Restaurants near Storyland (N Conway, NH)

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We will be visiting the N Conway area in June and staying for 3 night. I am trying to find out about safe restaurants in that area. I remembered reading a post where someone mentioned the Red Parka Pub. I recently emailed the restaurant asking if they can accomodate someone with peanut and tree nut allergies. I thought I would share the response I received from them:

We do have peanuts in the Pub area, but they are not allowed into the Dining Room at all. We do not cook with peanut or any nut oils. We do offer walnuts for sundaes and they are in the Mud Pie, but other than that, no nuts except for those of us who work here... We also have an "Allergy Book" which lists the ingredients of every item on our menu. If you choose to dine with us, make sure you come into the Main Dining Room and tell the host that you cannot dine in the Pub due to allergies. Ask your server for the Allergy Book if you have any questions on any item. And if you have any other questions, we will do our absolute best to get an answer for you. Please feel free to contact me if I can assist in any other way. Sincerely, Terry O'Brien Owner/Manager Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub PO Box 173 Glen, NH 03838

I was very encouraged by this email and I think we will eat here when we visit NH in June.

Does anyone have any other experiences with this or any other restaurants in that area? Thanks!

[This message has been edited by eklmom (edited April 23, 2006).]

On Apr 23, 2006

Original poster here. I just wanted to add that the "frown" smilie at the top of my post was unintentional. I think the info I received from the restaurant is good news!

On Apr 23, 2006

I'm probably the person who provided the original recommendation of the Red Parka Pub, and we've eaten there once a year for the past 4 or 5 years with no problems for my PA son at all. (I don't think he's eaten the desserts there, though.)

We'll go there again this June when we visit Storyland.

--Debbie

On Apr 23, 2006

Hi...

We visit North Conway each summer with our 2 girls. Older DD is PA/TA, egg & soy allergic; younger DD is shellfish allergic, as well as soy & egg, too. We stay for a week, so I will say that we grocery shop our first day there and eat breakfasts & lunches made by myself...as well as about 1/2 of our dinners (we bring a small Weber grill and BBQ all week). However, we do eat some dinners out. We also have been pleased with the Red Parka. In our experience, Applebees on Rt.16 in Conway as been allergy-aware to our satisfaction. We ate at a place called Upcountry (also on 16) that was very allergy aware and had great food (the chef came out to speak with us and made us feel comfortable). Of course, there are the fast food places, too. Oh...there was another place...a little, side-of-the-road place, with good food, a little north of North Conway, but still on RT. 16...it was the Scarecrow Pub, or something like that. Scarecrow was definitely in the name. There are all kinds of scarecrows throughout the restaurant and my girls (ages 8 & 5) had great fun counting them all as we waited for our food.

Have a great time on your trip. We go in August, so I'm envying you going up there before us!! We were just there a few weeks ago, however, do have fun with some winter sports. It's a beautiful place to visit anytime of year.

Lisa

On Apr 24, 2006

Thank you both very much for the replies. It definitely helps to hear that others have eaten there (& other places) safely. I'm so happy that we'll have places to eat other than Mc Donald's when we go to NH!

On Apr 24, 2006

We have had good experiences at the Ninety-Nine Restauarant in North Conway. We are dealing with PA. Their Ph# is 603-356-9906. A good thing about these restaurants is that you can call ahead for priority seating. This is a chain thru out the area. Check out their web site for menus. Search Ninety-Nine Restaurant and Pub

On Apr 26, 2006

We found the Muddy Moose to be very accomodating. They brought out the package for the chicken fingers/tenders for me to inspect the label(we also have to deal with egg allergy) and were very nice about it all. I mentioned it when I put in our name, and when we were seated a manager came right out to see us. We like the food there.

Generally, we cook in for the kids up there and get a fun take out for dh and I some nights as well. But, dd is not an adventurous eater, so she likes it that way! becca

On Apr 27, 2006

Wow - thanks for all of the great responses. It looks like we won't have to set foot in McDonald's during our trip!

