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Bonjour! Mirbeau Inn & Spa to Open in Plymouth This June

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  Site Where: 35 Landmark Drive [map], Plymouth, MA, United States, 02360
March 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | ()

The second location of the upscale brand makes a pilgrimage to Plymouth.

There’s more than an ocean between Plymouth and Paris. Yes, the Massachusetts city holds a pretty important place in history. (Which, if you passed seventh grade, you hopefully recall involves a very important boat crash-landing on a very famous rock.)

But with all due respect to the Pilgrims’ first stomping grounds, most people would probably choose a vacation sipping wine by the river Seine than pounding beers in a South Shoh-wuh bah.

But when it opens in June, The Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills (a rendering seen here) may offer the area’s best approximation to a French getaway.

Like its sister property in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, the Plymouth Mirbeau is modeled in the style of a romantic country manor house and inspired by the Impressionist art of Claude Monet: think picturesque grounds with covered wooden bridges, waterfalls, lush gardens, placid ponds, and grounds filled with beret-wearing French hens strutting with cigarettes in their beaks and baguettes tucked under their wings. (Okay, everything but the last, obviously. Birds are notoriously anti-smoking.)

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Fall Foliage Hotels For Allergy Sufferers

September 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

With a name like Harvest Inn, best bring your hanky and keep your wine glass full!

We get a bit hesitant when it comes to fall foliage season. Sure, the leaves are in full color around most of the country and the change is so pretty to witness. But we're wary of jumping on the Leaf Peeping Bandwagon.

It’s selfish really. For some of us, this means the start of allergy season when we'll begin raking up endless piles of...tissues. Not a good look. Still, we won't be leaf-peeping poopers. Instead, here's a handy guide to some lovely hotels promising awesome autumn splendor.

As a bonus, our Sniffle Meter gives you the highest pollen count you'll face there on a scale of 1-10. The highest meaning bring your Claritin!

So pack your mock-turtleneck, Keen's, and Kleenex. It's time to embrace Mother Nature's bounty!

The Golden Arrow at Lake Placid, New York is high on the allergy meter. But go anyway!

Sniffle Meter: 7
You'll be in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains at this traditional ski resort town. But during the fall months it's all about hiking and biking the miles of trails, and getting the last bit of golf in. The Golden Arrow has an awesome location overlooking Mirror Lake, and better yet have allergen-free rooms so you'll be comfy at night on dust-mite covered beds and a hepa-filtered room after a woods-filled day. Room rates begin at $119 in October.

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Heritage with a Capital 'H': Inside The Harbor View Hotel on Martha's Vineyard

August 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM | by | ()

There's a new show on TV. It's called The Vineyard, on ABC Family, and it's a bit like if The Hills moved to an island off the east coast; to Martha's Vineyard, to be exact. Don't watch the show unless you enjoy following the drama of Blake Lively lookalikes with junior high problems, but the show is at least good for its scenery. The camera seems especially infatuated with the Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse and the sprawling Cape Cod cottage behind. That, dear readers, is no cottage but the largest hotel on Martha's Vineyard, the Harbor View Hotel which boasts its own collection of cottages and one of the only large, heated outdoor swimming pools on the island.

Originally opened in 1891, the Harbor View and its famous expansive front porch has had plenty of time to become a summer tradition for families. Of course if you're not the Obamas, the Clintons or one of the many millionaire or billionaire estate owners on Martha's Vineyard, the Harbor View is the affordable way to enjoy a large property complete with a daily list of activities and amenities (s'mores! veranda yoga! harbor cruises!).

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The Mansion House Inn Proves Martha's Vineyard Can Be an Affordable Island Escape

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  Site Where: 9 Main Street [map], Martha's Vineyard, MA, United States
June 27, 2013 at 5:34 PM | by | ()

The island of Martha's Vineyard certainly has a reputation. One, it's known as a playground of the rich and preppy. Two, MV is a favorite vacation destination for presidents, specifically Clinton and Obama (and, in the past, the Kennedys). Because of this reputation combined with the history of the island, it's believed that the island doesn't offer much in the way of affordably luxurious, amenity-rich accommodations. Not true! The Mansion House is proof that the island has more than tiny B&Bs with giant price tags.

