New England transforms into a winter wonderland like no other when the first snowflakes fall. Grab your warmest scarf and coziest mittens to embark on a journey of enchanting getaways in New England.
Water Hill, Rhode Island
The Ocean House, originally built in 1868, is still known for its stunning private beach, Victorian architecture, and blast into the elegance of the past. The popular Water Hill destination offers a range of amenities ― fine dining, an indoor pool, spa and bar ― and is 5-star rated by Forbes Travel Guide. While the Ocean House is traditionally billed as a coastal summer retreat, it also transforms into a captivating winter wonderland. The charming house is now offering the Winter in Watch Hill package: upon arrival you will receive a glass of sparkling wine and a completely personalized stay to soak in the great hospitality and all the facilities have to offer. What screams Happy Holidays like the experience of luxury goods, surprises and grand opulence? Plus, you’ll receive a collector’s holiday ornament and complimentary valet parking! This offer lasts through Mar 1, 2024.
Home of tantalizing lobster, frosted-kissed pine trees and coastline that transforms into a serene masterpiece in white, the state of Maine is a New England treasure during the winter season. The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport offers a place of serenity and relaxation with fresh flowers, plush robes, flat-screen plasma televisions and Prima Fleur toiletries. The Auberge Resort is hosting various winter events throughout the coming months, including an exclusive fine-dining experience led by Executive Chef Mathew Woolf, for a series of festive Prelude Dinners. Soak up coastal luxury, winter style with friends and family with different events, November through January.
Ever wanted to feel like you had your own private estate? Look no further than Vermont’s rustic countryside atmosphere to Twin Farms, winner of Forbes Hotel of the Year in 2020. Despite the 20 rooms and cottages the destination has to offer, the secluded town of Barnard, in Southern Vermont, is home to deeply enchanting farmland and forests that beckon you and your guests with plenty of space. Winter adventures in the snowy canvas await with 300 acres of woods, a 9-acre pond, meadows, and mountains ready for ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The unique country getaway is a part of the Relais & Châteaux group, which owns 580 properties worldwide known for their cuisine and hospitality.
A slice of Italy can be found in the picturesque snowy Berkshire mountains at the Italianate mansion Wheatleigh. The elegance of the property begins at the grand entrance, with timeless architectural elements of columns and arches welcoming you into your winter fairy tale. But it doesn’t stop there. The refinement translates directly into the exquisite dining experience, spearheaded by James Beard Award winner Chef RJ Cooper. Wheatleigh offers two distinct dining experiences (Sage & Sparrow, Hawthorne) that are rooted in elevating classic comfort food with fresh seasonal ingredients. So while a snowy tundra is brewing outside, enjoy the comforts of both food and luxury in the quaint town of Lenox, Massachusetts.
Another member of the Auberge Resort group, the Mayflower Inn & Spa brings great pride and joy to the West Connecticut area with the timeless sophistication of a New England country home. This winter hotspot takes the wonders of the outdoors and the gorgeous blankets of snow very seriously. THE WELL, the inn’s innovative holistic health and wellness program, hosts a Jingle Bell Hike. This hike is designed to have participants “breathe in the crisp New England air” while getting their daily intake of Christmas tunes. This hike is offered Saturday, Dec. 23 from 9-10 am EST.