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Mount Washington Valley is Your Playground While Staying at The Beach Camping Area

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Looking to enjoy New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley with the family? Located on the Saco River, The Beach Camping Area has fun for all ages. Access the sandy beach for lazing around or swimming in the slow, shallow waters. The campground's large riverside beach area mean those who want some quiet time can easily escape from other beachgoers.

There is more to The Beach Camping Area than the river. "Kids always enjoy the onsite playground and basketball courts," says co-owner Marilyn O'Boyle, who owns the campground with her husband Tom O'Boyle, "and on select holiday weekends campers can listen to live music."

The Valley has all sorts of summer outdoor sports, too, with hiking, kayaking, canoeing, tubing and mountain biking being a few of the most popular. "We offer a shuttle service for guests with canoes and kayaks who'd like to see more of the Saco," notes O'Boyle, "dropping them off at a point a few miles up the road so they can float back down to our location."

The area is also known for its exceptional shopping. "Settler's Green Outlets are just steps away and North Conway Village, which is chock full of one-of-a-kind boutiques and shops, is right down the road," exclaims O'Boyle. After a day outside, campers can dine, drink or dance at a local restaurant, café or tavern.

"Conway and the Mt. Washington Valley as a whole is a camper's paradise," exclaims O'Boyle. "Driving up Route 16 into the Village of North Conway is a stunning sight with the quaint small town set against the backdrop of the White Mountains and the often snow-capped Mount Washington presiding over it all."

Camping at The Beach Camping Area, whether in a tent or recreation vehicle (RV), lets you experience a slower pace of life where the night sky is your television, marshmallows are roasted around a warm and inviting fire, and heels are dug in the sand as you walk along the riverside beach. Many amenities are provided so you feel at home among nature. Free Wi-Fi and cable television, recreation pavilion, laundry room, restrooms, showers, dump site, camp store, and 20- and 30-amp RV electric services are all available for your comfort.

Many area residents apparently start as visitors and eventually become locals. The area is that appealing to outsiders. O'Boyle anticipates, "Whether they're staying for a night, a weekend or the entire season, we hope our guests return to their everyday lives with new memories made and a sense of renewal after their time with us."

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