Monthly Archives: January 2012

New England Ski Conditions Continue to Improve

In a word – snow! Northern New England has seen a fair amount and it has even snowed in southern New England. With the new natural stuff ski conditions have improved everywhere. A few ski areas in Northern New England are almost fully open. More snow is predicted on Saturday so this will by far be the best ski weekend of the 2011/2012 ski season!

See our updated New England Ski Report.

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Some Great Valentine’s Day Getaways in Massachusetts

Picture of RosesMany thanks to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism for making us aware of these great Massachusetts Inn and Hotel deals to help you plan that perfect romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day.

Boston – Four Seasons: Room for Romance Package
Whisk yourselves away for a memorable night with the Room for Romance Package. If you’re thinking of popping the question, their complimentary Say Yes! add-on will help turn your dream engagement into a reality.

Boston – Onyx Boston: The Sweetest Taboo Package
The Sweetest Taboo Package is a one night stay in deluxe accommodations including a complimentary bottle of Champagne, cookies from Boston’s famed Chipyard Cookies and a relaxation basket (massage oils, bath salts, etc.).

Boston – Liberty Hotel: Guilty Pleasures Romance Package
The Guilty Pleasures Romance Package at the Liberty Hotel includes: overnight luxurious accommodations, champagne delivered to your room, breakfast for two in their signature restaurant CLINK, or through In-room dining, chocolate dipped strawberries, an intimacy kit and an extended late check-out of 3pm.

Falmouth – Captain’s Manor Inn in Falmouth: Premium Romantic Getaway
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Premium Romantic Getaway from the Captain’s Manor Inn in Falmouth. The package includes two nights in a simply elegant room with private bath, a dozen roses, Duval-Leroy French champagne and a half dozen chocolate dipped strawberries upon arrival, two adult round-trip tickets to Martha’s Vineyard, gourmet cheese, fruit and cracker platter with a bottle of wine for the second evening of your stay, full breakfast each morning of your stay and afternoon refreshments daily starting at 3PM.

Hyannis – International Inn & Suites: “Cuddles and Bubbles Package”
The Cuddles and Bubbles Package is back at the International Inn and Suites. You supply the cuddle and they will supply the bubble in a Jacuzzi built for two. One Night Special: Book one night in Royal Victorian, Crown Victorian Suite or Plaza Suite and get a complimentary dinner for two. Two Nights Special: Book one night in Royal Victorian, Crown Victorian Suite or Plaza Suite and get the second night for only $50.

Lenox – Birchwood Inn
Make your escape from the everyday world a memorable getaway experience with this special “Getaway,” designed to enhance your stay at the romantic Berkshires Inn. Romance. Relaxation. Gourmet dinners. Flowers. Chocolates. All are yours to enjoy.

Lenox – Yankee Inn
The Berkshires is the perfect place to go for a getaway from the city or to just relax and spend some quality time with a loved one. Their Firespa king canopy Jacuzzi suites are perfect for a romantic weekend getaway.

Plymouth – John Carver Inn & Spa: Fire and Ice Romance Package
Escape to historic Plymouth for the John Carver Inn’s Fire and Ice Romance Package. Getaway with your sweetheart… cozy up to your own fireplace, enjoy champagne and chocolates and savor the moment of true romance. Package includes: one night accommodations in a four poster fireplace room at $20 off or upgrade to a fireplace suite with Jacuzzi, bottle of iced Champagne and chocolates for two, $10 meal allowance for Hearth ‘n Kettle and 10% off on all Beach Plum Spa services.

Rockport – Emerson Inn by the Sea: Romance Package
The Emerson Inn by the Sea Romance Package makes a perfect gift for that special someone! It includes two nights accommodation with breakfast for two each morning and Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Sparkling Wine upon arrival and a $50.00 Diner Certificate for our Grand Cafe or Grand Parlor.

Sturbridge – Sturbridge Host on Cedar Lake: Romantic Massachusetts Getaway Package
Escape to the tranquil shores of Cedar Lake with your loved one for a weekend getaway of romantic bliss with the Romantic Massachusetts Getaway Package from the Sturbridge Host on Cedar Lake. This package is the perfect excuse to indulge with your sweetheart. Enjoy quiet strolls along the scenic shoreline. In the evening, enjoy a romantic table for two in their restaurant. The Romantic Massachusetts Getaway is the perfect indulgence.

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Rangeley Lakes Snodeo 2012

Snowmobile fans will not want to miss the 2012 Rangeley Snowdeo taking place this coming weekend – January 19-21, 2012. The Snowdeo will include:

  • A chili/chowder cookoff
  • Snowmobile demos
  • Snowmobile runs
  • Displays and vendors
  • Scenic flights in a plane or helicopter
  • Snowmobile parade
  • Many social events
  • Fireworks
  • . . . and more . . .

The fun kicks off on Thursday the 19th with the Chili-Chowder Cook-off at Bald Mt. Camps at 6:00 PM, followed by a Casino Night at the Rangeley Inn at 7:00 PM and an open mike night at the Farmhouse Inn.

