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The East Coast is home to a wealth of rich sensory experiences, a glut of gorgeous scenery, and a vibrant history. From sampling straight-from-the-ocean oysters in Maine to gaping at the show-stopping fall foliage in Vermont to exploring the colonial history of cities like Charleston and Savannah, there’s no shortage of activities for travelers to enjoy in the East. And, of course, the area is positively replete with adorable bed-and-breakfasts, cozy resorts tucked away in the mountains, and enchanting boutique hotels strung along the sea. It’s near-impossible to play favorites when it comes to lodging, but, if we absolutely had to choose, we’d stay at any one of the following hotels in a heartbeat.
Best Overall: Twin Farms
With ecstatic reviews ranging from “The five-star rating doesn’t do this resort justice” to “The level of service will spoil you for every other lodging experience,” it’s safe to say that Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont is everyone’s favorite East Coast hotel. Situated on three hundred sprawling acres of lush greenery, colorful wildflowers, and miles of hiking trails, it doesn’t get more picturesque than this five-star boutique resort.
One of the most beloved hotels in the region (and the entire country), Twin Farms is more of an experience than a place. You can pretty much do whatever you want here: be it fly fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, or simply languishing in the lap of rural luxury. The historic home of author Sinclair Lewis and his journalist wife Dorothy Thompson, Twin Farms also boasts a stellar restaurant, state-of-the-art spa, ice skating rink, tennis courts, and several other elegant on-site amenities. Rooms are expertly decorated with original artwork and curated antiques, and most showcase expansive views of looming Mt. Ascutney. Though luxury doesn’t come cheap at this one-of-a-kind resort, a weekend at Twin Farms is well worth the expense.
Best Boutique: The Wentworth Mansion
The Wentworth Mansion is an award-winning, extraordinary property in Charleston, South Carolina that was recently named a Historic Hotel of America, rendering this an easy pick for Best Boutique. Conveniently located downtown in the Harleston Village neighborhood — within walking distance of several popular bars and restaurants on King Street — The Wentworth is a one-of-a-kind Southern gem whose sophisticated amenities are bound to wow even the most jaded travelers.
The inn houses 21 rooms, all of which are tastefully decorated with Italian crystal chandeliers, Tiffany stained glass windows, and exquisite crown molding. Guests also adore the luxurious linens, lovely aromatherapy bath products, complimentary sherry and brandy tastings, afternoon wine and hors-d’oeuvres, and evening turndown service with homemade chocolates, plus the huge gourmet breakfast that’s served on the porch every morning. In addition to the hotel’s opulent accommodations, The Wentworth’s on-site restaurant, Circa 1886, is one of the most well-regarded fine dining institutions in Charleston. Expect truly excellent service at The Wentworth that exceeds that of most hotels on the East Coast.
Best for Romance: Cliffside Inn
If it’s true romance you’re after, look no further than Newport, Rhode Island's Cliffside Inn. Nestled serenely in the heart of the historic district, right above the shimmering Atlantic Ocean, this charming Victorian manor house was once the home of Beatrice Turner, the famed 20th-century artist. Today, the Cliffside Inn houses 16 plush rooms, elegant common rooms, picturesque gardens, and a giant wraparound porch. Each of the 13 rooms in the main house is outfitted with luxurious King or Queen beds, gas fireplaces, period fixtures, imported linens, whirlpool tubs, and basic amenities such as an LCD TV, iPod sound system, A/C, Wi-Fi, and more. The remaining three suites are spacious and decked out in coastal chic decor.
Couples will love indulging in the inn’s delectable breakfast every morning, wine-tasting in the afternoons — there’s a free wine and hors-d’oeuvres reception every day — and simply relaxing and enjoying the prime ocean views. Romance-minded travelers who want to further enhance their stay can choose from a variety of packages that include in-room couples massages, French champagne, roses, and hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries.
Best for Families: Spruce Point Inn Resort and Spa
Located in the quaint town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, just 10 minutes away from a bustling shopping hub, the Spruce Point Inn is the perfect family-friendly oceanside resort. This resort is loved by many — it’s been voted the #1 resort in Mid-Coast Maine on TripAdvisor and a Top 25 Northeast Resort by Conde Nast. It’s not hard to see why the Spruce Point racks up so many accolades: With its 57-acre waterfront setting, a lengthy list of amenities, and classic seaside rooms, this historic, beautiful property is everything you could ever want in luxury-style family lodging.
Parents can opt to send their kiddos to the Lighthouse Camp, a summertime day camp with activities including nature games, arts and crafts, and swimming lessons. Meanwhile, adults and children alike will love splashing around in the resort’s two outdoor pools (one with saltwater and one with heated freshwater), renting bikes and paddle boards from the front desk, and playing classic arcade games in the sizeable game room. In terms of accommodations, guests have their pick between cozy inn rooms or private cottages.
