity on our agenda. Unless you count drinking beers as a recreational activity. Friday Night at the condo.We hit up apres ski at Buckets on the second floor of the lodge for $4 Coors Light drafts. We washed the beers down with a huge plate of nachos.Saturday night we ventured out for dinner at Coyote Grill, described as mountain casual dining. Though we fared a wait for our 8:00 reservation and the service overall was pretty slow, we knew it was not due to any other reason than the place was jam packed. Plus, they took our reservation only hours before. Our waitress was genuine, friendly and accommodating the entire evening, devotedly apologetic for our continued wait despite the fact that we were completely content to linger and enjoy ourselves some drinks. I drank a Coyote Margarita ($6) followed by a Makers and Ginger over the course of dinner. For my entree I ordered the Smuttynose Brown Ale Braised Beef Rib ($21) with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and a root vegetable demi glace. Other entrees like the locally raised Grilled Venison Steaks and the Almond Encrusted Chicken fared well, however, seafood dishes saw a tough time in this kitchen. Ahi Tuna came incorrectly prepared and scallops were undercooked. Our waitress was understanding and replaced as well as comped the not up to par meals. Coyote Grill still deserves praise in my eyes as my food was excellent and our dinner was met with quality service. I'd recommend sticking with a meat or poultry entree and be prepared for a crowd!
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The weekend saw plenty of Moosin' Around in Waterville Valley. It's always tough to say goodbye to another great ski weekend and hello to Monday in the office....

15 comments:

Megan said...

Looks like such a fun weekend... with a ton of great food! I haven't been skiing in a couple years... hopefully Jeff's knee will be in better shape next year and we'll get around to it!

Elizabeth said...

That dinner dish looks so good, especially the root veggie part. I would love to get up to Vermont right now.

Ameena said...

I have always wanted to go to Vermont and New Hampshire...they look idyllic. If only I was a better skier! My talents do not lie in coordination unfortunately.

MelissaNibbles said...

Sorry about the bad meal. It's great that they tried to make up for it though. Waterville looks beautiful. I've never been there.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

It looks like you had another awesome weekend!

endlessrunner said...

I love Waterville! That was actually the first mountain I went to when I first started getting back into skiing. I'm hoping to squeeze 1-2 more trips in and head to Sunday River or Stowe, VT. :)

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I have such a fondness for Waterville Valley. I spent some summers up there and in-laws used to have a house just off the mountain. Such a great slice of the world. Glad you had fun!

Betsy said...

Those beef ribs look fantastic. I haven't been to Waterville in AGES!

In and Around Town said...

Looks like a great weekend, loads of fun, with delicious food!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

haha i love those last 2 pics! the beef rib looks yummy!

Lizzy said...

Looks like a fun weekend. I haven;t had nachos out in too long. Those loos fab. And you can never go wrong with short ribs.

Kim said...

Friends with funfearless but strangely can't leave comments from my work computer. Small world, my triathlon team stays at town square every year in june for a training weekend! Glad you had a blast.

Alicia said...

Um, I most certainly DO consider drinking beers a recreational activity!
Looks like another fun weekend for you!!

Amber Blue Bird said...

this looks like fun, too bad I cant ski...I am terrible at it. And I do count drinking beer as a recreational activity

Kerstin said...

So fun - glad you had such a great trip!