How to Enjoy Winter in the Northeast, For Non-Skiers

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Skiing isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean the only winter vacation option for a non-skiier is a peak-season flight to a tropical island. The Northeast offers a multitude of wintertime fun for those tagging along on a ski trip or looking for a non-slope getaway.

Ski resorts tend to have large lodging options — think grand chalets and villages of apartment style set-ups — and may be the best bet for scoring a deal. Even if not everyone in your party is a skier or snowboarder, there are likely plenty of activities to keep you entertained while at the resort. Keep an eye out for activity pages on resort websites to see if they offer any of these suggestions.

  • Ice skating
  • Snowmobile tours
  • Snowshoeing
  • Dogsled rides
  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides
  • Sledding and tobogganing
  • Snow tubing

Non-mountain related destinations dot the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, and there’s more than enough to do around any of them. Here are a few favorites:

Historic Sites and Museums:

Historic Maritime Sites and Museums:

  • Explore our country’s seafaring past with a trip to Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport.
  • Visit the U.S. Coast Guard Museum on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Ct.

Foodie Fun:

Theater and the Arts:

Shopping:

Casinos:

  • Hit it big with a trip to one of Connecticut’s casinos (Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods) for game-playing or for their big-name entertainment options.

Romance:

  • Run away for a romantic getaway filled with fireplace cuddles, spa treatments or even bundled-up beachside strolls.
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