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Skiing is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Stowe, Vermont. (And quite possibly Anywhere, Vermont.) But non-New Englanders might not realize it’s quite the summer resort too. There are towering Green Mountain views, and it’s only 45 minutes away from big, blue Lake Champlain.
And bringing a little extra bump and grind to the pastoral land of bed and breakfasts is Topnotch Resort and Spa, which reopened last summer after a major renovation that turned it into a sleek, almost citified destination that appeals to well-heeled thirty-something crowds that want craft beer scenes and tiered patio pools, not crocheted couch slipcovers. And this season they’ve upped the ante with “Topnotch Summer,” a so-dubbed series of pulse-quickening programs.
Bar crawls: Boozy. Lobster crawls: Bougie.
We’re not complaining. After all, this is something you'd expect in Kennebunk, the coastal Maine playground for the really rich and not-necessarily-famous. (Power is not measured in Twitter followers, dahling.) New Englanders heading up for a summer retreat at The White Barn Inn will now be able to book the “bespoke experience” of a customized “Crustacean Crawl” with the Relais & Chateau property’s esteemed chef Jonathan Cartwright. (He’s also the toque behind the fine dining Muse restaurants at two other tony Grace Hotels properties, Newport’s Vanderbilt Grace and Connecticut's Mayflower Grace.)
A “Vitamin C shower” sounds like something you used when you were 17 to dye your hair for summer. (“Just some chunky streaks!”) But keep the lemons in your vodka, where they belong. It’s actually one of the more interesting amenities at 21 Broad, opening July 15 on the moneyed Massachusetts island of Nantucket.
The 27-room inn will boast showers with vitamin C infused showerheads, a trendy trick that is supposed to neutralize any chlorine. (Think: Why do restaurants drop a slice in your tap water? Right.) In theory, that de-chlorinated h20 should leave your lathered skin feeling softer and looking healthier and more radiant. Do they work? We kinda thought they did when we spotted them at MGM Grand in Las Vegas last year.
Perhaps slightly more important, 21 Broad’s rooms will look pretty radiant, thanks to interior design by Rachel Reider, the go-to glamorizer of the property’s parent company, Lark Hotels. (That's the same ground behind Nantucket's 76 Main, Portland's Pomegranate Inn, and Narragansett's upcoming The Break, among others.)
The historic property on the rocky Maine coast has a new owner - with new tricks up their sleeve. The 70-acre Cliff House Resort & Spa has been a popular property in the summer resort town of Ogunquit, Maine for nearly 150 years. Now it’s about to get a new owner: Rockbridge, a hotel firm that is behind over 325 properties in 45 different states, just announced that it has purchased The Cliff House from the local Weare family. The property was founded by Elsie Jan Weare in 1872, and has been run by her descendants ever since.
That family tree ends this month, as The Cliff House opens for the season under its new owner. The 166-room resort will now be managed by New Castle Hotels, the team behind 29 properties like The Westport Inn in Connecticut and The Westin Portland Harborview, Maine’s first Westin-branded hotel, which just re-opened in December after a full restoration.
The Cliff House will also receive a “comprehensive renovation after the 2015 season, revitalizing the distinguished property,” according to a statement released by Rockbridge, though the firm wouldn’t elaborate on what those renovations will entail. (Okay, they did mention it would “preserve the resort’s significant tradition while updating technology and back-of-house equipment to increase the property’s efficiency and improve the guest experience.” So, things will happen, basically.)
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Adults and kids will jump for joy at these festive New England outings. Unless you want angry neighbors rapping on your door all day, we don’t typically endorse indulging your kids in a sugar rush while staying at a hotel. But this weekend is Easter, after all - so if your little cottontails are going to get their paws on milk chocolate bunnies, they might as well do it somewhere nice. You know, somewhere with a spa. (That’s for you.)
To save you the trouble of hunting all over the Internet, here are a few New England properties that are hosting Easter egg hunts for kids and families. At the very least, they’ll get the children to play with something other than an iPad. The best-case scenario: Hopping all over the hotel puts them down for a nap, and that spa is all yours.
Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH The property is hosting not one, not two – but FIVE different Easter egg hunts that are open to various age groups (and guests and locals alike). Among them: the all-ages “Great Bretton Woods Hunt,” which will scatter eggs (including a prized “golden egg”) across 464 acres of New Hampshire’s largest ski area. (“Powdery treats” are promised as you search.) There’s the “Easter Egg Extravaganza Hunt,” that will hide 600 colored eggs around the hotel itself, and there’s the “Slopeside Pub Easter Egg Hunt,” an adults-only afternoon hunt in the property’s tavern. (Other weekend activities include a “Tortoise and Hare” themed ski and snowshoe race, and story time with the Easter Bunny.”)
