Don't Stay Stuck In NYC This Winter — 6 Awesome Northeast Vacations

As the temperature rapidly drops outside, we all spend more time sitting on our cozy couches in the warmth of our living rooms — which means a case of cabin fever is merely a moment away. To stave it off, seek out quick vacations to punctuate the winter months.
We've rounded up some of our favorite winter weekend destinations in the Northeast, which prove you don't have to go far to find the perfect getaway. Full of snow-centric activities, scenic walks, and diverse flavors at locally owned restaurants, these locales offer something for all types of travelers.
As a bonus, through a partnership with Sustain and Seventh Generation, Refinery29 is giving away a three-night stay to the Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, complete with round-trip airfare, transportation, and a $150 gift certificate to the Stowe Mountain Lodge spa. Whether you win that trip or are just interested in heading out of town, flip through some of our picks for must-visit destinations this season. And, enter to win the all-inclusive trip to Vermont!
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Lake Placid, New York
If you visit Lake Placid, expect to take advantage of those winter flurries. Ski with everyone from the most extreme boarder to the bunny-slope-bound at this winter destination. But, it's not just slopes — the area offers shopping and gallery-stocked streets as well as a wide range of plays and live music to fill your evenings on the lake.
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Nestled in the Berkshires, Great Barrington strikes the perfect balance between quaint and charming suburb and bustling and eclectic metropolis. Find lunch at a farmers' market or sushi counter, and shop a similarly diverse range of products. There's truly something for everyone here.
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Litchfield Hills, Connecticut
For a quiet weekend away from bustling NYC, head to Litchfield Hills. Stroll through antique shops and art galleries in the morning, visit historic houses and gardens in the afternoon, and have a quiet dinner at a locally owned restaurant to round out your stay. Don't discount a day of relaxation at your chosen bed-and-breakfast, either. It's a chance to curl up next to a fireplace with your favorite book.
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Williamstown, Massachusetts
Though traditionally a college town, Williamstown has much more to offer than its campus and college bars. Picturesque at any time of year, the small town is chock-full of arguably the best arts the state has to offer. Whether you stay within the town's limits and visit the likes of the Williams College Museum of Art or The Clark Museum or drive less than 15 minutes to neighboring North Adams to walk through MASS MoCA, you'll find lively culture here sure to suit your taste.
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Lower Waterford, Vermont
A trip to Lower Waterford is one full of scenic drives and walks through quaint Vermont streets and shops. The town is known for its antiquing potential, so make sure to stop in to all of the shops that catch your eye. Sprinkled throughout the New England stores you will also find art galleries galore for both browsing and buying.
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Stowe, Vermont
Though best known as one of the premier ski and snowboard destinations in the Northeast (and perfect for a quick weekend on the slopes), Stowe has much to offer the non-sports-oriented among us, as well. Experience the terrain on a dogsled or snowmobile, or trounce around in a pair of snowshoes. Whether sneaking in a walk aprés ski or spending hours strolling through the town, make sure to also check out the local artists and artisans in the main village.

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