Monthly Archives: March 2012

Quick Getaway to Mount Washington Valley

Mount Washington Valley New Hampshire is the perfect one tank trip and a park the car romantic getaway for travelers seeking family fun this summer and spring. Designed as a pedestrian and bike friendly area, Mount Washington is the place to park the car, and enjoy a gas-free vacation. Mount Washington Valley and the towns of Jackson and Glen are just 2 hours from Boston, a little over one hour from Boston-Manchester Airport, and 3 hours from Providence.

Mount Washington Valley is a fully-featured area with world-class skiing, golf, nationally-ranked tennis courts, a skateboard park, year-round ice arena, hiking, biking, water sports, boating, and cultural activities that range from bluegrass festivals to Shakespeare under the stars. Mount Washington Valley is a unique combination of historic town, and nature-lover’s paradise, with an emphasis on family and community that brings people back year after year.

In the 1800s, visitors came to the valley by stagecoach to escape the heat of the city and enjoy an abundance of natural beauty. These days, visitors arrive by car, winding their way along the picturesque highways on their way to a pristine 500 acres surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest. It’s a breath-taking experience–or perhaps “breath-releasing.” Time and again, visitors describe turning off the highway and heading to the valley as a letting go of the outside world and a deep-seated sense of heading home.

Arriving at Mount Washington Valley, many visitors park their cars and forget them. Activities there are, in abundance: year-round sports of every imaginable variety, for everyone from absolute beginners to experts; arts and education programs for children and adults; outdoor theater, gardening, and clubs. In Mount Washington Valley, the words “I’m bored” are rarely, if ever, heard.

Hikers have been exploring Mount Washington Valley since the 1800s, which range from easy walking paths to sweat-drenching ascents. Want a short jaunt to work off the fettuccine alfredo you just had at one of the Valley’s restaurants? Take a stroll down town or through some of the covered bridges Jackson has to offer. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Wander through the woods and wildflowers on the valley floor, or hike past the scenic waterfalls. Ready to work up a sweat? Head up the 6,000+ ft. summit of Mount Washington for stunning views of the entire valley and surrounding forests. There are trails for the brave, the bold, but certainly not the beginners at Mount Washington Valley.

If you prefer wheels to hiking boots, bring your mountain bike to the Valley, or rent one there. Once again, you can take it as easy or as hard as you like. Whether its a leisurely ride around town or a dirt-kicking expedition through the woods, you’ll find plenty of trails to suit your mood. Everything from meandering dirt fire-roads to gnarly single-track is available. With miles of marked, well-maintained trails, Mount Washington Valley is a Mecca for mountain bike enthusiasts.

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Preparing Yourself For Nature And The Outdoors

Perhaps a romantic getaway for you includes a bonfire, bug spray and some hiking.  There’s nothing wrong with that and what better way to pamper yourself after a night in the woods than at the Bernerhof Inn!

Camping outside in the woods or forest with your family, friends, and loved ones can be a very enjoyable experience. Whether sitting around the campfire and telling stories or bird watching and exploring nature, being outdoors can leave you with unforgettable memories. Now what memories you will leave with depends on how well you are prepared. If a camper is not knowledgeable about his surroundings, nature can give some pretty nasty surprises. Below are some advice and tips that will help you avoid certain situations that can damper your trip.

Bugs go away!!

Bugs are always a very annoying problem for a lot of campers. These critters keep flying around your food, and buzzing in your ears. Also let’s not forget about more serious problems from some insects, like mosquitoes, which love to bite and give you itchy bumps. Then there are lice and ticks which can pass on diseases. We are entering black fly season here in New Hampshire so we need to be prepared for them as well.  Here are some tips to help keep the bugs away.

1. Try not to use fragrant lotions or products. Sweet smells attract insects.
2. Try to stay cool. Bugs are attracted to sweat.
3. Bring bug repellant/ Sunscreen.
4. Avoid eating bananas as this fruit secretes an odor through your pours which attracts mosquitoes.
5. Use coconut oil as this repels mosquitoes

Beware of Ticks

Ticks can be a problem due to the fact they can spread diseases. Ways to prevent yourself from exposure to ticks is to avoid grassy areas, wear a hat, and do not wear shorts when you are on a trail. You should check for ticks and if detected remove it as early as possible. If you find a tick attached to your skin, use tweezers close to your skin as possible and pull off the tick, but do not squeeze its body. You should have the doctor check the bite as soon as possible. Ticks can spread diseases such as Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis to humans, which is fatal if not treated.

