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New England offers everything from white sand beaches and picturesque lighthouses to brilliant fall foliage, glistening lakes and stunning mountains, along with delicious renowned cuisines like lobster, seafood chowder and blueberry pie. You’ll also find a diverse array of accommodation options from which you can experience it all at any of these top New England resorts.
Set within one of the nation’s most breathtaking natural paradises, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa offers a woodsy escape in Vermont’s Green Mountains. A top-rated resort in Vermont, guests can enjoy a year-round vacation experience under the backdrop of Mount Mansfield, indulging in the 50,000-square-foot spa with signature services such as facials, wraps and massages and relaxing in the mineral pool. Upscale accommodations include everything from comfortable guestrooms and spacious suites to private townhomes, all elegantly appointed with luxurious amenities like gas fireplaces, soothing Jacuzzi tubs, spa bathrobes, HD flat-screen TVs and more. You’ll also be within a stone’s throw of great mountain biking and hiking trails, championship golf, a myriad of boutiques, galleries and restaurants.
A top-rated woodsy escape in Vermont
Sprawling spa with mineral pool and signature services
Cozy fireplaces in most rooms and suites
Easy access to miles of mountain biking and hiking trails
Sitting atop an east-facing rise providing spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Pleasant Bay, Wequassett Resort & Golf Club is a pleasant seaside hideaway that features whitewashed buildings and tidy clapboard cottages set across 27 acres of beautiful gardens, salt marshes and woodlands, making for the ultimate secluded luxury resort for the discerning traveler. Enjoy swimming in two sparkling pools, soaking in the sun on picture-perfect beaches, participating in water sports, playing a round of golf on an exclusive championship course or a game of tennis. Dining is offered at multiple acclaimed restaurants, and after enjoying your meal, you can look forward to retreating to your lavish guest room with spacious luxury suites decorated in upscale country style, equipped with gas fireplaces and marble bathrooms.
Seaside hideaway with ocean and bay views
Upscale clapboard cottages and suites with fireplaces
Purity Spring Resort, owned and operated by the Hoyt family for five generations, is located on the shores of a pristine private lake between the White Mountains and the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. One of the top luxury hotels in New England, it’s ideal for families who want to enjoy an active vacation in a mountain setting. It offers practically an endless amount of activities, from mountain biking and guided canoe trips to tennis, archery, arts and crafts, a climbing wall and even theme weekends focused on everything from ballroom dance to scrapbooking.
Ideal lakeside resort for active families and nature lovers
Wide range of activities from canoe trips to archery
The Ocean House Resort is an iconic luxury resort that dates back to 1868, set in a beautiful waterfront location with its own private white sand beach in the coastal village of Watch Hill. It offers a host of amenities, including an indoor pool that opens to the outdoors, a large fitness center and a wealth of dining options, which means you’ll never need to leave the grounds — unless you want to explore the town’s cute boutiques and shops. The 12,000-square-foot spa, the only five-star spa in Rhode Island, offers a collection of seasonal treatments and products. Sophisticated rooms feature marble bathrooms as well as flat-screen televisions and iPod docks. Suites also include a fireplace, terrace and/or a kitchen. On-site dining highlights native Rhode Island seafood and classic cocktails, while special culinary events showcase the hotel’s farm-to-table cuisine.
Samoset Resort is one of Maine’s premier resorts and a popular vacation destination for generations of families, many of which return year after year. It sits across 230 waterfront acres at the edge of Penobscot Bay, tucked between Norman Rockwell-like Camden and cosmopolitan Rockland, one of the most charming towns in Maine. You can look forward to enjoying a host of amenities, including indoor and outdoor heated pools, an 18-hole championship PGA golf course, tennis, basketball and more. Its 200,000-gallon designer swimming pool offers sweeping views of historic Rockland Breakwater and the Atlantic; while each of its rooms offers a luxurious retreat with a private terrace or balcony overlooking either the golf course or the ocean.
