As if the building already wasn’t a domicile of reminiscence each time you enter its doors, the memories really came flooding back at the Red Parka Pub’s 50th anniversary celebration in early November.
“It was amazing,” Red Parka owner Terry O’Brien said. “People came from all over. People I hadn’t seen in years.
“Some days, I think it’s been 150 (years). But going through all of the photographs and everything when we were putting the video together really just brought back so many memories. My parents started it and I thought they’d lost their minds. But we had so many people come and join us, having a great time and celebrating. It was amazing.”
It is of little surprise that guests would come out of the woodwork for the pub’s landmark event, a celebration of the Red Parka’s reputation in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley. Located at the junction of Routes 16 and 302 in Glen, the Red Parka has long been mentioned among the best après-ski spots in all of New England. Location has plenty to do with it — Attitash, Wildcat and Cranmore are all within a 15-mile radius — but so, too, is the establishment’s longtime embrace of skiing and those who love it. That’s not to mention the prime ribs, burgers and other defining menu items that have fed hungry patrons since the beginning.