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Favorite New England Family Resort or Hotel

Winner, Runners-up for the 2013 New England Travel Readers' Choice Award Are...


The nominees for the 2013 New England Travel Readers' Choice Award for Favorite New England Family Resort/Hotel were diverse and distinctive properties where families play, rejuvenate and make enduring memories.

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

1. ***Winner*** Snowy Owl Inn and Resort

Snowy Owl Inn
Media photo courtesy of the Snowy Owl Inn
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, is best known as a winter ski destination, but Snowy Owl Inn and Resort, reader's top choice, provides families with access to exhilarating outdoor adventures in all four seasons. Here within the White Mountain National Forest, the views alone are enough to elevate your pulse rate, so visitors appreciate a comfy place to crash after an active day. Children 12 and under stay free in a room with their parents, and family-friendly amenities include a heated indoor pool, free WiFi and Continental breakfast.

2. The Wildflower Inn

Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in Vermont
© 2004 Kim Knox Beckius
Vermont's remote Northeast Kingdom is home to one of the kid-friendliest inns in New England. The Wildflower Inn's owners, Jim and Mary O'Reilly, have eight children of their own, and their ability to anticipate the needs of even the tiniest travelers has earned the inn consistent accolades. With country inn ambiance, a family-friendly farm-to-plate restaurant, dog-friendly accommodations and a host of recreational activities waiting just outside the door, the Wildflower Inn allows families to enjoy a complete vacation experience by making one call.

3. Ocean Edge Resort

Beach at Ocean Edge Resort Cape Cod
© 2004 Kim Knox Beckius
Families dreaming of the quintessential Cape Cod beach escape find sprawling sand and gentle surf and so much more at Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, Massachusetts. One of New England's largest family resorts, this multi-faceted destination has an 18-hole golf course, four outdoor pools, two indoor pools, nine tennis courts and a vast assortment of additional amenities and activities for visitors to enjoy year-round. Villa accommodations provide families with all of the comforts and privacy of home while they soak up all the Cape has to offer.

4. Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins

Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins Maine
Photo © Gary Dethlefsen, courtesy of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Year-round recreation awaits families at Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins, an Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) resort in Maine's Moosehead Lake region. Here in the wilds of northern Maine, this historic and rustic sporting camp places guests in the midst of 66,000 acres of conservation land. It's an ideal place for kids and parents to unplug and to spend days hiking, paddling, fly fishing, cross-country skiing, observing wildlife and learning to appreciate the outdoors... and each other.

5. Linekin Bay Resort

Linekin Bay Resort
Media photo courtesy of Linekin Bay Resort
Boothbay Harbor, Maine's Linekin Bay Resort took second place in the 2012 Readers' Choice Award voting. 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.

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