As much as we love Boston, sometimes the wicked cold weather and crazy traffic can get you down. This winter, why not treat yourself to a lovely weekend getaway in a neighboring state? Escape the bustling city life and relax in a quaint New England town for a few days, and you’ll be ready to return to Boston fully recharged for the winter months ahead!
1. Burlington, Vermont
Driving through Vermont is gorgeous this time of year (as long as you check the weather first!), and the destination of Burlington has all the small town charm and friendly establishments that you could ask for. The vibe is somewhere between hippie and hipster, making for a laidback weekend getaway. You’ll find a surprisingly good assortment of shopping on Church Street, a pedestrian-only marketplace in downtown—from records and vintage clothes to culinary shops and Christmas ornaments. And one you’ve explored Burlington, make sure to take a stop in Stowe, VT: a photogenic little town that’s famous for its skiing.
2. Woodstock, New Hampshire
There’s one attraction that makes Woodstock, NH a must-visit destination this winter – the nationally-loved Ice Castles experience now open for visitors! These Ice Castles are crafted using thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists, with around 12,000 icicles growing everyday. Needless to say, it’s an absolutely magical sight to behold. While you’re in Woodstock, there’s plenty of outdoorsy trails and hikes to check out on Mount Lafayette and Cannon Mountain. Looking for a cozy respite? The Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery is the perfect spot to stay, eat, and drink while you’re in town.
3. Kennebunkport, Maine
Kennebunkport is a coastal town that’s charming any time of year, but you’ll really want to visit in February when they “paint the town red” in honor of Valentine’s Day. Throughout the month, you’ll be able to see shops and restaurants in Dock square decked out in red lights and adorned with heart decorations. Many establishments will offer ‘red tag’ deals and specials dishes to commemorate the red theme as well. It’s festive, romantic, and just plain fun!
4. Berkshires, Massachusetts
The Berkshires are a classic weekend spot for Bostonians, and for good reason. In addition to the natural beauty in the area, the Berkshires have an interesting cultural history as well. Norman Rockwell famously resided here, and there’s a museum dedicated to over a thousand of his works in Stockbridge. You could also tour Herman Melville’s farm, Arrowhead, or a 19th century mansion known as Wheatleigh. There’s no shortages of sights and history in this neck of the woods.
5. Providence, RI
Providence is the perfect day trip destination for foodies, art lovers, history buffs, and scholars alike. The Rhode Island School of Design’s museum houses hundreds of thousands of objets d’art, from ancient Egyptian clothing to works from Manet, Monet, Matisse, and more. For food lovers, we suggest checking out Yoleni’s 40,000 square-foot space full of amazing Greek goodies. Federal Hill, the town’s Italian neighborhood is also a great destination for top-notch dining. Oh, and while you’re at it, why not check out Brown University’s stunning campus?
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