1 . Cranwell Resort and Spa

Lenox, Massachusetts

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After winding along a rural route lined with pines and hardwoods shooting up from the grounds of Western Massachusetts' Berkshire region, you’ll come to a mansion. It is Cranwell Resort and Spa – home to one of the largest spas in the Northeast and a member of Historic Hotels of America.

You’re thinking, “an old mansion in the hills. That’s nothing new.” And you’re right. But that’s the very essence of what makes Cranwell a must-stay destination tailored for couples and families who have a deep appreciation for everything beautiful – naturally, historically, architecturally, etc. Surrounded by the landscape’s natural contours – partly preserved as the resort’s championship golf course for more than 80 years – the Tudor-style mansion is a stately sight to be seen. Constructed in the opulent Gilded Age, Cranwell was a hilltop haven for wealthy industrialists, clergy and golfers at the turn of the century and today continues to be an accessible hideaway for you. Cranwell’s 114 distinctive guest rooms, suites, cottages and townhouses boast take-your-breath-away panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. And 58 of those rooms are connected by glass walkway to the 35,000-sq.-ft. spa featuring more than 50 services and a 60-ft. indoor pool.

Highlights

Cranwell’s renowned 18-hole golf course was built by Wayne Stiles and John Van Kleek in 1926 on the site of the original Berkshire Hunt Club.

Getting there

From New York City, take the Henry Hudson Parkway North to the Saw Mill River Parkway. Follow the Saw Mill River Parkway North to the Taconic State Parkway, at Hawthorne, NY. Follow the Taconic State Parkway North to its intersection with Route 90 (NY Thruway) and take Route 90 East to Mass Turnpike (Route 90). Take the Mass Turnpike East to Exit 2 (Lee, MA). Turn right off of the exit ramp onto Route 20 West. Follow Route 20 for 3.5 miles. Cranwell is on Route 20 on the right (look for the mansion on the hill).

Related Onsite Offerings

Fitness center, tennis, cross-country skiing, Wyndhurst and the Music Room restaurants, Sloane’s Tavern, Spa Café and banquet rooms.

2 . Ocean Edge Resort & Club on Cape Cod

Brewster, Massachusetts

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Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club offers incredible luxury and service to anyone who feels like treating themselves. Split into two “sides” (mansion and village), guests love the freedom of being able to do exactly what you love - golf, tennis, swimming, dining, biking or simply relaxing. Be it romantic escapes, group celebrations, or memorable family gathering, Ocean Edge can cater to you, with each side bringing its own experience and air of casual elegance.

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, pamper yourself on the AAA Four Diamond Rated Mansion side of the resort. There are a veritable cornucopia of activities for you to immerse yourself in: a private beach, outdoor and indoor pools, a tennis complex staffed by professionals, a cardio/weight room and fitness studio, and even a spa treatment room. After, go and get some exquisitely prepared grub at one of the two onsite restaurants. If you’re interested in playing as much golf as possible, perhaps the village side of the resort would be more fitting. Spanning 380 acres, there is more than enough space to enjoy all of your favorite recreational activities. Hit the links on the private Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, driving range, or putting green. Grab a racquet and a partner and test out one of the 11 tennis courts, or go on a leisurely bike ride on the historic, scenic 26-mile Cape Cod Bike and Rail Trail that alongside Cape Cod. There are tons of options; it’s up to you to choose!

Address

2907 Main Street, Brewster, Massachusetts 02631

Average rainfall/snowfall

Brewster, Massachusetts, averages 47 inches of rain per year.

Highlights

Ocean Edge guests are able to take a guided tour of the nearby oyster farms, and learn about the work the town of Brewster is doing to help the local economy and aquaculture.

3 . The Wauwinet

Nantucket, Massachusetts

CALL DIRECT: +1 (508) 228 - 0145

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A Nantucket Vacation is full of sophistication, quaintness, and sentimentality. Few places exemplify these traits better than The Wauwinet. Stacked to the brim with luxury rooms, genial employees, and fun activities, a visit to the Wauwinet is a decision to experience what Nantucket really has to offer.

The historic inn is known around the world for its outstanding service, cuisine and accommodations. All are filled with luxurious room, and full of custom furnishings, Pratesi linens, and wildflowers.Try some fresh seafood, paired with a chilled wine by the expert staff. If you want to experience Nantucket’s natural beauty first-hand, lounge on its pristine beaches or go on a hike through the nearby Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge. Nantucket has something to offer for everyone; The Wauwinet simply wants to get the word out.

