The Best Resorts in the American Northeast in 2016
Whether you’re looking to spend your vacation on a rocky coastline, in rolling farmland, or in a verdant valley surrounded by mountains, there’s a spot in the Northeastern U.S. for you. The best resorts in the area, from Maine down to Maryland, provide a slew of outdoor activities as well as pampering experiences for those looking for a little bit of rejuvenation.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. In the hotels category, readers rated properties on their rooms and facilities, location, service, food and drink, and overall value. Hotels were categorized as city or resort properties based on their locations.
Rhode Island takes the Northeast trophy, with three out of the 10 properties in the list. Westerly’s Weekapaug Inn sits on the edge of quaint Quonochontaug Pond, and looks less like a hotel and more like a grand 19th-century estate. “Truly a remarkable treat along the New England coast,” as one survey-taker put it. The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport and Ocean House in Watch Hill provide serious doses of Gilded Age–style glamour.
In Vermont, No. 2 Twin Farms, in Barnard (one of two resorts in the Green Mountain State that made this year’s top 10, along with the Pitcher Inn), had readers raving about the impeccable service. “The staff is friendly, warm, and seems to be there to make your every wish come true,” said a guest.
The only Pennsylvania property that cracked the top 10 also happens to be the winner. The Lodge at Glendorn, in Bradford, is a foodie’s dream. Guest can forage, hunt, or fish for ingredients in the surrounding forest before handing their finds to the chef, who uses it to prepare the night’s dinner.
Read on for the full list.
No. 9: Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
No. 8: Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island
No. 7: The Inn at Hastings Park, Lexington, Massachusetts
No. 6: Winvian Farm, Morris, Connecticut
No. 4: Weekapaug Inn, Westerley, Rhode Island
No. 3: Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Chatham, Massachusetts
No. 2: Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
No. 1: The Lodge at Glendorn, Bradford, Pennsylvania
Back in 1929, oil baron Clayton Glenville Dorn created a country compound in northwestern Pennsylvania. Today it’s a resort called The Lodge at Glendorn, with 12 guest cabins and a main house spread across 1,500 acres on the doorstep of Allegheny National Forest. Glendorn retains a residential feel — “like going back in time to stay at a family's private hunting lodge,” one reader said. Children are welcome, as are pets. Guests can fill their days with activities that range from cooking classes to fly-fishing, and in the evening gather around one of the fire pits for s’mores.