Do you and your best girlfriends need a getaway? Leaving behind the everyday grind and treating yourselves to a weekend of rest, relaxation and fun is essential for resetting and connecting with your closest friends. New England is the perfect destination for a weekend escape where you can explore quaint towns, dine at delicious restaurants, go on outdoor adventures and get pampered at the spa.
Whether you’re looking for an all-girls weekend full of laughs, a change of scenery, or a rejuvenating retreat, you’ll find everything you need in New England. From cozy mountain cottages in Vermont, to majestic lighthouses in Massachusetts and sandy beaches in Rhode Island – New England has a vast array of activities and locations perfect for a girls getaway.
We’re rounding up fun things to do for a weekend getaway with your friends, including suggestions on what to do, where to stay, the best restaurants to try and more. Gather your girlfriends and get planning your next all girls weekend in New England. For more ideas check out the best places to visit in New England this summer. We love your recs too, so if you’ve gone somewhere really fun with your girlfriends, let us know in the comments!
All Girls Weekend In New England
If you’re planning an all girls weekend in New England you have plenty of options. Whether your girl group loves to shop, dine out, head to the beach, the spa or hike up a mountain for a picnic and beautiful view, New England has so much to offer. Each state in New England has something unique and special.
Fun Things To Do In New England For An All Girls Weekend
Take a Beautiful, Scenic HIke
Taking a hike is always a great way to see the best of a new spot. Whether you are visiting the Green Mountains, Acadia National Park, The White Mountains or Mount Washington, New England has so many beautiful hiking trails to choose from. If you are in Acadia, hike up Cadillac Mountain for gorgeous sweeping views of the national park and ocean. Mount Tom and Mount Peg are favorite local hikes in Woodstock, Vermont.
Have a Relaxing day at the Spa
Girls love a spa day and it makes for a great girls weekend activity. If you are looking for a spa experience for the entirety of your girls weekend look not further than, Canyon Ranch, in Lenox, Massachusetts. See below for more on this. If you want to add a spa morning or day to your itinerary check out the Spa at The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock or the Bodhi Spa in Newport.
SunBathe at the Beach
Laying out in the sun with girlfriends is the absolute best. Ocean views and warm sunshine make for such a relaxing getaway. Head to a beachy New England destination like Newport, RI, Nantucket, MA or Portsmouth, NH to make the most of those summer rays and salt water. Pack a cooler full of beverages and snacks, bring along a cordless speaker and enjoy the day with your friends!
A shopping trip with girls is always the best. Trying things on together and having your friends right there to say yay or nay is so helpful! Enjoy a day shopping with friends in Boston at Faneuil Hall or in downtown Portland, Maine. Or enjoy the small town boutiques of villages like Woodstock, Vermont or Bar Harbor, Maine.
See a Show Or go to a Game
Do your friends love to go to concerts or see broadway shows? Or maybe you are big baseball fans. Head to a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park or see a concert in Portland at Thompson’s Point. Whether you are heading to a city or a small town there is always fun entertainment to check out at local venues. See what’s on while you’re in town!
Go Out to Eat
Dining out with girlfriends is such a fun way to catch up and spend quality time together. It’s often hard to have this quality time sitting down and truly connecting, so dining out provides the perfect opportunity to do so. Pick a restaurant you are excited to try out that meets everyones dietary needs and preferences and enjoy.
There is something about dancing with girlfriends that is just so magical and freeing. It is such a fun way to let loose and have fun. As we get older we make less and less time for things like this, but sometimes it is just what we need to reset and get out of a funk. Head to a fun spot with your girlfriends and dance the night away together.
Join a Tour
One of the best ways to get to know a new place is to join a tour. Jump on a Boston Duck Boat Tour or Whale Watch in Portsmouth, NH. Newport, RI has tons of wonderful sunset cruises for a tour of the harbor during the summer months. Each town or city provides so much history to see and learn from. With everything from museums to historical sites. Do some research before you go and plan to take a tour and experience some culture and history first hand.
