We’ve all had that experience: sipping the perfect cocktail in the even more perfect location, that sadly isn’t in our backyard. We rounded up five cocktails that are worth the drive from Boston and where to stay nearby.
It’s impossible not to fall in love with this charming boutique hotel (a Lark Hotels property) right in the heart of Stowe, Vermont, and its Picnic Social restaurant makes it a slam dunk. The accessible price points are only the great start to a terrific meal, and we can’t refuse the Prosecco Popsicle, a homemade fruit popsicle with lemon and mint that’s added to a glass of the fizzy stuff right before serving. Think of it as eternal summer in a glass.
The sweet cocktail is a variation on a lemon drop, but they use lime juice instead of lemon and is combined with cucumber and fresh watermelon. Thankfully, you can sip on this cocktail on the same five-star Kennebunk Beach property as where you lay your head. The fruit of choice makes the cocktail perfect for the impending Labor Day weekend, or long after summer has left us.
Newport is especially tempting this time of year when the crowds thin out but the temperatures are still perfect for beach and shopping days. Take in the views of the historic Cliff Walk (that infamous path between the Gilded Age mansions) from the Spiced Pear restaurant at The Chanler while sipping on this sweet martini, made with Absolut Pears vodka, Amaretto Disaronno, pear nectar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Opt to stay on the property in one of the ocean-view Estate Rooms at the historical mansion-turned boutique hotel.
The secret “sauce” to this delicious cocktail is the exclusive-to-the-hotel Mount Washington Woodford Reserve II. Take in the White Mountain views in the cozy Rosewood Bar (tucked behind the Grand Staircase, naturally) while sipping on the Elevation, with New Hampshire maple syrup, lemon juice, and the Woodford Reserve II bourbon before heading upstairs to one of the Corner Vista rooms.