These Three New England Hotels Specialize In Affordable Luxury

It’s been said that “luxury comes at a cost.” That may be so, but some New England hotels are bucking the trend by offering a luxurious experience for $300 per night or less. Guests of the following hotels can expect the red carpet treatment from the moment they arrive by an attentive staff whose professionalism often goes beyond the call of duty, along with upscale accommodations and fine dining.

Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

An elegant beach front resort, Inn by the Sea captures the imagination of discerning travelers from the moment they arrive. Beach suite guest rooms offer privacy paired with water views, outdoor patios and decks, along with large gathering rooms with hardwood floors and gas burning fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens and king-sized bedrooms. Guests enjoy a mile of unspoiled sand beach, ocean views, the fireplace lounge with creative craft cocktails and local spirits, captivating regional cuisine in ocean View Sea Glass restaurant, a full service SPA with sea inspired treatments along with close proximity to the shopping, sporting and cultural activities of Portland’s urban chic small port city. Nightly smores are also popular at the Inn’s outdoor campfire. Other outdoor activities include walking the beach, visiting the nearby lighthouses, discovering the many wooded trails in the adjacent State Park or enjoying the Cliff Walks at Portland Head Light or Two Lights State Park on the edge of the sea.

The Inn’s Sea Glass restaurant has panoramic ocean views from inside the intimate setting, or guests may enjoy craft cocktails and small plates at fire tables on the seaside outdoor deck. Guests may opt for meals next to the

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Why You Should Spend Your Next Vacation In A Small Town

Whether coastal, mountain, lakefront, or in between, the small towns that speckle the South are brimming with storybook charm and beckoning with history, culture, hospitality, and beauty. If a small map dot isn’t atop your travel bucket list now, these reasons to visit will change your mind. 

Whether you crave a romantic escape, a toes-in-the-sand trip, or a destination that does it up at Christmastime, there’s a small town that’s just right for a visit. Heck, you may even be called to put down roots and join the community.

Here, 9 reasons your next vacation should be to a small town:

The Slower Pace

Small towns may have sleepy reputations, but with local festivals, farmers’ markets, and fairs, you can count on a wealth of ways to stay busy. Compared to a buzzing city or overcrowded beach resort, however, the calmer energy of a small town can feel like a balm. With fewer people and less traffic to contend with, you’ll be in for a soothing getaway without the commotion of a bustling destination.

Exploring a quiet place and letting your mind wander, too can be just the escape you need from the daily grind. Just strolling down Aiken, South Carolina’s live oak-lined streets or along Beaufort, North Carolina’s picturesque boardwalks can take you from stressed out to blissed out.

The Reasonable Cost

A weekend in a big city can end up costing you, from high hotel prices to trendy restaurants asking top dollar for entrees and cocktails. In a small town, you can typically get cozy accommodations for a steal, a memorable meal for a fraction of big-city prices, and admission to local attractions for free or a reasonable fee. 

The Sense of Discovery

There’s something invigorating about exploring a new place, especially one that’s a bit

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