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Weekend Getaways in New England: 43 Romantic or Family Travel Ideas

“Where can we go for romantic getaways in New England?”

I get this question all the time, often from fellow parents who find themselves with a precious weekend of: “Family is in town to help watch the kids, so my partner and I can finally have some quality alone time together!”

Unfortunately, many of these couples are like us: So multi-tasking and harried that we haven’t even had time to research WHERE we might go with this unexpected weekend! Never fear, friends: I’ve been asked this question enough that I have been hard at work researching a list for you of towns, activities, and hotels for delicious, delightful quality time with your sweetie.

Romantic getaways in New England
Read on for great New England travel ideas for couples!

Weekend Getaways in New England for Families and Kids, Too!

Even if you’re traveling with kids, however, this list is still relevant, as each of the destinations listed have plenty of activities for children and adults, alike. But first… which state should you pick for the perfect New England getaway?

Getaways in Vermont, NH, and Maine

There is something magical for couples about Vermont travel: The rolling green hills, closeness to nature, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, plus cheese and maple syrup are perfect for love and connection. Below, find ideas about Woodstock, Brattleboro, and WHEN to visit Vermont. If you haven’t yet tried VT for romantic getaways, do consider it!

Meanwhile, Maine boasts passionate rocky seashores and a blossoming foodie scene in Portland, while NH has lakes and mountains galore. If you’re traveling from Boston, parts of both ME and New Hampshire can be reached with shorter drives than getting to Western MA! This is an excellent and convenient region for couples to visit for romance.

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Getaways in Massachusetts and RI

As a Boston-based blogger, it’s no surprise that the Massachusetts section of this “Romantic Getaways in New England” roundup is the longest of all! Browse below to see travel ideas for couples spanning Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Central MA, Hampshire County, the Berkshires of Western Mass, and everywhere in between.

Though some of the featured articles contain kids, every spot listed below is good for couples-only trips, too. Enjoy my romantic state, lovebirds!

South of MA, the Ocean State of Rhode Island gives me tingles of historic excitement. From the Newport Mansions and Cliff Walk to the spiral staircase of the Block Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island offers nautical bliss for couples.

How to Use this List of Getaway Ideas

This list of New England getaway ideas for couples flows by region, moving from VT, to ME, to RI, to NH and CT, then through the regions of MA. Simply click through the linked title for the full details on each trip idea. May this list facilitate more love, connection, and happiness all around.

Weekend Getaways in New England: Romantic or Family Trip Ideas

From romantic getaways in New England to weekend trips from Boston or other cities, here are tons of delicious ideas for destinations, hotels, and activities for couples, families, and solo travelers in Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Massachusetts!

Vermont Getaway Ideas

Green mountains beckon! Here are a few specific towns to check out.

Maine Romantic Getaways

Great for family trips and solo travel, too! Make sure to wear stretchy pants for this foodie region.

Rhode Island 

The Ocean State! While RI has plenty of excellent towns and beaches, I have a particular fondness for Newport and Block Island.

New Hampshire and CT

NH and Connecticut have much to offer, and I've just begun to explore them.

Western Massachusetts

The Berkshires provide countryside, mountains, and culture, too.

Central MA and Hampshire County

The middle of Massachusetts has mountains and artsy, fun towns with plenty to do.

Getaways One Hour from Boston

These are quick and fabulous getaways if you're in the Massachusetts capital like me.

Cape Cod Vacations

Each part of the Cape is different. Explore this beloved region of Massachusetts, but time your visit right to avoid massive crowds and traffic. It's worth it!

Martha's Vineyard

This famous vacation island is easily reachable from the Woods Hole ferry. Like the Cape, it requires careful planning to avoid crowds and secure a spot to stay.

What do YOU think about Romantic New England Escapes?

Which of these suggestions have you tried, and how were they? Which destinations, hotels, and activities would you add to this list? Do share! 


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Alyson Long

Tuesday 5th of February 2019

Nice use of this tool. Love your list.

Lillie Marshall

Tuesday 5th of February 2019

Thanks, Alyson! Still playing with ways to make the structure as useable as possible, but I've certainly been hankering for a while for a clear round-up structure to answer the travel questions I get most often!

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