Great New England Events
You Don’t Want to Miss These Events
Boston Wine Festival, Boston, MA
January 6-March 30
Your woodstove isn’t the only source of a warming red glow. All through the winter you can catch lectures and wine tastings that invite you to kick back, sip, and dream of Mediterranean climates. At the Boston Harbor Hotel. 888-660-9463; bostonwinefestival.net
New Hampshire Mac & Cheese Bake-Off, Concord, NH
We’ve always privately known it’s an art form; finally there’s an event bold enough to say it out loud. Bring your cheesiest, most decadent recipe and see how it stands up against New Hampshire’s best. At the Holiday Inn.
Jackson Invitational Snow Sculpting Competition, Jackson, NH
This is the event for people who, as children, took building snowmen a little too seriously. Contenders craft everything from giant jack-in-the-boxes to ballerinas: a snowy menagerie that would make even Calvin and Hobbes proud. At Black Mountain. 603-383-9356; jacksonnh.com
Mushers Bowl, Bridgton, ME
What’s the average husky’s mpk (miles per kibble)? Find out at this townwide celebration of the classiest way to travel on snow. Watch the dogsled races or try it yourself. 207-647-3472; mainelakesmushersbowl.com
Moonlight Snowshoeing, East Charleston, VT
From the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, tour the Northeast Kingdom. Massive footwear and an awkward gait aren’t usually thought of as romantic, but try snowshoeing on a full-moon night with someone you love.
Dartmouth Winter Carnival, Hanover, NH
Catch this raucous festival of garishly dressed Ivy Leaguers doing ridiculous things in the snow, plus polar-bear swims, massive snow sculpture contests, and even a downhill canoe race. Costumes are optional, but just barely. 603-646-3399; dartmouth.edu
National Toboggan Championship, Camden, ME
Dads have been telling their kids for ages that they’re the best sledders in the world; now the folks at the Camden Snow Bowl are challenging them to prove it. Daredevils of all ages are invited to compete for the crown. 207-236-3438; camdensnowbowl.com
The Great Rotary Fishing Derby, Meredith, NH
Join the hardy souls on Lake Winnipesaukee for a weekend of stubbornly ignoring the elements, all for the love of fishing. 603-279-7600; meredithrotary.com
Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.