The Hamptons aren’t the only option for a quick summer escape; the following alternatives are worthy destinations for those looking for a change of pace this summer.
1. Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, Mass.
For those looking for a change of scenery, Cape Cod offers understated New England charm. A favorite of the Bostonian elite for decades, the former hunting lodge will be hosting its centennial anniversary celebration this June.
2. The Madison, Fire Island Pines, N.Y.
Among Long Island’s beaches, Fire Island has always offered an atmosphere all its own. Now amongst the beautiful sands and the island’s historic LGBT community, The Madison offers accommodations aimed at the luxury set. The Madison guest house, with its contemporary design and sleek architecture, boasts an array of amenities including a roof deck, pool-side massage and catering services, as well as a Jacuzzi.
3. Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown, Mass.
Time seems to slow on Martha’s Vineyard—island communities tend to have that effect. The Harbor View Hotel has deep roots on the Vineyard dating back to the 19th century. Enjoy the spacious Captain’s Cottage Suites with quaint wraparound porches ideal for soaking in the scenery. A short walk from the beach and historic Edgartown, the Harbor View Hotel offers the quintessential Martha’s Vineyard experience.
4. Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Skaneateles, N.Y.
Although situated in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, the Mirbeau offers a touch of French refinement with decor that transports the guest to a Provencal chateau. Walks through the impressionist gardens or the Monet pond are as inspiring as they are relaxing.
5. Sea Crest Beach Hotel, North Falmouth, Mass.
With coastal scenery and charming cottages, plus access to Buzzards Bay and ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, the Sea Crest Beach Hotel is a centrally located destination for a New Yorker looking to sample the Cape’s many offerings.