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Best Cheap Holiday Escapes Near Boston

December 14, 2013 6:00 AM

Photo Credit: Hancock Inn

Photo Credit: Hancock Inn

Holiday time can be overwhelming for some with visits, family, cooking and presents. Escape the hectic feel of the holidays this year without even boarding a plane. Pack a bag, hop in the car and find yourself at these holiday escapes in less than two hours.
Photo Credit: Kripalu Center

Kripalu Center
57 Interlaken Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 448-3152

If you are looking for a getaway that will clear your mind and recharge your body, the Kripalu Center is the place for you. Here you can attend daily yoga classes to gently release stress from muscles or head outside for a hike on the beautiful walking trails. Spend some time relaxing in the sauna or schedule a massage or reiki session to deepen your relaxation. Each meal consists of natural cuisines that will leave you feeling nourished and cleansed. Consider signing up for additional class programs during your stay such as the R&R retreat, healthy living or healing arts.

Photo Credit: Ash Street Inn

Photo Credit: Ash Street Inn

Ash Street Inn
118 Ash St.
Manchester, NH 03104
(603) 668-9908

Head up north for a holiday getaway at the Ash Street Inn. This Victorian bed and breakfast is a mix of comfortable charm and the finest amenities. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the local skiing and snowshoeing before snuggling up by one of the fireplaces on the first floor. Those who prefer the indoors can lounge in the sitting area with a good book and a cup of coffee or tea available 24/7. Full breakfasts are served to order each morning or items can be taken on the go.

Photo Credit: Brandt House

Photo Credit: Brandt House

Brandt House
29 Highland Ave.
Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 774-3329

Escape to an oasis of calm during the holidays with a visit to the Brandt House. This rural inn blends history, adventure, culture and hospitality. Catch up on some reading in the library, warm up in the sun room or bundle up and hike the trails behind the gardens. Choose from one of eight rooms, or book the penthouse for a more luxurious stay. An expanded continental breakfast is served during the week, while hot entrees are served on the weekends. Don’t forget to try the gingerbread waffles to make your holiday complete.

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Photo Credit: Hancock Inn

Photo Credit: Hancock Inn

Hancock Inn
33 Main St.
Hancock, NH 03449
(603) 525-3318

Plan a romantic getaway this holiday season at the Hancock Inn Bed and Breakfast, New Hampshire’s oldest original inn. Murals, fireplaces and antiques create a traditional setting while the inn offers up the best in hospitality and comfort. A full breakfast buffet is served everyday and dinner is served five nights a week. Sundays are especially delicious with a brunch served mid-morning and the Innkeepers’ Supper served at night. Book one of the 13 rooms or suites, or choose the romance package which includes roses, chocolates and a chilled bottle of Prosecco.

Photo Credit: Newport Bay Club & Hotel

Photo Credit: Newport Bay Club & Hotel

Newport Bay Club & Hotel
337 Thames St.
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 849-8600

This luxurious hotel provides the best accommodations for your holiday stay, while offering views of both Newport Harbor and the downtown area. The townhouses and suites have either one or two private bedrooms plus a pull-out sofa bed in the living room, so there is room for the whole family. Bundle up and spend some time on one of the two observation decks or unwind with an in-room massage. In the evening head down to the ground floor to visit Rhino Bar & Grill for dinner or drinks before retiring back to your unit for some relaxing family time.

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Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at


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