Romantic Places in Massachusetts
Berkshires, Massachusetts An idyllic corner of New England that mixes high culture with a neo-bohemian atmosphere of artists, artisans and rural farmhouse simplicity. Blantyre 16 Blantyre Rd. Lenox, Mass T: +1 (413) 637-3556. 23 rooms; US$ 675- www.blantyre.com 1902 Tudor mansion set in 85 acres of lawn and woodland offering friendly service and luxurious aristocratic style. Wheatleigh Lenox, MA T: +1 413 637 0610. 19 rooms, US$ 715- www.wheatleigh.com An elegant Massachusetts romantic hotel located next to Tanglewood. This Gilded Age "cottage" built in the style of a l6th century Florentine palazzo sits on 22 acres in a Frederick Law Olmsted designed parkland. The Briarcliff Motel 506 Stockbridge Rd. Great Barrington, MA T: 413.528.3000. 19 rooms. $170-, high season. www.thebriarcliffmotel.com A chic modern counterpoint to the above hotels. Once a typical 1960′s roadside motel, it was tastefully renovated in 2011 by a British couple. Stonover Farm 169 Under Mountain Road Lenox, MA T: +1 413 637-9100. 5 room b&b. US$ 425-, high season www.stonoverfarm.com A former record producer runs this elegant 100 year old farmhouse inn. The inn stands beside a spring-fed duck pond on 8 country acres with magnificent trees, lawns and forest, and is less than a mile from the Tanglewood main gate. Williamsville Inn Rte. 41 West Stockbridge, Mass T: +1 (413) 274-6118. 16 rooms. US$ 220- www.williamsvilleinn.com l797 farmhouse converted to an inn in l952. Set on a secluded 10 acre property with a sculpture garden, pool and tree swing.
North Adams, Massachusetts Stylish, edgy and chic former working class milltown, home to the wonderful Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), set at the foot of the Berkshires. The Porches Inn 231 River St. North Adams, Massachusetts T: +1 413 664-0400. US$ 180-, high season www.porches.com Former Victorian workers’ row-house, now an "Industrial-granny chic" boutique hotel located across the street from MoCA. Breakfast delivered in a lunch pail; rocking chairs on the porch. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts An East Coast beach island favored by artists, actors and politicians. Charlotte Inn 27 S. Summer St., Edgartown Martha’s Vineyard, Mass T: +1 508 627 4151. 19 rooms. US$ 550- www.thecharlottleinn.com Ralph Lauren’s English Mahogany look in an 1864 merchants house, in-town sophistication. Outermost Inn Lighthouse Rd., Gay Head Martha’s Vineyard, Mass T: +1 508 627 3511. 7 rooms. US$ 340-, high season www.outermostinn.com For rural beauty it doesn’t get any better than this gray shingled house on a bluff overlooking the cliffs. Shaker style furniture, herb and vegetable gardens. Menemsha Inn & Cottages North Rd., Menemsha Martha’s Vineyard, Mass T: +1 508 645 2521. 21 rooms. US$ 295-, high season www.menemshainn.com Secluded and simply furnished in "summer camp" style, located within walking distance of Menemsha village. A famed Life magazine photographer spent 53 summers here. Good water views. Thorncroft Inn 278 Main St., Vineyard Haven Martha’s Vineyard, Mass T: +1 508 693 3333. 14 rooms. US$ 295-, high season www.thorncroft.com A quiet country inn, the main building was originally a guesthouse of the adjacent oceanfront estate. Private hot tubs available. Hob Knob Edgartown Martha’s Vineyard, Mass T: +1 508 627 9510. 17 room b&b. $500- www.hobknob.com The 19th Gothic revival house has been tastefully updated with a mix of antiques and whimsical furnishings. Nantucket, Massachusetts Cedar-shake houses, grasslands, sandy beaches and cobblestoned roads adorn this former whaling island. The island throngs in July and August with wealthy summer residents and tourists. Wauwinet Nantucket, Mass T: +1 508 228 0145. 31 rooms. US$ 540- www.wauwinet.com Wide lawn behind this mansion stretches to 26 miles of Nantucket Bay beachline. Cape Cod, Massachusetts Miles of island coastline, quaint villages, historic harbors and scenic byways. Whale Walk Inn 220 Bridge Road Eastham Cape Cod, Massachusetts T: +1 508 255-0617. 16 room b&b. US$ 220-, high season www.whalewalkinn.com Sixteen stylish accommodations nestle amid the three-acre 19th-Century compound. Boston – Beacon Hill Beacon Hill has narrow cobblestoned streets, gas lamps and red brick 19th century houses. A well-preserved National Historic District, Beacon Hill has been a favored address of Boston’s elites from John Adams to JFK. XV Beacon 15 Beacon. Beacon Hill, Boston, MA T: +1 617 670-1500. 63 rooms. US$ 425- www.xvbeacon.com Stylish rooms in a 1903 Beaux Arts building. Boston – Cambridge Across the Charles Bridge from Boston are the historic squares of Cambridge, home to cafés, bookstores, museums and two great universities, Harvard and M.I.T.