If peak summer prices at hotels along the coast of New England are cost prohibitive, travelers may want to explore shoulder season deals in April and May. From Nantucket and Cape Cod in Massachusetts to Newport, R.I., substantial savings are available alongside cooler temperatures and peaceful beaches.
Spa Treatments, Fondue and Fire Pits in Nantucket
At the Nantucket Hotel and Resort, rooms are available in April and May starting at $195 per night, compared to $625 per night during the high season. If the weather isn’t cooperating outdoors, there are several indoor activities including yoga classes, massages and board games. Fondue served by outdoor fire pits and an outdoor hot tub are a nice match for cool spring evenings.
A Pair of Great Deals Near the Heart of Newport
A three-tiered deck with several fire pits overlooks the Newport harbor at Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina. During the shoulder season, rooms start at $189 per night, compared to $329 per night during the high season. A complimentary water taxi connects guests to the heart of Newport for strolling along the Cliff Walk or touring the town’s historic mansions.
Some of Newport’s mansions are also hotels, including the 33-room Grace Vanderbilt, built in 1909. Before Memorial Day weekend, rates start at $390 per night compared to $600 per night during high season. This boutique hotel has a spa with an indoor pool and a blooming garden terrace where cocktails and boozy Popsicles are served.
Outdoor Luxury in Cape Cod
In Cape Cod, Mass., shoulder season rooms start at $175 per night compared to $445 per night in the high season at the Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club. Before the summer heat hits, guests can golf, play tennis and utilize free bike rentals at this 429-acre property. For swimming, the resort has two indoor pools, a heated outdoor pool and several hot tubs.