Waterville Valley Resort Offers Fall Foliage Events, Deals

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Waterville Valley Resort is located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, a place where the brilliant colors of autumn highlight every activity--and there are more activities than one can shake a leaf at.

There is nothing like fall in New England. And, Waterville Valley Resort is offering great events, deals and fun this autumn. It is the perfect time to enjoy family friendly fun in New England's premier resort town.

Waterville Valley's Fall Carnival will be full of color on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, 2009. To complement the brilliant fall foliage, Waterville Valley's Town Square has scheduled two days of family activities including free outdoor concerts, merchant tent sales, carnival rides and more. A Black & Blue Trail Smashers Ski swap will be held Saturday. On Sunday, a 5K-road race and an eating contest will be held.

The hotels of Waterville Valley Resort will offer a package deal that includes two nights lodging, $50 in Town Square bucks, and Summer Unlimited activities starting at $63 per person, per night based on quad-occupancy. The resort is mere steps from the nation's oldest networks of hiking trail.

Waterville Valley Resort's 19th Annual Chowderfest will stir up on Saturday September 27, 2008. Area restaurants will bring their chowders at high noon to booths at Town Square in hopes of winning the coveted prize of "Best Tasting Chowder." Admission fee is $5.50 includes sample-sized tastes of each Chowder, beverage, and a ballot to vote for their favorite concoction. A free outdoor concert in the Gazebo accompanies this event from noon to 3 p.m.

And, enjoy the weekend with a special deal - get two nights lodging, tickets to the Chowderfest, one Chowderfest souvenir, and Summer Unlimited activities. For $55 per person, per night (based on quad occupancy).

The Waterville Valley Fall Unlimited package includes boating, mountain biking, tennis, golf, access to the White Mountain Athletic Club, use of the Waterville Valley shuttle, a scenic chair lift ride up Snow's Mountain, and access to the Waterville Valley Recreation's open gym program. Families staying for at least three nights can send their children between the ages of 6 and 12 to one day of Kids Camp. An all-inclusive price for activities provides guests an opportunity to save at least 50 percent on their family vacation through this package. It is also valid at the many summer activities at the Rey Center's Curious George Cottage and productions of the North Country Center for the Arts Children's Theatre.

Hikers have been exploring Waterville Valley since the 1800s, when a group of guests at Greeley's Hotel formed the Waterville Athletic and Improvement Association. The association is still in existence today and continues to oversee the valley's 100 miles of trails, which range from easy walking paths to sweat-drenching ascents. Whether you're taking a stroll around Corcoran Pond at the center of Town Square, wandering through the woods and wildflowers on the valley floor, or hiking up the 4,315-ft. summit of Mount Osceola, you'll be surrounded by stunning views of the valley and the 700,000 acres of the national forest.

Maybe you prefer wheels to hiking boots. There's no better way to take in the foliage than on a bike, either your own or a rental bike from the Adventure Center in Town Square. Once again, you can take it as easy or as hard as you like. Whether it's a leisurely ride around town or a dirt-kicking expedition through the autumn woods, you'll find plenty of trails to suit your mood--over 30 miles of them. You can even take a chair lift to the top of Snow's Mountain and ride your bike down. The Adventure Center has well-maintained rental bikes for all levels of riders, and instructors to help you get started, make sure your bike is comfortable, and suggest trails to explore. If you've never biked before, it's a great, non-threatening way to begin.

Of course, you don't have to be an athlete to enjoy the views of Waterville Valley. There's a free open-air trolley that serves the valley and will take you just about wherever you want to go. When you arrive at Waterville Valley Resort, you can generally park your car and forget it. The Town Square is a pedestrian-only zone, and most activities are within walking distance or a short ride away on the trolley.

The Waterville Valley Golf Club is a family-friendly course surrounded by glorious 360-degree views of Mounts Tecumseh, Osceola and Sandwich. The spirit of Waterville Valley permeates the course, in contrast to more high-pressure clubs. "It's more relaxed, not intimidating," says Jim Wefers, manager of the Golden Eagle Lodge. On a typical fall day, you're likely to see as many families with children playing as adult foursomes. But don't mistake "friendly" for "unchallenging." Last year, the club completed a half-million dollar renovation designed to maintain the charm of the original course while adding new holes to challenge more experienced players. "We wanted to create a course that would provide a good golfing experience for all levels of players," says club pro Bill Baker.

Visitors to Waterville Valley Resort have been playing tennis since 1884, when there was only one court. Today there are 18, and they are among the best courts in the country. Tennis Magazine ranks the Waterville Valley Tennis Center as one of the top 50 tennis resorts in America, and Tennis Resorts Online rated it the #2 spot in America for its glorious setting amidst the White Mountains. Players as widely-known as two-time Grand Slam champion Rod Laver have enjoyed the red clay courts, along with beginners.

While fall may be a bit cool for swimming, kayaking and paddle-boating on Corcoran pond are still favorite autumn activities. On the outside chance of a rainy day, you can head to the White Mountain Athletic Club, which has an indoor swimming pool, whirlpools, saunas, weight rooms, and cardiovascular room. Or try the Waterville Valley Ice Arena, which is open year-round and provides open skating, rentals and lessons for all ages.

Fall in to a Foliage Escape

Waterville Valley Resort has a number of lodging options, from hotel rooms to condominiums for all sizes of groups. Dining options range from pizza at the Olde Waterville Pizza Company in Town Square to fine dining at the Wild Coyote Grill, or Diamond's Edge North, along with other options.

What you won't find in Waterville Valley Resort are chain stores or fast-food restaurants, traffic jams or fender benders. It's a place to reconnect with family and friends while enjoying all that nature has to offer╦ťand a few amenities nature didn't think of.

Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained, four seasons resort. Today in addition to its world-class ski area, Waterville Valley Resort has award-winning tennis courts, golf, hiking, biking, lodging, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink, boating, a skate park, and a host of outdoor activities. Dining options include traditional favorites and elegant dining. For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit http://www.visitwatervillevalley.com.

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