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Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Winter in New England


New England is lovely when blanketed in winter white. Winter is skiing and snuggling season, a time to enjoy the invigorating freshness of a winter day, then sip hot cider in front of a fire with the one you cherish. Here are 10 ways to experience the best of winter in New England.

1. Ski New England

View from the Skyeship Gondola
Derek Purdy @dpurdy flickr.com Creative Commons License
New England's ski slopes are the perfect desination for a getaway with friends or family. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced skier looking for new challenges, you'll find suitable terrain at dozens of ski resorts in the region.

2. Try Snow Tubing

New England Tubing - Snow Tubing Photo
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius
You don't need lessons. There's no expensive equipment to buy. And your shins won't ache at the end of the day. It's no wonder that here in New England, snow tubing has become a popular alternative to skiing. With more than a dozen New England tubing parks offering fast-paced fun, families visiting the region this winter will find ample opportunities to give tubing a try.

3. Snuggle in a Room with a Fireplace

Fireplace Room at Rock Hall in Connecticut
© 2009 Kim Knox Beckius
After a day of playing in the snow or strolling arm-in-arm through this winter wonderland, nothing is quite as romantic as retiring to your room at a charming and cozy inn and lighting a crackling, comforting fire in your own fireplace. Here are 10 New England inns where you'll find a fireplace in each and every guest room.

4. Go Snowmobiling

Have you ever tried snowmobiling? You'll find miles of trails to explore in northern New England and outfitters that will show you the ropes and lead you on guided adventures.

5. Forget It's Winter Entirely

Is a New England winter getaway out of the question for the cold-blooded among us? Heck, no. Here are five New England places where, even on the coldest, blusteriest day, you may just forget that it's winter at all.

6. See Winter Scenes from a Dog Sled

If you're ready for a unique winter adventure, book a dog sled tour. New England is home to several dog sled tour operators, who will gladly take you for a ride and maybe even teach you how to drive.

7. Cross-Country Ski or Snowshoe in Vermont

Vermont is New England's winter sports capital, and if careening downhill on skis or a snowboard isn't your thing, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy playing in the fluffy white stuff. Here's your guide to 10 places in Vermont where you can cross-country ski or snowshoe--great exercise, without the risk of knocking your noggin on the slopes.

8. Glide on the Ice

Ice skating can be romantic, fun and great exercise! Here's your guide to some of the best places to ice skate in New England.

9. Try Skijoring

What is skijoring? It's cross-country skiing with your dog! Here are some New England places where you can try skijoring, along with resources for getting started if you'd like to try this unique winter sport.

10. Enjoy These Winter Pictures

Maine Winter Snow Photo
© Heather Davis, The Cozy Moose
If you simply can't get to New England this winter, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy all of the crisp, sparkling beauty of the season. Make yourself a cup of hot cider, and browse through these images of New England dressed in winter white.

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