New England Hotel Guide

Upscale New England hotels in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

New England has, seemingly, an infinite number of great hotels. For those looking at upscale hotels, we recommend reading some of the descriptions below. Whether it's by the sea of in the mountains, you can find the finest upscale hotels in the region, read descriptions, check availability and make online reservations.

 Upscale Connecticut hotels

Mystic/ eastern south coast region

Inn at Mystic A small hillside Resort Inn with five different buildings some overlooking Mystic Harbor and Long Island Sound offering luxurious accommodations. Each building has a different ambience. From our 100 year old Colonial Revival building done out in period furnishing,dramatic views of Mystic Harbor and formal gardens. The Gate House is an English style cottage overlooking the orchard and the honeymoon cottage of Humphry Bogart and Lauren Bocall 60 years ago. The East Wing a more modern version of the Mansion accommodations some with balconies, fire places and or whirlpools. As well as large family rooms available, walking trail, Kayaks, Canoes, heated pool, putting greens, tennis, gracious gardens and orchard. Full service restaurant on premises. Wedding and conference facilities. Children stay free in the same room as adults ages twelve and under, breakfast included with room rate. More...

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa Luxurious four-diamond Inn and Spa on the Long Island Sound and Connecticut River. Full service spa and four-diamond restaurant specializing in Regional American Cuisine. Spacious and beautifully appointed guest rooms many with sweeping water views. Indoor and outdoor heated pools and spa. Fitness classes daily plus 125-slip marina on-site. Close to casinos, outlet shopping, antiquing, theater and much more. Wonderful spot to enjoy classic New England. More...



The Delamar Greenwich Harbour, Greenwich, Conn. The DELAMAR is Connecticut s first and only independent waterfront luxury hotel. It has a location of incredible natural beauty and unsurpassed convenience: it is on Greenwich harbor, steps away from the shopping mecca of Greenwich Avenue, minutes from the Metro-North train station and next to exit 3 off I-95. The hotel is located 35 minutes from midtown Manhattan, 10 minutes from downtown Stamford, and is easily accessible from the areas Airports: 20 minutes from Westchester s White Plains Airport, 45 minutes from La Guardia, and 60 minutes from JFK Airport.More...


New Haven

Omni New Haven Hotel, New Haven, Conn. Nestled in the heart of downtown New Haven, The Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale basks in a city which combines New England appeal with contemporary culture. Just two blocks from Yale University and across from the New Haven Green, the hotel is within walking distance to a fine selection of museums, shops, quaint boutiques and restaurants. The gateway between New York and Boston, the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale has been rated the best hotel in New Haven five years in a row. Connecticut magazine has voted Galileo's the best restaurant. The staff is well-versed in the selection of special amenities for VIP guests and would be happy to make customized arrangements prior to arrival. More...


Upscale Maine hotels

Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Maine The Bar Harbor Inn is one of Bar Harbor's premier oceanfront locations, with great in-town convenience. Rated superior first class by Official Hotel Guide. Over 1,000 ft. of oceanfront, Eight acres of lush lawns/gardens, three beautiful and distinct buildings, embraced by a serene half mile shore path. Elegant rooms and suites King/Queen Beds premium bedding. Most rooms have waterfront balconies. Superior hotel amenities from complimentary deluxe Continental breakfast, luxury robes and wireless Internet, to homemade cookies on arrival. Fine dining in the reading room restaurant casual dining on Terrace Grille -- both with delicious cuisine, attentive service, breathtaking ocean views. More...

Pier One Vacation Rentals
Pier One units are rented Saturday to Saturday. Call the owners for shorter stays. 3 night minimum available occasionally. Five lovely vacation rentals are fully equipped, guest units with decks and include a 2-bedroom, a one-bedroom apartment suite, a separate charming seaside cottage, a bright and sunny studio with efficiency kitchen and a large studio with separate kitchen 2 decks and gas fireplace. Manicured grounds and private sundecks, for each accommodation, on a sheltered cove provide a unique Maine coast setting all topped off with breathtaking views of Southwest Harbor, a 150-foot dock, sunsets beyond compare and the mountains of Acadia National Park. First built as a boathouse in the 1850's on Clark Point in Southwest Harbor, the original shingle style house maintains its 19th century charm and warm and welcoming Downeast Maine appearance. The property has been lovingly transformed over the past century into a beautifully landscaped private vacation rental compound that welcomes singles, couples, families, kids and, sometimes, even pets. This is also a wonderful compound for a family reunion. Dock and launch your canoe, kayak or small boat right outside your door. Located near the center of town, these beautiful accommodations are within walking distance of wonderful restaurants, shopping, marinas, and lobster wharves. Southwest Harbor is renowned as a quiet seaside village, with friendly folks and breathtaking landscape, a perfect spot for bird watchers. This picturesque town is also well known for its custom built sailing yachts. Come stay with us and watch your dream become a reality while The Hinckley Company, Wilbur Yachts or Morris Yachts builds a sail boat to your exact specifications. Stay one week, stay a month or even the entire season. Pier One is the perfect Bar Harbor vacation rental for your next retreat. More...


Boothbay Harbor/Mid-Coast Maine

Spruce Point Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine The Spruce Point Inn Resort And Spa overlooking Boothbay Harbor, Maine, allows guests to relax while viewing the sailboats passing ancient lighthouses, lobstermen fetching their traps, ocean water splashing against coastlines and foghorns sounding far off in the distance. More...



The Breakwater Inn and Hotel, Kennebunkport, Maine The Breakwater Inn and Hotel is a stylish and comfortable Inn and Hotel directly on the water with a private pebble beach and spectacular views from the award winning seafood restaurant. More...



Portland Regency Hotel, Portland, Maine The Portland Regency Hotel offers 95 rooms with an elegant and traditional decor. It is a completely nonsmoking hotel. More...


Upscale Massachusetts hotels

Berkshire Mountains

Canyon Ranch Berkshires, Lenox, Mass. At Canyon Ranch, you'll enjoy much more than a great vacation. You can relax and have fun while you embrace all the opportunities or simply take pleasure in focusing on your well-being. Take away an enhanced sense of self. Change your perspective, or change your entire life. After all, it's the possibilities you choose that make all the difference. Canyon Ranch sits on stunning grounds, where a rich tradition of healing, recreation and healthy living thrives. Guests enjoy a full array of indoor and outdoor fitness activities and classes, hiking and biking programs, luxurious spa and beauty services, nutritious gourmet dining, private consultations and workshops with medical and wellness experts.k. More...

Wheatleigh, Lenox, Mass. Wheatleigh is the perfect marriage of the grandeur of a 16th century Florentine palazzo with the elegance and comfort of the 21st century. Set on 22 acres overlooking the Berkshire mountains and lake, Wheatleigh is two and a half hours by car from New York and Boston, with easy access by private plane. Built in 1893, Wheatleigh has just completed a four-year, multi-million dollar renovation to create the most unique luxurious small hotel in the world. The 19 suites, guest rooms and baths set a new standard of style and sophistication, exquisitely combining antique and custom furnishings with original museum-quality contemporary art. More...



Marriott Boston Long Wharf The Boston Marriott Long Wharf offers a central and premier location for both business and leisure travelers. Situated on downtown Boston's historic waterfront, we are adjacent to the New England Aquarium and one block from Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and the financial district. The blue line State/Aquarium stop on the Boston subway system is three blocks from the hotel providing service throughout the metropolitan area including Logan International Airport just two stops away. More...

The Ritz Carlton Boston Common The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common displays an exciting sense of innovation and reflects the modern-day core of New England's most forward looking city. Although it overlooks the oldest public park in the United States, Boston Common, this premier destination is the height of contemporary elegance. The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common welcomes guests with a lively sense of New England hospitality. More...



Charles Hotel, Cambridge, Mass. (Harvard Square) Five miles from Logan International Airport, the Charles Hotel is a stylish New England retreat just off the Charles River with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of Harvard Square. More...



Concord's Colonial Inn and Extended Stay Suites The Colonial Inns attentive and friendly service combined in an authentic New England landscape, excellent cuisine and professional expertise, all makes for a perfect location for your next stay in the Boston/ Concord area. Wireless Internet access is up and running at Concords 1716 Colonial Inn, providing the most up to date technology for Internet connection. We understand the needs of todays traveler for quick and easy computer connections for e-mail, corporate web sites, professional information sources and news, along with entertainment features to enjoy. Our central location on historic Monument Square will allow your attendees to combine business with pleasure. After a day of productive meetings, your attendees can take advantage of the many sites of downtown Concord, all within walking distance of the Inn. There is evening entertainment in our lounges and the coffee makers in each room will get guests perking the next morning. In addition to our restaurants there is outside porch dining. From May through October a variety of boats can be rented, some with luncheon and dinner cruises, at the South Bridge Boathouse in Concord. Through the centuries Concords 1716 Colonial Inn stands as an enduring landmark of gracious hospitality with guests able to enjoy the atmosphere and ambiance of a country inn, close to major historic attractions, downtown shopping, 20 minutes from Boston, and transportation to and from nearby Hanscom Airfield. More...


