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Mt. Washington Valley, NH Businesses Take the Sting out of Black Fly Season


North Conway, NH -In the spirit of making lemonade from lemons, businesses throughout the Mt. Washington Valley celebrate the arrival of black flies with whimsical tolerance. From black fly fishing ties to Black Fly Mia Tai's, vacation plans made "on the fly" to visit Mt. Washington Valley will reveal comic relief from the inevitable little buggers.

The Inn at Ellis River in Jackson, NH is "abuzz"; from May 15-June 16 take advantage of the affordable Black Fly Buzz package, including two nights accommodations, gourmet breakfasts, picnic lunch with Black Fly Bowtie Pasta  and Shoo-fly Pie. Return to a fly-shaped snack so you can bite back if the flies find you, and a special Black Fly Mai Tai drink, all for $239 to $279 plus tax per couple. Advice on "no-fly" zones is complimentary. Info: 800-233-8309  or

Master fishing guide, Sandy MacGregor says if the bug bites, so do the fish! The best fishing occurs during black fly season, when the fly nymphs provide a feast for fish.  Brave the black flies on one of MacGregor's float trips or Wine & Dine cruises where it may be tough to tell where the buzz is coming from! Info: And if rafting is more your style, join North Woods Rafting, where you avoid the flies as you fly down the Androscoggin River.  Celebrate black fly season, with a 10% discount in June when you mention the Black Fly special. Info:  (603) 449-BOAT.

A visit to Ragged Mountain Equipment, a local manufacturer of outdoor equipment, offers a large collection of deet-free repellents and "no see um" netting. The owners claim "you could almost say we actually like the little buggers!"  Visit for the full buzz on black fly gear.  And if your own backyard is where you'd rather be, Heavenly Hot Tubs will set you up with a portable hot tub, and citronella candles to keep the black flies at bay - on sale for black fly season.  Nearby North Conway haberdashery, Aaron Hats, offers a bug net that's ideal for any brimmed hat. Info: 1-877-FUN-HATS.

You'll find everything from "Bugs Away" soaps and lotions to Black Fly Coffee at Zebs General Store.  Or try the "Ticked Off" tick remover for the furry members of the clan, because when black flies arrive, so do ticks.  Info: .

Dine at Horsefeathers  Restaurant anytime between now and the proclaimed end to their Black Fly season on Father's Day, and you'll get double points in the frequent dining program, just to reward you for enduring Black Fly Season in Mt. Washington Valley. Info: ,

For statewide media relations assistance, visit New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism's media room at under Travel Industry. For information on Mt. Washington Valley visit or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH or 800-367-3364for a free guidebook.