On Apr 27, 2006

We are also going to be visiting StoryLand, so I found all this information very helpful. Thanks! My question is about hotels? Anyone have any recommendations? Thanks

On Apr 27, 2006

This isn't really about restaurants, but I just want to remind you all that I was able to find Rebecca's Nut-Free chocolate chip cookies at Storyland, and my kids loved them. The only place I found them was at the kiosk kind of near the Hawaiian ice stand, in hte section of the park heading toward the water flume ride (although this info may or may not still be valid for this summer).

--Debbie

On Apr 27, 2006

We *love* Luxury Mountain Getaways, but they are pricey. They are so close to Storyland, though, and have nice condos, with kitchens available(some suites do not have kitchens as well, so be sure to ask). The pools are indoor/outdoor too, in case of foul weather. Up and away from the heavier downtown traffic too. But you would have to venture in the traffic to dine anyway.

They have had deals in the past with one night 1/2 price if you stay 2 noghts, one free if you stay 3 nights and such. This is the link to the property we have used: [url="http://www.luxurymountaingetaways.com/NordicVillage/index.html"]http://www.luxurymountaingetaways.com/NordicVillage/index.html[/url]

The past couple of trips there we used time share swaps. We were pleased with the pool and service at Eastern Slope Inn, but our rooms was very old and musty. They do have a new building out back, all new and might have effinciencies there. I owuld ask for those new rooms if I booked there, and we have thought of soing that. The location is great. Can walk to eateries and shops, and a good playground. Also the scenic railroad. And the fair and fireworks on the 4th of July are walkable from Eastern slope Inn.

My parents always loved Red Jacket, but I never stayed there. I am not sure if it is a kid place. It was years ago and they would do a weekend getaway for themselves there, with a meal plan and such. So not sure how that all is with allergies, but you could check.

Might be fun to connect if any of us were at the park on the same day, LOL. We should post back with dates. We have not booked any summer fun yet, so I bet we will end up there. There is always something available somewhere! becca

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On Apr 27, 2006

We're staying at the North Conway Grand Hotel. We've never stayed there, but I've read a lot of good reviews. We are just getting a regular hotel room (not a suite), but the room does have a fridge and a microwave. We plan on bringing cereal, yogurt, etc. and eating breakfast in the room each morning.

On Apr 27, 2006

Yes, Becca, it would be fun to see if any of us will be in Conway at the same time this summer!! We haven't made our arrangements yet...we will go in August, this much I know!

Has anyone gone to Santa's Village, in Jefferon, NH? A little bit of a drive from Conway, but so much fun, IMHO. Our family just thinks it's neat to walk around in the summer, listening to Xmas carols (sp?)...visiting Santa...feeding reindeer!

While in Conway on our 1st visit a few years ago, we came across Echo Lake State Park...a tiny bit out of Conway, not far at all. It's a terrific beach, with beautiful scenery. You can picnic there, as well as BBQ...love it!

All this talk about NH makes me want to look at vacation pictures!! Lisa

On Apr 28, 2006

lillielady, do you know if Santa's Village provides ingredient lists of their food items like Storyland does? We are thinking of going to Santa's Village as well as Storyland this time.

Thanks!

On Apr 28, 2006

Hi elkmom,

Yes, I found Santa's Village have about the same level of allergy awareness, with respect to ingredient listings & providing that information to park guests, as Storyland does. I want to say that both parks are owned & operated by the same family...not sure. We don't buy much to eat at the parks, though. We take in a cooler for lunch/snacks...my DH hikes the cooler back to the truck after we're done eating!

Hope that helps.

Lisa

On Apr 29, 2006

Thanks!

On May 13, 2006

I just wanted to ask if anyone had any experience with the restaurant at the North Conway Grand Hotel. We will be staying there in June. I sent them an email to ask about their retaurant. They seemed pretty allergy aware and stated that they had separate pots, pans, utensils, etc. set aside that would be used for preparing meals for someone with food allergies.

On May 13, 2006

Eklmom, have you stayed at the North Conway Grand Hotel before? I'm interested in staying there during our trip to Storyland next month, but I'm worried about negotiating the traffic in North Conway, which can be bumper to bumper, although I haven't been to N. Conway in a few years, before they put in the new road. So if you've been there, could you let me know how the traffic was? (We've always stayed outside of N. Conway, closer to Storyland itself to avoid the traffic jams.)

