By Abby Grinberg, The Verb Hotel
We’re all probably experiencing the post-holiday season blues, counting down the days till the next vacation. If snow sports are your thing, winters in New England aren’t so bad, in fact, you may even look forward to them. However, if you’re anxiously awaiting the end of winter, February can be an especially hard month. Luckily, Boston is conveniently located in the heart of New England, making it easy to take a weekend trip. Here are some of our favorite spots:
1. Rockport, MA
Estimated Travel Time from Boston: 1 hour
Just a quick drive, or Commuter rail ride away from Boston, this lovely town on the water is a great spot to visit no matter the season. Although the ocean might not be so accessible this time of year, there’s plenty to do from trying the freshest seafood, to exploring the art colony, one of the oldest in America.
2. North Conway, NH
Estimated Travel Time from Boston: 3 hours
Whether you ski or not, there’s something in North Conway for everyone. It’s a popular destination during the winter time, with activities like dog sledding, winter hiking, zip-lining, bowling, and a number of live music and theater events. Stay in the famous North Conway Grand Hotel and soak in the breathtaking views of the mountain.
3. Jay, VT
Estimated Travel Time from Boston: 3.5 hours
Located on the Canadian border, Jay is in the heart of the “Northeast Kingdom”, an area where you can enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature and get involved with all kinds of recreational opportunities at the same time. Jay Peak is the four-season resort where you can find any activity your heart desires, including an indoor waterpark and spa – a true mountain oasis.
4. Providence, RI
Estimated Travel Time from Boston: 1.5 hours
If you’re looking for a fun time closer to home, Providence is just the spot. It may be one of the oldest cities in the United States, but that doesn’t stop it from being a very lively destination. With its vibrant music scene, one-of-a-kind shops, and fine dining, the city attracts a crowd of all ages. From bustling nightlife to award-winning theater, you’ll forget that it’s still winter as soon as you arrive.
5. Northampton, MA
Estimated Travel Time from Boston: 2 hours
Also known as “Paradise City”, Northampton offers pretty much everything. Whether you’re a music junkie, foodie, shopaholic, art critic, or just looking for a great cup of coffee, you can definitely satisfy your interests in this small, but charming town. Even in the winter, it’s a great place to get yourself outdoors and go on hikes on the surrounding trails to catch a little extra Vitamin D.