Historic & Grand Hotels in New England
New England has a deep and wonderfully varied history from the Pilgrims to the present. Much of that history is alive and on display at comfortable historic inns and Grand Hotels -- a few that have been welcoming travelers since before America was a country. If these walls could talk, they would tell stories of rich ship owners, farmers, or outdoor explorers who built hotels in the mountains and along the shores.
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30 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA, 01262
History and romance meet on Main Street Stockbridge
The Red Lion Inn is one of the original Historic Hotels of America and one of the few New England Inns built before 1800 that is still operating. Located at the center of the village of Stockbridge and immortalized in Norman Rockwell's painting, "Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas,” the inn has hosted five presidents and notable figures including Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Cullen Bryant and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Its 125 guest rooms and common areas showcase early American furnishings and china. Amenities include outstanding cuisine, a fitness room, spa, a library and reading room, a wide porch with rocking chairs, a gift shop, and nightly entertainment at the Lion’s Den. Nearby are many of the Berkshires’ popular cultural and outdoor attractions.
22 High Street
Camden, ME, 04843
Vacationing in an historic building, reminded of a more gracious time
At the Maine Stay Inn in Camden you can close your eyes and imagine yourself back in 1802, when the place was constructed and the region was still part of Massachusetts. Back then there was a dirt road out front when Alden Bass, a direct descendant of John Alden and related to both presidents named Adams, built the place at 22 High Street. Now there is Wi-Fi and some of the quaintly decorated rooms have a TV, but the ambiance harkens back to a more gracious time. The building is the second oldest of 66 listed in the district on the National Register of Historical Places. The impressive main house, gleaming white with dark green shutters, has an attached carriage house, as was the custom at the time, and a four-story barn.
208 Ocean Avenue
Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
History and luxury meet on the alluring Maine Coast
Like many of the New England’s finest inns this magnificent resort is found within landmark buildings. Be transported back to the 19th century when the railroad brought “summer people” to this enviable spot on the Maine coast where the first schooner was built and where architecturally alluring mansions earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Today enjoy the same privacy and comfort of coming “home” to Kennebunkport—with a world of amenities. You’ll enjoy the sea, of course, but also the daily wine events, bicycles for touring, high-speed wireless Internet access, a menu of pillow choices, coffee and tea throughout the day, car service into town, yoga on the lawn, movie screenings, and live music outdoors.
138 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA, 02116
Time honored elegance in a classic Back Bay Hotel
Elegance has been its style, while a history rich in name and detail has been its calling card since 1912. Today it holds the AAA Four Diamond Award as a centrally located, Back Bay luxury hotel in the midst of popular historic sites and celebrated boutiques on Newbury Street. Unparalleled comfort and superb amenities blend with the rich colors of the 383 newly renovated and culturally themed guestrooms and suites with high speed internet access, Keurig or espresso coffee maker, LCD flat screen TV, on-demand movie selections and windows that open. Plan a romantic getaway, a wedding, special event or meeting and discover how the times may have changed, but the essence of a great hotel never does.
36 Main Street
Essex, CT, 06426
Where historic ambiance meets excellence in lodging and cuisine
One of the oldest continuously operated inns in the country, The Griswold Inn in Essex, Conn., opened its doors for business in 1776. For more than two centuries we've catered to overland travelers, sailors, and later yachtsmen. Today Essex' golden era of steamboating is remembered well in our outstanding collection of marine art from the period. Prints by Currier & Ives and Endicott & Co., ship's portraits by James Bard, Antonio Jacobsen, and others, and illustrations by Samuel Ward Stanton and Norman Rockwell cover the walls. Through the later 20th century, dining rooms were expanded and the owners purchased nearby historic properties to offer additional lodging. Today the "Gris" remains the center of a thriving community, offering a unique experience and a comfortable connection to the past.
369 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA, 01566
Relive America’s history – then sleep in.
