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The Prettiest New England Inns For Your Next Relaxation Retreat

By , November 6th, 2014

Few regions in the United States match the aesthetic wonder of New England. Red brick streets run past charming storefronts that harken back to the area’s colonial roots until you hit the Atlantic waves crashing along the coast. Where else could you possibly want to hole yourself up with a cuddle buddy for a few days?

In the spirit of all things cozy, we’ve put together some of the prettiest New England inns you can find. Scroll on and prepare to be charmed into planning your next trip.

The Mayflower Grace

Washington, CT

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The Mayflower Grace has set the standard for the inns of New England. Gilmore Girls fans might recognize it as show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s inspiration to write the series and make Lorelei an Inn owner.

This 30-room property is meticulously landscaped and decorated with rare antiques and a careful attention to details like Frette linens and Limoges china. Walk the surrounding 58 acres of woodland property or go antiquing in America’s Antiquing Capital of Litchfield Hills before cozying down with a glass of wine and a cashmere throw.

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The Pitcher Inn

Warren, VT

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The Pitcher Inn has a room for everyone. Opened in the late 1800s, this inn has been tastefully redecorated into individually themed rooms—yet there is nothing cheesy or unclassy about the Mountain Room with its black slate steam shower, or the stable room, located in the inn’s original livery stables. There are delightful touches to be found everywhere, like a chessboard painted on an old chest serving as a coffee table or the beautiful collection of vintage books that will make your stay here feel timeless.

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Glynn House Inn

Ashland, NH

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Genuine hospitality exists in the romantic, 12-room Glynn House Inn. The inn, circa 1895, is located in the stunning White Mountains and Lake region of New Hampshire. Have your gourmet, multi-course breakfast (rivaling that of Sookie in the Dragonfly Inn) in their Victorian dining room. You won’t get bored in this sleepy, friendly town by staying busy with activities like antiquing, boating, fishing, hiking, skiing or sleigh rides in the winter.

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New Hampshire Inns

Thorncroft Inn

Vineyard Haven, MA

Thorncroft Inn Martha's Vineyard

With so many choices for lodging on Martha’s Vineyard, you know you’ve made the right one when you wake up to a full country breakfast in bed. The charming Thorncroft Inn with its canopied beds is a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean and each room has its own whirlpool tub and a welcome fireplace for the blustering nor’easter nights.

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Thorncroft Inn New England

Honeysuckle Hill Inn

West Barnstable, MA

Honeysuckle Hill Inn MA

This historic National Register Inn dates back to 1810 and sits at the edge of a tiny village in the middle of the lush Cape Cod landscape. Relax on the screened-in porch with a book from their extensive library. Wake up to delicious coffee and breakfast before hitting up the whale watching boats. Your stay at the Honeysuckle Hill Inn will be nothing short of idyllic!

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Cape Cod Inn

The High Pointe Inn

West Barnstable, MA

Cape Cod Inns

The High Pointe Inn on Cape Cod overlooks eight miles of the Sandy Neck Beach and is listed as one of the most romantic inns in America. These lavish accommodations are complete with manicured grounds and huge sun decks. You’ll devour their made-from-scratch breakfasts with local ingredients. Don’t forget to join everyone for after dinner drinks!

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Romantic Inns Cape Cod

The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast

Whitefield, NH

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Come and be pampered at The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Not only will you enjoy the freshest air you’ve ever breathed, but you’ll indulge in delicious food and wine including a spectacular candlelit breakfast. You’ll have ample opportunity to chat with innkeepers Roger and Chris Croteau whose personal touches will make for a truly fabulous experience at this B&B.

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Mill Street Inn

Newport, RI

Mill Street Inn Newport Rhode Island

You’re breathing history with a stay at the Mill Street Inn in Newport, Rhode Island. This small, luxury hotel doubles as a National Historic Landmark building with 23 guest suites just one block away from the action on Thames Street and the surrounding waterfront shops and restaurants of Newport’s Historic Hill neighborhood.

Accommodations are equipped with original beams and exposed brick walls that will transport you to another era. Head up to the rooftop patio for panoramic views of the harbor before diving into the down feather beds for the night featuring 400-thread-count linens. We’re feeling all kinds of cozy and comfy just writing about it!

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The Spa at Norwich Inn

Norwich, CT

The Spa at Norwich Inn

The Spa at Norwich Inn is the ideal setting for a refined retreat. Guests are treated to elegant accommodations and pampering treatments while enveloped in an idyllic country setting. Nearby you’ll also find the Norwich Public Golf Course, Nature’s Art Village, and the Connecticut Wine Trail.

Back at the Inn, the grand spa is the highlight of your stay featuring an array of health and wellness programs, classes, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, and whirlpools. If you’re the active type who needs to work up a sweat before heading to the spa, then lace up your sneakers for some tennis. At the end of the day, you’ll have no problem filling your stomach with the likes of Kensington’s Restaurant at the property where you’ll have to pick from a selection of international and classic cuisine.

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The Youngtown Inn

Lincolnville, ME

The Youngtown Inn Lincolnville Maine

Few places give you unique access to local life and connect you with a destination like The Youngtown Inn in Lincolnville, Maine. The Youngtown Inn promises a personalized, boutique experience for weary travelers looking for a bit of countryside relaxation. The Inn itself started off as a farmhouse in 1810 and continued to be built upon by two centuries of proud New England heritage.

Inside, the Inn offers six cozy and romantic guest rooms each with a private ensuite bath. Feeling thirsty? Grab a drink at the full bar after perusing the wine list at the onsite restaurant. Do take some time to meander around the property to appreciate the immaculately-preserved detail. More importantly, snuggle up next to the brick fireplace and feel the warmth of charming rural Maine.

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Concord’s Colonial Inn

Concord, MA

Concord Colonial Inn

History buffs familiar with tales of the Revolutionary War will be familiar with the charming town of Concord, Massachusetts. Plan your stay around Concord’s Colonial Inn where you’ll be treated to gracious service and creative cuisine.

Fifty-six guestrooms that’ll feel like a time warp to another century are available with easy access between the historic inn and Boston for those interested in a weekend getaway. From Concord’s Colonial Inn, you’re an easy jaunt away from all sorts of incredible Revolutionary War sights, not to mention shopping along Main Street.

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