Author: Dan Houde

Autumn Pickings

Page Title Falling in Love with Apple Picking The sweet smell of apples in the fall air always brings a mouth-watering smile to my face. Many chilly and wonderfully lazy afternoons spent apple picking have produced some of our best family memories. There is something about the gnarled branches of an apple tree, the fluttering leaves speckled with shining drops of red, that sets the perfect New England backdrop for great family pictures. As you may guess, any orchard in the Mount Washington Valley and neighboring towns boasts amazing mountain views as well. Despite the short growing season here in the Valley, the apples are in no hurry. They are right at home, and can only reach perfection in the cooler temperatures of early fall. I’ve always thought it oddly beautiful the way orchards are planted in perfect lines. I know there are practical reasons, but to me the irony lies in the trees themselves. The wild twisted branches grow any which way, their rugged bark flaking off like dragon scales, carelessly scattering perfect juicy fruits all over the ground below. Oddly—when you are picking—you don’t follow any planned path, but wander this way and that, taking a little here … a few more over there. The apples always seem riper, crisper, juicier—the next row over. The planting of those trees in absolute straight rows arranges the mess, creates...

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7 Pro MWV Photographers Share Fall Foliage Tips

Seven Local Pro Photographers Share Their Top Three Foliage Tips The Mount Washington Valley and the White Mountains of New Hampshire offer, arguably, some of the most scenic fall foliage photography opportunities in New England, if not North America. Whether you live in the region full- or part-time, or are making the trip to the Valley for the first time, the mountains, lakes, and rivers of the region provide us with a photographic palette just waiting to be captured. Regardless of the type of camera you have, there are plenty of ways to capture great photographs. Particularly during the...

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MWV Car Shows and Cruise Nights

Whether you’re lucky enough to be a resident of the Valley or simply visiting on vacation, there’s something special about checking out the local cruise night or catching a car show. In the Mt. Washington Valley—you’ll have plenty of options! Stop in to find your ultimate dream car, grab an ice cream, and listen to some cool tunes of yesteryear!   CRUISE NIGHTS Monday evenings The Mount Washington Valley Old Car Club will host Cruise Nights at Dunkin’ Donuts in North Conway through September 25. Start times are at 5:30 p.m. and usually last until 8 p.m.. 50/50 raffles...

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Arts Jubilee Summer Concert Series

Arts Jubilee Summer Concert Series Thirty-four years of spectacular outdoor concerts in a beautiful setting with mountain views at the base of Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway. Bring your own picnic blanket or lawn chairs. Area performers begin at 6 p.m. and the featured main performance is at 7 p.m. The Arts Jubilee Concert series is a rain or shine event. Concert-goers are encouraged to come prepared as they would to any outdoor event. Admission: $12, adults; $10, seniors: (65 and up); $5, students: FREE for children (12 and under) Arts Jubilee is a Valley non-profit organization dependent on...

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How to See and Capture the Northern Lights over Mt Washington Valley

The phone chirped, interrupting a late Saturday evening dinner at McGrath’s Tavern in North Conway. I usually ignore the phone during meals, but this time I checked and there was the text from Soft Serve News: “In 38 minutes the Kp should be at 7.37 — STORM LEVEL!” I’ve pursued the northern lights for many years, but have only actually seen them 3 times (granted, I haven’t travelled out of New England to try). But this time the “Kp level”, a measurement of aurora strength and essentially the closest thing to a northern lights forecast available, was higher than...

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