Top Holiday Escapes Near Connecticut

December 8, 2012 8:00 AM

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Sometimes you just need to get away. Luckily, Connecticut is surrounded by New England hot spots. Escape the hustle and bustle with a relaxing, romantic getaway or get in the action of dog sledding and indoor wave pools. The perfect holiday escape is at your fingertips.
First Connecticut Lake
Pittsburgh, NH 03592
(603) 538-7118

First Connecticut Lake is the largest of the Connecticut Lakes in Pittsburgh, New Hampshire. Located in Coos County, cabins are available for rent right along the lake. Visitors can enjoy moose watching, hiking, snowmobiling, hunting and spectacular lake views. The lakes are three minutes from Moose Alley, an area with a high moose population, making it the perfect place to see nature at its finest. The lakes are located approximately five hours north of Hartford. Popular town attractions are the Buck Rub Pub and a short drive to Magnetic Hill’s wharf village over the border of Canada. Cabin reservations are available at Northern Lights by calling (413) 267-5358, located 300 yards from the First Connecticut Lake.

Salem, MA
Salem City Hall
93 Washington St.
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-9595

Salem, Massachusetts is best known for the historical Salem Witch Trials and isn’t only enjoyable for Halloween. Downtown Salem provides an escape from day-to day-stressors with everything in walking distance. Hit multiple hot spots including the Witch Dungeon Museum, Witch History Museum, House of Seven Gables or Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery. Stop to eat at Salem Beer Works or Captain’s Waterfront Premium Steak and Seafood Grill. For those looking to relax, reserve a spa day at Andrew Michael’s Spa and Salon. Salem is an historical landmark and just over a two-hour drive from Hartford.

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Eden Mountain Lodge
1390 Square Road
Eden Mills, VT 05653
(802) 635-9070

You will find a calming and romantic retreat at Eden Mountain Lodge. Choose from a cottage or cabin as you escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Eden Mountain Lodge is best known for its dogsledding tours on site. Other activities available are hiking, wildlife gazing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The lodge is pet friendly but it is recommended that you ask about its policy when making a reservation.

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Catamount Ski Area
3290 State Highway 23
Hillsdale, NY 12529
(518) 325-3200

Winter is associated with skiing and the Massachusetts/New York border is associated with Catamount Ski Area. The 2012-2013 winter season is underway. Come to enjoy a day or vacation of skiing. If you’re new to skiing, sign up for ski lessons on site. Local accommodations include hotels or bed and breakfasts such as Windflower Inn. Equipment rentals are available and lift tickets vary by age and day.

Cape Codder Resort & Spa
1225 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, MA 02601
(855) 861-4370

Three hours from Hartford is your sanctuary away from home. Indulge in “me time” or bring the kids for some family fun. Cape Codder Resort features a 8,200-square-foot indoor wave pool with water slides, water fountains, a whirlpool and saunas. If you’re seeking a relaxing escape from reality, schedule a massage or body treatment at its Beach Plum Spa located on site. Create a romantic getaway by choosing a room with a fireplace and jacuzzi.

Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at

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