Waterville Valley is a really neat place to visit. During late summer/early fall, the weather is great and fall foliage peaks in mid-October.  All over the area you will find trails for walking, hiking or bike riding. And of course in winter, there's skiing.

You can visit the " Castle in the Clouds" , in Moultonboro - a beautiful castle with great antique furnishings and beautiful views. A trolley ride takes you on a relaxing tour through the grounds. They also have a gift shop.

You can also take a lunch or dinner cruise aboard the M/S Mt. Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee, and you can stroll the waterfront villages like Weirs Beach and Meredith.

In Wolfeboro, go to the Hampshire Pewter Company, where you can take a free tour of their workshop and browse in the gift shop. You'll also find some great restaurants, including the one at the Wolfeboro Inn (America's Oldest Summer Resort). Steele Hill Resort, in Sanbornton also has good food.

Head up to Lincoln where you can catch a train ride with a 'Hobo Lunch" on the Hobo Railroad through Franconia Notch State Park. While there you can see what  remains of the famous profile of the "Old Man of The Mountains." Unfortunately most of the rock of this famous landmark fell on May 3, 2003, so you won't see much.  Interesting and entertaining. Take the Cannon Mountain Tram Ride. On a perfectly clear day from atop the Cannon Mt. you can see mountain ridges as far as Canada!! 

Snowy Owl Inn is a good place to stay - the accommodations are nice. They have continental breakfast,  large rooms with a jacuzzi & fridge, indoor pool and lots of space to 'chill out' in front of fireplaces in cold weather. There is an adjoining Market Place with very good restaurants, a grocery store and deli and wonderful shops.