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West Hartford Symphony to Celebrate 10 Years on 1/22/2012

The West Hartford Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert on Sunday January 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM at the Kingswood Oxford School on Kingswood Road in West Hartford. The concert will feature the Kingsford Oxford School and Northwest Catholic High School choruses. The orchestra will perform pieces by Dvorak, Sibelius, Borodin, Hartford’s Albert Hurwit, and a Donizetti aria.

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Boston Early Music Festival – Early Handel Cantatas Performed by Tragicomedia

The Boston Early Music Festival is presenting a performance of early Handel cantatas performed by the musicians of Tragicomedia on Saturday, January 28, 2012. The performance will be held at 8 PM at the First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, at 11 Garden Street in Cambridge.

The program will include:

  • Barbara Strozzi: Donna non sa che dice
  • George Frideric Handel: Filli adorata
  • Francisco Guerau: Espanoleta
  • Handel: No se emendera jamas
  • Handel: Allemande, from Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428
  • Handel: Courante, from Suite Nr. 11 in D minor, HWV 437
  • Handel: Aria and Variations, from HWV 428
  • Agostino Steffani: Tengo per infallibile
  • Carlo Arrigoni: Sonata à Mandolino e Basso
  • Handel: Sarai troppo felice
  • Handel: Col partir (Aria from Ah! Che pur troppo e vero)
  • Handel: Tacete, ohime, tacete

Tickets priced at $19, $38, $49, and $66 each.

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Text Your Way to a Massachusetts Ski Deal

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has teamed up with ski resorts throughout the Commonwealth to create a great way for you to save money on lift tickets, lessons, or receive other deals. All you have to do is text a keyword to 74642 to receive a text on your phone that entitles you to the deal. Available deals include:

  • Text MACatamount to 74642: Get a deal on learn to ski and snowboard packages at Catamount.
  • Text MAJiminy to 74642: Get a free lift ticket with a learn to ski or ride program at
    Jiminy Peak.
  • Text MASkiBoston to 74642: Get a discounted trail pass and rental at Weston Ski Track
  • Text MAWachusett to 74642: Get a breakfast voucher at Wachusett.
  • Text MAAmesbury to 74642: Get discounted admission at Amesbury Sports Park.
  • Text MASKIWARD to 74642: Get buy get one free lift tickets on Wednesday and Saturday nights at Ski Ward
  • Text MAButternut to 74642: Get $25 lift tickets Monday through Friday at Ski Butternut

Some date and other restrictions may apply. See Skiing / snowboarding for more information.

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Internship Opportunities with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Apply now for Stewardship and Youth Program internship positions with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT). Work outside and hone your leadership, outdoor education, and trail work skills. The NFCT is recruiting four Stewardship Interns and three Youth Program Interns. Positions come with training, professional development, a stipend of $250 per week, and an opportunity to work with great people in super scenic locations. The season runs June 11 to August 16, 2012. Application and details can be found on NFCT’s website. The deadline for applications is March 12, 2012.

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Substantial Improvement in Northern New England Skiing

The good news is that the last storm was mostly snow up north and almost every ski area in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont is reporting the pickup of new natural snow. With this influx of snow the conditions have improved markedly. While there still are a lot of closed trails, those that are open have a good base and are reporting good conditions.

Southern New England did not fare as well in the last storm picking up rain or mostly rain. With that, the ski areas are still open and doing well with what is open. The returning cold weather should help their snow making significantly.

The good news all around is deep freeze. It is supposed to get really cold this weekend, and with that, lots of snow making. Up north there is also the possibility for some more new snow.

See our full New England Ski Report for more details on conditions.

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Mother Nature Only Partly Cooperating for Skiers

Today Mother Nature is smacking us with another weather event. In Southern New England (CT & RI) it is raining. In Massachusetts it started as rain/snow and changed to a wintry mix and then all rain. Northern New England got some accumulating snow in the morning, but true to Mother Nature’s uncooperative nature, that is supposed to change to a wintry mix as the day progresses.

So we still await a good, big, all-snow, storm…

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Stowe Winter Carnival 2012

The Stowe Winter Carnival in Stowe, Vermont will start in one week (January 18, 2012). This will be the 38th annual incarnation of this winter tradition. Billed as the “The Greatest Stowe on Earth”, the carnival runs through Saturday, January 28, 2012. Some of the events during the carnival include:

  • Ice carving demonstration day
  • A nationally sanctioned ice carving competition
  • A kids carnival
  • A youth hockey tournament
  • A snowgolf tournament
  • Snowvolleyball
  • Parties
  • . . . and more . . .

It all kicks off on January 18 at 9 PM with the 2nd Stowe Squares Revival, an adult version of the Hollywood Squares game show.

Other winter carnivals in Vermont to watch out for include the Middlebury College Winter Carnival in February, and the Burlington Winter Festival, also in February. But more on those later…

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