The Five Best New England Ski Towns
Hit the slopes in one of these picturesque spots.
The inclusion of Stowe on this list is a given. Stowe is stunning and idyllic. It’s the winter wonderland of your dreams. But here’s the thing: It’s also quite pricey, and you’ll find plenty of hoity-toity Manhattanites. Point is, Stowe is often referred to as the Aspen of New England for a reason. But don’t let that deter you from skiing Mount Mansfield or Spruce Peak. Check into Field Guide, a unique and cozy lodge-style hotel that’s just 15 minutes from most of the of the slopes and 10 minutes from the best shopping in Stowe. (It also has a free bus that stops out front to take you to the mountains.) While you’re there, stop by Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea for a hot cup, and be sure to snag a pound of two of beans to bring home with you.
North Conway, New Hampshire
If you’re hoping to be charmed, look no further than North Conway, tucked in Mt. Washington Valley. Just a half-hour from a variety of mountains like Cranmore and Attitash, North Conway has that whole “bustling village” vibe down pat. A nine-minute drive from North Conway in the town of Glen is the Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub, where you can catch live bands and enjoy the apres ski scene. Also close by in neighboring Jackson is The Shannon Door, a famed Irish pub with Boston roots where you can enjoy classic South Shore-style bar pizza.
Lincoln, New Hampshire
Just two hours from Boston, Manchester is the perfect spot to rest your head before you hit the slopes at Killington, Stratton, or Bromley. The town has great pockets of culture, with a variety of art galleries and antique shops. (We’d regret it if we didn’t mention the excellent outlet shopping, too.) For a delicious meal and craft cocktails, head to The Copper Grouse Restaurant & Bar at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel.