When Haley Gowland and Kyle Newman received a real estate listing from Gowland’s mom, the couple saw more than a run-down hostel, shuttered by the pandemic.
Instead, they saw an opportunity to dedicate themselves to an effort that potentially could shape not only their futures, but also New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley as a whole.
Gowland and Newman, both East Coasters hailing from Massachusetts and Coyb nnecticut, respectively, met while attending college in Connecticut. The avid adventurers were pursuing tracks in outdoor education before eventually relocating to Boulder, Colo., where they would live a vagabond lifestyle, piecing together jobs in an attempt to remain in the outdoor space.
But as the cost of living continued to climb, Newman, who recently had succumbed to a corporate position with Vail Resorts, became frustrated with their paths in life and began seeking other options. In late 2020, the couple had their eyes set on moving farther west to Utah or Idaho, when the call came from Gowland’s mom.