What To Do in the Upper Valley in January

  • Phyllis Trevor Higgerson
  • 01/7/22

Look, I'll just say it, sometimes I don't feel like going skiing. Sacrilege to some, I know, but there are days I want to do something off the slopes. For anyone feeling the same there is plenty going on in the Upper Valley and beyond this month to keep cabin fever at bay. Whether you still want to get outside, or find some indoor fun, below you will find a list of activities on flat land suitable for a variety of ages.

Learn Something New at Montshire Museum of Science 'The Montshire', conveniently located between Hanover, New Hampshire and Norwich, Vermont, is beloved by local kids and parents alike. Throughout the winter, on Saturdays and Sundays, the museum offers a hands-on 'Science Discovery Lab' activity for children, adults and families. Every day is different so you'll always be expanding your knowledge of the natural world. Visit the website for details.

Take a Horse-drawn Sleigh Ride at Billings Farm Explore the beauty of Woodstock, Vermont's Billings Farm in winter and meet the farm's resident, majestic draft horses. Both public and private sleigh rides are available. Visit the website for details and reservations.

Learn To Bake at King Arthur Flour What would you like to know how to bake? Most likely there is a class at King Arthur in Norwich to satisfy you. January classes include 'Pizza Perfected,' 'Middle Eastern Flatbread,' and 'British Meat Pies' for bakers inspired by “The Great British Baking Show." Visit the website to explore upcoming winter classes and to register.

Skate the 4.5 Mile Lake Morey Loop The Lake Morey Skate Trail in Fairlee, Vermont is the longest in the United States. The loop skirts the shores of the lake and provides panoramic views and opportunities to spot the occasional bald eagle. Trailheads are available at both the Lake Morey Resort, where skates and skate accessories can be rented, and the Fairlee Town Beach. The trail is free to use by skaters, although donations are appreciated. Access is weather dependent so check the resort's Facebook page here for daily updates.

Snow Sculpture Contest at Suicide Six Check out the snow artists at work at 'The Flurry' and enjoy browsing the final snow sculpture results. Each team votes on their favorite sculpture and the winner of the “Team Vote” goes on to compete in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in February of 2023. The spectators also vote for the 'People's Choice' award. This free event is organized by The Woodstock Inn and Artistree Community Arts Center in Pomfret, Vermont.

If, while you are taking advantage of the myriad educational, recreational, and cultural activities that the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire have to offer, you decide you never want to leave, give us a call and let Higgerson Team help you find your home here. We get it.

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