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Yankee Clipper Inn: Rockport MA

Where else can you spy an Atlantic Ocean sunrise through a porthole window in your shower? This 8 room inn (13 rooms in total with the Bullfinch House across the street), perched over a rocky coastline, stands about a mile from town, and is perfect for the traveler who cares less for stylized perfection and […] Read more

The Colonnade Hotel, Boston: Roof Deck Pool Extraordinaire

Across the street from the Prudential Center in Back Bay, The Colonnade has been hosting businesspeople and tourists for decades. Every now and then a hotel of this caliber needs to update, and so the Colonnade has, to beautiful effect. Pleasant rooms have been redone in handsome earth tones, and the lobby impresses with vivid art, […] Read more

Hidden Valley B&B, Washington CT

Up a long, steep, woodland driveway, Hidden Valley B&B is certainly hidden from the world. You may have your doubts about what you’ll find as you pass a couple of modest neighboring homes on the way, but fear not. This is one of those places for which the well-worn phrase “Hidden Gem” absolutely applies. Though it […] Read more

Woodstock Inn and Resort, Woodstock VT

Renovated in 2011, the centrally located Woodstock Inn, first opened in 1892 on the site of the Eagle Inn, has reason to be proud. Service is exemplary, food is wonderful and aesthetics way over par. Though most amenities – fitness center, golf course, ski resort – are off-site, they are easy to get to. And […] Read more

The Essex: Vermont’s Culinary Resort and Spa

Food at The Essex is extraordinary – which is as it should be considering this is a “Culinary Resort.” What does that mean? In this case, it means that this property was once a satellite campus of the prestigious New England Culinary Institute until 2009 (when it was consolidated in Montpelier), with the teaching ethos, training […] Read more

The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, Lake George NY

On a private disc of land – Green Island – you’ll feel far removed from the rest of the Lake George action at the renewed Sagamore Resort.  With over three hundred rooms, in both the main hotel and adjacent condo-like lodges, a marina, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, five restaurants (two right on the lake), an […] Read more

Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown NY

Over a hundred years old, this lakeside golf resort still awes Cooperstown visitors. After its $34 million restoration about ten years ago, the Otesaga was voted one of the top 10 US Golf resorts by Conde Nast Traveler. The ambiance remains “old-world” with wait-staff in formal garb – women in black frocks with white aprons, men in […] Read more

The Verb Hotel Boston MA

A hotel seemingly conceived from the mind of Pat Benatar or Mick Jagger, The Verb is a fab, funky and fun redo of the former Howard Johnsons that stood in the shadow of Fenway Park. Developed by Steve Samuels, Adam Weiner, and Robin Brown (who’s been involved with top-tier hotels like the Four Seasons), The […] Read more

Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff NY

The Rhinecliff in Rhinecliff NY is one of my all-time favorite hotels for several reasons: The View of the Hudson River It is steps from the Amtrak station (1 ¾ hours from Penn Station in NYC) Prices are reasonable for the setting (starting at $179 offseason for a very stylish, contemporary room) Did I mention the […] Read more

Best Budget Hotels Near NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC

The number one obstacle to a big city vacation is undoubtably the cost of accommodations. Rooms in popular neighborhoods often start at above $300, and that’s for cramped quarters and little or no amenities. Forget about pools, free parking, or complimentary breakfasts. To get these features and save money, consider expanding your search outside major urban areas. We […] Read more

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