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A Luxe Family Vacation in New England

by Felicity Long

May 16, 2018

© Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club


Can’t wait for summer to enjoy a luxe family vacation? Surprisingly, some of New England’s toniest properties get a jump on summer by offering shoulder season hospitality that blends family-friendly activities with upscale touches such as fine dining, spa treatments and suite accommodations.



© Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club


Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, for example, the only four-season resort in toney Newport, R.I., offers an indoor heated pool, a saltwater outdoor pool by the sea with a sundeck for when the weather warms up, nearly a dozen fire pits overlooking Newport Bridge and a seasonal kids club for young guests aged 12 and younger.


The 257-room resort also offers the Seawater Spa, Scarpetta restaurant and free transportation for those who want to explore Newport’s famous mansions or the cliff walk.

Bay Pines Beach Sunset

Bay Pines Beach Sunset. Photo: Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club


Nantucket Hotel & Resort, an all-season destination resort on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts, is situated within walking distance of the beach, shops and local restaurants. The 42- room property boasts a complimentary, seasonal kids club, which also operates in the evening for parents who want to enjoy an evening out; rides aboard an antique fire truck and a vintage bus; cycling via rental bikes the property will arrange to have delivered to you at the hotel, and amenities include five swimming pools, including two indoor pools for off-season; a heated outdoor hot tub; fire pits, a glass-enclosed restaurant; and a library stocked with board games. Accommodations range from one- to four-bedroom suites and cottages.

Beach Fire

© Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, set on 429 acres in Cape Cod, Mass., offers seasonal family packages and activities for guests of all ages. Movies by Moonlight, for example, complete with popcorn and a bar for the adults, take place on the Mansion Front Lawn seasonally, along with Friday Fun Night at the golf putting green; family kite making activities; family bingo; craft days; “splashtastic” pool games, and s’mores family beach fires.



Photo: Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club


The good news for families who can’t wait for summer is Ocean Edge also offers a family basketball court open year-round, along with tennis, cycling and, for mom and dad, massages, facials and wraps at The Beach House Spa. Other activities include a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding and even guided oyster bed tours


The 336-room resort offers accommodations in the Mansion, a 19th-century, three-floor Victorian-style building with an ornate, carved oak staircase, or in multiroom villas in the Presidential Bay Collection or at The Villages.


© Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club


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