Destination guide

In New England, history and modernity are in perfect harmony

Where but New England can visitors satisfy both their appreciation for all things modern and their inner historians? In this northeastern region that includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island, there’s something for everyone seeking a New England vacation rental: history dating back centuries, awe-inspiring attractions, and quirky villages trapped in time. Despite its deep roots, it’s forever on the cusp of trendy—chic indie bands and fresh culinary creations are made here. It’s this mixed bag of activity that makes it such a powerhouse destination.

Things to do

No joke--there's something for everyone in New England

Exploring New England is no joke, and it requires some time, fortitude, and commitment to fully appreciate its seemingly endless offerings. Where to start? Jaunt to Martha’s Vineyard if beach life beckons, or rent a New England vacation rental near Mount Washington if your visions are of the hiking and skiing variety. Take a long walk down the Freedom Trail before you hit the New England Aquarium to catch up with your favorite undersea creatures. You can even get your gamble on at any of the region’s casinos. Vegas who?


A little bit of everything in New England

New England can’t make its mind up. Is it a beachgoer’s dream? Does it aim to please every museum junkie in the world? Maybe it’s more a beer lover’s fantasy or a worldly adventurer’s ultimate idea of excitement. It’s all of these—and more. Booking a New England vacation rental offers the opportunity to dip into the unexpected. Stroll through a formal garden one afternoon, catch sight of a lighthouse the next, and culminate your trip with an exploration of the Mayflower II—so authentic, you’d swear it was real. Shoppers can get their fix at dozens of outlet malls.


To everything there is a season

One of the reasons New England draws so much intrigue is because it’s fully committed to all four seasons. That’s a joy for those who appreciate each one for its distinctive characteristics. Humidity is king during July and August, but the proverbial sun truly shines down on New England during fall. Warm foliage and mild daytime temperatures lend the area a cozy vibe, although a brisk chill isn’t exactly unexpected in this part of the country. Flurries make premature appearances in November, but if you’re dreaming of the white stuff you can visit as late as March.

Natural features

Naturally, New England really knows nature

If New England had a middle name, it would undoubtedly be supermodel! This region is jam packed with natural beauty. It’s an amalgam of everything beautiful, from snow-capped mountains and lush forests to powdery sand beaches and stunning wildlife. Here, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the humbling bays, valleys, and summits that crowd the region. The best part of all? You can easily book a New England vacation rental in a heavily wooded, mountainous, or watery area to experience the region at its most natural and organic.

Can I find a vacation rental around New England?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 38,682 vacation rentals near New England. From 22,728 Houses to 6,028 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near New England for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in New England?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New England. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • New York: 5,802 vacation rentals
  • Cape Cod: 7,688 vacation rentals
  • Waterbury: 1,013 vacation rentals
  • Maine: 8,413 vacation rentals
  • Boston: 1,562 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in New England! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in New England?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New England:

  • New York: 5,802 rentals
  • Waterbury: 1,013 rentals
  • Boston: 1,562 rentals
  • Warrensburg: 546 rentals
  • Machiasport: 49 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to New England?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in New England are:

  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL): 2,131 vacation rentals
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS): 1,718 vacation rentals
  • Newport, RI (NPT-Newport State): 1,711 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in New England?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in New England. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Times Square: 5,742 rentals
  • Narragansett Beach: 721 rentals
  • Boston Common: 1,673 rentals
  • Central Park: 3,985 rentals
  • Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center: 1,329 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New England listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around New England

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Old Orchard Beach
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Lake Placid
562 vacation rentals
Fire Island
752 vacation rentals
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