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Mount Washington Valley Ski Vacation!

Known as one of the single best places for a ski vacation in New England, the Mount Washington Valley has quite a bit to offer skiers. Beginners, intermediates, and experts will all find suitable trails

Between the months of November and April, several feet of fresh powder fall in the Valley and create a winter wonderland like no other. There is terrain available for all levels of skiers and riders along with a myriad of other fun winter activities to take advantage of.  Ski lessons are available, as well as rentals for skis and other equipment.

The ski season runs from late November to the middle of March, when the most snow fall is experienced. There are several places to choose for lodging, meals, and nightly entertainment, but the biggest attraction during the winter is the skiing, of course.

If your kids aren’t quite ready for the black diamond trails, but you are, there are multiple resorts that offer full-day care and even lessons for all ages.  This allows the parents, not able to sneak away for a romantic get-away, to bring the kids along but still get out and rip it up at their own pace.

The Mount Washington Valley is a great place for a family vacation and the variety of activities is second to none.

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Moonlight Hiking

Why moonlight hiking? The trails are empty, there are eyes in the bushes and stars in the sky. Then there are the more practical reasons.

If you’re looking for a nice romantic getaway to a Jackson, NH bed and breakfast, this might be just the season!

I started moonlight hiking when I was a teenager prowling the streets and fields of North Conway. I later found that if I timed my backpacking trips to coincide with a full moon, I could hike every night. The two primary motivations for doing this are the adventure and mystery of night hiking, as well as the practical advantages that it has.

Moonlight Hiking – A Unique Experience

It’s a great experience to hike away the hours of the night under a full moon. My first time doing this on a longer backpacking trip was on a five-day hike in the White Mountains. Every night I would sleep in the silence of the woods, waking up when the cool temps bothered me. Then I easily hiked through the rest of the night by moonlight.

This meant getting up between two and four in the morning and hiking the rest of the night. I was moving during the coldest part of the night, so I was able to get away with a lighter sleeping bag on this trip. In fact, since there wasn’t a cloud in the sky during those five days, I just slept in the open, without a tent or tarp every night. Most afternoons I took a leisurely nap in the sun to catch up on sleep.

Hiking at night meant no other people on the trail. Crowded trails were not actually a problem where I was, but I would like to go moonlight hiking to avoid the crowds the next time I am in Yosemite National Park, or in the Smoky Mountains. Sometimes it is nice to have the trails and whole mountain valleys to yourself.

You can hike a lot of miles at night, without any problems of over-heating. When the sky is clear and the moon is full, or within three days of its fullest, the moonlight is more than bright enough for hiking in fairly open terrain. In thicker woods you may need a flashlight for assistance.

If you do try this, plan your trip with the full moon coming right in the middle of the time span (if you can). This is how you get the maximum use of the moonlight before, during and after the full moon. Also note the time that the moon rises. About an hour after moonrise you’ll have enough light to hike, unless it is overly cloudy (something else to check on).  Currently the moon is visible before sundown.  This has been making for some very nice sunsets!

When hiking at night you’ll be able to clearly see animal tracks in the snow or soft sand of the trails. They included fresh bear tracks. Though black bears in this area are not usually dangerous, it keeps your senses tuned in when you know there are eyes in the woods watching you and none of them are human.

The lakes and ponds reflect the moon, owls swoop by almost without sound, and animals move in the bushes as you pass. The many shadows hide things, but you walk on by them, leaving these little mysteries unsolved. The trees and rocks take on a different, starker appearance than during the day. Moonlight hiking is a beautiful and unique experience.

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Lost Valley Ski Vacations

If you will be traveling to North Conway for a romantic getaway, you could take a quick trip over to Lost Valley Ski Resort. Located on 300 acres in the middle of Maine, the resort offers many different types of terrain, hills, streams, bridges, and fifteen well maintained trail systems.

The Lost Valley Resort is best suited to beginners and intermediate skiers, but there are more thrilling trails available for expert skiers as well. There are three lifts to accommodate skiers, including two chair lifts and one surface lift.

Equipment can be rented for all sports that are catered to at Lost Valley Resort, including ski equipment, snowboarding equipment, mountain bikes, and paintball equipment. Ski and snowboarding lessons are also available for private parties and groups.

At the lodge, you will experience a warm family environment with outstanding food and beverages. This is an absolutely wonderful place to bring a family.
There are training programs, adaptive ski programs, racing events, a snowboard terrain park, mountain biking, and a huge twenty acre paintball park.  Lost Valley Resort is also a great place to hold meetings, family reunions, weddings, and other special events.  Catering is available.

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Packing Your Bags: What You Should Leave at Home

Last night I watched a cool show on some big huge cruise ship.  It was interesting to see how smoothly they swapped the “old” passengers with the “new” ones in just a few hours and got the whole ship ready and looking new.  Another thing that I was amazed by was the number of people that were having issues with the check-ins.  People using their wrong names on passports, people forgetting passports, etc…  Here’s a little article about items you should keep in mind, and maybe keep at home, when you’re traveling either to a far off land or just a romantic getaway to a Jackson, NH Bed and Breakfast!

Each day, millions of travelers hop on an airplane to get their next destination. Whether you are planning a visit to friends or family, attending a business meeting, or just taking a family vacation, it is likely that you will not be traveling alone. Almost all air travelers bring some sort of luggage with them.  Unfortunately, when it comes to packing their bags, many travelers have no idea what they should or shouldn’t bring along.

Not only should be thinking about convenience, but you should also be thinking about air travel rules, namely the rules that specify which items or materials are allowed aboard an airplane and which ones are not.

When examining items prohibited during air travel, it is important to remember that some items may only have a partial ban. An example of a partial ban is a ban that may prevent certain items from being stored in your carry-on luggage, but not in your checked baggage.  Most of these bans, such as liquids, large tools, sporting goods, and sharp objects, are imposed only for safety reasons.

Although a large number of items are allowed to be in your checked baggage, there are some items that you cannot, under any circumstances, bring aboard an airplane. These items most commonly fall under the category of explosive or flammable materials.  You will find that you are prohibited from bringing dynamite, gun powder, lighters, flares, or strike anywhere matches on an airplane.  In fact, trying to board an airplane with these items in your possession could land you in serious trouble.

In addition to items that are banned by the airline industry, you will also want to think about convenience, when packing your bags for your next business trip or vacation.  When it comes to carry-on luggage, you will find that some airlines restrict the size of your bags, as well as the weight. For your own convenience, you will want to keep your carry-on luggage as light as possible. The same should be said for your checked baggage.  Although you may not be carrying it with you at all times, it is still advised that you pack as light as possible. A number of airlines have strict weight limits on carry-on luggage.  If your luggage weights more than what is allowed, you may be charged an extra fee or you may even be required to remove some of your belongings.

It is also advised that you think of the items that you are bringing along with you, specifically their monetary and sentimental value. When traveling aboard an airplane, there are a number of instances where you belongings may suffer damage, especially those stored in checked baggage. If you would take a large financial or emotional hit from the loss or destruction of your personal belongings, you are advised to leave those items at home. Although you may not be able to have your laptop with you or your favorite piece of jewelry, it is nice to know that your treasured items are safe at home.  I tend to bring those items with me on the plane.  Though I don’t totally distrust the airlines and the luggage crews, I tend to feel safer if my valuable are within reach (that sometimes includes my cat!)

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Great Things to Do in White Mountains New Hampshire

Special thanks to our friends at Visit New Hampshire for providing us with this great list of activities and attractions around the White Mountains!

America’s Oldest Continuously Operated General Store  America’s Oldest Continuously Operated General Store

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The Brick Store is a genuine old-fashioned general store that dates back as far as 1790 – in fact, the store calls itself America’s oldest continuously operated general story. It is located on the main street – Route 302 – in the delightful town of Bath. Customers include some old-timers in their 90s who tell the owners, Mike and Nancy Lusby, that they remember buying penny candy there as kids. How authentic is that? At the Brick Store, visitors can buy distinctive New England specialties — including smokehouse meats and cheese, homemade fudge, gift packs and gift baskets, maple syrup, weathervanes, and much more. It is open daily. Phone: 800-964-2074

Are We There Yet?  Are We There Yet?

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If you drive regularly in any New England town, it’s only a matter of time before you spot a car bedecked with a bumper sticker that reads “This car climbed Mt. Washington.

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Autumn Harvest Time!

The fall months in New Hampshire are filled with festivals, pick-your-own farms, foliage and fun! Come up and enjoy the Haunted Ghoullog at Cranmore or get rides aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express in North Conway.

Meet talented artisans and craftspeople as they open their studios to welcome visitors. Discover the natural beauty and timeless traditions of the people, products and places of New Hampshire  Up here in the White Mountains and the Mount Washington Valley, fall colors are starting to pop and the scenery is simply breathtaking. Go hiking at a New Hampshire State Park, take a bike ride or walk along one of our trails and experience the colors of fall.

Wow! Autumn has come to life all over the White Mountains region. Interstates, secondary roads, country lanes and mountains views are all drenched in perfect fall color. Look for deep reds, bright oranges, and golden yellows along all of these roads: Routes 2, 3, 16, 49, 112, 115, and 302. Apple picking, hiking, scenic drives, covered bridges, waterfalls, hayrides and more await you in this mountainous part of the state. Expect the colors to last up here for at least another week or so.

This is the perfect time for a Romantic Getaway in Jackson

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Upcoming Arts Related Events

Here’s a handy list of some of the great programs coming up at MWVAA.  Check out our website for some packages and specials for your weekend getaway in Glen, NH!

New Class Starting

Mount Washington Valley Arts Association in North Conway, New Hampshire Presents: A Crash Course in Portrait Oil Painting by Carol Phenix. In this course you will complete at least one portrait based on a photo reference. You will follow the classical method utilizing a preliminary charcoal sketch, followed by underpainting as a foundation for the final layers. This class is for students who have some experience with drawing and painting. This is a 6 week course beginning on
Tuesday October 11th from 1:30 until 3:30pm
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Cost for members is $120.00, non members $145.00
Scholarships are available for any of our classes.

Artist of the Month

A local non-profit organization has invited juried artists of the association to participate in an artist of the month exhibit at their location beginning in November. You should have enough work to display on 40 linear feet of wall space. If you would be interested in exhibiting, please give the office a call.

Exhibits

The Opening Reception of our fall art gallery exhibit “From My Window” is Friday evening from 5:30 – 7:00pm. Meet the artists, preview the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments. The exhibit features over 50 original images of contemporary White Mountain Art and displays works by many of our juried artist members. Fall images of our world are depicted in watercolor, oil, pastel, fiber art, photography and more.
Matted prints will also be available at the exhibit which runs from October 7th through November 25th. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 3:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

Attention Life Drawing Artists

The next life drawing session will be on Monday night October 10th and will resume on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month with a model for each session.

Annual Meeting

Save the date…….

Sunday November 6th, 3pm at the Visual Arts Center.

The presentation will report on the past year and lay out the plans for the next year.
An art demonstration will follow the business meeting.
Contact: Fran Duncan, 356-2787

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