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New England Events: February 2014

It’s the middle of winter, so time for some romance, chocolate and wine! Check specific websites to confirm dates and times, associated fees, and parking information. Some events require advance ticket purchases.

For more New England events in February 2014, check the individual state web sites at the bottom of the page.

Wentworth by the Sea Winter Wine Festival

Through February 16, 2014
Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa – New Castle, New Hampshire

This seven-week event caters to connoisseurs and novices alike. The Winter Wine Festival includes grand vintners’ dinners, flight nights, rare vintage tastings, celebrity chefs and winemakers, classes, Bubbles and Jazz Sunday brunches and educational seminars. Now in its 6th year, the festival has grown by leaps and bounds, offering wine enthusiasts and gourmands the ultimate experience in entertainment and education along with the beauty of a luxurious historic grand hotel. Wentworth by the Sea is one of New Hampshire’s four historic grand hotels and is located on the picturesque Great Island of New Castle, just one hour north of Boston, Massachusetts, and one hour south of Portland, Maine.


Through March 2, 2014
Stamford Museum & Nature Center - Stamford, Connecticut

Bill Probert & I LUG (LEGO® Users Group) NY return for a fifth season with a LEGO® landscape of epic proportions.  “BILLions” of bricks recreate the subterranean world of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a prehistoric park with T-Rex and velociraptors. Subways, trains, roller coasters, and mine trams will chug, spin, whirl and speed across a multi-level imaginary world built completely of LEGO® bricks. Peek into the new underground portals as subway cars whiz by before your eyes.

Ice Castle at Loon Mountain

Through March 2014
Loon Mountain – Lincoln, New Hampshire

A special spectacle this winter at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire – an enormous Ice Castle with walls of giant icicles extending 25-40 feet in the air. Made by Utah-based artist Brent Christensen and his crew, this free form castle is open through March for daytime and evening tours. At night multicolored lights embedded in the ice give it an otherworldly glow.

Save the Bay Seal Tours

Select dates from November - April
Newport, Rhode Island and Westerly, Rhode Island

From November through April, Save The Bay offers one-hour seasonal seal watching tours aboard the M/V Alletta Morris from Long Wharf Dock in Newport, Rhode Island. Bundle up and don’t forget the camera!

Eagle Watches on the Connecticut River

Select dates throughout February 2014
The Audubon Shop - Madison, Connecticut

See America’s national symbol in the wild. Each winter Bald Eagles make their way down the Connecticut River from Canada in search of ice-free fishing. On this tour you will observe these majestic birds from a variety of locations along the river. Tours are usually sold out, so get your tickets early.


February 1 – 28, 2014
Kennebunk/Kennebunkport, Maine

A month-long celebration of romance and indulgence in two enchanting seaside villages. Enjoy a Victorian Valentine lecture, wine and chocolate tastings, gallery stroll, and special accommodation/dining packages for couples. See website nearer the date for details.

Eagle Cruises Along the Connecticut River

February 1 - March 16, 2014
CT River Expeditions/RiverQuest - Haddam, Connecticut

Enjoy winter and very early spring while experiencing the beauty and solitude of the lower Connecticut River. A seasoned, experienced naturalist will talk about eagle biology and ecology and about the other wintering birds and wildlife that will be seen on this two-hour cruise. Reservations are required (will occasionally accommodate walk-ons and last minute calls.)

A Taste of Vermont

February 1, 2014
Stratton, Vermont

Enjoy the best of southern Vermont – 50+ local restaurants, professional chefs and amateur cooks together offering their best tastings & savory samples. You won’t leave hungry! Meet Tracey Medeiros, food writer & author of The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook and Dishing Up Vermont. Premier VIP Ticket holders enjoy a complimentary cocktail hour and private preview of the Taste of Vermont.

33rd Craftsbury Marathon

February 1, 2014
Highland Lodge - Greensboro, Vermont

Come to the largest nordic ski event in the east! Challenge yourself Saturday, February 1st, skiing either 25 or 50k on some of the most scenic ski terrain in New England with up to 1000 competitors of all ages. The 2014 Marathon will run in the traditional point to point format from Highland Lodge in Greensboro to Craftsbury Common via the Outdoor Center.

Green Mountain Club Annual Snowshoe & Winter Trails Festival

February 1, 2014
Green Mountain Club Headquarters – Waterbury Center, Vermont

Come to the Green Mountain Club’s Snowshoe Festival and enjoy your favorite trails in winter! Bring friends and family for an invigorating day of free snowshoe demos, guided snowshoe tours to local peaks and trails, indoor and outdoor kids’ activities, educational workshops, nature walks and hikes, dog sledding, hot chocolate and more.

Antique Sleigh Rally at Old Sturbridge Village

February 1, 2014
Old Sturbridge Village – Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, is a journey through time to a rural New England town of the 1830s. Visitors are invited into more than 40 original buildings, each carefully researched, restored, and brought to the museum site from towns throughout New England. These include homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, law office, printing office, carding mill, sawmill, gristmill, and pottery shop — plus blacksmith, shoe and cooper shops. Come on this special day to experience a genuine New England Sleigh Rally in the fields of the Freeman Farm. See horse-drawn sleighs in action, including cutters and bobsleighs, as their drivers compete for awards.

Burlington Winter Festival

February 7-9, 2014
Burlington, Vermont

Come to Burlington, on the shores of Lake Champlain to celebrate winter. The Burlington Winter Festival includes the Vermont Snow Sculpting Competition, the Church Street Ice Walk, kids activities, live performances, art exhibits and special merchant promotions. Go for a dog sled ride at the waterfront or head over to the Family Activity Expo at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Other exciting activities include the Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge at the waterfront, Kids VT Camp and The Hotel Vermont Ice Bar.

U.S. National Toboggan Championships

February 7-9, 2014
Camden, Maine

Come to the “Jewel of the Maine Coast” for this exciting event and winter weekend getaway.Most of the 400-plus sledders who take part in the U.S. National Toboggan Championships will aim for the fastest time in their category. But some teams, like the trio who dress as the three little pigs each year, will be more interested in having a good time with friends. Two, three and four-person teams dressed in business suits, cow suits, clown suits and other creative costumes make watching the competition on the iced, wooden Jack Williams Toboggan Chute at Camden Snow Bowl all the more fun. Nearby you’ll find The Center for Maine Contemporary Art. The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center are due south in Rockland.

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival

February 7-16, 2014
Salem, Massachusetts

Celebrate chocolate during the annual Salem So Sweet festival. This event includes a Chocolate & Wine Tasting, Ice Sculpture installations, Chocolate samplings and chocolate-inspired menu items at restaurants throughout Salem. This festival is free and fun for the whole family. Many downtown businesses will offer in-store promotions during the event ranging from free chocolate to great discounts.

Ice Fishing Derby: Meredith, New Hampshire

February 8-9, 2014
Meredith, New Hampshire

The town of Meredith hosts of one of the biggest winter events in the Lakes Region: the Great Rotary Fishing Derby. Every year ice fishermen from across the USA gather in Meredith for a weekend of fun and fishing. If there is a sense of fierce competition in the air, it must be near prize time!

Newport Ski Joring Competition

February 8-9, 2014
Newport, New Hampshire

Experience a taste of the Wild West in beautiful New Hampshire. Saddle up some horses, grab a rope, put on some skis and head out to the nearest ski joring competition. Whether you are a spectator or competitor, prepare for the most exciting winter equestrian sport in America today that brings horses, riders and skiers together.

Bethel WinterFest

To be determined
Bethel, Maine

Come to Bethel, Maine which bills itself as “Maine’s most beautiful mountain village” to enjoy all that winter has to offer! See a snowcano” — snow volcano and snow mountain perfect for sledding.  Come enjoy snowshoeing events, snow groomer rides and much more!

The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

February 14-16, 2014

The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events lead by outdoor oriented organizations and companies to celebrate the how, where, and what of being active outside in Maine. See website for more details closer to the date.

Annual Chester Winter Carnivale

February 14-16, 2014
Chester, Vermont

A perfect family winter event in a picturesque Vermont setting – chili tasting, ice carving, street performers, face painting and a tractor parade! Nestled between Bromley, Magic, Stratton, and Okemo Mountain, Chester, Vermont is the southern gateway to the Okemo Valley.  This event will include dogsled rides, skating outdoors and broom hockey that warm one’s heart and evoke laughter on the coldest winter days! Free admission.

Maine Lakes Region Winter Carnival

February 14-16, 2014
Bridgton, Maine

“Mush!” “Hike!” “Haw!” “Gee!” “Easy!” Learn these commands and maybe you can go MUSHING (dog sled riding) or Skijoring (cross country skiing by a dog team). Or, just go along for the ride while the Mushers drive their dogs. Snowmobile rides are also available—quick trips up the lake (donation suggested) or 30 minute trail rides for $30 (helmets provided). Reservations are recommended for these trips and can be made by telephone to Chamber office with credit cards. But that is not all…this is a winter carnival with horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, snow shoeing, ice fishing, public breakfasts, lunches, and suppers and a whole host of activities for old and young.

Annual Newport Winter Festival

February 14-23, 2014
Newport, Rhode Island

With over one hundred and fifty individual events, this Festival has become “New England’s largest winter extravaganza.” Held in Newport, the sailing capital of the USA, home to historic oceanfront mansions and the famous Cliffwalk, the Winter Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, music and entertainment, with fun for all ages. Includes Sand sculptures, a Chili Cook-Off, city-wide Scavenger Hunt, an Ice Sculpting Competition and a Children’s Fair. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum also features a variety of activities for the whole family during school vacation week, including scavenger hunts through the Museum, Wii Tennis and QuickStart tennis.