Mansion House is at the center of the town of Vineyard Haven, which boasts most of the year-round population on the island. This means there's plenty shopping, dining and sights within easy walking and biking distance. We recommend a stroll down to nosh on lobster rolls and clams at The Net Result, and a visit to Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, where President Obama shops with Sasha and Malia.

Since the Mansion House offers year-round accommodation in 48 rooms, rates vary greatly, usually from $99 to $309 as a start.

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Massachusetts Cuts Homeless Housing Hotel Program

Where: Various Locations, Massachusetts , United States
March 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM | by | ()

Citing an inefficient use of resources, Massachusetts has decided to phase out its program that puts homeless families in hotels and motels if there's no room at a local shelter. It's expected to end by June 2014. The reasons make sense. The lack of kitchens and play spaces for children in most hotels and motels was an issue, as well as the safety risks and liability involved in housing large families in a single room. Regardless of your political stance, the announcement has created an interesting limbo situation for many properties that invested in the program.

The Quality Inn in West Springfield, for example, chose in 2011 to only offer its rooms to people in the transitional housing program. Understandably, they didn’t want to clash clientele and have leisure travelers mixing with homeless families and social workers. Assistant Manager Ron Teji looked at it as a business decision. The program kept the hotel at 70 to 80% occupancy, and it pretty much took all the work out of filling his rooms.

“It was more about the economy,” he said. “You sell all your rooms out; it’s fixed revenue and higher occupancy.”

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Mirbeau to Open Second Inn & Spa Outside Cape Cod

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  Site Where: 35 Landmark Dr. [map], Plymouth, Massachusetts , United States, 02360
December 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM | by | ()

Are you a fan of the Mirbeau Inn & Spa in upstate New York? If so, you might be excited to learn that the award-winning property has just announced it will be opening a second location just outside of Cape Cod in the Pinehills in the spring of 2014.

Offering 50 rooms, the new Mirbeau will no doubt provide some healthy competition to the area's bazillion bed and breakfasts. Plus, the property will be only four hours from New York City and just under an hour from Boston.

The inn itself will be designed in the spirit of an old manor house in the French countryside, with Monet-inspired gardens. There will be fireplaces in every guest and massage room, and a restaurant and wine bar on-site. Not to mention, the property will overlook Pinehills Golf Club, which contains the only two 5-star public courses in all of New England.

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First Look: Langham Boston Pops Cork on $6 Million Lobby Reno and Champagne Lounge

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  Site Where: 250 Franklin Street [map], Boston, Massachusetts , United States, 02110
November 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM | by | ()

What we've learned about the Langham Hotel Boston this year: Subtle is not in its vocabulary.

The hotel, in the city's financial district, popped both a theoretical and literal first cork when it revealed its $6 million lobby renovation. Big deal, you say? That's what we thought, until we heard the lobby came with the new Reserve, a luxury European Champagne Lounge that will, for now, pair light cuisine with global selections of bubbly and wine.

For the first few weeks, it looks like it’s all mimosas and munchies: The Reserve will serve continental breakfast, lunch, and plenty of champers until it opens for dinner later this month (it will join BOND Restaurant and Café Fleuri as a third option for dinner within the walls of the hotel).

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All Around The Wauwinet Inn, the Only Relais & Châteaux Property on Nantucket

June 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM | by | ()

A wedding tent goes up on the lawn

Last weekend, the island of Nantucket played host to some 46 weddings on its 50 square miles of land; that's almost one wedding per mile. One of those weddings completely took over the 32 rooms, cottages and great lawn of The Wauwinet Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property that sits at the very northeast point of the island, but we managed to sneak in and have a look around before any bouquets were tossed.

