personal mini-retreat near Boston
November 24, 2014 9:24 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking to take a personal mini-retreat December 31-January 2, somewhere within 2 hours of Boston (including Boston proper) by train. I'd like it to be more on the luxury end than the rustic end (e.g., no yoga camps).

My fantasy involves being able to:

* get a massage and/or other spa services at or near the place I stay
* tasty food options in walking distance or where I'm staying
* pleasant walks outdoors
* curling up in front of a window with a cup of tea, a book, and a spectacular view of the winter ocean

I've been picturing either a small B&B in someplace like Rockport, MA, or a fancy hotel on the waterfront in Boston. I'd love to hear other suggestions both generally for location and more specifically for particular businesses.
posted by spindrifter to Travel & Transportation around Washington, DC (8 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA? Not sure your budget, but this is a high-end place.
posted by smokyjoe at 10:07 AM on November 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Portland ME?
posted by brujita at 10:11 AM on November 24, 2014

Best answer: Would you be willing to do ferry instead of train? You could go to Provincetown by ferry (about 2 hours) and stay/spa at the Crowne Point. It'll be very quiet, but great for wandering the town and local beaches.
posted by Toddles at 10:48 AM on November 24, 2014

Salem is also nice (by commuter rail) and has loads of B&Bs - though I don't know much about them.
posted by Toddles at 10:52 AM on November 24, 2014

Train to Westerly (as above) for the Weekapaug Inn.
posted by xaryts at 2:40 PM on November 24, 2014

Check out the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod. Also pretty high-end, but I hear great things about this place.
posted by Miko at 9:58 PM on November 24, 2014

Also, train to Westerly then Inn at Stonington?
We like Milagro for Mexican and Noah's is also delicious.
Yankee Magazine included Stonington in its list of prettiest coastal towns.
posted by Saddy Dumpington at 9:42 AM on November 25, 2014

Response by poster: Awesome ideas, thanks, everyone!
posted by spindrifter at 11:20 AM on December 8, 2014

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