Vacations and getaways have been shelved by many apprehensive travelers due to COVID-19, but for those still looking for local trips, there’s a spot of good news. According to the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, five of the top 15 resort hotels in the continental United States are located in New England. Rabbit Hill Inn, located in Lower Waterford, Vt., was a big winner in the travel glossy’s annual reader poll.
Rabbit Hill Inn, which labels itself as a “Deliciously romantic Vermont experience,” was named the top resort hotel in the Northeast, the number three resort in the country, and the number 27 resort hotel in the world. In its write-up of the inn, Travel + Leisure editors said “The 19-room lodge has everything readers want from a luxe, quintessentially New England stay.” It’s the second year in a row that Rabbit Hill has earned the top spot on the list.
Also scoring high was perpetual favorite Twin Farms in Barnard, Vt. It was named the second best resort in the Northeast, number eight in the United States, and 93 in the world. “Verdant farmland and woods surround Twin Farms, in central Vermont, where modern life can feel like a distant memory,” the magazine wrote.
While New England resort hotels fared well, Boston’s city hotels were primarily snubbed in the survey, which was completed before the coronavirus pandemic nearly shutdown the travel industry. The Row at Assembly Square in Somerville landed in the number five spot on the list of the top 15 US city hotels. Unlike previous years, there was no list ranking Boston hotels. Boston also missed the list of the top cities in the United States. (Charleston, S.C., was ranked top by Travel + Leisure readers.)
In addition to Rabbit Hill Inn and Twin Farms, the Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Harwich, and the Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection in Newport also placed in the top 15 resort hotels in the continental United States.
The entire list of winners can be found at www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best.
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