How to Enjoy Winter in the Northeast, For Non-Skiers
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
- 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:
- Visit Connecticut’s Old Mystick Village with more than 40 shops and many restaurants.
- See life recreated from the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts.
- Learn about our 35th president while on Cape Cod at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum.
- See how the other half lived in their “summer homes” with a tour of the Newport Mansions in Rhode Island or learn the history of America’s oldest synagogue with a visit to Newport’s Touro Synagogue.
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.
- Sniff and taste your way along the Vermont Cheese Trail.
- Sip some of the northeast’s top craft beers after a brewery tour.
- Learn how to bake or just taste some treats at King Arthur Flour in Vermont.
- Become a gourmet chef with classes at Maine’s Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School.
- Enhance your resort getaway with The Essex’s culinary classes.
- It's never to cold to scream for ice cream during a Ben & Jerry’s factory tour.
Theater and the Arts:
- Visit an award winning regional theater company who has sent over 30 productions to Broadway and Off-Broadway at New Haven, Connecticut’s Long Wharf Theatre
- Get tickets for a production at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, which won the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award.
- Listen to world-class musical events and watch theatrical and dance performances at Vermont’s Flynn Center of Performing Arts.
- Explore the regions art Galleries and Art Museums including the renowned Dia:Beacon in Beacon, N.Y.
- Find more Boston & Northeast Entertainment deals, up to half off, on Travelzoo.
- Shop-til-you-drop with some regional favorites including the L.L. Bean Outlet in Maine, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory that also offers tours, and of course outlet shopping and antiquing are plentiful.
- 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.
- Run away for a romantic getaway filled with fireplace cuddles, spa treatments or even bundled-up beachside strolls.