Whether you’re planning a winter weekend getaway or a summer vacation this year, switch up your lodging arrangements and stay in a place that’s entirely unique to New England! These seven spots are some of the coolest B&Bs and inns we’ve seen in the region—check them out, and make your reservations soon!
1. Rose Island Lighthouse: Newport, RI
Ever dreamed of what it’s like to live inside a lighthouse? That dream can become a reality, whether it’s for a night or the whole week, at the Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island. This 18-acre property has nature trails galore and is only accessible by ferry, making this a super-peaceful hideaway. And perhaps this goes without saying, but the sunrises and sunsets here are just dazzling, especially when you take in the view from the top of the lighthouse.
2. The Treehouse at Winvian Farm: Litchfield Hills, CT
Trust us – this is not your average treehouse. This luxurious cottage just so happens to be suspended 35 feet into the air, and it has all the modern amenities to make your stay comfortable. On the first floor, you’ll find a king-sized bed, a gas fireplace, steam shower and a jetted soaking tub, while the second floor lounge has a gas fireplace, a full bar, and grand treetop views of the New England forest below.
3. Liberty Hotel: Boston, MA
Spend a night in jail —a renovated jail, that is! Located at the foot of Beacon Hill, The Liberty Hotel was once the Charles Street Jail. Now a national historic landmark and architectural gem, the jail was built in 1851 and housed famous inmates like Malcolm X and suffragette activists. The building has since been beautifully renovated, but it still retains much of its historical charm.
4. Woodstock Inn Brewery: North Woodstock, NH
Tucked away in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, is the all-in-one Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery. If you’re a fan of craft beer, top-notch eats, or the great outdoors (or all of the above), the Woodstock Inn has their very own brewery on-site, and their 39 guest rooms are surrounded by the picturesque view of the White Mountains. Not to mention the famous Ice Castles are a short drive away, too! If you’re looking for a unique but casual escape from city life, this is the place to go.
5. Green Turtle Floating B&B: Boston, MA
If you’re feeling adventurous, spend a night on the Boston Harbor and awake to the sounds of seagulls, the swaying of the ocean, and the dazzling view of the sea just outside your window! Located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, the Green Turtle is a floating B&B that’s uniquely luxurious and peaceful. With the option to stay in either a houseboat or a yacht, you won’t get a lodging experience like this in many other cities in the US!
6. Lizzie Borden House: Salem, MA
Only in Salem would you find a hugely successful B&B that was the location of two gruesome murders in the 19th Century! The Lizzie Borden House is both a museum, dedicated to the aforementioned murders, and a lovely B&B that is an exact replica of the house as it was in 1872. If you’re a fan of true crime, horror, or history in general, this is a must-visit spot.
7. Norumbega Inn: Camden, Maine
This castle in Maine is a totally unique find in New England. Built in 1886 by Joseph Sterns (the inventor of the duplex telegraph), he wanted this “stone castle by the sea” to emulate the style of the grand European castles. The castle was recently renovated, but keeps touches of that old-school flair in every room. Not to mention, the views are to die for!
[featured image: Norumbega Inn]