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NYE Food Destination Southern VT, NH, ME?

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lunabug Dec 11, 2007 08:58 AM

Hey - we want to load the x-country skis on the car and head north a few hours from CT for a couple days over New Years. We'll go anywhere where the food is great and the atmosphere is cool and casual, particularly on NYE.

Point us in the right direction! Thanks!

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    CandyGirl13 Dec 11, 2007 11:49 AM

    Head to the Portland, Maine area. You can ski at lots of places, including Smiling Hill Farm in Gorham and Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. Smiling Hill has a farm store that sells fresh milk and cheeses and Pineland has a cafeteria that offers meals fresh from the farm. Of course, you'll want to head back to Portland for the evening where you can find dining options to suit any budget and taste.

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      lunabug Dec 17, 2007 06:26 AM

      Thanks for the response - that sounds great. Unfortunately Portland is a little far this time. We're in NW CT and don't want to drive more than 3 hours or so.

      Any other thoughts on southern VT or NH?

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        cepaulsen Dec 17, 2007 10:12 AM

        Portsmouth NH is a great spot... read the boards for more info on the dining options- endless... great little places all over... should only be about 3 hrs for you... great NYE scene as well...partying at the bars/restos, fireworks, outside events... tons of place to go XC skiing- Urban Forestry Center, along any of the area beaches, Fort Foster (in Kittery), Stratham hill, around the Great Bay area..

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          negrazer Dec 20, 2007 05:31 AM

          If I were you and lived in NW Ct, why drive further than the Berkshires? Splurge and stay at the Wheatleigh in Lenox. I'm sure there are plenty of cross country ski areas in the area. If you don't want to spend that much on lodging, there are a number of cheaper properties in the region. The dining options are nearly endless. Old Inn on the Green, John Andrews, Blantyre, Chez Nous, Allium, Red Lion Inn, Bistro Zinc,......I could go on and on an on. In my opinion there is no better quintessential New England destination that combines winter activities and dining better than the Berkshires.

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        dukegirl Dec 20, 2007 03:01 AM

        Hildene in Manchester, VT (homestead of Robert Todd Lincoln) has x-country skiing and snowshoeing. I've not been, but heard it's beautiful.
        http://www.hildene.org/html/ski_and_snowshoe_.html

        There's not much of a NYE "scene" in the area, but it's pretty, quiet and relaxing.

        And there's an indoor farmers market in Dorset on Sundays from 10-2: www.dorsetfarmersmarket.com, with some really good vendors.

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