Population

Nantucket's population was 10,399 as of 2013.

Elevation

30′

Fun facts

As of April 2015, the unemployment rate on Nantucket was 5.0%.

4 . The Lanesborough Country Inn

Lanesborough, Massachusetts

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While the history and panache of Boston makes for a fun time, a true vacation is about getting away from the hustle and bustle and giving yourself some time to unwind. In the Massachusetts area, the best place to do so is without a doubt the Berkshires, a range of rolling hills in western Massachusetts. The Lanesborough Country Club knows this, and wants to share it with the world (and you, in particular).

Named one of the 200 Last Great Places by The Nature Conservancy, the Berkshire Hill Range is a rural destination with a cultural scene to rival far larger urban dwellings. The beautiful vistas are rivaled only by the wealth of fun activities to participate in, and the Lanesborough Country Inn is absolutely filled to the brim with such exploits. Watersports, hiking the trails, and golf are all just a stone’s throw away, while the more advanced adventure-seeker can try out Ramblewild Aerial Adventure Park just down the road. Accommodations are modest but quaint, with both cabin and motel rooms available. Most rooms have bathtubs, and the wi-fi is, of course, complimentary. So next time you’re in Boston, make sure you find time for the Berkshires. And if you’re making time for the Berkshires, you might as well make some time for the Lanesborough Country Club.

Address

499 South Main Street, Lanesborough, MA 01237

Elevation

The average regional elevation of the Berkshires ranges from about 700 to 1,200 feet.

Fun facts

Sir Francis Bernard, the Royal Governor from 1760-1769, named the area "Berkshire" to honor his home county in England.

5 . Atlantic Vacation Homes

Gloucester, Massachusetts

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Head to Boston's North Shore for an unforgettable Massachusetts getaway. Atlantic Vacation Homes offers an impressive selection of properties sure to fit all of your travel needs!

The convenient location of the Atlantic Vacation Homes directory, just a half-hour's drive north of downtown Boston, makes for an incredible east coast beach vacation. Whether you are looking for something on the waterfront, with a water view, or a home specifically designed for larger groups, they have you covered. They even have a couple of pet-friendly units for those travelers who can't leave home without Fido. Local charter companies offer plenty of opportunities to explore on the water. Fishing and lobster charter create some exciting action, while whale watching and scenic tours are perfect for travelers of all ages. There are plenty of local beaches to explore if you're looking for a fun-filled day in the sand and sun, and make reservations at Ohana for at least one meal during your stay (highly recommended)!

Address

115 Prospect St Gloucester, MA 01930

Highlights

Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard rentals are available for those travelers looking to spend sometime on the water. Contact Atlantic Vacation homes directly for more information and pricing details.

Related Onsite Offerings

Want to get the most out of your trip to Atlantic Vacation Homes? Make sure to download their mobile Guest App before you arrive. It will help you unlock the secrets of the area and have a great vacation.

6 . Stonehedge Inn and Spa

Tyngsboro, Massachusetts

CALL DIRECT: +1 (978) 649 - 4400

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With stunning gardens, an award-winning restaurant, and much more, Stonehedge Inn and Spa offers you a unique Massachusetts experience.

While it is just a short distance from Boston, Stonehedge Inn and Spa in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, offers you an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Standing on 36 acres of New England woodlands, Stonehedge Inn offers you privacy and comfort. Privacy is just the beginning, though. The inn offers AAA Four Diamond accommodations that bring the perfect touch of luxury to your vacation. From plush beds to heated towel warmers, your room is filled with luxury, and whether you spend your day at the spa or sample the fare at the on-site restaurant you are sure to find a wonderful way to spend the day.

Address

160 Pawtucket Boulevard Tyngsboro, Massachusetts 01879

Population

11,081

Fun facts

Stonehedge Inn and Spa has been awarded the Wine Spectator’s Grand Award since 1996.

7 . Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

Hancock, Massachusetts

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Find your New England adventure at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort!

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England, but this resort offers more than just slopes. Whether you're visiting Mountain Adventure Park in the summer or hiking through the beautiful surroundings, the resort offers exciting activities for all! After a day of excitement, you can retire to one of the comfortable Country Inn rooms or vacation homes for an evening of rest and relaxation. Lounge in your room or relax in a whirlpool tub. All this and more awaits you at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort!

