The lighthouse on Nantucket, during the winter — Photo courtesy of The Nantucket Hotel and Resort
Summer is not the only season to hit the beach in New England. Stunning any time of year, the New England coastline has many hotels waiting to welcome you with their warm service year-round, all within easy reach from Boston. Cape Cod's Sage Inn at the end of the Cape in Provincetown, The Nantucket Hotel and Resort on Nantucket Island and The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport are year-round favorites for those seeking solace by the sea.
Sage Inn in Provincetown
Escape like the artists to Provincetown, where Sage Inn sits in the heart of it all and welcomes guests year-round, offering guests a variety of on-site culinary events during the off-season. You can settle in and enjoy the extras at Sage Inn, just as much as the town around it.
You'll find Sage Inn to be a well-kept inn that has modest, modern guest rooms with everything you'll need for a comfortable retreat. The on-site restaurant and lounge, as well as the many special nooks meant for gathering, give guests of Sage Inn the opportunity to mingle, making it an ideal spot for a getaway with friends.
Guestroom at Sage Inn — Photo courtesy of Sage Inn
Make your way around Provincetown on foot; check out the art galleries and eclectic shops that call Provincetown home. With water on both sides, you can enjoy the boats along the harbor or take a stroll along the National Seashore before cozying up back at Sage Inn.
The Nantucket Hotel and Resort on Nantucket Island
If the end of Cape Cod is not remote enough, head to Nantucket Island, just off the coast of Massachusetts, and enjoy solitude at the island's Nantucket Hotel and Resort. As the island's only year-round resort, it welcomes guests to warm up and lets them enjoy the peace and quiet that island life has to offer when the locals are the only ones in town.
Inside The Nantucket Hotel and Resort — Photo courtesy of The Nantucket Hotel and Resort
This winter, The Nantucket Hotel and Resort is opening five new cottage guest suites, which offer guests a glamorous and breezy coastal living vibe.
The hotel's exterior reflects classic Nantucket from 1891, while the nautical-themed interiors are chic, with all the modern conveniences today’s travelers expect.
The Nantucket Hotel and Resort is offering a cold weather program that let's you celebrate winter inside. The Art of Cabin Fever program lets guests pick and choose specially tailored massages, mediation classes, yoga and luxurious Marine Mer Sea bath experiences.
While the special amenities on-site include a heated outdoor hot tub, where you can enjoy "Hot Cocktail Hour," and their fondue menu is served by the outdoor fire pits, accompanied by luxurious furry blankets for snuggling. A fully stocked library in each room and a mountain of boardgames help you unplug and connect face to face for true relaxation.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport
The Chanler – perched above the ocean on the famous Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I. – is an hour ride from Boston and an amazing place to stay during the winter months. Enjoy the luxurious feel of the inn, where you can be sure that your every need will be met.
There are a mere 20 guest rooms, so you'll enjoy a quiet stay with very few others to bump into. Each of the uniquely decorated guest rooms comes complete with a working fireplace, ideal for cozying up beside someone you love on a chilly winter's night.
Exterior of Chanler Inn — Photo courtesy of The Chanler at Cliff Walk
When it's time to check out the town of Newport, The Chanler will escort you, with its complimentary transportation in one of their luxury Buicks. During the winter season, The Chanler will make touring the mansions easy, as they'll take you door to door.
When spending time at the inn itself is on your to-do list, find a spot on the lawn by the firepit, which overlooks the Atlantic ocean. Settle here and sip a hot cocoa, roast marshmallows and create a smores mid-winter, while wrapped in blankets. Then, return to your room, where you can soak in a hot, butler-drawn bath.
Check into these seaside New England gems, and enjoy all the charm of these popular beach towns without all the tourists. Check out the the desolate beaches, ideal for photographing; pop into the quiet shops that can offer you a bit more for a little less; and explore the attractions that are far less crowded than they are in season.
Firepit overlooking the Atlantic at Chanler Inn — Photo courtesy of The Chanler at Cliff Walk