Best Affordable Beach Hotels for Summer
You can smell it in the air. In a matter of days, summer will be here, and it’ll be time to grab that glass of rose and hang out on the porch, listening to the tree frogs in the bushes and the waves offshore. There’s nothing I like better than heading to an affordable little hotel for a long summertime weekend. Here are some of my favorite places in the U.S. and Hawaii that make the most of the season.
Panoramic View Resort – Montauk, New York
My husband and I have a small house in the Hamptons, almost at the tip of Long Island, and when we don’t have enough room for extra guests, we send our friends to the Panoramic, set on a cliff on the outskirts of Montauk. A converted motel, the hotel still has a retro feel, with kitchenettes and terraces overlooking the wide beach. Rates start at $175 in summer. And when you want some action, the happening surf town of Montauk is a 10-minute drive away.
(Courtesy: Panoramic View Resort)
Nebo Lodge – North Haven, Maine
The only way to reach this stylish inn on a small island in Penobscot Bay is by ferry. Once you’re at Nebo Lodge, life slows down a bit. There’s not much to do besides biking, hiking, hanging out on the beach, or strolling along the tiny main street. The hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant is so good that Mainlanders take the hour-long ferry ride from Rockland here just for dinner. And great news: the rooms, with their claw-foot tubs and wainscoting, start at around $100 a night.
(Courtesy: Nebo Lodge)