5 Things To Do In The Shires To Celebrate A New Year!

Just because the champagne has gone flat and the ball has dropped, doesn’t mean the party has to stop especially in The Shires of Vermont.  We want you to enjoy and celebrate the New Year long on into January. Here are 5 things you should do if your in The Shires for this New Year:

  1. Snowshoe at Prospect Mountain:  Snowshoeing is kind of big here in The Shires as we have continually hosting the World Championship Snowshoe Race and boast as the home for the world-class Dion snowshoe.  Prospect is a perfect spot for snowshoeing (or cross country skiing if you like). With backing from Williams College and a grant from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, a small group of investors has now reached their goal of purchasing Prospect Mountain with a goal to turn it into a Northeast mecca for nordic skiing.

  2. Winterfest in North Bennington: Don’t be a bah-humbug and have the blues about mid-winter!  North Bennington rolls out a whole day of fun for the family.  A Lions’ sponsored Chili Fest, indoor carnival, hayrides, pig roast, and even a dip into Lake Paran - this day the hamlet community opens its doors and invites everyone in!  For more info: www.bennington.com/winterfest/

  3. Ski or Board at Stratton Mountain or Bromley Mountain:  Of course it wouldn’t be a trip to Vermont unless you hit the downhill slopes this New Year.  Bromley is a great mountain for families offering wide, expansive trailers. Stratton is the jewel at the top of The Shires offering world-class slopes and shopping with a town-within-a-town experience. Ticket prices range $80-$120

  4. Winter Merriment Tour: Discover the cheer, nostalgia & allure of Vermont back roads during the winter season. Visit the oldest marble quarry in the U.S., quintessential VT villages, an international woodworking facility/kitchen store, Vermont’s finest artisans’ gallery, sweeping mountain/valley vistas. You’ll have an opportunity to purchase local VT products. Learn the fascinating history, fun facts & other places to visit in the area. Travel in a comfortable 10-passenger tour vehicle with local guide. (4 passenger SUV is used for small groups). Visit website for more info: Backroad Discovery Tours.

  5. Winter Farmers’ Market: First and third Saturday each month, November through April. An abundant selection of local vegetables including fresh greens and a wide range of storage crops. Meats, Eggs, Cheese and Yogurt, Syrup, Honey, Prepared Foods, Bakery, and a juried selection of artisan goods, soaps and other handcrafts. Located at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St, Bennington, VT

So whether you hitting the slopes, checking out fresh winter food, taking a tour or enjoying community merriment, we love when people take advantage of all the seasons here in The Shires.  

Welcome the New Year with an assortment of all is our recommendation!