It’s no secret that we’re more than a little obsessed with summer on the East Coast. But, honestly, how could you not be when it’s all sunny skies, warm weather, sparkling blue tides, and attractive accommodations. There are idyllic inns up and down the eastern seaboard, from Maine to Maryland. If you want to make your next trip a walk in the park—or, in this case, a stroll on the sand—we recommend booking a stay at one of these waterfront wonders.
Tides Inn: Irvington, VA
The splendor of Chesapeake Bay is on display at this Irvington treasure, where natural beauty and historic charm are paired with a plethora of activities. You can take a sailing class, hit the links, try your hand at mixology, or sign up for guided meditation. Why not join executive chef TV Flynn for an oyster roasting adventure?
Castle Hill Inn: Newport, RI
Few spots are more picturesque than Castle Hill Inn, perched on a 40-acre estate overlooking Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. One of the great joys of a visit to Newport is sipping a blueberry lemonade on the vast lawn. Of course, soaking tubs and cozy fireplaces aren’t too shabby either. But seriously, it’s blissful.
Cliff House: Cape Neddick, Maine
Reimagined rooms, plenty of outdoor space, panoramic vistas, and a location minutes from the quaint village of Ogunquit are all part of the appealing package at Cliff House. Nestled on 70 oceanfront acres, this coastal escape also boasts a lobster shack, Nubb's and farm-to-table restaurant, The Tiller. Basically, it’s everything you envision of a Maine vacation and more.
Weekapaug Inn: Westerly, RI
This Westerly respite may have scored a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007, but it earned the affection of high-profile visitors long before. The distinctive combination of classic New England luxury, warm hospitality, and relaxed ambiance that enchanted the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt remains a hallmark today. Plus, the summer clambakes are awesome.
Sound View: Greenport, NY
Sound View | Greenport, New York
Situated in Greenport, a historic hamlet on the North Fork of Long Island, the recently renovated Sound View is a haven of halcyon with a strong sense of place. Shiplap cedar walls, bent metal accents, and floor-to-ceiling windows lend a refreshing effect to the rooms, all of which feature waterfront decks. On the menu? Savor the bounty of the sea at The Halyard.
The Reeds at Shelter Haven: Stone Harbor, NJ
The Reeds at Shelter Haven | Stone Harbor, New Jersey
Looking to unwind? Let us turn your attention to this boutique gem, just steps from the sand and surf in Stone Harbor. Soothing hues, comfy furnishing, and sea breezes inspire serenity. Sunsets over the bay are best enjoyed with a glass of rosé. And then there are the seasonal perks, which include beach butler service, daily rooftop yoga, and marina access.
Inn at Perry Cabin: St. Michaels, MD
Inn at Perry Cabin | St Michaels, Maryland
There’s so much to love about the Inn at Perry Cabin. You can spend your days golfing, sailing, or antiquing in St. Michaels. Prefer more tranquil pursuits? Float in the infinity pool or relish a stress-melting massage at the Linden Spa. And did we mention the option to arrive via 55-foot Hinckley Yacht? Talk about making an entrance!