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Travel The Best Weekend Getaways from Boston

21:44  28 july  2020
21:44  28 july  2020 Source:   cntraveler.com

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We Bostonians pride ourselves on the abundance of overnighters, weekend trips, and quick jaunts we have at our fingertips, from Cape Cod beaches to the tranquil woods of Vermont and the Berkshires. This year, however, it seems like quarantine life has given us the short end of the stick. Now, as the travel industry seems to slowly yet surely adapt to this new world of health and safety protocols, the time finally feels right to find some well-deserved, much-needed respite. Here, we’ve hand-picked some of our favorite weekend getaways from Boston. Some are new and some are recurring favorites—but all of them will help you take back your 2020.

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Cliff House—Cape Neddick, Maine

Poised on a towering, dramatic cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this iconic Maine resort has welcomed guests for a century and a half since first opening its doors in 1872. There’s a historic 18-hole golf course across the street, plenty of beaches and hiking trails within reach, and the shops and restaurants of downtown Ogunquit are just a few minutes down the road—but why leave the hotel when you can soak in the outdoor hot tub and doze off to the mesmerizing sounds of surf crashing on the cliffs below?

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a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace: Why did this hotel catch your attention? What's the vibe? I've stayed at The White Barn Inn at least 13 times in my life, and I'll never forget the first time I drove up. It was 5pm, and my boyfriend and I were staying there, but about to be late for dinner in the dining room at 6pm. We'd called ahead, told them we were rushing, and I needed a few minutes to get ready for dinner in my room. When we arrived, there were three men there: One to take my hand, one to take all the luggage; one to bring my boyfriend to check us in. What's the backstory? Not for nothing has White Barn Inn been blessed with just about every hospitality and dining award possible—from the endless applause of regional magazines and AAA five diamond ratings to a spot on Traveler's Gold List. Previously designated as a Relais & Chateaux member, in 2013 it became part of Grace Hotels and then the Auberge Resorts Collection. Meanwhile, since its opening in 1973, it has been a draw for couples seeking enchantment and celebrities seeking discretion. About the latter the seamlessly professional staff stays conclusively mum, but know that there have been plenty here. And they’ve indulged in all of what the decadent property has to offer—the infamously rich lobster fettuccine with cognac coral butter sauce; the 90-minute Himalayan Salt Stone Massage in the spa; the hand-packed picnic baskets made for sunrise (or sunset) beach picnics. All of it. Tell us all about the accommodations. Any tips on what to book? There are three levels of lodging: guest rooms, suites, and cottages. In the junior suite, the most impressive of the rooms in which I've stayed, details are genuinely looked after—decadent fabrics on the king bed (and at every turn, from the cushions to window treatments), fresh flowers, a double-sided fireplace, and a spa-like bathroom with a jet-tub for two. Is there a charge for Wi-Fi? The resort charges a daily fee of $35 that’s added to the room rate, and it includes Wi-Fi. [See below for what else it includes.] It works very well throughout the property. Drinking and dining—what are we looking at? Jonathan Cartwright was the first chef to put the 19th century barn on America's culinary radar screen, and made it into a destination restaurant. He was brought on by the Inn's original owner, and he led the drive to turn Maine ingredients and rustic specialties into exalted dishes. These days that honor falls to Chef Matthew Padilla, who has stepped into Cartwright's shoes and risen to the occasion. At dinner—when jackets are required—that means tasting menus full of over-the-top luxurious creations such as foie gras torchon with strawberries and fennel jam. He serves his own rendition of Cartwright's signature dish, lobster fettuccine in a cognac sauce; it's now a lobster and morel linguine with carrots and Calabrian chili. It's all served with elegance on white linen-covered, candlelit tables beneath spotlit exposed beams decked out with artwork, American crafts, and farming tools. At breakfast (which is included if guests book the 'bed and breakfast' rate) there are dishes like lobster eggs Benedict and customized omelets that arrive with a scrumptious side of duck fat potatoes. How was the service? Starting with the formal-but-warm welcome from your car as you arrive to the easy check-in and charming banter as you're ushered to your room, service is superb. Staff come from all over the globe, and have extensive top-level international hospitality experience. What's more, they're genuinely enthusiastic about the experience the property offers, and it shows in details like their familiarity with the menu of champagnes and recommendations about hikes in the area. And the concierge arranges virtually anything your heart desires, whether that's a private bike tour around the beaches of the Kennebunks, a hot air balloon ride, a cooking class, or a private dinner in the restaurant's wine cellar. What type of travelers will you find here? The majority of guests are couples of all ages who, if not actively participating in a courtship ritual are on a romantic getaway. When groups do appear, it's often to celebrate a graduation, or a genteel family reunion. What about the neighborhood? Does the hotel fit in? Set apart from the relative frenzy of downtown Kennebunk and Kennebunkport (come summertime, Dock Square is packed with families on the hunt for ice cream and fried clams, beachgoers, and window shoppers), the Inn sits quietly in its handsome residential neighborhood. If not for a small white sign at the end of the driveway, you may not even know it's here, driving by on your way to the nearby beach. That said, a 15-minute stroll or five-minute bike ride from the inn will put you in the rest of the town's action. Is there anything you'd change? What's most remarkable about The White Barn Inn is the extent to which they seem to have thought of everything. The fresh flowers in the hallways; the complimentary port in the sitting room; the soothing repertoire played nightly by the dining room's piano player; the umbrellas held for guests as they arrive; the cosseting massages in the spa. You walk away from a stay here wondering why all of life can't be this seamless. It's nearly impossible to imagine anything that needs changing. Any other hotel features worth noting? The resort's daily fee of $35 includes not just Wi-Fi, but a continental breakfast, an afternoon tea and snacks, bicycles, and pool access. Bottom line: Worth it? Why? Not only is it worth it, don't be surprised to find yourself eagerly planning your next visit. And between now and then, thinking back to the bliss of your stay, with all of its special touches, exemplary food, and nearly clairvoyant service. © Courtesy White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection

