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Spring time in the White Mountains can be unpredictable, but there is plenty of fun that can be had. Some activities are actually favorable in the Spr...
At the base of Mount Washington enjoy a guided kayak trip along scenic lakes and rivers of northern NH with brilliant mountain views and opportunities for wildlife viewing. Bring your own bike or rent one, walk or hike along on our scenic trail system with amazing views of the Presidential Mountain ...
Address: Route 16, Pinkham Notch, Gorham 03581
Phone: (603) 466-2333
Springtime and summertime in the White Mountains of New Hampshire are perfect for getting outdoors – even during meal times. Everything just seems to taste better when you eat outdoors and picnicking can be as easy as packing a few sandwiches, a blanket, and heading out into the wilderness for a t...
Story Land is the children’s theme park where fairy tales come to life. Enjoy over 30 wonderfully themed rides and attractions including our newest attraction: Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific musical stage show and meet and greet! Take a ride on Roar-O-Saurus—our one of-a-kind wooden roller coaster! M...
Address: 850 US Route 16, Glen 03838
Phone: (603) 383-4186
The White Mountains have long been known for natural splendor, cultural richness, historical charm and stimulating recreation-as well as some of the most beautiful scenery in the eastern United States. The White Mountains Trail, designated a National Scenic Byway, encompasses all these aspects over ...
The 800,000-acre White Mountains National Forest is a powerful presence in the White Mountains. Adjacent to or part of every village and town, the National Forest ensures that this region will remain largely undeveloped.
North of Franconia Notch State Park is the Northern White Mountains. This gentle countryside is a bit more rural, the pace slower, the views absolutely gorgeous … so get off the highway and explore.
Feel at home in our cozy B&B located next to an 1850's covered bridge. Enjoy a full country breakfast, outdoor hot tub, and river swimming. 4 guest rooms w/private baths, 2-room family suite, AC. Daily rate: $89-$139 d.o.
Address: 404 U.S. 302, Glen NH 03838
Phone: (603) 383-9109
A relaxing getaway inn perfect to recharge. Great restaurants close by. A variety of rooms to satisfy couples and families. All rooms are new, very modern with the latest technology like free WiFi and 32" flat panel TVs.
Address: 322 U.S. 302, Glen NH 03838
Phone: (603) 383-9680
Ideally located on the banks of the Saco River. Perfect for family fun and relaxation. Just minutes to Story Land, shopping, and skiing. View all our clean, comfy rooms, cottages, and suites on our website.
Address: 440 U.S. 302, Glen NH 03838
Phone: (603) 383-6757
Date: February 23rd, 2018
Looking to get outside and enjoy some of the amazing scenery the White Mountains has to offer while taking in some fresh mountain air? Not sure where to start? We’ve compiled a list of six organizations that offer guided tours to help get your blood pumping, and possibly try out fun, new ways to explore trails and scenery in the White Mountains. So slap on a pair of snowshoes, or cross country skis and let’s get started!
Date: January 4th, 2018
Everybody knows that the White Mountains has awesome downhill skiing and snowboarding at some of the best ski areas in the Northeast. Check out Loon Mountain Resort, Cannon Mountain, Attitash Mountain Resort, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Wildcat Mountain, Bretton Woods, and Waterville Valley Resort if you don’t believe us.
However, if you’re not one to hit the slopes, or want to mix up the winter fun, the White Mountains offers a variety of winter activities sure to please every member of the family.
Date: December 14th, 2017
The romance of a quaint New England Bed & Breakfast is not lost on us here in the White Mountains. Amazing views, cozy fireplaces, homemade meals, and charming rooms, create a winter experience you won’t soon forget. Here are 10 intimate B & B getaways to check out in the White Mountains.
Date: November 21st, 2017
We're quite the festive bunch here in the White Mountains and know how to celebrate the holidays. We've got tree lightings, sleigh rides, tasty treats, parades, and most importantly...Santa. Take a look at all of the fun things we have planned for you this holiday season.