Celebrate America’s living history and settle in adjacent to the museum at the 10-room Oliver Wight House built in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Charmingly intimate, the rooms here and at the Reeder Family Lodges all feature free wireless internet and free continental breakfast. Oliver Wright House guests also enjoy queen-sized cherry four-poster canopy beds, embroidered bathrobes and slippers and adjoining room options for large parties. Enjoy a swimming pool, playground, and a collection of 19th-century toy and game baskets. All reservations come with discounted admission to OSV and there are special packages and discounts available to OSV members and for weddings and other select Village events. Signature Touch spa services are also now available at the cottages.
611 York Street
York Harbor, ME, 03911
Picturesque inn harkens back to a relaxed era
Originally the home of a Chicago lumber baron in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (when seaside mansions were called “cottages”), and later the property of a cousin of the Big Band Dorsey brothers, who stayed there when playing at Old Orchard and Hampton beaches, the Inn at Tanglewood Hall celebrates its past while offering the amenities expected by today’s guests. That means antiques, high-end linens, luxurious bath amenities, and memory foam beds coexist nicely in the York Harbor seacost inn’s six exquisitely restored rooms. And the inn’s stunning gardens feature flowers from the past as well as modern fairy lights at night. Guests might well feel they are going back to a more relaxed time as they lounge in a hammock on the veranda.
490 Lafayette Road - Route 1
Hampton, NH, 03842
Modern comfort at an historic 1740’s inn
Here’s old world charm and modern comforts. Built in 1740, this historic lodging retains its character and alluring seacoast ambience. Originally home to the Lane family who helped build the seaside town of Hampton, it became a whistle stop on the presidential campaign trail and a gathering place for locals and tourists - traditions that continue to this day. Rooms offer what you’ve come to prefer while traveling today including digital TV with HBO, wi-fi access, refrigerators, and microwaves. The Old Salt Restaurant is a Seacoast legend, famous for its New England clambakes and Sunday brunch, delicious seafood and its revolving list of 18 delicious brews on tap. Nearby are the beaches and the best of this magnificent region.
Mountain View Road
Whitefield, NH, 03598
The story continues in grand style
A proud member of the Historic Hotels of America with the narrative and goods to prove it. The first guests arrived in 1865 and they are still coming to experience rich history and classic New Hampshire hospitality. In any season find an endless array of fun things to do. Stay in elegant and relaxed guest rooms or family sized and friendly suites with separate living rooms and spectacular mountain views. The award winning Tower Spa and Health and Wellness Center will help you relax and rejuvenate. The kids will enjoy the children’s play areas, complimentary activity programs, game room and movie theater. There’s even a working farm to explore. Dine from breakfast through dinner and in between at any of four restaurants offering farm fresh cuisine and casual to fine dining.
458 Hill Farm Road
Sunderland, VT, 05250
Classic, historic and full of country comforts
This classic Vermont bed and breakfast rich in history is set on fifty acres of pristine meadowlands and valley minutes from Manchester’s world-class shopping, dining and cultural sites. The original house was built in 1790 and the Main Inn, built in 1830, has retained its unique character and hosted guests for more than a century. Each room and suite offers beautiful views and private baths. Extras might include separate sitting room, gas stove, flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and luxurious linens. The renovated Farm House accommodates up to eight guests and has a contemporary kitchen. There’s communal space for gathering throughout and beautiful views, outdoor recreation and farm aspects of the property to enjoy. Breakfast is included with each stay.
22 McKinley Court
Portland, ME, 04109
History beckons while the lodging comforts.
Stay in the heart of Maine’s coastal history from the moment you embark from Portland’s Old Port district on a short voyage across beautiful Casco Bay. The Inn is set on Diamond Cove on Great Diamond Island and astride Diamond’s Edge, formerly an artistic retreat community rich in charm and history. Here is Fort McKinley, constructed in Portland Harbor in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to protect Maine's principal city. Select from 44 deluxe guest rooms and suites while the outdoor pool, fitness room and activity center and a short walk to Diamonds Edge Restaurant and the full service marina will keep you moving. For fun and sundries you’ll find the General Store, scenic trails, and Pebble Beach.
