AAA Travel Tips / Inspector Picks: 11 Festive Places to Stay in New England During the Holidays

Inspector Picks: 11 Festive Places to Stay in New England During the Holidays

AAA/Inspector 556
October 22, 2019
Planning a Christmas trip to New England? Here are 11 of our local inspectors’ favorite places to stay.
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AAA/Inspector 87

Kendall Tavern Inn Bed & Breakfast

Freeport, Maine
AAA Inspector 87: I love their LL Bean tote bags that store your bath towels - ingenious!
This 1832 early-Victorian farmhouse is truly lovely with cloud-like bedding and a full 3-course breakfast of homemade baked goods and tasty entrées. Early evening refreshments is a delightful treat.
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Captain Lord Mansion

Kennebunkport, Maine
AAA Inspector 87: This perfect B&B blends historic authenticity with our modern demands.
This beautifully restored 1814 Federalist-style property features classic décor to enhance the feel of the period while being mindful of up-to-date amenities and luxury comforts. On the National Register of Historic Places, the home has served as a B&B for more than forty years. Designed by Thomas Lord, the inn is a great place to relax. The exquisitely furnished guest rooms range in size from cozy to spacious and each is unique and spectacular. The comfy bedding will ensure a restful sleep. Many of the bathrooms have a whirlpool or soaker tub and a hydro-massage shower; all bathrooms have heated tile floors. Breakfast is served daily in the country kitchen. Amenities include complimentary snacks and drinks, which include iced tea in the summer and mulled cider in the winter. A specialty gift shop is on the basement level.
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AAA/Inspector 87

The Captain Jefferds Inn

Kennebunkport, Maine
AAA Inspector 87: I love the historic elements blended with modern touches that appeal to our creature comforts. Such as the amazing bedding & scrumptious breakfasts.
This circa 1804 Federal-style mansion offers an inviting parlor room, plush bedding, a hearty gourmet breakfast and exceptional attention to detail. You'll also enjoy a convenient walking-distance location close to the heart of town with its many specialty shops and restaurants. The innkeepers are happy to act as concierge. Complimentary parking passes are provided for nearby beaches.
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Kelley House

Edgartown, Massachusetts
AAA Inspector 46: You can't get any closer to the action than at this hotel. The waterfront and the Chappaquiddick Island ferry are just one block away.
It's located in the heart of this historic whaling-era village with numerous boutiques shops at the doorstep. Complimentary milk and cookies are offered each afternoon in the lobby. Guest rooms feature Keurig coffee makers and some offer water-view balconies overlooking the harbor. Movie buffs will be interested to learn that the main building was constructed to house the production crew for the filming of Jaws.
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The Charlotte Inn

Edgartown, Massachusetts
AAA Inspector 46: Rooms are set in a series of buildings connected by brick paths meandering through meticulous ivy gardens and fountains. Every inch is perfection.
This stately 1864 Edwardian-era inn is home to the finest getaway on the island. Staff members cater to guests' whims while top of the line Frette bedding, Bvlgari amenities and Hermes soaps await. Museum-quality antiques and original oil paintings from the early 19th century are tastefully placed throughout the inn. A full cooked-to-order breakfast is available for an additional charge in the glass-paneled conservatory. Complimentary bottled water and afternoon beverage and repast is served every afternoon on the outdoor porch in summer or fireside in the winter. Summer offerings typically include ice tea or lemonade on the porch. The inn's parking lot is located down the street, approximately a four minute walk away.
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Harbor View Hotel

Edgartown, Massachusetts
AAA Inspector 46: The view of Edgartown lighthouse from the wrap around porch never gets old. I could spend hours rocking in one of their chairs and sipping lemonade.
The breathtaking view overlooking Nantucket Sound coupled with breezy coastal décor and comfy surroundings tend to provide for a lovely stay. Well-appointed guest rooms feature 50" smart TVs, sumptuous Frette bedding, and Molton Brown bath amenities. The hotel is within walking distance to numerous shops and is across the street from the Edgartown Lighthouse and public beach. A stone-decked swimming pool surrounded by a spacious lawn and flower gardens are lovely spots to relax. Guests have several lodging options on the property. They range between the historic main building, the Governor Mayhew, and scattering of duplex or triplex-style cottages. Golf cart service to the beach and downtown is included in your stay. Guests are also encouraged to borrow a bicycle or Mercedes loaner car to explore the island.
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The Inn at Thorn Hill and Spa

Jackson, New Hampshire
AAA Inspector 615: When it comes to unwinding, relaxation and being pampered, this place offers the complete package!
This Stanford White-designed property has spacious guest rooms that feature fireplaces and luxurious bedding. Beautiful mountain views may be enjoyed throughout the inn and on the wraparound deck. In addition to a daily gourmet breakfast (included in your stay), the onsite restaurant offers a fine-dining dinner menu, while the lounge serves a more casual fare; all meals are prepared with farm-fresh ingredients.
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Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
AAA Inspector 87: I love that this hotel is steps from the hubbub of Portsmouth.
This hotel is located within the downtown area and central to a bevy of local shops and restaurants. Guest rooms offer a spacious and relaxing spot to rest your head, providing comfort and design.
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Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown/Waterfront

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
AAA Inspector 87: I love this spot for the family and it's steps from downtown Portsmouth.
This hotel is eco-friendly in every way, from technology features to guest comforts, but also centrally located and within walking distance to all the terrific restaurants and shops.
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Woodstock Inn & Resort

Woodstock, Vermont
AAA Inspector 87: I'm in love with the seating nooks at this gorgeous New England inn. Some are elegant, some casual, yet all have a different design and style.
Combining New England history and charm, this inn is close to boutiques and restaurants. Room highlights include luxurious bedding, handcrafted furniture, a marble vanity counter and a makeup mirror. Some rooms feature a wood-burning fireplace, a parlor, multiple bathrooms, a closed-in sun room and/or porch. Be sure to inquire about the spa, introductory falconry lessons and kids-play-free-golf room packages. After a day of activities, unwind in the enormous game room, rejuvenate at the full-service spa or sit in one of the Adirondack chairs positioned throughout the entire landscaped property. You simply cannot avoid having fun here.
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The Jackson House Inn

Woodstock, Vermont
AAA Inspector 24: I love the view from the breakfast room! You can see over the vast lawn to the trout pond.
This idyllic destination is geared toward adults seeking a peaceful getaway. Guests will enjoy the elegant furnishings, luxurious bedding, and gourmet breakfasts. Some rooms feature a balcony or patio and/or a gas fireplace. The meticulously manicured grounds feature a freshwater pond and a mountain-fed brook. Also, the inn is not far from boutiques, galleries, cafés and restaurants.
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