Other Great Local Stays

Emilie-Noelle Provost on July 21st, 2018

Stonehedge Hotel & Spa

Photo by Adrien Bisson.

If your idea of an ideal summer getaway involves a full-service luxury hotel and a few spa treatments, you need look no further than the Stonehedge Hotel & Spa in Tyngsborough. Located in a secluded glen along the banks of the Merrimack River, the 30-room property offers a variety of accommodations with fireplaces, private balconies and whirlpool bathtubs. The onsite NOLO Bistro & Bar is a favorite among locals for its inspired cuisine created from locally sourced produce, meats and dairy products, as well as for the live jazz, blues and folk artists who perform in the bar on Thursday evenings. NOLO’s cozy bar area is also ideal for a quick snack or drink or relaxing with friends. The restaurant’s outdoor deck makes a fantastic lunch spot on a beautiful summer day.

Located in a separate building from the hotel, The Spa at Stonehedge offers a variety of services including facials, body treatments and massages as well as packages that include several different services and a spa lunch. Spa lunches are also available a la carte.

If you’re new to spa treatments, I’d recommend starting with a classic facial. Available in 50- or 80-minute options, this treatment is tailored to your personal skin type and is very relaxing. You’ll look great afterward, too. I’ve been to Stonehedge’s spa several times and this treatment is definitely one of my favorites.

If you’re not so sure about getting a spa treatment but want to enjoy the spa’s facilities, you can purchase a full- or half-day pass that will allow you to use the pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna.

Stonehedge Hotel & Spa
Tyngsborough, Mass.
(978) 649-4400


The Groton Inn

Courtesy The Groton Inn.

The original Groton Inn, built in 1678, burned down in 2011. After several years of thoughtful reconstruction, the inn reopened in May. Although new, the 60-room boutique hotel manages to capture the spirit of the original Revolutionary-era structure while offering guests the modern amenities one would expect to find at an upscale property such as high-speed internet, a fully equipped fitness center and 24-hour concierge service. Guests who book their room on The Groton Inn’s website will have their breakfast included in the room rate.

Located just outside Groton center, the inn offers views of nearby Gibbet Hill and is within walking distance of shops and attractions located downtown. One of the best things about this property, though, especially for summertime visitors, is its proximity to several excellent hiking spots including Farandnear Reservation, an 89-acre parcel of conservation land managed by The Trustees of Reservations located in nearby Shirley. Mass Audubon’s Rocky Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Groton, is just a short drive away. The Groton Conservation Commission also maintains a large network of trails.

After you’ve worked up an appetite hiking, you’ll want to return to The Groton Inn and enjoy dinner at Forge & Vine, the inn’s on-site restaurant. With its centerpiece woodburning grill, the restaurant has an open kitchen, allowing guests to watch as their meals are prepared. Offering a classic New England menu of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, diners can also choose to sit in Forge & Vine’s casual bar area or outdoors on the patio.

The Groton Inn
Groton, Mass.
(978) 448-6600

Farandnear Reservation
Shirley, Mass.
(978) 840-4446

Rocky Hill Wildlife Sanctuary
Groton, Mass.
(978) 464-2712

Groton Trails Network
Groton, Mass.


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