We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A friend who recently moved to New England from Texas asked me for a few good long-weekend getaway spots (to get away from their kids for romance, with good food and good hiking, regardless of season). It's important to couples to get away from it all - daily life routine, internet, rug rats, dogs, - to refresh the relationship.
I don't really like to stay in an inn without a fireplace in the room, but off the top of my head, I offered these (with a range of luxuriousness), although I am sure readers have their own lists of favorites:
I'll vouch for the Chatham Bars Inn (it has been many years so it could be a dump now ;>) and Mt. Washington Hotel (which was very charming - if pricey and a bit dated when I stayed but has been substantially renovated now).
When I was a child I wondered why my parents spent nearly all our vacations at our home in rural NE. I now realize that by many standards, the criteria for a getaway were right at home. Forest, waterways, quiet. Critters. We knew spring was here when we could hear the spring peepers from the swamp.
It was fairly rural. The nearest neighbor was a quarter mile away, and walking into the woods from the house, the nearest road was a half mile to a mile away, depending on the direction you took.
No need to drive hours for a getaway. It was all there.
B.C.(before children) my husband and I loved the Ralph Waldo Emerson Inn on Cape Ann in Rockport. They had a lovely old fashioned dining room and a heated pool over looking the ocean. I think they are still there.
Mohonk is nice enough, and convenient to New York and New Jersey. But I agree that it is expensive and the good is mediocre. A lot of history, though -- the big pre-war arms control treaties (involving battleships and such, the WMD of their era) were hammered out there, as I recall. I might add to the list the old Mountain View House, which is now a "resort and spa." I went there about 40 years ago with my grandparents, and thought then it was very nice. http://www.mountainviewgrand.com/
But agree with Mr. Bingley about the Adirondacks -- they are more wild than New England, not as slick, but so very peaceful.