Why did this hotel catch your attention? What's the vibe?
I've stayed at The White Barn Inn at least 13 times in my life, and I'll never forget the first time I drove up. It was 5pm, and my boyfriend and I were staying there, but about to be late for dinner in the dining room at 6pm. We'd called ahead, told them we were rushing, and I needed a few minutes to get ready for dinner in my room. When we arrived, there were three men there: One to take my hand, one to take all the luggage; one to bring my boyfriend to check us in.

What's the backstory?
Not for nothing has White Barn Inn been blessed with just about every hospitality and dining award possible—from the endless applause of regional magazines and AAA five diamond ratings to a spot on Traveler's Gold List. Previously designated as a Relais & Chateaux member, in 2013 it became part of Grace Hotels and then the Auberge Resorts Collection. Meanwhile, since its opening in 1973, it has been a draw for couples seeking enchantment and celebrities seeking discretion. About the latter the seamlessly professional staff stays conclusively mum, but know that there have been plenty here. And they’ve indulged in all of what the decadent property has to offer—the infamously rich lobster fettuccine with cognac coral butter sauce; the 90-minute Himalayan Salt Stone Massage in the spa; the hand-packed picnic baskets made for sunrise (or sunset) beach picnics. All of it.

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Tell us all about the accommodations. Any tips on what to book? There are three levels of lodging: guest rooms, suites, and cottages. In the junior suite, the most impressive of the rooms in which I've stayed, details are genuinely looked after—decadent fabrics on the king bed (and at every turn, from the cushions to window treatments), fresh flowers, a double-sided fireplace, and a spa-like bathroom with a jet-tub for two.

Is there a charge for Wi-Fi?
The resort charges a daily fee of $35 that’s added to the room rate, and it includes Wi-Fi. [See below for what else it includes.] It works very well throughout the property.

