FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
Wines on the Wing

3 Romantic Places to be Snowbound in New England

by Barbara Rogers

Jan 28, 2020

Photo: Stillman Rogers

Age Specific / Adult Children

As skiers, we spend a lot of time in northern New England, so it’s inevitable we find ourselves “snowed in” at least once each winter.

 

If the weather forecast predicts a big snowstorm, look for a place to stay that offers more than just a bed for the night. Ideal places to be snowbound have cozy common areas (preferably with a fireplace and lots of books and games), plus a dining room, so you don’t have to drive anywhere for dinner. If they don’t have a dining room, there needs to be restaurants within a short walk.

 

Other activities are nice, too, such as a spa or afternoon tea or snowshoes for first tracks when the snow stops falling. We like comfortable sitting areas, big windows where we can watch the snow swirl in the wind, and mountain views when the weather clears. Inns usually don’t serve lunch, but breakfasts are so bountiful, they carry us easily through until tea time. Here are some of the most romantic places we have been snowbound.

 

Rabbit Hill Inn

We arrived at Rabbit Hill Inn, overlooking the Connecticut River in northern Vermont, as the first flakes began to fall — when we awoke in the morning the world lay under a foot of fresh snow. It was still falling, and we knew if we could barely see the trees outside, we wouldn’t be able to see the ski trails at nearby Burke Mountain. We helped ourselves to a second bowl of Rabbit Hill’s own pecan-filled granola and settled into the inn’s comfortable parlor to work on a fiendishly intricate jigsaw puzzle. The snow died down to flurries by early afternoon and we went outside to explore on snowshoes, returning for afternoon tea and fresh-baked goodies in the lounge. That, a soak in the Jacuzzi and reading in front of the fireplace in our room occupied us until dinnertime in the inn’s award-winning dining room. We could get used to ski vacations like this.

 

Adair Country Inn

The style at Adair Country Inn in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, is that of a gracious country home in the early 1900s, when wealthy city people decamped to the cooling mountain breeze for the summer. And that’s just what it is, a country estate with all the luxuries of the era — and a few modern ones as well. The beautifully paneled library is now an intimate bar, and the family dining room is, appropriately, the fine-dining restaurant. Watch it snow from the large windows as you eat the inn’s signature breakfast popovers, choose a book from the long bookcase in the upstairs hallway (where you’ll want to explore the large collection of vintage hats) and spend the day reading in a large guestroom or overlooking the snow-covered lawns and gardens in the lovely antique-furnished parlor. A proper tea is served here in the afternoon and you wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else for dinner. Good winter entrée choices for a snowy evening include locally sourced pork osso bucco braised in cider and cranberries, or New England winter vegetable pot pie.

 

Adair Country Inn, Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Photo: Stillman Rogers

 

The Wentworth

The Wentworth, in Jackson, New Hampshire, is not a traditional country inn, but a grand hotel on an intimate scale. It dates from the era of the White Mountain summer resort hotels, another element of the summer exodus from the cities in the early 1900s. Completely revamped to include conveniences its original guests never dreamed of, there’s a pool table and games on the glass-enclosed porch, hot cider and fresh-baked cookies by the giant fireplace in the lobby, original art on the walls, and rooms with private balconies and hot tubs so guests can watch it snow up close. An especially warming ski-country tradition is Swiss fondue in the afternoon, and when the snow stops there’s a skating rink in the back yard. New England’s largest network of cross-country ski trails begins next door in the heart of the post-card perfect village.

 

The Wentworth, Jackson, New Hampshire. Photo: Stillman Rogers

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Destinations / North America
Feb 19, 2024

LEGOLAND New York Launches New Gondola-Style Ride

LEGOLAND New York Resort is about to make it easier for family travelers to move throughout the park this summer. The Minifigure Skyflyer, opening this summer and a first for LEGOLAND Resorts, offers an interactive new way to travel between themed lands.

Travel Tips to Help Protect Your Health and Your Trip

Five Tips to Help Minimize Potential Travel Problems

Destinations / North America
Feb 19, 2024

“Home Alone” Experience for Kids at Cedar Lakes Estate

The family travel experience just got elevated at Cedar Lakes Estates, turning the traditional kids club on its head with a Home Alone-inspired twist. Located in Port Jervis in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley, Cedar Lakes Estates sits on the grounds of a 1930s-era summer camp, offering families and kids an ultimate winter wonderland getaway.

Destinations / Europe
Feb 16, 2024

What To See and Do with Kids in Bulgaria’s Capital

Bulgaria has managed to slip under the radar for many family travelers, but, for those in the know, it is a fascinating country full of culture, history and natural beauty. For families, it is an ideal destination where you can find an affordable vacation with plenty of activity and adventure to make memories that last a lifetime. As you plan your next trip, be sure to keep these great reasons to visit Sofia, the country’s charming capital, in mind.

Interior Upgrades Begin Rolling Out Across United Fleet

United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.

Travel Tips
Feb 16, 2024

How to Prepare for This Year’s Family Spring Break Travels

Prepare for your family’s spring break this year with some advice from TravelInsurance.com. There are a number of reasons why travel insurance is an important consideration for spring break travelers and co-founder Stan Sanberg has some advice about making the important purchase for spring break this year.