Weekend Getaways

Dreaming of a quick getaway? Pack your bag for the weekend and check out our guide to the best coastal towns for eating well, having fun in the sun, or doing absolutely nothing at all.

The Best Seaside Cottage Rentals

If a quaint little place on the beach sounds like an ideal vacation plan, book now and start counting down the days.

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The Cottages at Cabot Cove, Kennebunkport, Maine
Photographer Michael Hanson

The Cottages at Cabot Cove, Kennebunkport, Maine

These little dollhouse cottages face a common green that opens onto the calm waters of Cabot Cove. Each cottage is individually owned and has a distinct decor, though you won’t find Victorian tea cup collections anywhere. There’s no big lodge, but somehow a breakfast basket arrives at your door each morning, and someone is always available to help launch a kayak or suggest a restaurant.

Field trip: Have the concierge schedule a trip on a lobster boat. It’s a popular activity, maybe because you get to reap the benefits in your cottage’s kitchen.

Night out: Bandaloop in downtown Kennebunkport has a slick atmosphere and a local, organic menu including such fare as wild haddock in horseradish-panko crust.

Rates: $185–$695; 877/524-2004 or cabotcovecottages.com


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