One of the oldest inns in America, Watch Hill Inn is getting a youthful makeover as it prepares to re-launch this summer as an all-suite boutique hotel. A joint venture is in place between Watch Hill Properties and Ocean House Management, who also run the 5-star Ocean House, a short walk away, and nearby Weekapaug Inn. Co-mingling of guests and facilities of this hotel threesome is part of the game plan.
The historic inn fronting Watch Hill Harbor dates to 1845 and is considered one of the oldest purpose-built inns in the country. Yeah, age is just a number and the 169-year old inn will undergo a few constructive nips and tucks that will ideally attract a younger generation of leisure traveler. The well-to-do traveler that is, based on the proposed villa concept.
Not all pillows are created the same. Here are some of the comfiest sleep aids around.
How would you like your good night's sleep? With a side of spritzed fragrance? Extra plush panels? Headache-reducing magnets? Whatever you want, there's probably a pillow menu that has it. We found eight New England hotels with some of our favorite feather (and rubber, and foam…) filled treats.
1. Chebeague Island Inn. Relaxing: laying down your head on a peaceful island 10 miles off the coast of Portland, Maine. More relaxing: laying it on a pillow made by CuddleDown, a local company out of Freeport. Chebeague (pictured) outfits its accommodations with CuddleDown’s 800-Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillows. (That’s a mouthful.) Made with 450-thread count cotton and boasting high fill power, the pillows are spritzed with L’Occitane lavender pillow mist at turndown for an extra olfactory lullaby.
Rates start at $220 a night.
Looking for a place to lay your head while 'Hanging 10' in the seaside surf town of Narragansett? Well look no further, Daddy-o, ‘cause The Break, with its retro chic surfer vibe, is set to open in June.
Part of Lark Hotels, who have boutique coastal properties throughout New England, The Break is decked out by local designer Jocelyn Chiappone, who has tapped into the late 60s, vintage surfer feel of the place. Bold modern textiles pop with color palettes of bright orange, earth tones, crisp white and shades of green and blue. Furnishings combine dark woods with wicker chairs and chandeliers, mid-century inspired armchairs and sofas, fabric headboards and ceramic tables.
If you aren't familiar with them already, Grace Hotels is a privately owned group of hotels in the upscale boutique class. The brand has properties Mykonos, Santorini, and Beijing, but, besides the Vanderbilt Hotel in Newport RI, which opened two years ago, we haven't heard a lot about them in the U.S.
That looks set to change, however, as Grace has made a quick expansion into the New England area by acquiring the 30-room Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, CT, and the 26-room White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, ME. The Mayflower will take the new name, The Mayflower Grace later this year, while the White Barn Inn will become The White Barn Grace early next year -- although a look at their website reveals they are already displaying the Grace logo.
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.”
Every so often we feature a hotel review from one of our readers that we feel should be shared with the rest of you dear hotel guests. These reviews are highlighted because they are timely, about cool hotels in cool places and are relatively level-headed. Think you can submit one just like this? Send it in. Now, we present you with Jaunted contributing editor KJB's review of the Hotel Providence in Rhode Island. Enjoy.
A weekend trip a couple years ago granted me the opportunity to visit the Hotel Providence in Providence, Rhode Island. To be honest, this was my first experience with a boutique hotel, but certainly will not be the last. Located in the heart of the downtown arts and entertainment district, the hotel features all the comforts of home (when the home is that of your rich aunt).
The newest edition to the Orchid Hotels and Resorts family is Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine. Normally, we don't go further north than Manhattan when we travel the Eastern Seaboard but we are actually contemplating a stay here at Hidden Pond when it opens in July.
The hotel is actually made up of 14 cottages complete with full kitchens, king beds, flat-screen TVs, large screen porch, gas fireplaces and even an outdoor shower. (There's an indoor bath too.)
Some more on the cottages:
Natural fabrics, an inviting screened-in porch, a gas fireplace set in river stone, clever little kitchens and floor to ceiling windows that allow nature inside ... enjoy all of this by day and then retreat to the sanctuary of your bedroom where you'll find Frette bed linens, plush down-filled duvets and the most comfortable bed you've ever had the pleasure to encounter.