In the summer, New England is as welcoming as a slice of home-baked blueberry pie. Postcard-pretty harbors brimming with lobster boats, lighthouses, July 4th parades and the majestic waves of the Atlantic Ocean entice families like bees to honey. A range of coastal New England hotels welcome families, from luxurious beachfront resorts to simple accommodations that feel as homey as your aunt’s spare room. Here are our favorites.
Catch the ferry to Edgartown and you’re transported to a timeless seaport village. The Winnetu Oceanside Resort is located at South Beach. Rooms and private cottages have kitchenettes and separate living areas. Some have unobstructed ocean views.
The children’s program for ages 3-12 includes field trips to a local farm and rides in the resort's vintage fire truck. In addition, there’s a parent-child program for toddlers.
For a New England culinary experience, don’t miss the resort’s signature clambake on Wednesday evenings. The traditional feast includes local lobster, velvety clam chowder, just-picked sweet corn and fresh berry cobbler.