Boston’s Best Holiday Escapes

December 8, 2012 4:00 AM

(Photo Credit: Nordic Village Resort)

If you need to escape the overwhelming rush of the holiday crowds, worry not. After your shopping, baking and planning are complete, why not allow yourself some quiet time. Relax and unwind at one of these nearby holiday escapes for a holiday season that you can remember for something other than its notoriety.
federal house Bostons Best Holiday Escapes

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Federal House Inn
1560 Pleasant St.
South Lee, MA 01260
(800) 243-1824

This stately bed and breakfast in the heart of the Berkshires is a welcoming place to spend some time during the holidays. Built in 1842, it is a restored home previously owned by Thomas Hurlbut. The inn is conveniently located near Butternut Ski Resort, the Appalachian Trail and Tanglewood. Start the day with a candlelit three-course breakfast near the fire before venturing out to do some shopping at the outlets. Make sure to be back by 5 p.m. for complimentary wine in the living room, and to learn about the local restaurant choices for dinner. Upon returning, warm up with hot chocolate, coffee or tea while sitting by your private fireplace.

nordic Bostons Best Holiday Escapes

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Nordic Village Resort
Route 16
Jackson, NH 03846
(603) 383-9101

Nordic Village Resort is located on 165 acres of land, and provides breathtaking views of the Mount Washington Valley. Choose from a suite, townhouse, penthouse, one- or two-bedroom unit, or pet-friendly lodging option. Head out for some local cross country or downhill skiing — or even some snowmobiling before returning to relax by the fire. Amenities include a fitness center, tranquility pool, hiking trails and mountain club. Relaxation, Honeymoon, Northern Extreme, Romantic Retreat, Storyland or Polar Express packages are also available to enhance your stay.

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palmer house inn Bostons Best Holiday Escapes

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Palmer House Inn
81 Palmer Ave.
Falmouth, MA 02540
(800) 472-2632

An off-season visit to this Cape Cod bed and breakfast is a perfect escape from the holiday crowds. The inn is located in a residential area, where homes are typically adorned with holiday decor. Room options include a king- or queen-sized bed, optional Jacuzzi and fireplace, or pet-friendly accommodations.  Your day begins with a gourmet breakfast, which might include baked pears, gingerbread pancakes or cranberry sorbet. A quick walk gets you to the nearby shops and restaurants, before returning at 3 p.m. for cider, hot tea and fresh-baked cookies.

vt Bostons Best Holiday Escapes

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Four Chimneys Inn and Restaurant
21 West Road
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 447-3500

This luxurious inn sits on 11 private acres of land in a historic neighborhood and provides a peaceful getaway from hectic holidays. Choose from one of 10 unique rooms with amenities like high-speed Internet, private baths, individual heat and phones. A grand country breakfast is served each morning and may be enjoyed in the sun porch or dining room. Relax by the fireplace or with a cocktail in the lounge.

ivy lodge Bostons Best Holiday Escapes

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Ivy Lodge
12 Clay St.
Newport, RI 02840
(800) 834-6865

Ivy Lodge is situated in the mansion district, just minutes from downtown Newport and The Cliff Walk. Any of the eight Victorian rooms are good choices with elegant furnishings and antiques. Amenities include CD/radio, cable TV, wireless Internet, individual heat/AC and a direct-dial phone. A full gourmet breakfast is served up each morning to guests. For a more unique experience, consider a getaway package: Romance, Merry Winter, Pamper Me, Quintessential Newport or New Year’s Eve are all good ones. Custom packages are also available.

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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