The Manchester Business Association,** representing Manchester, Veermont, one of the most beautiful New England places, has cooked up a grand idea for a President’s Day (or week) tour of this historic place: a presidential-themed tour of its great homes, bookstores, and restaurants.
Love and romance can include promises. Why not promise yourself a romantic weekend this coming spring at Blantyne in Lenox, MA? It’s the newest property of the Ocean House Management Collection, which now includes Ocean House (Forbes Triple Five Stars) in Watch Hill, RI, and Weekapaug Inn (Forbes Four Stars) in Westerly, RI.
North Conway is the number-one ski town in North America, and non-skiers can days of outdoor fun here, too. Below are some excellent ideas, stacked from soft-adventure to hard-body caliber.
#ValentinesDay is on the horizon. Make a plan to warm up your winter. How about a sunset walk on Cape Cod and then a cozy overnight? The Cape is glorious in winter; bundle up and go out to explore the vivid colors on the beaches and water. The best restaurants and shops and lodgings are brimming with warmth and activity, but not crowded. Find your romantic lodging and make the mid-winter sparkle with your loved one close by.
The wonderful variety in New England geography and cultures infuses spas in every locality. Imagine soaking in a tub opposite big picture windows showing great swaths of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. At a spa in Maine, you might step onto a patio or veranda and hear waves crashing on the cliffs below or winds rustling the tall pines. Hotels in cities from Boston of Newport to New Haven may treat you to a deep massage or hydrating facial treatment from a perch high above the city.
Our friends at Great Runs have compiled a worldwide list of best cities for winter running, and -- wouldn’t you know it -- New England shows up among entries from Quebec, Minneapolis, Scandinavia, and Warsaw, Poland.
Sure, beer is great on a hot summer or crisp October day. But New England brewers are toiling at their craft year-round, and the beer festivals and tastings are happening all year in every state, sometimes indoors, sometimes outdoors.