Date: September 21st, 2017
No matter which region of the White Mountains you travel this fall, you will be surrounded by incredible foliage. However, sometimes it’s best to spend a few extra minutes taking the leisurely route that is off the beaten path. You may discover a town you’ve never heard of, or a road you’ve never driven. Grab a map, and your camera, and check out these 5 scenic routes on your hunt for fall foliage.
Date: September 8th, 2017
No matter where your base is when you come to the White Mountains this fall, you can find a route less traveled to get the most bang for your foliage buck. Bring your camera and go on a hunt for hidden foliage treasure.
Date: August 23rd, 2017
Labor Day is quickly approaching and is a great chance to come up for one more summer hoorah! There’s plenty to do in the White Mountains Labor Day weekend and deals and specials for you to take advantage of. We’ll see you soon!
Date: July 18th, 2017
We’ve compiled a list of great family-friendly hikes in the White Mountains. This is just a handful of hiking trails in the White Mountains, and it is a helpful start when planning your next family hike. Don’t forget to bring water, a picnic lunch, and your camera!
Date: June 14th, 2017
The White Mountains are known for their breathtaking views as well as their stunning waterfalls. There are hundreds of waterfalls in the White Mountains; some are right off the road, and others are a short hike in the woods. In the summer, (especialy after a good rain storm), these awe-inspiring beauties show off their full potential. To get the most bang for your viewing buck, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 tallest waterfalls in the White Mountains that you just have to see to believe.
Date: October 6th, 2016
Autumn in the White Mountains is a festive explosion of colors that burst across our mountain landscapes and here are 10 ways to experience the White Mountains in the fall.
Date: April 25th, 2018
North Conway, NH – Ahhhhh! Springtime in Mt Washington Valley. The days are getting longer, the snow is melting, and the waterfalls are rushing. Spring is a special time of year marked by 50 shades of green; a beautiful and vibrant palette provided by Mother Nature. With springtime comes several annual events and recreational opportunities for those ready to get out and enjoy the warm air and outdoor recreation.
Date: March 21st, 2018
East Madison, NH (March 20, 2018) - Cynthia's Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon, took place Friday, March 16 through Saturday, March 17 reached the goal of raising $65,000. Over 300 skiers and snowboarders from near and afar registered and participated in the 24-hour event held at King Pine Ski Area. Atlas Fireworks and Bank of New Hampshire provided a spectacular fireworks show Friday night and key support was provided by Vertical Challenge and Bolt Depot with crews DJ’ing music, staffing a photobooth and providing entertainment throughout the event.
Date: March 8th, 2018
Date: February 22nd, 2018
Pinkham Notch, NH—The second-annual Great Glen Trails Winter Charity Day is an event which celebrates active lives, and promotes the spirit of giving. We invite you to make a donation to the charity of your choice, and then join us on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm for a full day of fun—come ski and snowshoe on our scenic trail system, take some runs on our tubing hill, enjoy a catered lunch, and take an exciting ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach. Or, simply join us in our cozy lodge for board games, good food and a fun-filled day with friends, both new and old.
Date: February 15th, 2018
With more than 130” of natural snowfall at Mt Washington Valley’s ski resorts and XC Centers, not to mention tons of manmade snow, snow conditions going into February Vacation Week are primo for skiers and riders. Add to that a full line-up of events and adventures scheduled at the region’s 13 ski resorts and XC Centers, and you’ve got the perfect destination for your February Vacation. Not a skier? Fear not! There’s plenty of great adventure on and off the mountains for those who’d prefer to find fun without skis or boards on their feet!
Date: January 26th, 2018
Pinkham Notch, NH — Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is proud to host Kids Ski Fest 2018 at their scenic, family-oriented trail system at the base of Mount Washington. This fun event caters to all skiing abilities, and is open to kids in grades 1 through 8, with parents being welcome and encouraged to take part in all the day’s activities.
Date: January 5th, 2018
"Bomb Cyclone" Brings Up to 17" of New Snow to NH Ski Areas
Warmer temperatures to return in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend
Photos available for download: http://bit.ly/2AvmLSB
Conway, NH (January 5, 2018)—Though some may bemoan the shoveling from the "Bomb Cyclone" blizzard that hit New England on Thursday, January 4, Ski New Hampshire's member resorts are celebrating the storm. With snow totals reaching up to 17" through the course of the storm, many of the Granite State's ski areas are 100 percent open, or very close to it, heading into the weekend.
Date: December 15th, 2017
Pinkham Notch, NH—Mother Nature controls everything here in Snow Country, and she’s been kind to us this past week, dropping 19 inches of snow in Pinkham Notch. With cold temperatures ahead, and plenty of snow on the ground, Great Glen Trails will be opening for the 2017-2018 season this Friday, December 15. Most of our 45 kilometers of ski and snowshoe trails will be open immediately, and our dedicated grooming staff will be working through the night to create the early-season conditions that you’ve been dreaming about. Our tubing hill has acres of fresh corduroy, and our fleet of SnowCoaches are ready to take you up the legendary Auto Road to treeline on Mt. Washington.
Date: December 13th, 2017
New Hampshire Skiers Will Have a White Christmas After Recent Storms
Snowfall totals reached nearly two feet between Saturday and Tuesday’s weather events.
Photos and video available for download: http://bit.ly/2j1jcNZ
CONWAY, NH (December 13, 2017)—Skiers and snowboarders won’t have to dream of a white Christmas this year. Snowstorms overnight brought up to 8 inches of new snow by Sunday, December 10 for some of Ski New Hampshire’s member ski areas, followed by another weather event on Tuesday, December 12 which totaled up to a foot in some parts of the state. With cold temperatures and more snow in the forecast for next week, New Hampshire’s
Date: November 21st, 2017
North Conway, NH (November 20, 2017) – State and local leaders gathered at Cranmore Mountain Resort today for an official ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the completion of Phase One of Cranmore’s $50 Million base area redevelopment project called Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore. When completed, the six phase Master Plan will bring six new buildings, 106 year round residences and 45,000 square feet of new day lodge space to the resort.
Date: August 18th, 2017
CONWAY — Memorial Hospital invites local school-aged children to take part in the fifth annual Fun Run at Story Land on Monday, Sept. 4, with check in beginning at 8 a.m.
This Fun Run is the kick off to a school-year long initiative to bring their “Let’s Go” health and wellness education and activities to students throughout Mount Washington Valley, funded by the proceeds of the 2017 Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament. While the race is open to all, local children will receive free registration courtesy of the North Conway-based hospital.
Date: May 18th, 2017
New rides, new thrills for visitors to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. With Memorial Day weekend upon us, attractions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are set to open for the season.
Date: February 13th, 2017
Officials with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, organizers of the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb planned for July 6-9, 2017 at the Mt. Washington Auto Road in Gorham, NH, announced today that 80 competitors representing 17 states in the United states as well as the countries of Canada, Wales, Australia and Romania will make up the field for this year’s Climb to the Clouds automotive hillclimb taking place on the historic 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road.
Date: January 24th, 2017
Half a century since the last Glen House stood on this site, the family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC) which has owned and operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, intends to have the fifth iteration of the hotel open by May 2018.
Date: January 23rd, 2017
As Valentine’s Day closes in, those looking for romance need look no further than Mt. Washington Valley, NH, where ‘feelin’ the love’ was never so fun, easy, or worry free. Whether you’re searching for that special ski bum hoping to propose to the one you love, below are some great ideas guaranteed to help court cupid this year.
Date: November 9th, 2016
As the holidays approach, the calendar in Mt Washington Valley, NH fills with everything from shopping events to Santa sightings, skiing and the chance to ring in the new year in the White Mountains. It’s a packed holiday calendar with so many reasons to visit Mt Washington Valley you’ll need to plan more than one getaway. Visit one weekend for tax-free shopping and the next weekend for skiing and holiday events. It’s all here in Mt Washington Valley.
Date: November 1st, 2016
Shoppers can get an early start on holiday buying with tax-free shopping and shop-fests throughout Tax-Free “Shoptember” in Mt Washington Valley.
Date: July 19th, 2016
Glen, NH - Story Land has jumped on the Pokémon Go craze with their very own after hour's event this Friday, July 22nd from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Grab an Exclusive Pokémon Go Event ticket at StoryLandnh.com for only $9.99 and venture through the Land Where Fantasy Lives while catching all the Pokémon you can! With 23 PokéStops at the park, Story ...
Date: May 12th, 2016
NORTH WOODSTOCK, NH - From the top of Mount Washington to the underground worlds of Polar Caves Park and Lost River Gorge, many of New Hampshire's White Mountains Attractions are set to open their doors for the summer.This popular New England region has been a vacation destination for generations of visitors, where trips to Story Land, Clark...
Date: December 3rd, 2015
North Woodstock, NH - Mountain ridges turn white and villages start to twinkle with festive lights, as the excitement of the upcoming holiday season builds. In preparation, the attractions and towns throughout New Hampshire's White Mountains have planned seasonal events through the rest of this year.Santa Claus loves to ride the rails, and will...
Date: December 2nd, 2015
Pinkham Notch, NH - Snowmakers at Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch have been busy throughout the week making snow as opening day quickly approaches. Whether or not the weather holds for any additional snowmaking, or even natural snowfall, Great Glen's annual Nordic Warm-up Program, led by Ski School Director and 1984 Olympian Sue Wemyss, will...
Date: June 9th, 2015
North Conway, NH - As we prepare for another summer in Mt Washington Valley, June is alive with everything from adventure to foodie events. From bird watching to motorcycle riding, June events attract visitors from throughout the world. It's a time when trees start greening up, golf courses open and family attractions open daily.&nb...
Date: May 20th, 2015
Glen, NH - Story Land opens Saturday May 23 for its 62nd season! Opening day will feature the debut of Rory, the Dino that leads Roar-O-Saurus around the track. Roar-O-Saurus, the ever popular wooden coaster, was the highlight of Story Land's 60th anniversary season. Joining Story Land's cast of popular characters that inc...
Date: November 21st, 2014
White Mountains, NH (11/21/14) - Freshly fallen snow coats the ground and the excitement of the upcoming holiday season is beginning to build. In preparation, towns and attractions throughout New Hampshire's White Mountains have planned bountiful family-friendly events through the rest of this year.You probably didn't know that S...
Date: September 30th, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ September 29, 2014Contact: Susan Logan - firstname.lastname@example.org: (603) 356-5251, ext. 21North Conway, NH…….. All aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad for some great family fun! Located in the center of North Conway Village, the Conway Scenic Railroad will offer three events during the last two weeks ...
Women’s Winter Escape at Great Glen is a unique chance to learn and take part in a variety of activities with other women in small groups, providing for personalized attention from expert instructors.
• For women only
• Small groups with individualized attention
• Skate skiing clinics
• Classic cross-country skiing clinics
• Downhill skills clinics
• Snowshoe tours led by a naturalist
• Sip & shop
• And more!
The activities include a variety of ski clinics for classic and skate techniques, beginner through advanced, snowshoeing led by a naturalist, yoga; snow tubing, pre- and post-activity stretching, lunch, and an après ski wine and cheesegathering with discounted shopping in the Great Glen Outfitter Shop. Women’s Winter Escape is limited to twenty participants, ensuring a low instructor to student ratio for maximum learning.
All women will make their clinic selections at Saturday morning check-in on January 13. Participant numbers are limited in each clinic, to assure personalized attention and instruction during clinics.
The following day, Sunday, January 14, Great Glen hosts an equipment demo, with ski and snowshoe products from Atomic, Fischer, Rossignol, Salomon, Swix and Tubbs available to take out and test on the trails. Participants in Saturday’s Women’s Winter Escape will receive their free trail pass for Sunday, enabling them access to the equipment demo with no extra charge.
The cost for Women’s Winter Escape is $89.
This includes: On Saturday; trail pass, all clinics, ski and snowshoe rentals, a light continental breakfast, lunch, après-activity refreshments, shopping discount, and a commemorative SKIDA hat. On Sunday; trail pass, access to all demo equipment from the above visiting companies.