Jay Peak Resort is a four-season playground, offering the chance to spend your days skiing, surfing or rushing down thrilling water slides at the Pump House Indoor Waterpark, the largest water park in the state of Vermont. With a retractable roof, it’s ideal year-round. The resort also boasts an ice arena and a rec center with climbing walls, obstacle courses, arcades and a movie theater. While a popular skiing destination, the Jay Peak area is also a top family-friendly summer vacation spot with plentiful outdoor activities. When the weather is right, hiking and mountain biking are excellent, as Jay Peak is surrounded by bucolic rolling hills, large dairy and horse farms, with very little traffic in the area to contend with. At the Tram Haus Lodge, right at tram side, you’ll enjoy locally-made furnishings and re-imagined mountain hardware for a feel as if you’re a part of the mountain.
Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa offers the ideal combination of luxury, simple comforts and elegance along with breathtaking views of the vibrant New Hampshire landscape and the White Mountains. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, rooms offer plush furnishings in a timeless storybook New England setting. More than just a lavish room, you’ll also be able to take in an array of activities, including everything from horseback riding lessons and dogsled adventures to a round on the historic golf course as well as relaxing in one of 10 spacious treatment rooms at the state-of-the-art spa. Paying tribute to its past, the resort is also home to a working farm with chickens, goats, sheep, Angora rabbits, Scottish Highland cattle and more.
Jiminy Peak is the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England. In the summer, its Aerial Adventure Park features a self-guided aerial forest ropes course with elevated courses for various ability levels. Its Mountain Adventure Park offers the chance to speed down a coaster’s rails at up to 23 mph, try your skills at rock climbing, ride a giant swing and more. Stay at Jimmy Peak’s Country Inn, featuring an outdoor heated swimming pool, indoor and outdoor whirlpools. Comfortable suites include a main bedroom, living room, flat-screen TV, and a fully-equipped kitchenette.
Southern New England’s biggest ski and snowboard resort
Forest ropes course and zip lines at adventure park
Thrilling rides on mountain coaster and giant swing ride
Castle Hill Inn & Resort is one of the best resorts in Rhode Island. Located on a 40-acre peninsula at the west end of Newport’s legendary Ocean Drive, this 19th Century Victorian mansion overlooking the Atlantic offers privacy, extraordinary beauty and romance. Beach cottages are filled with wicker furniture and ocean-inspired colors, while most guest rooms feature whirlpool tubs with marble surrounds. Other highlights include dining on seasonal dishes at the Dining Room, lauded as one of the best restaurants in Newport, and al fresco dining at The Lawn, while Terrace Bar has beautiful vistas and a menu of creative cocktails. Once the summertime home of Harvard marine biologist Alexander Agassiz, this property has been one of the city’s most enchanting landmarks for more than a century.
Set within a wilderness playground, Northern Outdoors provides access to some of the state’s best whitewater rivers for the chance to test thrilling rapids. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy year-round hiking, fishing, lake kayaking, ATV tours and world-class snowmobiling with over 150 miles of groomed trails. After a day of fun-filled activities, enjoy soothing sore muscles in the hot tub and dining on classic New England cuisine at the Kennebec Pub and Brewery before retreating to your private riverside or lakeside cabin.
Located north of Portland along Maine’s rugged Midcoast region, an area of the coastline that’s lured artists, shipbuilders and fishermen to its rocky shores for centuries, Sebasco Harbor Resort offers the quintessential New England escape. Explore the calm waters of Casco Bay via kayak, head out on the property’s boat for a relaxing cruise or take a historic tour of the town. You can also enjoy rounds of mini-golf or croquet, unwind with a heavenly massage at the spa and dine on all sorts of delectable dishes at its waterfront restaurant, Pilot House. The on-site golf course touts a challenging nine-hole layout along Sebasco Harbor. Accommodations are equipped with elegant touches like gas fireplaces and Whirlpool tubs — choose a waterfront cottage, and you can also take in spectacular views looking out across the shores past lobstermen in boats picking up the traps and beyond to the wide expanse of the Atlantic.
