Jump inn and cool off: Beaches, lakes & natural swimming holes at DINE inns – Part II

Last week we explored all the great ways to cool off in pools and man made ponds found at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  This week, we’re going to explore all the fabulous ocean and lakeside beaches plus natural swimming holes near DINE inns.  With summer days heating up once again this week, we thought this guide to ways to stay cool at New England inns would be timely and fun too.

Hit the Beach!

Located under five minutes from the Gateways Inn & Restaurant is the Lenox Town BeachWith 3.9 acres of land, Laurel Lake provides a perfect waterfront and beach from mid-June through Labor Day. The beach is ADA compliant with handicap parking available.  The nearby Stockbridge Bowl, also known as Lake Mahkeenac, is a 372-acre lake offering great swimming and boating options too.

Inn at Harbor Hill's beach chairs, towels and coolers

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina offers guests beach passes, beach chairs, towels & coolers.

The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina overlooking beautiful views of the marina which opens to Niantic Bay offers guests beach passes for the local Niantic beaches and new beach chairs, coolers, beach towels & umbrellas for guests during their stay.  Located on the Connecticut Shore, there are a number of wonderful beach options for guests here.

Grab your sneakers and walk to the beautiful beaches of Kennebunkport when you stay at the Captain Jefferds Inn.  Kennebunkport offers up five public beaches. The Captain Jefferds Inn is walking distance to Colony Beach, a 150 foot sandy beach located at the southern tip of the coast, by the mouth of the Kennebunk River, and an easy drive to the others.

Of course, as we mentioned last week, the Captain’s House Inn is within an easy drive of so many of Cape Cod’s gorgeous beaches too.

Barrett’s Cove  Beach on Megunticook Lake is just about three miles from the Camden Maine Stay Inn. This quiet, small, and picturesque fresh water beach overlooking Camden Hills offers up spectacular views of the sheer cliffs that rise from the waters on the western side of Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park.

From Chesterfield Inn, Wares Grove Beach is just a short ten minute drive.  Located on the 739 pristine Lake Spofford, this large sandy beach is perfect for all ages with shallow water for quite a distance out.  Here you’ll also find a concession stand, volleyball, basketball, tetherball, and a play structure and a swing set for the kids.

Swimming Holes

Just 5.5 miles from Deerfield Inn the Green River Swimming and Recreation Area is linked to the center of Greenfield, MA by the Riverside Community Path. This special spot offers abundant recreation opportunities including an in-stream swimming pool with sand beach, toddler play area, athletic courts, concessions and picnic areas. For those that might rather cool off on with some river rafting, Zoar Outdoor, offers up fabulous rafting trips about 40 minutes from the inn.

romantic getaway at Rabbit Hill Inn

Not for swimming, the pond at Rabbit Hill Inn offers a picturesque place for couples.

There are a number of natural swimming holes near Rabbit Hill Inn. Adams Hole, on Joe’s Brook – about 15 minutes from the inn – is closest.  Some of the favorite swimming holes recommended by the innkeepers are a little further away, including Lonesome Lake, about 20 minutes from the inn, a mountain top swimming hole worth the hike to get to it.  Read all about the nearby swimming holes on the Rabbit Hill Inn’s blog.

Now that we have you excited about swimming in pools, ponds, lakes and natural swimming holes at any of the 11 DINE Inns, it’s time to start planning your summer getaway!  Don’t forget to book directly with DINE inns for the best rates.

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden.