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.
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(Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun.) 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.)
Join us for the Annual Newport Winter Festival, Touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” the annual Winter Festival will take place throughout Newport and Newport County. Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities, music, and fun for all ages. Melt away your winter blues with all the Newport Winter Festival has to offer.
The Newport Burger Bender is a simple "best burger" contest taking place at participating restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol counties. The restaurant with the burger that gets the most votes will be crowned the winner.
Feb. 15, 16, 17, 22 & 23 — see website for details. The perfect event for conservationists, nature enthusiasts, and families looking to fight the impending cabin fever this winter; hop onto the Eagle Flyer at Essex Station in February! Pulled by our vintage diesel locomotive, passengers will delight in the 2.5-hour eco-excursion throughout the Connecticut River Valley, providing crystal clear views of the landscape and its wildlife from the heated comfort of our Coaches ($25 adult, $15 child) or First Class ($40 all ages) train cars. Master Wildlife Conservationists from CT’s DEEP will be onboard to discuss and share expert information about the wildlife indigenous to the Connecticut River Valley. Bring binoculars so you don’t miss a thing!
Guided tours on February 15, 16 & 22 only. From 7 – 8:30 p.m., experience the wonder of a night time winter walk. Join an Appalachian Mountain Club Naturalist on a guided snowshoe walk. We will use our senses (and no flashlights) to navigate the trails while listening for owls calling and exploring our senses. Reservations required. For the perfect family-friendly lodging, be sure to check out the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Joe Dodge Lodge. It’s just 5 minutes up the road from Great Glen Trails, and they offer special packages that include meals.