Fall Foliage time is a Ball at Waterville Valley Resort

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Surrounded by the colors of foliage season in the middle of the White Mountain National Forest.

Early predictions are for a vibrant autumn show of color, following a dry summer. But, the trick is to find a place that is off the beaten path, and where you can has easy access to trails and views. Waterville Valley Resort is located in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, a place where the brilliant colors of autumn highlight every activity--and there are more activities than you can shake a leaf at.

Waterville Valley has two fun weekends planned for the height of foliage season, starting on Saturday October 2, 2010:

Chili Challenge
Things heat up at Waterville Valley Resort’s 12th Annual Chili Challenge, held from noon until the chili is gone, Saturday October 2nd in Town Square. Waterville Valley area restaurants will have the chance to compete for the title of the King of Chili. Visitors will pay a small fee, which gives them access to sample all of the restaurant entries. After sampling each chili, guests can vote for their favorite. Local restaurants include Six Burner Bistro (2009 winner), Wild Coyote Grill, Olde Waterville Pizza Co, Jugtown Sandwich Shop, Coffee Emporium, The Valley Inn, Snowy Owl Inn, Diamonds Edge North, and The Common Man. Free outdoor concert accompanies the cook-off in the gazebo.

The weekend will have activities for the whole family including an afternoon Car Cruise featuring various types of fabulous cars parked in the center of Town Square for all to see from 1 to 4 pm as well as a 50/50 raffle, merchant give-a-ways and a DJ. Enjoy Curious George Story Time at the Rey Center in Town Square plus the numerous restaurants and shops.

Special travel packages for the Chili Challenge weekend include Saturday and Sunday night stays and Summer Unlimited activities. Prices start at $37 per person per night based on quad-occupancy.

Columbus Day
There is nothing like fall in New England. Waterville Valley Resort’s Fall Foliage Festival will be full of color Friday through Monday, October 8th – 11th.

To complement the brilliant fall foliage, the weekend is set to include family activities for all ages. Travelin Barnyard, magic show, kids games and crafts, pie eating contest, pumpkin painting, outdoor concerts, merchant tent sales, Curious George story hour, astronomy and stargazing with the Rey Center, and more. On Sunday, a 5K-road race and 1.6K fun run will be held with the proceeds going to the SPC Marc Decoteau Memorial Fund.

Winter enthusiasts can gear up for the season at Sport Thoma’s annual sale, taking place Friday through Monday inside the Waterville Valley Ice Arena. The Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers will hold their annual ski and board swap on Saturday and Sunday.

The hotels of Waterville Valley Resort will offer a package deal that includes two nights lodging, and Summer Unlimited activities starting at $49 per person, per night based on quad-occupancy. The resort is only a few short steps from the nation’s oldest network of hiking trails.

Hikers have been exploring Waterville Valley since the 1800s, and today, 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—more than 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.

The town of Waterville Valley’s recreation department hosts a wide variety of activities for residents and visitors in the fall, including foliage tours and walks, open gym sessions for all ages, open basketball, after-school activities, and more.

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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