Group Planner: Winter Activities in New England


While some may desire a Bing Crosby or Fred Astaire New England-type winter wonderland, others might desire a little adventure for braving the freezing temperatures. So as you ponder an out-of-the-box winter group trip, consider adding these options to your itinerary.

Be a Champion

Each year more than 8,000 flock to the town of Camden, ME, for the U.S. National Toboggan Championships. However, don’t expect a lot of pomp and circumstance with this event. They’ll leave that for the Winter Olympics. Instead, think of this event more in akin with the Red Bull flying competition or the bed races. Teams at all experience levels put their creative powers to work on costumes and toboggan designs which help spur the party atmosphere. All competitors take to a 400 feet chute, some reaching up to 40 miles per hour, and landing onto a frozen lake. If you aren’t up for fighting for the prize, non-competitors can show up the day before and take a ride down the track for $5.

Run with the Big Dogs

The folks at New Hampshire’s Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel have taken the definition of man’s best friend to a whole new level. The kennel offers multiple dog sledding excursions from a few hours to a day-long adventure to bond with these hard working pups and see New Hampshire in winter from a unique perspective. The kennel is home to over 100 sled dogs, including Alaskan Huskies, Siberians and Malamutes. Sledders have a chance to meet their canine and human team mates, harness the dogs to the sled and even take a turn at driving the sled as they whisk through the snowy and forest terrain.

Swing in the Trees

Zip-lines are no longer reserved for shorts weather and Costa Rica. Now, see the snow sprawl with a bird’s eye view while soaring tree to tree across a New England forest. Alpine Adventures has six separate zip-lines, ranging from 80 to 600 feet long, and three suspension bridges, one of which is 60 foot high by 75 foot long. Thrill lovers will enjoy the infamous Zip #7 that has a 35 miles-per-hour optional free-fall.

Group Planner: Bus Rental on Reality TV Shows

The ripple effect caused by the meteor that is reality tv has even landed into our world here at These days charter rentals are featured locales for prime time, reality characters as they go about their group adventures. Some trips have more drama than others (we’re thinking of you New Jersey), which can be a bonus for the viewer. Regardless, their ride is always perfect for the occasion.

Below are just a few recent charter rentals that made their debut on reality tv.

Limo Bus

In mid-October, the cheftestants on “Top Chef New Orleans” took to the streets in the Big Easy in a gorgeous limo bus. Their slick rental took them and celebrity chef Emril to prime Vietnamese locales throughout NOLA in preparations for their next challenge. Now you don’t have to be cooking for your big break to experience this, just pull your group together for some fun. The limo bus can accommodate up to 30 passangers and is sometimes capabable for longer trips. The current national average price per day for local use, low miles is $1545.

Executive/Day Coach and Minibus

Continuing on Bravo, the folks over at the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” took quite the excursion out to wine country. Within that emotional rollercoaster of their reality tv excursion, the group used both the minibus and the day coach to get their more than 20-person group around Northern California. The minibus was used for the shorter trip from the airport to pick up their day coach. You could rent a minibus for local trips or getting groups to and fro for about $820/day (current national average for local use, low miles). The day coach is for longer outings and offers a more home-on-the-road feel. That homey feeling will run approximately $1340 a day (current national average for local use, low miles).

Executive/Day Coach

The day coach was also a rental of choice for the crew at “ABC’s Extreme Make Over: Home Edition.” It served as the general gathering place for cast and crew. Plus, the slick surroundings provided a wall to prevent families from seeing their new home. The cry, “Move that bus” meant tears were on the way with the new house unveiling, but for you the new would be scenery from the road.


Finally, we’d like to throw out an old school reference just to show that charters and realty tv have always gone hand-in-hand. For this, we give you a quick shot of MTV’s “Road Rules: All Stars,” circa 1988, aboard a minibus.

Now it’s your turn to hold your own casting session. You can check out the cast categories here. Then, just click through to the Bus Charter Search page, enter your charter needs and then it’s time to make the call.