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Best New England Family Resort or Hotel

Winner, Runners-up for the 2012 New England Travel Readers' Choice Award Are...

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The finalists for the 2012 New England Travel Readers' Choice Award for Favorite New England Family Resort/Hotel were all places where parents and children share experiences they'll always remember.

The winner and runners-up for Best New England Family Resort or Hotel are...

1. ***Winner*** The Inn at East Hill Farm

Inn at East Hill Farm
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Families in search of a truly out-of-the-ordinary escape flock to New Hampshire's Inn at East Hill Farm, where kids enjoy activities like milking cows, collecting eggs, making butter and riding horses, and the whole family appreciates the simple pleasures of home-cooked meals, vigorous outdoor recreation and cozy nights by a campfire. With a diverse calendar of seasonal events and activities, the inn provides memorable family farm escapes that allow parents to unwind and kids to feel as though they rule the roost.

A word from our winner:

East Hill Farm would like to thank all of our loyal guests for voting for us in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards. We look forward to welcoming you and your family throughout 2012 and in the years to come!

2. Linekin Bay Resort

Linekin Bay Resort
Media photo courtesy of Linekin Bay Resort
Boothbay Harbor, Maine's Linekin Bay Resort, the only oceanfront property to emerge as a family resort award finalist, took second place. Known in particular as a sailing destination, the resort offers free use of sailboats and instruction for novices, plus a variety of other on-water activities including canoeing, kayaking and fishing. A Kids Camp is included during the all-inclusive summer season.

3. Tyler Place Family Resort

Situated near the Canadian border in Highgate Springs, Vermont, Tyler Place has specialized in providing outstanding family vacation experiences since 1933. With 165 acres, a mile of private lake shore, and programs and activities for kids from infants to teens, it's a spot where families can spend time together--and apart--and leave with stories to tell and a renewed sense of wonder.

4. Cape Codder Resort & Spa

Cape Codder Wave Pool
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Centrally located in Hyannis on Cape Cod, the Cape Codder Resort & Spa appeals to families year-round with its indoor water park featuring a wave pool, whirlpool, waterfalls, and two water slides. The resort also features a kid- and teen-friendly spa, an on-site Hearth 'n Kettle restaurant, a wine bar, a playground and an Enchanted Village during the holiday season.

5. Gale River Motel

Gale River Motel and Cottages in Franconia, New Hampshire, isn't just family-friendly: It's pet-friendly and eco-friendly, too. With its calming mountain views, diverse recreational amenities and affordable rates, it has a loyal audience of families who return year after year. In 2010, Yankee Magazine named it New England's Best Small Motel and Best Family Motel.

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