Drinking and dining—what are we looking at?
Jonathan Cartwright was the first chef to put the 19th century barn on America's culinary radar screen, and made it into a destination restaurant. He was brought on by the Inn's original owner, and he led the drive to turn Maine ingredients and rustic specialties into exalted dishes. These days that honor falls to Chef Matthew Padilla, who has stepped into Cartwright's shoes and risen to the occasion. At dinner—when jackets are required—that means tasting menus full of over-the-top luxurious creations such as foie gras torchon with strawberries and fennel jam. He serves his own rendition of Cartwright's signature dish, lobster fettuccine in a cognac sauce; it's now a lobster and morel linguine with carrots and Calabrian chili. It's all served with elegance on white linen-covered, candlelit tables beneath spotlit exposed beams decked out with artwork, American crafts, and farming tools. At breakfast (which is included if guests book the 'bed and breakfast' rate) there are dishes like lobster eggs Benedict and customized omelets that arrive with a scrumptious side of duck fat potatoes.

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How was the service? Starting with the formal-but-warm welcome from your car as you arrive to the easy check-in and charming banter as you're ushered to your room, service is superb. Staff come from all over the globe, and have extensive top-level international hospitality experience. What's more, they're genuinely enthusiastic about the experience the property offers, and it shows in details like their familiarity with the menu of champagnes and recommendations about hikes in the area. And the concierge arranges virtually anything your heart desires, whether that's a private bike tour around the beaches of the Kennebunks, a hot air balloon ride, a cooking class, or a private dinner in the restaurant's wine cellar.

What type of travelers will you find here?
The majority of guests are couples of all ages who, if not actively participating in a courtship ritual are on a romantic getaway. When groups do appear, it's often to celebrate a graduation, or a genteel family reunion.

What about the neighborhood? Does the hotel fit in?
Set apart from the relative frenzy of downtown Kennebunk and Kennebunkport (come summertime, Dock Square is packed with families on the hunt for ice cream and fried clams, beachgoers, and window shoppers), the Inn sits quietly in its handsome residential neighborhood. If not for a small white sign at the end of the driveway, you may not even know it's here, driving by on your way to the nearby beach. That said, a 15-minute stroll or five-minute bike ride from the inn will put you in the rest of the town's action.

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Is there anything you'd change?
What's most remarkable about The White Barn Inn is the extent to which they seem to have thought of everything. The fresh flowers in the hallways; the complimentary port in the sitting room; the soothing repertoire played nightly by the dining room's piano player; the umbrellas held for guests as they arrive; the cosseting massages in the spa. You walk away from a stay here wondering why all of life can't be this seamless. It's nearly impossible to imagine anything that needs changing.

Any other hotel features worth noting?
The resort's daily fee of $35 includes not just Wi-Fi, but a continental breakfast, an afternoon tea and snacks, bicycles, and pool access.

Bottom line: Worth it? Why?
Not only is it worth it, don't be surprised to find yourself eagerly planning your next visit. And between now and then, thinking back to the bliss of your stay, with all of its special touches, exemplary food, and nearly clairvoyant service.

White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection—Kennebunk, Maine

Don’t mistake this posh, 27-room Kennebunk hotel as one of those overly-luxurious, “could be anywhere”-type hotels. White Barn Inn does a fabulous job of integrating quintessential Maine experiences into your stay. From traditional lobster bakes led by Executive Chef Matthew Padilla, to local artisan craft fairs, to ice cream churning and s’mores roasting, to coastal cycling tours personally led by the general manager, it’s impossible to check out of this place without at least a dozen new memories under your belt.

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Wheatleigh—Lenox, Massachusetts

Despite the sweeping Berkshires hillsides and verdant New England forests, stepping into the lobby of this stately retreat, you can’t help but feel transported to a grand Italian palazzo or French country chateaux of yore. Before it was a hotel, it was a private 19th-century country home for Manhattan real estate tycoon Henry Cook, and even today it feels less like a hotel and more like a glamorous private estate. No two rooms are alike, and the precisely manicured grounds seem to roll on forever into the distance.