*For lodging recommendations, please visit the Lodging Partners page on our website.
Winter Trails Day is a free one day event where people new to snow sports can try snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing! To promote the health, fitness and social benefits of snow sports participation, we are offering free cross country skiing lessons and snowshoe rentals to first timers only on Saturday, from 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. Minimum age for a ski lesson is 6 yrs however any first timer can snowshoe or try skiing for free.
Our experienced SnowCoach drivers will take you to treeline (weather permitting) at 4,200 feet on the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a chance to watch the sun rise. We leave promptly at 6:30 am in January and 5:45 am in February from the base lodge, and will not hold back the trip as we need to keep a tight schedule throughout the day for all our guests.
Even if we don't actually get to the see the sun rise, you can be sure the early morning lighting at treeline will make for incredible and unforgettable scenes. Although you are riding in a heated van, you should dress warm as you will have an opportunity to get out of the SnowCoach for pictures and to experience the weather on Mount Washington.
Weather information can be found here and you are always welcome to call for the latest conditions at the Top of the Tour.
Welcome all skiers, downhill and Nordic alike, to Great Glen Outfitters' 3rd Annual Open House! Enjoy a fun evening of socializing, checking out new gear and clothing, trying out some fatbikes for free, and awesome door prizes. You don't want to miss this exciting event!
In conjunction with the Appalachian Mountain Club, Great Glen Trails offers you the chance to really get to know Pinkham Notch, with a FREE tour (trail pass is required). When you ski with a naturalist, you will learn about the flora and fauna that make our corner of the world so special.
Free demos with trail pass and look for great sales with 20% off store wide!
Demo Day will feature representatives with the latest in skis, boots, poles, wax and accessories.
Great Glen Outfitters carries most of the items that will be featured during Demo Day, and the staff will be available to help with packages and sizing and to answer any additional questions.
Calling all ghosts, goblins, and ghouls; beckoning the area's finest princesses, pirates, and pixies. Community members and visitors alike are encouraged to enjoy the Littleton Harvest Festival jamboree by attending plenty of fun events including the 4th Annual Gathering of the Jack O' Lanterns on the Ammonoosuc River, a ride with the Headless Horseman, a chance to savor family-friendly Trick or Treating on Main Street, a haunted walk along the Ammonoosuc River, a community bonfire, and a dance at the Littleton Opera House! Costumes are welcomed and encouraged for a day of community fun and excitement.
For more information about the event and an interactive map, please visit http://bit.ly/
10 am - 12 pm: Littleton Police Department Halloween Festival at the Littleton High School
12 pm - 2 pm: Boys & Girls Club of the North Country Old Home Day Festivities at Remich Park
2 pm - 4 pm: Trick or Treating on Main Street
- Spooky Stories on the Library Lawn
- Chili Contest at Littleton Food Co-op
At Dusk: Haunted Riverwalk Gathering of Jack O' Lanterns on the River
- Ghoulish Music at Riverglen Gazebo
- Headless Horseman's Carriage Rides
- Eerie Astronomy at Riverglen Parking Lot
Kids Ski Fest
Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:00am - 3:00pm
Come join us for winter fun on skis for the whole family! Try out the maze, bicycle bumps, and junior jump at the Skier Discovery Zone! Games, team relays, and a scavenger hunt with prizes on trails to the Great Angel Cabin! Beginner lessons and a lollipop race for new skiers. Lunch in our cozy Base Lodge, storytelling, and tubing all day! Parents are welcome and encouraged to take part in all activities offered.
Registration includes a trail pass, lunch, and activities all day. Register in advance, and kids rental skis are free, adults 1/2 off!
8:30-9:30am Registration and rental ski pick-up
9:30-10:30am Beginner lesson or Games on skis
11:00am-12:00pm Freestyle Relays (skate or classic) - teams picked randomly, 1 and 2 km distance dependent on age/experience
12:00-12:30pm Lollipop races - approx.150 meter length for beginning skiers
12:30-1:30pm Alphabet Soup lunch in Libby Room
1:30-2:30pm Create a Ski Poster!
