A few of our favorite places within a few hours of Boston to enjoy a quick getaway to reset and rejuvenate, no matter what kind of setting refills your soul.
For a rustic treehouse escape
Just under 3 hours from Boston
The Woods Maine is a year-round luxury treehouse on lakeside property in Norway, Maine. Soak in the fresh mountain air from this home among the trees to truly get away from it all. And if you start to get bored with only nature for company, the local town also has a variety of restaurants, bars and markets to visit.
Book online for $650 per night Monday–Thursday and $750 per night Friday–Saturday at thewoodsmaine.com.
For an adventurous weekend
2 hours from Boston
Spend the night under the stars at Gunstock Mountain Resort’s campground and try out the longest zipline in the Northeast at the Gunstock’s Adventure Park. You can also try a mountain coaster and the Aerial Treetop Adventure, for a whole day of adrenaline.
Campsite rates start at $35 a night and cabins are $75 per night midweek and $80 per night on weekends. Campers get a discount on Adventure Park activities. Book at Gunstock.com or call 603-293-4341.
For a night of luxury and culture
2 hours from Boston
The luxurious Wheatleigh Hotel, designed as an Italianate-style country home, offers an experience rooted in the palatial charm of the Gilded Age. The site of the famed music venue, Tanglewood, and summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Berkshires are packed with an incredible lineup of musical and artistic performances, dance and theater festivals. Also try The Wheatleigh’s signature fine French restaurant, The Portico by Jeffrey Thompson, which features just eight coveted tables and an evolving seasonal menu a foodie must try.
Book online for suites starting at $1200 and guest rooms at $800 at wheatleigh.com.
For a taste of farm life
1.5 hours from Boston
Grace Note Farm in Pascoag, RI offers a chance to spend a weekend on an actual farm, through Farm Stay USA, which works to support and promote working farms and ranches that offer lodging. For a unique, family-friendly experience, truly step out of your life for a weekend and try out your hand at farming: help gather hens’ eggs, harvest veggies from the garden, do farm chores, and care for the animals!
Find details at farmstayus.com, and call Grace Note Farm directly at 401-567-0354 to book for $100 per night, and bring your children for $50 per night.