Book Now: From $655 a night at skylark.com

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The Wauwinet—Nantucket, Massachusetts

Whether it’s by boat or by plane, arriving “on island” at this secluded Nantucket resort is as close to a private island retreat as you’ll find this near to Boston. Nestled between two private beaches, the Wauwinet offers tours through the neighboring Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, so you can discover the pristine salt marshes, unspoiled beaches, and Great Point Lighthouse that have long made this quiet part of the island one of the most special places in New England.

Book Now: From $286 a night at skylark.com

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Chatham Bars Inn—Chatham, Massachusetts

Cape Cod lovers, eat your heart out. This hotel could easily rest on the laurels of its exquisitely perfect location on a quarter-mile private beach just a short walk from the action in downtown Chatham, but instead it delivers on every front. Especially noteworthy is the inn's fleet of boats available for charter—whether you feel like zipping down to Nantucket for lunch, or you just want to be ferried over to a secluded stretch of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Book Now: From $224 a night at skylark.com

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Woodstock Inn & Resort—Woodstock, Vermont

Welcome to the choose-your-own-adventure of New England resorts. Scenic Green Mountains with hiking and leaf peeping? Obviously. Falconry? You bet. Tennis, fly fishing, an 18-hole championship golf course, pool, spa, and farm-to-table program? Absolutely. What began as a tavern in 1793 has become one of Vermont’s most enduring, important resorts. Your only issue with getting away is that you might not get to it all in a single visit.

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Tourists Hotel—North Adams, Massachusetts

In an area known for old-school B&B’s and sprawling countryside retreats, Tourists embodies a new wave of energy coursing through the Berkshires. Inspired by mid-century motor lodges, the design is decidedly hip, and there’s even an on-staff “art and adventure coordinator” to help you unlock the best this region has to offer. The location, after all, is perfect. Within spitting distance you’ll find not only numerous streams, waterfalls, and hiking trails (including the Appalachian Trail), but the hotel is a short drive away from world-class contemporary art at Mass MoCA.

Book Now: From $339 a night at touristswelcome.com

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Wayfinder Hotel—Newport, Rhode Island

In a historic resort town where many grande dame hotels can air on the dusty, been-there-done-that side, this new boutique hotel made its splashy debut earlier this year, redefining “Newport getaway” in the process. Aside from its approachable price point, the Wayfinder offers locally sourced bath amenities, poolside yoga, spacious rooms perfect for families or groups of friends, and a host of amenities sure to please a younger, hipper set than you’d typically associate with Newport. Case in point: the bar keeps locally made Newport Craft gin and tonics on tap.

Book Now: From $273 a night at expedia.com

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Ocean House—Westerly, Rhode Island

At this Relais & Chateaux property, the only thing that competes with its fine dining and exceptional service is the panoramic ocean view—most rooms have at least a partial view of the water. When you aren’t busy soaking up some sun on the hotel’s private beach, indulge in a treatment at the 12,000-square-foot OH! spa, or a complimentary cooking class at the Center for Wine and Culinary Arts.

Book Now: From $530 a night at skylark.com

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Miraval Berkshires—Lenox, Massachusetts

The year 2020 threw many hotel openings for a loop, but we are so glad that Miraval Berkshires powered through and opened up as planned, because a wellness-centric haven is exactly what we need right now. Fill up your dance card with guided meditations, Ayurvedic spa treatments, one-on-one wellness counseling, nutritious cooking classes, energy work, water sports, Pilates, and, of course, a signature ropes course that visitors to Miraval’s Tucson and Austin locations will immediately recognize.

Book Now: From $644 a night at miravalberkshires.com

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Inn at Kenmore Hall—Richmond, Massachusetts

If you’ve ever wanted to live inside a J. Crew catalog, this might be your best shot. Owned by the company’s former head of menswear Frank Muytjens and his partner Scott Edward Cole, this historic Berkshires hotel has been lovingly restored—no two rooms are alike—and today it's a serene escape. Yes, obviously, come for the design chops and pastoral retreat vibes, but stay for the hospitality. Having Muytjens pour your coffee and Cole offer you an apple cider doughnut each morning is the real treat.

Book Now: From $425 a night at expedia.com


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