Annual Harris Hill Ski Jump Tournament

February 15-16, 2014
Harris Hill Ski Jump – Brattleboro, Vermont

Harris Hill Ski Jump is the only 90 meter ski jump in New England and one of only six in the USA of this size and caliber. The Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition is a celebrated Brattleboro tradition that dates back to 1922. This event attracts world-class jumpers from the U.S. and Europe and thousands of spectators. Enjoy two heart-stopping fun-filled jumping days of music, tailgating, a climb to the takeoff for an up-close look at the jumpers as they fly by and snow hills for the children to play on.

Boston Wine Expo 2014

February 15-16, 2014
Seaport Word Trade Center and Seaport Hotel - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is a foodie’s paradise — and the seventh largest wine market in the nation. This is the largest trade and consumer wine event in the United States, featuring over 400 wineries representing 13 countries from around the world. Choose from more than 1,800 wines to sample — plus enjoy a week-long series of events that include outstanding cuisine from more than 40 restaurants; an expanded education series; nightly vintner dinners at top restaurants and a Grand Cru Wine Lounge, barrel samplings and vertical tastings.

Eagle Flyer Vintage Train Ride

February 15-16, 2014
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat - Essex, Connecticut

Vintage Diesel Locomotive 0900 will pull the Eagle Flyer out of Essex Station for a 2½-hour eco-excursion. The train will make local station stops in Deep River, Chester, Eagle Landing State Park and Haddam. Local residents may board at their nearby train station (see online schedule). Naturalists will be on board to share information about our national symbol, the Bald Eagle, and its glorious migration south to the CT River Valley from December to March. Bring binoculars!

Connecticut River Museum 20th Annual Holiday Train Show

Through February 16, 2013
Connecticut River Museum – Essex, Connecticut

This family-friendly exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout. Visitors are challenged to complete the I SPY Scavenger Hunt of various objects hidden within the settings while the smaller visitor set can get hands-on at an American Flyer and Lionel Train layout designed for toddler size viewing. The exhibit is a true locomotive extravaganza and a perfect outing for train fans and all who are young at heart. The Connecticut River Museum celebrates the natural beauty and cultural heritage of New England’s Great River.

Sleigh Ride Week – Billings Farm & Museum

February 16-24, 2014
Billings Farm – Woodstock, Vermont

Head to the picturesque town of Woodstock, Vermont, with the historic Billings Farm & Museum nearby. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding with jack jumpers; tour the dairy farm and farmhouse; farm programs and hands-on activities for all ages.

Lyman Orchard's Annual Winterfest!

February 22-23, 2014
Lyman Orchards – Middlefield, Connecticut

Plans are underway for this farm festival of winter fun! Watch dog sled mushing demonstrations by the Connecticut Valley Siberian Husky Club, and, in the Apple Barrel, enjoy all the free samples you can eat!  Check website for an updated schedule of events.

Stowe Derby: The Oldest Downhill/Country Ski Race in America

February 23, 2014
Stowe, Vermont

The Stowe Derby is one of the oldest and most unique ski races in North America and draws crowds each year. It started in 1945 when the challenge was the same as it is today – a race from the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, to the historic village of Stowe. Today, the race attracts over 800 competitors, ranging from NCAA Champions to recreational skiers looking for a thrill. Over the course, participants ski through 10 miles of challenging terrain before reaching the finish in the village. The course has a total vertical drop of almost 3,000 feet. There is also a short course designed for children ages 6 to 13 or those who prefer to avoid the rigors of the main event. The race is approximately 6km. The town of Stowe offers many shops, restaurants and other outdoor recreation – perfect for a winter weekend getaway!

Sweetest Day on the Trails: Annual Chocolate Festival

February 23, 2014
Intervale, New Hampshire

People come from great distances to cross country ski, snowshoe or drive from inn-to-inn along the trails of this 65 KM network to enjoy the spectacular scenery, warm hospitality, and great chocolate treats at stops throughout the network, most located along the trails. This may be the only day of the year when chocolate indulgence is totally guilt-free! Chocoholics cross country ski or snowshoe the trails to enjoy chocolate prepared every way imaginable. Many return year after year to enjoy the Chocolate Festival, often returning with a larger group of friends each time.

Killington Winter Pride Festival

February 28 - March 3, 2014
Killington Resort - Killington, Vermont

For the second year, Killington welcomes LGBT travelers for its first Winter Pride Festival.  Expected to draw visitors from across the US, the event will feature a line-up of on-snow activities, live entertainment and nightly parties. Set on 3,000 acres in the heart of the Green Mountains, Killington — also known as ‘The Beast of the East’ — is the region’s largest ski and snowboard area with seven mountains, including Pico Mountain.

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