Relaxing New England Weekend Getaway


Apr 26th, 2012, 01:07 PM
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Relaxing New England Weekend Getaway

My husband and I are looking to spend a long weekend, mid-June somewhere in New England. I've been mostly looking at coastal Maine, but am open to other options. The Berkshires and NH are other areas I've considered. We're interested in recommendations for specific towns and also which hotel/B&B/inn/resort people recommend. We'll be driving from Boston, so something within a 3- or 4-hour drive.

It's most important that the accommodations are comfy and relaxing - I'll be six months pregnant, so I'm looking to be pampered a little. We aren't interested in lots of activities... we're content with sitting by the water, short walks, or lounging in the sun. Mainly just a relaxing weekend away where we don't have to do anything. Locations close to town centers would be fine as would more secluded areas (though the more secluded, the nicer the accommodations would need to be).

We'd like to spend less than $300/night.

Thanks so much!
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Apr 27th, 2012, 04:28 AM
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I am going to suggest the Hartstone Inn in Camden, Maine. It is in the town center, a block from the water and has delicious food from the owner-chef, nice rooms, and access to a lot of relaxing stuff (spa days, windjammer sails, museums in Rockland, etc). They have several facilities clustered in the same area, so tell them you need ground floor or one flight up. Nice people who do a good job, though right at the limit of your driving.

The Berkshires are easier to get to, but I don't know the prices of most places because we have stayed with friends or rent houses. Certainly the Big Ones are out of your price range.

Within your price range, I like the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, where I have stayed, but some find it too funky (old part) or too soulless (new part). Where else, though, can you stay in a Norman Rockwell painting? Stockbridge is very low key, Lenox is very upscale, Great Barrington larger and more interesting for shopping. Stockbridge is a good place to stay for touring all three, and there are more historic houses and museums than you can possibly tour.

If you get to Great Barrington, make sure your husband finds the hardware store on the side street leading downhill from the main drag (ask any male). It is one of the great hardware stores in the US, full of the things you would need, for example, to timber frame a barn.
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Apr 27th, 2012, 04:51 AM
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For someone in your "condition", I'd suggest the Watch Hill, RI area. There are nice beaches and also rocky shore areas close by. The drive would be only an hour and a half or so from Boston.

The nicest place to stay is the Ocean House Hotel, it is quite expensive, but certainly worth visiting for a lunch on the porch or patio for a look at what things were like in the golden age
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Apr 27th, 2012, 06:06 AM
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What about Wentworth by the Sea? Easy drive, beautiful hotel, spa.
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Apr 27th, 2012, 06:20 AM
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or someplace like Vanderbilt Grace in Newport RI
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Apr 27th, 2012, 10:03 AM
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Wentworth By the Sea

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Apr 28th, 2012, 02:03 PM
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Thank you all so much! We've got some good leads to work from now.
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