Ski Trails Down the Mountainside: Winter in New England
by Elisabeth Barrett
As you may recall, the last time Kim was kind enough to host me (as my debut novel, Deep Autumn Heat was released), I talked about what I loved most about New England. Today, I’d like to show you why New England is so amazing in wintertime, by highlighting some of the best parts about the season. Here are my favorite things to do in winter in New England:
· Go Ice Skating on a Frozen Pond – There is nothing quite like strapping on some skates and heading out to your favorite local pond during the dead of winter. You’re outside, the wind whips through your hair as you skate faster and faster, and the cracks in the ice at the far reaches of the pond just add to the thrill (who needs the safety of an ice skating rink?).
· Take A Walk in the Woods – In wintertime, all the leaves are long gone and the bare skeletons of the trees scrape the gray sky. If you step into a forest, the lack of foliage means your visibility is high. If you’re lucky, you can spy a small animal scurrying to its warm burrow in a tree stump, or a falcon circling above. The air is damp, and underfoot, freshly-fallen snow dots your path. If there’s been a recent snowstorm, the trees are cloaked with white. Except for the branches, intermittently groaning and quaking under the weight of the snow and ice, the woods are a serene place to take a morning walk.
· Ski Down a Mountainside – The excitement and danger of hurtling down a steep mountain, with only two long boards attached to your feet (and maybe holding onto some poles for balance) is a test of will, strength, endurance and how much your heart can handle. Me? I stick to the blue diamonds and after a few runs, save the rest of my energy for après ski at the lodge.
· Drink a Warm Mug of Cider or Cocoa – Those New Englanders know their hot beverages. Sometimes involving alcohol (hot toddy, anyone?), I personally prefer the PG versions…warm cider mulled with spices or well-made cocoa with a few sweet marshmallows floating on top. These taste great in front of a toasty fire, after ice skating, a walk in the woods, or skiing!
· Dream of a White Christmas – Where I grew up, first snowfall usually occurred right around Thanksgiving, so by the holiday season, the ground was mostly white. Sometimes we’d get lucky and have a fresh fall of snow right at the middle or end of December, adding to the festivities. Holiday lights look all the sweeter when you see them on an icy eave, or through a frosty window. And the pine trees, blanketed with snow, just cement what a beautiful season winter really is.
I’ve given you just a taste of what makes winter in New England incredible. Why don’t you tell me what makes winter so special where you live?
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|Hawaii offer snow atop Maua Kea (White Mountain)|
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About Blaze of Winter:
Winter heats up in this hot new Star Harbor romance, as another sexy Grayson brother, a wickedly handsome writer, plots his happily ever after with a sweet stranger.
Frustrated with her job in Boston, social worker Avery Newbridge welcomes the opportunity to reassess her life when family asks her to help manage the Star Harbor Inn. Trying to figure out her future is overwhelming enough, but she doesn’t count on distraction in the form of one Theo Grayson, the gorgeous, green-eyed author who she knows is trouble from the moment he saunters into the inn.
Not only does he have a talent for writing swashbuckling adventures, but Theo also has a soft spot for big-hearted damsels in distress, especially a woman who’s great at helping everyone—except herself. Avery’s demons challenge him, but for desire this hot, he isn’t backing down. With every kiss and heated whisper Theo promises her his heart . . . if only Avery is willing to open up and accept it.
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Raised in a sleepy little Connecticut town, Elisabeth draws on her upbringing to write small-town romances. Her summers spent living and working on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard were the inspiration for the Star Harbor series, which kicked off with Deep Autumn Heat and continues with Blaze of Winter. Currently, Elisabeth lives in Northern California with her husband and three children. She’ll take snow skiing over water skiing any day.
|Mauna Kea is home of international observatories|
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