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My parents are planning a trip with us to storyland. Any suggestions on places to stay and other things to do in the area? My kids are 7 and 2. THANKS!
 

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We went there last summer. My kids were 2 years and 2 months. I think they were just a bit too little to really enjoy it. Although Danny did really enjoy the train. But he didn't really "know" the different stories (for example there is a little house with a wolf in a bed dressed like the grandmother, from Little Red Riding Hood, and Danny had no clue what that meant so he wasn't interested.) We stayed at a campground right near there (basically across the street, I can't remember the name, but we found it through the Storyland website), it had a pool and a playground.
 

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There seem to be a lot of places to stay in the area. We are close enough to make it a day trip but will be going with my in laws this summer who plan on staying. We plan on just checking the yellow pages when we go this summer. Or check with StoryLand and see what they say. We were there last summer. We did the Thomas The Train ride and ended up at Storyland afterward. Hottest day ever but lots of misting tents for the kids. My son was just 4 and was able to do just about everything.
 

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The Cranmore Mountain Lodge is nice, and there are a bunch of places in that area. I love Storyland-my kids are about to out grow it, and I will be more upset than they will!! Go after 3 on one day (its open til 6) and you can get a pass for any other day that season. So you can go the next day and get a day and a half for the price of 1! And there is a great Mexican restaurant just down the road-give it a try.
 

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We stayed in a not so great place because we had our dog with us. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ...but we found a WONDERFUL little health food store in North Conway if you are planning on camping, or just need a little snack. It is right up the road from Storyland...Nature's Market, 2988 White Mountain Highway.
 

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THANKS everyone! i would love to camp but unfortunately my parents aren't the camping type! It should be afun trip!
 

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check out <a href="http://www.sunnybrookcottages.com" target="_blank">http://www.sunnybrookcottages.com</a><br><br>
1/2 drive to storyland. family style cottages - more affordable than a hotel especially if you midweek. They have two styles that are for families with more beds etc.
 

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Can't help with reccomendations, but wanted to add that my family trips to Storyland (about 20 years ago! ) are some of my best memories from childhood!! Have fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">:
 

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I'm bumping this up, we're heading to Storyland Friday morning. This will be our 4th year in a row then we'll take a break for 2 years until' Anna is 3. We've always stayed at the Green Meadow Camping Area, its small and not as camper busy as most campgrounds lol<br><br>
Is a stroller necessary? We plan on making it an all day event and up to this point either DH or I carry Anna in the sling. She is 5 months and weighs about 14 pounds.
 

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We stayed at a dive right at the corner of 302 and 16, the Storybook Resort, I believe. The pools were nice but our room was nasty. Really old, moldy caulk around the tub, rusty spots, broken tile... you get it.<br>
Maybe rooms closer to the front of the building would be nicer. We were way out in the back, in the last grouping of rooms.<br><br>
OT, but if you go to Santas Village stay at <a href="http://www.jeffersoninn.com" target="_blank">www.jeffersoninn.com</a>. You won't regret it. We stayed on the top floor in the 2 room suite. Kids in one room, us in the other. No one else was in the Inn that night so I didn't feel uncomfortable about their room not locking, but I think there was a lock at the base of the staircase. there are lots of rooms that have a daybed and they can roll in a cot for anohter child, and you can stay up outside the room in the TV room and enjoy tea while they sleep.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm bumping this up, we're heading to Storyland Friday morning. This will be our 4th year in a row then we'll take a break for 2 years until' Anna is 3. We've always stayed at the Green Meadow Camping Area, its small and not as camper busy as most campgrounds lol<br><br>
Is a stroller necessary? We plan on making it an all day event and up to this point either DH or I carry Anna in the sling. She is 5 months and weighs about 14 pounds.</div>
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I think you'll do fine without a stroller.
 

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The white mountain national forest stuff in the area is great. Incredibly gorgeous.<br><br>
I think the stroller is pretty optional for a slingable babe, but its your back you need to consider<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> . Also, consider how comfortable you are slinging all day on a hot day.<br><br>
They do have cute little borrowable (free!) strollers, but they aren't good for infants -- hard to describe but all metal, no buckles etc. Good for toddlers on up. When we went, we had the baby in a sling, and we brought our double stroller, thinking the big kids (ages 2,3, and 4) could take turns -- we ended up getting one of the loaner ones -- their little legs got tired walking so much.<br><br>
Have fun. Oh, and for anyone staying overnight up there, I'm pretty sure storyland has a deal where if you pay admission after 3 pm on any given day, it is free to get in the next day. We live close enough to do it as a day trip, but I always thought that would be a nicer way have a good long visit, with out overdoing it in one long day.
 

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I liked having a stroller when we went to parks with babies. It allows you the big basket below for extra clothes and dipes and snacks, and gives you the option of going on rides with your older child instead of just daddy getting all the fun. I wouldn't have wanted to carry the babe all day if he'd allow me to let him sleep in a stroller for part of it.<br><br>
The free strollers are more like carts and are appropriate for toddlers, not infants.
 

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There is a great old-fashioned country store in North Conway... DANG, I forget the name of it but it is alot of fun to go into. It is right on the main drag. BRB- I am on a mission to find out.<br><br>
ETA: It's called Zeb's! <a href="http://www.zebs.com" target="_blank">www.zebs.com</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We stayed at a dive right at the corner of 302 and 16, the Storybook Resort, I believe. The pools were nice but our room was nasty. Really old, moldy caulk around the tub, rusty spots, broken tile... you get it.<br>
Maybe rooms closer to the front of the building would be nicer. We were way out in the back, in the last grouping of rooms.<br><br>
OT, but if you go to Santas Village stay at <a href="http://www.jeffersoninn.com" target="_blank">www.jeffersoninn.com</a>. You won't regret it. We stayed on the top floor in the 2 room suite. Kids in one room, us in the other. No one else was in the Inn that night so I didn't feel uncomfortable about their room not locking, but I think there was a lock at the base of the staircase. there are lots of rooms that have a daybed and they can roll in a cot for anohter child, and you can stay up outside the room in the TV room and enjoy tea while they sleep.</div>
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O.K. I am bumping this up because we were at Storyland last weekend and we stayed at the Jefferson Inn, that Rebecca mentioned. It was a bit out of the way in regards to Storyland, next to Santa's Village, but we really liked our stay there!<br>
Gwen is a really nice hostess, great bed and breakfast, literally! Our ds really enjoyed the whirlpool bath! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
Forgot to film that...it would have made a really cute little movie!<br>
Thank you Rebecca for the recommendation! Next time we will be visiting Santa's Village and we will be staying with Gwen and Eric again at the Inn.
 
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