113 Ocean Road
Narragansett, RI, 02882
History and hospitality meet at this waterfront Victorian Inn
By the middle of the 19th century, Narragansett had become a prominent seaside resort. Quieted during the Civil War, it rose again to rival Newport in elegance and social prestige. It once featured the Narragansett Pier Casino, designed by the most prominent American architectural firm of the era, landscaped by the revered Frederick Law Olmstead, and populated by many of America's most affluent and important citizens. Today, the town and the namesake of the proud Native American tribe is set amidst elm trees and filled with the homes of 19th century whaling captains. In perfect harmony, this historic and Victorian lodging and landmark welcomes you to enjoy its modern amenities and waterfront pleasures on Narragansett Bay, hard by the Atlantic.
81 Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA, 01342
History abounds and comfort surrounds you
Welcoming travelers since 1884, this historic inn is at the heart of the mile long Old Main Street in a National Historic Landmark village. Yankee magazine says this is New England’s best 19th-century inn. Homes from the 18th and 19th century, many of them open to the public, line the street, along with working farms that provide much of the produce to our scratch kitchen. Cozy rooms are furnished with antique and period reproductions and comfy reading chairs, with the present-day pleasures of earth-friendly amenities, chamois robes and television. Enjoy classic favorites with a contemporary twist and local, seasonal produce in the inviting restaurant and tavern with their comfortable seating, fireplaces, and mahogany dining bar. Historic Deerfield abounds in stories from our colonial past.
16 Blantyre Road
Lenox, MA, 01240
Enter into the Gilded Age when you stay at this Berkshires castle-like estate
Leave your modern-day cares behind and step into the elegant Gilded Age at Blantyre, the Relais & Chateaux hotel on 110 acres of lawn and woodlands in the stunning Berkshires. The turreted Tudor estate, built at the turn of the 20th century as a tribute to the owner’s ancestral home in Scotland, includes a Main House with luxurious suites, many with fireplaces; a Carriage House with intriguing loft spaces; and several self-contained romantic cottages. Gourmet dining, Zagat remarked, is “served with old-world elegance.” Modern conveniences include a spacious heated outdoor pool, four Har-Tru tennis courts and The Potting Shed Spa. The area offers every attraction from golfing and horseback riding to antiques shopping, museums, concerts and theater.
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5 Pearl Street
Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
Exemplifying and surrounded by history
As you’ve assumed by the name, the Captain Jefferds Inn, built in 1804, was originally the home of a sea captain, designed for comfort and safe harbor and not just as a roof over his head. As with most large homes of the time, it has a carriage house, now converted into a residence. Innkeepers Erik and Sarah Lindblom also have lovingly restored the main building into to beautifully remind guests of an earlier, gracious period and lifestyle, as sturdy, snug and fit as a sailing ship. The inn is located near the town center of historic Kennebunkport, conveniently situated for informative strolls, where you can learn about the ship-building mecca that became a colorful resort destination a century ago.
7 Main Street
Middletown, CT, 06457
Boutique lodgings fit sweetly in a 19th-century Main Street home
Built in 1810 as a Main Street residence, the Inn at Middletown recalls an era when the city was an important seaport. And as a boutique hotel, we strive to retain the building's charm and historic character. Our 100 elegantly-appointed guest rooms and suites evoke classic New England living, with colonial-style mahogany furniture and classic gold-framed paintings. In our on-site Tavern at the Armory restaurant, relax by a crackling fireplace as you dine on classic New England fare. The area around our hotel is a wonderful historic setting. We're nestled beside the scenic Connecticut River, surrounded by the charming shops, boutiques and authentic ethnic restaurants that line Main Street. And we're just two blocks from the campus of Weslayan University.
