Hygge, Hike, and Hunker Down: November in Waterville Valley
Welcome to Stick Season! The leaves have fallen and we *can* see the forest through the trees. It’s colder. It’s wetter. It’s time to simmer soup in the crockpot, bust out the wool socks, light a candle, curl up with a good book, look up the word “hygge,” and better yet, learn how to pronounce it. (Hint: it’s “hyoo-guh”). Welcome to November!
November is a great time to visit Waterville Valley! No, you’re not going to socialize and skitter down perfect corduroy -- don’t worry, though, that’s coming. You can, however, enjoy the crisp quiet both indoors and out, before the hoo-hah of ski season starts.
So, what can you do in November in Waterville Valley? Well, you can start by perfecting the art of hygge, the Danish word that we translate as “winter coziness.” That’s what Susan Schofield, the Front Desk Reservations Agent at Town Square Condos--and Waterville Valley’s Unofficial Hygge Expert--recommends.
Schofield snuggles into the season as she cozies up in a favorite jacket. “I love it when I find my mittens in the pockets from last season,” she said. “It’s even better when they match,” she laughed.
Schofield practices other aspects of hygge, too, like sitting by a crackling fire, making a “big beautiful pot of soup” and baking “something” with apples. Of all the November activities though, Schofield loves the season’s pace.
“I look at November as a way to slow down from the summer and fall and recharge for the winter season,” she said.
That doesn’t stop her from enjoying the outdoors in November, though. “Throw on a decent pair of boots and find those matching mittens and get yourself out there,” she said. “Don’t forget to knit yourself a scarf!” she added with a laugh. (You can buy one in Town Square if you lack knitting chops).
Schofield can’t stress the joy of hiking in November enough. “November in Waterville Valley offers fantastic day hiking with views only seen when the leaves have fallen. You can’t beat it. You’ll see parts of the town and landscape that you didn’t even know were there,” she said.
That, “along with crisp clear nights perfect for stargazing, warm fires and relaxation while anticipating the snow filled winter season to come should have nearly everyone feeling calm, relaxed, and ready for winter.”
If hygge and hiking don’t cut it, November’s still not a wash. You can workout and swim laps at The White Mountain Athletic Club, grab a cup of coffee in Town Square, or enjoy any of the myriad activities that the Waterville Valley Recreation Department offers. The Coyote Grill stays open, too, and offers fun menu options and great cocktails.
As for Schofield? She’ll be happy to give you information about WV, make a reservation or talk about upcoming events and then head home, sit by the fire with a warm drink a good book.
Alyssa Walker writes, lives, works, and plays in Waterville Valley with her husband and two adorable children. Check out her website.