5 Fabulous Places To Spend A Chill New Year's Eve

From Friends specials to ensemble rom-coms, pop culture has always pushed the narrative that New Year's Eve is a magical time where anything can happen. While our countdowns in the years past haven't exactly ended in a meet-cute with a good-looking stranger, we're still committed to having a grand time.

Sure, watching the ball drop in NYC is a memorable way to celebrate, but traveling to somewhere slower-paced might just be what you need to decamp, reflect upon the past year, and get ready for 2018. That's why we've picked out five relaxing trips you can do with little planning. From wine tours to a ski hideout, read on to find out five ways to make New Year memories even better than what's in the movies.

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Stowe, VT

Beyond powdery ski slopes and cozy bed-and-breakfasts, this picturesque New England town has a lot in store for New Year's Eve. The Stowe Mountain Resort is the host of a countdown extravaganza that culminates with a torchlight parade, where the staff performs skiing tricks with torches in hand. The whole evening wraps up with a fireworks show on Spruce Peak.

If all the skiing-related action is not your vibe, take a 45-minute drive to Burlington, VT for the First Night In Burlington Festival, a lively arts festival featuring performances from dance revues, barbershop choruses, and jazz bands in the local community.
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Providence, RI

While Providence may be known as a quiet college town, it's brimming with excitement around New Year's. The city will be organizing its first-ever ball drop event at Waterplace Park, but with a unique twist: The "ball" is actually a lighting projection on the "Superman" building, the city's most famous architectural landmark. With food trucks, lights shows, and a fireworks finale, the free event is sure to guarantee a good time.
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Finger Lakes, NY

New York state is home to a hugely underrated wine country: The Seneca Wine Trail boasts a scenic collection of wineries scattered around Seneca Lake, and since the winter is considered off-season, tasting fees are cheaper than ever. Consider getting the Polar Passport, a $30 pass that gives you access to a complimentary set of wine tasting sessions at 15 participating wineries, valid between December 4, 2017 and March 31, 2018. The best part? There are no blackout dates involved.
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Savannah, GA

If you're looking to escape the winter chills, this charming Southern city is your ideal destination. There are many happenings around town to welcome 2018, from counting down on a riverboat cruise to a block party at the Savannah City Market. One event you absolutely can't miss? The fireworks spectacular on Tybee Island.
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Kingston, NY

For a relatively unknown town, Kingston actually has a surprising number of highly-rated establishments that stay open for New Year's. Start your evening with a special New Year's Eve menu at Ship to Shore, a contemporary American bistro. The celebrated restaurant will be serving Angus strip steak and lobster ravioli for the occasion. Then, move over to the party at Stockade Tavern, a cocktail bar with easygoing staff and fantastic live music. Finally, end your night by strolling over to Wall Street and North Front Street to catch a celebratory fireworks display after the countdown.
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