Fall Foliage Update: Waterville Valley Resort Surrounded by the Colors of Foliage Season, Peak Predicted for First 2 Weeks of October

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Irene's rain, summer heat, and cold nights will bring an explosion of color to Waterville Valley next week. Spotters see banner year

Expert predictions are for a vibrant autumn show of color, following a dry summer and Tropical Storm Irene. But, foliage spotters in Waterville Valley see the colors heading to peak, and say it will be a banner year. Expect the best colors the first two weeks of October.

While, experts says, colors are found across Northern New England, the trick is to find a place that is off the beaten path, and where one can has easy access to trails and views. Waterville Valley Resort is located in the middle 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 one can shake a leaf at. And, locals say that location means that 2012 will have lots of color without the crowds.

Waterville Valley has two event weekend planned for the height of foliage season, starting on Saturday October 1, 2011 with the 13th Annual Chili Challenge. Area restaurants will compete in Town Square for the title of the best chili around. Be the judge, and the chilies compete the vista of color that are 360 degrees around you. The event starts at noon, accompanied by a free outdoor concert in the gazebo.

Then, Columbus s Day weekend, October 8-12, 2010, enjoy the Fall Foliage & Brew Fest weekend of family activities, with free outdoor concerts, merchant tent sales, ski swap, 5K road race and 1.6 K fun run, and more activities such as kids games, pumpkin painting, and a pie eating contest.     

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, like a rental bike from the Adventure Center in Town Square. Whether it’s a leisurely ride around town or a dirt-kicking expedition through the autumn woods, guest will find plenty of trails to suit the mood—more than 30 miles of them. Guests can even take a chair lift to the top of Snow's Mountain and ride a bike down. The Adventure Center has rental bikes for all levels of riders, and suggest trails to explore.It's a great, non-threatening way to begin. Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy golf or tennis at Waterville Valley Resort, surrounded by the beauty of the mountains.

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.

But don't mistake "friendly" for "unchallenging." Recently, 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.

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 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. Orhead 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.

Beyond its many outdoor activities, Waterville Valley Resort is also an artistic and cultural center, a tradition that stretches back to its earliest days. Poets and painters have long frequented the region, and in the late 1950s, the creators of the immensely popular Curious George books, H.A. and Margret Rey, made it their part-time home.

Today, the Rey's spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A Rey Center, which hosts nature walks, literary groups, writers workshops, discussion clubs, a monthly lecture series, art shows, and activities for children.

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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