Most of the Northeast’s top 10 resort hotels are in New England, according to Travel + Leisure readers

You'll find three of them on the Cape or Nantucket.

The view at Wequassett Resort in East Harwich.
The view at Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Harwich. –Wequassett Resort

Several New England resort hotels — on the Cape, Nantucket, and in Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut — are standouts in our region, according to  Travel + Leisure readers.

This week, Travel + Leisure released the results of its annual World’s Best Awards, which included the top 10 resort hotels in the Northeast. Eight are in New England, including three in Massachusetts.

At the top of the list was Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford, Vermont, which also ranked No. 27 on the magazine’s list of top 100 hotels in the world and No. 3 on the magazine’s list of top 15 continental U.S. resort hotels.


Two entries on the list are located on Nantucket — White Elephant at No. 4 and The Nantucket Hotel and Resort at No. 7. Nantucket also made the magazine’s list of top 10 islands in the continental U.S., ranking No. 6.

“Perhaps no single place captures so many of the pleasures of the region as Nantucket, the idyllic island south of Cape Cod,” wrote T+L.

Here’s T+L‘s list of top 10 resort hotels in the Northeast:

  1. Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont
  2. Inns of Aurora, Aurora, N.Y.
  3. Weekapaug Inn, Westerly, R.I.
  4. White Elephant, Nantucket
  5. Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
  6. Ocean House, Watch Hill, R.I.
  7. The Nantucket Hotel and Resort, Nantucket
  8. Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Harwich
  9. Winvian Farm, Morris, Conn.
  10. Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid, N.Y.

The 2019 World’s Best travel survey was available online from Nov. 5, 2018 to March 4, 2019. The hotels were scored for their rooms and facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. A numerical score was determined based on those ratings, and T+L tabulated the results with research firm M&RR.

Readers also rated airlines, airports, car rental agencies, cruise ships, destination spas, islands, hotel brands, cities, tour operators, and safari outfitters. The results will appear in the August issue of Travel + Leisure.