November and early December are the perfect time of year to score a value-added hotel shopping package in New England. Here are six ideas for overnight getaways in destinations that offer plenty of gift shopping in boutiques and outlets — not to mention a little R&R before the holiday frenzy unwraps.
Stay at the Taj Boston in Back Bay and you’ll have Chanel, Barney’s, antiques shops and unique boutiques right outside your door on Newbury Street. The hotel’s Shopper’s Escape Package includes a $100 American Express Gift Card, a curated list of the best neighborhood shops and boutiques and accommodations. The package rate begins at $279 per night, and is available Nov. 17 to January 2018. www.thetajboston.com
A perfect girlfriend trip, escape to the Meadowmere Resort, located about 20 minutes from The Kittery Outlets in Kittery, Maine, home to more than 120 shops. Book the Girlfriends Getaway with Spa package and you’ll get a Kittery Outlets Passbook (with discount coupons totaling $500), a one-hour Swedish massage and a 30-minute spa treatment per package guest, a 10 percent discount to Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School, and late 1 p.m. checkout. Midweek room rates begin at $159 per person, based on double occupancy and a two-night minimum. The package is available now through Dec. 21. There are also shopping packages without the
spa add-on available. www.meadowmere.com
Manchester Village, Vt.
Book the Retail Therapy package at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel and you can unwind in your room with a complimentary bottle of champagne after you’ve snagged some great deals on gifts at the 40-plus shops in the Manchester Designer Outlets. The deal also includes a $50 gift certificate to the outlets and breakfast for two at The Copper Grouse. Packages start at $230 per night. www.taconichotel.com
North Conway, N.H.
The Shop ’Til You Drop package at the White Mountain Hotel and Resort includes accommodations for two nights, daily country breakfast (weekend package includes one breakfast and one Sunday brunch), one order off the dinner menu at Ledges Restaurant, discount shopping coupons, and a gift bag of goodies. Midweek package rates begin at $152 per person, double occupancy; weekend rates begin at $213 per person. www.white
Freeport is a gift to holiday shoppers with more than 55 shops, outlets, and boutiques, all in a compact setting so you can holiday stroll from shop to shop. And the Harraseeket Inn is a quick walk to the shopping action. Book the Harraseeket’s Serious Shopper package and you’ll get two nights’ lodging, a $25 gift certificate to L.L. Bean, dinner for two one night at the inn, daily buffet breakfast, and afternoon tea. Nice. Take the Amtrak Downeaster from Boston and the inn will offer complimentary taxi service from the train station. The package cost begins at $425 weekdays and is good now through Dec. 31. www.harraseeketinn.com
Kennebunkport is a quintessential New England village where you’ll find that unique holiday gift on your list. Book the Shopping Survival getaway package at the Captain Lord Mansion and, post-shopping, you’ll sip complimentary champagne while warming up in front of the fire. The package also includes a complimentary gift wrap station (you’ll wrap your own presents with the inn’s paper, scissors, tissues, and tags) and a Captain Lord Mansion Christmas ornament. Double room rates begin at $199 per midweek night, Dec.1-21. www.captainlord
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