Nirvana in New EnglandWords by Stacey Marcus
Calling all couples whose weddings were slated for 2020. Whether you postponed your nuptials, pivoted to an alternate plan or planned a party for two, you are probably in need of a (large) dose of rejuvenation. New England is a great destination to renew your mind and body featuring six states with inviting ideas.
"New England is an amazing getaway for a couple’s weekend to reconnect or a place for newlyweds to escape and spend time together enjoying romantic dinners; daytime excursions and gorgeous scenic drives,” says Chris Jennings, executive director of Destination New England. “Whether you prefer cozy country inns and resorts or luxurious hotels with all the amenities, unwind in New England and fall in love again and again.”
We curated a list of six special places where you can recharge and relax.
Looking to escape to an idyllic country retreat, amble across 50 acres of lush landscaped gardens and woodlands and rest your head on a plump pillow on a four-poster bed? Check out the luxurious Mayflower Inn in Connecticut where you will find 35 unique guest rooms in four charming buildings and a 20,000 square foot world-class spa that was recently reimagined by designer Celerie Kemble. Kemble infused Mayflower’s historic interiors with a floral palette, complex patterns and color, Gustavian antiques and contemporary art. The Mayflower Inn & Spa was transformed into a discrete country retreat, offering guests an elevated experience where modern science meets ancient wisdom in a lavish and lush New England setting. Bespoke spa experiences include sound healing and forest bathing.
Cape Neddick, Maine
Looking out a window at the Cliff House where the crashing waves meet the powder blue sky will soothe your soul. The property is perfectly perched on a cliff on Southern Maine’s craggy coast and features 186 guest rooms and 40 luxury suites. Couples can explore nearby wonders like a walk along Marginal Way in Ogunquit, a cooking class at Stonewall Kitchen or a trip to Kennebunkport. The pièce de résistance is a visit to the 9,000 square foot luxury spa where the couple’s signature suite features a drench experience shower for two guests and a built-in lounge nook with a fireplace. We highly recommend the Couple’s Harmonizing Massage and Healing Sound Retreat.
Easy and Breezy Ocean Oasis
Couples looking to relax in a seaside setting will love the tranquility at Ocean’s Edge in Cape Cod. The resort boasts 337 rooms which are spread across The Mansion and Villas. True luxury can be discovered in a spacious grand suite in the AAA Four-Diamond Mansion with pampering perks like a whirlpool tub, private balcony, gas fireplace and access to a private beach. Take time to enjoy beach yoga, bike rides, oyster bed tours and a round of 18-hole golf. Cap the day off with a beach massage in the couples' suite at The Beach House Spa.
New Castle, New Hampshire
History meets extravagance in this enchanting seaside hotel whose history dates back to 1874 and today features 130 rooms and 31 suites. Whether you stroll along the historic gardens, enjoy a sumptuous seasonal meal at SALT Kitchen & Bar or check out the boats at the marina, you will be soothed by the opulent vibe at Wentworth by the Sea. Be sure to explore the bounty of offerings nearby at Strawberry Banke Museum and Portsmouth’s downtown Market Square. The spa has a myriad of offerings, seasonal specials and indulgent experiences like an Ocean Body Polish that begins with a Himalayan salt scrub and ends with layers of body cream.
Photo shared via @oceanhouseri Instagram // Photography by @chipriegel
Iconic, Aristocratic and Historic
Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Ocean House, a Relais & Châteaux property, is the perfect spot for couples looking for an elevated experience in an iconic spot that pays homage to New England’s golden age of hospitality. Each of the 49 spacious guest rooms and 20 signature suites are gloriously appointed. One can imagine penning a letter with a plumed pen to a royal friend at the desk in the sitting area. You can gaze out at Block Island, enjoy the private beach or take a wine or cooking class at the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts. The 12,000 square foot Oh! Spa features eight treatment rooms and a couple’s suite and is the recipient of the Forbes Five-Star Award. Delight in a Beach Rose Body Wrap or enjoy an indulgent couple’s experience.
Whether you ski, adore nature or just enjoy hanging out amid the mountains, you will feel close to heaven at this stunning resort. The AAA Four-Diamond property boasts 68 guest rooms inspired by the local and natural surroundings and a bevy of activities to enjoy like hiking, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling and biking. It is the 35,000 square foot spa featuring 33 treatment rooms and 120 treatments and services where you find that spark to recharge your batteries. Indulge in their signature Vermont Maple Sugar Body Smoothie. You can even bring your prized pooch who can check out Rover Reiki and a massage session in your hotel room.
Photos courtesy of their respective properties.
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