Every season offers a unique experience in New England. Our real estate agents love the brilliant colors of fall, the warm hazy nights of summer, and the blooming wildflowers of spring. But winter is a particularly special time.
There's so much to see and do when the snow flies in New England! With all these fun activities awaiting in winter, there's no place we'd rather be.
Ski & Snowboard
Skiing and snowboarding are classic New England activities. From the Green Mountains of Vermont to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, some of America's best slopes are located right here in Northern New England:
- Stowe Mountain Resort - 5781 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
Stowe Mountain Resort offers 40 miles of skiable terrain on two neighboring mountains—Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak—the former of which is the highest point in Vermont.
- Bretton Woods - 99 Ski Area Rd, Bretton Woods, NH 03575
Located on the slopes of Mount Washington, Bretton Woods Ski Resort offers 464 acres of skiing and snowboarding on 63 trails, with vertical drops up to 1,500 feet.
- Sugarloaf Mountain - 5092 Sugarloaf Access Rd. Carrabassett Valley, Maine 04947
Maine's third-highest peak, Sugarloaf Mountain, offers some of New England's most thrilling ski slopes, along with great dining options and accommodations.
Northern New England Winter Festivals
New England comes to life during the chilly months with an incredible variety of winter events and festivities. There are too many to list here, but these are some of our absolute favorites:
- Wintervale - Burlington, VT 05401
An annual tradition in Burlington, VT, Wintervale includes bonfires, hot cocoa, and maple tasting, kids activities, nature walks, fat-tire biking, and free ski and snowshoe rentals. This year's event is scheduled for Feb. 23, 2022.
- Keene Ice & Snow Festival - Keene, NH 03431
In its 19th year, the Keene Ice & Snow Festival returns to Keene, NH, on Feb. 5, 2022. This event includes all kinds of fun winter activities but is best known for its spectacular ice sculptures.
- Carnival Maine - Portland, ME 04101
Portland, Maine, transforms into a winter wonderland over the course of this amazing 10-day festival from Feb. 17-26. Carnival Maine includes enough fun, games, food, drink, and entertainment to keep you going until summer!
Snowshoeing & Winter Hiking
In New England's many State Parks (and even a National Park), hiking doesn't end when winter begins. These destinations offer some amazing winter hikes:
- Camel's Hump State Park - Duxbury, VT 05676
Camel's Hump State Park is a great place for a winter hike, including the third-highest peak in Vermont and several easier, lower-elevation trails.
- Franconia Notch State Park - Daniel Webster Hwy, Lincoln, NH 03251
New Hampshire's Franconia Notch State Park offers several great snowshoe and winter hiking trails, including the Franconia Recreational path and the Lonesome Lake Trail.
- Acadia National Park - Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Maine's Acadia National Park can be challenging to access in winter. But intrepid hikers can access hundreds of miles of trails, and the park's 45 miles of carriage roads are perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Want to stay warm indoors this winter? No problem. Plenty of unique New England food and beverage tours offer a tasty way to experience the area.:
- Burlington Brew Tours - 870 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403
Craft beer aficionados won't want to miss out on a Burlington Brew Tour, which includes some of the world's best breweries in the region where the New England IPA was born.
- Sugar Hill Maple Tour - 116 NH-117, Sugar Hill Rd, Sugar Hill, NH 03586
Winter is maple syrup season in New Hampshire! The Sugar Hill Inn is a charming bed-and-breakfast that's a stone's throw from several great sugar shacks that offer tastings and tours during the sugaring season.
- Maine Day Ventures - Portland, ME 04101
Maine Day Ventures offers several unique culinary tours in Portland, Maine, that highlight the city's diverse cuisine, the burgeoning craft beer scene, and of course, some truly next-level seafood.
Mush! Mush! Several companies in the New England states offer dog sledding tours. It's a great way to see a beautiful winter landscape and make some new furry friends:
- Eden Dog Sledding Adventures - 1390 Square Rd, Eden Mills, VT 05653
Located on a 140-acre sled dog sanctuary and farm, Eden Ethical Dog Sledding Adventures offers thrilling dog sled rides and is dedicated to the ethical treatment of its animals.
- Muddy Paw Dog Sled Kennel - 32 Valley Rd, Jefferson, NH 03583
With a dedicated team of 60 experienced canine athletes, Muddy Paw Dog Sled Kennel offers dogsled rides in the White Mountains year-round (but winter is definitely the best season).
- Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience - 65 Main St, Oxford, ME 04270
For an immersive tour of the Maine backcountry, look to the Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience. Their offerings range from 1 and 2-hour rides to 2 or 3-day dog sledding packages.
Contact us today to learn more about fun and exciting things to see and do in Northern New England—in winter or in any season. Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Vermont, Maine, or New Hampshire.