New England is a wonderful vacation destination any time of year, with gorgeous foliage in the fall, incomparable skiing in the winter, and beaches and seaside towns to enjoy during the summer. The region also offers a wealth of classic resorts for families, though it can be difficult to choose between oceanfront retreats and mountain escapes. Consider our top picks for your next visit.
Written by Kimberly Liu
Families looking for a near-camping experience with all the luxuries of a five-star resort can head to Hidden Pond in Coastal Maine for a magical experience. Located just outside of popular Kennebunkport, the resort consists of bungalows and cottages set in a scenic wooded area, giving guests the sense of wilderness without total seclusion. At Hidden Pond, there are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy nature, and families particularly enjoy hiking, biking, and playing on nearby Goose Rocks beach. At mealtime, enjoy fresh produce from the onsite organic farm at the "farm-to-fork" restaurant, and in the evening, S'mores by the poolside fire pit.
The Nantucket Hotel
Just an hour's high-speed ferry ride from Hyannis on Cape Cod, the beautiful island of Nantucket awaits traveling families. The Nantucket Hotel & Resort offers everything a family will want or need, including close proximity to both the charming downtown district and family beaches. At the resort, kids enjoy the pool and activities at the children's program, and families appreciate dining on-property at the Breeze Bar and Cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner, either inside or out on the pretty deck. The well-appointed rooms include super-comfy beds with luxurious linens, along with light and airy decor that keeps the beachy feel in your summer vacation.
Omni Mount Washington Resort
New Hampshire's grand Omni Mount Washington Resort majestically overlooks New England's highest mountain, offering breathtaking views, many visible from guestrooms. A wraparound verandah and Grand Hall are perfect places for kids to run around and let off steam, and the indoor and outdoor pools provide additional options for easy entertainment. Attached to the resort is the acclaimed Bretton Woods Ski Area, with one of the largest canopy tours of its kind in North America. Families enjoy the outdoors in all seasons at Mount Washington, with biking, hiking, horseback riding, golfing and more.
Wequasset Resort & Golf Club
Located on the edge of charming Chatham, the Wequasset Resort and Golf Club is a truly elegant resort offering lots of extras for families vacationing on Cape Cod. Activities families can enjoy together include dive-in movies, circus shows at the pool, kids' cooking classes, tennis clinics and swimming lessons. While at the resort, be sure to plan a night out sans kids and dine at the award-winning Twenty-Eight Atlantic restaurant, where you'll be transported with hand-blown glass chandeliers, beautiful sepia-tone photographs of ships and gorgeous views of Pleasant Bay through 8-foot windows.
Conveniently located in Boston's Kenmore Square and just steps from famed Fenway Park and Newbury Street, the Hotel Commonwealth is an all-time family favorite in the city. The kids are treated like royalty with special welcome gifts tuck-ins with milk and cookies and stories. The hotel also offers some of the most spacious and luxurious guestrooms in the area, including a baseball-themed suite! Families enjoy dining at the hip Eastern Standard restaurant, where a children's menu and Kenmore Square's only al fresco dining are offered.
Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club
This Victoria-era mansion perched on a hilltop in Lenox, Massachusetts may not look like a place for families at first glance. But with its welcoming atmosphere and plenty of room for kids to explore the hilly grounds, the Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club is a favorite for families looking for luxury in the Berkshires. At the resort, elegantly decorated guestrooms, suites, cottages and townhouses welcome guests with modern comfort and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Winter is the most popular time to visit the Cranwell, but family activities abound year-round and include swimming, playing tennis and roasting S'mores.
The Beachmere Inn
At the sprawling, oceanfront Beachmere Inn, you'll be conveniently located halfway between Perkins Cove and the center of Ogunquit, Maine, and within walking distance to everything you'll most likely want to do. One of New England's prettiest beaches, Ogunquit Beach -- listed among the 10 Best Beaches for Families in 2015 -- is a place families return to again and again. On-property, families choose from a variety of accommodations, all with kitchenettes, free wireless Internet and complimentary continental breakfast. Games and toys provide entertainment on a rainy day, and guests enjoy walking along Marginal Way, a scenic path by the shore and just steps from the resort.
Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa
The majestic Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa is the perfect destination for all kinds of outdoor family fun in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Kids keep busy at the resort with the free kids' program, the Mountaineering Club, and umpteen family activities like scavenger hunts, nature programs and S'mores by the campfire. Offering a variety of well-appointed guestrooms and suites, the hotel assures families of all sizes will stay comfortably, and everyone will enjoy the luxurious bed linens, free wireless Internet and evening turndown service.
Stowe Mountain Lodge
Offering the closest experience to going out West in the Northeast, Stowe Mountain Lodge stands proudly at the base of Stowe Mountain Ski Resort in Stowe, Vermont. At the Lodge, not only will you enjoy unsurpassed luxury, but you'll also appreciate walkout access to a world-class ski resort and ski school, along with all kinds of outdoor activities in every season. The resort also features a spa and welcomes pets. To top it off, head just a few miles down Stowe Mountain Road to the quaint, historic Stowe Village to explore the family-friendly restaurants, shops and historic sites.
Winnetu Oceanside Resort
Located along the dunes of Martha's Vineyard's South Beach, the Old-World Winnetu Oceanside Resort sits on over 40 acres, and offers a picturesque setting, plenty of options for family accommodations, two outdoor swimming pools, and tons of family activities like tennis, family barbecues and supervised programs. Even better, you'll be a short walk from a beautiful island beach. Families can dine at the property or take the complimentary shuttle to picture-perfect Edgartown for a choice of family-friendly restaurants.
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