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crazy sw fl family going to portsmouth in january

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crazy sw fl family going to portsmouth in january

2 adults 2 kids any info on cabin,condo etc rentals for 2nd week in january. kids never seen snow, wife crazy this is her idea! any help is greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: crazy sw fl family going to portsmouth in january

Your title says Portsmouth, but are you planning to spend the week in POrtsmouth? Or are you looking more broadly? Does skiing and/or other snow activity figure into your plans? Have any of you ever been skiing? Or, are you looking for a cold, snowy, but more urban experience? Are you particularly wanting to be on the coast? Your answers will help with the info we can offer.

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We do not really want to rent a car (never driven in conditions so very icy and cold)...scared to death we are going to destroy personal property.

We need a good location that we can take a taxi from the airport and be able to walk or bus or train (or trapped in a room if its snowing) to various destinations.

We do not have any preferences whatsoever.

The only skiing we have ever done was on water.

Thank you for any help you can provide.

We have looked into renting a condo or something for a week.

This is just a crazy spontaneous getaway for the family at the coldest time ever!

Thanks again.

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3. Re: crazy sw fl family going to portsmouth in january

Which airport are you flying into? You might want to look into the White Mtn area as opposed to Portsmouth if you're looking to experience winter in New England. Lincoln is a great town, as is North Conway. But, you will need to rent a car regardless I would think.

Portsmouth is great too. If you flew into Portsmouth, you could stay there for a couple days and then drive up north. It's really not that bad. If there was a snowstorm you could just stay in Portsmouth. Weather up here is crazy...it can snow all morning and clear up, the sun will come out and the snow will start to melt..all in 1 day.

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4. Re: crazy sw fl family going to portsmouth in january

Although it may seem like the arctic compared to FL, portsmouth is highly unlikely to be "snowed in" for more than a day. They're pretty good about clearing the streets, so even if there's a doozy of a snowstorm, you should have no problems venturing out the next day. I don't know a good way to get to the ski areas without a car, but maybe someone else does. You can rent skis (or snowshoes) or you can go tubing, which takes no coordination whatsoever. If you find yourself driving when it starts to snow, all you do is slow down (don't stop) and take it easy. Don't be that SUV driver bombing down the road.

Even if you end up just staying in town, bundle up and you may surprise yourself and enjoy the weather! If nothing else, you can run from coffee shop to coffee shop and try all the different types of hot chocolate!

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You wrote:

<<<<We do not really want to rent a car (never driven in conditions so very icy and cold)...scared to death we are going to destroy personal property.>>>>>>

You really do not need to worry about snow and ice. While there is snow on the ground here usually (winters have been a bit different the last few years - warmer) from some time in december or early January through late March or into April, that does not include the roads. It is not permitted to snow on the roads...just kidding.

Really, the road crews are very quick and efficient at removing snow. Except under the most extreme conditions, like a 2 to 3 feet snowfall, roads will be open within 6 to 12 hours after the snowfall ends. They know how to do, and it is a necessity, so it is done right and quickly. That said, there are some little nuances, but for the most part, you should have no trouble driving anywhere in the state, and I would encourage you to go ahead and rent the car.

Frankly, this is a rural state and it is America. It is not easy to get around without a car, even in the cities. In Portsmouth, you can stay in the downtown area - Sheraton Portsmouth, Hilton Garden Inn are right downtown - and enjoy the shops, restaurants, nightlife for a couple of days. And Portsmouth is a lovely town. From there, you might want to consider heading north to the White Mountains or west/northwest to the Monadnock Region and the Lebanon/Hanover region.

The White Mountains are beautiful and worth the trip. The ski mountains are much larger. I don't know how they are for new skiiers. Someone else on the forum may have some suggestions. The Tubing suggestion is one I would make, too. King Pine Resort has a great tubing hill. No skill required. They provide the tubes and tow you up the hill while you sit in your tube. The tubing run has some nice curves and a long flat to glide to a stop, laughing all the way. King Pine is also a good place for learners, and would be a nice place for your family to stay and get a good winter experience. They have all kinds of accommodations, their own ski mountain with lift tickets included in the lodging package, indoor pool and spa, tubing, ice skating rink, all meals provided. A very friendly and family style place. It is near enough to easily get to North COnway, the more touristy part of the Whites, but basically off the main road in a small town. Very nice location. And again, don't worry about the roads. Just don't drive when it's snowing (don't worry about a few flurries)

The Monadnock Region and Lebanon/Hanover have a lot to offer. Less crowded and very Currier and Ives picturesque. There are several ski mountains that are very well geared for families and learners. Crotched Mountain Ski Area in Bennington just re-opened a few years ago. Their equipment is up to date and new, and they have not gotten so popular, yet, so the lines to get on the ski lifts are very short, often non-existent, a rarity up here and especially in the Whites. Pat's Peak in Henniker is similar to Crotched, but a bit more crowded. Both mountains offer night skiing, and Pat's Peak has a tubing hill. There is also a tubing hill with a small ski hill near Keene called Granite Gorge Tubing.

This region of the state, extending west from Milford, southwest from Concord, is rich in crafts, arts, interesting towns to explore, great restaurants, and many surprising gems. You'll want to visit Peterborough, Keene, and many of the towns surrounding that area. You can get a horse drawn sleigh ride at Stonewall Farm a little west of Keene or Silver Ranch, across from the airstrip in Jaffrey, if they still offer it. There are a variety of inn, B&Bs, and hotels both in Keene and in Peterborough, Jaffrey, Henniker, Hancock, and other towns in the area. Check the lodging listings for the region at visitnh.gov

The Lebanon-Hanover area, more broadly referred to as the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region, also offers skiing at Mt. Sunapee and at Dartmouth Ski Area. Hanover is the home of Dartmouth College. There is a lot of activity in town, though students may not be back on campus, yet. The Hopkins Center for the Arts has great shows, and dartmouth Sports teams compete at Division I. The town is cute and enjoyable place to explore. The MOntshire Museum across the river in Norwich, VT is a great kids oriented hands on science museum. Lebanon, next to Hanover, is more commercial, but still a small city. The Hanover Inn in downtown Hanover, right across from campus, is lovely, but pricey. There are many inns and B&Bs in the surrounding towns. Check the same website. Also a variety of chain hotels in Lebanon. I like A Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, right off the highway I-89. It ha a nice size pool and hot tub, an indoor putting green, ping pong table, and a great breakfast buffet. And you can usually get a decent deal on rooms.

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