Best Long Weekend Destinations in the Northeast United States

Millinocket, Maine

If fall colors, spring blossoms or the first snowfall of winter make you restless for new adventure, consider spending a long weekend in one of the Northeast’s best getaway destinations. From the natural beauty of Bretton Woods, N.H., to world-class fishing in Millinocket Lake, the Northeastern U.S. offers beautiful scenery, cultural experiences and sports adventures. Make sure you pack for several possibilities because the weather is changeable, and bring a backpack so you can carry what you need all day long.

What to Bring on a Long Weekend

Whether you prefer to pack heavy or to travel light, the 7272 19-inch USB Energie Expandable Carry On Hardside Spinner Luggage is the best hardside carry on for a two to three-day getaway. Its rugged polycarbonate exterior resists crushing in crowded luggage compartments, while its multidirectional spinner wheels follow your every move.

Swissgear 7272 19

You’ll love the integrated USB connector for recharging your electronics on the fly. Interior tie-down straps ensure your outfits arrive as wrinkle-free as you packed them. The interior zippered compartments keep toiletries and other travel essentials safely in place.

The Swiss Gear 19-inch spinner luggage is the best hardside carry on for plane, train or car travel. It helps you stay organized, which is critical for getting the most out of a short vacation, and holds everything you’ll need during your stay.

Bretton Woods, N.H., Getaway

Bretton Woods, N.H

SWISSGEAR 2610 Mono Sling Bag

Bretton Woods, an unincorporated community located in north central New Hampshire, is a world-class destination for a leisurely long weekend. Whether you are looking for fall colors, exceptional skiing, mountaineering or a luxurious spa experience, Bretton Woods will fulfill your wish list and then some.

Outdoor recreation opportunities, like hiking in the White Mountain National Park, sightseeing on horseback and riding the historic Mount Washington Cog Railway, abound in this naturally beautiful location.

A stay at the upscale Omni Mount Washington Resort is the ultimate Bretton Woods experience. This stately edifice boasts breathtaking mountain views from every vantage point. Several in-house restaurants offer a variety of sumptuous fare, from steaks to pub grub.

With all the ways to stay active and engaged throughout your stay in Bretton Woods, you’ll need a comfortable carryall to keep you provisioned, organized and prepared. The Swiss Gear 2610 Mono Sling Bag checks all the boxes. Grab the single crossover strap, sling it over your shoulder on the way out the door and you’ll be set.

The Mono Sling daypack features handy mesh pockets for your water bottle and a multitude of organizer pockets you can access on the go. A secure slotted pocket in back provides safe passage for your laptop or tablet. The roomy interior holds your extra fleece, lunch box, guidebook and more. The neat, button-down exterior reflects well on you, both on the trail and at a romantic dinner for two.

Bretton Woods, N.H

A Long Weekend in Stowe, Vt.

Stowe, Vt, is another exceptional destination for your upcoming long weekend getaway. Naturally, the rich red, orange and yellow fall leaves are emblematic of the region, but you will find that Stowe has a lot to offer year-round.

This lovely village nestles between the CC Putnam State Forest and the majestic Green Mountain Range. As you would expect, outdoor activities abound. In winter, ski towering Mount Mansfield or strap on your snowshoes for a fabulous trek through the new-fallen snow.

Stowe, Vt

The area’s five-mile Stowe Recreation Path is closed to motorized vehicles, so it’s a favorite with hikers, cyclists and roller skaters in the spring and summer. You can even ski or snowshoe it in the winter. Nearby rental shops can supply you with the gear you need.

Besides fall colors and winter skiing, another of the town’s claims to fame is the Von Trapp Family Lodge, originally built by the family the movie “Sound of Music” portrayed. A mecca for skiers, this historic resort offers horse-drawn carriage rides, historic tours and seasonal maple sugaring experiences.

Whether it’s an extended hike while leaf peeping or snowshoeing along the trail, you’re going to need the right backpack take-along. The 1900 Travel Laptop Backpack from Swiss Gear offers both the storage capabilities and the versatility you need for a carefree long weekend.

Swissgear 1900 Travel Laptop Backpack

Stowe, VT

It’s a great travel backpack for short stays, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your tablet, toiletries or other travel essentials behind. From the adjustable straps that secure your weekend clothing inside the roomy, 34-liter cargo space to the generously sized zippered exterior pockets, this travel backpack has you covered.

The ergonomic, padded straps and back make the Swiss Gear 1900 backpack comfortable to carry, even fully loaded. The classic monochrome styling pairs perfectly with whatever environment you’re in.

Unwinding in Williamstown, Mass.

Tucked into the northwest corner of the state, Williamstown, Mass. is a perfect place for a quiet, scenic long weekend getaway. Bordered by mountains and adjacent to the Appalachian Trail, it welcomes hikers, skiers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts of all sorts.

Infuse your getaway with a bit of culture at the Clark Art Institute, which features both permanent and traveling exhibits. Stroll the campus of Williams College before attending a concert or poetry reading. You can even learn more about the fascinating history of Berkshire County at the Williamstown Historical Museum.

Williamstown, Mass

Good Times in Old Lyme, Conn.

Get away to the seaside, and spend a long weekend in Old Lyme, Conn. This popular vacation destination quiets down considerably once summer ends, so whether you thrive on activity or long to relax, Old Lyme offers both, depending on when you visit.

On a cultural note, the town was home to a cooperative of Impressionist artists in the early 1900s. Relics of this chapter in history are on display at the town’s Florence Griswald Museum, where you can view some of the paintings from that era as well.

Lyme, Connecticut

Rogers Lake and its nearly 5,000-acre watershed offers a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities during your stay in Old Lyme. Angle for rainbow trout or kayak to one of the five islands within the lake. From touring the historic homes of sea captains to shopping for seashell art in the quaint downtown district, Old Lyme is a delightful destination for your getaway.

Make Warm Memories in Millinocket, Maine

Soaring Mount Katahdin and the end of the fabled Appalachian Trail are just two of the reasons visitors trek to Millinocket, Maine. Glacier-fed Millinocket Lake, a mecca for anglers, lies just nine miles to the northwest. Native trout and land-locked salmon await.

Millinocket, Maine


With the average temperature ranging from the single digits in January to triple digits in June and July, be sure to bring spare changes of clothing when you set off for your long weekend in Millinocket. You’ll need a well-organized suitcase built for travel like the 6283 21-inch Expandable Spinner Luggage from Swiss Gear. It is designed to be the best softside carry on for long weekends away.

A duo of exterior zippered panel pockets plus a zippered lid pocket invite you to stow your small essentials, from your travel tickets to your USB connector, where they are easy to access. A padded handle up top plus a telescoping handle make transport a snap. The 360-degree spinner wheels maneuver around people, pillars and onto curbs like a dream.

Millinocket, Maine


Soaring Mount Katahdin and the end of the fabled Appalachian Trail are just two of the reasons visitors trek to Millinocket, Maine. Glacier-fed Millinocket Lake, a mecca for anglers, lies just nine miles to the northwest. Native trout and land-locked salmon await.



Author: Joseph Daniels