Updated at: 21-06-2023 - By: Craig Huey

The deadline for this year’s World’s Best Awards survey was March 2, just a few days before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented due to COVID-19. Despite the fact that the results are based on travel before the pandemic, we still hope that this year’s honorees will provide inspiration for your future vacations.

New England and New York are home to some of the country’s most alluring resorts, which take the homey charms of a traditional bed and breakfast and crank them up to eleven. A warm bottle of wine in front of the fire? Check. Winding footpaths through lush forests or along tranquil lakes? Check. Spacious, plush, and well-insulated sleeping quarters? Check.

T L polls its readers annually for the World’s Best Awards to hear their thoughts on the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more from all over the world. A hotel’s score was determined by how well it performed in five categories: amenities, location, service, and cuisine. Location and amenities played a role in labeling properties as either city or resort.

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Several locations have been added to the roster of recommended places to stay this year. There is a Gilded Age mansion in the middle of Newport, Rhode Island, and it is now an Auberge Resort called The Vanderbilt. Hidden Pond is a spa and resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. Its accommodations resemble tree houses and are set on stilts. Just outside of Manchester, Vermont is the pet-friendly Taconic Kimpton, which opened in 2017 to widespread acclaim. It was great that we could bring our long-haired German shepherd, Charlie Brown, to the polls with us, as one voter put it. When we checked in, the resort’s lobby had bowls of water, a chalkboard listing the names of all the dogs staying there, and locally baked biscuits. We were given a bowl and a bed on loan, and we were even invited to the lobby for free happy hour.

You can find some long-loved classics from the area alongside the newer entries. After a devastating fire in 1882, the original Lake Placid Lodge was rebuilt in 2005. The hotel’s spirit, however, has not been diminished. Three nights here were our “mini-moon” with my husband, said one reviewer. After the whirlwind of the wedding’s events, we were ready for a quiet, romantic weekend away. That’s exactly what we got at the Lake Placid Lodge. It was the ideal fall getaway, what with the wood-burning fireplace in the room and the balcony overlooking the beautiful lake.

Mohonk Mountain House, located in New Paltz, New York, has been around since the 1860s in various guises. The property has probably never had such a wide variety of things to do. One reader recommends a summer trip so that you can “see the incredible gardens and get in some golf.” Enjoy winter activities like ice skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing by planning a trip during the colder months. The trails are wonderful for walking at any time of year, whether you’re venturing out on your own or signing up for one of the many guided excursions. Try your hand at tomahawk throwing, too, and see if you can make an impact!

Little things can make a big difference in retaining customers over the long term. One reader praised the Sagamore, a hotel in Lake George, New York, that opened in 1883, for its attentive service, saying, “I’m not sure how they do it, but the staff who have been there for years remember how you like your coffee in the morning, what you like to order, and just when you need something.”

The charming Rabbit Hill Inn, which has been voted the best hotel in the country multiple times, is the clear winner when it comes to providing excellent service. Discover why it was named the best resort once again, and find out which other properties in the Northeastern United States made the cut.