The scenic Northeastern U.S. has a seemingly endless array of intriguing stops for a summer getaway. Whether you’re looking to stay among the skyscrapers or along the coastline, there is something for everyone. Here are seven fabulous destinations that are too good to pass up right now.
The Peninsula New York
This elegant Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star stay is one of the city’s most iconic hotels — it happens to be housed in a landmark beaux-arts building that dates back to 1905. But don’t let the rich history fool you. This posh property features plenty of high-tech amenities, including bedside control panels that can adjust almost any in-room setting imaginable.
Reserve the Peninsula’s exclusive online summer offer to receive a complimentary room upgrade as well as flexible check-in and checkout times. Splurge on a suite to also partake in breakfast for two.
After a long day of shopping along Fifth Avenue (also where the hotel resides), bask in a treatment at the property’s sleek Five-Star spa. Don’t miss the relaxation room where you can cozy up in a plush pod, sip coconut water and listen to your choice of ambient sounds.
Historic Boston is just the setting for a romantic rendezvous. Book a room at this Four-Star Beacon Hill stunner for a secluded feel without sacrificing on location — the boutique stay is only steps away from popular attractions such as the Boston Common, America’s oldest public park.
Upgrade your alfresco afternoon plans with the hotel’s Picnic in the Park package, which includes a basket for two filled with delicious nibbles like lobster rolls, chilled shrimp, assorted cookies, chips and two mocktails. This tasty treat is best enjoyed during the splendor of a summer sunset.
And if you want more sunset vistas, head up to XV Beacon’s intimate rooftop, sink into a red lounge chair and admire the skyline.
Park Hyatt New York
For a stylish Manhattan getaway in the heart of it all, snag yourself a sumptuous room at this Five-Star skyscraper. Situated less than half a mile from NYC’s famed Museum of Modern Art, the artistic hotel is the ideal home base for a cultured tour of the city. Stop by MoMa to take in its summer exhibitions — such as local sculptor Julia Phillips’ first solo show, “Failure Detection,” showing through September 3 — before they’re gone.
After strolling through the Big Apple’s galleries, be sure to visit the property’s Four-Star Spa Nalai and its exquisite 65-foot pool; the work of aquatic art comes completes with classical tunes played under the water.
Portland Harbor Hotel
Fans of the cozy and quaint should search no further than this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended seaside stay. Perched in Portland’s historic Old Port District, the luxe lodging offers prime access to the trendy town, where you’ll find live music and freshly caught seafood at every turn.
For a deeper dive into the Maine town’s creative side, check out the hotel’s Art Indulgence Package. You’ll visit nearby galleries and boutiques as well as receive a pass to the Portland Museum of Art.
Once you’re feeling adequately inspired, conclude your evening of culture with a trip to Muse Paint Bar to create your own masterpiece.
The Chatwal, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Experience the glitz and glam of Broadway with an extravagant stay at this Four-Star Theater District property. Simply step through the art-deco-inspired doors of the historic hotel to be transported back to a bygone era of mobsters, movie stars and Manhattan socialites.
Take full advantage of your luxurious locale by reserving the property’s Broadway Night Package, which includes a pre-theater dinner for two, roundtrip transfers to the performance and post-show cocktails at the hotel’s Four-Star Lambs Club, a red-filled respite that serves tipples like the Old Sweet Song (peach-pie-infused bourbon, sweet vermouth, peach cordial and peach bitters).
The Iroquois New York
Simplify your summer stay in the city with the Bed & Breakfast Package from this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Midtown address. Book your chic accommodations online and receive a complimentary continental breakfast for two at Triomphe, the property’s French restaurant. Kick-start your day with yogurt parfaits, seasonal fruit, assorted pastries, fresh-squeezed juice, coffee and tea.
Once you’re feeling energized, hit the pavement to explore all that the Big Apple has to offer — the historic hotel is just a 15-minute stroll from the Empire State Building, a 20-minute walk to Central Park and steps away from almost every subway line. It’s an oasis amid Times Square’s crowds and frenetic energy.
Hyatt Union Square New York
For a flavor-filled summer, there’s nowhere quite like New York, and this Four-Star hideaway provides easy access to some of the city’s finest restaurants — one of them even sits on property.
Savor the local flavor of the farm stand at the Hyatt’s own Bowery Road, which features dishes made with market-sourced ingredients for every meal from brunch to happy hour.
Foodies who want to venture slightly beyond the palate-pleasing property can explore Union Square Park’s Greenmarket, Manhattan’s most famous farmers market and the place to find just-picked produce, farmstead cheeses and fresh-baked goods.
If you want to take your time along the artisanal aisles, jump at the hotel’s latest seasonal promotion to score a 50 percent discount on a third night after you’ve stayed two.