Fall Fly Fishing the Androscoggin River is Awesome!

October 17, 2017

For the past week or so, there has been a noticeable nighttime chill in the air. The autumn chill quickly cools our river waters and that means fall fly fishing is underway! The cool water makes the fish active and they reclaim the shallows, seeking insects and small baitfish. Here in Gorham, New Hampshire, the Androscoggin River, located in back of the Royalty Inn, has a “no closed season ” status. So our autumn fishing runs right into the early winter and never really ends. In fact, the fishing just behind the hotel has been excellent for rainbow trout in September and October.

The best way to learn the Adroscoggin River quickly and to obtain the best results is by hiring a guide. We recommend Nate Hill of Hill Country Guides. He is the only guide who I know of in the area who offers a unique float & wade guide service. If you’ve never floated a big river, you don’t know what you’ve been missing! How many times have you thought “If only I could get to that deep pocket in the middle of the river?” Well, now you can! Trips are guided out of a three-person drift raft. This unique watercraft allows Nate to put in and take out of the river at locations where other guides are unable to launch their boats. Striking scenery, wild trout, peaceful isolation and perfect casting positioning are the benefits of this trip.

Nate tells me that October fly fishing has been excellent! He likes the lower section of the Androscoggin and has caught many large brown trout in that section of river. He also likes to fish the section that ultimately runs behind the Royalty Inn in pursuit of rainbow trout and landlocked salmon. Fishing is catch and release by artificial fly and lures only. Nate is strictly a fly-fishing guide and can be reached at (603) 835-3358 or by clicking here. Fall fly fishing is just beginning; don’t let the season pass you by. Make your plans now with Nate to enjoy this wonderful adventure. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

Riverfire and Zombie ATV Poker Run this Weekend!

October 10, 2017

Just as the days are getting colder in northern New Hampshire, the city of Berlin will be warming things up with one of the best fall festivals around called Riverfire. This all-day event takes place on Saturday, October 15th along the Androscoggin River at the Heritage Park in nearby Berlin, NH. The event begins with the all-day Zombie ATV Poker Run from 9am to 4pm. Prizes will be awarded for the best three hands and one prize given to the worst hand.

There will be plenty of other activities for families to enjoy including a 5K run, duck races, hay rides, a children’s costume parade and hot air ballon rides. These events begin at 2pm and conclude with the lighting of the river and the bridge of pumpkins at 7pm. Click here for a complete calendar of events.

Of course, the Royalty Inn is conveniently located in neighboring Gorham and weekend rooms are still available. Don’t forget your bathing suits as our indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna also await you. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

Enjoy the Cog Railway – A Perfect Late Fall activity

October 2, 2017

This fall be sure to ride the world’s first mountain-climbing train to the summit of Mt. Washington! This iconic attraction is located just 30 miles from the Royalty Inn on the west side of Mt. Washington.

The beauty of the mountains and the thrill of ascending Northeast’s highest peak are just as enchanting today as they were in 1869 when Sylvester Marsh opened the world’s first mountain-climbing railroad on New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington.

Nearly 150 years later, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway continues to provide a sense of adventure and history as it carries passengers up a 3-mile-long trestle on the steepest railroad tracks in North America to the 6,288-foot summit of Mt. Washington. There, visitors can take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, north into Canada, and east to the Atlantic Ocean.

Whether examining the history and memorabilia of The Cog at the Marshfield Station, where the original Old Peppersass engine is on display, or exploring the fascinating weather and ecosystem of the mountain at the summit’s Mt. Washington Observatory, visitors will find plenty to thrill and entertain at the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

The Cog operates daily through October and on weekends throughout the month of November. Reservations with advanced purchase of tickets is highly recommended. For daily schedule and ticket purchase, click here. Welcome aboard and welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

 

 

Discover Maine’s Portion of the White Mountain National Forest

September 26, 2017

When one thinks of the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire immediately comes to mind. However, the White Mountain National Forest actually extends into Maine with 49,000 acres of Maine wilderness. This region is easily accessible from the Royalty Inn as the Maine border is a mere 15 minute drive from the Royalty.

