Getaway Ideas in New England

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It’s not too late to book a snowy New England getaway for President’s Day! While most people look to the mountains of Vermont for a New England ski destination in the winter, the region’s coasts offer activities aplenty for outdoor adventures and indoor pursuits, from snow sculpture contests and snowshoeing to spa treatments and shopping. And to top off a day of exploration, visitors can cozy up with hot chocolate to roast marshmallows around a roaring bonfire.

From Connecticut to Maine, escape to New England this President’s Day week at the following coastal destinations: 

Water’s Edge Resort & Spa – Westbrook, CT

Water’s Edge Resort & Spa, a classic New England Estate tucked away along the Connecticut shoreline in Westbrook, Connecticut, is located two hours from Boston and New York City and just 15 minutes from the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets and the charming independent shops of nearby Essex, Old Saybrook and Old Mystick Village, making it the ideal escape for travelers needing a little retail therapy and pampering to get through the cold winter.

The resort’s Retail Therapy package includes shopping discounts and a rejuvenating spa treatment. From now through March 31, 2015, guests who book overnight accommodations in a Superior room receive a discount coupon book to the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, a snack-to-go for shopping, one couple’s massage and a late check-out of 1:00 pm. Rates are based on double occupancy and start at $299 per night on weekdays and at $349 per night on weekends, plus tax and a service charge.

For more information or to book, visit www.watersedgeresortandspa.com or call 1-800-222-5901.

Kennebunkport, ME

This February, the iconic coastal resort destination of Kennebunkport is “painting the town red” for romance to make its claim as “New England’s Most Romantic Town.” With red twinkly lights covering Dock Square, lodging, dining and retail savings for romantically inclined visitors, and an eight-foot heart, glowing red and adorned with Maine lobster traps in the center of Kennebunkport, this picturesque, coastal town will mark its place as the romance destination of the Northeast. While best known as a summer destination, winter in Kennebunkport offers a classic New England getaway with activities aplenty for outdoor adventures and indoor pursuits, with miles of pristine woodlands for snowshoeing, hiking and sledding, along with galleries and boutiques throughout Dock Square and lower Kennebunk. And to top off a day of exploration, couples can cozy up for true Maine lobster dinner next to a roaring fire.

Throughout the month of February, locals and travelers alike can visit www.destinationkennebunkport.com/love or pick up a “Book of Love” at participating business to find a variety of offers, including romantic dinners featuring Maine lobsters, lodging packages with add-ons such as chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, and significant shopping discounts.

From complimentary gifts to lodging and dining savings, Paint the Town Red offer highlights include:

Five Shades of Red Lodging Packages

  • Kennebunkport Inn: Receive two nights’ accommodations, a “Lazy Man’s Lobster” dinner for two at onsite restaurant One Dock, a bottle of red wine and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival, a red velvet whoopie pie and red rose turndown each evening, breakfast daily, and taxes and gratuity. Prices start at $356 per couple, representing a savings of over 30%.
  • Maine Stay Inn: Guests receive free homemade whoopie pies, chocolate dipped strawberries, in-room candles and rose petals and specialty breakfast cocktails. Prices start at $209 for two.

Red Plate Specials

  • Abbondante: Order “Dreaming of You” cocktails (raspberry negronis) for two and receive a complimentary plate of chocolate covered cheesecake strawberries.
  • Alisson’s Restaurant: During February only, Sundays through Thursdays, receive a complimentary Mug of Maine Lobster Bisque with any Maine Event Entrée order.

Red Tag Savings

  • Beach Grass: Save 25% off one item of choice in store only. Celebrating decades of romantic beach movies, Beach Grass will also offer a movie trivia game card that will double as an entry for a gift certificate drawing at the end of the month.
  • Spaces Kennebunkport: Take 50% off online. Exclusions apply.

Paint the Town Red deals are available between February 1-28, 2015. All details, restrictions, and booking instructions can be found at www.destinationkennebunkport.com/love.

Additionally, visitors who share a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram showing why they think Kennebunkport is “New England’s Most Romantic Town” and use the hashtag, #lovekpt, will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a romantic stay for two at the Kennebunkport Inn. The contest is open to anyone who shares a photo on social media, tagging #lovekpt. One winner will be selected between now and February 28th. For more details, visit www.destinationkennebunkport.com/love.

Lake Morey Resort – Fairlee, VT

With its own 600-acre lake (a “coast” of its own!) cleared to create multiple pond hockey rinks and the country’s longest maintained skating trail (4.5 miles), Lake Morey Resort is an icy playground for winter enthusiasts.

As many kids are off school, President’s Week (Sunday, February 15 through Thursday, February 19) is the ideal time to plan a winter family vacation, and for travelers who love Vermont but don’t downhill ski, Lake Morey offers a variety of ice-based outdoor winter activities that get the blood pumping. Throughout the week, guest can snowshoe, Nordic skate, go sledding, play broom ball, take a sleigh ride, compete in family trivia, watch movies in the resort’s onsite 120-seat indoor movie theater and more.

Rooms during President’s Week start at $154 per night based on single or double occupancy and include up to two children. Each additional adult in room is $20 per night. Each additional child is $10 per night. All rates are subject to 9% VT tax. For more information or to book, visit www.lakemoreyresort.com or call 1-800-423-1211.

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