The story, the foliage, the cuisine – there are few places more enchanting in autumn than New England. The off-season between summer holidays and winter ski tours is an ideal time to escape the crowds. But knowing the difference between Newport and Newburyport can be a great time of year to plan a good New England honeymoon. The good news is, whether you’re looking for an adventurous mountain retreat or a cozy seaside hideaway, there are still endless ways to enjoy this extraordinary region. Here are some of our favorite romantic New England honeymoon spots this fall.
Two Cape Cod institutions
Driving to Cape Cod in the summer can be a nightmare, but at this time of year you can drive straight over the Sagamore Bridge with no problems. And while the mountains further north in New England can get pretty cold at this time of year, the ocean around Cape Cod tends to keep things a little more temperate later in the season. Two of the best hotels that are open all year round are the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster and the Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham. But why choose one? Prices are more competitive this time of year – do a couple of nights at a time, then you can compare which feels more cozy!
Iconic retreat of the white mountains
When it comes to historic hotels that have run their entire existence continuously and are still enviable destinations, there aren’t many hotels in New England that can rival the iconic Mount Washington Hotel, currently known as the Omni Mount Washington Resort, National Historic Landmark opened in 1902 and has been enchanting visitors to the White Mountains ever since. Thanks to a 2009 renovation, it now has one of the largest spas in the area, incorporating local New England Botanicals into its treatments and taking couples massage to a whole new level.
There is no shortage of activities in the Berkshires this fall – antiques, art galleries, theaters, festivals, deciduous trees, etc – and no shortage of hotels either: the epic Italian mansion Wheatleigh; the Red Lion Inn, with its endless hallways full of antiques; the decadent Blantyre, who has the only Dom Pérignon champagne salon in North America; and the endlessly charming Stonover Farm (where one suite is actually a renovated one-room schoolhouse from 1850).
Nantucket without the crowds
Insiders know that the best time of year to visit Nantucket is the low season. While it may not be ideal beach weather, there is still so much to do and see here once the crowd has cleared up. It’s easier to get restaurant reservations, hotel rates are more competitive, and you can walk the entire length of Surfside Beach without seeing a single soul. Wauwinet stays open most fall weekends through December, and the iconic Jared Coffin House in the heart of the city stays open year round. And luckily, it’s still pretty easy to get there – direct flights from New York continue through the first weekend of December, and you can fly from Boston year-round.
Maine, how life should be
Mount Desert Island just off the Maine coast is the perfect place to find some privacy. Acadia National Park covers most of the island, and the landscape is unlike anything else you’ll see in the northeast – the mountains stretch to the sea and are the highest water peaks on the east coast in the far north of Rio De Janeiro. While many of the largest hotels close in the colder months, this is the perfect time of year to visit one of the many owner-run B & Bs. Spend a day hiking (or better yet, a warm car) through Acadia National Park. Then warm up by the fire with a bottle of wine.
A quaint, quintessentially Vermont B&B.
If you’re looking for some sort of Gilmore Girls vibe, Inn At Weathersfield is the place for you. Nestled in the sleepy southeast corner of Vermont, it’s surprisingly accessible from Boston and New York, but still feels secluded and peaceful. There are many walks within a short drive and the inn is a stones throw from the lovely town of Woodstock and all it has to offer. The best? The owners Marilee and Richard Spanjian couldn’t be more charming and will go out of their way to make you feel at home. After your honeymoon, you will definitely come back to visit again and again.