General Advice

1. Bring and keep a picture of the travelers with you, in case anyone gets lost.  It’s also important to bring ID for yourself and your family.
2. When hiking remember to bring some water, food, a flashlight, and bandages.
3. Never hike by yourself.
4. 80% of your body heat is lost through your head, so to keep warm, wear a hat.
5. In New England, the weather can turn quickly, so be sure to bring the appropriate layers of clothing for a cold night or precipitation.

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Quick Travel Tips for that Summer Romantic Getaway

With gas prices, this summer, hovering around the $4/gallon mark, many people may be reconsidering taking that summer road trip. However, the Tire Industry Association (TIA), one of the leading global authorities on tires, offers six tips drivers can use to stay safe, reduce fuel consumption and thus make that NH romantic getaway a reality.

1. Perform a visual inspection and check tire pressure. According to TIA Senior Vice President of Training Kevin Rohlwing, improperly inflated tires are one of the biggest contributors to a car’s fuel inefficiency. Drivers should check the owner’s manual or the placard on the inside of the driver-side door to determine the correct inflation, and always check the pressure first thing in the morning, when tires are “cold.

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A Quick History of Jackson NH

Jackson is such a quaint historic town we thought we’d share a quick note about the history from our friends at the historical society.  A great  place for a romantic getaway and an exciting day of hiking, biking, swimming or even shopping, Jackson NH is a great town to visit, explore or even settle.

The first settlers in our area came from Madbury, New Hampshire and they called their new settlement New Madbury. At the time of incorporation on December 4, 1800, Adams was adopted as the town name in honor of President John Adams. It remained so until 1829, when the name was changed to Jackson.

While the record, official or otherwise, is unclear as to who instigated the name change, it was motivated in response to the election of President Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans. The popularity of President Jackson is reflected in that only one vote was cast for keeping Adams as the name.

In the mid-1800′s, Jackson became a popular destination for artists arriving by coach to capture the scenic beauty of the area on their canvases. Others attracted by the what they saw on canvas began to arrive. At first, farmers opened their doors to these visitors, and many expanded their own homes into boarding houses. Hotels were then built to accommodate visitors arriving by train for the summer to enjoy the mountain air, croquet and conversation on the expansive porches.

In 1876, the covered bridge which spans the Ellis River was built by Charles Austin Broughton and his son Frank. At that time it was named the “Honeymoon Bridge”. Local custom has carried on a romantic tradition with many newly married couples having their photograph taken there, thus adding another memory to their special day. Jackson’s Covered Bridge, a Paddleford truss construction, is one of 55 remaining today. It is well maintained by the town and is protected by a fire protection system to alert the local fire station.

World War II brought an end to these glorious summers. Although many of the grand hotels of Jackson are now gone, the splendor of this Village remains. Visitors now come year round to enjoy the views, covered bridge, white steepled church, water falls, mountains, and rolling farmland. They now stay in country inns, B&B’s, lodges, or the only remaining grand hotel and sample local flavor in the restaurants.

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Mt. Washington Valley Arts Update!!

We always like to share events going on in the valley.  If you’re heading up for a romantic get-away or just want to enjoy the events and stay in a cozy jackson nh bed and breakfast, we welcome the opportunity to host you and your family.

Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association
Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association
Schedule of Events
Welcome to your Members’ Update!
Here you will find the latest news and a quick reminder of scheduled events, activities and classes.
If you have questions, phone us at 603-356-2787, or visit us on the web at mwvarts.org
New Exhibit

Juried Photographers Dick Pollock and Kathy Bergeron share the Artist of the Month Exhibit for the month of March.  Their Exhibit is titled “A’ LA CANVAS”.  Both artists have recently begun to produce much of their work on canvas.  The emphasis of this show is to demonstrate the wonderful detail, vibrancy and texture that is possible with this medium.

The public is invited to come to the opening reception where you can meet the artists on Friday, March 2nd from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  The exhibit will run from March 2nd until March 24th.

Gafney Library

Several Association Members will be exhibiting their work at the Gafney Library for the month of March.  If you are in the area, stop by to see the exhibit.

M&D Productions’ “Your Theatre”

The work of photographer David Gorke will be on display in the theatre for the month of March.

Art Appreciation Video
Our video series on Art Appreciation will resume next week on Friday evening March 9th at 6pm.
Sitters Needed

Gallery sitters are needed for Saturdays during the month of March.  If you have some time available (10am-2pm) we could use the help.  Please call the office if you are available and we’ll be happy to schedule you.

Save the Date

Ever wanted to own a Nan White watercolor? Saturday evening, March 31, 2012, is your best opportunity!   ” NAN WHITE the ARTIST: An Exhibit for Sale” will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Mt. Washington Valley Art Association ‘s Visual Arts Center, 16 Norcross Place , North Conway Village, NH. White’s work will be display on Friday, March 30, 2012 from 9-3.

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