While the Northeast is known for its capricious weather, each season offers its own unique charms, from fall’s brilliant foliage to summer’s glorious wildflowers. Winter is an especially magical time in New England, as the area transforms into a nature lover's wonderland, offering everything from world-class skiing and snowshoeing to the opportunity to experience major tourist destinations like Cape Cod and Narragansett without the crush of the crowds. If you're looking for relaxation after the holiday season, you'll especially enjoy the region's many luxurious and cozy retreats, from historic inns to boutique resorts with dramatic ocean views.
To get you started, Departures has selected these perfect New England winter getaways, each providing top spa treatments and quintessential New England style, all ideal for a long weekend’s trip from New York or Boston.
Formerly the summer residence of Laurance and Mary Rockefeller, this spectacular New England resort and spa recently completed a 142-room, $16 million renovation to restore and enhance the property’s timeless architecture and grounds. Kelly Way Gardens, under the care of Master Gardener Ben Pauly, provides sustainable produce for the seasonal menu at rustic artisan eatery Red Barns, while the on-premise spa utilizes Vermont-inspired ingredients and displays classic touches like a Scandinavian sauna, shaker wood stoves, and hot tub for relaxing. 14 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091
Try: Shed your tired winter exterior with the Citrus Espresso Detox, a refreshing espresso mud body scrub—a mix of volcanic pumice, Arabica coffee, sarsparilla, and Sicilian bergamot. $139-199
This chateau-inspired hotel and spa offers an enchanting backdrop for year-round relaxation. Wander through the Inn’s French Impressionist art collection and immaculately maintained gardens, a recreation of Monet’s Lillies that boasts a luminous beauty even under winter frost. Curl up by your private fireplace or don a fluffy robe and retreat to the spa to nap by the waiting area’s tranquil sitting pool. 35 Landmark Dr, Plymouth, MA 02360
Try: The Mirbeau Signature Massage is a feather-light Swedish massage that restores circulation and releases tension, leaving you walking away with better posture and a spring in your step. $150-260
Set among the snowy peaks of Stowe, Vermont, this resort offers the perfect apres ski escape following a strenuous day on the slopes. Book a little downtime at the spa, which boasts an Aqua Solarium with indoor waterfalls, mineral soaking pools and seasonal treatments with distinctly Vermont-flourishes. The Stoweflake is also an ideal spot for family vacations and weddings. 1746 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
Try: The Maple Facial features high concentrates of “B.Kamins Bio-Maple™", which leaves skin smooth and plump and is reputed to take at least a decade off stressed city faces. $145
A chic hideaway on Rhode Island’s Goat Island, skirted by Narragansett Bay, this Newport gem boasts an outdoor saltwater pool, year-round private marina access, and fine dining at Scarpetta, the newest outpost of the New York Italian food favorite. Celebrate the season with a trip to the Seawater Spa to steam in the dry eucalyptus sauna or sample one of the resort’s many holistic treatments. 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI 02840
Try: Said to rejuvenate delicate cells and prevent elemental damage, the Seawater Signature Facial, can be customized to offer holistic renewal properties to guests of all ages and skin types. Price by request.
Set against the majestic Bald Head Cliff, and considered by many to be coastal Maine’s most luxurious accommodation, this elegant hotel offers three on-premise eateries, including an artisan coffee spot, eclectic art gallery, Tesla charging station, infinity pool, and a deluxe 9,000-square-foot spa overlooking the crashing waves. 591 Shore Rd, Cape Neddick, ME 03902
Try: The Winter Solstice Massage utilizes hand-carved stones, ancient sea salt and marine oil extracts, and is said to improve sleep and open up the “energetic pathways” of the body. $170-235
This award-winning luxury hotel and spa from Relais & Châteaux is celebrated in the summer months for its lush grounds and proximity to the best of the Berkshires. In winter, the Tudor-style mansion transforms itself into a romantic New England hideaway, offering guests bespoke drinks by the fire, live music, and a soothing wellness mini-retreat just a short drive from the city. 16 Blantyre Rd, Lenox, MA 01240
Try: The Blantyre Honey Buzz, an exfoliating body treatment, utilizes pure honey and soy oil and is following by a gentle scrub of sea salt, spices, and cornmeal. Afterward, rinse off in the hotel’s Vichy shower for radiant skin. $165
Experience the best of wintertime in New England at this stunning retreat just moments from world-class skiing, snowshoe trails, and an outdoor ice-skating rink. Relax in your candlelit room with an in-suite massage, or retire to the stunning spa for a bit of warmth on a snowy day. 452 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, VT 05031
Try: Book Vermont-native Tata Harper’s 100% natural and non-toxic anti-aging “wonder” treatment, which promises an organic glow to get you through those dark winter days. Price by request
Located on the shores of New Hampshire’s pristine Lake Winnipesaukee, this luxury resort features five restaurants, four hotels, and a world-class spa just a stone's throw from Meredith, New Hampshire. In the winter months, enjoy ice skating on the bay or stay inside by the crackling fireplace and enjoy the stunning lakeside views. 312 Daniel Webster Hwy, Meredith, NH
Try: Soothe mind and body with the Lavender Mint Body Experience which features stem cell extracts from champagne pears. $160
Castle Hill Inn, an historic mansion overlooking Narragansett Bay, was once a favorite vacation spot of Grace Kelly, who was gifted her own secluded hotel-to-beach staircase. The in-house spa, beloved by organic beauty enthusiasts, features Rhode Island-based luxury skincare brand Farmaesthetics, which sources its herbal ingredients from nearby farms and wellness purveyors. 590 Ocean Ave, Newport, RI 02840
Try: Slip into a bath of pink sea salt & rose petals, culled from the area’s legacy roses, and soak before relaxing with a rose essential oil massage with the Rose Immersion experience ($375). Follow with an organic Sweet Milk & Rose Dust Pore Refining Facial. For an extra touch, try a detoxifying saltwater soak in hand-harvested essential herbs and mineral sea salts ($65).
In the summer months, nature lovers flock to this resort on the Atlantic, surrounded by beautiful rose and lavender fields and framed by ocean waves. In winter, visitors can fully immerse themselves in Ocean House’s tranquil, secluded spa, featuring an evolving menu of luxe and seasonal treatments. 1 Bluff Ave, Westerly, RI 02891
Try: Referred to lovingly as "a Hot Toddy for the body,” the Honey and Spice Glow, offered only in the winter months, features honey, cinnamon, and clove followed by a calendula-infused oil treatment. Price by request)
Another Cape Cod favorite, this turn-of-the-century mansion overlooking Chatham Harbor offers one of the poshest spas in the area. Amenities include oversized treatment rooms with private showers and a hydrotherapy tub, as well as the chance to book a romantic spa suite. 297 Shore Rd, Chatham, MA 02633
Try: Featuring exclusively crafted cranberry products, the Cranberry Crush treatment promises to “center, purify and revitalize” mind, body, and spirit with the antioxidant properties of locally-harvested organic cranberries. After an invigorating sugar scrub, enjoy a massage featuring the Inn’s signature Cranberry Crush Massage Oil. $190