February Vacation Week
Winter Adventures and Apres Awesome
February vacation week promises epic skiing and riding, lots of live music, fun stuff for kids, and après so good we sort of wish it would snow until April.
Bromley, Stratton, and Magic are running at 100% so pretty much, the world is your oyster. Horse drawn sleigh rides at Taylor Farm are completely wonderful from the hosts to the horses to the scenery. Try to book ahead. Cross-country ski and snowshoe trails are open at Hildene, the Lincoln Estate while the house is also open for tours. Outside the box adventures include BMW demos at Stratton — scenic test drives and pro instruction in an xDrive Beamer of your choice 2/16-19 and 2/23-25. On Saturday 2/18, a Stargazer Snowshoe Hike goes off-grid through the Nordic Center beneath a starry sky. Off-roading too? At Manchester’s Land Rover Experience, expert instructors customize classes to match your skills and schedule. Drive for an hour or spend the entire day. Book ahead, and through the week!
When you need to warm up, duck into our favorite local galleries for inspiration. Tilting at Windmills plans to showcase a collection of contemporary landscapes by two artists, Dennis Sheehan and John Traynor and Helmholz Fine Art will unveil “Changing Horizons,” an installation of cutting-edge new works.
We love these upcoming events: Bromley hosts their annual February Festival on 2/17 with a torchlight parade and fireworks. Then on to the base lodge for good eats, live music, raffle & auction. Proceeds benefit the Bromley Outing Club. Also, an apres ski dance party with DJ Joe Bell on 2/22 from 3:30-6:30 pm (ski boots off, rock out) and Vermont Specialty Food Day on 2/24. Tons of fun at Big Brom. Don’t forget, kid’s ski school with options for every age and level.
Through the week, Manchester Arts hosts Winter Break Art Camp so you can set your mini-makers to crafting. When evening comes, pizza and a movie. Plenty of pies to choose from (Christo’s, Sam’s Wood Fired, Manchester Pizza, Depot Cafe) and family flicks at Village Picture Shows, our local indie theater. PS If the crew behaves, bring them to Mother Myrick’s. A treat for everyone!
We’d be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward a couple fine apres evenings. Inspo: Sip a Moscow Mule at Raven’s Den or work through their wines on tap. Chase down a Gringo Jack’s margarita and don’t leave without sampling their signature guac and chips. For epic Après, go to Copper Grouse. Perfect drinks, clever menu, and that outdoor firepit.
For tonic and tunes, try the Falcon Bar at Equinox Hotel — live music late night throughout the week. On Friday 2/23 Moose Crossing plays jazz at Firefly and the Perfect Wife’s got tunes up and down. Enjoy Khalif Neville solo in the dining room and Hot Rubber Monkey in the tavern. And, if all you want to do this week is ski and ski some more, Bromley’s got your après answer. Spend the day on the slopes and hit the tavern before sundown. Friendliest folks, music most days, and just up the road.
And don’t forget, share your adventures by tagging #ManchesterVT!
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