Great New England Getaways for Families

Footbridge at Perkins Cove under blue sky
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New England is jammed with opportunities for families to have fun and memorable getaways. There are wonderful options all year long, from skiing and snow-based vacations in the winter to summer fun to foliage season in the fall.

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    Set on Lake Champlain in Northwest Vermont, the all-inclusive Tyler Place Family Resort offers what's arguably the best children's program in the country. Set on 165 sprawling acres, with adorable cottages and a country inn, many waterfront activities and exceptional kids' programming for many different age groups including babies and toddlers. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.

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    The Omni Mount Washington Resort, a national historic landmark, offers indoor and outdoor pools, golf, tennis, horseback riding, mountain biking, kids camp, family programs such as rock-climbing. In winter, kids can join the ski school at Bretton Woods.

     

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    The Algonquin Indians named it Ogunquit, or “beautiful place by the sea.” A jewel along the southern Maine coast, the pretty village of Ogunquit delights families with a stunning coastal walk, wonderful beach, saltwater taffy, lobstering cruises, and lots of unpretentious family fun.

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    Upper Cape Cod, Massachusetts

    Woods Hole, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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    The most westerly region of Cape Cod—Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee, Falmouth, and Woods Hole—make up the Upper Cape. Life is a bit sleepier here than on the Outer Cape. The beaches are a bit calmer and prices a bit lower, too, which combine to make this an ideal getaway with kids.

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    Smugglers' Notch is a year-round resort with excellent family skiing in the winter and mountain adventure fun in the summer. It offers extensive kids programs, two teen centers, a 5400-square-foot child care center, an indoor FunZone, and dozens of activities for all ages.

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    Set on the rocky midcoast of Maine about an hour's drive from Portland, Sebasco Harbor Resort has been offering authentic Maine getaways since 1930. Today this three-season resort manages to exude that stuck-in-yesteryear feel while offering an array of simple pleasures, from lobster bakes and canoeing to golf and spa treatments.

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    Not quite a vacation rental, but not quite a hotel, Harborview Nantucket is comprised of 11 impeccably designed luxury cottages that frame a green lawn beside a boat-filled harbor cove in Nantucket. The property is a wonderful oasis in this bustling little town, and it would make a super home base for multi-generational gatherings or reunions.

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    Woodstock Inn & Resort

    Tulip garden in front of the Woodstock Inn and Resort
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    For families looking for a relaxing Vermont getaway with a host of family activities, the Woodstock Inn & Resort is an excellent upscale choice. Nestled between the Green Mountains and the Ottauquechee River, the village of Woodstock dates back to 1765 and is chockablock with quaint shops, white-steepled churches, galleries, cafes, and a classic New England village green lined with stately Federal-style homes.

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    The wildly popular Great Wolf Lodge chain of indoor waterpark resorts opened its first New England property in the Boston area in June 2014. At 68,000 square feet, the indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge New England is the largest in Massachusetts.

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    New Hampshire's White Mountains

    Sunrise from overlook on Kancamagus Highway, White Mountains, New Hampshire, USA
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    The White Mountains are a four-season getaway, with a national forest plus fun attractions such as scenic railroads, gorges, Santa's Village, and more.

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    New England Fall Weekend Getaways

    Boardwalk in forest
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    Fall in New England offers great weekend getaways for families, from fall foliage outings and corn mazes to apple-picking and Halloween season.

    Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher