Summer in New England
Get outside and play in the countryside
Luxurious countryside and coastal hideaways meet fragrant gardens and woodlands in picturesque New England, long a summer playground for those seeking to connect with nature and nourish their spirit. Step back into a simpler era by cycling miles of wooded trails lined with beautiful old pine trees in Maine, harvesting your own sea salt in Rhode Island, and learning how make your own artisan cheese at a family farm in Connecticut.
- Connect with nature on guided hikes, cycling excursions and wildlife boat tours
- Explore the region’s bounty by exploring local farms and harvesting your own lobster haul
- Take in world-class art and culture
Stay Your Way
A calming escape shouldn’t be limited to the weekends. Indulge in treatments at our tranquil 20,000 square foot spa and farm-fresh New England-inspired cuisine at our signature restaurant. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and restored, just in time for the weekend back home.
Linger Longer – 3rd Night Free
Explore a Gilded Age mansion, go for a sail on beautiful Narragansett Bay, or enjoy a private tour of an award-winning winery. Linger longer and give yourself more time to explore the charms of historic Newport.
3rd Night Free
Enjoy another romantic candle-lit meal, indulge in another massage, or take in another invigorating swim in our serene rock pool. Linger longer and give yourself more time to refresh and rejuvenate in our legendary Kennebunk hideaway.
The epitome of New England panache, this exquisite country retreat is your summer weekend escape for renewal, nestled on 58 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland, less than a two-hour drive from New York City. Enjoy utter serenity at our 20,000 square foot spa, and at The Mayflower Dining Room, dine on modern New England-inspired cuisine that showcases the exceptional summer bounty of the inn’s kitchen garden.learn more
Make this Gilded Age mansion, built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt in 1909, your summer home in Newport. Dine al fresco on inspired, farm-fresh dishes on our lush and intimate Garden Terrace, or enjoy a beautiful New England sunset over the harbor and Fourth of July fireworks from our Roof Deck, Newport’s best-kept secret.learn more
A rock pool, private cottages and waterfront bungalows create a world of choices to while away the time in beautiful Kennebunk. Dine at the award-winning White Barn Restaurant for an atmospheric setting in a nearly two-century-year-old converted barn with a dramatic picture window overlooking summer blooms.learn more
Summertime play in the New England countryside
From exploring beautiful Narragansett Bay on an America’s Cup winner to enjoying an unforgettable sunrise beach picnic in Maine, the unique pleasures of summer in scenic New England await.
New England adventures
Head out to sea on a private lobster fishing trip off the coast of Rhode Island or enjoy a naturalist-led hike to one of the finest overlooks in Connecticut. Explore your next thrill in America’s historic northeast.
We found The Vanderbilt to be outstanding in every way: the staff, accommodations, food and service. Add to these attributes the fact the hotel is within walking distance of many Newport sites. You won’t be disappointed. TripAdvisor
Stories from Auberge Resorts Collection
Vanderbilt Where to Meet Major League Baseball’s Next Big Star
Every summer for the last 18 years, I meet my friends and family at Cardines Field at 20 America's Cup Avenue to hear the first crack of the bat during the opening game of the Newport Gulls, a summer collegiate baseball team based in our hometown of Newport, Rhode Island. Founded in Cranston in 1998, we take pride in saying we’re one of the NECBL's most successful teams, winning six Fay Vincent, Sr. Cups to date.
White Barn Inn A Retro Ride in the New England Countryside
Entering Amtrak’s 1950s-era domed railcar was like stepping back in time. With my feet kicked up and my Australian Shepard, Max, in tow, I never knew a two-hour, car-free connection on the Downeaster train from North Station in Boston to Wells, Maine, could be so enjoyable and land me only 5 miles from Kennebunk. From passing New England’s most beautiful stretches of pristine coastline to enjoying vistas of the idyllic countryside, I enjoyed my steamy cup of chowder from the Downeaster Café while Max chewed on his favorite bone. Seated in the train’s upper level with panoramic windows on all sides, this daytime adventure proved an added perk before my vacation even began.
Vanderbilt Where New England’s Hottest Tradition Was Born
There’s nothing like biting into a steamy fried clam roll while sitting on the beach overlooking Sakonnet River, the juiciness of the oyster seeping out to form the ultimate creamy combination with homemade mayonnaise. It’s hard to believe this sandwich, one of our most illustrious traditions, was all but unfathomable at the dawn of the 1900s when New Englanders only ate their clams steamed, raw on the half shell, or chopped in chowder.
Mayflower My Day as a Lazy Otter
Shallow, clear, and like a bowl of tranquility, nearly one thousand kettle ponds dot the brilliant terrain of the Northeast. When my family and I first began to plan our trip to Mayflower Inn & Spa, I thought we would spend all of our time enjoying the area’s plentiful hiking trails through meadows and woodlands. But thanks to an insider tip, we ventured off-the-beaten-path to these isolated freshwater pools, where we had the water all to ourselves.
White Barn Inn Get Your Hands Dirty
My husband and I are happy to get our hands dirty for the sake of renewing the farming culture of Southern Maine. On our four-acre property, Frinklepod Farm, you can spend the day with us to explore our acreage and three greenhouses—we’ll get you out of the city and into the soil.
