One of the best parts about a New England getaway is that there are so many cool options for where to stay. There are the cute little cabins, the unique glamping spots, the adorable B&Bs, and yes, they all have their charms! But if you’re looking for a New England vacation destination where you don’t even have to leave the grounds to find fun things to do, yummy restaurants to eat at, and so many great memory making opportunities, then you’ll want to check out resorts in New England.
Whether you’re traveling to New England with kids, looking for a little luxury, or on the hunt for the best budget options, we’ve got the best resorts in New England here for you!
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Best Family Resorts in New England
Jay Peak Resort, Jay VT
If you’re looking for a New England resort that has fun for the whole family in every season, check out Jay Peak Resort in Vermont! This family-friendly resort offers skiing and snow sports in the cold weather months, and hiking, swimming, biking, golfing, and more in the warm weather months. Indoors you’ll find a soothing spa, a climbing gym, ice skating rink, a movie theater, arcades, and the ultimate family-friendly feature of this resort: the indoor water park! Add in the great variety of onsite dining options and lodgings (most of which are walking distance to the water park!) and it’s hard to find another resort in New England so perfect for families.
Interlaken Inn, Lakeville CT
Family-friendly New England resorts should have a little something for everyone, right? Well, Interlaken Inn in Connecticut most definitely does! This year-round resort is set on 30 gorgeous acres and offers outdoor fun galore, including canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, and more, as well a seasonal heated outdoor pool. Onsite and indoors you’ll find a game room, screening room, massages, and of course, delicious dining options. Interlaken Inn even has pet-friendly room options if you’re looking to bring your furriest family member along, too!
RiverWalk Resort at Loon, Lincoln NH
For a great New England kid-friendly resort, RiverWalk Resort at Loon offers fun for the whole family! Onsite you’ll find a vineyard for Seven Birches Winery, river access, a day spa, two outdoor pools and hot tubs (with mountain views!) and more, and of course, offsite there’s all the fun of Loon Mountain! Add the onsite restaurants in and you’ll find that RiverWalk Resort at Loon has plenty to offer everyone on a New England vacation.
Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Marthas Vineyard MA
Aside from the stunning ocean views of this New England resort, you’ll also find plenty more to recommend Winnetu Oceanside Resort! There’s a kiddie pool area in one of the outdoor heated swimming pools, tennis courts, bike rentals, fantastic onsite dining, spa treatments, gorgeous grounds, kids’ programs, and so many fun family add-ons like S’mores Kits and movie nights. This beautiful oceanside New England resort is perfect for a family vacation!
Waters Edge Resort and Spa, Westport CT
Waters Edge Resort and Spa is, you guessed it, right on the waters edge in Connecticut! In addition to the gorgeous coastal views from the private onsite beach, you’ll also find an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, shopping, full-service spa, and a variety of great restaurants onsite. There are even villas for rent with perfect views of Long Island Sound, if you want to go all out on your New England resort vacation!
Best Luxury Resorts in New England
Woodstock Inn and Resort, Woodstock VT
When rounding up the best resorts in New England, you always must include “Vermont’s Most Beautiful Address!” The Woodstock Inn and Resort is the place to go for luxury in Woodstock VT. Book a visit to the full-service spa, swim a few laps in the outdoor pool, or set up an onsite wine and cheese tasting tour. You can also visit the onsite Activity Center to rent a bike or get extra information for all the fun Woodstock offers. With award-winning onsite restaurants to keep your bellies happy and an onsite gift shop to pick up the perfect Woodstock Inn souvenir, this New England resort will have you smiling throughout your entire stay.
Cliff House, Cape Neddick ME
For the ultimate in luxury resorts in New England, Cliff House is a very, very strong contender! This gorgeous coastal resort offers outdoor pools with ocean views, indoor pools for those bad weather days, a theater, luxury spa, onsite fine dining, and all of the generous touches that a New England resort might offer, like concierge services for local activities like golf, skiing, and so much more! Cliff House Maine is the place to go for extra pampering with spectacular cliffside views, and it’s an excellent romantic New England resort option, too.
Saybrook Point Resort and Marina, Old Saybrook CT
Saybrook Point Resort and Marina offers a taste of coastal luxury with a healthy helping of romance! This New England resort has everything a person might need: indoor and outdoor pools and jacuzzis, a full-service spa, phenomenal dining options, and rooms that are absolutely gorgeous. If you’d like to book the most romantic room of them all, check out the The Lighthouse Suite. This is an incredible choice if you’re looking for romantic resorts in New England!
The Wauwinet, Nantucket MA
Considered one of the most romantic hotels in the USA, The Wauwinet is an excellent New England resort to host your next romantic couples trip. This adults-only resort offers so many great things to do for couples, like access to private beaches, kayaks, paddleboards, and guided activities like oyster tours, but of course, the real draw of The Wauwinet is the stunning scenery and the luxury accommodations… the AAA Five Diamond restaurant, TOPPER’S, doesn’t hurt, either!
