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Helloooo, New England. This is why you drive five hours and catch a ferry for another one--because you’re planted on a picturesque island for a week. This little cottage is just a short walk from town and a basket-bedecked bike ride to the beach. ($2,800 for a week; sleeps six)
Just across the sound is the sprawling back porch that dreams are made of --perfect for a week away with the whole family. ($6,500 a week; sleeps ten)
For just a few days’ getaway, this colonial home has private little nooks like a charming courtyard but is also conveniently situated in the heart of downtown. ($295 a night; sleeps ten)
St. Michaels, MD
In the opposite direction, down the coast, is this Chesapeake gem: The Inn at Perry Cabin. (Fun fact: It’s where Wedding Crashers was filmed.) Borrow a bike to cruise around town, which is brimming with mom-and-pop shops, or hop aboard a skipjack boat to catch oysters. (Rooms start at $620 a night)
If you’d rather stick a little closer to home, this 1890s Greenport boathouse is just a quick trip down the L.I.E. And another bonus: Pets are welcome. ($1,225 a week; sleeps four)
Escape the insanity of the rest of the Hamptons by opting for some cove life. This one-bedroom apartment (the guest quarters of a private home) is ideal for a quick weekend escape. ($110 a night; sleeps four)
Oh, what’s that? It’s snowing again? Fabulous.
Well, here’s a little something to put pep in your rubber-boot step: It’s the prime time to book that summer vacation. (Seriously, brokers are already warning that rental houses go quickly.)
Over the next few weeks, we’ll bring you the most relaxing, reviving properties to lock in for the warmer months ahead. But today, we’re hooking up those folks who need only a book, a bicycle and a quaint little village nearby.
Spoiler alert: Beach bums, you’re up next week.
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