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Outdoor ☃️ New England Winter Ideas


#Winter #NewEngland #OutdoorActivities #Skiing #Skating #Sledding #Ice Castles Recommendations for local area fun to enjoy winter!Cold weather got you down? Me too!
Or if you’re in a warmer climate, perhaps you’ll enjoy seeing a rare sighting of the powdery white stuff – snow. This is not one of my regular review posts but rather an activity guide and collaboration.

Recently we had such a tease of warmer weather for a few days after the first winter blizzard. Unfortunately it’s now back to bitter cold! During the winter, my ideal scenario would be to hide under a mountain of blankets and hibernate with hot beverages until spring arrived. However, we shouldn’t limit ourselves from exploring during the winter just because it’s cold! With the help of other bloggers, I’ve compiled ideas for activities you can enjoy even OUTDOORS during the winter featuring some enticing photos to inspire you to get out. Alternatively, I also have several ideas for the future blog post for INDOOR activities if you’d rather stay toasty. Stay tuned!

When I was little, I wanted to be like Michelle Kwan. After a few years of lessons, I’m no Olympic figure ice skater, but the sport is still my favorite outdoor winter activity. I love going to the Boston Common to skate at the Frog Pond especially during the holidays. With the lights strung up on the trees and good holiday spirits wafting through the air, I’ve always had a nice time there (even if it is crowded sometimes). My favorite memory is when everyone left the rink for the Zamboni, a man proposed to his girlfriend right on the ice! Everyone cheered when she said yes. Even if the admission and skate rental fee is a bit much sometimes, I also enjoy walking around the Common and Public Gardens with a hot cup of cocoa just for the scenery.

❆ Leona at Crafty Boo Artsy Pea, see more on her Instagram

 

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One unavoidable thing about living in New England is dealing with the snow. So we slide down it on either flat surfaces or something with rails and call it sledding! A more enjoyable pastime than shoveling or digging out my car. Ok, yes, I know that New Englanders didn’t invent sledding, but we sure enjoy it. When I was growing up, my parents took me and my sister to a school near our house with a huge, sloping lawn on its campus that let families sled on it. Even though I could never tolerate roller coasters, I always loved sliding down the hill on my flyer snow sled. Also sometimes falling off and getting a face full of snow. Fun! You can use pretty much anything with a smooth surface, including pool/beach floats if you’re visiting from somewhere warmer. Just make sure there’s enough soft snow to break your fall if you lose your balance! Some fancy sleds even come equipped with handbrakes.

❆ Dana aka Hanna’s Other Half

If the idea of a Winter Wonderland appeals to you, then I’d highly recommend perusing the Ice Castles in New Hampshire! Think of it this way: Winter is the ONLY season you can enjoy the man-made icicle palace with your friends and family. Not only do they look cool (excuse the pun), but you can also play in all of the ice structures. One of my favorite activities from this memorable experience was flying down the giant ice slide. The large ice structure has 360° of picturesque backgrounds and unique nooks to explore. At night the scenery changes from the bright frosty blue to illuminated by a variety of changing colors for a lights show. I waited for a few moments on the ice throne to get a photo when it turned a fiery red to capture the “Fire and Ice”.

❆ Yours truly, read more in Ice Castles in New Hampshire Guide & Pro Tips

The mountains of New England have many options for great downhill skiing and tubing. Our mountains are perfect for families, as we have conifer-covered, ungroomed runs right alongside long and easy green runs. The slopes are in quintessentially cute towns with streets full of small shops and restaurants. Our go-to ski resorts are in New Hampshire but some other favorites are in Newry, Maine (Sunday River) and Sugarbush, Vermont.

❆ Jamie at The Daily Adventures of Me where you can read more about family skiing in NH, see more on her Instagram.

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I love going skiing. It is a great way to get outside in the winter and get some good exercise. Recently I got the opportunity to go skiing at Sunapee, NH. It was so fun to get to go up on the chairlifts and leisurely come down the trails. If you are looking for a fun winter activity I highly recommend a day on the slopes.

❆ Nikki at Bayberry and Main, see more on her Instagram.

New Hampshire Windblown cross country skiing Cathy NothingButNewEngland.com

New England has cold winters but you can stay warm outside!  Cross country skiing is a great work out, you will get warm despite the chill in the air.  One of our favorite spots for cross country skiing is Windblown in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.  The groomed trails of all levels are perfect for skiers of any level.

❆ Cathy at Nothing but New England where you can read more about local hiking. See more on her Facebook.