Hyannis, Cape Cod

Cape Codder Resort and Spa The Cape Codder Resort and Spa is pleased to offer the latest concepts in resort comfort. You*ll enjoy higher standards of luxury throughout our 261 guest rooms and suites. All rooms feature direct-dial telephones, voice mail, modem capabilities, in-room movies and individual climate control. Many rooms offer patios or balconies overlooking our beautifully landscaped courtyard. In-Room Amenities Wave Pool Fitness Center Kids Activities Program Restaurants Room Service Entertainment Spa Playground and Sports Landscaped Courtyard.. More...



Emerson Inn by the Sea Where 19th century charm meets 21st century amenities and comfort...The Emerson Inn by the Sea is a classic, New England, turn-of-the-century hotel located on the ocean at Pigeon Cove. We offer 36 smoke-free guest rooms, many with magnificent ocean vistas, and an ocean view cottage that are graciously appointed with period furnishings, private baths, cable television, telephones, internet access and individually controlled heat and air conditioning.More...


Upscale New Hampshire hotels


Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside, Portsmouth, N.H. From its vantage point on the Piscataqua River, the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel looks out over Maine's coast and ships arriving from around the world. Located just one hour north of Boston and south of Portland, Maine, the hotel offers a scenic and convenient setting for every type of visit. Situated in the heart of the downtown historic waterfront district, we are the ideal location for exploring the area's historic homes and sites, boutique and gallery shopping, fine dining, and live entertainment. Harbor and whale-watching cruises depart from the dock directly across from the hotel. Our warm and friendly staff will welcome you into the grand lobby, with its sweeping views of Portsmouth Harbor. The hotel's sunny and spacious guest rooms and suites are a welcome retreat after a day's adventure. More...


White Mountain National Forest/North Conway/Mt. Washington

Adventure Suites, North Conway, N.H. Each Adventure Suite is unique and architecturally designed to create fun and excitement for couples and families. All of our suites include a private jacuzzi for 2 (or more), free unlimited movies (DVD & VHS) fresh popcorn, and wireless Internet access. Our game room features a pool table, foosball, public access internet computer, grand fireplace and continental breakfast. Our back yard boasts some of the best views in the Valley and offers swings, hammocks and an outdoor fire pit. Your adventure awaits! 1. Roman Spa Room two-person jacuzzi with side jets, bottom bubblers and underwater lights off-set by Roman pillars. Enjoy, in roman style, the round bed, 50 inch HDTV, black leather reclining love couch, oversized bathroom, refrigerator, CD Stereo, DVD and VCR. The wide angle windows boast an outstanding view of the nearby ledges, Moat Mountains and Mt. Washington. 2. Log Cabin two person jacuzzi, gas log fireplace, cd stereo, radiant heating, wooden sculptures and local art. 3. The Cave two-story waterfall shower, bats & panthers, dinosaur bones, tunnel, cavern, den and more. DVD player, 3 TV's with 3 VCR's 2 person hot tub gas fireplace master bedroom with a tunnel on one side leading to a Den with stereo speakers and leather seating main bedroom accesses the 4 foot high cavern. Up to 6 small kids can sleep comfortably in the Cavern with a 13 inch TV with VCR and PS1. 4. Victorian Suite The Grand Victorian mahogany fireplace (thermostatically controlled gas) and chippendale oversized King mahogany 4 post bed were imported from England. This suite is rife with mahogany: floors, stained glass windows, wainscoating and custom woodworking. Enjoy two person hot tub facing the mountains with side jets, bottom bubblers and underwater light, while looking through an antique, hand-cut stained glass window. 5.Tree House has a Disney feel with an outdoor setting. Swing in your back yard and take the climbing wall or stairs up to your tree house bedroom two person jacuzzi is sitting on the porch. 6. Jungle (375) gallon sunken jacuzzi spa surrounded by oak pillars, tinted mirrors and little white lights. bedroom with a Round platform bed, TV, VCR, DVD, CD Stereo7.Penthouse This suite is pure luxury from the granite floors and countertops to the New York chandeliers 8. Love Shack This funky room brings you back to the seventies. It features a queen size canopy waterbed with a mirrored ceiling, a two-person heart shaped jacuzzi 9. Show Time This state-of-the-art suite features a 10 foot projection screen which displays cable, DVD and VHS movies. Incredible surround-sound system, theater style seating with comfortable leather furniture, elevated bathroom with view of the screen from the jacuzzi commercial popcorn machine (we supply the popcorn), wet bar 10. Champagne large two person merlot jacuzzi king size sleigh bed electric fireplace 11. Motorcycle Madness diamond plate suite features our biggest hot tub: a 7-person hot tub with 50 jets and remote-controlled skylight! motorcycle garage (5 1/2' x 15') that fits up to 2 bikes 12. Dragons Lair two person gray marble jacuzzi 34" flat screen TV with VCR and DVD players electric fireplace 13. Sugar Shack heart shaped 2 person jacuzzi Big screen 52" TV 14. Love Nest heart-shaped bed with a canopy ceiling and rope-light showheart shaped jacuzzi ceiling mounted hammock 15. Bed and Breakfast two person jacuzzi. More...


Upscale Rhode Island hotels


The Hotel Providence, Providence, R.I. The Hotel Providence in downtown Providence, Rhode Island offers an ideal location in the heart of Providence's Arts and Entertainment District. From Providence's vibrant theaters and shopping district, to its world-class educational institutions and bustling convention center, The Hotel Providence puts all the excitement of the city within short walking distances. Lovingly restored to preserve its turn-of-the-century flavor, The Hotel Providence is set within one of the most architecturally significant neighborhoods, the entire area designated on the National Register of Historic places. More...


Newport, R.I.

Newport Harbor Hotel And Marina Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina is situated in the best location in Newport, downtown and on the harbor. 133 deluxe guest rooms offer guests breathtaking views of either Newport Harbor or historic Queen Anne Square. More...


Upscale Vermont hotels

Burlington and vicinity

Courtyard by Marriott Burlington Harbor The Courtyard Burlington Harbor is located in downtown Burlington just steps away from Burlington Town Center, Church Street Marketplace and Lake Champlain. More...


Mount Snow/Brattleboro/Wilmington

Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort, West Dover, Vt. Full service resort hotel with 198 rooms & suites situated slope side on Mount Snow. On-site restaurant, pub, convenience store, retail outlet ,full service spa and health club. Bell/valet service. 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space with full service catering. Alpine skiing outside your door in winter,mountain biking & hiking in summer. Golf and golf school available during the summer months. More...



Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Vt. 2400 acre mountain resort in the European tradition by the family that inspired The Sound of Music. Accommodations with Austrian decor and spectacular mountain views. European-style cuisine and New England specialties in 3 restaurants with nightly entertainment. Year-round recreational activities including hiking, biking, garden tours, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fitness center with indoor pool, 2 outdoor pools, & tennis. 5 minutes from downhill skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort. Afternoon tea, family sing-a longs, garden/floral workshops, Mountain Kids Club, horse drawn sleigh/carriage rides and more. Special packages available year-round.More...



Woodstock Inn and Resort The Woodstock Inn and Resort is located on the Village Green. Named one of America's ten most picturesque villages by National Geographic Magazine. The rooms and suites, 23 with fireplaces, feature modern amenities that provide a warm and comfortable setting. The elegant 4 diamond awarded dining room offers continental reservations required and New England cuisine with wines from our award-winning wine cellar. The Eagle Cafe provides casual country dining. Recreational facilities include an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf course, a health and fitness center located 1.5 miles from the inn with outdoor and indoor tennis, croquet, racquetball, squash, fitness rooms, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, and lap pool. Close by are the Woodstock Ski Touring Center and the Suicide Six downhill ski area. More...

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New England vacation ideas

Visit the Quiet Corner of Connecticut for your perfect romantic getaway

by Eric H., lifelong New Englander

With little population, isolated towns with big town commons and beautiful old homes, and few stores, it may be difficult initially getting used to the northeastern Connecticut's Quiet Corner. As you start to relax and unwind, however, you start to put things in perspective: this is the way New England used to look before rampant commercialism took over our farms and open land.

