There are so many outdoor activities to enjoy in Vermont and New Hampshire in the winter season. When the warmth of the fire is calling your name, there are plenty of ways to enjoy authentic New England living from the comfort of your winter retreat. From specialty winter libations to farm to table dining to the best in seasonal décor; Vermont and New Hampshire have something for everyone this holiday season.
Fall foliage might be the season of Octoberfests and Wine and Harvest festivals, but there are numerous breweries, vineyards, and distilleries in Vermont and New Hampshire to partake in some holiday cheer and select the perfect pairing for your holiday table.
Hill Farmstead– Greensboro Bend, VT
Open Wednesday through Saturday, Hill Farmstead tasting room offers a selection of their craft beers for purchase as well as a selection of curated guest taps.
Honora Winery– Jacksonville, VT
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 AM – 7 PM the Honora Jacksonville tasting room offers tastings and glasses of Honora wines. If you aren’t a wine aficionado there is a selection of J’ville craft beer available in cans and growlers.
SILO Distillery– Windsor, VT
Open Monday–Sunday 11a–5p the tasting room at SILO distillery offers a farm to barn to bottle experience. Visiting SILO you will get the full tour of their spotless facility and learn about the craft distilling process.
Lone Wolfe Brewing Company, Wolfeboro, VT
The taproom at Lone Wolfe Brewing Company offers pints and flights of their craft beer in addition to a delicious rotating menu of lite bites and specialty pretzels. Hours are Thursday- Friday 1-9 and Sunday 1-5. Photo courtesy of http://www.thelonewolfe.com
Farm to Table for your Table
Farm to table isn’t limited to reservation only small plates or summer only farmer’s markets; you can take advantage of the local bounty year round with these farmers markets, butchers, and COOPs.
Putney Winter Farmers Market– Putney, VT
On Sundays from 11-2 Green Mountain Orchards is transformed into a “localvores” dream. With the best in winter crops, cheeses handcrafted gifts and even live music; the Putney Winter Market is a cozy way to spend a Sunday.
Caledonia Farmers Market– St. Johnsbury, VT
Hosted the third Saturday of every month the Caledonia Farmers’ Market is hosted in the St. Johnsbury welcome center. Featuring gifts and winter crops, such a potatoes and other root vegetables
Woodstock Winter Market– Woodstock, VT
A truly year round operation, the Woodstock Farmers Market is open Tuesday-Sunday. Offering holiday gifts and garlands, the Woodstock Winter Market is a destination for the best in local craftsmen.
Coop Food Store– Hanover + Lebanon, NH
Member owned since 1936, the Coop Food Store offers local produce, meats and dairy. If cooking isn’t on the agenda, there are dozens of chef-prepared meals to choose from. If you are planning a cocktail party, there are over 200 selections of domestic and imported cheeses. Open seven days a week, the Coop Food Store is an accessible source for quality local ingredients for your holiday cooking.
Deck the Halls
Simon Pearce Outlet Store– Windsor, VT
Shop for the finest in home décor while watching master potters and glassblowers in action. From vases and service ware that are almost too beautiful to use to dazzling holiday ornaments, Simon Pearce offers the best in Vermont made home décor.
White Mountain National Forest– New Hampshire
Every day before December 23rd, you can cut down a Christmas tree alongside the Kancamagus Highway in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. The cost? Just a $5 tag. Tags can be purchased at any NH ranger station. There are some rules regarding location and equipment but not height!
Noel’s Tree Farm– Litchfield, NH
Just a few minutes from Manchester, NH, Noel’s Tree Farm offers all the pastoral beauty of the country, without the drive. There is a wood burning fire, hot cocoa with the soundtrack of Christmas carols performed for a choral group.
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