Winter in New Hampshire

Winter in New Hampshire is invigorating and soothing, a study in stark contrasts. Earth's bleach cycle turns classic landscapes a clean, bold white. When skies are blue, there's a sparkle that beckons everyone outdoors. Winter activities test your balance, strength, reflexes, and endurance, and no day is too cold if you have the right gear.

Skiing & snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice skating, dog sledding, ziplining, snowshoeing, snow tubing, ice climbing … Do you feel the rush of your pulse and the wide-awake cold against your face just anticipating the winter activities that await in New Hampshire? Or you can book a horse-drawn sleigh ride if you prefer to watch the winter world go by at a slower pace. Or stroll through New Hampshire's oldest neighborhood by candlelight when Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth re-creates holiday traditions from the past. Winter camping in New Hampshire is an option, too, if you're adventurous.

But on winter days when the sun hides and New Hampshire is rendered in black-and-white, heading indoors isn't something you'll do reluctantly. New Hampshire innkeepers will greet you with hot cocoa and fresh-baked cookies. Resorts with spas offer treatments to melt sore ski muscles and hydrate wind-whipped skin. Restaurants nourish your cravings for both hot food and warm conversation. And New Hampshire's shops overflow with tax-free gifts. Nothing warms the heart quite like finding those perfect surprises for the ones you love.