It's that time in the city where the days seem even darker, colder and the overall mood is that of wanting to watch the weather freeze by in a warm and cozy place. So, why not celebrate those things with a New England road trip where you can stay in your own private, quiet sanctuary during the nights and give that cold weather a big middle finger, "You don't control me!" attitude by climbing a frozen waterfall during the days.

A little over three and a half hours drive away, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is Arethusa Falls.

A tourist hub in the warmer months, Arethusa Falls transforms into a wall of ice that only the brave and experienced climbers attempt to scale but, for the rest of us, makes for some pretty impressive photos.

The slab of slick ice clings to the mountainside and is an impressive 176-foot plunge to the bottom. To say it's breathtaking, and imposing, is an understatement. 

Even if you're not ready to attempt the climb, the walk to the falls is just as magical (and less life-threatening) as the climb itself. There are two hiking trails that will get you there; the Arethusa Falls Trail (a 1.5-mile, one-way hike moderate-intensity route) and the Bemis Brook Trail (1.7 miles, one-way). 

Let's paint a picture. After you spend your day in the great outdoors, in uncomparable winter scenery, it's time to find that perfect rustic oasis to rest in.

A quick 20-minute drive from the falls will take you to this Airbnb where you can cozy up in front of the fire for a night of relaxation.  

The four-bedroom home sleeps up to eight people and costs approximately $250 dollars a night. 

It's the perfect location, with tons of privacy, but still close enough to bars and restaurants for a night out. But really? Who would actually want to leave?


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The house is even set far back on a lot with easy access to cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, and snowmobile trails, all right in your back yard.

This little weekend getaway is the best of all worlds; braving the outdoors with phenomenal countryside scenery, fireside nights spent indoors, and a perfect excuse to get out of the city for a few days without breaking the bank. 

For more information about this idyllic Airbnb, check it out here. It looks like weekends book quickly. 

If you want to learn more about Arethusa Falls, check it out on NewEngland.com

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