Best Luxury: Mirbeau Inn & Spa
Travelers craving true luxury would do well to book a stay at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa in upstate New York (the Skaneateles location, to be precise), a chateau-like property dripping with elegance and first-rate amenities. No detail has been spared here, when it comes to curating a five-star experience for guests — the property’s immaculate gardens were inspired by Monet’s classic gardens in Giverny, the 10,00 square-foot Roman-style spa is the most well-known in the region, and the Mirbeau Dining Room serves exquisite, classic French dishes and 24 coveted, unique wines.
Rooms at the Mirbeau boast upscale French-country decor and the utmost in luxury amenities, including cozy fireplaces, silky-soft linens, beds custom-made for the inn, French-style soaking tubs, plush bathrobes and toiletries, and timely turndown service every evening. The hospitality here is wonderful, as you might expect — this is the type of place where every staff member knows you by name and remembers your personal meal preferences. You could explore the Finger Lakes and surrounding countryside during your stay, but be forewarned — it may be hard to peel yourself away from the inn.
Best for Nightlife: Hotel 50 Bowery NYC
Nightlife seekers should opt to stay at Hotel 50 Bowery in the heart of New York City, to get a true taste for Manhattan's twilight vibes and after-hours hangouts. Located on the borough's oldest thoroughfare, Hotel 50 Bowery is steps away from some of the city’s most exciting neighborhoods and coolest restaurants, galleries, and shops. In addition to the hotel’s unbeatable location, the glass-enclosed rooftop deck, with its panoramic views, is worth the room rate alone. Other on-site amenities include free Wi-Fi, a sleek fitness center, in-room dining by Rice & Gold, and valet and concierge service.
Rooms here are equipped with a variety of basic amenities and outright perks, including luxe linens, original artwork, designer bath products, Lefroy Brooks rain showerheads, bathrobes, and fully stocked mini-bars. Be sure to enjoy a nightcap (or pregame before heading out for the evening) at the Crown, the 50 Bowery’s rooftop bar that serves inventive Asian-centric cocktails and tasty small bites.
Best for Business: Westin Copley Place
Business-savvy travelers from all over the world love staying at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. This towering, 36-story hotel is centrally located, with commanding views of the Boston Public Library and the Charles River; it’s also directly connected, via a sky bridge, to Copley Place Mall’s luxury shops, just in case you need to pick up last-minute snazzy business attire from Barney’s or Neiman Marcus. The Hynes Convention Center is right next door, as well, which is another big reason why the Westin Copley Place is such a favorite among business travelers.
Rooms here are huge and decorated in soothing neutral tones, and feature plenty of functional amenities: a mini-fridge, hair dryer, robe, bottled water, coffee maker and tea service, workspace, iron and ironing board, plenty of charging outlets, and a large TV. Get your daily workout in at the Westin WORKOUT Fitness Studio or indulge in a spa treatment at Grettacole Spa and Salon when you're done with work for the day — you earned it.
Best B&B: The Gastonian
It doesn’t get much more quaint or historic than The Gastonian in Savannah, Georgia. Situated just steps away from the city's lush Forsyth Park and several public squares, The Gastonian dates back to 1868 and consists of two stunning Regency Italianate-style mansions. This AAA Four-Diamond B&B has been named a top bed-and-breakfast by virtually every publication imaginable, including Conde Nast Traveler. Boasting an enchanting mix of authentic antiques and charming decor, The Gastonian is well known for its tried-and-true Southern hospitality, personalized services, and top-notch accommodations.
Guests here love all the thoughtful touches that range from free hors-d’oeuvres in the evenings to local wine and desserts served in the parlor. There are 17 rooms and suites available, each with its own unique style and flourishes; ten rooms have either a giant clawfoot tub or jacuzzi tub. Gourmet breakfasts at The Gastonian are legendary (and included in the room rate): Be sure to take your time and linger over the made-from-scratch dishes. For dinner, walk to any number of delightful foodie hotspots that are in the area.
Best Hostel: Hostelling International - Martha's Vineyard
A hostel? On Martha’s Vineyard? Though backpackers and dorm beds might not be the first images that pop into your head when someone mentions the ritzy Vineyard, the island’s Hostelling International is easily the best hostel on the East Coast. Use the money you’ll save by staying here on upscale seafood and souvenir T-shirts; meanwhile, enjoy the hostel’s luxe range of amenities, including a delicious complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, fully-equipped guest kitchen, a wide expanse of lawn with sand volleyball courts and a grill, and nearby hike and bike trails. In addition, there’s a bus stop right out front, which makes getting around the island simple and convenient.
Dorms are outfitted with comfy bunk beds and fresh linens, and common rooms are sunnily decorated and decked out with plenty of couches and chairs. One of the highest-rated hostels on the East Coast, Hostelling International is open every year from May through October only. Budget travelers to the Vineyard would be hard-pressed to find a better deal than this spacious, sparkling clean, and very affordable hostel.
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