One of the most romantic couples resorts in New England, Woodstock Inn & Resort offers the chance to enjoy one of the prettiest small towns in America, with some of the best of Vermont right outside your door. Go biking, fly fishing or golfing and explore the charming Main Street attractions, including great shopping venues, local breweries and distilleries. In the winter, you can enjoy skiing down the slopes at Saskadena Six Ski Area, with options for skiers of all levels. The resort itself is renowned for its sophistication and elegance without the pretense of some of its larger luxury counterparts. Enjoy glassed-in sun porches with picturesque views of the rolling hills and scenic countryside, and savor the excellent offerings at The Red Rooster, featuring specialty cheeses, freshly caught shellfish and shepherd’s pie made with lamb and local produce.
One of New England’s most romantic resorts
Close to charming Main Street attractions and breweries
Steele Hill Resorts is located in the heart of New Hampshire’s popular Lakes Region and offers beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Winnisquam, along with a host of wilderness activities and on-site entertainment. Enjoy a round on the 9-hole golf course, a match on the tennis court, cast your line into the private catch and release fishing pond and swim in the indoor and outdoor pools. In the nearby White Mountains, you can hike scenic treks or take off on a mountain bike adventure. Waterskiing, boating, diving and sailing are all just minutes away too. After a day of play, satisfy your appetite with a gourmet dinner at the Hilltop Restaurant before retreating to your lavish suite with amenities like Whirlpool tubs, sundecks and patios.
Mountain Edge Resort is surrounded by the stunning beauty of Lake Sunapee and the White Mountains in an idyllic corner of New Hampshire. Enjoy activities in every season, including swimming, fishing, hiking and canoeing as well as ice skating, snow tubing, alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and ice fishing right from the resort. The luxurious suites, elegantly designed by local craftsmen, feature full kitchens or kitchenettes, fireplaces and private patios or balconies with panoramic vistas of Mount Sunapee. The on-site spa boasts numerous treatments designed to calm and relax, and you’ll also find hot tubs, indoor and outdoor pools with saltwater technology.
You don’t need to visit the Caribbean to discover a fabulous all-inclusive resort. New England offers one of its own at Tyler Place Family Resort. In fact, this property nestled across the shores of Lake Champlain pioneered all-inclusive pricing during the Great Depression, and it continues to help families enjoy an unforgettable summer family vacation today. One of the resort’s biggest draws is its award-winning children’s program, which allows kids to take part in an incredible array of supervised group activities during the day and evening while allowing mom and dad time to reconnect as a couple by enjoying their own adult activities and share in intimate dinners each night. With its breathtaking lakeside location, water activities abound, including everything from kayaking and canoeing to lake trampolines, rowboats and paddleboats.
Chatham Bars Inn is a cozy oceanfront retreat that has beckoned Cape Cod visitors with its laid-back luxury for over a century. Nestled in the heart of the quaint historic town of Chatham overlooking Pleasant Bay, the inn is known for its true Cape Cod-style architecture, delectable New England-inspired fare served at its several dining venues and a long list of resort amenities. You’ll find a magnificent beach, a lavish spa, a modern fitness center, private chartered boats, large swimming pools and an extensive kids’ club. The property’s strategic location at the very crook of the Cape also allows guests to drive easily to the pleasures of the Upper Cape as well as the pristine shores of the Outer Cape.
Point Lookout Resort overlooks beautiful Penobscot Bay in Northport, Maine. It truly has it all, with year-round activities, magnificent views of the coastline and luxurious accommodations. Set among wooded scenery, its luxury cabins offer all the amenities of home, including a separate living and dining room, kitchenette, screened-in porches and private bathrooms. Resort activities include virtual golf, squash, racquetball and tennis as well as an arcade.
Wooded property with magnificent coastline views
Luxury cabins with kitchenette, screened-in porches