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Holiday cheer on the NH Heritage Museum Trail
Holiday fun continues at Canterbury Shaker Village with Candlelit Tours at pm and pm from December 11 to Guided tours last approximately 1 hour and explore some of the ways in which the Shakers celebrated the holidays—from simple Christmas gatherings in the nineteenth century to elaborate theatricals in the twentieth century.
This tour is suggested for ages 10 and over with advance registration required. With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages, the NH Heritage Museum Trail expects close to , visitors by the end of this year. The holiday season coincides with the kickoff of high season in this northwest Florida town, which also ranked well for beach vacations, family getaways, and boutiques.
Luckily, the town also boasts year-round running weather. Readers had a weakness for Carolina barbecue in this classic-boardwalk beach town: you can stay true to the season by ordering barbecued turkey at Waterscapes, in the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes , where the bird is lovingly slathered with the mustard-accented, South Carolina—style sauce.
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History-rich Williamsburg, where tricornered hats count as timeless fashion, scored highly for colorful people-watching. This time of year also offers plenty of events that let you experience a holiday season like the colonists would: in Jamestown you can watch as wild turkeys are roasted and puddings are prepared, and see how settlers may have observed Christmas including a few long-gone English traditions like an anti-Santa called Lord of Misrule.
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If a flashing-neon-colored holiday makes you cringe, head to this tony town in Rhode Island, where only white lights are encouraged on homes and restaurants, to conjure an old-fashioned candlelit vibe. Touching on its upper-crust history, the Mansions of Newport Tour takes you on a stroll through Gilded Age icons like The Breakers , the Elms, and the Marbles, all decked out in sumptuous trees, fine china, and decorations. This military town along the Chesapeake Bay does plenty of pomp, circumstance, and tailgating during the holiday season.
Downtown Annapolis also keeps its shops lit and open until midnight on a few Thursdays during December. Navy—Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
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No surprise, the locals also scored well for being passionate sports fans. Mid-December also brings the many-blocks-long Vine Street Victorian Showcase, with open houses, floats, and carolers amid the decorated historic homes. For some seasonal house envy, go to Hearst Castle , about an hour away, which will be adorned much as it might have been for former resident William Randolph Hearst.
For gourmet gifts, pick up kitchen gadgets and locally sourced foodstuffs at Healdsburg Shed.
Telluride scored highly for being pleasantly quirky, and that flair comes through clearly this time of year. Bundling up for the holidays in this San Diego enclave means wearing a wetsuit when you surf or stand-up paddleboard—or, on land, perhaps adding a scarf to your ensemble. Indeed, the locals were rated attractive and stylish, and the area offers both high-end and beachy shopping options. The best dining comes with plenty of cheer. Farm-to-table pioneer A.
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Valentien , in the Arts and Crafts—style Lodge at Torrey Pines , hosts Thursday evening Artisan Dinners during the holidays, where you can sit at communal tables and pass plates of seasonal game, wild mushrooms, and locally sourced goodies like a pecan-and-persimmon brioche bread pudding. This waterfront New England town is steeped in history, with settlements dating back to the s. Portsmouth offers one big 21st-century draw, too: tax-free shopping statewide.
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