I am born and raised in Massachusetts, and I believe everyone should visit New England. The snow forms a blanket over the gorgeous, rugged landscape which is very inviting and perfect for a get away to clear your mind. Here are my top picks for your next trip to New England.
Though, the chilly temperatures makes swimming very unfavorable, visiting the beaches of Gloucester, York, and Hampton is a serene and fun activity. The calm beaches are generally empty, but beautiful. You can visit the beaches for a picnic (if the weather permits), go for a stroll, and have fun with friends and family.
As us New Englanders say, “Ski the East!” Skiing and snowboarding is a very common and fun activity. Often times people flee their everyday homes for mountain getaways along the slopes. Whether you like big mountain resorts like Sunday River, Stratton, Stowe, or Sugarloaf or small secluded mountains like Wachusett or Mt. Abram, skiing is a staple of New England and perfect for a weekend getaway.
Ice skating is an awesome activity to take on in New England. There are plenty of frozen ponds you can hop on everywhere. There are several in Boston Commons in which eager hockey players pursue a friendly game of puck. Or, if you need rental skates there are plenty of places suited for your needs like Boston’s most popular outdoor rink, Frog Pond. Don’t forget to be prepared for the cold though!
Sledding and Tubing
You can find the opportunity to sled basically anywhere in New England, which is super fun. All you really need is a hill and a sled (which is possible in any town ever), but many ski mountains have tubing and sledding facilities as well. These facilities generally have a lift so you don’t have to lug your tube all the way up the hill after a run, and then you can speed down the slope!
You will see towns decked out for the holidays. Whether it be holiday lights, big Christmas Trees (and in some places even Menorahs), and holiday shows and concerts. Get tickets for shows or plays like the Boston Ballet Nutcracker or the Rockettes. It is a unique experience that certainly captures New England's charismatic attitude when it comes to the Holiday season.
After a long season of apple cider and pumpkin donuts, comes the season for Clam Chowder, Boston Baked Beans, Chowder, Lobster Bisque, and more Chowder. New England is home to lobsters and Chowder so definitely give it a try. I highly suggest visiting a chowder festival like the annual Chowderfest at Waterville Valley in New Hampshire. Enjoy the food, live music, and for those over 21, the brews.
Pick your player: snow shoeing, making snow angels, a snowman, maybe even a snow fort? You have to come to New England for the snow. At my school we have a required class and we go snowshoeing and do team building exercises outside. We even get extra credit if we are able to identify the different animal tracks in the snow. If that doesn’t scream New England then I don’t know what does!
Visit the New Hampshire Ice Castles. Yes you heard it, ice castles. Picture real life Frozen if that helps. In the castles there is something for everyone. You can admire the ice sculptures, go through the ice mazes, and even race down an ice slide.
New England Towns
Visit a classic New England town. Reminiscent of simpler days, you can curl up by the fire with a blanket and a nice cup of hot chocolate. In these charming towns you can find beautiful barns, open fields, town halls, and main streets lined with cute cafes and boutiques. Visit the legendary towns of North Conway, NH, Rockport, MA, Newport, RI, Camden, ME, Royalton, VT and many others!
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