“Stay and Play” Packages Offer Visitors Great Deals at Cranmore Mountain

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Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park: not your typical family destination: Bring the whole family to stay and enjoy the fun activities offered at Cranmore Mountain this summer.

Where else in New England can you swing through trees 40 feet above the ground, speed through curves on a mountain coaster and get in a round of disk golf all while taking in breathtaking mountain views? Cranmore Mountain Resort’s newly opened Mountain Adventure Park has all of that, promising a unique summer outdoor experience within a two-hour drive from Boston.

Several hotels, resorts and inns located in the Mount Washington Valley area are available for guests with a budget. Some places are even offering “Stay and Play” packages. These particular packages not only allow guests to stay in the Mount Washington Valley, but they also give guests discounted prices on some of the activities at Cranmore Mountain.

Red Jacket Resort and Fox Ridge Resort are now offering a “Mountain Wave Adventure” package. In this package guests get a Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park All Access Pass and unlimited use of Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort. Rates are based on a family of four starting at $220 per night plus tax at Fox Ridge Resort and $240 per night plus tax at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort. Rates vary by property and arrival. This offer is available now through July 15, 2011. Call 1-800-RJACKET and mention code WAVE or book online at
http://www.redjacketmountainview.com.

Residence Inn by Marriott is also offering a “Stay and Play” deal. This package includes a two night stay at the Residence Inn, with complimentary hot buffet breakfast, an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center and Sport Court, discount coupons to local shops and restaurants and two “All Access Passes” to Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park (additional passes are available to registered guests at discounted rates). Mountain Adventure All Access Passes can be traded at the Mountain for upgraded Aerial Adventure Park Passes. Call (603) 356-3024 for details and prices. This offer is available until September 5, 2011. Rates start at $499 and our based on availability. For more information visit http://www.northconwayresidenceinn.com.

Cranmore Mountain Lodge offers another “Stay and Play” package. The Cranmore Mountain Lodge offers two nights for two, cooked-to-order breakfast, a $30 voucher valid towards a dinner at The Red Parka Steakhouse or Rafferty’s Restaurant & Pub or A Taste of Thai Restaurant, two “All Access Passes”, a VIP card at Settlers’ Green Outlets, exclusive coupons, a Valley Pass for discounts to area restaurants, horseback riding and gift shops and a $20 voucher towards a future stay, within six months, to those driving hybrid cars. Availability is from June 18 to September 5, 2011 daily. Price, including taxes for two, starts at $236. For optional additional vouchers or more information contact 1-800-356-3596 or visit TheLodge(at)North-Conway(dot)com.

Visitors who want to relax and take in some scenery can ride the mountain chair lift, while those looking for something a little more fast-paced can ride the mountain coaster. Kids will have fun on the giant slide or summer tubing and hard-to-please teens can enjoy the giant trampoline, and giant swing. Both teens and adults looking to push themselves beyond the typical amusement park ride can spend an afternoon climbing and zipping through the Arial Adventure Park.

Located in North Conway Village in the heart of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, Cranmore Mountain Resort has long been a popular destination for skiers. Through its $6 million investment project Cranmore has now expanded to offer summer activities that appeal not just to kids, but people of all ages.

“When a family comes to North Conway, they want to make sure they have something for their three or five year old to do and something for their 13 year old to do,” said Brian Fairbanks, owner of Cranmore Mountain Resort. “A couple could come up here, spend the afternoon and have a great time. A family could come up here with older kids and have a great time. Even grandma can come up here, ride the chair lift or sit on the deck on a sunny afternoon and have a great time.”

Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park has plenty for younger kids to do, but the central feature is the Aerial Adventure Park. This attraction includes swinging bridges, high platforms and zip lines up to 400 feet long. Couples looking for a not-so-typical day together and parents of teens who are seeking a bonding moment will find the Aerial Adventure Park challenging, but it leaves you with a sense of accomplishment.

“It’s not an effortless attraction,” said Ben Wilcox, Cranmore Mountain Resort president. “If you’re looking for an amusement ride where they just strap you in and you go, that’s not it.”

This interactive ropes course requires upper body strength, balance and a little bit of bravery.

“It really is an adventure that stresses your mind, body and emotions,” said Fairbanks. “It’s a rewarding experience.”

The park offers economical ticket options starting as low as $29 for unlimited all-day rides. You will need an advance reservation for the Aerial Adventure Park, and if you go with a group of 20 people or more, there are discounts available. Cranmore also makes it easy for busy people by offering tickets for sale online.

Those coming to the park for the day won’t be disappointed by the offering of activities in the surrounding Mount Washington Valley region. Within a short trip from Cranmore Mountain are eight golf courses, a dozen major family attractions and more than 200 name-brand outlets, boutiques and antique shops. Staying in the North Conway area is easy, too. There are nearly 40 hotels, resorts and inns to stay that are partnered with Cranmore Mountain Resort, many offering summer discounts to nearby attractions.

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