Come for the lobster rolls, stay for the beaches.
Two New England beaches recently made the top 25 list of sandy havens in the United States, according to Tripadvisor’s 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards, which were released on Tuesday.
Ogunquit Beach in Ogunquit, Maine, came in at number 15 on the list, while Race Point Beach in Cape Cod’s Provincetown was ranked 21st.
“Great beach and amazing sunset,” a review featured next to Race Point Beach stated.
The No. 1 beach in the US was Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, Florida.
The winners on the Tripadvisor list were calculated “based on the quality and quantity of the millions of reviews, opinions and ratings collected on Tripadvisor in 2019, prior to the pandemic,” a statement from the Needham-based company says. The hallmark of winners “continues to be remarkable service and quality experiences for travelers and diners,” the statement says.
The list also includes categories for most popular destinations, attractions/amusement parks, restaurants, hotels, experiences, airlines, and trending and emerging destinations. Each category has top 25 winners worldwide, in the US, and by region.
“This has been a tough year for our industry, but the global desire to go and explore, whether the destination is an hour away or across the world, remains strong,” said Lindsay Nelson, chief experience and brand officer at Tripadvisor, in the statement. “We’re passionate about guiding travelers to the good out there, especially the good found within these recognized hotels, restaurants and airlines that rise to the occasion in offering the best of the best.”
In addition to beaches, Massachusetts had a strong showing in the hotels category, as the Nantucket Hotel & Resort was ranked the second best hotel in the US. A review next to the ranking described the resort: “Warm, friendly, impeccably clean, perfectly located to town, inviting public spaces, great bed, nautical decor. We loved every minute.”
In fact, Massachusetts — and New England at large — are home to some of the best hotels in the US, when looking at several of the site’s subcategories. Lands End Inn in Provincetown was ranked sixth in the small hotel category, while The Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa in Jackson, N.H., came in 11th, the Lyme Inn in Lyme, N.H., came in 13th, Union Street Inn in Nantucket came in 17th, The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I., ranked 19th, and LakeHouse Inn in Lee came in 24th.
In the luxury hotel category, Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston ranked 12th. Midway Motel in Cape Cod’s Eastham was named 18th best bargain hotel, and The Trellis House in Ogunquit, Maine, came in at No. 13 in the bed and breakfast/inn category.
New England was also represented on the US amusement parks list: Santa’s Village in Jefferson, N.H., was ranked No. 14, and Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H., came in at No. 19.
And on the US trending destinations list, Portland, Maine, ranked No. 19, while Cape Cod’s Chatham came in at No. 22.