New England’s Most Adorable Bed and Breakfasts
Sprawling resorts may have their larger-than-life perks, but bed and breakfasts have soul—a kind of timeless, intimate appeal that materializes the moment you cross the threshold and feel right at home. Are cozy fireplaces, friendly innkeepers, wraparound porches, and delicious homemade breakfasts on your getaway wish list? These 7 New England B&Bs are worth the detour.
The Inn at Hastings Park, Lexington, MA
Heritage meets contemporary luxe at The Inn at Hastings Park, a thoughtfully restored 19th-century complex 15 miles outside of Boston, right next to the historic Lexington Battle Green. You might describe its look as "American chic"—think original fireplaces and tufted headboards alongside wool blankets, rainfall showers, and vibrant modern colors (from curtains to throw pillows) courtesy of local designers. After a spin through Lexington on one of the inn's rentable bikes, sit down for dinner at celebrated restaurant Artistry on the Green, which highlights inspired local flavors in dishes like roasted chicken with smoked cheddar grits and New England clam chowder.
Twin Farms, Barnard, VT
Don't let the all-inclusive label fool you: stays at Twin Farms are for those who take their B&B experience very seriously. A 300-acre pastoral swath of southeast Vermont is the backdrop for its 1795 farmhouse and 20 outlying cottages, whose themed interiors are done up with chintz chairs, roaring fireplaces, and quaint dining nooks—not that you'll be making much use of them. The real highlight at Twin Farms is its seasonal farm-to-table meals served in the elegant dining room, including their stellar lemon soufflé pancakes filled with fresh Vermont strawberries. Pass the time between sit-downs with a game of croquet or socialize with fellow guests during martini hour.
Cliffside Inn, Newport, RI
This romantic 1876 Victorian mansion, just steps from Newport’s Cliff Walk, is the definition of New England charm. Each of its 13 guest rooms features oriental rugs, fireplaces, and antiques, while common areas (including an atmospheric library) are decorated with oil paintings, fringe lamps, and vases of orchids and hydrangeas. The perennial gardens make for a quiet place to relax during the day or night thanks to a fire pit perfect for warming up post-cocktail hour, which spotlights bottles from the inn's own wine cellar.
Beach House Inn, Kennebunk, ME
The aptly-named Beach House Inn, located directly on Kennebunk Beach, is one of New England’s most idyllic seaside retreats. You can watch the ebb and flow of the Atlantic tides and feel the salty Maine breeze without ever leaving its wraparound porch. Inside, 34 rooms are full of country charm with wrought-iron beds and coastal accents like seashell-encrusted lamps and black-and-white photos of serene beach scenes. Bikes and canoes are also included in the rate for further exploration—just be sure to come back in time for the evening cheese service.
Union Street Inn, Nantucket, MA
Once upon a time, this 18th-century inn was a whaling captain’s house. Today, the shingled boutique channels Provence with its white Frette linens, picture windows, and lush garden that extends out from the shaded patio, where the only full-service hot breakfast on the island is served. Other perks we love: complimentary chairs and umbrellas for the beach, afternoon snacks like homemade white chocolate chip cookies, and the inn's unbeatable location— a mere three minutes' walk from downtown. JS Tip: Request a room with a wood-burning fireplace for added romance.
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Asticou Inn, Mount Desert Island, ME
At 48 rooms, Asticou Inn is larger than your typical B&B, but its eclectic décor (and collection of standalone cottages) maintains a sense of intimacy. Each room offers a different set of amenities, from claw-foot tubs and fireplaces to private balconies, so choose wisely. We love the raised topsider cottages, Asticou's most spacious accommodations, which come with breathtaking floor-to-ceiling views of the water. After breakfast (and a mid-day nap, perhaps?), spend the rest of the afternoon watching boats sail through the harbor from the porch or taking a swim in the heated pool.
Captain David Kelley House, Cape Cod, MA
Staying at Captain David Kelley House feels more like sleeping over at a friend’s house than an inn—and that’s the point. Residential sentiments are meant to make you feel right at home, from the six guest rooms all with four-poster beds and hardwood floors to its sunny screened-in porch with white whicker chairs and manicured lawn made for games of croquet. An indulgent multi-course breakfast, served on the porch, includes homemade delicacies like rum raisin scones.
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