Address

37 Corey Road Hancock, Massachusetts 01237

Population

1,264

Elevation

1,058 ft

8 . Harbor View Hotel

Edgartown, Massachusetts

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Enjoy a taste of Edgartown history at Harbor View Hotel.

Whether it's sailing out from the on-site marina or savoring a meal at Water Street Restaurant on Martha's Vineyard, the historic Harbor View Hotel offers you just the right touch of luxury in Edgartown, Massachusetts. Spend a day lounging on the beach. Walk among historic homes or visit the stunning lighthouse. The wide variety of activities nearby makes it an ideal destination. And, at the end of the day, return to the historic hotel. Wrap yourself in a plush robe and lounge in your comfortable room among sophisticated and charming decor. All this and more is waiting for you at Harbor View Hotel!

Address

131 North Water Street Edgartown, Massachusetts 02539

Highlights

Harbor View's on site restaurant was rated "Best Breakfast on Martha's Vineyard" by Cape Cod Life Magazine in 2008.

Fun facts

The historic Harbor View Hotel was originally built in 1891.

9 . Blantyre

Lenox, Massachusetts

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Have you ever wanted to live the lifestyle of the insanely wealthy – if only just for a day? At Blantyre, you can. In fact, they won’t kick you out if you want to stay longer. But we will warn you, life outside this impeccably preserved Tudor-style mansion will seem duller after you’ve been here.

An architecturally beautiful masterpiece built in the 1890s, the Blantyre radiates big bucks and a bygone way of life. Rolling, manicured lawns cut out from the vast Berkshire Hills is the setting of this aristocratic property that was originally modeled after a house in Blantyre, Scotland. Inside the vine-covered walls is just as breathtaking. We’ll put it this way; you are definitely going to want to take your shoes off at the door. Incredible, intricate woodwork, an eclectic blend of period pieces and complementary art grace the interiors of the Main House, Carriage House and cottages. There are even bed curtains to relax behind! You probably won’t want to leave your bedroom, but you won’t be disappointed if you do. Take part in lawn sports or a cooking class, or set up a wine tasting with selections from Blantyre's extensive cellars housing more than 19,000 bottles from around the world.

Getting there

From New York City, take the West Side Highway North to I-87 (NYS Thruway) to Exit 21A (Berkshire Spur) and take I-90 East to Exit 2, Lee, MA. After the exit, turn right onto Rt. 20 West. Go 3.1 miles through the village of Lee and watch for a Commonwealth of Massachusetts directional sign on the right side of the road. Take a right onto Blantyre Road and you will see Blantyre up ahead.

Fun facts

Blantyre made the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List in 2008.

Related Onsite Offerings

Make your stay at Blantyre even better (if that’s possible) with a body treatment or massages at The Potting Shed Spa.

10 . Canyon Ranch in Lenox

Lenox, Massachusetts

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Help your mind, body and soul become one with the satisfying solitude and rejuvenating elements that only Canyon Ranch in Lenox can give you. The instantly-calming Berkshires location and the fitness, nutritional and spiritual programs at the 126-room resort are just the beginning.

Canyon Ranch is really unlike anyplace you’ve been. Well, it was for us, at least. As soon as you see your room or suite, you’ll know that this resort is aiming to please in every possible aspect. A choice of non-down or down pillows, plush terrycloth robes and signature bath products will help start your physical and spiritual transformation. Meet with world-renowned health specialists on site and create an integrated health and well-being plan that’s tailored to you. Next, you can take part in one of many planned or on-the-fly invigorating experiences, like an ancient East Indian meditation hour, a therapeutic massage in the 100,000-square-foot spa or an unhurried, early morning walk through the resort’s undulating grounds. Even the food at Canyon Ranch has been chosen and prepared with your nutritional wellness in mind. No, that doesn’t mean bland, dry bagels and water. It means the freshest protein, vegetables, fruits and herbs concocted into pure deliciousness. Yum!

Highlights

For your utmost relaxation, Canyon Ranch guests must be at least 14 years old and cell phones are only permitted in designated areas.

Fun facts

Canyon Ranch’s renovated Bellefontaine Mansion – housing the dining facilities – was built in 1897 as a replica of Louis XV's Versailles chateau.

Related Onsite Offerings

Guided hiking and bike tours, cooking classes, canoeing and more than 40 daily fitness classes.

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