Award-Winning Hotel with New England’s Largest Wine Collection
Only 74 restaurants receive Wine Spectator's coveted Grand Award each year, which makes Stonehedge Inn & Spa’s Left Bank Restaurant's current 16-year run on the list that much more impressive. With more than 60,000 bottles of wine in its collection—the largest in New England—the contemporary American restaurant can pair entrees with anything from a California charbonno to an Italian pinot grigio to a Hungarian last-harvest wine. The must-visit restaurant has helped Stonehedge Inn & Spa to earn AAA Four Diamond Awards for 21 consecutive years, drawing visitors to the country estate situated on 36 woodland acres along northern Massachusetts’s Merrimack River.
Every night, well-dressed guests head to Left Bank Restaurant's dining room to sample steamed New England sole with eggplant caviar ($32), cumin-marinated seared duck breast with polenta cake ($34), and other contemporary fare. Led by Executive Chef Florent Boutet, Left Bank’s culinary team designs a new menu every season to complement the restaurant's featured wines. If you're in the mood for more casual fare, grab a seat by the four-sided fireplace in the lounge and order a few tapas, such as Angus beef sliders ($13.50). In the morning, Left Bank’s continental breakfast includes fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and country pastries. The hotel's culinary theme extends beyond restaurants and room service. In addition to European-marble bathrooms and heated towel racks, the guest rooms have been furnished to feel like an elegant inn amid the French countryside, perhaps bringing to mind France’s rolling vineyards. At The Spa at Stonehedge, Groupon holders will receive 15% off services such as Vinotherapy treatments, including the chardonnay salt glow that uses grape seeds from Burgundy, France, to moisturize skin.
Tyngsboro, Massachusetts: Small Riverside Town near Colonial Historical Attractions in Greater Boston
Located 28 miles north of Boston and 5 miles south of the New Hampshire border, Tyngsboro is near several popular outdoor recreation spots as well as some of the country's most important historical sites. About 20 miles from the hotel, the town of Concord is the setting for Minute Man National Historical Park, which commemorates the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War along Battle Road Trail, a 5-mile stretch of restored colonial landscape that approximates the path traveled by the American minutemen militia. Nearby at The Orchard House, the setting of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, visitors can tour the author's former home and inspect her family heirlooms.
More historical attractions and several charming neighborhoods await in nearby Boston, which is less than an hour away. Designer boutiques and sidewalk cafés tucked into residential brownstones line an eight-block stretch of Newbury Street in the Back Bay neighborhood. Nearby, you’ll find the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a 15th-century Venetian-style palace with an eclectic art collection ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to Japanese panel screens. Famous for its fresh seafood, Boston’s restaurants tend to serve local shellfish including Wellfleet oysters, Atlantic lobsters, and Ipswich clams, all washed down with a pint of locally brewed Sam Adams beer.