Originally Posted by WallyPA
Also, any recommendations on nightlife options in Sandwich - i.e. live music, brewpubs, etc. would be very welcome!
My parents moved to Center Sandwich a few years ago, and I use their house as my "ski lodge" all winter. Depending on where you are staying, (Center Sandwich, North Sandwich, Sandwich) you are probably about equidistant from Loon, Waterville, and North Conway, so not a horrible location to be. It takes us 50 minutes to get to Cranmore, and about an hour to 1:15 to Attitash and Wildcat. About an hour to Loon and Waterville, maybe 10-15 more to Cannon. Bretton Woods about 1:15-1:30.
On to my input, which is about Sandwich nightlife, an oxymoron of sorts! There is very little going on in Sandwich, a large town (geographically) of about 2000 people. There is one main restaurant in town, the Corner House at the corner of 113 and 109. The downstairs is a fancy restaurant with excellent food, but certainly a little more pricey, good for date night! Thankfully, they have added a great pub upstairs with a cheaper menu and pretty good selection of beer and wine. I like this place and I think it's worth a visit while there, open for food 4-10 I think, not sure if the pub stays open later than that. Looks like they have live music on Friday nights through the winter.http://www.cornerhouseinn.com/
Sandwich General store is good for morning coffee and muffins, and also has pizza and sandwiches. Quaint and nice, and cheaper than chain stores, at least for coffee and such. I imagine you are staying in a B&B if not with friends.
In general, we usually stop off on the way home from skiing for dinner, rather than get into Sandwich and have limited options. If you go up 93 from here, Plymouth has some options for both nightlife and restaurants off the beaten track. Jose's is good for Mexican, Lucky Dog is good for burgers and such, also good beer. Plymouth is a college town as well, so the weekend will be rocking there later in the evening, if that is what you are looking for.
If you go up to Wildcat/Attitash/Cranmore areas, I would suggest Cafe Noche, in Conway (not North Conway). As you can tell, it's all about Mexican food for me. North Conway has a lot of restaurants, and they will all be very busy at dinner time
Sandwich has a nice skating rink near the Corner House as well, just a flooded section between boards, backyard-rink style, free to use. There is also enough snow to XC ski right now.