Chic Retreats: New England Beach Town B&Bs

In the summertime, the shores of New England are bustling with pristine sailboats and families wearing seersucker and Nantucket reds. Quaint, whitewashed seafood shacks are the places to be and be seen, and the only pressing decisions to be made include whether to play tennis before or after a midday snooze on the sand.

Life on the beach is gooood, but figuring out where to stay is always a hassle. Below, my top picks for intimate, beautifully decorated bed and breakfasts in three of New England’s most bustling resort towns. Grab a boat and tote (monogramming optional), hop in your Wrangler, and get ready for some relaxation.

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The Chapman House

With 11 uniquely decorated rooms, The Chapman House on Nantucket is a convenient walk from the ferry terminal and just a two-minute walk from the Juice Bar. A restful stay at a beautiful B&B that’s near an ice cream store featuring fresh, warm waffle cones? Now that’s my kind of vacation. For more information, click here.

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The Attwater

Decorated with furniture in mixed patterns and bright hues, the hip interiors of The Attwater are a far cry from the old-world grandeur and (dare I say it) stuffiness that characterizes the historic Newport Mansions nearby. The B&B is conveniently located just a few blocks from the center of town and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.  For more information, click here.

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The Tides

A stone’s throw from Kennebunkport’s popular Gooserocks Beach, The Tides Beach Club has a laid back, Maine-y vibe complete with rooms that are bedecked with quirky Jonathan Adler accents. The lobby’s cozy reading nook (pictured here, top left) will make you wish you could stay forever. It also doesn’t hurt that The Clam Shack, home of the world’s best lobster roll, is just a 15 minute ride away. For more information, click here.

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