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New England Winter

New England sparkles in winter. Blanketed in snow, white church steeples stand out against deep blue sky: it’s great for photographs! And for winter sports fans — it’s playtime! Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more – all are available throughout the New England region. At the end of the day, cozy up by the fireplace at your favorite resort or country inn.

Winter is also perfect for city breaks. Explore Boston, Massachusetts or New England’s other smaller cities for superb shopping and dining, museums and historical sites.

For more New England winter information see: New England Skiing & Snowboarding and New England Winter Adventures.


New England Winter Travel Ideas

Graduation Gate, High Street, New Haven (1) - New England

CONNECTICUT

In New Haven, see where presidents and movie stars studied on a student-led tour of Yale University. Visit two of New England’s finest art museums: The Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. Learn about Native American culture at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, devoted to the story of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Then attend a concert or a sports event, or try your luck in two of the world’s largest casinos, which are now full-fledged resorts with big name entertainers and many fine restaurants: Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino.

During the Holiday Season, ride the North Pole Express to pick up Santa and Mrs. Claus aboard the Essex Steam Train. Or travel back to Christmas Eve 1876 with a Lantern Light Tour at Mystic Seaport. And, take your cards and parcels to Bethlehem. Since 1938, the post office has stamped Christmas mail with a unique Bethlehem Connecticut Christmas “cachet”.

In February and March, spot migrating eagles and ospreys on a Connecticut River Expeditions Osprey/Eagle Cruise on the lower Connecticut River.


New England Winter - Santa Sunday - Sunday River Ski Resort, Bethel, Maine

Maine

Head for the charming mountain village of Bethel in Maine’s Lakes & Mountains. The major destination is Sunday River Resort, with 132 trails and 671 acres (270 hectares) spread across 8 interconnected mountains. Glide up on 16 lifts, including the high-speed Chondola. Further north, Sugarloaf is a training ground for several US Winter Olympic athletes. This pristine region offers all sorts of winter outdoor activity from dog sledding and snowshoeing to snowmobiling. In the Carrabassett Valley, Maine Huts & Trails offers a true Nordic back-country, hut-to-hut cross-country ski experience.  Or ski the trails of the Maine Winter Sports Center in Aroostook County – host of three World Cup Biathlon competitions.


New England Winter - Washington Statue---Boston Public Garden

Massachusetts

In Boston, winter is a perfect time to explore the high-end shops of Newbury Street and have lunch at a funky bistro in the South End. Take a cultural tour of the world at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and listen to a concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. To get the blood pumping, head for Boston Common, where you can ice-skate on Frog Pond. At night, see the Boston Symphony Orchestra, or the out-of-this-world Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse.


New England Winter - The White Mountains - New Hampshire

New Hampshire

The Jackson Area, in the heart of the White Mountains, encompasses some of the state’s prettiest villages: Jackson, Bartlett, Glen, Hart’s Location and Intervale. You’ll find covered bridges, white steepled churches, high mountains and rolling farmland. This is a special destination for cross-country skiers, with a huge network of trails. But, the White Mountains are famous for downhill skiing. Among the resorts are Attitash, Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain – and for an extra thrill, ride the ziplines at Wildcat and Bretton Woods. Stay in cozy inns or in resorts with spas.


New England Winter - Bankof America Skating Plaza - Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island

The glamorous coastal city of Newport glistens in winter, with lights decorating the streets and boats in the harbor. One of three historic Newport Mansions decked out in Christmas opulence is The Breakers, a 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo. In Providence, the state capital, rent skates and take to the ice at the Bank of America City Center. Shop till you drop in the one-of-a-kind boutiques downtown. Foodies love the restaurant scene; delve into the history of cookery at the Johnson & Wales’ Culinary Arts Museum.


New England Winter - Stowe Derby - Stowe, Vermont

Vermont

Vermont is a winter playground. For skiers and boarders, the only problem is, which ski resort to choose — there are 20 alpine resorts and 30 cross-country touring centers! Some favorites include: Stowe, Killington, Sugarbush, Stratton, or Okemo Mountain Resort.   Jay Peak Resort, almost on the Canadian Border, features a new Ice Haus Arena for figure skating, ice hockey and curling. As for cross-country, the Mountain Top Inn & Resort Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center has 40miles/60km of trails. Or try horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiling, ice skating, and sledding. Stay slopeside or in a romantic inn.


New England Winter Festival Ideas

CONNECTICUT

  • Mystic: Lantern Light Tours (December)
  • Hartford: First Night Hartford (December)

MAINE

MASSACHUSETTS

NEW HAMPSHIRE

RHODE ISLAND

VERMONT

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