Ocean House, Watch Hill RI
When it comes to luxury resorts in New England, Ocean House is one of the most dramatically stunning as you approach! Perched on a hill, this iconic seaside resort in New England offers the best of both worlds: traditional luxury and modern amenities! Rent a beach cabana or luxury lounger to enjoy the private beach, then indulge in a little self-care in the onsite spa. The hotel, the spa, and the restaurant are all Forbes Five Star Rated, making this a triple Five Star Resort, one of only 13 in the entire world! For a taste of New England luxury, Ocean House delivers.
Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham MA
If it’s luxury resorts in Cape Cod you’re after, Chatham Bars Inn is it! This gorgeous Cape Cod resort has some stellar onsite activities, like a zero entry oceanfront heated pool, full-service spa boutique with steam rooms, zen gardens and more, private beach access, fitness center, and more. Relax back on the terrace with your favorite cocktail and enjoy some live music, and if you’re lucky enough to be visiting in the summer, sign up for the private beach clambake experience! Otherwise, there are plenty of other great dining options at this gorgeous resort in Cape Cod.
Castle Hill Inn, Newport RI
With the distinguished Relais & Châteaux distinction, Castle Hill Inn in Newport is a gorgeous luxury vacation destination. With 40 acres of gorgeous historic estate to meander around… and a path that leads to a lighthouse… this gorgeous RI resort has a lot to offer! Private beach access, yacht rental, seasonal yoga classes, and a gorgeous onsite spa are just a few of the luxury amenities found at Castle Hill Inn, and when it comes to onsite dining? You have some great options, including dining al fresco on The Lawn with the scenic Newport harbor views. How lovely!
Best Budget Resorts in New England
Purity Spring Resort, Madison NH
For a lovely lake resort experience in New England, Purity Spring Resort is an amazing budget-friendly resort option! This beautiful lakeside resort offers so much great New Hampshire fun onsite like swimming, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, snowsports, and more. There’s also an indoor pool and hot tub and a variety of lawn games, including an archery range, to keep you and yours entertained during your New England resort vacation. With multiple dining and lodging options, Purity Spring Resort has just about everything you could possibly need to make your stay a win.
Alouette Beach Resort, Old Orchard Beach ME
If you’re looking for the most budget-friendly resorts in New England, definitely check out Alouette Beach Resort in Old Orchard Beach Maine. There’s a variety of different lodging options to choose from, and the onsite indoor heated pool and seasonal outdoor pool will ensure you’ve got a place to swim when the chilly waters of the Maine coast are a bit too much! Plus, there’s onsite dining and beach item rental, so if you do decide to head to OOB to stick your feet in the sand, you’ll have everything you need for a great beach day!
Nantasket Beach Resort, Hull MA
For a great New England resort on a budget, consider booking Nantasket Beach Resort! This South Shore beach resort has all the great amenities you look for in a resort: swimming pool, onsite spa, great dining options, and beautiful views. Rooms are absolutely lovely, with each having its own fireplace and many having their own private balcony with ocean views! It’s just a quick drive from Boston, so if you’re looking for New England resorts near Boston, Nantasket Beach Resort is an excellent option that’s easy (er) on the pocketbook!
Most Unique New England Resorts
Trapp Family Lodge
One of the most popular resorts in New England is also one of the most unique, due to its interesting history. The Trapp Family Lodge is owned by the actual Trapp Family of Sound of Music Fame, so they like to say they have created a “little of Austria… a lot of Vermont.” You’ll find all kinds of fantastic things to do onsite amid the Austrian-inspired architecture, like hiking, biking, disc golf, yoga, tours of the onsite brewery and sugar house, and dining at the onsite restaurants. Its Stowe location means there’s plenty to do and see beyond the property as well, but the thing that really makes a stay at Trapp Family Lodge unique is the family’s inspiring story and how they’ve turned this mountain property in Vermont into a beautiful remembrance of their Austrian roots.
Winvian Farm, Morris CT
Nestled in the peaceful Litchfield Hills region of CT lies a very unique New England resort: Winvian Farms. This beautiful property consists of 113 acres of beautiful scenery and generous amenities like the 40 foot pool and the stunning luxury spa that features a beautiful Meditation Lounge and Reflecting Pool to add to your bliss. Onsite dining is fantastic, but the thing that makes this one of the most unique resorts in New England is that each cottage is uniquely designed with a variety of different themes, including Library, Log Cabin, Golf, Stone, Treehouse, and even a Helicopter cottage with a full restored Coast Guard helicopter as the main interior feature where you can actually enjoy your cocktail in the cockpit! Winvian Farm is a very unique New England resort.
There are so many fantastic resorts in New England, we couldn’t possibly cover them all. These are just a few of the top New England resorts for families, the best luxury resorts in New England, the New England resorts that are easiest on the pocketbook, and some of the most unique resorts in the region, but hopefully something on this list will spark your interest and help you plan your next New England getaway!
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Amy Hartle is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of New England With Love, a comprehensive resource for travel in the New England region. Amy has been exploring New England since 2001. She lived in Vermont for many years and is a graduate of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Amy has been writing about travel for over a decade. On this site, Amy aims to share her love of New England and help you to have the best possible adventures!
Amy has been a full time blogger since 2012, and is also the publisher of Two Drifters, where she writes about couples travel and relationships, as well as Let’s Adventure Baby, a family travel site. When not traveling the world or creating epic blog content, Amy can be found cuddling with her husband, son, and cats, & drinking a maple latte.