1:30-3:00pm Dragon Egg Scavenger Hunt on Trails and Ski Tour to Great Angel Cabin
2:00-3:00pm Hot Chocolate and Cookies at Great Angel Cabin
Ongoing from 10am-3:00pm
Skier Discovery Zone obstacles and challenges
Storytelling by the fire with Jayne Richards at 11:00-11:30am and1:30-2:00pm
$20 - One child Grades 1-8
$15 - Each additional child Grades 1-8
$25 - One adult
$75 - Family
*register in advance, kids rentals are FREE and adult rentals 1/2 off!
Day-of Event Registration:
$25 - One child Grades 1-8
$20 - Each additional child Grades 1-8
$30 - One adult
$85 - Family
Great Glen Charity Day
Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:30am - 2:30pm
An event to remember and celebrate the lives of Great Glen friends passed
Over the years, we have lost some very close friends here at Great Glen. They were folks who loved to recreate outdoors on our trail system; be it cross country skiing, snowshoeing, biking, running and/or walking. This year we’ve planned a day for memories and the celebration of active lives. We invite you to help us celebrate and honor people who may no longer be with us, but live on in our hearts by making a donation to the charity of your choice, then joining us on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Come ski for the day, take a run or two on our tubing hill, explore the woods on snowshoes, enjoy a catered lunch, or take a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach* to treeline on the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Or maybe simply sit with us in the lodge dining room and share memories, while enjoying the views and the camaraderie of friends.
• Make a minimum donation of $25 per person ($15 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and a buffet lunch.
• Make a minimum donation of $50 per person ($30 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, a buffet lunch and a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach* to treeline on the Auto Road.
* The first 32 people who make a $50 donation will receive a ticket for the SnowCoach for that day. We expect these available spots to go fast - so get your donations in early.
Minimum donation is per person. Kids under 5 participate free with each donating adult.
Check in to receive your wristband for the day. Lunch will be served 11:30-1:00.
Donations will also be accepted on the day of event but pre registration would be helpful.
These are suggested minimum donations - please be as generous as you can be, we're sure your favorite charity will be very appreciative! Need help chosing a charity? Take a look at all the great local causes here in the Mt Washington Valley.
Register by printing out this pdf, then write a check made out to the charity of your choice (not to Great Glen Trails) and mail them to us or drop them off here. We'll take care of getting the donation to your charity. See you on the 11th!
Great Glen Trails
Attn: Charity Day
PO Box 278
Gorham NH, 03581
The aroma of freshly baked goodies welcomes you at the door, as well as a craft raffle! Your purchase supports our Great Glen Bill Koch League Ski Club. Crafters take over the base lodge and are spread out on all three floors! Woodworking, photography, knitting, specialty soaps and lotions, jewelry, wreaths, and much more—including live demonstrations.
The Omni Mount Washington Resort is pleased to welcome the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra on Monday, December 15.
Enjoy timeless classics and traditional holiday favorites in the majestic Mount Washington Hotel Grand Ballroom. Relive the golden age of dance music with huge top of the chart hits such as “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, “Tuxedo Junction” and, of course, the enchanting “Moonlight Serenade”. As an extra-added bonus, the famed orchestra will include some special arrangements of your favorite holiday classics to truly get you…. “In the Mood” for Christmas!
Doors open at 8pm for this one night only event. Seating is limited so reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets are $30 per person, and may be purchased by calling 603.278.8989, or visiting brettonwoods.com/glennmiller. Or make a night of it - enjoy luxurious accommodations at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel including event tickets from just $149 per couple. Call 800.843.6664 or visit omnihotels.com/mountwashington for details and to reserve.
We are proud to present ... "In The Mood" for Christmas on December 18th. Enjoy a three-course dinner and prepare to dance the night away as the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra takes to the stage to perform some of the greatest big band hits of all time and holiday classics! Perfect for your holiday group gathering.
This is a one night only event, and seating is limited so reservations are strongly recommended.