The Best New England Towns to Visit this Winter

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If New Englanders know anything, it’s winter. Long days sledding, snowshoeing or building snow forts and snowmen followed by evenings drinking hot cocoa by the fireplace or woodstove are familiar, cherished times for almost everyone who’s weathered their fair share of New England winters. If you’re looking for something a little different to enjoy the snow, however, our beautiful corner of the country has a ton to offer for families, couples, and friends seeking something to do on a winter’s day. Read on to check out some of our favorite winter destinations in New England, and some suggestions for ways to spend your day when you’ve thrown all the snowballs you can handle!

Portsmouth, NH: There’s nothing like the sight of a quintessential New England town blanketed in snow. With historic buildings, brick sidewalks and lights twinkling in the trees, downtown Portsmouth is the perfect scene. With the bustle of summer tourists gone for the season, you can enjoy the shops, sights and dining in a more relaxed, authentic way. Pop in to Breaking New Grounds in Market Square for a warm peppermint mocha or go ice skating at Strawbery Banke’s Puddle Dock Pond outdoor skating rink.

Stowe, VT: For a classic ski lodge experience, head to Stowe, Vermont to check out the Stowe Mountain Resort. With close proximity to and fabulous views of the state’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield, Stowe offers a ski-town vibe during the winter months and even features a Ski and Snowboard Museum so you can learn all about the history of the sports you’re enjoying.

Freeport, ME: Among New Englanders, “L.L. Bean” is essentially synonymous with winter, so no list of New England winter destinations could be complete without the home of the brand’s flagship store. The Freeport store hosts a Northern Lights Celebration in November and December, which includes a footpath through a twinkling “Discovery Forest,” live Maine reindeer, free hot cocoa in a warmed yurt, a model train village, horse-drawn wagon rides and more!

Amesbury, MA: If you’re not done sledding yet but you want to go a little more extreme than your local hill, you’ve got to hit the Amesbury Sports Park. With the steepest and fastest tubing hill in New England, this destination offers winter fun that the whole family can enjoy. When you’ve had all the tubing you can handle, you can head a town over to Newburyport, where you can take in classic New England vibes while you explore downtown. Make sure to stop by Chococoa Baking Company, famous for their twists on the iconic New England whoopie pie.

Lincoln, NH: Lincoln offers skiing and other winter sports at the Loon Mountain Ski Area, which boasts 62 acres of trails as well as New Hampshire’s only slope-side spa and an Aerial Forest Adventure Park with winter mountain zip lining. Another must-see Lincoln attraction is the Ice Castles, an acre of tunnels, caves, towers and archways that you can explore, with night time lights shows and guest appearances by the “enchanted ice princess” that kids will love!

Winter adventures are great fun, and some of the best parts of living in New England, but we want to be sure that you make it to all of your winter destinations safely this year. If you don’t have an all-wheel-drive vehicle, or if yours could use a replacement, now is the time to shop for a winter-ready vehicle. Our friends at Foss Motors, a local Chrysler Dodge and Jeep dealer in Exeter, New Hampshire, recommend that anyone living in New England consider investing in a four- or all-wheel-drive vehicle for the winter months, although most can be viable as a daily-driver year-round. Enjoy your winter and these suggestions for travel destinations, and stay safe out there!

  

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