Edited: November 8, 2013
The Northeast offers amazing weekend getaway destinations for the hardworking telecommuter.
Visit the Northeast during fall and you’re in for a special treat – fabulous foliage. If you’re ready for a well deserved fall pick-me-up, we encourage you to read on. Start planning your Northeast weekend escape right now.
New Harbor, Maine
New Harbor, Maine is a charming seaport village that is quintessential coastal Maine. It’s also located near a number of lighthouses, and you simply can’t visit Maine without taking in a few of these historic structures. Stroll through eclectic owner operated shops, fill your tummy with scrumptious seafood restaurants and enjoy a relaxed vibe that will refresh the hardworking telecommuter in you.
Where to Stay. Have we got some treats for you! New Harbor, Maine has some excellent lodging options. Try these.
• Hotel Pemaquid. Gentle breezes, relaxing rockers, a cozy fireplace, and spacious wrap-around porch. That’s just a bit of what you can expect from Hotel Pemaquid. This lovely hotel offers simple, clean rooms that start at about $70.00 per night. Wow! Best yet, it is situated only a mere 150 yards from the rugged Pemaquid coast and the famous Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.
• The Bradley Inn. If you’re looking for a classy and classic Maine lodging experience, try The Bradley Inn. Located at the tip of the Pemaquid peninsula, The Bradley Inn has been serving guests for over 100 years. There’s a restaurant boasting an award-winning wine list and a Tavern on-site. Enjoy free country breakfast and afternoon tea. The historic Pemaquid Lighthouse is close by and waits for your exploration. Rates start at about $200.00 per night, double occupancy.
• Pemaquid Lighthouse. The ocean crashes nearby, the grounds are beautifully maintained, and the nearly 200 year old lighthouse shines proudly in the sun. Travel out to the Pemaquid Lighthouse and you won’t be disappointed. The Fishermen’s Museum contains a variety of antique equipment, photos from yesteryear and other artifacts from the lobstering industry. The lighthouse tower and outbuildings are open to the public. Note that you must be 46 inches tall to climb the tower.
• Monhegan Island. Located about ten miles from the mainland you’ll discover the small, rocky island of Monhegan. Accessible only by boat, you can catch a cruise to the island from New Harbor. Monhegan claims less than 100 year-round residents, many of which make a living off the bounty of the ocean. For more than a century, Monhegan has received visitors who seek isolation, and a simple way of life. Expect to discover a thriving art community, fabulous seafood, and friendly folks.
Cruise Vermont’s Charming Route 100
Leave telecommuting behind. Get in the car and cruise! Route 100 is a genuine American classic, and an ideal way to catch the amazing colors a Northeast fall offers. In fact, many agree it’s the best place in the entire Northeast to spot fall foliage. The route runs north to south and takes you through a myriad of quaint towns, boutique wineries, and spectacular scenes. If you’re looking for the ultimate fall foliage getaway, look no further.
Where to Stay
• The Inn at Weston. Welcome to luxury. The Inn at Weston offers a variety of lodging arrangements, all which are very tastefully decorated and encourage romance and relaxation. You’ll enjoy a telecommuter’s full country dream breakfast and afternoon tea with delightful treats. Try dinner at the Vermont restaurant or chat over drinks at the Inn’s pub. Take advantage of free Wifi if you must, and pets are welcome. Rates start at about $225.00 and go on up. Don’t miss a journey to the famous Vermont Country Store located nearby.
• The Inn at Lareau Farm. Established in 1794 and situated on the banks of the Mad River, The Inn at Lareau Farm represents classic Vermont country comfort. Rates start at a reasonable $90.00 and include a hearty farm house breakfast and afternoon snacks. If you’ve always dreamed of country living, pack your bags.
• Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Located in Waterbury Center, this old-fashioned cider mill makes for a tasty, thirst quenching stop. Apples, donuts, cheese, and an abundance of Vermont food products will tempt you. It’s genuine Vermont through and through.
• Moss Glen Falls. Moss Glen Falls is a roaring site, especially after a heavy rain. Once the water drops about 40 feet, it collects on a picturesque pool. Just south of Warren, Moss Glen Falls is positioned right on Route 100. There’s no excuse to miss this Vermont beauty.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Located on the New Hampshire coast, you’ll find Portsmouth welcoming you with open arms and open doors. Gorgeous historic homes line idyllic streets, Market Square offers interesting shops and delectable eateries, quiet beaches and fantastic festivals are Portsmouth’s specialty. Charming? Yes, you could say that.
Where to Stay
• Martin Hill Inn. If you seek a classic New England escape, here it is. Accented by gorgeous gardens, adorned with tasteful antiques and perfectly situated near downtown, the Martin Hill Inn is a sure-bet for those who want a quiet escape near the heart of the action. A full breakfast is prepared daily, and vegetarian, vegan, lactose, or gluten-free breakfasts are available by request. Wireless internet access at no charge. Rates range from $125.00-$210.00 per night.
• Chain lodging. A number of chain hotels are sprinkled throughout Portsmouth, and range from the very affordable to exclusive.
• The Isles of Shoals. Just about 10 miles off the coast of Portsmouth, you’ll find this group of small islands. The Isles have become a popular tourist site for creative minds looking for solitude. Catch a leisurely boat tour of the islands from Portsmouth and learn about the Isle’s fascinating history.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Telecommuters beware: after a fall weekend getaway in captivating Cape Cod, you might find yourself searching for real estate. That’s because Cape Cod is simply a classic coastal Massachusetts destination; seafood, shopping, expansive beach homes, lighthouses, and divine villages. PS. If you must work during your getaway, you’ll find plenty of coffee shops and cafes to perch yourself at and revel in the telecommuting lifestyle!
Where to Stay
• Seascape Motor Inn. The Seascape Motor Inn has been in business nearly 40 years. Maybe it’s the variety of simple, clean rooms paired with hospitality that keep people coming back. Due to its higher elevation, hang gliders, paragliders, and flyers of R.C. planes are frequent guests. Rates start at about $85.00 per night.
• The Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa of Provincetown
Classic Cape Cod? Here you go. This 140 year old Cape Cod Sea Captain’s estate is an ideal place to reinvent yourself; or at least catch up on some much needed telecommuters R&R. There’s a main mansion, spa, and restaurant all surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds. Free hot breakfast and Wifi. Fall rates start at about $200.00 per night.
• Scenic Ride on Route 6A, and Into the “Old Cape Cod.” Leave that laptop and take a step back in time. Follow Route 6A and you’ll beg for yesteryear. The air is fresh, the homes are stunning and the ocean mesmerizing. This is the Cape Cod our grandparents knew. Route 6A takes you through some dynamic communities. Simply shut down the iphone and enjoy.
From winding country roads to rugged coastline, the Northeast makes for a fabulous fall weekend retreat and offers activities for nearly every lifestyle. Whether you’re sipping a local wine in Vermont while the colorful leaves blow, or cruising via boat to an uninhibited island off the coast of New Hampshire, or strolling a Massachusetts beach with your toddler in tow, a Northeast fall weekend getaway is sure to refresh and restore you. That’s what we call the perfect balance of work and personal life- happy telecommuting!
What’s your idea of the ultimate weekend getaway: Hustle and bustle or quiet and calm?
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