6 New England towns to visit in January

Embrace the cold at these exciting winter events.

A fatbike rider at a previous Uberwintern Fatbike Festival in Stowe, Vt. Ranch Camp

There is plenty of cold-weather fun taking place both indoors and outdoors across New England during the month of January. Whether your speed is more snowshoeing or sipping brews, discover six towns to visit and explore throughout the month.

Ride a fatbike in Stowe, Vt.

Have you always wanted to ride a fatbike? Now’s your chance, at the seventh annual Uberwintern Fatbike Festival on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ranch Camp, a trailside mountain bike shop, tap room, and fast-casual eatery. The day’s activities will include fatbike group rides (choose from beginner, intermediate, and advanced, with bike rentals available), fatbike demonstrations, and fires for warming up. The kegs will be tapped at noon. Tickets include on-site demos, organized group rides, lunch, and beverages.

Shop for locally-made products in Pawtucket, R.I.

Stock your pantry for the new year with locally-sourced foods at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market, taking place Saturdays throughout January at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, R.I. Visitors can shop more than 80 vendors between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., snagging everything from plants to vegetables to meat. Need a gift? You can also buy local products such as candles, soaps, and lotions.

Explore art in Williamstown

At the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, Jan. 6 during the museum’s First Sunday Free program, head to a gallery talk for the exhibit “Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape,” featuring the works of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) and John Constable (1776-1837), two of the most important English landscape artists of the 19th century. You can also craft a birdhouse and take part in a drawing activity inspired by weather in literature. Outside on the terrace, sip hot chocolate beside a fire pit or strap on a pair of snowshoes and tackle a trail.


Joseph Mallord William Turner’s “Rockets and Blue Lights (Close at Hand) to Warn Steamboats of Shoal Water” (1840) at the exhibit “Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape” at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.

Go on a scavenger hunt in Litchfield, Conn.

Can you spy a bird flying? A bush with thorns? Something red? It’s all part of an outdoor scavenger hunt in nature that families can participate in at the White Memorial Conservation Center, a 4,000-acre wildlife sanctuary and nature museum in the hills of northwestern Connecticut. Between Jan. 12-18, kids under the age of 12 will get free admission to the center during Museum Children Free Week. Take them on an indoor or outdoor scavenger hunt, explore a fluorescent rock cave, meet live animals, study a working honeybee hive, check out “The Art of Taxidermy” exhibit, and more.

Practice snowshoe yoga in Laconia, N.H.

Strike a pose on snowshoes along a wintry trail at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental education and preservation, on Saturday, Jan. 26.  A two-hour session will include yoga, hiking, and walking meditation. Not interested in yoga but craving a snowshoe adventure this month? The center is hosting snowshoe events each Saturday in January: Join a beginner class on Jan. 5, a snowshoe adventure exploring the center’s trails on Jan. 12, or a moonlit snowshoe walk on Jan. 19. All sessions are for adults only, and you can register on the center’s website.

Drink plenty of craft beer in Portland, Maine

You can taste the craft beer of more than 30 breweries at Portland on Tap on Saturday, Jan. 26 from noon to 9 p.m. at Portland’s Cross Insurance Arena. On the Tap Band, which performs rock, pop, country, and blues, will entertain guests while they compete in lawn games such as cornhole and KanJam and nibble on snacks that include nachos, fried dough, and turkey bacon avocado wraps. Breweries taking part include Allagash Brewing Company from Portland, Ipswich Ale Brewing Company from Ipswich, and Magic Hat Brewing Company from South Burlington, Vt. You must be 21 years old to attend this event.