277 Main Street - Route 131
Sturbridge, MA, 01566
New England’s Past is Present
America’s past and a rural New England setting stir the soul at this historic landmark Inn. Yankee hospitality, homemade food and comfortable lodgings are just part of the 18th century ambiance. Spacious guest rooms and suites are alive with period antiques and reproductions in the Publick House Historic Inn and adjacent Chamberlain House with the Country Motor Lodge a short walk away through an apple orchard. Rooms offer air conditioning, cable television, private baths, wireless high speed Internet and complimentary toiletries. Traditional and casual Yankee fare from a light lunch to a more hearty meal, specialty drinks and desserts can be savored in the Tap Room and Ebenezer’s Tavern open seven days a week. Stop by for the gifts and goods turned out daily by the 18th century bake shoppe.
1 Bluff Avenue
Watch Hill, RI, 02891
Beautiful ocean resort a beacon for guests seeking an elegant escape
Famous for its warm, yellow facade and spectacular Atlantic views, the Ocean House Resort has been welcoming satisfied guests since 1868. It even played a role in a movie: 1916’s “American Aristocracy,” starring Douglas Fairbanks. The modern, restored property – named one of the nation’s 20 most beautiful hotels by CNN in 2016 – maintains the standards of the golden age of hospitality while offering modern amenities, from award-winning dining and a luxury spa to elegant suites rich in old-world decor (including elements from the original building’s interior) and modern technology like valet panels. The resort’s 13 acres overlook a private white-sand beach and include a croquet lawn and putting green. The nearby village of Watch Hill is a charming New England treat.
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48 Lower Waterford Road
Lower Waterford, VT, 05848
Romantic inn takes guests back to more relaxed era
Hospitality is an age-old tradition at the Rabbit Hill Inn, which began in the late 1700s as a place where traders traveling from Montreal to Boston or Portland could hoist a tankard of ale and lodge overnight. Save one period in the 1900s when it was a private home, Rabbit Hill has been an inn ever since. Today’s guests in the 19-room bed and breakfast will discover not only modern comforts (some rooms have double hydromassage tubs) but those that harken back to a relaxed age: a candlelit dining room serving exquisitely crafted American fare, crackling fireplaces, puzzles in cozy sitting rooms, lemonade in the afternoon on the porch and gazebos where you can listen to the waterfall. Rated #30 of the Top 100 Hotels Worldwide, #6 in the USA, and #2 in the Northeast by Travel & Leisure, July 2017.
297 North Street
Pittsfield, MA, 01201
Architecture and Décor of Past Centuries Saturates Your Senses
Start with a 19th century downtown men’s haberdashery, now on the National Register of Historic Places, and furnish it with re-purposed things of older times, like wheeled garden carts and auditorium chairs, and you have the feel of past ages all around you. The Hotel on North, in the heart of Pittsfield, is surrounded by towns and countryside that has attracted vacationers for more than a century. The past is layered over the boutique hotel as exposed brick walls, hammered tin ceilings, and antiques chosen with an eye to whimsically mixing past and present. Step outside to visit and explore the homes and work places of 19th-century writers, sculptors and art collectors, and you will feel part of the history of a beloved New England region.
16 Bay View Street
Camden, ME, 04843
The Bricks of Maine’s Industrious History Encase This Hotel
Nice thing about New England: visitors feel the presence of local history simply by looking around. Nowhere is this more true than in the Mid-Coast town of Camden, where small boats in the harbor and cool shops and dining in town display the inventive Maine character. The luxurious 16 Bay View Hotel lives this history, situated in a restored 1905 industrial building in the center of town. The structure’s beauty is repeated in exposed brick walls, ironwork balconies, and in-room fireplaces. But today’s luxuries are well-represented: heated bathroom floors; custom marble showers with body jets; thick, terrycloth bathrobes; Champagne service; Wi-Fi; business computer & printer access. But you will feel old Maine ingenuity all around you.
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One Haynes Street
Hartford, CT, 06103
Victorian beginnings not forgotten in chic Hartford hotel
In the building that J.P. Morgan once called home, 21st century guests can expect to be treated like members of the upper crust. That’s because The Goodwin hotel, which began life in 1881 as an apartment building, has retained 19th century standards of attention to detail and exceptional service. But that’s not the only thing the boutique hotel has retained. Nods to the past include original fireplaces in some rooms, restored built-in wood closets, a stately black marble reception desk and the hotels’s iconic, ornate terra cotta facade. Although The Goodwin’s exterior says Victorian era, on the inside, modern touches include spacious bathrooms and seating areas in guestrooms and suites, a fitness center and two sophisticated but cozy dining/bar venues.