Mayflower Clink Glasses to A Weekend of Countryside Life
The city that never sleeps often sends me seeking elsewhere to find restoration— and a long afternoon spent over peach wine amid the rolling hills at Hopkins Vineyard is usually that place. The haven along the Connecticut Wine Trail, a collection made up of 24 vineyards statewide, is something out of a countryside fairytale. With a charming red barn and endless greenery, the vineyard melts away the memory of city hustle and bustle and soothes you into savoring the sweetness of countryside life.
Mayflower The Secrets of Steep Rock
Hiking has always set me at ease, and I look forward to trips to Connecticut for the serenity that comes with being immersed in the surrounding natural splendor. That’s exactly why I keep returning to the trails that wind along the Steep Rock Preserve. Not only does the 998-acres of idyllic hiking trails reveal sweeping viewpoints, lush hillsides, and babbling brooks with every step, but also unveils historic, hidden gems along the way.
Mayflower A Getaway To Gilmore Girl's Stars Hollow
Any fan of the television series “Gilmore Girls” has undoubtedly fallen for the show’s fictional town “Stars Hollow.” Boasting legendary New England charm, the parallels between Stars Hollow and Washington Depot, Connecticut are striking— and it’s no accident. In fact, Gilmore Girl’s writer, Amy Sherman-Palladino, drew inspiration for the comedy-drama during her stay at the Mayflower Inn & Spa (later to influence the show’s fictional Dragonfly Inn). Seven seasons later, the cult classic’s first Gilmore Girls Fan Fest was held in Washington Depot, attracting over 1,300 fans in 2016. However, you don’t have to attend a fan fest to get a taste of life in Stars Hollow. In simply exploring the whimsical towns within Litchfield County, you might find yourself retracing the steps of the Gilmore Girls.
Mayflower Stillness in Motion: Meditating While Standing in Water
"Ai Chi is a meditative movement carried out while standing in water. More often than not, I will meet guests seeking ways to quiet the mind and de-stress, but find it difficult to sit still through traditional forms of meditation. Ai Chi enables participants to experience the benefits that meditation promises through physical movement— it’s a stillness in motion, if you will. At an Ai Chi class, you can expect for the water to be a warm 92 degrees, and chest deep. There are always a few participants that are happy to learn that they will not be going underwater— you do not need to be an expert swimmer to take Ai Chi, and you can count on your hair and makeup remaining perfectly intact."
White Barn Inn Soap Up With Scent of Maine’s Rocky Coast
Sometimes, I feel like I’m in a long-distance relationship with Kennebunk. We may live on opposite coasts, but Maine’s mystical coastline has my heart. From wide sandy beaches sprawled with delicate sand dollars to rocky stretches of seaside that sound of waves crashing up against dramatic cliffs, I’ve spent my most tranquil, cherished moments sharing these striking sights with my husband. When I refer to my “happy place,” my family knows exactly where I’m talking about— and when I miss it’s lobster rolls and warm beach days, I take out my favorite souvenir: White Barn Inn’s hand soap.
Vanderbilt There’s Nothing Sweeter Than A Summer Spent In Newport
My ideal day in Rhode Island starts with a morning hike spent amid nature at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. With 325 acres and seven miles of marked hiking trails, there are many routes to choose from but I always seem to opt for the Hanging Rock Trail. The trails close at 5:00pm, so save your sunset for Sweet Berry Farms— which takes me to my next Rhode Island must-do.
Mayflower Cider Donuts, Pick-Your-Own Apples, and A Cidery
Rain or shine, the Averill Farm Stand is open, and rain or shine, I go for the heavenly apple cider donuts. A true must-visit in the town of Washington, Averill Farm is primarily a fruit orchard that has been family-run for 10 generations and counting. The hidden gem awaits at the end of a lovely drive, minutes from the Mayflower Inn. Abundant with the simple delights of the countryside— cut flowers, homemade jams, honey, cheeses, locally-sourced pies and more— the charming farm provides a special experience to immerse in the farm-to-table culture of Connecticut.
Vanderbilt You'll Find Me By The Horchata
On Wednesdays throughout the summer months, the renowned Aquidneck Growers’ Market awaits a 10-15 minute stroll from The Vanderbilt. Take your pick of seafood, colorful produce, local mushrooms, fragrant flowers and other specialty products—but whatever you do, save time to grab the famous, juicy pork taco that’s sure to run down your hands and beckon you back for seconds.
Vanderbilt Meet the Famous 134-Year-Old Lady in Rhode Island
Meet the Coronet— a schooner yacht first launched in 1885 and was one of the most elegant sailing yachts of her time. Under restoration at The International Yacht Restoration School since 1995, the Coronet Building is open to the public for viewing and only a 15 minute stroll from The Vanderbilt’s front doors.
Mayflower Learn How to Heal Your Body with Reiki
I’ve been studying Reiki for 26 years when my path to the healing art began in 1990 when my hands started talking to me. The message was clear: they wanted to be used as instruments for change. Now as a Reiki Master in the Traditional Usui System, my technique includes channeling healing energy to you through my hands, which activates the natural healing processes of your body to restore your physical and emotional well-being, shifting your perspective on life and allowing space for you embrace self-responsibility to operate from a place of love instead of fear.