For the 50+ Traveler

While international travel is always alluring, there are many wonderful vacation destinations to be found in our very own United States, and these destinations are perfect for a weekend trip.

Sometimes all you need to feel replenished and restored is a nice weekend getaway at a quaint bed and breakfast. If you live in or near New England, it’s probably no surprise to you that this lovely northeastern region of the U.S. is home to some of the nation’s most picturesque bed and breakfasts.

From Victorian mansions to round barns surrounded by mountain landscapes, these nine New England bed and breakfasts offer travelers rest and relaxation, luxurious amenities, and plenty of things to do nearby.

the trellis house in ogunquit maine

1. The Trellis House, Ogunquit, Maine

Located in Ogunquit, Maine, The Trellis House is the epitome of the quaint New England bed and breakfast. The house boasts a sophisticated flair and unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, and it is surrounded by Ogunquit’s best restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. The town is the gateway to the Marginal Way, one of New England’s most beloved coastal walkways.

The Trellis House offers amenities such as fine linens, creative decor, and afternoon refreshments, as well as daily gourmet breakfasts served in its screened-in porch and made with the freshest ingredients.

This stunning New England bed and breakfast is home to eight unique rooms featuring beach views, personal verandas, and fireplaces.

sugar hill inn in new hampshire

2. Sugar Hill Inn, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire

Nestled in the White Mountains, Sugar Hill Inn in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, is a romantic bed and breakfast that invites visitors to sit back, relax, and inhale the fresh mountain air. Sugar Hill Inn is surrounded by picturesque mountain views, which can be enjoyed from the property’s porch swings or waterfall-fed swimming pool.

Known for its fine dining, unique artwork, and stylish guest rooms and cottages, this bed and breakfast is ideal for couples; it will inevitably make guests feel like they’re on their first romantic getaway. Note that no children are allowed on the property.

There are many things to explore in and around Sugar Hill, including covered bridges, numerous waterfalls, 1,200 miles of hiking trails, and Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern U.S.

the inn at round barn farm in vermont

3. The Inn At Round Barn Farm, Waitsfield, Vermont

A popular wedding venue, The Inn at Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont, features 245 acres of mountains, forests, flower gardens, meadows, and ponds. It’s an ideal place to see the fall foliage during the crisp autumn months and to discover the beauty of the Mad River Valley.

The Inn at Round Barn Farm is home to one of the only round barns in the state. Staff chefs serve up delicious Vermont breakfasts featuring seasonal items grown in the property’s very own organic gardens.

The bed and breakfast offers year-round activities and cultural experiences, and it is situated near the Sugarbush and Stowe ski resorts.

the captain stannard house in connecticut

4. Captain Stannard House, Westbrook, Connecticut

The Captain Stannard House in Westbrook, Connecticut, features floor-to-ceiling hearths, comfy reading nooks, conversation areas, and even a puzzle table.

The bed and breakfast offers a two-course breakfast made from scratch each morning by the owners, Jim and Mary Brewster. The guest rooms are individually designed for comfort, with personal climate control and 100 percent cotton towels and linens. Delicious homemade desserts are delivered to the rooms at each daily cleaning.

The best part about this bed and breakfast is that you won’t have to travel far to explore everything Westbrook has to offer. There is a beach one block from the property, and there are more than 100 restaurants nearby. The Brewsters offer itineraries featuring fine dining, theater, museums, state parks, golf, casinos, antique and boutique shopping, river excursions, island-hopping, deep-sea fishing -- you name it!

the cliffside inn in newport rhode island

5. The Cliffside Inn, Newport, Rhode Island

The Cliffside Inn, one of the top luxury bed and breakfasts in Newport, Rhode Island, was constructed in 1876 as a summer home for the governor of Maryland and his family.

This thoughtfully restored Second Empire home features antiques, beautiful bay windows, a library, and a wraparound porch.

The hosts make guests feel at home by serving them complimentary wine and cookies upon their arrival. They also offer a free wine reception each afternoon and a full gourmet breakfast each morning.

The Cliffside Inn provides top-notch amenities, including luxury private bathrooms and the finest Italian linens. Each room contains a gas fireplace, LED flat-screen smart television, and free high-speed internet.

devonfield inn in lee massachusetts

6. Devonfield Inn, Lee, Massachusetts

Situated in the heart of the Berkshires, Devonfield Inn in Lee, Massachusetts, is a quaint and historic bed and breakfast that was built in the early 1800s and that sits on 32 acres of rustic meadows. The property is especially breathtaking in the fall.

Beautifully decorated guest rooms come fully equipped with private contemporary bathrooms, air conditioning, flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi, pillowtop mattresses, and luxury linens and towels. Many of the rooms also feature wood-burning fireplaces and whirlpool baths.

Guests begin their day the right way with a generous gourmet breakfast in the sunlit dining room. During the fall and winter months, a candlelit breakfast is served fireside.

After breakfast, guests can take a dip in the heated pool or play a game of tennis. The property is close to several ski resorts, so guests can hit the slopes during the winter.

coveside bed and breakfast in georgetown maine

7. Coveside Bed And Breakfast, Georgetown, Maine

Another of Maine’s delightful bed and breakfasts, Coveside Bed and Breakfast, is located in Georgetown. Every room features water views, a private bath, individually controlled heat, and a king- or queen-size bed. The inn is decorated with original artwork by local artists and furnished in the style of Maine seaside cottages of the early 1900s.

Coveside’s breakfast is an extravagant event, featuring local ingredients such as Maine lobster and farm-sourced cheeses that are prepared by innkeeper Carolyn Church, a Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef.

Guests can use the property’s canoe to paddle along the Little Sheepscot River or to get to the nearby town dock to visit Five Islands Lobster Company. Local attractions include kayaking, boutique and antique shopping, bird-watching, boat trips, lighthouse tours, museums, and live music.

maple leaf inn in barnard vermont

8. Maple Leaf Inn, Barnard, Vermont

Located near Woodstock in Barnard, Vermont, Maple Leaf Inn is fittingly named -- it is located on 16 acres of maple and birch trees. This lovely bed and breakfast is a Select Registry and Diamond property.

Ideal for a romantic getaway, outdoor adventure, or weekend of rest and relaxation, Maple Leaf Inn features wood-burning fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, an outdoor fire pit, and heated bathroom floors.

Nearby are several steepled churches, the oldest general store in Vermont, and back roads ideal for road-tripping. The inn is just a 30-minute drive from Killington, the largest ski resort in all of New England.

inn at ellis river in jackson new hampshire

9. Inn At Ellis River, Jackson, New Hampshire

The Inn at Ellis River in Jackson, New Hampshire, is situated next to a glistening mountain stream, the property’s most attractive outdoor feature. The bed and breakfast features 21 rooms (plus a rustic cottage), many of which come with jacuzzis, balconies, fireplaces, and spectacular views.

The Inn at Ellis River is also home to a cozy game room and pub, a sitting room, an atrium-enclosed six-person hot tub overlooking the Ellis River, a sauna, a gazebo, and a heated swimming pool.

This award-winning inn was voted best bed and breakfast in The Conway Daily Sun’s “100 Best of Mount Washington Valley” for two consecutive years.

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