Vacationers have found respite in New England’s scenic spots for more than 100 years. Traveling by train or stagecoach, visitors decamped for weeks—or even months—to walk in the woods, bathe in the ocean, and enjoy hospitality at resorts on a grand scale.
Testimony to the delights of these retreats is spelled out in cards and letters written by generations of guests, many dating back to the days before email and texts. “Dear Seders,” starts a postcard sent from Quisisana Resort in Center Lovell, Maine, on August 14, 1936. “Abe and I couldn’t have had a better time, for we consider this place paradise. Evie, tell your friends; no more conducive place to marital bliss could exist. Love and kindest regards, Natalie & Abe.”
These resorts were built for relaxation and escape, and they still provide ideal conditions for enjoying marital bliss, reconnecting with family and friends, and many other peaceful pursuits. Welcoming lobbies and public spaces invite lingering, with board games and books to borrow, while outside, lawn games like croquet and badminton await multigenerational families who gather around fire pits at night to toast s’mores.
Turn back the clock at one of these spots, where you can embrace the pleasures of past generations of travelers setting aside the daily grind to pick up a tennis racket, don a bathing costume, or play chess.