Thanks, Debbie

On May 13, 2006

Debbie, no this is the first time for us at this hotel. We used to stay at the Storybook Inn, but it was really dirty the last time we were there two years ago. Last year we stayed at the Comfort Inn and we did not find the traffic bad.

Julie

On May 13, 2006

Hi Debbie,

My family and I were in N. Conway last August...stayed right on Rt. 16. I have to say, the traffic has improved since the road has been widened. We also were up there this March, but stayed in a condo outside of town. The traffic was fine then, too. We've been going for a number of years now, and, IMHO, we don't spend nearly as much time sitting on 16 as we used to!! Enjoy your trip! Lisa

On May 13, 2006

Debbie, when we were at the Eastern Slope Inn, the traffic was not so bad, but we timed it. Trying to get an early start and all that. It is also on the edge of downtown, and close to the turn up to Storyland, as opposed to the lower end of route 16. becca

On May 14, 2006

Thanks for the traffic info, folks. Every time we've been to Storyland in the past, we've been there on a weekend, and not even been able to drive into N. Conway to get to a restaurant because of the heavy traffic. This year, we'll go on a weekday. Is traffic generally easier through N. Conway during the workweek?

--Debbie

On Jun 28, 2006

Just wanted to post an update. We're back from a very successful trip to N. Conway.

One night we ate at the Red Parka Pub. They brought a binder full of ingredient lists to our table and double checked my daughter's selection with the cook. we all enjoyed our meals and were pleased that the staff seemed very allergy aware.

Another night we ate at the Mountainside (?) restaurant at the North Conway Grand Hotel. The manager came out to speak with us and then spoke to the chef once our daughter had decided what she wanted. The manager then came back out to let us know that she double checked the ingredients with the chef and they were preparing her meal separately. Our server seemed very allergy aware as well.

Storyland and Santa's Village have ingredient lists at the registers of their food counters, so it was easy to find things to eat there too. Both places also sell Rebecca's Nut-Free goodies, which we made sure to get.

We seldom eat out and were so happy to have such positive experiences. If anyone has any questions about the places where we ate, I'd be happy to try to answer them!

On Jun 28, 2006

Thanks for the update. We are heading up for a few days next week to go to Storyland and Santa's Village. I am happy to hear that you had a good trip.

On Jul 30, 2006

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Originally posted by turtle: [b]Thanks for the update. We are heading up for a few days next week to go to Storyland and Santa's Village. I am happy to hear that you had a good trip.[/b]

Hi, We will be heading up to Santa's Village and Heritage next week. Hope you had a nice trip. I am curious about your dining experiences as we are always looking and hoping for more safe eating out choices. Thanks

On Jul 30, 2006

We are heading there this week! I found all the information here helpful. We plan on visiting the Red Parker Pub and maybe the Moose Head (I think thats the name) Restaurants. I will post my experiences when we return. Thanks everyone for the information.

On Aug 12, 2006

Ok, just got back last night...we had a great trip. We ended up staying at the Red Jacket Fox Ridge Resort in North Conway. It was a nice family place, indoor & outdoor pool, miniature golf, kids activites, etc. The rooms were clean but could really use some updating. The breakfast at the hotel was great, the manager assured me that everything was safe for our daughter to eat, except of course all the bakery items. They were bought so they were not sure. Ok with us, we avoid that stuff anyway. We ate at the 99 Restaurant one night and the manager was very helpful and so nice. He said everything there is peanut free except for the desserts. We also ate at the Red Parker Pub which was so good. They are very allergy aware, I called and spoke to a very nice lady who said to ask for her when we come in and she would seat us in the diningroom not the pub (the pub has peanuts in there). Dinner was really good, we all enjoyed it It was a nice trip and our first trip since being diagnosed with this awful allergy! So it felt good to be "Normal." Thanks all for your tips, just wanted to fill you in our trip maybe it will help a little with any of yours.

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