Something you should know right away about The Wauwinet is that it does not allow guests under the age of 12—no babies, no toddlers, no pre-teens. Sure, they may come to dine at the restaurant, but staying here is a get-away-from-it-all retreat thing that includes getting away from the possibility of kids running up and down the halls. And, since The Wauwinet start at $225 per night but hits $595 during the height of summer, this guarantee of peace and quiet can be worth the extra money.

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Found It! The Perfect Summer Hotel Lunch

June 19, 2012 at 4:17 PM | by | ()

Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer. This past weekend, we ate what we're declaring the official lunch of summer. It went down at TOPPER'S, the restaurant of The Wauwinet, a historic Inn situated at the very Northeast tip of Nantucket Island. Tomorrow we'll welcome summer properly with a tour of the Inn itself.

Want to chow down on all this? The Wauwinet, despite being one of the most remote inns on the island, is surprisingly one of the easiest to reach thanks to its free shuttle that picks up in central Nantucket town several times a day and makes the 20-minutes drive out to TOPPER'S. Check the schedule on the bulletin board next to the door of the Nantucket Visitor's Bureau Info Center.

· APPETIZER: Steamed jumbo asparagus with hollandaise sauce $9 (above)
Asparagus is at the tippy-top of its season in late spring, so this is a perfect transitional dish before fully jumping into summer foods. Plus you should eat your greens.

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Provincetown's Gay-Friendly Oxford Guesthouse Closes

Where: 8 Cottage St. [map], Provincetown, MA, United States, 02657
October 8, 2010 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

Yesterday, we got word from a tipster that Provincetown's Oxford Guesthouse has shut down. As it turns out, the popular gay-friendly inn recently closed on September 12.

The English country-style inn, which operated for 12 years, was sold and we suspect it has been converted into a private residence.

If you want to stay in a similar-type place in Provincetown, the former Oxford Guesthouse owners recommend spending the night at the nearby White Porch Inn, a nine-room bed and breakfast that offers perks like views overlooking Providence harbor from a number of the rooms, a 24-hour coffee bar and free WiFi. Rooms at White Porch start at $125.

[Photo: Martin Pinker/The Oxford Guesthouse, Provincetown's Facebook]

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Inside Aloft Lexington :: Now We Get It

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  Site Where: 727 Marrett Rd [map], Lexington, MA, United States, 02421-7311
August 7, 2008 at 12:15 PM | by | ()

Aloft was probably the most over hyped hotel brand, ever, so needless to say we were all a little asick of aloft long before they opened a hotel. However, visiting the aloft Lexington changed all that.

We get it. Starwood is gussying up roadside hotels and making them millennial nostalgic, if there is such a thing, and you know what? Roadside hotels were in need of some millennializing.

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Bad Rate :: Roadside (Un)Comfort Inn in Plymouth

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  Site Where: 155 Samoset St. (US 44) [map], Plymouth, MA, United States, 02360
November 6, 2007 at 12:30 PM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same region and decide which one most deserves your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quoted here were captured on November 6, 2007 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]

If you're going to historic Plymouth, MA over Thanksgiving, do you really want to sleep in a below-average chain hotel room with lousy breakfasts?

On the official site the Comfort Inn Plymouth motel is listed as "conveniently located just minutes from historic waterfront attractions," which here translates to "next to a non-descript highway and nothing is within walking distance."

This Comfort Inn ranks near the bottom of hotels in Plymouth on TripAdvisor, with these being a few of the choice comments:

· "Your view is either of Samoset St., a long street of chain malls that used to be Route 44 before they built a bypass recently, or of low-income housing on the back."

· "The pool was so cloudy you couldn't see your feet."

· "The woman in charge of the breakfast area clearly disliked her job and they did not replace many food items that had run out. The coffee was worse than mud."

You get the idea. The lowest rate we could find anywhere over Thanksgiving weekend was $119 at the hotel's own website. On the other booking sites we didn't see anything under $149 unless we were a member of AAA or AARP.

So book direct if a ho-hum motel by a highway is your idea of the best bet in historic Plymouth. Otherwise check into one of the Bed and Breakfasts with character, good chow, and a location good for strolling--this week's Good Rate.

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