It’s no secret New England is dotted with quaint little towns, old gems and historical places but one of the best parts about getting in your car and doing some exploring is finding cute places to stay along the way. After this crazy pandemic, I think we’re all going to be a bit cautious about our travel (germs!) and where we decide to spend our valuable vacation time but if you’re like me – I can’t wait to get out! Here’s a list of places I have on my bucket list to check out in New England – we all love to travel, but let’s start small and definitely support local.
I got married in Ipswich, MA two years before they re-opened the Briar Barn Inn and was so dissapointed I couldn’t send my guests here. The Briar Barn Inn is tucked away in quiet little town called Rowley, near the beaches but still very country. The Grove Restaurant is supposed to be amazing and the Spa was written up numerour times in Northshore Magazine.
Brief description from their website: Set against the picturesque backdrop of historic Rowley, the Inn offers 30 guest rooms for a relaxing retreat or romantic weekend getaway. A blend of refined and rustic charm reimagines the New England country inn with contemporary finishes.
My husband and I recently purchased (for a steal!) a condo in one of the old Brownstones on Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue in Back Bay. To get some inspiration for the bathroom that desperately needs a renovation I stumbled across New England Home Magazine’s write-up of Blind Tiger in Maine. The article went into great detail how impressive the recent renovation was. I need to go just for the inspiration right? Not to mention how beautiful Portland Maine is…
Brief description from their website: Blind Tiger occupies a Federal style mansion house on Danforth Street in Portland, Maine. The home was built in 1823 by a Joseph Holt Ingraham, using funds inherited from his distant Russian uncle. The home’s second occupants, the Thomas family, expanded the original footprint to better accommodate lavish gatherings and host many guests, with an addition designed by noted Portland architect John Calvin Stevens. To the neighborhood, the building became known as “Social Corners,” even as Prohibition forced the festivities to a secret room in the basement.
My parents loved spending a week in Nantucket when my sister and I were growing up. They would rent us bikes for the week and basically say, see you for dinner! I haven’t been to the island in a number of years and when my friends and I attempted to go last fall, the ferries were cancelled because of high winds. It’s now become a must-visit ASAP after quarantine.
Brief description from their website: Relaxed sophistication is the animating principle behind the Union Street Inn, where guests find a home base for Nantucket’s most exclusive experiences. Owners Ken and Deb Withrow honed their sensibilities in the hear of New York creative life, under the banner of luxury brands like Henri Bendel and Ian Schrager’s Sleek Royalton Hotel. their vision for Nantucket Hospitality has captivated travelers from around the world.
Bucket list weekend. One can never get enough of Newport as far as I’m concerned. It’s little town is super cute, the beaches are beautiful and there’s an amazing ice cream stand in the middle of the marina.
Brief description from their website: From actress Grace Kelly to playwright Thornton Wilder, Castle Hill has captured the imagination of guests from around the world with its enchanting setting, relaxed elegance, and authentic Newport vibe. Today’s Castle Hill continues to evoke the magic of years past while at the same time providing guests with a contemporary luxury experience—one marked by personalized service, world-class cuisine, and extraordinary attention to detail. Travel back in history with us to learn more about our historic Rhode Island hotel.
My grandparent’s lived in Vermont while I was growing up and since they’ve moved down to CT to be closer to my parent’s we haven’t really ventured back into the Green Mountain state. The Twin Farms inn looks like a little slice of heaven tucked away in the mountains.
Brief description from their website: Located about one-and-a-half hours from the nearest commercial airport in Burlington, the journey into the bucolic landscape surrounding Barnard, Vermont begins the Twin Farms experience. Once on the property’s vast 300 acres, seclusion and privacy come first.