Make The Hotel Concord your base to explore New Hampshire’s fall foliage

Summer days are starting to fade away, the air is becoming cooler and the trees in some parts of New Hampshire are already hinting that fall is on its way. The approaching foliage season is a great reason to get outside and experience New Hampshire’s colors. Set right in the middle of the state, Concord NH is the perfect fall foliage base, with great hikes, apple picking, parks and more, all within an easy drive. This fall, stay at The Hotel Concord and explore the Granite State’s vibrant show.

Located on Main Street and only 3 minutes away from Interstate 93, The Hotel Concord is offering a special deal for those who want to make the capital city their base to enjoy New Hampshire’s fall foliage season. The “Live Free and Leaf Peep” package includes an overnight stay in a luxurious upscale Four Diamond Boutique Hotel, a gift certificate to Gould Hill Orchard in Contoocook, late check out of 12 noon and specialty treats like Miss Prindable’s Candied Apple and pumpkin spiced coffee to make this a sweet foliage excursion.

The foliage season runs roughly from late-September to mid-October, and the Granite State offers many ways to experience this amazing time. Just 20 minutes away from Concord, Gould Hill Orchard has sweeping views over the New Hampshire mountains, and an amazing assortment of  traditional and new apple varieties. And the White Mountains, Upper Valley, Monadnock Region and Seacoast are all less than one hour away.

Take a cruise aboard M/S Mount Washington and see the breathtaking juxtaposition of the colorful leaves and the water. Or, take the train through the trees and see the view aboard the world-famous Mount Washington Cog Railway. Any foliage leaf peeping trip can be combined with a visit to one of the many state’s attractions, and there are enough activities to fill up a weekend.

And there is plenty to do in the city, too. In Concord, fall kicks off with the Capital Arts Fest, a weekend of exhibitions, performances and art on the street combined with great food and local beer. Between September 27th and 29th, the League of NH Craftsmen brings together artists and craftsmen from all over the state to Main Street in Concord to celebrate creativity. Every Saturday you can visit the Farmers Market and the Arts Market at Bicentennial Square, which goes on until the end of September. The forests around Concord are also great hiking spots and help avoid the crowds at the more popular New Hampshire mounts.

“Live Free and Leaf Peep” is priced at $299 for double occupancy and does not include tax. Every package offered at The Hotel Concord includes turn down service with robes, slippers, Astor chocolate, customizable music and lighting.

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Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Looking for an all-season resort you can enjoy with the family? Look no further then the beautiful Waterville Valley Resort, set in the always stunning White Mountains of New Hampshire.

We are lovers of NH, it’s not hard to find a reason to get us to head up for a visit. If you have ever set foot in the small but stunning state, you likely are as well. Outdoors Enthusiasts will be hard pressed to be kept away, no matter what the sport(s) or recreational activities of their choice might be.

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With endless outdoor fun at your fingertips, and natural beauty as unspoiled as you can find without heading way, way out (and you can do that as well if you desire more solitude and untouched nature),  the hardest part of your vacation will be choosing what activities you have time for on this trip- and planning when you can make a return visit.

Everyone needs a comfortable spot to lie their heads at night, and choosing your “home away from home” can be stressful. No matter what the reviews say, it is always a crapshoot- you never really know what you are going to get. Personal experience is always the best, and from my own experience, I can tell you I’ll be heading back to Waterville Valley Resort. It was as advertised, comfortable (ad clean), with amenities and multiple (clean!) restaurants and stores within a stones throw from your room. Forgot something, lose something? Always, right? Not a problem, there is someplace that sells what you need in the resort.  And there’s not price gouging, either, which is both refreshing and oh-so rare. You can even souvenir shop while you meander about.

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Truly a nature lovers paradise, you can enjoy the fall foliage, winter wonderland, spring blooms, and summer splendor all from the mountain valley with a 360 degree views.  The location is truly stunning. As Waterville Valley Resort is nestled deep within the White Mountain National Forest and hosts a wide selection of activities for everyone within it’s grounds. You can always venture off property as well, but if you wanted to stay in one general spot and still be able to see and do, this is a fantastic spot to be in. (Bonus? The staff is amazing. Nice, friendly, accommodating, helpful- honestly. Apparently, they are trained this way. Imagine! Training to put the guests experiences first. What a throwback, and a most welcome one.)

