One of the best things about living in New Hampshire in the opportunity for outdoor adventure all year long. Summer is glorious on the lakes, in the mountains, and on the Seacoast. Winter also provides activity options in the beauty of the cold and snow.
New Hampshire’s snow-capped mountains are majestic. Some of America’s most talented and well known skiers got their start right here in our state and families have made vacation memories for generations at recreation resorts all over New Hampshire. Whether you’re up for a day trip or want to make a weekend of it, there are plenty of opportunities for hitting the trails in the Mt. Washington Valley region.
If you’re not a skier or snowboarder but still love being active in the fresh outdoors, no problem! Try snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing, and even winter ziplining. Ever heard of fat biking? Leave it to hearty New Englanders to make the most of snow-covered trails when traditional biking is out of season. Horseback riding and sleigh rides are a fun family activity for all ages.
In addition, New Hampshire offers several winter events and attractions. The Ice Castles in Lincoln are beautiful. Children and adults will be amazed at the structures built with thousands of icicles and blocks of ice that look like something out of a fairytale. For something sweet, don’t miss the annual chocolate festival, hosted by the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation.
There is also fun to be had closer to home in southern New Hampshire. Catch a Manchester Monarchs hockey game at SNHU Arena. Folsom’s Sugar House in Chester is a fun place to see the old fashioned process of making pure maple syrup. You can call ahead to visit the store or watch the experts in action now, but mark your calendar for the annual springtime Maple Weekend celebration on March 23 and 24.
Staying in a festive frame of mind, check out any number of other winter carnivals around the state. All of them feature fun, family-friendly activities, food, and entertainment.
For those new to skiing and snowboarding, McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester and Pat’s Peak in Henniker can be the perfect introduction to northern New England’s favorite winter pastime. Lessons are available for skiers of all abilities after school and on weekends. Both local mountains also offer snow tubing — some of the best sledding conditions around if you want to go somewhere different from your neighborhood hill. Charmingfare Farm is a working farm with several events year round, including regularly scheduled sleigh rides.
Don’t miss out on the chance to live and play in New Hampshire! Your dream home could be available right now, and we can help you find it. Check out our newest community at Greenfield Farms in Merrimack, perfectly situated for winter excursions across the state whenever the spirit moves you.