Vermont’s Mad River Valley Featured in Yankee's January/February Issue | Plus Vermont Events, The Northeast Kingdom, and Newfane
JAN. 18–FEB. 2: STOWE, 40th Winter Carnival. They know how to have fun in the snow in Stowe. Visit during the annual celebration and kids of all ages are sure to enjoy sporting
events, ice-carving competitions, carnival activities, and more. 802-777-5510; stowewintercarnival.com
JAN. 24–26: HYDE PARK, Jane Austen Weekend. Book in advance to enjoy literary-inspired diversions at the Governor’s House, including a dessert offering, an afternoon tea or
Regency-style dinner party and book discussion (Sense and Sensibility), plus Sunday brunch, and more. Come for an evening, or stay the weekend—and dress in whichever century suits you. 802-888-6888; onehundredmain.com
JAN. 28–30: ESSEX JUNCTION, Vermont Farm Show. Champlain Valley Expo Center plays host to this annual tradition. Come to preview products and machinery, meet the vendors, and network with the farming community. The 250+ booths represent everything from beekeeping to sugar making to dairy farming. 802-828-1319; vtfarmshow.com
JAN. 31: BURLINGTON, Nordic Voices Concert. At UVM Recital Hall, a lauded vocal ensemble offers an unusual blend of sophisticated music and stylish performance. The six-member a cappella group hails from Oslo, Norway, and performs a repertoire ranging from medieval plainchant to specially commissioned new works. 802-863-5966; flynntix.org
JAN. 31: PITTSFIELD, Peak Winter Death Race. Organizers at Amee Farm bill the race as an event that’s meant to break you. Is this the ultimate mental and physical challenge to be endured in the state’s extreme climate—or the ultimate in insanity? winterdeathrace14.eventbrite.com
FEB. 1: NEWPORT, 38th Winter Carnival. Celebrate winter in all its wonder around the bay and within Gardner Memorial Park. Enjoy competitions, ice skating, ice fishing, crafts, good food, fireworks, entertainment, and plenty of community spirit. 802-334-6345;newportrecreation.org
FEB. 1: STRATTON, Taste of Vermont. A favorite event at Stratton Mountain Resort, and it’s no wonder: The area’s finest restaurants, professional chefs, and local best cooks serve up delicious dishes just for you to sample and savor. 802-297-2096; strattonfoundation.org
FEB. 15–23: WOODSTOCK, Sleigh Ride Week. Enjoy the beautiful grounds of Billings Farm & Museum by horse-drawn sleigh, or delight in “ jack jumper” sledding. Tour the farmhouse and dairy operation, experience special programs and hands-on activities, and sample tasty presidential cookie favorites, along with spiced cider. 802-457-2355; billingsfarm.org
FEB. 17: BRATTLEBORO, Domino Toppling Extravaganza. Let the chips—or the dominos—fall where they may at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Veteran toppler Shane O’Brien and other domino experts spend two days setting up the display— guess the correct number and you could start the entire chain reaction! 802-257-0124; brattleboromuseum.org
FEB. 22: QUECHEE, Owl Festival. Visit the folks at Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) to meet some of their owl ambassadors, and learn what it’s like to care for these mysterious and interesting creatures. 802-359-5000; vinsweb.org
For more information about Yankee Magazine’s January/February issue, visit: YankeeMagazine.com. For additional suggestions for dining, lodging, events, and activities, visit the local Chamber of Commerce site at: madrivervalley.com.
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