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Winter getaways seem to be the topic of conversation more than ever this year. I don’t know about you, but I have become desperate to unplug from the world on weekends, and being near the ocean has been my saving grace.

A few weeks ago, we started discussing a possible winter trip to Martha’s Vineyard. We craved being on a boat, hiking, good food and wine, and quiet, and we knew that we could find all of that close to home on MV.

As fate might have it, just a couple of days after that discussion, I received an email from the owners of the Nobnocket Boutique Inn on Martha’s Vineyard, inviting us to come and stay for a Valentine’s getaway. The timing was absolutely perfect, and after swooning over the inn’s website photos, we were soon counting down the days until we left Woods Hole for Martha’s Vineyard.

One major perk of visiting Martha’s Vineyard off-season? We left mid-day on Friday and hit absolutely no traffic. The ferry was fairly empty, and the entire trip was a breeze. Once we drove off the ferry in Vineyard Haven, it was about two minutes to Nobnocket. Vineyard Haven’s adorable town center is easy walking distance from the inn, and you’ll likely encounter a few dozen turkeys along the way!

Photo via Nobnocket Boutique Inn website

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Upon our arrival, we were welcomed with offers of coffee, tea, water, wine, and we chose tea, which we enjoyed while chatting with inn owners Annabelle and Simon.

tea time

The common areas of the inn are welcoming and cozy, and, like the rest of the property, decorated with beautiful little details everywhere you turn.

Nobnocket Boutique Inn

Nobnocket Boutique Inn

The breakfast room is also an all-day oasis, with coffee and tea, cold drinks, filtered water, snacks, and a few nightcap options.

Nobnocket Boutique Inn

The surroundings are just as lovely as the inside of the inn. A fresh snow on the island made things just a bit more sparkly, and the trees, including massive holly trees, brought a nice touch of natural beauty right up to the doors of the inn. Another perk of winter? The trees aren’t grown in, and you can easily see the harbor in the distance.

Also, the turkeys! Who knew that Martha’s Vineyard had SO many turkeys?

Martha's Vineyard

 

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Nobnocket Boutique Inn

Before settling into our room, we toured the other guest rooms, each delightfully appointed with its own unique details. The above room is as it was in the original home, with details like a brick fireplace and lots of beautiful dark wood that has been lovingly treated, giving it a more lodge-y, masculine look than the others.

Nobnocket Boutique Inn

Rooms upstairs are bright and sunny, each with its own color scheme that’s perfectly woven throughout. I appreciate an eye for detail like this immensely; I certainly don’t have it! Throughout the weekend we continuously pointed out little details that we hadn’t noticed earlier.

Nobnocket Boutique Inn

inns of Martha's Vineyard In our luxurious yellow-and-black room, even the beer opener was yellow!

Martha's Vineyard Nobnocket Boutique Inn has managed to perfectly blend chic design and clean lines with beachy coziness, making every space feel warm, welcoming, and relaxing. Our room was no exception, with a plush and comfy bed, lots of pillows, bathrobes, slippers, a fireplace, and a bathroom that was to-die-for.

luxury on Martha's Vineyard

How amazing is this tub? What I didn’t capture is the flat-screen TV on the wall behind it. I love a good, super hot soak more than anything, and I am surprised I left that space all weekend long.

Martha's Vineyard inns

luxury bathroom

Attention to detail extended beyond design and into every aspect of the day,  from turndown to turndown.

On our first night we were greeted with homemade lemon cookies (which I knew about from their Instagram post earlier in the day!) And yes, we turned in for the night by 8:08 on our first night.

cookies for turndown

Breakfasts were works of art. On our first day, yogurt parfaits, poached eggs, bacon, and toast started our day.

Nobnocket Boutique InnAfter a busy day of exploration, we relaxed by the fire with our wonderful hosts and another couple (Hi Matt and Dave!) before dinner. . .

Nobnocket Boutique Inn

And when we arrived back home were greeted by the most decadently delicious chocolate chip cookies and chocolate covered strawberries. To.die.for.

cookies at turn down

The next morning there was more breakfast art; a bento box of yogurt and fruit, flaky homemade sausage rolls, local baguette and scones, and the best ginger pear marmalade from New Lane Sundries.

Nobnocket Boutique Inn

We were thoroughly spoiled with treats, comfy spaces, and lots of laughs throughout the weekend, and it wasn’t easy to leave. If you’re craving a relaxing getaway, keep Nobnocket Boutique Inn at top of mind. Their specials and packages page is a great place to start!

More on Martha’s Vineyard in the winter to come. . .

Our stay was generously hosted by the inn. All opinions are my own. Thank you again to Annabelle and Simon for such a fantastic weekend!

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It was a beautiful New England weekend, perfect for a getaway to Mystic, Connecticut. The kind people at the Inn at Mystic  invited us to be their guests for a night, and since I hadn’t been to Mystic since I was very young, we were excited to make a weekend of it.

There’s a ton to do in Mystic, including shopping, great eating, visiting the Mystic Seaport and all of the historic boats, and I will share more on that later. Our home base for the trip, Inn at Mystic, could not have been better. Located just at the edge of town, the inn is perched atop a hill, giving it stunning views of Mystic Harbor and Fischer’s Island Sound.

inn at mystic

Everyone at the inn, and everyone in Mystic, in fact, was really friendly and welcoming. It’s a happy little town, and being that it’s so beautiful, it’s easy to see why.

