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Ski Your Cares Away in Bartlett   by Caitlin Moore

There are many attractive ski destinations to choose from when the urge to hit the snow comes upon you and your family, but sometimes, for whatever reason, it makes sense to stick to the East Coast. New Hampshire has a surprising array of options, as skiing is actually the official state sport. For a good taste of all that is offered in the White Mountains region, which includes winter sports and year-round activities of all kind, take a look at Bartlett.

Bartlett is located on Attitash Mountain amidst a wonderland of wintertime delights, as Mount Washington Valley and North Conway are known for being ideal vacation settings. Many cozy towns dot this area and are equipped with shops, restaurants, recreation facilities, and much more. Bartlett is one of the shining stars, however, so focus your energy here if you'd like an experience worth remembering and repeating.

This region of the state might look familiar when you first arrive because it has been commonly captured by artists looking to create pleasant scenes of country bliss and natural beauty. Quaint covered bridges, folksy towns, and rolling hills that give way to the magnificent mountains will quickly boost your mood and make you feel a million miles away from your previous responsibilities. Enjoy the setting and get ready to immerse yourself in these painting-worthy pictures.

As you speed down the slopes via skis or snowboard or as you traverse a flatter stretch of frosty land on snowshoes or snowmobile, you'll remember why winter vacations are so much fun. Not only are you getting back in touch with Mother Nature, you're also burning off a few calories without an ounce of boredom and spending an exhilarating day alongside the ones you love. Finish it off with a cup of cider and a session of roasting your toes in front of the fireplace and it'll feel like life is pretty good.

Not that the only time to come here is the winter; Bartlett is lovely during all seasons and is just as packed with things to do before or after snow season. Autumn reveals the kind of colorful explosions that foliage-watchers dream about, and the crisp-but-not-yet-cold weather is perfect for hiking and strolling through the town in search of antiques and unique souvenirs. It's also good cuddling weather, so bring your honey along and catch up on some quality snuggle time.

White Mountain National Forest makes a fine venue for warm weather pursuits that will ignite your senses with the sights and sounds of the earth and sky. Hike and bike on the web of paths the weave in and out of the ancient forests and rugged terrain. Hop aboard a canoe or squeeze into a kayak for a river or lake adventure, and be sure to note the healthy glow that exists in the cheeks of your companions. Several facilities are available that will rent out equipment and provide basic instructions for all the weekend warrior types, so rest assured that you'll be well-prepared for a good time.

After working up an appetite, be sure to visit a café or tavern for a one-of-a-kind meal. In addition to local theatre, dinner shows and special events, Irish pubs, jazz brunches and après-ski during the winters all add magnetism to the area and will round out your Bartlett experience.

Another way to add dimension to this trip is to reserve a vacation rental. There are many to choose from in this region, and their unique amenities, convenience to the slopes and capacity for privacy make them intriguing options. Chalets, condos, ski lodges and town homes are abundant and often offer special deals and off-season rates, so consider forgoing the traditional hotel experience in favor of something new and different.

Between your willingness to leave it all behind and the Bartlett Vacation Rental that awaits you, your upcoming trip to the mountains of New Hampshire is sure to go smoothly. Start preparing today, mentally and logistically, and be ready for a fabulous time.

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