Best Winter Getaway Inns of New England
Winter weekend getaways are just what the doctor ordered when it’s cold and snowy and you need a dose of indulgence and relaxation. Whether you head to the city for a day filled with sightseeing, or make way to a more rural place to put up your feet, we think the perfect ending to any winter evening is a good meal, roaring fire, cozy bed, and a good night’s sleep with dreams of spring.
Check out some of our picks for the Best Winter Getaway Inns of New England, selected from our 2012 Editors’ Picks for the Best of New England.
Maple Leaf Inn – Barnard, VT
Nancy and Mike Boyle have melded country chic with Woodstock sophistication to perfection at their romantic B&B in a Victorian-style farmhouse. Beat the cold by taking a baking class at nearby King Arthur Flour, then return to warm your toes by the fire. Five of the seven cheerful guestrooms offer wood-burning fireplaces; all come with private baths.
5890 Route 12. 800-516-2753, 802-234-5342. mapleleafinn.com
Stonecroft Inn – Ledyard, CT
Fireplaces fit well in the suites and historic rooms of this 1807 sea captain’s house with renovated post-and-beam barn. Spend the day shopping in Mystic or trying your luck at Foxwoods or Monhegan Sun, then return to soak in one of the Inn’s six rooms featuring Jacuzzi tubs.
515 Pumpkin Hill Road. 800-772-0774; stonecroft.com
Pomegranate Inn – Portland, ME
Innkeeper and cookbook author Dana Moos prepares gourmet breakfasts that are as gorgeous to view as they are delicious to eat. That alone is worth a visit, but a winter stay in Portland offers shopping, dining, museums and galleries downtown, as well as nearby snowshoeing and skating. Return to the Inn to warm up with hot chocolate before bed.
49 Neal St. 800-356-0408, 207-772-1006; pomegranateinn.com
Red Lion Inn – Stockbridge, MA
The world is full of verandas and breezeways and front stoops, but there’s hardly a front porch comparable to that on the old-fashioned Red Lion Inn. To sit and rock at the Red Lion is to understand precisely how Norman Rockwell saw Stockbridge. In winter, the Inn boasts roaring fires, cozy meals from three dining room options, and serves as the ideal spot to hunker down and watch a winter snowstorm.
30 Main St. 413-298-5545; redlioninn.com
Colby Hill Inn – Henniker, NH
Food and wine are the focus here, as recipient of a Wine Spectator award for seven years. Try the “Gourmet Getaway” package (two nights/two breakfasts/three-course dinner for two) and ask for cranberry-caramel-almond pancakes: a recipe that brought the inn to the 2008 finals of the National Pancake Contest. What better way to pass the winter months than with good food and fine wine?
33 The Oaks. 800-531-0330, 603-428-3281; colbyhillinn.com
The Hotel Providence – Providence, RI
This arts-district lodging is steps away from the best boutiques–not to mention the mall. Housed in a restored 1897 building and overlooking Grace Church, this AAA four-diamond boutique hotel is all about the details: graceful arches, bay windows, and unique touches. Spend the day traipsing about the city, then return to the hotel for a stylish night of sleep.
139 Mathewson St. 401-861-8000; hotelprovidence.com