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Presidential contenders may have left New Hampshire, but there's plenty

of mud slinging to come this spring in Mt Washington Valley

North Conway, NH:  Known for the "world's worst weather", Mt Washington Valley, NH has enjoyed a "mudder" of a winter with the fifth snowiest winter on record.  When the ice and snow melt, the waterfalls will roar and many locals will welcome the advent of spring with a little "mud in their eye".  In Mt. Washington Valley, NH this is the season affectionately referred to as "Mud Season", when businesses roll out the brown carpet and invite travelers to come play in the mud capital of the universe.  Renowned for its World Mud Bowl Championships in the fall, Mt. Washington Valley's Yankee proprietors know a good thing when they see it, and they're proud of their "dirty minds".  In ample supply from April through June, products and packages featuring mud grace the scene for only a short time during the muddy months of spring.  So don't let the early worm get all the mud, take advantage of Mt. Washington Valley's muddy offerings, and get in on some wonderfully affordable lodging packages and events from the Mud Capital of the Universe.

Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce offers a host of Bud to Blossom Packages.  Simply visit and click on the Vacation Specials line at the top of the page to find many value-added packages offering good clean fun in the mud. Here are some of the highlighted Mud Season offerings from Mt. Washington Valley.


April 18-20:  TUCKERMAN INFERNO, 2007 - This is the ultimate pentathlon, as teams forage through snow, mud and rapids and ultimately end skiing down the headwall of Tuckerman Ravine.  New England's Premiere five-event adventure sports race (Run, Kayak, Cycle, Hike, Backcountry Ski) takes advantage of the Valley's class four rapids for kayaking, nice, muddy trails for running and hiking, and the kick-off of renowned Tuckerman Ravine skiing.  It's a fabulous spectator event too.  Info and registration for Tuckerwoman, Team Duo divisions: Info: 603-367-4417  or

April 27-28:  "YUKS IN THE MUK", 3rd Annual Comedy Relief Weekend - 'Tis the season for yucks in the Muck, and the line up of comedy promises to be better than ever before. Comedians and lodging proprietors alike will declare Mt. Washington Valley the Mud Capital of the Universe as they let the mud slinging begin and continue throughout the weekend.  Headlining the weekend's two comedy shows is New Hampshire native Bucky Lewis, who brings his zany and off the wall musical comedy show to town. Dubbed "The King of North Country Humor", Lewis's highly interactive show is known to have the audience either on the floor or on the stage. Additional local comedians including Carolyn Plummer and Jim Lauletta will be on hand.  Behind all of the laughter is a serious mission to raise money to benefit the American Heart Association and the White/Lewis Scholarship Fund, in memory of local musicians Peter White and Peter Lewis. Tickets are $20 each for the Friday comedy show and $45 each for the dinner/comedy show on Saturday night (includes tax and gratuity). This event is followed by the Mud, Muck and Moose Trail Run on April 27.  Ticket holders must be 21 years or older as the comedy shows do contain adult material. Tickets on sale at the Red Fox Pub, The Met Coffeehouse and The Mountain Ear. 


FLY IN MY EYE" 15K TRAIL RACE AT GREAT GLEN TRAILS -  Here's the chance for some competitive mud puddle splashing.  The spring Trail Running Series is an  eight-week trail running series offering long and short course options for different age divisions, plus walking and running categories. Take on devious single track courses with plenty of muddy areas to splash in at Great Glen Trails. Also, on June 28, at 10am, don't miss the "Black Fly in My Eye" 15K Trail Race.   Info: 603.466.3988, (click on Summer).

May 16-18:  HOME, GARDEN & FLOWER SHOW AT FRYEBURG FAIRGROUNDS - Come play in 60,000 square feet of exhibit space offering fabulous workshops, more than 200 exhibitors and products for making the most of mud and fun in the garden.  Paul Parent, the Garden Guru and host of the Paul Parent Garden Show will be on hand to do some mud-slinging and advice giving. Of course, there's more than mud to this event and plenty of home products, specialty foods, natural furniture, cookware  and more will join the garden and floral focus of this show. A Meet the Chefs series is a popular highlight with renowned local chefs offering demonstrations and tastings.  Show hours are 11:00 am - 6:00 pm on Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday.  General admission tickets are $8, children ten and  under are free.  Info:  800-359-2033 or   

