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North Conway, New Hampshire:
Median Home Price: $193,000
Nearby Activities: Hiking, kayaking, mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing
The Scene: North Conway is the Northeast's only true mountain town. Its residents celebrate Mount Washington—site of some of the most volatile weather in North America—by paddling the Androscoggin River, ice climbing in Huntington Ravine, and tallying Presidential Range ascents.
OPTIONS: Ski Wildcat Mountain or Cranmore, or explore the valleys around the Presidential Range on horseback.
OUTFITTER: The trainers at Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School (www.emsclimb.com) will teach you the skills you need for rocking out on the White Mountains.
GOOD EATS: The Hoffman Weiss, a home-brewed unfiltered wheat beer, rolls sweet and spicy on the tongue at Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
(www.moatmountain.com). Have it with the ribs in this old mansion-turned-skiers'-hangout and inn. The Metropolitan Coffee House and Fine Art Gallery (www.metropolitancoffeehouse.com) has the feel of a European cafe, but with comfy couches to sink into with a book.
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