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Hotels go beyond ‘quaint’ in northern New England

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posted October 19, 2017
When travelers think of lodging in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the word quaint probably springs to mind; as in, “We want to stay at that quaint hotel nestled in the mountains/overlooking the water.” And why not? There are plenty of properties that deliver that experience plus a whole lot more, including the following two individual NTA-member resorts, as well as four supplier members that manage multiple properties throughout New England:

The Essex Resort & Spa
Essex, Vermont
NTA contact: Keith McManis

The resort’s 120 luxury rooms provide guests with a haven of relaxation in the picturesque village of Essex. Travelers can take part in a number of cooking classes, which give them a chance to work with renowned chefs during low-pressure, hands-on culinary experiences. Guests can book massages, body treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures and more at the property’s full-service spa, which is the largest in the Burlington area.

Giri Hotels
NTA contact: Cathi Tingley
Giri Hotel Management has been operating hotels in New England since 2004, and its extensive portfolio includes Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Choice, Wyndham and Best Western brands. The highest concentration of its resorts is in Maine—it has multiple properties in the cities of Bangor, Augusta and Waterville—but it also owns and manages locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Lafayette Hotels
NTA contact: Donald Haggett
Lafayette Hotels is a family-owned hotel group that manages 24 properties in Maine and three in New Hampshire. Its extensive portfolio covers waterfront locations—Bar Harbor, Ogunquit Beach, Boothbay Harbor and more—along Maine’s Atlantic coast, as well as resorts in major cities such as Augusta, Bangor and Portland. Among the company’s New Hampshire portfolio are hotels located in Jackson, Gilford and West Lebanon.

Larkin Hospitality
NTA contact: Ed Sanders
The Larkin family opened their first hotel in 1987: the Howard Johnson in South Burlington, Vermont. The hospitality group has expanded its reach across the state in the ensuing years and now has six in the Burlington area, two in White River and one in Waterbury. In addition to its nine hotels in the Green Mountain State, Larkin Hospitality has added one property in North Adams, Massachusetts.

The Meadowmere Resort
Ogunquit, Maine
NTA contact: Allyson Cavaretta
Located in the heart of seaside Ogunquit just a 10-minute walk from the beach, the Meadowmere Resort debuted in 1983. Over the next five years, the property’s number of rooms doubled to more than 80, and it was on its way to becoming a four-season destination. Today, groups can choose from 144 rooms in five different sections of the resort, as well as enjoy treatments in its award-winning spa and meals in the West Meadow Pub.

Witham Family Properties/Acadia Area Hotels
NTA contact: Dede Daigle
Witham Family Properties was founded in 1987, and, over the past three decades, the company has expanded to include 13 hotels in coastal Maine. Headquartered near Acadia National Park, the company offers accommodations for a range of price points. Whether travel planners book one of the luxury resorts or a more budget-friendly inn, they can expect the same attention to detail and high-quality amenities. 

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