Waterville Valley Resort Has Fun Family Fall Programs

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Set in a color-drenched valley in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, Waterville Valley Resort has a wide selection of activities for families, outdoor enthusiasts and visitors.

This fall, the best way to enjoy foliage is in mountain valley with a 360 degree views. And you don’t have to be in a car to enjoy the brilliant colors of autumn in Waterville Valley, set in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest with a wide selection of activities for everyone.

Hiking is one of the most popular ways to take in the stunning fall foliage and the Waterville Valley area has been a choice spot for leaf peeping since the 1800s when a group of guests at Greeley's Hotel formed the Waterville Athletic and Improvement Association. Still active today, the association continues to oversee the valley's 100+ miles of trails, which range from easy walking paths to heart-pounding 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 700,000 acres of the national forest.

If 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. Whether it’s a leisurely ride around town or a dirt-kicking expedition through the autumn woods, there are more than 30 miles of trail. You can even take the chair lift to the top of Snow's Mountain and ride your bike down. The Adventure Center has rental bikes ready to go!

Fall Foliage Celebration-Oct. 7-10

A weekend of fun family events will include face-painting, meet and greet with the Valley Snow Dogz, live entertainment and pumpkin painting. For those looking for a deal, there will be ski equipment tent sales and the annual BBTS ski and snowboard swap.

On Sunday October 9, the Waterville Valley Recreation Department is hosting a 5K run/walk to benefit a local charity. Registration for the 5K or 1.6K Fun Run will be through the Recreation Department. Following the run the Fall Foliage Beer Garden will feature fall Harpoon beers. At 2 p.m. a Stein Holding Competition will decide who is the strongest of them all.

And, with the historic Green Peak expansion soon to offer 10 new trails with 45 new acres of skiing and riding serviced by a fixed grip chairlift, there will be a sale on Waterville Valley Resort lift passes for the winter season in the Town Square.

Fall is a Ball at Waterville

Autumn is a great time to enjoy golf or tennis and Waterville Valley Resort offers world-class courts and courses 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 welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere is as great as the views.

Tennis has been a part of the Waterville Valley experience since 1884. Today the resort’s 18 courts are among the best in the country. And the red clay courts are set to a backdrop of mountains.

If you happen to have a shower, there is still plenty to do to keep the family active and entertained. The White Mountain Athletic Club has an indoor swimming pool, whirlpools, saunas, weight rooms and cardiovascular room. And the Waterville Valley Ice Arena, a popular year-round destination, provides open skating, rentals and lessons for all ages.

Curiosity and Culture

Beyond its many outdoor activities, Waterville Valley Resort has a long tradition of being an artistic and cultural center for the region. Poets and painters for decades have lived or vacationed in the valley. The creators of the immensely popular Curious George books, H.A. and Margret Rey, made it their part-time home in the early 1950s. Today, the Rey's spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A Rey Center, which hosts nature walks, writers workshops, discussion clubs, a monthly lecture series, art shows, and activities for children. For more information, go to http://thereycenter.org.

The town of Waterville Valley’s recreation department also 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 special events. For more information call 603-236-4695 or e-mail wvrecreation(at)watervillevalley(dot)org.

Fall in to a Foliage Escape

Waterville Valley Resort has a wide variety of lodging options for all group sizes, from hotel rooms to condominiums. The dining options in the valley can accommodate both couple on a romantic get-a-way and families looking to feed a crowd. The Olde Waterville Pizza Company in Town Square is a popular, casual spot, and those looking for fine dining will enjoy the Coyote Grill, Valley Grill, Legends or Mulligans.

The Freedom Pass also entitles guests access to 2-hour standard mountain bike rental each day of their stay. Use the pass to hit the links at the resort’s historic 9-hole golf course. Play tennis or rent a canoe, kayak, pedal boat or stand-up paddle board on the spring-fed pond. Cool down at the indoor ice arena. It also includes access to the White Mountain Athletic Club’s indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, indoor jogging track, and strength & cardio centers.

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, is a four-season resort set in the White Mountain National Forest, just 2 hours north of Boston. In addition to winter snow sports like skiing and snowboarding, Waterville Valley offers award-winning tennis courts, golf, biking, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink, boating, and a skate and bike park. Lodging choices include traditional inns and all-suite hotels, and dining options range from traditional favorites to elegant eateries. There are miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, a pond for swimming, and activities and programs for children and the whole family at the Curious George Cottage and the Recreation Center. For more information, call 800 GO VALLEY or visit http://www.visitwatervillevalley.com.
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