Departures is published by Meredith Corp. and owned by American Express. While American Express Card Member benefits are highlighted in this publication, including through the links indicated below, the content of this article was independently written by the editorial staff at Meredith. Other Departures content paid for by American Express is explicitly marked as such.
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 near-empty coastal towns like Cape Cod and Narragansett where you’ll have the resorts’ private beaches to yourself. 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 trip from New York or Boston.
Woodstock Inn and Resort, Vermont
Formerly the summer residence of Laurance and Mary Rockefeller, The Woodstock Inn and Resort, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, has 142 rooms tucked into the hotel’s timeless and ever-enchanting design. Kelly Way Gardens, the magnificent on-site gardens, provides sustainable produce for the seasonal menu at the inn’s own artisanal eatery The Red Rooster. Spend a full hygge day at the on-premise spa, which utilizes Vermont-inspired ingredients and displays classic touches like a Scandinavian sauna, shaker wood stoves, and a hot tub.
Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Massachusetts
Château-inspired hotel Mirbeau Inn & 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. Finally, be sure to indulge in a Mirbeau Signature Massage, a feather-light Swedish massage that restores circulation and releases tension, leaving you to walk away with better posture and a spring in your step.
Canyon Ranch Lenox, Massachusetts
A Berkshires hideaway with the cuisine and wellness offerings Canyon Ranch has become synonymous with, Canyon Ranch Lenox, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, marries northeastern charm with upscale spa culture. The 100,000-square-foot spa encourages fitness as well as indulgent relaxation, offering yoga, pilates, cycling, and dance, along with indoor tennis courts and a 75-foot indoor swimming pool. After a yoga class, steam room and sauna stint, and hot stone massage, retreat back to your accommodations at Bellefontaine Mansion, which is directly connected to the spa so guests can avoid stepping out into the chilly New England air after finding their zen.
Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Rhode Island
A chic hideaway on Rhode Island’s Goat Island, skirted by Narragansett Bay, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina boasts an outdoor saltwater pool, year-round private marina access, and fine dining at Scarpetta, a coastal outpost of the classic New York City restaurant, serving sumptuous Italian food along the water. 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. Their Seawater Signature Facial, an anti-aging treatment meant to rejuvenate delicate skin cells, can be customized to offer holistic renewal to guests of all ages and skin types.
Cliff House, Maine
Set against the majestic Bald Head Cliff, and considered by many to be coastal Maine’s most luxurious accommodation, Cliff House, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, offers three on-premise eateries, an artisan coffee spot, rotating art exhibitions featuring local artists, a Tesla charging station, an infinity pool, and a deluxe 9,000-square-foot spa overlooking the crashing waves. At The Spa at Cliff House, indulge in the highest-quality elements of the Atlantic coast in trying their rotating seasonal massage. The Winter Solstice Massage—said to be a celebration of water—utilizes hand-carved stones, ancient sea salt, and marine oil extracts.
Mayflower Inn & Spa, Connecticut
An Auberge Resorts Collection hotel nestled within the Connecticut wilderness, Mayflower Inn & Spa, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, is just a two-hour drive from NYC. The idyllic 58-acre inn, with a romantic Shakespeare Garden and meticulously curated interiors, is only enhanced when blanketed by a soft covering of white snow. The spa has everything from indoor tennis courts to guided meditations, not to mention a hamman, a line of coveted Red Flower bath and beauty products, and an inviting indoor pool.
Blantyre Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Massachusetts
Blantyre Hotel, an 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 estate transforms itself into a romantic New England hideaway, offering guests bespoke drinks by the fire, tucked away cottages with every amenity and extra privacy, and a soothing wellness mini-retreat just a short drive from Boston.
Twin Farms, Vermont
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. For guests interested in a more secluded experience at Twin Farms, the all-inclusive resort offers 10 standalone cottages with fireplaces, stone hot tubs, mid-century modern accents, and a wood stove. The spa utilizes products from Vermont-native Tata Harper, which promise an organic glow to get you through those dark winter days.
Castle Hill Inn, Rhode Island
Castle Hill Inn, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, is an historic mansion overlooking Narragansett Bay—once a favorite vacation spot of Grace Kelly, who was gifted her own secluded hotel-to-beach staircase. The Relais & Châteaux property’s in-house spa, The Retreat, exclusively features Rhode Island-based luxury skincare brand Farmaesthetics. Farmaesthetics products, beloved by organic beauty enthusiasts, source their herbal ingredients from nearby farms and wellness purveyors and bring floral notes and all-natural healing properties to every spa treatment.
Ocean House, Rhode Island
In the summer months, nature lovers flock to the Ocean House in Westerly, framed by beautiful rose and lavender fields and the Atlantic waves. In winter, visitors can fully immerse themselves in Ocean House’s tranquil, secluded spa, featuring an evolving menu of luxe seasonal treatments. Visit the Oh! Spa at Ocean House for a decadent treatment sure to warm you to your core. As for accommodations, choose from their collection of signature suites and their upscale cottage collection.
Top Notch, Vermont
The pinnacle of luxury in Stowe, Top Notch is best known for their spa, tucked into the Green Mountains. Stay in their pet-friendly Cotton Brook Suite, with a private deck and separate living room. As for planning your wellness weekend, book private lessons—or mini-clinics available in the off-season—at Top Notch’s Tennis Academy. And, of course, reserve your treatments in advance, like Top Notch’s Herbal Fusion Wrap and Little River Stone Massage, and carve out time to spend lounging by the spa’s stunning indoor pool.
Chatham Bars Inn Resort & Spa, Massachusetts
Another Cape Cod favorite, this turn-of-the-century mansion overlooking Chatham Harbor offers one of the poshest spas in the area. At Chatham Bars Inn Resort & Spa, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, visitors can stay in the main house, the adjacent cottages, or the très romantique spa suites. At the spa, you’ll find a luxurious hydrotherapy tub and bespoke treatments such as the Ocean Massage, which uses hot stones, aiming to ease your central nervous system.