When looking for winter adventure destinations, we invariably turn to the northwest. If you’re tired of the ordinary, or you’ve skied all of the slopes you can in Utah, why not look to New England for your next winter vacation? Here are the top five New England cities for your next winter holiday in the States:
1. Jackson, New Hampshire
If skiing is indeed your desire, you can’t beat the Jackson area of New Hampshire. Not only can you ski in the resorts of Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain and Attitash but you can take an incredible ride down the zip lines at Bretton Woods and Wildcat. The picturesque villages offer views of majestic churches, snow covered farmland and tall mountains. You’ll have your choice of accommodation in cozy inns or resorts with full amenities in Jackson.
2. Bethel, Maine
The city of Bethel offers a large amount of activities throughout the year but perhaps none are better than those offered in the winter. Choose from: dog sledding, ice skating, hiking, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and snowmobiling. Nowhere else in Maine can you choose from so many activities in one city.
Dog sledding is, by far, the most popular tourist activity in the area. Search through web directories and you can find several outfitters offering tours. Whether you want a full, educational day or a simple ride on a sled, you can find an outfitter offering exactly what you desire.
3. Boston, Massachusetts
Do you think that a winter vacation means you have to be flying down a mountain on a pair of skis? Think again! Take a ghost tour for a bit of adventure of the supernatural kind. For the past nine years, the Ghost Tour has been delighting guests with fantastic stories of gore and ghouls. The tour is lit by candlelight, adding to the ambiance. The tour lasts for approximately 90 minutes and is offered twice each night of the week.
4. Haddam, Connecticut
An Eagle Cruise along the Connecticut River may be the best way to spend your winter vacation. Winter wildlife is observed from the comfortably enclosed, heated cabin of the River Quest. Complimentary hot drinks are served as you keep an eye out for bald eagles, red tailed hawks, ring neck ducks and even harbor seals. Any nature lover will adore this cruise! Be sure to take your camera as you will undoubtedly see animals you’ll rarely get a chance to see again.
5. Blackstone Valley, Rhode Island
Give your stomach an adventure with an incredible food tour this winter season. Learn how some of your favorite dishes are cooked and then sit down to enjoy a fabulous meal. Dinner and demos include: lobster ravioli, chicken and beef fajitas, California rolls and sushi, chicken piccata, shrimp Lorenzo, pulled pork and of course the infamous New England clam chowder. Are you hungry yet?
Not only will you see demonstrations but, in many restaurants, you’ll be treated to the history of the company and the building’s architecture as well. If you’ve never thought of eating as an adventure, you certainly will after a food tour!
Get off of the beaten path this winter and choose a destination that offers a bit more than the average winter sports vacation. Whether you choose to take part in a ghost tour, delight your stomach with gastronomic delicacies or take a ride on a sled pulled by an amazing team of dogs, you’ll have the time of your life in New England.
Tina Sanchez is a personal chef who also writes for the Aviva Directory, a website search advisor with lists of sites from restaurants to marketing guidance. You can search by state, such as Utah or by categories, like Italian restaurants.