AAA Four Diamond 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 18-year run on the list especially impressive. With more than 60,000 bottles of wine in its collection—New England’s largest—the contemporary American restaurant can pair dishes with anything from a California charbono to an Italian pinot grigio to a Hungarian last-harvest wine. The must-visit restaurant has helped Stonehedge Inn & Spa earn AAA Four Diamond awards for 22 consecutive years, drawing visitors to this 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 dishes such as pan-seared New England scallops and beef tenderloin au poivre. Led by executive chef Donna Whelden, 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 tapas. In the morning, Left Bank’s continental breakfast includes fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and country pastries.
With European-marble bathrooms, guest rooms feel like an elegant inn in the French countryside. At the Spa at Stonehedge, services include vinotherapy treatments such as a chardonnay salt glow that uses grape seeds from Burgundy to moisturize skin.
Tyngsborough, 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, Tyngsborough 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 is the town of Concord, the setting for Minute Man National Historical Park. It 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. At the nearby Orchard House, the setting of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, you 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. In the Back Bay neighborhood, designer boutiques and sidewalk cafés are tucked into residential brownstones lining an eight-block stretch of Newbury Street. You could also hop on the nearby Freedom Trail, which wends through cobblestone streets, bringing Revolutionary history to life with stops at the Old South Meeting House, where plans for the Boston Tea Party were secretly hatched, and the site of the Boston Massacre. Before leaving town, be sure to try Boston’s fresh seafood—restaurants serve Wellfleet oysters, Atlantic lobsters, and Ipswich clams—with a pint of locally brewed Sam Adams beer.