New Hampshire is a special place to be as summer slides into autumn. This sampling of offerings shows just how special:
The Glen Oaks Inn in Intervale has a four-night package called the White Mountain Experience. Included are lodging, a full country breakfast daily, afternoon beverages, a trip for two on the Cog Railroad to the top of Mount Washington, dinner for two one evening, a gondola ride for two over the Wildcat Mountain ski area, a three-hour Moose Tour for two, and (on Tuesday-Thursday or Saturday) a 1 3/4-hour journey on North Conway's Chocorua dining car with dinner. The cost for two is $875, and the offer is available until Sept. 15.
Call 877-854-6535 or visit glenoaksinn.com.
Waterville Valley's Fall Unlimited Package starts at $69 per night and, in addition to lodging, can include mountain biking, tennis, and golf, plus access to the White Mountain Athletic Club and Waterville Valley Recreation's open gym program. Because such activities are included in the price, families may save 50 percent or more. Participants choose from lodging ranging from a one-bedroom hotel room to a five-bedroom condominium at establishments that include the Town Square Condominiums, Golden Eagle Lodge, Black Bear Lodge, Snowy Owl Inn, and Village Condominiums.
Call 800-468-2553 or go to visitwatervillevalley.com.
The Lakes Region, with Lake Winnipesaukee as its centerpiece, is naturally a haven for outdoor activities. But it is also an increasingly popular place for spa treatments. For example, the Lake Opechee Inn and Spa in Lakeport has a variety of package plans, one titled Time to Reconnect. The offer includes two nights lodging with country continental breakfasts, champagne and chocolate truffles, a 60-minute couple's massage, and a gift bag from Tranquility Springs Wellness Spa. In Tranquil Season (Oct. 22-May 17), prices range from $239 to $379. In the Inn Season (May 18-Oct. 21), prices are $289-$439.
Call 603-524-0111 or visit lakeoinnandspa.com.
Also in the region, the Highland Lake Inn in East Andover has a Buy One Night, Get the Second Night Free offer throughout this year, subject to availability. Rates at the 10-room bed-and-breakfast are $145-$175 including breakfast. The inn is located on seven acres adjoining a 21-acre nature preserve.
Call 603-735-6426. The website is highlandlakeinn.com.
The Conway Scenic Railroad Fall Package, available Sept. 1-Oct. 14, takes riders to the doorstep of the Appalachian Mountain Club. A round-trip ride on Conway Scenic Railroad includes dinner and an overnight stay at the AMC Highland Center, where some of the guest benefits are walk-on naturalist programs and complimentary use of L.L. Bean gear. Prices start at $106 per person.
Call 603-278-4453, ext. 2001, and mention this package. The website is outdoors.org.
The Bartlett Inn in Bartlett lets you add a "moose peep" to your leaf peeping. Its Moose Mania package features an evening tour of the North Country with what is billed as the most successful moose tour in New Hampshire. The package includes two nights accommodations, daily breakfast for two, and two moose tour tickets. Prices start at $238 per couple.
Call 800-292-2353 or visit bartlettinn.com.
There is also "grape peeping," in which many lodging places have wine events during and after the foliage season. At the Wayside Inn in Bethlehem, an Oct. 19-20 Wine Tasting Weekend will feature two nights lodging, two full breakfasts, plus a gourmet dinner and wine tasting. The price is $372 per couple, and the event is a fund-raiser for the American Culinary Federation White Mountains of New Hampshire Chapter.
Call 800-448-9557 or visit the waysideinn.com.
At the Inn at Ellis River in Jackson, each guest room is named for a local waterfall, and there are scenic views of the White Mountain National Forest. The Waterfall Adventure includes a choice of one of three books ("Waterfalls of the White Mountains," AMC's "Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains," or "Images of America: The White Mountains"), a picnic lunch packed in an insulated cooler that you get to keep, and the inn's homemade trail mix. The two-night packages also include lodging for two, breakfast daily, and afternoon refreshments. Prices are $289-$559 per couple through Sept. 20.
Call 800-233-8309 or visit innatellisriver.com/specials.html.
The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel has a foliage special of $59 per person ($118 per room) midweek. Activities at the 15,000-acre estate include hiking and mountain biking. Rate is valid Sunday-Thursday, Sept. 2-Oct. 30.
Call 866-380-6798 or visit the balsams.com.
Richard P. Carpenter can be reached at email@example.com.