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The Best Solo Travel Destinations for Women | Time to Hit the Road

Wally Gobetz

We have compiled a list of the best destinations in New England if you’re traveling solo as a woman.

Solo travel for women is one of the most searched for travel trends on Google. For some women, wanderlust is part of their DNA and for others, it may take some courage to get out there. 

There are many reasons to take a personal vacay, and whatever the excuse, the rewards are significant. Of course, traveling solo doesn’t have to mean traveling alone. These destinations speak to the heart and soul of women traveling solo and looking for pampering, fun and frills in lovely coastal, mountain and city destinations.

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

Home to opulent mansions and a surprising number of world-renowned attractions, Newport is not only a stunner, it’s a safe town. Newport is filled with many activities to keep busy and connect with others. And, like much of New England, Rhode Island was founded as a colony of freedom—making it a great spot for solo female travelers. 

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Immerse yourself in Gilded Age history while touring the storied mansions. Newport is also home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame; visitors can book court times on the grass courts. The stunning new Sailing Museum is a must-do to learn about Newport’s time-honored relationship with the sea and, on a lovely day—moody weather works, too—stroll the 3½-mile curvaceous Cliff Walk that hugs the Atlantic Ocean—you’ll glimpse a sneak peek at some of the mansions and luxuriate in that wild salty air. These attractions are perfect for women traveling solo who crave activity and adventure.

Bonus: A solid option for solo female travelers— the private Newport Jaguar Tour to explore the riches of Newport in style.

The Vanderbilt, an Auberge Resorts Collection property is an ICONIC mansion once owned by the Vanderbilt family. With elegant guest rooms, a prime in-town location and plush nooks and crannies, The Vanderbilt is ideal for solo female travelers to explore with a cocktail. Order a gold leaf martini prepared table side at the celebrated restaurant, The Dining Room. The Garden’s Fireside Folly is where s’mores, hot cocktails and warm blankets will be a draw this fall. A must try for women traveling solo is Enchanted Hour in the Mansion, enjoy a candlelit reading with the Mansion’s Tarot Reader and be rewarded with an off-menu cocktail. Cheers to the Vanderbilts.

CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS

The lush 27-acre Wequassett Resort and Golf Course overlooks Pleasant Bay in Harwich and is on the map for solo female travelers for compelling reasons: Gorgeous guest rooms and suites (some with private outdoor fireplaces), an adult-only lap pool, spa services and a Forbes Five-Star restaurant, Twenty-Eight Atlantic.For all my sports-loving gals, Wequassett has pickleball and tennis with an resident instructor, or, if you’re a golf fan, book a tee time at the Cape Cod National Golf Club.

For many solo female travelers, a room with an oceanfront view is the richest experience. Unpretentious 30-room Pelham House Resort on Dennis Port’s Sea Street in mid-Cape has oceanfront guest rooms with a view of the sea from balconies. There’s also a swimming pool, jacuzzi and private beach. The Rooftop restaurant has the best Nantucket Bay views of any restaurant on the Cape. 

There are many reasons to take a personal vacay, and whatever the excuse, the rewards are significant. Of course, traveling solo doesn’t have to mean traveling alone.

WOLFEBORO, NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Pickering House Inn in Wolfeboro has many luxury perks and activities for female solo travelers—fresh air, afternoon tea, wine and cocktails are served in the Library and relaxation room. It’s also the #1 boutique hotel in the U.S. according to Travel + Leisure last year. Pickering Inn is cozy space with scarce availability, providing only ten guest rooms. Breakfast is included, and PAVILION is where you’ll sip the inn’s signature Pinot Noir.

With its small capacity, Picturesque Wolfeboro is a safe resort town for solo female travelers to explore; activities include hiking, snowshoeing and kayaking on Lake Winnipesaukee, a short 3 minute walk from the hotel. 

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