If reports of healthy snowpack sparks your wanderlust, how about a ski trip to New England? Three resorts — Loon Mountain, Bretton Woods and Cannon Mountain — lie within easy driving distance of Lincoln, New Hampshire, which is about 65 miles from the Lebanon Municipal Airport. In addition to skiing, Loon offers cross-country and snowshoeing tours, ice skating, indoor climbing and ziplining. Bretton Woods boasts 10 lifts serving 62 trails, 35 glades and three terrain parks. And Cannon Mountain’s 11 lifts serve 97 trails, many for more experienced skiers.
On a road trip covering about 100 miles, you can meet dairy cows, taste farm-fresh vegetables, visit a sauerkraut cellar, enjoy a hayride, pick fresh fruit and learn how cheese is made. Fly into Albany, New York, and tour several farms in New York and Massachusetts, all in close proximity. City dwellers of all ages will enjoy connecting with the land, whether or not anyone opts to try milking a cow.
The perfect pilgrimage for anyone who enjoys artisanal cheeses is a weekend road trip in the Berkshire Mountains in Upstate New York and Massachusetts, where cheesemakers craft some of the country’s finest fromage. A good starting point is in Ghent, New York, about a 40-minute drive on U.S. Route 9 from the airport in Albany. The Berkshire Cheese Trail takes you to dairy farms where you can meet cows and sheep, see cheese produced at a creamery, sample the products -- and then fill your trunk with delicious cheeses.
Got a sweet tooth? Commercial firms and hobbyists take part in maple syrup production in Massachusetts and New York. Sugaring season happens in “that narrow window between the depths of winter and the first signs of spring,” when the trees are tapped. From the airport in Albany, New York, drive 41 miles to Williamstown, Massachusetts, to get started on your itinerary. Dutchess County, New York, is just another 40 miles away, and there you can sample more of the sweet syrup at several farms.