The purity of this special area will leave you with nothing to concentrate on except the rural scenes and ultimately, yourselves. Northeast Connecticut's Quiet Corner is a wonderful place to reconnect with each other, the big sky, farmland with gentle rolling hills, rivers and lakes. It's a great place to pick apples in the fall, cross country ski in the winter, take in the sweet smell of flowers and fresh air in the spring and lake swimming in the summer.

While the Quiet Corner is indeed quiet, it's not quite a mainland Gilligan's Island. The area has some excellent hotels and inns, restaurants and locals farm stands, arts and crafts shops, book stores and a few gift shops along the way. Putnam, a small town that serves as the commercial hub of the Quiet Corner, has one of the highest concentrations of antique shops in New England.

One of our favorite activities is to take a country drive along Route 169 from Woodstock to Canterbury, CT, featuring over 200 pre-1855 homes along with farms, historic churches and classic Connecticut village green centers. The gentle rolling hills and historic landmarks of this classic New England byway make Route 169 one of the most beautiful rural drives in New England.

For lodging, we love the 1816 Inn at Woodstock Hill in Woodstock, CT,featuring 22 old-world rooms within one of the most beautiful Federal/Georgian style mansions you'll ever find. It is quite simply, our favorite, "quaint" place to stay in New England. Read our review here.

Our top dining choice is the Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, a casual dining spot located in a restored 1840s farmhouse. It's great for breakfast, lunch and dinner with freshly-made choice, and the option to dine outside adjacent to a classic New England town common in the warmer weather. The quaint farmhouse with dim lighting at night is the perfect place for conversation. The Vanilla Bean Cafe also offers top-of-the-line folk music performances at night that has included Lori McKenna and Garnet Rogers. The cozy post-and-beam atmosphere makes us want to say "We'll be back tomorrow! (we live 60 miles away)!"

One of our faithful readers reports a great place to have ice cream in the Quiet Corner. It's called We-Li-Kit Farm (728 Hampton Rd. , Route 97), Abington, CT. Our reader says the ice cream "can't get fresher than this, they make the ice cream from their own cows. The ice cream is excellent. They make home-make waffle cones right in front of you. The atmosphere is delightful... outdoor dairy farm."

Another great discovery is Stoggy Hollow in Woodstock Valley, CT (492 Eastford Rd.(Rt.198), Woodstock Valley, Ct. 06282. Tel. 860-974-2889). Tiny Woodstock Valley may be the epicenter of northeast Connecticut's "Quiet Corner," a place that makes "Green Acres" look like Times Square. Pies, cakes and other delicious baked goods occupy the charming country store side of this ancient 1836 wooden building while hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner selections fulfill the biggest appetites on the restaurant side. The pulled pork is particularly good, but you can't go wrong with the fresh oversized sandwiches and great pancakes. What puts Stoggy Hollow over the edge on the quality restaurant meter is the life that it brings to the community in the most traditional sense -- a place where people congregate to converse, buy the Sunday paper, and enjoy the homemade foods. Stoggy Hollow may be hard to find, but ultimately hard to beat when it comes down to good old country cooking, located in the proverbial "middle of nowhere."

Rural shopping doesn't get much better than the Christmas Barn (Route 169 Woodtsock). Twelve rustic rooms with "lots of great stuff." There's candles, linens, books, toys. cards, candies, and loads of Christmas-themed items. The ancient barn held up by beams houses virtually thousands of items -- with at least one that you're sure to buy. Like everything else in the area, the Christmas Barn is within full view of farm animals and some lovely countryside. Whispering Hill Farm (Rt. 169 (860) 960-0162), a rug hooking supplier in Woodstock, is located on a country hill with nice country views. This inviting farmhouse offers wool, rug hooks, patterns, books, fabric backings, frames and cutters in yet another relaxing rural, Quiet Corner setting.

The Quiet Corner of Connecticut has everything a vacationer could ever ask for without being overwhelming. Whether it's scenery, stores, dining or lodging, it's all here -- except it's easier to find the open land than the commercial businesses. It's quite the opposite of a typical vacation, but ultimately more rewarding...and relaxing.

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