Our room was absolutely lovely. My favorite features included a gigantic Jacuzzi tub and a wood burning fireplace, along with our balcony with beautiful views.

Inn at Mystic Jaccuzzi

Decor was simple and classic, blues, whites, and browns creating a relaxing and comfortable vibe. The room featured a variety of high end toiletries and a coffee maker, both nice touches. Every little comfort was thought of, and we felt so well taken care of.

 

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The Inn at Mystic’s restaurant Harbour House shares the stunning views that our room had, and offers guests an expansive patio for enjoying food and drink and a bit of sunshine.

 

Harbour House Mystic

Inside the restaurant was equally as sunny and bright. What an inviting space!

Harbour House Mystic

The bar had a great cocktail menu, and I had a delicious Manhattan during Happy Hour while we chatted about our day and started to get hungry for dinner.

Inn at Mystic cocktails

 

Our stay generously included dinner at Harbour House, and we stuck with the seafood theme we had kicked off at lunch. Ahi Tuna Tacos were some of the best fish tacos I have ever had. I don’t need to eat fried fish tacos ever again! Everything in the tacos was bursting with flavor, citrus, spice, and an addictive wasabi dipping sauce.

 

 

Harbour House dinner

 

The seafood tower we ordered was the stuff of my dreams. Giant shrimp, lobster, clams, and oysters, all with spicy cocktail sauce and mignonette made for a filling and healthy dinner. It also provided fuel for dancing into the night.

 

seafood tower

 

Harbour House was just getting started when we finished dinner, so some Connecticut wine and dancing rounded out our night, all in all a beautiful and really fun experience. The Inn at Mystic went above and beyond and clearly knew the true meaning of hospitality from start to finish. I would return again in a heartbeat; in fact I am trying to convince family and friends to meet us there for a weekend getaway.

Mystic CT sunset

 

The Inn at Mystic welcomed us as their guests, and our room, dinner, and breakfast were hosted. All opinions are my own. 

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I am nearing the end of California recaps; I still have the Barrel Tasting event that we traveled all that way for and a few random tasting room recaps to write, but other than that, I guess it’s time to start planning another trip to Sonoma, right?

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We’ve stayed at many places in Napa and Sonoma over the years, and since several of you mentioned in the comments that you are planning trips out to wine country, I thought a post on places to stay would be helpful. Of the seven or so places we have stayed, I would recommend all of them, for different reasons and different budgets.

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Best Western Dry Creek Inn – On our last trip to Sonoma, we were definitely keeping budget in mind. We also knew that we had a lot of plans to be out and about and would likely not be spending much time in our room. We opted for the Best Western because of its great prices and the fact that it is located within about 15 minutes walking distance of Healdsburg plaza (and places like Barndiva!)

Best Western Healdsburg

Well, we loved the Best Western. We were in the newer Tuscan wing, and our room had a Jacuzzi, super comfy big bed, wifi, and a fireplace. It also included a pretty good breakfast.

We also stayed in a Best Western in Sonoma and were more than pleased with those accommodations. With a TravelZoo deal, our room, with a fireplace and balcony, included breakfast and two massage vouchers for the local Massage Envy, which turned out to be fantastic. Again, a really great deal and a comfy, clean room.

Best Western Healdsburg

Best Western

In addition to Sonoma and Healdsburg, we also ventured to the Sonoma Coast and stayed at the Timber Cove Inn, our second time at this magical property.

This year we took advantage of an amazing deal Timber Cove had and scored an ocean facing room with a Jacuzzi that looked out over the Pacific, a balcony, and a fire place. We slept with the screen door slightly open so that the chilly air, pouring rain, and crashing waves lulled us off to slumber. Timber Cove is remote, but it has a fantastic restaurant, cozy with great food and wine.

Timber Cove

Timber Cove

Timber Cove also has a great room with a huge fire place, perfect for relaxing by before dinner. This inn is a true getaway, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to unplug. (They do have wifi, which did come in handy!)

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If you’re looking for something a little more expensive and centrally located to the Russian River Valley, Vintner’s Inn is a great choice.  We stayed there for my 30th birthday, and we especially loved the vineyard views from our room and the extremely comfortable bed. Service was fantastic as well.

Vintner's Inn

And finally, I can’t post about wine country without posting about one of our favorite places ever, Bella Villa Messina. Just look at this house!

Bella Villa Messina

The inn is gorgeous, happy hour includes great local wine and snacks, and the breakfast is legendary. Bella Villa Messina is also a splurge, but it would be my pick for a special occasion vacation.

Bella Villa Messina

Over in Napa, we absolutely love, love, love The Avia. It is comfortable, luxurious, and centrally located within walking distances of places like Bistro Sabor and Zuzu, among others. It’s definitely my first choice if you are venturing over to Napa Valley for the night.

And now I not only want to book a plane ticket to San Francisco, I would now like a giant plate of bacon and a frittata.

What’s the most important part of a vacation for you?

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