Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Boston
Summer in New England is all about seafood and sunny seaside retreats, and luckily there are plenty of both located just a stone’s throw from Boston. Jump in your car and let us take you to our five favorite small-town getaways from Beantown.
1. Salem, Massachusetts
Famed for its connection to the Salem Witch Trials, Salem is a fascinating place to visit for both history buffs and supposed ghost hunters alike. The village is also a favorite of lighthouse devotees, with five of the structures dotting the city’s coast.
Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Salem-Boston
2. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
If you’ve got your heart set on a beach vacation, then there’s nothing like Cape Cod. Spend your days in the surf and sand at the Craigville Beach and your nights diving into local seafood, like you’ll find at the Naked Oyster and the Sea Street Café.
Where To Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cape Cod – Hyannis
3. Providence, Rhode Island
One of the most walkable cities in the country, Providence invites visitors to explore its charming neighborhoods like Historic Federal Hill and Benefit Street. Once the sun sets, head to Water Place Park for your pick of restaurants nestled amongst public art.
Where To Stay: Hilton Providence
4. Mystic, Connecticut
Fans of the 80s film Mystic Pizza can make a pilgrimage to the film’s locations including the actual Mystic Pizza restaurant, which is still in operation. But this seaside town is more than just nostalgia: wannabe mariners can explore the historic tall ships at the Mystic Seaport Museum, while families with kids will appreciate the Mystic Aquarium.
Where To Stay: Hilton Mystic
5. Portsmouth, New Hampshire
This charming port town is only about an hour North of Boston but its strollable cobblestone downtown feels another world away and is replete with adorable boutiques and hip eateries: try the lobster mac and cheese at Cure and don’t miss a macaron from La Maison Navarre.
Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown