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5 Escapes for a Gorgeous Winter Wonderland in New England


Ahh New England — where frost-kissed landscapes and quaint charm beckon. From cozy cabins nestled in snowy forests to the thrill of winter sports in picturesque towns, discover the perfect escape to make the most of the season’s magic.

Franconia Inn

Nestled on 65 acres in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, the charming Franconia Inn looks out upon stunning views of Mount Lafayette and the Kinsman Mountain Range. Its ideal location allows easy access to local activities while providing a welcoming retreat from adventure-filled days. Winter transforms the inn into a wonderland, with crackling fireplaces and comfy sofas inviting guests after days of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowtubing, and ice skating. A 40-kilometer groomed cross-country ski trail network starts at the property’s doorstep, and authentic horse-drawn sleigh rides offer a charming way to enjoy the area’s snowy landscapes. Book Now

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Mountain Top Resort

Vermont is known as “winter in its original state,” and at Mountain Top Resort in Chittenden you will most certainly find the best that winter has to offer. From cross country skiing and snowshoeing to sleigh rides and ice skating, this beautifully rustic property offers plenty of outdoor fun. Choose from Classic and Luxury Lodge rooms and suites, King Cabins, or one of their Private Guest Houses, and enjoy two on-site restaurants and a spa (the spa sauna is complimentary to overnight guests). Check out their great list of winter packages, some of which bundle stays with equipment rentals. With access to miles of trails and the Green Mountain National Forest, you’ll quickly find that there is never a shortage of things to do. Book Now

Liberty Hill Farm & Inn

Experience the warmth of country hospitality in Vermont at Liberty Hill Farm & Inn, where the 1824 Greek Revival main house boasts timeless charm. Cozy rooms with ample space invite relaxation, the inviting front porch beckons, or take off on your cross-country skis or snowshoes to enjoy the fields and forest. Join daily farm tours for an immersive experience, from milking cows to feeding baby calves. Owner Beth Kennett’s farm-to-table meals, featured in prestigious publications like The New York Times, Boston Globe,  and Country Living, showcase fresh, local ingredients. As Vermont’s first Green Agritourism Enterprise, this eco-conscious haven ensures a sustainable, memorable getaway. Book Now

Sterling Ridge Resort

Discover authentic Vermont charm at Sterling Ridge Resort, a log cabin retreat in the heart of the Green Mountains. Whether seeking a romantic escape or a family adventure, this year-round haven near Smuggler’s Notch, Burlington, and Stowe is the perfect winter getaway. Accommodations include cozy log cabins, a picturesque A-Frame home, a charming Vermont farmhouse, and a spacious Inn-style home for larger groups. Enjoy full kitchens, gas log stoves, fireplaces, private outdoor fire pits, and dog-friendly units. Plus, the resort now has a new on-site boutique spa offering massage services. Just a short drive away are tons of options for fun outdoor activities, including skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, and dogsledding. Book Now

Winter Wonderland at Southwick’s Zoo

Share in the magic of the season at Winter Wonderland! On display through December 31 at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, MA, this magical journey features handcrafted displays (think enchanting polar bears and delightful singing penguins) and over 4 million spectacular holiday lights that will transform the Zoo into a frosty spectacle. Warm up by the fire pits with a hot cocoa or hot toddy and a fresh gingerbread cookie from the Kringle Café, peek into the Purple Peacock Gift Shop to cross items off your holiday gift list, and don’t miss either of their holiday shows (pictured is their Enchanted Holiday Show) or a meet and greet with Santa! Buy Tickets


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