Whether the appeal is escaping the fast pace of city life or basking in autumn foliage, the best New England resorts entice travelers from near and far with the promise of a bucolic getaway. The hotels that readers voted onto this year’s list are, by and large, intimate retreats that make the most of charming towns and surroundings. Some of these resorts welcome just a dozen or so guests at a time, making a reservation that much more exclusive.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels (including safari lodges) were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city hotel, resort, or safari lodge based on their locations and amenities.
Readers found the allure of Massachusetts especially strong, with six spots on this year’s list going to resorts in the state. Three of them can be found on Nantucket. The newest spot on the island to grab readers’ attention: Faraway Nantucket (No. 5), which opened in June 2021. Voters touted the 62-room property’s central location in town, as well as its eclectic aesthetic, which evokes the home of a quirky world traveler.
Vermont also proved popular with voters. Perennial WBA favorite Twin Farms (No. 2), in Barnard, impressed with its expansive grounds. “What a special place with absolutely everything to get off the grid and enjoy life,” wrote one guest. And in Lower Waterford, Rabbit Hill Inn (No. 4) offered a cozy respite for a number of readers, who also appreciated the thoughtful hospitality of the bed-and-breakfast’s owners. “Our hosts were welcoming, providing helpful suggestions and recommendations,” shared one person. “And they exceeded our expectations when fulfilling our requests.”
The property that stands apart from all the others is the Pickering House Inn. Find out why readers voted the Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, hotel as No. 1 among the best resorts in New England for the second year in a row.
1. Pickering House Inn, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
“This inn is truly like no other,” gushed one reader of this charming property, which also earned the No. 1 ranking among the best resorts in the United States. “It surpasses all expectations, and the food is incredible.” The hotel has just 10 rooms, so everyone who stays there gets special care. From the inn, it’s just a short walk to the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. A marina and boat ramp at the end of the street make this the perfect launch site for a day on the water. Come fall and winter, there’s still plenty to do, including cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, ice fishing, and tours or tastings at Tamworth Distilling.
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2. Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
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3. Chatham Inn, Chatham, Massachusetts
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4. Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont
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5. Faraway Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts
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6. (tie) The Nantucket Hotel & Resort, Nantucket, Massachusetts
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6. (tie) Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Edgartown, Massachusetts
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7. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, Harwich, Massachusetts
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8. The Wauwinet, Nantucket, Massachusetts
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9. The Claremont Hotel, Southwest Harbor, Maine
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