10 Unique NH Experiences to Brighten Up Your Winter

Bedford Village Inn Ice Bar

1. A Hearthside Dinner at the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm

Prepare a fabulous feast, 19th century style, with the help of the Remick Museum’s docents. You’ll season, cook, roast and bake an authentic farmstead meal using traditional means and tools. It’s BYOB, so bring something special to pair with your historic meal. Details and dates at Remick Museum online.

2. Explore Lincoln’s Ice Castles

The Ice Castles are what dreams- and Instagram posts- are made of. Up to 10,000 man-made icicles are hand-placed each day to maintain the towering, magical castle. Shake off winter blues with some wonder! Visit Ice Castles online for tickets and pricing.

Ice Castles Lincoln
The Ice Castles at Lincoln. Photo courtesy of AJ Mellor.

3. Sled Dog Weekend

In addition to enjoying an all-inclusive weekend at the Inn at East Hill Farm, you’ll get to meet the sled dogs, harness and hitch the team, and go for a 30 minute sled dog ride. See the full roster of activities waiting for you at the Inn at East Hill Farm.

4. Take a Seat at the Bedford Village Inn Ice Bar

Visit the beautifully renovated Bedford Village Inn the first weekend in February for a martini that’s traveled through an ice luge, or warm up with a glass of mulled wine. Live music, ice sculptures, and fantastic drinks await you at this popular event. Details and dates at the Bedford Village Inn.

5. Escape the Post-Election Madness with Mt. Washington Resort’s Political Pause Package

Need a break from the name-calling? Book the Political Pause package at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort and you’ll receive luxury accommodations with the option of a media-free room-no WiFi, no TV, no newspaper delivery, your choice of canopy tour, $100 spa credit, or lift ticket, and a ‘Silence is Golden’ lapel pin. You’ll even have the option of sitting in designated politics-free blackout zones in resort bars and restaurants. Details at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort.

6. Learn to Ski or Snowboard

January is Learn to Ski or Snowboard month, and many New Hampshire ski areas and resorts are offering affordable packages ($19-$39) that include, rental equipment, lessons, and a trail or lift pass. To find a participating ski area, visit SkiNH.com.

7. Take A Wines of the World Tour

The Grazing Room at Colby Hill Inn hosts a monthly dinner party focused on a single wine region. Top-notch wines will be paired with five regional-influenced tasting courses prepared by Chef Barnes. Dates and details online at Colby Hill Inn.

AMC Snowshoe Highland Center
Enjoy of day of snowshoeing and spa treatments at the AMC Highland Center. Photo courtesy of AMC.

8. Step Back in Time at the Inn at East Hill Farm

The Inn has planned a weekend filled with screen-free activities: a horse drawn ride, candle making, ice cutting demonstrations, snow shoeing, sledding, a bread making workshop, and campfire with s’mores. Perfect for anyone looking to do a digital detox and enjoy some family-focused fun! Dates and details online at the Inn at East Hill Farm.

9. Take In the Snow Sculpting Competition in Jackson

15 teams of snow-sculpting professionals will compete in this Jackson town tradition. Completed sculptures will remain up for a week following the competition for optimal snow selfie opportunities, and admission is free. Visit Jackson’s Chamber of Commerce online for details.

10. Snowshoe, Spa, Repeat with AMC

The Appalachian Mountain Club has the perfect retreat planned for those who like to balance their relaxation with some physical exertion. The weekend retreat includes food and lodging, guided snowshoe hikes, access to Omni Mt. Washington Resort Spa facilities, a $150 spa credit, and more. Dates and details online at AMC.