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5 best winter getaways from Boston

You won’t get cabin fever on any of these vacations.

JQ Louise
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JQ Louise
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Boston is beautiful this time of year. From crisp days on a local ice rink, to cozy nights inside beside the fireplace to a day skiing on a local mountain, there are so many reasons to spend the season here. However, if you are looking to get away, there are some great options near and far that are worth checking out this winter for a weekend away from Boston. And if you are looking to stay a little closer to home, don’t miss our guide to the best winter day trips from Boston.

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Winter getaways from Boston

Nestled in the Equinox Mountain Valley along the Battenkill River, Hill Farm is a quaint Vermont inn worth visiting this winter. Having begun life as a dairy farm in 1779, Hill Farm is now a sustainable vegetable farm that invites guests to experience farm-to-table dining in a luxurious, cozy setting. Spend the weekend in either an inn room or cottage and feel as if you have arrived at your very own country escape as soon as you step foot inside.

NYC can feel like a world away from Boston. But it is actually only a 4-hour Amtrak ride from South Station. And when you take the train, the door-to-door commute is nearly hassle-free compared to flying or driving. So, if you are looking for an easy weekend getaway from Boston, consider heading to New York City this winter. Book a stay at the Four Seasons Downtown to be just steps from the 9/11 Memorial and One World Trade, but also just a short Uber ride from the funky bars of the Lower East Side or the trendy restaurants of Greenwich Village.

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3. Portland, Maine

Charming brownstones, bucket list worthy restaurants and ocean views? Portland is a great idea any time of year, but the wintertime is an insider’s secret. The crowds are gone and so is the traffic. At just under 2 hours from Boston, this is a great weekend getaway choice this season. There are so many restaurants worth trying, but here are a few you can’t miss. Duckfat (43 Middle St; 207-774-8080) for fries, poutine and a milkshake when you're hungover the next day and Central Provisions (404 Fore St; 207-805-1085) for the locavore meal of the moment

Is there anything like a trip to Paris to lift the spirits? Even in the rain and the cold, Paris will shake off any cobwebs of cabin fever you may be feeling. Book a trip to Paris from Boston this winter, and perhaps try PLAY Airlines if you are looking for a deal. And to reward yourself for getting such a great deal on the flight, splurge a little on the hotel and book the Peninsula Paris. One of the grand dame hotels in Paris, the Peninsula is sure to surprise and delight any guest. Located just steps from both the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, the Peninsula is a great choice for the person who has been to Paris a dozen times or one who is visiting for the first time. From exquisite accommodations, amazing culinary options and a grand entrance, what more could you ask of a Parisian hotel when you are trying to stave off the winter blues? While the Peninsula has many great onsite dining options, for a change of pace check out Lili one night to enjoy a live DJ while salivating over the Asian fusion menu.

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A winter European adventure is a savvy traveler’s secret. Prices are lower, the crowds are gone and the ability to explore is uninhibited by the scorching summer heat. Just pack a few chic jackets and a winter trip to London will be a stunner. An under the radar hotel to check out in the stylish Belgravia neighborhood is the Hari. The Hari in London is a part of a Hong Kong based hotel group. With just 85 rooms, the property feels like an upscale boutique hotel compared to some of the mega properties in town. And yet the marble bathrooms, designer furnishings and superb staff offer guests the same (if not better) experience as any of the big brands. Be sure to make time for dinner at the onsite restaurant as well. Serving classic Italian dishes, Il Pampero is a delight, so be sure to book a table for dinner during your visit and stop by the Hari Bar for a nightcap afterwards. The cocktails on the menu are fabulous.

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