One of the reasons I love living in New England is that we get all four seasons here and they can be enjoyed in a variety of landscapes. Mountains, coastline, long lazy rivers, big cities and small towns – with just about everything in between. No matter the landscape it’s pretty much all here.
I personally tend to gravitate towards mountains and freshwater fun. It started with
being put on skis and learning to love winter in the mountains from when I was a little kid. It has grown into an enjoyment of lots of outdoor activities especially hiking and swimming in a nice lake or mountain swimming hole in the warmer months along with skiing, snowshoeing and enjoying the scenery in the colder months. This has allowed me the pleasure of visiting lots of great New England ski towns that shine year round. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
- Warren and Waitsfield, Vermont – These two towns anchor two of New
England’s most iconic ski resorts in the Mad River Valley of Central Vermont: Sugarbush and Mad River Glen. This area has it all: iconic New England Mountain scenery with jaw-dropping scenery in the fall, great skiing and several classic mountain swimming holes to cool off on during a hot summer day. There’s also a lovely covered bridge that makes for a great photo backdrop!
- Bethel, Maine: Bethel is home to one of New Englands largest and most developed resorts, Sunday River. It’s one of my picks to start the season since they have (at least as far as I can see) the best snowmaking in New England (maybe tied with Killington) and it tends to get the crowds. But Bethel is a lovely classic New England ski town with lots to do when the snow has melted. Sunday River runs lots of activities (check out their website for details) and the surrounding area is tons of fun in the summer. With camping, biking, swimming and lots of other activities to enjoy Bethel is a great place to bring the family for some summer fun!
- North Conway, NH: North Conway is a really popular place and it’s a very
popular destination for good reason. It’s been a resort town for quite some time and is a busy place at the year-round hub of the Mount Washington Valley. With the Kangamangus Highway, Mount Washington and several ski resorts with lots of summer activities in the area just to start with. There’s also a great downtown, lots of nice restaurants and many other great activities to enjoy.
There are lots of other great mountain towns that are fun year round (Rangeley, Maine and Stowe, Vermont come to mind as great spots too) but these are ones that I end up spending a lot of my free time enjoying and know well. All are worth a trip and there are many more lovely places that I haven’t mentioned too. I hope to hear about your adventures (click on one of the social media links, comment here or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org) and happy trails!!