We love hiking, and if you do as well, you are going to be in paradise. There are many trails to choose from, with hundreds of miles that range from easy walking paths to steep ascents. Some popular choices are an leisurely ramble along Corcoran Pond at the center of Town Square, an easy walk through the woods and wildflowers on the valley floor, or a more challenging hike up the 4,315-ft. summit of Mount Osceola, where you will find yourself surrounded by stunning views of the 700,000 acres of the national forest.

There is also mountain biking and trail riding.  You can bring your own or rent a bike from the Adventure Center in Town Square. There is also the (very cool) option of taking the chair lift to the top of Snow’s Mountain and riding your bike down. (This is a hike option as well.) Other options include golf, tennis, swimming, the cultural center, tours, seasonal skiing, skating, and more.

There is also a gym on site, and it’s actually a really good one- high quality and we loved it. Usually when we are away, if there is a gym, it’s small and not anything much. This one had all the equipment you look for and want to use. Your workouts won’t suffer while you are away.

“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.” (As per Waterville Valley Resort)

The creators of the  Curious George books, H.A. and Margret Rey lived in the area part time in the 1950s. The Rey’s have left their legacy, and many personal items and sketches, at the Margret and H.A Rey Center within the property. The center hosts nature walks, writers workshops, discussion clubs, a monthly lecture series, art shows, and activities for children. We attended both a nature walk where we looked in vain for owls, as well as a discussion about moon cycles given by a NASA volunteer. They also had an arts and crafts portion for children.

There is a lot to see and do in Waterville Valley Resort- and that’s without even leaving the property. The White Mountains area leaves so much to be explored as well.  For more information For more information, call 800GO VALLEY or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com or e-mail [email protected].

 

 

STORY LAND’S BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR IS HERE!

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After wrapping up a successful 65th season mid-October, Story Land welcomes the off season with its biggest sale yet! The annual Black Friday sale kicked off on November 5th, and as always, offers the deepest discounts on Story Land season passes, day tickets, and more!

ALL-NEW for 2019 – the Story Land Platinum Season Pass!  In addition to unlimited admission to Story Land and great perks like dining and retail discounts, the Platinum Season Pass grants the passholder unlimited admission to Living Shores Aquarium (livingshoresaquarium.com) from its opening in Spring of 2019 through the end of the year. Also exclusive to the Platinum Season Pass are one time use “Bring a Friend Free ANY Days”, where Platinum passholders can bring up to 3 friends to Story Land FREE! Shoppers can save $20 on the new Platinum Season Pass, $30 on Premium Season Passes and a whopping 40% off Basic Season Passes! All season passes entitle the passholder to unlimited admission to Story Land during the season, while Premium and Platinum passholders get lots of other fun perks. The full list of pass benefits can be found atstorylandnh.com/seasonpass. Season pass payment plans are available in 3 month or 6 month formats, with payments as low at $7.49. Shoppers can also save $16 off day tickets, which are valid any day of the 2019 season and make great gifts!

The FREE Preschool Play Pass is back for the 2019 season! The Preschool Play Pass grants complimentary admission to children ages 3-5 for the entire summer. “The Preschool Play Pass was a big hit with many families in 2018, and we look forward to offering this very affordable option again in 2019,” stated Lauren Hawkins, Director of Marketing. The guidelines and activation info for this pass can be found at storylandnh.com/prekpass, and all parents are urged to read all pass information before registering their children.

The Black Friday sale ends at midnight on December 4th, and these prices are can’t-miss. 2019 promises another summer of family fun, new events, and Story Land magic in the Land Where Fantasy Lives! Visit storylandnh.com for more info and to shop all the deals.

About Story Land and Palace Entertainment:

Story Land, located in New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountains, is a premier children’s theme park that has entertained thousands of families with young children for over 60 years. Story Land is “Where Fantasy Lives” and features over 20 unique rides, exciting live shows, and favorite nursery rhyme animals set on 35 beautifully maintained and landscaped acres. Story Land is owned and operated by Palace Entertainment, one of the leading leisure park operators in the United States. Palace Entertainment owns and operates eight water parks, six theme parks, two animal parks, and five family entertainment centers across 10 different states. Palace Entertainment parks offer a wide range of family friendly rides, shows, miniature golf courses, and arcade games. For more information, please visit storylandnh.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.