707 Kipling Road
Dummerston, VT, 05301
Guests Relax into History at Kipling Home, an Old Sugarhouse and Farmhouse
Five historic properties in Dummerston and Whitingham, Vt., (19th-century homes, a former sugarhouse, farm house and carriage house) open themselves to grateful guests because of the preservationist ethic of The Landmark Trust USA. The Trust has preserved lands and buildings steeped in literary fame and traditional Vermont industry. One is author Rudyard Kipling’s home, Naulakha, and its Carriage House, fully furnished with all you’ll need. Visitors also may stay at the 1837 Dutton Farmhouse, the 1802 Amos Brown Farmhouse or the former Scott Farm Sugarhouse. All are comfortably furnished, include a fully equipped kitchen; located on ancient, rural properties; and close to hiking, biking and cultural activities in Marlboro and Brattleboro. The Amos Brown and Sugarhouse accept dog guests.
3351 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH, 03860
A carpet king’s vision can be your next destination
Stay at the White Mountain’s foremost example of Victorian rural elegance. Built as the summer estate of carpet baron Erastus Bigelow, this historic lodging offers 16 guest rooms in Manor house, and ten in a wing attached to the Manor with spectacular views of the Moat Mountain Range. Set on 30 pine wooded acres, the site has retained all of the original buildings and looks much as it did a century ago. There are Adirondack chairs and quiet places in the gardens to relax, and a tennis court and heated outdoor pool. Four dining rooms attend the popular gourmet restaurant and the Library Lounge is open for a nightcap by the fireplace. North Conway is your gateway to the area’s major attractions and seasonal recreational activities.
1 Cathedral Avenue
Rockport, MA, 01966
Historic Oceanfront Inn & Cottages
The Emerson Inn by the Sea, Cape Ann’s only grand bed and breakfast hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is a lovely historic waterfront resort with amenities for the perfect vacation, conference or wedding. Appealing to everyone from romantic couples to families and corporate travelers, the inn offers 36 lovely guest rooms, fine dining in The Grand Cafe, and full-service function capabilities. Adjacent cottages reveal ocean view accommodations with amenities for families, small corporate groups or reunions. Following years of renovations, Emerson Inn by the Sea offers today’s vacationers and business travelers a respite with the quality and legacy of America’s finest philosopher.
793 VT Route 5A South
Westmore, VT, 05860
An historic inn & location worthy of great poets
If traveling through Vermont’s magnificent Northeast Kingdom to get to the WilloughVale Inn and Cottages reminds you of poetry, you’re in good company. In 1909, beloved poet Robert Frost camped with his family in tents on land that ultimately became inn property. He got milk and eggs from the then-Conley Farmhouse. Now you can stay in the cozy Robert Frost Cottage with its views of the mountains and Lake Willoughby, which Frost called a “fair, pretty sheet of water.” Seven other cottages plus 11 rooms at the romantic inn provide the perfect getaway every season of the year. Activities at or nearby the inn range from canoeing and kayaking in the warmer months to skiing, dog-sledding and snowmobiling in the winter.
231 River Street
North Adams, MA, 01247
Luxuries and simple comforts in restored 19th century row houses
The 47-room Inn decorated in “granny chic” is directly across the street from the internationally renowned Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Set in newly restored Victorian row houses, it features long verandas, bold outside spaces, and interiors that mix striking, colorful style with homage to the buildings’19th Century heritage. Spaces are filled with retro furniture and collectibles from vintage plates and paint-by-number pictures framed on the walls, to vintage TV lamps. No two rooms are alike and the comforts are everywhere from lofts and/or spiral staircases. separate living rooms, working fireplaces, to private slate floored baths with Jacuzzi, claw foot tubs, and separate shower stalls. There’s complimentary continental breakfast, a heated outdoor pool, fitness center and lobby bar.
