Souped-up small hotels turn the middle of nowhere into exactly the somewhere you want to unplug on your New England honeymoon. Set amid the broad trunks of deciduous trees, these quiet enclaves promise understated glamour, world-class cuisine, a bevy of seasonal sports, and enough R&R to please country folk and urbanites alike. The timing of your wedding will largely determine when you plan to honeymoon, but it's important to know that prices in New England are generally highest during summer and fall (though ski resorts will be pricier during the winter ski season); this is also when you’ll find the most crowds. That said, choosing a small B&B means you'll forgo tourist traps for more off-the-beaten path towns, often packed with personality and bespoke amenities.
No matter what kind of experience you crave, there’s a classic honeymoon resort or trendy newcomer right here in the U.S. Read on to find out which New England honeymoon retreat is right for you.
Vermont’s Relais & Chateaux–designated Twin Farms sets the standard for boutique luxury in New England. The sprawling campus has distinctly themed cabins: Studio has Whitney-worthy contemporary art, Log Cabin has wood-paneled walls and a Japanese furo soaking bath—and all are attended by an ultrahelpful staff. Want to arrange a canoe outing? A “forest bathing” spa treatment? A multicourse meal under the timber beams of the main house? Done, done, and done. (Rooms from $1,500, all-inclusive.)
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In the cool-again Catskills, the 38-room Scribner’s Catskill Lodge feels like sleepaway camp for hipsters, who flock to its restaurant, Prospect, for dry-aged ribeye and matcha-flecked olive-oil ice cream. In summer, hike to waterfalls; in winter, ski at nearby Hunter Mountain. But year-round, evenings should end with deejayed beats and board games in the library lounge (midnight Taboo, anyone?) or a visit to the fire pit with your complimentary s’mores kit. (Rooms from $145.) —Brandon Presser