Renewing Your Vows in New England

The Basics

Steeped in history and with nearly 5,000 miles of coastline, this part of the USA has a strong maritime culture. The majority of New England states border the Atlantic Ocean, and even land-locked Vermont has sparkling Lake Champlain. Inland, ribbon-like country roads lead to enchanting vistas and charming inns, oceanfront resorts, and mountaintop hotels.


Part of New England's appeal is its diversity: Outdoors lovers can hike, kayak, and ski amidst glorious scenery; culture lovers will find art inspired by the scenery; history buffs can trace the American Revolution and revel in Newport's gilded mansions. And New England cuisine is distinctive and delicious. Everything from lobster rolls to blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup can be included on an authentic vow renewal menu. 


Pros

  • Four distinct seasons, including world-renowned fall foliage
  • Easy to reach via car, Amtrak, and plane
  • Scrumptious seafood and farm-fresh produce


Cons

  • Locals tend to be reserved
  • Cold and snowy winters, sometimes brutally so
  • Costlier events in high season (May-October)

5 Places We Love

Massachusetts: An Italian palazzo in the Berkshire Mountains, Wheatleigh and its five-diamond restaurant can produce the ultimate in a posh country celebration.

 

New Hampshire: A grand dame of a hotel, Omni Mount Washington Resort  offers celebratory locations that include a garden, terrace, veranda, conservatory, and ballroom.


Rhode Island: Celebrate at Ocean House under a tent at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, in a suite with a deck or terrace, in a private cottage, on the  lawn, or in a ballroom.


Maine: Heaven for seafood lovers, Kennebunkport’s Boathouse Waterfront Hotel combines a marina view with the state’s tastiest menu. 


Connecticut: Have an all-adult, fun-loving guest list? The Mohegan Sun casino, includes a spa, night club, and 40+ places to eat along with ballrooms, private dining facilities and a sylvan Golf Club for celebrations.