5 Pleasant Street
Stowe, VT, 05672
Make This 150-Year-Old Family Home Your Base at Stowe
Innkeeper Mary Skelton has restored her family’s 150-year-old family home into this intimate bed-and-breakfast inn in Stowe, so you will find yourself in a historic place just by crossing her threshold. Guests who rent the whole place can bring 7 friends to spread out in four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a warm sunroom and verdant yard. Or take a single room and come and go as you please, once you have been prepped for the day by a lavish Vermont breakfast. Stowe and its ski mountain are part of an old community, with a long tradition of winter and summer recreation, a popular Recreation Path, and lots of places to find unique shopping and dining on fresh Vermont foods, always prepared with pride.
58 Washington Street
Marblehead, MA, 01945
Luxury and comfort in an historic setting!
The Harbor Light Inn, among the Ten Most Romantic Inns in America, is set in one of America’s Ten Most Beautiful Small Towns. Near the harbor district and the birthplace of the Navy, the Inn consists of two Federalist mansions joined together. Luxurious rooms are equipped with private baths, DVD players, WIFI, fireplaces, Jacuzzis and additional amenities for your comfort and pleasure. An extensive continental breakfast buffet is included along with afternoon tea, coffee and cordials. The inn’s popular Tavern serves fine wines, beers and cordials and local favorites like chowder, crab cakes, shrimp, and grilled panini. Within short walking distance, you’ll find shops, galleries, art organizations, museums and historic buildings and sites and a wide variety of casual and fine dining establishments.
25 Spray Rock Road
Westerly, RI, 02891
Hospitality, location continue to define this charming Rhode Island inn
In 1899, Frederick and Phebe Buffum opened a small inn perched on a peninsula between two salt ponds. Charmed by their hospitality and the inn’s ideal location, guests came, then came back, year after year. And they are still coming to the red cedar-shingled Weekapaug Inn, inspired by classic Cape Cod style with the same attention to guest comfort initiated by its founding family. Luxurious rooms and suites, where windows open to sea breezes, feature custom vintage and modern furnishings and stunning water views. Gourmet dining includes complimentary breakfast and Thursday night clambakes. Guest activities range from naturalist outings and kayaking to wine tastings and yoga. Access to a private beach also distinguishes this remarkable Relais & Chateaux inn.
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Lenox, MA, 01240
19th century grace with 21st century amenities
Inventor/Industrialist George Westinghouse had planned for “100 acres of lawn..a velvet plain stretching to the horizon, unbroken, by paths, driveways shrubs, with perhaps only an occasional magnificent tree – an oak, an elm, or a great sycamore on it." On this land he built a late 19th century cottage for his wife, Marguerite. The land would change hands until 1977 when the property claimed its current incarnation, set on the 223-acre estate. The resort features 48 one and two bedroom condominiums with a master bathroom with Jacuzzi, kitchen, dining area, living area, deck, and fireplace. On site and off recreational activities abound as do the historic villages, homes, museums, Inns and taverns nearby - enough to fill a history buff’s curiosity and agenda for a long while.
95 Ocean Avenue
Kennebunkport, ME, 04046
History and the sea meet in this magnificent setting.
Maine holds a special place in New England’s history and lore. And this enchanting resort by the sea near Kennebunkport reflects special elements of each. Established in 1883, Nonantum has maintained its Victorian charm and touches like elegantly appointed rooms, private baths, fine dining and a level of service reminiscent of days gone by. More contemporary amenities bring your stay up to date with free WiFi, a heated pool, recreational activities and always the sea. Lobster tours and fishing excursions that set out daily are for the more adventurous, while sailing and beachcombing top the more leisurely pursuits. There’s even a trolley that will take you from shop to gallery and back to the beach as and when you wish.
Sun-drenched and suffused with the presence of the sea, Ocean Edge Resort thrives inside a grand mansion that dates to 1890, when a local man build a home boasting four chimneys, a carriage house, and a stone tower for viewing the coast. The house burned down in 1906 but was rebuilt larger, with Italian marble fireplaces and fine woodwork by master carvers. Today, the resort hotel in the former mansion and carriage house resembles an English country manor with extra piquant touches. The mansion and villas are near Cape Cod’s many joys: surf, water sports, golf, tennis, beach bonfires, and more.
Lake Morey Resort is tucked cozily between the Green Mountains and the White Mountains, offering year-round natural beauty and outdoor activities. Now in its third generation of family ownership, the resort has welcomed guests for more than 100 years. The resort’s 130 guest rooms include suites that work well for families. A centerpiece of the property is the lake, where summer swimming and kayaking are replaced by ice skating in winter. Kids are super-welcome at Lake Morey, which offers a summer program for children and a fun evening on New Year’s Eve. The spa is just the thing for adults.
Whether your passion is New England literature, Colonial history, or fine small hotels in wonderful small cities, the name Hawthorne Hotel in Salem could send a shiver up your spine. This regal brick building stands in the heart of historic Salem. Halloween and its link to the Salem witch trials is a busy time here, but the city and the hotel -- named for one of New England’s most-loved authors -- is fun all year. The Peabody Essex Museum includes artifacts of the city’s seafaring history; the Salem Maritime National Site is fascinating. Or just linger in the hotel and enjoy the comfort.
The word “castle” in the name of this resort is well-chosen. The luxurious lodging -- located in the Green Mountains of Ludlow, close to the Okemo Mountain ski trails -- is just right for a romantic winter getaway. But the resort works equally for a rough-and-tumble family summer vacation. It is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and the Historic Hotels of America. Guest rooms are individually decorated to blend elegance, pampering, and modern convenience. And Castle Hill’s more-spacious resort homes have magnificent views, elegant accommodations, and more room to relax.
Located at the peak of a bluff above the pretty village of Watch Hill, the Ocean House is a reconstructed beauty modeled exactly upon its predecessor in that place. It is the first and only AAA five diamond hotel in the state. It is a Grand Hotel of the Gilded Age of the 1870s to ’90s, a contemporary of Newport’s mansions, but so much more comfortable and luxurious for a lavish seaside New England vacation. Famously known for its warm yellow façade and stunning views of the Atlantic, the original Ocean House welcomed guests from 1868 until 2003. It was rebuilt, using many of the original interior elements.
You could hardly find a more authentic historic lodging on Nantucket than the Jared Coffin House. A historic whaling center in the 19th-century, Nantucket and its town center was the place chosen for this three-story brick mansion home for Jared Coffin, one of the most successful ship owners of his time. The house was built in 1845 and its tough brick and slate roof survived a great fire in 1846. The mansion was later expanded and opened as a hotel. Today this elegant historic hotel offers fine service, placing guests in the center of fine dining, shopping, water sports, and sightseeing.
This comfortable hotel in the pretty town of Jackson in White Mountains has been welcoming guests of 130 years. Another statistic helps explain the reason -- it is the hotel’s 280-foot wraparound veranda with magnificent views of the mountains. The Eagle Mountain House is a Historic Hotel of America and is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It shelters guests in the middle of mountain countryside that offers outdoor adventures from golf and fresh water swimming to snowboarding. It is near world-class ski areas like Wildcat, Attitash, Black Mountain, Cranmore, and Bretton Woods.
Welcoming guests for over 200 years, the Equinox Resort has six architectural styles, 17 structures, and has hosted four Presidents. Equinox has had many names, starting with the Marsh Tavern in 1769, when the Green Mountain Boys met there. The hotel was named Equinox after a state surveyor summated the adjacent Equinox Mountain on the autumn equinox in 1823. Shuttered in 1972, the Equinox reopened in July 1985 as a lavish resort hotel and a National Historic Place. Today, guests may handle birds of prey at the British School of Falconry onsite or enjoy a round of golf. History? Just a little.