Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy family friendly fun in New England’s premier resort town.
(TRAVPR.COM) USA - October 2nd, 2012 - Waterville Valley, N.H.- There is nothing like fall in New England. To complement the brilliant fall foliage, Waterville Valley’s Town Square has scheduled two days of family activities for Columbus Day Weekend, October 6-8.
A weekend of fun, family events is planned including kids’ games, pumpkin painting, and a pie-eating contest! For those looking for a deal, there will be merchant tent sales and a ski swap. Other activities rounding out the weekend include a 5k road race, 1.6k fun run, free outdoor concerts, and more. Rooms start at just $157 per night.
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 www.visitwatervillevalley.com.
There are two ways to do the fall foliage season in New England. The first is the bus tour or touring around in your own car. Then there’s the Waterville Valley Resort way. Thanks to the White Mountain National Forest, Waterville Valley is perfectly illuminated with autumn colors. From wherever the visitor stands or sits, it’s a 360-degree view of spectacular leaves. And, when the gawking gets tiresome, there’s plenty of activities in which to enjoy the outdoors. 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 heart-thumping ascents. Visitors can stroll around Corcoran Pond at the center of Town Square, wander the woods and search for wildflowers, or hike up the 4,315-ft. summit of Mount Osceola. No matter the location, there’s always a view-- the national forest.
Some foliage enthusiasts choose to take in the colors from a bicycle. They can bring their own or rent one from the Adventure Center in Town Square. Then, the options are a leisurely ride around town or a dirt-kicking expedition through the autumn woods, with over 30 miles of trails. Bikers can take a chair lift to the top of Snow's Mountain and ride down. The Adventure Center has well-maintained rental bikes for all levels of riders, and instructors to make sure the bike is comfortable and to suggest trails to explore.
The free, open-air trolley that serves the Waterville Valley is also a good way to take in the foliage. It makes a continuous circuit and can get the visitor to any activity in the town.