When temperatures dip below freezing, vacationers flock to tropical locations in search of sun, sand and relaxation. This winter, instead of a warm weather vacation, how about embracing the beauty of New England with a snow-covered stay-cation?!
Not only are the following New England cities tranquil and beautiful this time of year, they often offer extreme discounts on off-season accomodations!
Kennebunkport is known for its quaint, old-New-England-village feel, adorable local shops and fresh, flavorful dining options. With three miles of pristine beach, the hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts are scenic and relaxing.
Want to get away, but hate to leave your pooch behind? Kennebunkport's Captain Jefferds Inn welcomes furry friends and is just steps to the beach! The picturesque Boathouse Waterfront Hotel and the Seaside Inn are also open throughout the winter with off-season bargains for those willing to brave the chill.
While the majority of Cape Cod empties out in the colder months, Falmouth stays true to its summer roots with excellent dining options and several oceanside resorts open year-round - many offering deep discounts.
At the Sea Crest Beach Hotel, room rates plummet to 50% or more below their summer rates. The Inn on the Sound - located mere steps from Falmouth Heights Beach - offers oceanview rooms and a roaring fire in the lobby.
Stonington Borough features cozy coffee houses, shops and restaurants open all year long. The Inn at Stonington is perfect for staying in - with in-room gas fireplaces and soaking tubs — or going out - with scenic Petite duBois Beach right outside and fabulous seafood restaurants just a short walk along the sand.
Don't forget to pick up some coveted flash-frozen Bomster scallops from Stonington Seafood Harvesters for a taste of summer in the dead of winter!
Glide hand-in-hand at the Newport Skating Center, stroll the scenic Cliff Walk overlooking Newport's Gilded age mansions, visit the Audrain Automobile Museum, or swing by the Newport Vineyards’ Saturday farmers’ market.
Sound relaxing? Add in a butler-drawn aromatherapy bath at the Chanler or experience an authentic afternoon tea at the Castle Hill Inn to fully de-stress! Looking for a February getaway? The Newport Winter Festival offers 10 days of fun to brighten a bleak month.
Boston's north shore can be rather harsh during the winter months, but for weather fanatics, Gloucester is the place to be! Blue Shutters Beachside Inn offers prime views of Good Harbor Beach, making it a hotspot for storm chasers who add their names to a wait list in order to get a front-row seat to the next Atlantic Nor-easter!
Even if storms aren't your thing, you can't beat the incredible views and fresh seafood!
H/T to NewEngland.com