To discover Maine’s portion of the White Mountain National Forest, simply travel east from the Royalty Inn on Route 2 until you reach the intersection of Route 113. Turn right onto Route 113 heading south. This Maine / New Hampshire border highway will take you to some of the most beautiful mountain country in New England known as the Caribou Speckled Mountain Wilderness. Here you will find 14,000 acres of wilderness with excellent hiking options.

The Fall season is fast approaching and it is the best time to hike! As the leaves come off the trees, more grand vistas open up. Temperatures are cool and the bugs are long gone! So, come up sometime during the next month or so, stay with us and discover the portion of the White Mountain National Park that most of us don’t see. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

Friday, September 22nd begins Camp RZR Weekend!

September 18, 2017

Celebrate 10 years of RZR as Camp RZR returns to beautiful Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin, NH. on September 22 and 23. Inside the park and nearby, over 1,000 miles of trails await ATV enthusiasts. At Camp RZR, the real party ramps up with great riding events, tons of giveaways including two ATVs! On Saturday, enjoy the live concert from The Band Perry, Grammy award-winning artists best known for hit singles like “Gentle on My Mind” and “Stay in the Dark.” Get ready for two days of pure excitement when riders from all over the country come together to celebrate their love for everything off-road.

Camp RZR  at Jericho Mountain State Park will be bigger and better than ever featuring entertainment, hundreds of thousands of dollars in giveaways, vendors, a kids’ zone, and Polaris staff on hand to answer questions. The event includes fireworks Friday night and The Band Perry concert on Saturday night. For a complete schedule, CLICK HERE.

For Camp RZR® New England you’ll need to register your machine in the State of New Hampshire as well as purchase an event ticket. Registrations are available at the Royalty Inn from 8:00 AM Until 2:00 PM during the event. Event tickets are only $10 for both days and include admission to the concert. To order tickets, CLICK HERE.

At the time of posting, the Royalty Inn has had some last minute cancellations with a limited number of rooms available for this event. Reservations are only available by calling the hotel directly at (603) 466-3312. Welcome to Camp RZR and the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

The Cog Railroad – A Perfect Fall Activity

September 12, 2017

This fall be sure to ride the world’s first mountain-climbing train to the summit of Mt. Washington! This iconic attraction is located just 30 miles from the Royalty Inn on the west side of Mt. Washington.

The beauty of the mountains and the thrill of ascending Northeast’s highest peak are just as enchanting today as they were in 1869 when Sylvester Marsh opened the world’s first mountain-climbing railroad on New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington.

Nearly 150 years later, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway continues to provide a sense of adventure and history as it carries passengers up a 3-mile-long trestle on the steepest railroad tracks in North America to the 6,288-foot summit of Mt. Washington. There, visitors can take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, north into Canada, and east to the Atlantic Ocean.

Whether examining the history and memorabilia of The Cog at the Marshfield Station, where the original Old Peppersass engine is on display, or exploring the fascinating weather and ecosystem of the mountain at the summit’s Mt. Washington Observatory, visitors will find plenty to thrill and entertainment at the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

The Cog operates daily through October and on weekends throughout the month of November. Reservations with advanced purchase of tickets are highly recommended. For daily schedule and ticket purchase, click here. Welcome aboard and welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

Muster in the Mountains this Weekend!

September 5, 2017

Beginning Friday, September 8th, the Mount Washington Auto Road is hosting its 40th annual Muster in the Mountains. This two day event is made up of a colonial encampment of reenactors representing various individuals of the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War and Mountain Man periods from 1750 through 1840.

This gathering will take place in the fields of the Mount Washington Auto Road in beautiful Pinkham Notch in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Participants will demonstrate the use of appropriate tools, clothing, and firearms for their respective time periods. This event is free and open to the general public from 10 am – 4 pm Friday & Saturday.

Activities will include:

·         1800 Firearms & Cannon Display & Competition

·         Woods Walk Competition

·         Tomahawk & Knife Throwing

·         Cooking Competition

·         Weaving, Basket Making, Quill Work, Candle Dipping

·         Gunsmithing, Coppersmithing & Blacksmithing

·         Archery, Wood Carving, Century Games & more!

Come on up to Gorham this weekend to check it out!  We still have a few rooms!

