Norbella's Favorite Winter Spots in New England

January 14, 2016

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Boston has done a pretty good job fighting off the cold this year, but as of this week it feels like winter is finally here. There’s no denying we got hit pretty hard last year when it comes to snow—108.6 inches of it, to be exact. Although New England winters can be daunting, it doesn’t only have to be a time of hibernation. There are so many beautiful spots in New England to appreciate during the snow-covered months, so be adventurous, put on your snow boots (or ski boots!), and go check out some of our favorites:

The Boston Common

If you are in the mood for a gorgeous, snowy view, check out the Public Gardens and the Boston Common. During the day, take a nice stroll around the Boston Common and go ice skating at the Frog Pond.

 

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At night, make sure to wander through the Public Gardens, walk across the bridge, and take a look at the beautiful lights. This spot makes for a great romantic date!

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There is also so much history to see around both parks—like the beautiful theaters!

While you are in the area, go to the Theater District and attend one of the many shows and performances to round out your cultural day downtown.

Avery Bar:

Hot chocolate + bar in one location, say no more!  There are so many cozy places in Boston that make you appreciate (or even venture out into) the winter cold, but one of our favorite places to indulge is Avery Bar. Not only is the ambiance comforting, but the fireplace is constantly roaring and you feel like you are back at your parents’ house snuggling up with a hot mug of cocoa– or wine if you need a longer lasting toasty feeling.  Avery Bar offers customizable hot chocolate – anything from cookies to candies and whipped cream – whatever your heart desires. The hot chocolate bar isn’t offered every day, so you have to plan accordingly if you are craving something sweet. Or, if you aren’t into hot chocolate and want something to cure the Sunday blues, a full service bar with delicious appetizers is available as well.  Avery Bar is the perfect place to catch up with girlfriends, go on a date, or even hang with mom. Try it out and fall in love with Avery Bar like we have.

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Faneuil Hall:

Faneuil Hall during the winter season feels magical. Maybe it’s the buzz of people spending time with friends and family or the infamous tree lighting, but being in Faneuil Hall in the wintertime puts us in a festive mood. The Blink! LED lights show is one of our favorite winter events, especially because the BSO Holiday Pops accompany with festive music during the event. The light show ended January 3rd, but mark your calendars for next year! Even without the lights show, walking through the snow-covered cobblestone streets in Faneuil Hall is a sight to see.

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Sunday River:

Sunday River boasts some of the best ski/snowboard terrain in New England. With 135 trails spanning across 7 peaks, there’s something for everyone and even on crowded days, the lines are never ridiculous like they are at some other New England resorts. Our team loves to make trips to Sunday River, even when conditions are sub-optimal—they’ve got the best snowmaking in New England. Even without the natural stuff, they’ve always got terrain open. Sunday River is also the home-mountain of legendary freestyle skier Simon Dumont, so of course they’ve got amazing terrain parks year-round, featuring all types of jumps, rails, and boxes.  Not to mention bars at virtually every peak (all 8 of them) to pop in and warm up with a bloody mary, with candied bacon, or beverage of your choice on a cold day.  And as our Media Director, Jessica Carmona, claims “it only takes one run to après!”

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What’s your favorite winter spot in New England? Tweet us @Norbella!