NH Attractions Open During Federal Government Shutdown

The Kancamagus Highway in Autumn

The Kancamagus Highway in Autumn

Columbus Day Weekend is one of the busiest weekends for tourism in New Hampshire. In fact, it is traditionally the third busiest weekend of the year, after the Fourth of July and Labor Day. State officials don’t expect that to be any different this year, despite the federal government shutdown, as most parks and attractions are either privately owned or run by the state—not the federal government.

“I can’t say how many people have asked, ‘Aren’t the parks getting shut down?’ No, they’re state parks, not federal parks,” says Tai Freligh, communications manager for the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism. Continue reading

New Ways to Leaf Peep in NH!

It’s that time already—the air is crisp and the warm sun is shining on the bright colors of early fall. Some of the leaves are beginning to turn red, orange, and yellow as the foliage season gets underway in New Hampshire, and there are now some great new ways to track how the colors are progressing and plan your autumn trip to the Granite State to catch those colors at their brilliant peak!

The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development’s website, Visit NH, has a foliage tracker that maps out the colors as they change day-by-day and region-by-region in the state. To find out where in New Hampshire the leaves are at their peak, visitors to the foliage tracker page just need to hover the cursor over a date on the calendar for a quick map view of the predicted color range, from green to peak to past peak, or click on an individual region for a detailed foliage report. Continue reading

Backpacking Canadian Blogger on a Road Trip to NH

Those of us who know and love New Hampshire are aware of just how special this place is. Our little state has everything—from mountains, lakes, and seacoast to bustling centers of art, activities, and great dining. We love welcoming visitors and showing them around a little, so it’s no surprise that New Hampshire is hosting a travel buff from Toronto, who is here to tour the Granite State and share his adventures with the world.

Brock from Backpack with Brock is an avid traveler and self-described adventure coach based in Toronto, Ontario. Brock doesn’t own a car, and gets around the city by bicycle, foot, and public transit. When he found himself with the opportunity to use a car for few days, he decided to make the most of it and planned a last-minute road trip to explore a place within 12 hours of home. He made his announcement earlier this week on his blog. With his mother as co-pilot and the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development as his guide and host, Brock is now here, experiencing some of what this beautiful state has to offer. Continue reading

NH’s Annual Dream Vacation Photo Contest Has a New Twist This Year

The 3rd annual New Hampshire Dream Vacation Photo Contest is well under way, with dozens of visitors and residents of the state submitting their entries daily.  This year, however, contestants have the opportunity to enter videos as well as photos, for another chance to win the NH vacation of their dreams!

The contest, hosted by the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD), runs through Labor Day and features an online photo and video contest with two winners, one for each division.  The winner of the photo contest receives a custom-designed New Hampshire Dream Vacation worth $2,500, and the winning videographer gets a $1,000 custom NH vacation.  Three additional lucky contestants can each win $500 if their photo or video wins the popular vote.  Irving Oil will also offer gas gift cards in the amount of $50 that will be awarded weekly to randomly selected participants.

“We encourage every NH resident and visitor to explore and enjoy the state, take photos and videos with the ‘I Love it Here’ signs along the way, and upload them to our site,” says Lori Harnois, Director of the New Hampshire DTTD.  “We’re excited to have a video component this year, allowing contestants the chance to highlight a New Hampshire experience, whether it’s jumping in a lake, hiking a mountain trail or eating a favorite meal at a local restaurant.  There is so much to enjoy while vacationing in our beautiful state and now you can show us how much you love it here!”

To play, go to www.NHDreamVacation.com and download the “I Love it Here” sign.  Print out the sign and bring it with you as you visit your favorite places in New Hampshire, including The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls.  At these scenic spots, take photos and/or 15-second videos of yourself or a travelling companion with the “I Love it Here” sign, making sure there’s an identifier in the photo, such as a location sign or easily-recognizable building.  Upload one to five of these photos or videos to the contest website, where participants can vote on their favorites.  Friends and family members can vote too!  Many entries can also be seen on the Visit NH Facebook page.

Contest postcards with the “I Love it Here” signs are available at properties throughout the state, including all Welcome Information Centers.  These postcards now feature a QR Code on the back, which can be scanned by smart phones, allowing users to upload photos and video to the contest website directly from their iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or other mobile device.

“Once again this summer, we expect residents will want to vacation right here in New Hampshire, and will spend time exploring the mountains, lakes, and seacoast,” says Harnois.  “Snap some photos, shoot some video, have fun, and challenge yourself to find the best spot in NH!”

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Announcing the NH Dream Vacation Photo Contest!

28431_396240658294_98723213294_4252531_5771895_nSome exciting news from our friends at Visit NH:  The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD) has just announced the launch of its 2nd annual New Hampshire Dream Vacation Photo Contest, which will take place this summer from May 24th – September 6th.  The winner of the online photo contest will receive a custom-designed New Hampshire Dream Vacation worth $2,500, and five additional contestants will win $500 each in the popular vote.  Irving Oil will also offer gas gift cards in the amount of $50 that will be awarded weekly to randomly selected contest participants.

“We encourage every NH resident and visitor to explore and enjoy the state, take photos with the ‘I Love it Here’ signs along the way, and upload them to our site,” said Alice DeSouza, Director of the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development.  “Last year’s contest was wildly successful with residents and visitors alike joining in the fun.”

To play, go to www.NHDreamVacation.com and download the “I Love it Here” sign.  Print out the sign and bring it with you as you visit your favorite places in New Hampshire, including The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls.  At these scenic spots, take photos of yourself or a travelling companion with the “I Love it Here” sign and make sure there’s an identifier in the photo, such as a location sign or easily-recognizable building.  Upload one to five of these images to the contest website, where participants can vote on their favorite photos.  Friends and family members can vote too!

“Once again, we expect residents will want to vacation right here in New Hampshire, and will spend time exploring the mountains, lakes, and seacoast,” said DeSouza. “Everybody loves to seek out the unexpected and unusual locations, and we believe this contest will trigger that excitement in all of us.  So go grab your cameras, your signs, and challenge yourself to find the coolest spot in NH to snap a photo!”

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team