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7 New England Getaway ideas for an unforgettable summer

By August 13, 2020 November 3rd, 2021 No Comments

This summer may be different than what many of us planned, but there is still plenty of summer fun around. We put together a few New England retreat ideas for places reviewed by some of our friends.
Bold note – as states regulations change daily, please check each state website for any requirements information.


1. The Winnetu Oceanside Resort
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Our friend Claire Wiley recently took a family trip to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard. That trip may have converted her from a “Nantucket all the way” to “maybe Martha’s Vineyard is the way to go” person….
She put together a list of what she enjoyed most and how she felt traveling in the new world of ‘vacations.’ Read more about it here.

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2. The Nantucket Hotel and Resort
Nantucket, Massachusetts

Nantucket is a 19th century whaling island most known for its historic cobblestone streets and dune-backed beaches. This charming island has a spirit of its own. Caitlin Houston took her family there in June and shared all the details of her stay in two parts on her blog.
Read part 1 here.
Read part 2 here.

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3. Ocean Edge Resort
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

With its dunes-lined beaches, atmospheric towns filled with shingled cottages, and quaint seafood shacks, it’s no wonder Cape Cod has been capturing the imagination of vacationers for many generations. Whatever you’re looking for—a day trip, a long-weekend visit, or an immersive weeklong holiday—Cape Cod delivers.
Anastasia of Cape Cod Momma, shared her recent stay experience at the Ocean Edge Resort. Find out what makes this resort so special here.

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4. The Ocean House
Watch Hill, RI

Watch Hill and its environs are fully rustic, authentically local, relatively un-gentrified and unpretentious, with just the right dash of elegance. Full of pristine beaches and a food scene full of unique local flavors and options that will more than satisfy discerning foodies, it’s home to one of the nations best hotels: the Ocean House.
Get a look inside the property on Kristy’s blog here.

For an in depth guide on Watch Hill, RI, check out Shoreline’s Illustrated travel guide:
Watch Hill Rhode Island | Travel Guide

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5. Maine and New Hampshire Beaches
Maine and New Hampshire

Whether you’re a local looking for a stay-cation, or are planning a visit to the seacoast of Maine and New Hampshire, Maggie of Seacoast Lately curated a list of lovely boutique hotels and charming inns throughout southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire—from Kennebunkport to Portsmouth.
She also has a list of her favorite seacoast beaches and what makes them sparkle.

Best Maine and New Hampshire beaches


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If you would prefer to stay in the comfort of your own home for now, Shorelines Illustrated has compiled several travel guides that are so detailed, you can almost feel you are there (glass of wine is may be required for imagination assistance).

6. Block Island
Rhode Island

Stepping off the Block Island Ferry is like stepping back in time. From the minute the boat starts pulling into port, it’s easy to see what makes the island an ideal trip to manage in a day. Within one glance, you can see hotels, stores, restaurants and beaches all in a row, making it a very easy place to plan and navigate on foot.

Block Island’s 1800s red-brick Southeast Lighthouse sits atop the dramatic clay cliffs of Mohegan Bluffs, with a rocky beach below. Sandy beaches include popular Crescent Beach, on the east coast. The island’s northern tip features North Lighthouse, built in 1867, and Sachem Pond, home to gulls and swallows. Migratory songbirds visit the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Block Island | Trip Planning Guide

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7. Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard


Patrick Ahearn: A Walking Tour of South Water Street | Edgartown, MV

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