Have you tried any of the outdoor winter activities listed above? I know I’ve attempted all of them aside from downhill skiing. If so I’d love to hear about it! Got any ideas we might have missed? Please share!

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28 comments

  1. When do you sleep, Hanna?

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    • Haha I’m a little confused by the comment? I usually try to head to sleep by 11 but it often drags out to midnight!

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      • It’s a compliment. You’ve gotten so much done. I wondered if you have time to sleep in between all the activities you were doing! Hahaha! 😂

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        • Thanks so much Trudy! You are sweet :)! Haha we can always sleep later or on an off weekend. Planning to catch up on that during this upcoming weekend! Also thanks for following my blog.

          Random question but are you still part of the BYUB group? I think unfortunately I was removed in what seemed like a mass purge and unfortunately the 1 other girl I added was removed too! I talked to Josy briefly about it before her NZ trip haha so I have no idea what happened.

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          • I wondered what happened. I think she did a mass purge, if you weren’t active. Join again. And I think we were also in another group together, just can’t remember which.

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          • I don’t think I have the option to join again since when I search the group it gives me a message saying the content isn’t there or I don’t have access. So honestly I might have been blocked! Right we are in 2 other groups. Bloggers Bash and FTB! I’m going to send you a message on Facebook!

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  2. The older I get the more I love winter from an indoor perspective, with a nice Russian Hot Chocolate in my hand 🙂

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  3. I completely agree! I love winters! I always get tired of the “its too cold outside”! This is an amazing list of activities. Hopefully it will get my friends encouraged to step out😂

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  4. I love Ice Castles. I’ve visited their Utah location twice. I haven’t spent much time in New England during winter, but I may have to plan a trip there next winter.

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  5. I love Ice Castles! I’ve visited the Utah location twice. And downhill skiing is a passion of mine, although I’ve never skied on the east coast. I may have to spend some time up there next winter.

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  6. I’ve always wanted to try winter activities but I’m so scared to drive in the snow. I really just need to go do it! That ice throne looks amazing btw!

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    • Haha I feel the same way. I am SO UNATHLETIC that I fell while cross country skiing in elementary school, but it was fun! Thanks so much Amber! Oh yeah snow/ice driving is NOT fun but having an SUV or all wheel drive really helps. My hybrid struggles so much during this time of year.

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  7. It shouldn’t be snowy by then – but any suggestions for ideas for a visit mid May?

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    • Haha YES there are SO MANY MORE suggestions for the Spring-Fall in New England. I think I wrote this mostly since I did a search and there were a lack of resources available. I probably could do a much longer post about it. First of all… Have you visited before? Since I don’t want to give you repeat touristy suggestions if you’ve explored a bunch already. Plus do you like US History?

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      • Nope – never been (been to upstate New York but otherwise only as far as Pennsylvania). We’d be looking for things outside of the big cities.

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        • So SORRY for the delayed response. WordPress decided to mark your second comment as SPAM. I have no idea why! Does that happen to you too? ANYWAY… I’m assuming you guys would drive or rent a car when here? There’s plenty to do around here.

          – If you love Hiking I’d highly recommend going to the White Mountains in NH (shouldn’t be too hot) there are plenty of Mountains notably the “Presidential” ranges that you can try! There’s also a cable car I believe for Mt. Washington since it could prove difficult to drive the car up there. I’ve heard on windy days people’s car doors flying off!!
          – Rhode Island has tons of nice beaches but it’s New England so they will be cold water. Newport has the cliff walk with beautiful view and mansions but again that’s kind of busy in the summer and hectic to find parking. Block Island is also fun I’ve heard.
          – Vermont and Connecticut both have lots of breweries too. I’d have to dig up some listings.
          – Maine is a vacation state itself plus Acadia National Park!

          That’s just off the top of my head haha so I’m sure I could think of some more looking back and with more research of what I’ve done.

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  8. Good try, I’m staying home and drinking hot chocolate! 😛 I’ve never downhill skied before and only ever strapped on skis once to go “cross country skiing” around the school in grade 6. That’s thee extent of my exposure to winter outdoor activities…
    Looking forward to your INDOOR activities list!

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    • Haha yes that is also a good decision especially with another impending snow storm. Is any of it supposed to hit you too? SAME for me with the cross country skiing and was tempted to include the story of me hitting a mound of snow and falling haha because XC skiis were only meant to go straight really. Thanks! There’s quiet a variety of ideas already. Will probably be posted around same time next week!

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  9. I guess snow skiing is loved by many as for me I prefer water skiing in the Caribbean 😊

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