For a complete schedule of events CLICK HERE. You can also take a drive up the Auto Road while visiting. Remember, Royalty Inn has Auto Road discount coupons for our guests. Ask for them at the front desk when checking in. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

Experience the Wildcat Gondola & “ZipRider” Zipline

August 30, 2017

A couple of weekends ago my wife, Lisa and I visited nearby Wildcat Mountain to take a ride on their Gondola. Wildcat Mountain is the only resort in North America where you’ll find the unique lift conversion from a high-speed Quad in the winter to a scenic gondola in the summer. We boarded the four-person enclosed gondola to Wildcat Mountain’s 4,000+ foot summit to view Tuckerman’s Ravine which was spectacular that day. From the backside of the mountain, we could see as far as the Atlantic Ocean! Gondolas run continuously during hours of operation and reservations are not required. 

Wildcat “ZipRider” Zipline
Wildcat Mountain’s four-person “ZipRider” zipline brings riders a huge rush, combining exhilarating feelings of flight while enjoying Wildcat’s natural beauty. The Wildcat Mountain ZipRider descends 2,100 feet over the trails, treetops and the Peabody River to a landing platform located a short distance from Wildcat’s Base Lodge. Riders travel on cables suspended at heights up to 70 feet on a 12 percent grade, reaching speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Access the ZipRider start deck via the Snow cat Triple chairlift at the base of Wildcat and discover this unique and exciting ride. Rides are scheduled on a first come, first served basis at 10 a.m.

For summer/fall hours of operation, Click Here. Please note, the last gondola of the day departs at 4:45 p.m., riding a full, non-stop loop from the base to the summit and back. Both the Gondola Skyride & ZipRider operate weather & wind permitting. 

Wildcat Mountain is only 10 miles from the Royalty Inn. In fact, the Royalty Inn is the closest hotel to Wildcat. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

The 45th Mt. Washington Bicycle Hill Climb to take place this Saturday

August 17, 2017

This Saturday at 8:35 AM as many as 635 cyclists will embark on the most challenging 7.6 mile bike ride in the world up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, marking the 45th time this race has been held. There are several categories of racers leading off with the individual event followed by tandem, triple, and even a unicycle event.

Riders come from all corners of the world to take part. In fact, I recently spoke to a person who is traveling from Salt Lake City, Utah to participate in the race and who will be staying at the Royalty Inn for several nights. He asked where he could find some steep terrain to train prior to the race. I suggested that he ride along Rt. 2 from Dolly Copp Road to Randolph Hill Road to the end. There, he would have both paved and dirt inclines to experience which is similar to the Mt. Washington Auto Road, albeit, not as steep.

Cash prizes are being awarded to the winners. The fastest man and woman will each receive a check for $1,500.  Any racer setting a new hill climb record will be awarded $5,000!   The first male and female to reach the one mile marker will receive $750 each. This event does usually sell out but at the time of this writing, there were still some openings. For more information, email the event organizers at [email protected] I wish the best of luck to all bike racers and look forward to hosting many of you at the Royalty Inn this weekend. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn

Visit the Androscoggin Ranger Station for terrific wildlife & mountain exhibits!

August 8, 2017

Located just 6 miles from the Royalty Inn is a gem of an attraction that goes unnoticed by most. It’s the Androscoggin Ranger Station & Visitors Center, situated just south of Gorham on Route 16. It is definitely worthwhile to take a side trip into the Visitor’s Center during your White Mountain adventure.

Inside you will be treated with a beautiful display of artifacts, history, wildlife, historical photos and many interesting facts about the White Mountains and the Great North Woods. There is even a large relief under glass depicting the terrain details of the Presidential Range. It features the names and locations of trails, gullys, streams, peaks and other interesting features. This is a great attraction for children to learn from.  And best of all, admission is free!

If you happen to be 62 and older, there is even more reason to visit during the next couple of weeks. With proof of age, you can still purchase a lifetime pass to the entire national park system for only $10, as my wife & I just did.  After August 27th, the lifetime pass goes increases to $80!

So, during your next visit to the White Mountains, take 20 to 30 minutes to check out our ranger station; you’ll be glad you did. Welcome to the Royalty Inn!

Conrad Klefos, General Manager
Royalty Inn