Lodging Packages

March 21 - May 18: MUDSLIDE AWAY AT SNOWVILLAGE INN, SNOWVILLE, NH: The town may be named for snow, but once it's gone, guests will be mudsliding away every weekend here. The Snowvillage Inn Mudslide package includes the best available accommodations for two nights, a full country breakfast each morning, dinner by candlelight each evening with a mudslide to start and mud pie for dessert all for $199 per person (double occupancy). Add a third night of lodging for just $49 per person.  Info: 800-447-4345,

March- May: RIVERBEND INN B&B OFFERS "COME PLAY IN THE MUD", MUD, MASSAGE AND ROMANCE: Discover the pleasures of Mud Season: no crowds or traffic, mild weather, and great deals! This spring Riverbend Inn will offer guests the glories of mud and massage with a  two night packages for $499 per couple. "Mud"dle together in a deluxe king room for two nights, luxuriate with two one-hour massages and an organic mud mask, then top it off with mud-covered strawberries (chocolate dipped, actually) and an award-winning multi-course breakfasts for two, which include Mud Parfaits (fresh berries, yogurt, and granola) and Muddy Coffee Cake made with sour cream and blueberries. Who knew that playing in the mud could be so much fun for adults! Info: 800-628-6944,

Other Treats - all available during Mud Season (any many beyond)


PARTAKE IN THE 1785 INN's FLAMING COCOA LAVA DRINK - They call this "warm mud to take the chill off of a cool spring evening", the 1785's signature flaming Cocoa Lava is sure to leave you smiley clean; have two and you'd better plan to spend the night! This drink features a flaming concoction of Peppermint Schnapps, hot chocolate and Bailey's Irish Cream all topped off with whipped cream and cinnamon (for that dirty look!). The glasses are rimmed with caramelized cinnamon sugar, just to add to the filthy goodness of this drink.  Info: 800-421-1785,

ZEB'S GENERAL STORE FEATURES MAINE MUD CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS AND MUDSLIDE COFFEE - Walk into Zeb's General Store, and the old-fashioned penny-candy counter takes you back in time.  Zeb's is the largest purveyor of New England-made products in the country, and features such wonderful Mud Season offerings as a muddy Moosely Dark Chocolate Sauce, along with White Mountain Mudslide Coffee.  In the height of the mud season, you'll find Hogwash soaps, perfect for groveling in the mud for the ultimate in a clean complexion.  Info: 800-676-9294,

MUD BOOTS AND RAIN GEAR FOR FIDO AND FIFI - We all know the best way to protect floors is to take off our boots when we come in the mud room, but what about our four-legged friends?  Four Your Paws Only offers a full range of pet gifts, supplies and gear for inclement weather, including reflective dog boots and yellow doggie slickers. Info:  800-327-5957,

MUD MASKS - Garden Dreams, a locally-based purveyor of fine soaps and spa products offers a Mud Mask with roots in French Green Clay and Oatmeal.  It's a wonderful product to awaken the body to spring and good clean mud.  The instructions suggest covering the entire body in the mud mask, and once dried to run into the freshly melted lake during Mud Season for the ultimate in refreshing tingle.  Of course, for the less adventurous, a warm shower will offer equal cleanliness but no where nearly the tingle.  Info:  603-367-9913,

RED PARKA PUB MUDSLIDE DRINKS AND PIES - Just to get into the mud-mood, order the 16-ounce Mason Jar Mudslide at the Red Parka Pub, one of Mt. Washington Valley's après- mud fun institutions. Follow that up with the Mud Pie - a generous concoction of Oreo cookies, nuts, coffee liqueur, in between mounds of coffee ice cream, syrup and whip cream, and you'll be sure you've just landed in mud-heaven.  Info: 603-383-4344,

SWEENEY RIDGE "WIPE YOUR FEET" PLAQUES - Adults know to wipe their feet when they enter, but how about Rover?  Sweeney Ridge Metalsmiths offer a "Wipe Your Feet" sign featuring your choice of twenty different breeds of dogs for $20.  While it may not keep the mud off the rug, it'll be a great reminder to kids and possibly even pets. Info: 888-600-9470,

For more information on vacationing during Mud Season or beyond in Mt. Washington Valley, NH, visit or call 800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364) to request your free vacation planner. 

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