New England is beautiful in any season, but here are the 15 villages that are even more charming with a little snow on the ground.
15 Prettiest Winter Villages in New England
Settled in 1721, the Colonial-era town nestles in an Arcadian landscape. A former 19th-century artisan hotspot, visitors today enjoy shopping for antiques, art, and gifts along the village green. Or visit the nature museum and hiking trails at the White Memorial Conservation Center. townoflitchfield.org
Set in the bucolic Berkshire hills, this walking village is renowned for it’s architecturally-diverse churches, farm-to-table restaurants, and high-end boutiques selling art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, and crafts. Open year-round, Ventfort Hall offers tours of its Gilded Age splendors. lenox.org
Step into the past in this charming village where 375 years of heritage is preserved and celebrated. In the Historic District, see more than 300 houses from pre-Revolutionary days through shortly after the Civil War. Tour artifact-filled museums, graceful churches, ancient burial grounds, and shops selling antiques, art, crafts, jewelry and one-of-a-kind treasures. Start your tour at the Wethersfield Museum. wethersfieldct.com
Salty breezes enliven this waterfront town that boasts architecturally intact churches and historic homes dating back to the 1700s. Over 50 indie-shops sell gifts, jewelry, art, books and home goods. Take a self-guided walking tour of 20 noteworthy buildings. wickfordvillage.org
In the rolling hills of western Connecticut, a stone’s throw from New York State, this small rural village is chock-a-block full with charming art galleries, shops, restaurants, and churches. For a true Americana experience, visit Eric Sloane Museum & Kent Iron Furnace. townofkentct.org
In this cultural town in mid-coast Maine, first settled in 1769, watch seagulls circle lobster boats in the harbor, and stroll the center to find farm-to-table, restaurants, galleries, a statue dedicated to Andre the Seal, and the perfect spot for a bundled up nature hike at Beech Hill Preserve. town.rockport.me.us
It may be tiny, but this rural Yankee village, circa 1753, rates large on the picturesque scale. Around the town’s lily pond you’ll find the all-white Methodist Church, Odd Fellows Hall and Town Hall. marlownewhampshire.org
Overlooking the Sheepscot River, this seaport town offers an abundance of architectural landmarks — many dating back to the 18th- and 19th-centuries. Antique shops, art galleries and museums line the historic center along Main Street. Visit Sarah’s Cafe for casual dining with river views, or check out the cozy Little Village Bistro for elegant, Italian-inspired cuisine. wiscasset.org
Which New England winter villages would you add to the list?
This post was first published in 2015 and has been updated.