Great ideas for Fall Foliage - 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 2, 2009
CONTACT: Siiri Grubb, 603-356-5701, 603-356-5701 mailto:mtwashingtonvalley.org
A Dozen Top Fall 2009 Favorites
North Conway, NH -- The autumn patchwork is taking shape in Mt Washington Valley, NH as the brilliant reds, burnt oranges and flashes of yellow that decorate the mountainsides remind us that peak foliage is almost here. A perfect one-tank away New England destination, the Mt. Washington Valley has great festivals, frights and activities for any fall leaf-peeping adventure. So come hike or bike amidst our spectacular foliage, breathe in the crisp balsam air and make sure not to miss these 'fall favorites.' For a complete list of up-to-date events in Mt Washington Valley, visit mtwashingtonvalley.org.
Scenic Walks & Hikes:
What better way to take in the fall scenery than from the top of a mountain? There are great day hikes for hikers of all experience levels that start right from North Conway. For an easier hike: Try Black Cap with its trail head right off Hurricane Mountain Road on the Kearsarge/ Intervale town line. The view from the top looks West out over the Moat Mountain Range, Cathedral Ledge on down over North Conway Village. Also try a short hike up Jockey Cap in Fryeburg, ME for a panorama of the entire Mt Washington Valley. Get your lunch at Quinn's Jockey Cap Country Store before heading to the trails! Looking for something a little harder? Try hiking Mount Kearsarge. This day hike includes a fire tower at the top which offers a 360 degree view of Mt. Washington Valley and into Maine. The trail head for this hike is also on Hurricane Mountain Road.
The MAiZE at Sherman Farm (September 19-October 31)
The corn maize at Sherman Farm in East Conway, NH challenges visitors' wits as they venture through a life sized puzzle. Available for the younger adventurers are the Moo Express, mini maze, corn boxes (like sand boxes but with corn kernels), hayrides, pick your own pumpkins and Al's Animal House with farm animals for petting. Don't forget to try the corn cannons and visit the concession stands. Ticket prices are $8 for adults ages 12 and up and $5 for children ages 5 to 11 (children under 4 are free). Info: 603-939-2412 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 603-939-2412 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
The Ghoullog at Cranmore (Weekends in October)
Visitors board the quad chairlift for a night-time ride to the summit for a haunted mountain-top tour at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, NH. Coming back for its third year, the Ghoullog will be bigger, scarier and even more fun with the addition of new haunts, animatronics, and an outdoor food court. Tickets are $25 per person, all ages. Not recommended for children under the age of 10. Need lodging? Book a Ghoullog package found under ‘The Holidays" for the month of October. Info: 603-356-5544 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 603-356-5544 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Return of the Pumpkin People (October 1-20)
Each year businesses and homeowners throughout Jackson decorate pumpkins and create displays of "pumpkin people" to create a one-of-a-kind Pumpkin People tour. These whimsical creatures can be found throughout the village of Jackson, NH and surrounding areas. Take a self-guided driving tour by picking up a map provided by the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. This event is free. Info: 603-383-9356 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 603-383-9356 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Fryeburg Fair (October 4-11)
The Fryeburg Fair, Maine's Blue Ribbon Classic, is celebrating its 159th year of old fashioned country fun. This fair in Fryeburg, ME features eight days of great food, rides, livestock demonstrations and competitions, crafters and displays plus live entertainment and special events. Admission is $8 per person ($10 on Saturday) and free for kids under 12. Senior citizen day is Tuesday, October 6, when people 65-and-over are free. Need lodging? Book a Fryeburg Fair package found under "Fairs and Festivals" for the month of October. Info: 207-935-3268 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 207-935-3268 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
11th Annual Oktoberfest at Attitash (October10-11)
A weekend-long traditional Bavarian celebration at the base of Bear Peak in Bartlett, NH. Enjoy games, entertainment, cultural activities and a full menu of traditional German food, cultural dances and activities for the kids. Take in the Bavarian music and Oktoberfest beer garden. The doors open at 12 p.m. each day and close at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults 21 and over, $5 for kids ages 6 to 20 and kids 5 and under are free. Info: 603-374-2368 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 603-374-2368 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Columbus Day Weekend Sales (October 10-12)
From artisan fairs to sidewalk sales, Columbus Day Weekend means one thing....great sales and even better savings. With over 200 galleries, country stores, boutiques, shops and outlets in Mt. Washington Valley, NH there is always a bargain to be had. Be sure to check out our events calendar for additional holiday promotions and savings. Info: 800-367-3364 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 800-367-3364 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Pumpkin Patch Run at Conway Scenic Railroad (October 16-18 & 23 - 25)
Travel by train to the "Pumpkin Patch" where each child will receive a small pumpkin and a special Halloween treat. Costumes are encouraged. Reservations can be made online or by phone. Departures times are 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day from Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway, NH - with an extra train at 3 p.m. on Saturdays only. Call for various ticket options: 603-356-5251 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 603-356-5251 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Halloween Dead Easy Night at Monkey Trunks (October 29-31)
Think high-rope adventure courses are scary? Try them in the dark during this nighttime haunted high-ropes adventure from 6 to 10 p.m. at Monkey Trunks in Chocorua, NH. Follow the ‘route of no return' through Bloodbath Barn and over two fright filled courses ending with dinner in the Creepy Cafe. For ages 13 and older only. Ticket prices are $40 for ages 13-17 and adults over 60 and $50 for ages 18 and older. Info: 603-367-4427 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 603-367-4427 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Ghost & Goblin Trail (October 31)
An inn to inn trek for treats, the ‘Bed & Breakfasts Inn Mt. Washington Valley' present the annual Ghost & Goblin Trail. Come tour historic inns in your best Halloween costume and get a treat! Visit every inn on the tour to collect the clues to solve the ‘muddle mystery' and be entered into the drawing to win a grand prize valued at over $400! Info: 1-877-466-2399 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-877-466-2399 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Looking for autumn decorations? Get festive with Weston's assortment of fall goodies including pumpkins, apple cider, corn stalks, apples by the bushel, pies, treats and more. This 210 year old, seven generation family farm, located in Fryeburg, Maine, uses sustainable agricultural practices to bring visitors the highest quality local produce. Stop by and see what's fresh. Info: 207-935-2567 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 207-935-2567 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Harvest to Holiday Promotion in Mt. Washington Valley (November 1-December 31)
Nothing says fall like holiday shopping, and where better to do your shopping than in tax free, Mt. Washington Valley, NH (land of the outlets). Join businesses throughout Mt. Washington Valley, NH for a full line up of family and shopping events as they count down to the holidays. Area lodging properties offer special packages (found under "Shop Til You Drop - Tax Free") including a ‘shopping survival kit' brimming with coupons and special gifts from local retailers. Come see what's hot for the holidays and get an early start on your gift list. Enjoy a packed schedule of traditional and zany holiday events in MWV. Info: 800-367-3364 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 800-367-3364 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or http://null/index.cfm.
For more information on the Mt. Washington Valley, NH including lodging, activities, dining and events visit mtwashingtonvalley.org or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-DO-SEE-NH end_of_the_skype_highlighting (800-367-3364 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 800-367-3364 end_of_the_skype_highlighting). To receive up-to-date information and mobile alerts on Mt. Washington Valley promotions text: MWV to 71297.