New England Christmas Vacations

New England Christmas vacations are hard to beat because they feature every nostalgic feature of Christmas - from the snow to the gift shopping to the live, festive shows. If you're planning to enjoy one of Vacation's many New England Christmas vacations, take a look at this guide first!

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Great Cities for New England Christmas Vacations

If you are thinking about vacationing somewhere this winter, think New England. New England embodies the idea of a picturesque winter wonderland. There are many New England cities that are great winter vacation destinations, but two of the best are Burlington, Vermont and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The former offers a terrific modern winter escape, while the latter offers a quaint and old-fashioned winter getaway.

Burlington, Vermont

Burlington has enough to satisfy everyone in your family. Skiers can enjoy one of several ski resorts, which are less than a one-hour drive away-Stowe, Smugglers' Notch, and Bolton Valley. If you are not much of a skier, do not fret, as downtown Burlington has much to offer. Like a big city, Burlington has a plethora of attractions; however, it has the charm and appeal of a small city or town. Downtown's Church Street is a hub of nightlife activity, with places such as Ri-Ra's, Red Square Bar and Grill, and Halvorson's. At each of these places, you can enjoy a drink as well as live music. Also on Church Street, you will find local vendors who offer unique items such as crepes. Shopping options are abundant in this New England city. Church Street Marketplace is a major shopping center with over 100 stores.

Therefore, if you left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, you are in luck! The dining in Burlington is superb. If you are looking for more upscale dining, head over to Cafe Shelburne. Sakura Japanese Restaurant offers tasty sushi and other Japanese Dishes. In addition, do not forget dessert at Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop! If you want a great way to spend the day with your family, friends, or spouse, make sure to check out the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Alternatively, try the Frog Hollow Craft Center, located on Church Street. This gallery can satisfy your visual appetite with its array of stained glass pieces, handmade jewelry and other crafts made by the locals. Another way to entertain the family in Burlington Vermont is at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. This historic performing arts building houses the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and puts on a myriad of other performance pieces. If you are looking for a New England Christmas Vacation destination that has plenty to do like a big city (yet lacks the congestion of a big city), but retains the charm of a small city, Burlington Vermont is a good bet!

new england christmas vacationsStockbridge, Massachusetts

You may have heard of Stockbridge, Massachusetts because of Norman Rockwell famous painting entitled Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Each winter this New England town brings the painting to life! You and your family can snuggle underneath a blanket on a horse-drawn carriage, and take a tour of Stockbridge, and all of its small town appeal. Gaze at old-time cars (that resemble the ones depicted in Rockwell's painting), enjoy Christmas cookies, or have your picture taken with Santa.

Running nearly all day, the Stockbridge house tours give people the opportunity to visit and learn about many historic inns, bed and breakfasts, and other properties. If you have children, why not take them to the Stockbridge Library for Children's Story Time Hour. Here you and your children can hear classic Christmas stories. Other activities for you and your family include caroling, a holiday-themed music show, and, of course, Christmas lights! The more adventurous can try his or her hand at cross-country skiing at the Notchview Reservation. Then, warm up and take in some history at the Chesterwood Estate and Museum, the Merwin House or The Norman Rockwell Museum.

We hope you like our picks for New England Christmas vacations, but there are tons more options, so book the destination, deal, and vacation rental that's right for you and your crew.