This is the BEST New Hampshire Black Fly survival guide!
Yeeehaaaa! Winter is OVER! The days are getting longer, April showers bring May flowers, the days are warm and the nights are cool.
Don't you just LOVE spring? I do and so do the black flies, or as some folks call them, May flies. While you're ducking the black flies, check out 7 Perfect Summer Days in North Conway, NH.
Don't let the black flies keep you from enjoying the outdoors. There are many suggestions later on in this article to keep you black fly free!
When I was a kid, they used to say that the black flies in New Hampshire come out for two weeks starting around Mother's Day and almost disappear by Father's Day. Those dates are pretty accurate.
Like mosquitoes, it's the egg laying female black flies that bite and the males are the first to hatch out in the spring. Both male and female black flies are a food source for fish, birds and my two backyard chickens!
The Cooperative Extension at the University of New Hampshire states that there are approximately 40 species of black flies in New Hampshire but only 4 or 5 are human biters. Even thought most species don't bite, they are extremely annoying when they swarm your head and neck!
Unlike mosquitoes, black flies hatch in clean, clear and non-polluted running water like streams and rivers. A healthy population usually coincides with running water that is not polluted with organic pollutants.
5 Awesome Alternatives to VRBO, Homeaway & the Rest
Before we talk about the alternitive to VRBO, let me explain how Vacation Rentals have become such a big thing!
Vacation rentals are one of the most popular ways to travel these days because of how convenient and affordable they are!
Because of the huge increase in popularity, the Internet has become clogged with Online Travel Agencies (OTA’s) like VRBO, TripAdvisor and Airbnb, that clamor for your travel dollars.
Several years ago, HomeAway, VRBO and Airbnb started allowing property managers of vacation rentals to advertise on their family of sites.
So now, instead of talking to the owner of vacation rentals, you might be dealing with a property manager that has an inventory of hundreds of properties. Any questions that you have are answered off a description sheet instead of chatting with an owner who loves their property!
You might be wondering what’s so special about booking a vacation rental directly with an owner?
Things to do in North Conway, NH in Summer!
Most vacationers that come to North Conway have a rough idea of what they want to do on vacation - after all, you picked a vacation in the White Mountains and not the beach!
If you're like me, you spent lots of time in northern NH as a kid. My folks were not athletic but they loved going for rides through the mountains and pick a place to stay along the way! I guess that's when I got my desire to live and work in North Conway!
I am a hiker, biker, horseback rider (call me anytime to talk about horses!), kayaker, canoer, explorer, love waterfalls, shop when I need to, LOVE to eat out, am very social so we frequently can be seen enjoying a drink with friends, raised children here and now get to enjoy all the "kid stuff" with the grand babies, and lover of any activity the gets me outdoors summer, fall, winter or spring!
Follow along my journey around North Conway and the White Mountains and benefit from the fact that I've wasted time and money on activities and you don't need to make the same mistakes as me. I've included the best of the best in value and fun, things to do in North Conway. I hope you agree!
If you play your cards right, you can arrive early and stay late to enjoy 8 perfect summer days with plenty of things to do in North Conway, NH!
Waterfalls, North Conway & the Mount Washington Valley...
Just seeing falling water is never enough… admit it folks, you want to play in it! The Mt. Washington Valley (MWV) is located in the White Mountains, a unique and very special place. We are we lucky enough to have been carved out by glaciers long ago. The movement of that giant ice along our land scraped away lots of areas where water flows and now because of the glaciers, drops off the earth as waterfalls.
Yankee Magazine refers to MWV as “the ultimate rock concert” and understandably so! Living here we love to hate our granite when it percolates out of the ground and into our lawns and pastures but when it comes to waterfalls, they wouldn’t exist without it. So, pack a lunch, grab a map, don’t forget the water and head out for a day of adventure and fun!
My husband Russ and I are locals and explorers at heart. We don’t care if we’re on foot, bike or horseback. We have walked and ridden all over the Mt. Washington Valley and we’d like to tell you about our favorite places with falling water.
Don't Cry... There's LOTS of Things to DO in North Conway!
Kid Friendly Rainy Day FUN in North Conway, NH
Just in case you feel there's not enough to keep you busy at Four Seasons Lodge on a rainy vacation in North Conway, I've compiled a list of low cost/high enjoyment things to do!
North Conway started out as a winter ski destination and in the last 25 years has morphed into a four season resort town with just about every type of activity you can imagine!
So, grab your raincoat and head out for some good old fashioned fun on this rainy day!
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