You’ve packed your bags, booked your flight (or Uber), and now all that’s left is to find the perfect Massachusetts spot to spend your precious vacation days. If you’re looking to venture outside the ordinary and have an incredible experience, take a look at these jaw-dropping places to stay.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Silo Cottage
What do you get when you mix a cozy woodland cottage with a lily pond and a babbling brook? A fairytale retreat in Tyringham, MA. Available through Airbnb, this whimsical getaway might even inspire you to kiss a frog or two.
Also called Le Meridien Cambridge, this hotel is designed to reflect the spirit of nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Robots in the lobby, equations on the sheets, and a pool area that is just plain wacky.
3. Longfellow's Wayside Inn
The longest continually operated inn in the country, these rooms have a haunted history. Reports of ghostly guests date back to the 19th century and some male visitors have even stated that spectral women have slipped into their beds for a snuggle.
4. The Starlight Llama B&B
For the discerning conspiracy theorist or environmentally responsible holidaymaker, we have the Starlight Llama B&B. This place is completely solar powered and off the grid. Food comes straight from their garden and they can accommodate vegan, gluten-free, and other special diets. "What about the 'llama' part," you ask. They have those, too! Along with peacocks, emus, and other farm animals. Grab a cup of coffee and have breakfast with the herd.
Conde Nast, Forbes, and U.S. News agree: Blantyre is the height of Gilded-Age luxury. Combining Massachusetts-style easy elegance with rooms that any duke or duchess would appreciate, this property offers something for each of the senses. Between the spa, the manicured grounds, and the splendor of the Great House, you may just forget you're not actually an aristocrat.
6. Nickerson State Park
Fancy staying in a yurt? This is the place for you. For a no-frills vacation experience, this gigantic state park offers a variety of different camping options including the aforementioned native-style dwelling. There's nothing like waking up to a campfire breakfast.
7. Chatham Bars Inn
If you want all the frills with extra frills on the side, this is the hotel you've been waiting for. Right on the water? Yes. Gourmet dining with ingredients sourced from the resort's own farm? For sure. In-room saunas, fireplaces, and espresso makers? Naturally. For when you want to feel like royalty at the seashore.
8. Green Turtle Floating B&B
We all have those days when we feel like life on dry land is more trouble than it's worth. Before you trade in your landlocked home for an aquatic abode, however, take one for a test-float at this amazing B&B. Stay on an actual houseboat or a luxurious yacht and let your terrestrial worries drift away.
9. The Encore B&B
Located in Boston's fashionable and historic South End, this bed and breakfast was co-created by the director of Boston's Zeitgeist Stage Company, David Miller. The colorful details and personality of these lodgings are perfect for a guest who appreciates a little dramatic flair.
10. The Liberty Hotel
This establishment has played host to Malcolm X and former Boston mayor James Curley. They didn't stay as guests though: they were inmates. This massive Boston hotel is a former PRISON. This jailhouse has been transformed into luxury accommodations. Some of their services include overnight shoe-shining and running concierges to help you keep in shape. You know...for when you want to make a break for it.
11. The Scargo Manor
This quaint manor has three main big things going for it: 1) An absolutely beautiful pond. 2) Ghosts, allegedly. 3) Award-winning, incredible, I-need-a-vat-of-this grapenut pudding. If you don't know what grapenut pudding is, I'm not going to spoil the surprise. It's a Massachusetts favorite and you should go visit the Scargo Manor to taste for yourself.
12. Herreshoff Castle
Massachusetts isn't really known as castle country. That's why this little-known B&B in Marblehead is such a cool destination. The castle was built in the 1920s by a wealthy and obviously rather fanciful artist. It doesn't have a moat, but it does have buckets of old-world charm.
Sometimes the destination definitely trumps the journey. What’s the most memorable place you’ve stayed in the Bay State?