Best Places to Stay In New England For An All Girls Weekend
For the ultimate spa getaway with your girlfriends, head to Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts. Treat yourselves to the serenity of self care with everything from body treatments to massage, fitness classes and cooking classes. Not only will this getaway feel like a true luxury, but you will return to everyday life with a fresh perspective and new appreciation. Canyon Ranch allows you to personalize your stay by choosing the right path for you, whether that is relax and renew, just be here, personal discovery or lifestyle reset. Choose your path from different getaway packages including treatments, classes, workshops and meal plans to take full advantage of your stay!.
As a Woodstock, Vermont native, I can confidently say it would make such a fantastic all-girls weekend destination. In fact, I have seen many girlfriends come through and thoroughly enjoy their time in Woodstock. What is perfect about Woodstock for a girls trip is there is a little bit of something for everyone. You can enjoy your weekend shopping, dining, going to the spa, lounging by the pool or hiking up one of our local mountains. It’s such a beautiful, quaint town that feels incredibly safe and easy to walk from activity to activity. Stay at the Woodstock Inn and Resort (use this link for 10% off your stay) or one of the quaint B&B’s and enjoy a lovely time in our favorite small town. Here are 15 Things to Do In Woodstock, VT This Summer, Where to Eat in Woodstock, VT, and the Woodstock Travel Guide for more.
Portland is SUCH a fun city. It feels more manageable and smaller than Boston or New York, but has an excellent selection of shops, restaurants, bars and activities to choose from. Not to mention, it is beautifully set on the harbor with beach and ocean access. Portland makes for a great girls getaway because you have access to everything from riding bikes along Bayside Trail, heading to Willard beach for a beach day, shopping in Pioneer Square, dining out for excellent seafood or going to a concert at Thompson’s Point. Portland makes for a great weekend getaway with your gal pals.
Bar Harbor, Maine
For the adventure-seeking, girls getaway head to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. Bar Harbor is a quaint yet bustling town, set amongst the gorgeous Acadia National Park. Stay in one of their beautiful hotels or inns and enjoy shopping and dining in town before taking a bus or shuttle to the park for biking, hiking, kayaking and more. You can’t beat the beauty and opportunity that abounds in Acadia and it would make for an epic girls weekend with those looking to explore.
Newport, Rhode Island
As a Newport native, Jess will always vouch for Newport as a great place for an all-girls weekend. Newport has everything from shopping, dining, beaches, and scenic walks to sunset cruises, spas and more. Not only is it a beautiful destination but you can guarantee the quality of the dining, shopping and stay will be top notch. Enjoy a gorgeous summer weekend with your girlfriends in Newport this summer.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Portsmouth, New Hampshire would be so fun for a girls weekend. It is such a fun city and has a little bit of everything for a group of ladies to enjoy. Grab some coffee and walk along the bay on the east end of town. There is excellent seafood, shopping, a fun venue to enjoy music, comedy and shows, whale watching tours and beaches just outside of the city. Portsmouth makes for such an easy and accessible getaway that help you connect with your best friends and reset from your daily life.
For those looking for a girlfriends getaway to the city, Boston is just what you need! Shop until you drop in Faneuil Hall and dine in some of the best restaurants with everything your heart desires from fresh seafood to authentic Italian. Try a Boston Duck Boat Tour and walk through the beautiful parks and gardens. See a show or go to a Boston Red Sox baseball game at the historic Fenway Park.
Provincetown, Massachusetts is the perfect escape for the group of girlfriends looking to let loose and have fun! P-Town is known for a happening night life and if your girlfriends want to have fun dancing and staying up late, this is the place to be. Not only is P-Town fun for party girls, but there are also excellent beaches, places to shop, eat and bike around the town. P-Town has a great easy-going, relaxing and welcoming vibe that make it a great girls weekend destination!
I recently went to Chatham, Massachusetts for a long Bachelorette weekend with friends. We stayed in a beautiful airbnb right on the ocean and enjoyed walks on the beach, shopping in town, going out to eat and even a fun night out at the local dive bar. This would make a great all-girls weekend for any crew. It’s such a beautiful setting and the town is so cute and provides some great options while you’re in town. You can rent bikes, get your nails done or even do a local winery or brewery tour. In the summer, you could rent a boat for the day and cruise around with your girls. The options are endless in Chatham!
Where have you been on an all-girls weekend in New England? What did you love about your destination? Let us know in the comments below!
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